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.
from the Clergy
Changes to the Border News
We would like to introduce our new Compiler/Editor who is Michael Poynton. Michael has taken over at a time of great uncertainty. Many of the regular features concerning parish events and news are very short or non-existent. This gives us extra space so starting next month, if anyone wants to contribute please email your copy to Michael, Penny or Richard and we will use our discretion as to what we publish.
This is a worrying time but God is always with us and loves us all. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the clergy if you want us to pray for you, your family or friends or an issue about which
you are concerned.
We are developing easily accessible resources to help you pray and worship. The Wye Reaches parishes are putting out a weekly newsletter and a simple service for each Sunday. This can be emailed out to you, or if you are not on email but still want a copy then contact your Church Warden or Rev Penny Powdrill and we can arrange to send you a hard copy (a book of stamps from you will not go amiss!).
Life Events. (Christenings, Weddings, Funerals)
The Church of England has provided guidance to clergy with reference to Life Events. If you need to organise a Christening, a Wedding or a Funeral please contact a member of clergy.
Update on Wyesham Vicarage
At the meeting with the Archdeacon Wednesday 4th March we were informed as follows:
As of last Friday (Feb 29th) Monmouth Housing Association (MHA)are now the owners of the land in Wyesham that includes the Vicarage.
Detailed planning is well advanced and building will start soon with an estimated date for completion of the Vicarage as this time next year, 2021, or at the latest September 2021.
Although the Vicarage will be built by the MHA developers it will come into the freehold ownership of Hereford Diocese on completion. The sale of the land to MHA was such that the deal included this return of the new vicarage to the diocese.
If we appoint a new Vicar before completion of the vicarage then the diocese will house him/her in the interim.
Update on New Vicar for Wye Reaches
At the meeting with the Archdeacon, the Wye Reaches PCCs formally ac- cepted the Benefice Profile. The PCCs have yet to ratify the ‘Person Specifi- cation’ but this has been written and simply needs a few adjustments. The Archdeacon suggested that we wait until after Easter to advertise the post and we need to liaise with the new Bishop as far as interview dates are con- cerned. The post will be advertised widely and thanks to financial help from the Deanery it will have a larger than normal (for Hereford Diocese) adver- tisement in the Church Times. It will also be advertised on the Church of England website. The earliest we can expect a new Vicar is, realistically, September 2020 but there is a national shortage of priests so it is possible that applications may be few or unsuitable. The Archdeacon stressed that it is better to wait for the right person even if this means carrying on as we are for the present.
FROM THE CLERGY
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15.17) I still remember Canon Lawrie Skipper, Rector of St Mary’s Eccleston, my home church in Cheshire, preaching on this verse some time in the 1970s, even if I don’t remember all his words. Lawrie preached at my mother’s funeral in Llangarron in 1986 and I carried a copy in my work briefcase for a couple of years afterwards. The resurrection of Christ is the key fact on which everything else hangs. If it’s not true, our faith is empty and we’re wasting our time. But the apostle Paul’s point is that he knew the resurrection of Christ was true because he had met him on the road to Damascus. What can we say about where we have met Christ?
Holy Spirit of God,
invisible like the wind,
we do not see you moving among us, but your effect we see:
come to our hearts
that we may be renewed and reborn.
Open our minds that we may see your kingdom;
lift up our eyes
to where the cross of Christ stands for our healing;
that we might believe,
and in believing not die
but have eternal life; through your Son
who in your love for us
you sent into the world, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayers for the People, ed. Michael Perry, 1992
Dear All, in light of the present situation we feel it is imperative that we keep in touch.
No church services will be held for the present.
We intend to circulate a service and other worship material on a weekly
If you, or anyone you know, are in need of prayer then please contact Val
Thomas, Rev Penny Powdrill or Rev Jill Stephens. (Contact details below). Revs Penny and Jill are also available to discuss issues or answer queries
relating to church matters.
Starting this Sunday, there will be a Church service on BBC TV during the
morning. This Sunday will feature the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Border News for April will be published but please assume that dates and
details of events need checking. (They were correct at time of publication!) Look out for the invitation to contribute to the May edition. Obviously
there will be limited reporting of events so now is your chance to have your
some in the surgeries in town.
If you would like to receive the magazine but cannot collect, please let
Daphne Smith know and she will happily post it to you but please send a book of Large Letter stamps to her to cover the cost. Alternatively the magazine can be accessed on line via our website, www.wyereaches.com or just Google Wye Reaches. .
Financially, the coming weeks will be difficult for us all as Offerings will be greatly reduced. Envelopes can be kept until the church re-opens, but it would be greatly appreciated if offerings could be made direct to our bank account, please ask for details.
With reference to Dixton flooding, we have now received a report concern- ing may of the items that were removed from the church for cleaning or restoration. The church remains locked because there are dehumidifiers and air exchange equipment in the church that work best in a closed situa- tion. We remain in the hands of our Loss Adjustor but issues are being dealt with.
WYE REACHES HOME COMMUNIONS
If you know someone who used to come to church but is now unable to come, or if you are no longer able to make it to church but would like to receive Holy Communion please contact Rev Jill Stephens or Rev Penny Powdrill.
For a little while at any rate we are going to slot into the Border News a conundrum, something to get you thinking, and even discussing, with passion. This month’s is about food.
This Month’s Conundrum – keep a clear head for this!
Max had been a vegetarian for most of his life. He liked the taste of meat, and missed it, but his principles were strong. Now, however, he was sitting down to a feast of pork sausages, crispy bacon and fried chicken breast, and with an absolutely clear conscience.
Priscilla the pig had provided the sausages and bacon and Max had been talking to her only the week before. She had been genetically engineered to be able to think, and reason, and speak, and to want desperately to be killed and eaten.
And the chicken breast was from Harriet the hen. Harriet had been ‘decerebrated’ that is, had all awareness removed. She had no awareness of self, environment, pain or pleasure. Killing her would cause her no more suffering than you could inflict on a carro So – try these questions
Is it wrong to engineer genetically a pig to a human level of intelligence but also to want to be killed and eaten? Why or why not?
Is it wrong to kill and eat an intelligent animal whose main ambition in life is to be killed and eaten?
Is it wrong to kill and eat an animal which does not experience life and cannot feel death?
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BBC Radio 4:
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Sunday 8:10 Sunday Worship
BBC Radio 3:
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