Welcome to Weobley & Staunton Joint Benefice

incorporating the Churches and Parishes of Weobley, Staunton On Wye, Norton Canon, Monnington, Sarnesfield, Byford and Letton in Herefordshire

Inclusive Church

As a Benefice, we believe in Inclusive Church – church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, ethnicity, race, marital status or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which chooses to interpret scripture inclusively; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.



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Byford Family BBQ

Sunday 14th July 2024

5.00pm

Suggested Donation of Adults £10. under 12's £5 to include BBQ, a variety of salads & Strawberries & Cream

Bring bikes, bats, balls and anything else to enjoy in this beautiful spot with lots of space.

Bar for Beer, Wine, Pyms and Soft Drinks

Cash or Card

Garnons Cricket Club, Byford HR4 7JX

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Letton Summer Teas

Come and have some tea with us

Sunday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August 2024

2.30pm - 5.00pm

St John the Baptist, Letton HR3 6DH

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Weobley Coffee Morning

Tuesday 13th August 2024

10.30am - 12.00pm

*Tea *Coffee *Cakes *Friendly Chat

Come and make new friends, or just to catch up 

Weobley Parish Church

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month


A Year of Faith

Hereford Diocese has branded 2024 the ‘Year of Faith’. The apostle Paul says that ‘faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen’ (Hebrews 11:1).  Bishop Richard says: "Jesus shows us that self-giving love is who God is, and his fingerprints are all over us. He shows us that a relationship with him provides the personal security: psychological, material and eternal to risk living differently. I hope our year of faith will increase our confidence in that reality and thus our confidence to live in the light of it" (Weekly eNews from Hereford Diocese 4.1.2024). Upon the solid rock of faith, we can build a vision for positive change. 

For Year of Faith ideas and resources please click on the button below.


Weekly Reflection

thoughts and reflections from the Rev'd Philip Harvey

By the time you read this there will be a new set of parliamentary representatives elected and a new government in power. Those who lost their seats in parliament may look back on the election and the last years of government and say ‘If only….’ No doubt there will be handwringing and blame apportioned, but politics (as they say) is the art of the possible, and no amount of naval-gazing will change the result.

In the Christian life we are often tempted to look at our external and internal limitations, whether economic, physical or social, and say “well if only I was in better health, or cleverer, or younger or a bit wealthier, then I could really serve God properly.” The problem with the “if only” statement is that it acts as an escape clause, taking us away from our vocation to the here and now. In our gospel text from Mark 6, Jesus was able to recognise clearly the limitations of his situation in Nazareth. He was faced with the hostility and disapproval of his neighbours in his hometown of Nazareth. He stared disappointment and failure in the face and then responded with a new and outward looking approach that involved the riskiest of all strategies - the participation of the disciples: those flawed and vulnerable human beings who would make mistakes, even betray him, and yet, go on to turn the world upside down.

In our reading from 2 Corinthians 12, Paul reminds us that (unlike human politics) God chooses to work with and through our human weaknesses.

But he said to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me…for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

God appoints us to be his representatives on earth, in full knowledge of our vulnerability and limitations. We only have to be willing and available.

Rev’d Philip

Our gospel text from Mark chapter 4 is focused on seeds as illustrations of God’s Kingdom, particularly the mustard seed.  Where Jesus lived, mustard was a common weed that could pop up almost anywhere. It could appear in the middle of a well-manicured garden or grove of fruit trees - something we can all relate to here in Herefordshire!

Jesus describes the fully grown mustard plant as “the greatest of all shrubs.” Some of his listeners must have chuckled. A mustard bush can grow dense, but it’s hardly magnificent. We can imagine Jesus grinning as he speaks. He is messing with convention and seeking to reframe the way people perceive the Kingdom of God.

The parable causes us to reflect. Can we discern where seeds may already be sprouting; where this kingdom may be growing around us? Aare we open to its unpredictable and even messy advance? The great danger for Christians is to become fixated on grand spiritual visions (in Biblical imagery, the cedars of Lebanon or in the C of E context it might be Diocesan strategies) or to narrow our ministry focus upon maintaining a weed-free lawn in a tidy and comfortable church garden. Either way we could well miss the opportunities for the kingdom that are  present in the lives of our neighbours, in our communities and wider society.  It’s easy not to notice an ordinary mustard bush. The parable of the mustard seed reminds us that the Kingdom of God is discernible all around us.

Rev’d Philip