The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, the leader of the Church of England, is visiting Churches in Hereford Diocese today, Saturday 9 December as part of the Year of Prayer.
As walkers approach the church door, they often stop to take a look at the small cairn (a hand-built pile of stones), which has been gradually growing with the passing seasons.
At St Dubricius church, which is part of the Wye Reaches benefice, removing a 180-year-old tree from the churchyard created a perfect space for a stone labyrinth. Created in the summer of 2022 for an arts and crafts exhibition, the vicar, Revd Tim Starling, kept intending to tidy up the stone labyrinth until he noticed that it was still being used.
In a small Norman church on the Welsh border, a group of committed Christians has been reexploring prayer as part of the diocese’s Year of Prayer. The church of St Mary the Virgin in Welsh Newton is a beautiful building in a rural setting. It has been a place of worship for over 800 years, marking the seasons and the passing trends in Christianity. It stands witness to many generations of worshippers who have sought a deeper spiritual connection with the Almighty.
“The benefit of walking outdoors helps people to connect spiritually with the world around them and the message of hope that Easter brings. It also gives us an opportunity to invite people to join us on Sundays.”
Churches representing Christians from across 7 parishes in south Shropshire came together last weekend in a special Prayer service to mark the start of our Year of Prayer across the diocese.