The Rt Reverend Richard Jackson, Bishop of Hereford, delivered his Maiden Speech on 22nd February in a debate on aligning poverty reduction policy-making across Government. Bishop Richard spoke on rural poverty and its widescale impact on the communities of Hereford Diocese with particular reference to the mental health of the farming communities.
Archbishop Hosam Naoum, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, and the Synod of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf are pleased to announce the election of the Revd Sean Semple to be the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.
The café church format allows a more relaxed style and opportunity for people to meet up, eat together and discuss life issues from a Christian standpoint. "We have been delighted to welcome on average nearly 30 people to each meeting. This includes new people who live in the local community but who do not regularly attend a Sunday service in our Church building."
Prior to all the changes, we would put the heating on in church at 3am in the morning but the church always felt cold, and temperatures rarely reached double digits.
The Dioceses of Hereford and Worcester are pleased to announce a new cross-diocesan appointment which will see Gemma Martin take over as the next Diocesan Director of Education for Hereford Diocese following the departure of Canon Andrew Teale in April 2024.
At St Mary's Church in Welsh Newton, the congregation has seen inspiring transformation taking place as the small rural church has seen numerical and spiritual growth in the church community. Since January 2023, attendance has doubled and the church is now welcoming children as part of Sunday worship and looking forward to one new member preparing for baptism.
As this year's Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) draws closer, many Jews, minorities and world faith groups hope people will come together to reflect and pray.
For many rural towns and villages that dominate our diocese, the post office, like the church, often remains one of the last centres of community life. The revelations of the challenges faced by those impacted by the Horizon scandal have rocked many and ignited a call for support.
A sense of joy and communal spirit are being celebrated by many churches across Hereford Diocese including those in Abbeydore Deanery and Fownhope Benefice as part of Plough Sunday, a cherished tradition that marks the beginning of the agricultural year.
As many returned to work and school this week, some of us may have our hearts set on personal and professional growth for 2024 as part of our New Year's resolutions. If you're pondering how to offer something back to the local community and make a meaningful impact: volunteering in the world of education is a great start.