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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 Friends,

Firstly, many thanks for your prayers, cards and messages for my speedy recovery. All have been and continue to be very welcome. One of the outcomes of enforced idleness is time for reflection and I am very grateful to Jim Cross for bringing a new work on the history of the Bible to my attention. (See Clergy page for details of the book and a course that Jim and others are running in the Autumn.) This book pulls no punches and causes one to confront those anomalies, such as two Creation stories, which one has been aware of but has put to one side.

I have always found the Letter of James inspirational and very relevant to today’s world. It speaks of how faith and good works must go hand in hand. Churches where Christianity in Action is very obvious also tend to be churches which are growing their congregations. Action can take many forms but sometimes we need to be inspired to do something. I feel inspired to run a monthly Supper Club which I will call ‘Food for Thought – Food on the Fourth’. It will be held on the 4th of each month starting in September at my house. Contact me if you want to come.

Both of the above programmes will, I hope, cause people to think and in so doing help us to get to know God better. We all have our ’Christmas Card List’ which allows us with little effort to continue to maintain contact with people whom we rarely see but in reality we need to have God on ‘speed dial’: the ever present friend to whom we turn on a daily basis.

 

Penny

Safeguarding

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, or if necessary, report the matter to your Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police

 

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Mandy McPhee 07875757396 or m.mcphee@hereford.anglican.org

Appointment of our new Bishop.

There was a reminder that the process for appointing our new Bishop has started
so that we have a Bishop in place by the start of the next Lambeth Conference.

Ross and Archenfield Deanery

Deanery Mission Action Planning (MAP)

We were told that in our deanery there are no ‘working villages’ as all are now used as commuter bases or homes for retired people.

Future staffing of Ross and Archenfield Deanery The Rural Dean reported that Intergenerational Missioner Christine Cattanach will be working with us for another four years. He asked that we talk with Christine to crystallise how we can reach out, connect and draw in younger people.

The Rural Dean added that Kevin Cecil of Wye Reaches is also to retire. He said it may be an opportunity to replace Kevin’s full-time post with a 0.5 post and this is being considered by the Deanery Action Committee. He spoke about the pressure we are under to pay for posts and difficulties in recruitment. It was pointed out by Patrick Darling that moving down to 6.5 stipends could result in a drop in giving and that we were only a few thousand pounds short of supporting 7 stipendsT

Deanery Synod

The Rev’d Canon Kathleen Baldwin spoke about the work of the RossCommunity Food Larder. Based in the basement of St Mary’s Hall, the Larder seeks to help individuals and families who are facing hardship. It is supported by members of local and district churches, Ross Town Council, the Lions Club and many others in the Ross area. First opened in May 2011, the larder currently helps an average of 65 people each month. It works on a voucher scheme with vouchers available from local agencies such as Age UK, Festival Housing, Job Centre Plus, British Legion, clergy and pastors in Ross and SSAFA. Around 90 vouchers a month are issued. It is open each Tuesday morning staffed by volunteers. More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/ friendsofrosscommunitylarder

Running alongside the larder, a Job
Club provides help with CV writing and interview techniques. Rev’d Simon Tarlton explained that the club was initially
the idea of Rev’d Jill Talbot-Ponsonby. Computers, printers and internet access are available and he and Reader Emeritus Derek Glover are on hand to offer help and advice. Between 20 to 30 people attend each week, mostly regulars making small but significant steps. Help with drug and alcohol dependency, family illness and debt is also offered. He said some had started to engage in terms of faith, attending church festivals.

The presentation was followed by the Treasurer’s Report. Deanery Treasurer Paul Baker reported that all but 6 of our parishes now paying their ‘offer’ by direct debit. He said the parish offer 2019 currently stands at £375,735, up 0.4% on 2018 actual and down 1.6% on 2018 offer. This was due to two to three parishes having major problems and means we are short of paying clergy stipends by some £4K.

 

 

 

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 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
Amen

Safeguarding

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, or if necessary, report the matter to your Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Mandy McPhee 07875757396 or m.mcphee@hereford.anglican.org

Herefordshire Council Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
Children – 01432 260800      Adult – 01432 260715   (week day office hours)
Emergency Duty Team – 0330 123 9309  (after 5 pm, weekends and Public Holiday)
Shropshire County Council
Child or Adult Concern – 0345 678 9021 (week day office hours)
Emergency Duty Team – 0345 678 9040 (after 5 pm, weekends and Public Holiday)
Telford and Wrekin County Council – Family Connect
Child or Adult Concern – 01952 385385 (week day office hours)
Emergency Duty Team – 01952 676500 (after 5pm, weekends and Public Holidays)
Powys County Council
Child or Adult Concern – 01597 827666 (day time)
Emergency Duty Team – 0845 054 4847 (after 5 pm, weekends and Public Holiday)
Worcestershire County Council
Children – 01905 822666      Adult – 1905 768053    (weekday office hours)
Emergency Duty Team – 01905 768020  (after 5 pm, weekends and Public Holiday)
NSPCC:   0808 800 5000 Child line (help line for children):  0800 11 11
National Domestic Violence Helpline:  0808 2000 247 Action on Elder Abuse:  0808 808 8141

 

 

The Wye Reaches Benefice