Welcome to the Benefice & News

This is the website for the churches of the Wye Reaches Benefice

Our group of parishes is at the far south of the Diocese of Hereford.
We span the England/Wales border with the River Wye often
forming a parish boundary.

 St. Dubricius, Whitchurch  St. James, Wyesham
 St. Peter, Dixton  All Saints,  Bishopswood
St. Swithins, Ganarew

Dear All,

From Advent we enter into Year C, the Year in which the Gospel of Luke predominates but what of the year that has passed? Reflecting on the last year and its events is useful and I pose some questions.

• Think about the things you prayed for: were your prayers answered and did you give thanks and praise when this was so?

• Which church events have you been involved with and did you think they were successful? How are you measuring success?

• Which events were less successful? What was the reason for the lack of success?

• Do you feel you know more of God than you did this time last year?

I was delighted by the positive response to help fund the Youth Worker employed in Wyesham. She does great work and our generosity meant that her hours could be extended.

I am delighted to hear that PCCs are thinking carefully about the type of services that take place and that the need to make services relevant to those who are enquiring about faith is being taken seriously. The Alpha course was well received but we need to ensure that follow-up takes place and that we take seriously those who have questions to ask.

For me personally I have found the monthly Prayer Group held at Wyesham Christian Fellowship to be spiritually uplifting. This is open to all; we eat the cake of friendship and drink the tea/coffee which brings refreshment as much to the soul as to the body and we relax in the presence of the Lord. Praying with others brings the deep sense of spiritual well-being that comes from the companionship of prayer. See inside the magazine for times and dates.

Your friend


Reflection on Prayer:


Prayer is not a one-way conversation

John Stott said, “God must speak to us before we have any liberty to speak to him.”
We pray in so many different ways including giving thanks, asking God to do something for us and also asking God to do something for someone else. One is always impressed by those who show great forgiveness for a wrong done by saying they are praying for the perpetrator. Dietrich Bonhoffer, who was executed by the Nazis said, “I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.”



Christian Fellowship

Meets on first Monday of the month at Wyesham Christian Fellowship. The next meeting will be on Monday 5th November at 2.30 pm.

Directions: A40 South, turn left over Wye Bridge and
right (in front of Lidl) along Redbrook Road. Take
first left into Wyesham Avenue and 2nd right into Chapel Close. WCF is immediately on right with a large car park. NP25 3NN


 Benefice Prayer

O, Come Holy Spirit come
Come as holy fire and burn in us
Come as holy wind and cleanse us
Come as holy light and lead us
Come as holy truth and teach us
Come as holy forgiveness and free us
Come as holy love and enfold us
Come as holy power and enable us
Come as holy life and well in us
Convict us, convert us, consecrate us until we are wholly yours for your using
Through Jesus Christ our Lord


The Wye Reaches Benefice