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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Staunton-on-Wye Services in January, February & March 2024

Communion Services

  Sunday 10th March 10.30am

Cafe Church Services

Sunday 24th March 10.30am       Palm Sunday cafe church with brunch and  guest speaker Nick Read, Agricultural Chaplain

Staunton-on-Wye Village Hall

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Nota Bene Singers

Music of Praise and Peace

Sunay 10th March

5.00pm

Director - John Holloway

Organist - Simon Dinsdale

Including music by Bach, Tavener, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninov, Chydenius and more......

Ticket £12, including drinks and nibbles

Please contact Pat Millington on 01544 319330 or email pat.mill@btinternet.com

Tickets on sale at the door

Weobley Parish Church

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Coffee Morning

Tuesday 12th March 2024

10.30am - 12.00pm

*Tea *Coffee *Cakes *Biscuits Friendly Chat

Weobley Parish Church

2nd Tuesday of every 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.


JOIN THE UK'S BIGGEST PLASTIC INVESTIGATION

Nearly 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging are thrown away by UK households every year, and just 12% is recycled in the UK.

Tear Fund is asking households to gather data on the amount of plastic waste they are throwing away for one week in the month of March. This will be used to push for a global treaty on plastics. 

Count your plastic for one week – 11-17 March 2024.

It’s time the government got serious about tackling the plastic crisis. You can help by taking part in The Big Plastic Count!

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Weekly Reflection

thoughts and reflections from the Rev'd Philip Harvey

Last week in one of our services we sang the chorus ‘I have decided to follow Jesus’, following on from the reading in Mark’s gospel in which Jesus instructs his disciples ‘Whosever will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.’

The song repeats a refrain ‘No turning back’ in each verse. Interestingly, the song was written by a man from Assam (northern India) named Nokseng, who converted to Christianity in the 19th century when there were very few Christians in the region. One line in the song says ‘Though none go with me still I will follow’. His walk of faith must have been a lonely one in a culture devoted to the worship of other gods. He would have faced open hostility and social exclusion, just like those converted to Christianity from Judaism in the first centuries of the church.

This is not only history. The website of International Christian Concern reported that over the year 2023 there were 720 incidents of persecution and violence against Christians in India. This has increased since the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in 2019, and his party’s populist Hindu majority message which has incited mobs against their Christian and Muslim neighbours.

India is not the only country in which it has become challenging to be a practicing Christian. Worldwide, almost 5,000 Christians were killed for their faith last year, and nearly 15,000 churches were attacked or forcibly closed. A January report in ‘Christianity Today’ magazine, entitled The 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus in 2024, makes it clear that to be a Christian in many other nations is a very risky business.

While Christianity is increasingly a minority religion in this country, our daily practice of faith does not generally involve risk to life and limb. But perhaps it should involve praying for our brothers and sisters who face extreme hardships, and who show us the fuller extent of what it means to walk the way of the cross.

 Reverend Philip

Lent is often depicted as a season of misery and self-flagellation; a time to be down in the mouth. But that is a caricature of traditional religion. It’s more helpful for us to consider Lent as a season that invites us into a time of reflection; on the Word of God, on our lives and upon the needs of the world, to promote our spiritual growth. Here’s some suggestions as to how you may wish to do this, with others or on your own.

  1. Attend a Lent course. Churches Together in Weobley are running one each Wednesday afternoon in Lent which will explore the meaning of God’s holiness. For further details see the notice in People and Steeple. Or you might be interested in purchasing the Archbishops’s Lent Course ‘Watch and Pray’ which “invites us to seek God in both familiar and unfamiliar places: in darkness and in quiet; in movement and migration; in the healing and transforming work of the Spirit; in the weeping of Holy Week and in the joy of Easter morning.” Further details can be found on the Church of England website www.churchofengland.org (under the title Lent, Holy Week and Easter).
  2. Take the time to slowly read and reread one of the gospels. The word gospel (Evangelon in Greek) means good news. Consider how this good news plays out in the text, and ask God to guide you in thinking through the implications of this good news in your own life.
  3. Take up a new hobby or past-time or which helps you creatively observe and engage with the world around you, whether the natural world or your social environment. Drawing, painting, sculpting, singing, dialogue or planning events with others can help us move out of our natural mode of self-absorption and discover an outward focus that can help to reorient us spiritually.

Finally, please note that Lent is the best time of the year to run a marathon. Because that's when you fast.

Rev’d Philip