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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Coffee, Cake & Chat

Saturday 22nd June 2024

2.00pm

Everyone Welcome

In aid of St Nicholas Church and Bowel Cancer Uk

Woodlands, Norton Canon, HR4 7BQ

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Staunton Singers Concert

Presents a

Concert celebrating Summer & Sunshine

Saturday 22nd June

6.30pm for 7.00pm

St Mary's Church Staunton-on-Wye

£6.00 on the door

*Raffle *Refreshments

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Coffee, Cake & Classics

Sunday 30th June 2024

Vehicles from 11.00am

All Visitors Welcome

Light Refreshments

CASH ONLY

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Sarnesfield Church  HR4 8RE

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Weobley Coffee Morning

Tuesday 9th July 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

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   

When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it  - GK Chesterton

Following the Prime Minister’s decision to call an election, the BBC aired several interviews with people in the street, many of whom said ‘it doesn’t matter which way I vote because those politicians are all the same and nothing gets done about my medical appointments being cancelled and my bus being late’ (not an exact quote, but you get the gist).

This level of indifference and cynicism about the democratic process contrasts with other countries where people will risk their liberty and lives to campaign for the right to have a say in how they are governed. Despite the frequent moaning we hear about politicians, we are at least given an opportunity to hold them to account at the ballot box. As Winston Churchill remarked in 1947: ‘it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.’

As Christians we are not given explicit instructions about voting along party lines. After all, the Bible was written in the context of monarchical and imperial political systems. But we are given principles and guidelines about what is important in human conduct. The sermon on the mount is a good place to begin, in which Jesus invites us to uphold the rights of the poor, vulnerable and marginalised; to uphold integrity and the practice of mercy, and to seek justice and peace.

We need to consider our voting choices in the light of this teaching and to pray that those elected would uphold Christian values and seek the common good.

Reverend Philip