As Christmas is the season of giving, our churches are involved in supporting different charities. The toys collected for the Norton Canon Patronal Service on Sunday 3rd December (3pm) will be sent to the Hereford Salvation Army. The collection taken at the Christingle Service at Staunton on Christmas Eve (3pm) will be given to The Childrens Society. And a percentage of the collection at all our carol services across the benefice will be given to Friends of the Holy Land, a non-political, humanitarian charity which is conducting a Christmas appeal jointly supported by The Bishop of Jerusalem and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
More information about Friends of the Holy Land can be found at:
Final events for Hereford Diocese Year of Prayer
Synod Vote on Same Sex Blessings
Some of you may have seen media updates on the debate surrounding the Living in Love and Faith process and a motion put forward at the recent General Synod to conduct same sex blessings. After nearly 10 hours of debate and multiple amendments, the following motion was passed:
'That this Synod, conscious that the Church is not of one mind on the issues raised by Living in Love and Faith, that we are in a period of uncertainty, and that many in the Church on all sides are being deeply hurt at this time, recognise the progress made by the House of Bishops towards implementing the motion on Living in Love and Faith passed by this Synod in February 2023, as reported in GS 2328, encourage the House to continue its work of implementation, and ask the House to consider whether some standalone services for same-sex couples could be made available for use, possibly on a trial basis, on the timescale envisaged by the motion passed by the Synod in February 2023.'
The voting on the final motion was:
Bishops: 23 for, 10 against, 4 abstained
Clergy: 100 for, 93 against, 1 abstained
Laity: 104 for, 100 against, 0 abstained
A media release can be found at: