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
On 29 September 2019 Revd Kevin Cecil retired from his ministry as Vicar of the Wye Reaches Benefice. The Diocese has begun the search for Kevin’s replacement and in the meantime we are delighted that Revd Penny Powdrill has agreed to become our Acting Vicar with Revd Jill Stephens as the other half of the team.
We wish them well in this challenge and thank them for their invaluable ministry to the five parishes of Wyereaches Benefice.
You are invited to attend the
You are invited to attend the
For the Wye Reaches Benefice
On Saturday October 12th at Whitchurch Memorial Hall
From 9.30 to 12-30
This meeting is open to all parishioners. You don’t have to be a church-goer to attend.
FOOD 4 THOUGHT
Starting this month, an informal discussion group on the 4th of every month. The format will be a light meal with discussion.
The topic for October will be: “What we want from Worship”
Venue, Rev Penny’s house at 7pm. Homebush, Lower Prospect Road, Monmouth, NP25 3HS
For catering purposes, please let me know if you would like to come.
This is a new venture and by having the meals on the 4th of every month the day will change each month thus ensuring that everyone has a chance to attend even if not every month.
All Souls Service
Our benefice service for the bereaved takes place on Sunday November 3rd at 3pm (earlier than last year) at Wyesham. This service is for all those who want to commemorate the loss of a loved one. The families of those for whom we have conducted funerals during the last year will all receive a written invitation but we are aware that our parishioners may have lost friends and families who did not live around here. Please contact Rev Penny Powdrill if you would like to include them in our service of remembrance.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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|