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Welcome to your October 2017 bulletin from the Diocese of Hereford 

Archdeacon to retire

The Archdeacon of Hereford, Paddy Benson, will be retiring at the end of August 2018.

The early announcement is to allow for a smooth process of finding and appointing his successor.

Paddy came to Hereford in 2011, after serving as a vicar on Merseyside.

He has been an active contributor to our partnership with Tanzania: he speaks Swahili, which he learned during his time as a missionary in Kenya.

As well as the specific responsibilities of being an archdeacon, Paddy has taken an active interest in the forming of a Community Land Trust, which is being set up to help tackle the lack of affordable housing in our diocese.

The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith commented on the announcement: “All of us in the diocese have reason to be thankful to Paddy for his ministry.

“He is passionate about the Christian good news, warmly pastoral in his dealings with others, immensely hard working and a very gifted communicator of the Christian faith.

“We shall miss him greatly, but he'll still have a lot to offer us over the coming year.”

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New Diocese film
This week we’ve launched our first ever Welcome to our Diocese film. It’s a snapshot of church, school and community life here.
It can be used to stimulate discussion and debate about intergenerational church, developing the Christian faith of young people, thinking about how to use a building differently or looking at social action.
Please consider sharing it on your social media channels. You can also download the film to show at your event from the Communications Resources on our website.
Watch on Facebook

Preparing for Christmas 2017 in your church #GodWithUs

This year's national Church of England campaign is called #GodWithUs

As Archbishop Justin Welby says in his introduction to #GodWithUs:
“The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you – you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence”.
This year’s campaign has three key elements:
  1. Video adverts that tell the story of people's journeys to church at Christmas and what Christmas means to them, which will be released throughout December on the Church of England's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. We will be sharing where appropriate on the diocesean social media accounts.
  2. The new A Church Near You – our church finder – which will point people to a Christmas service or event taking place in one of our over 400 churches and other buildings. This will launch in November 2017. Find out more about the new ACNY in this blog.
  3. Producing Your Christmas Journey, a series of short reflections throughout December and into early January 2018, introduced by Archbishop Justin Welby. The reflections have been written by soul[food] for people who are new to faith and to help us all grow in our love of God. People can receive the messages as texts, emails, on social media and Church House Publishing have produced a booklet which would be ideal for churches to give to those attending Advent and Christmas services – find out more here.
Download free customisable posters and other resources

Diocesan Safeguarding update

The diocese underwent an Independent Safeguarding Audit in May, which was part of a national programme of diocesan audits commissioned by the Archbishop's Council.
The review, conducted by the Social Care Institute for Excellence scrutinised diocesan records and included interviews with key diocesan staff and with a focus group of parish representatives. Thank you to those parish volunteers who gave up time to be part of this process.
Read Safeguarding Audit Report
Book clergy or church officer Safeguarding training
What makes your church unique?

BBC Hereford and Worcester have started a new feature called 'Pride of Place' looking at what makes a particular church or congregation special.

They're always looking for new churches to feature on their Sunday breakfast programme, presented by Kate Justice. So whether you've a great historical fact or something far more recent to shout about - why not get in touch and tell people about your church and community?

Contact the show's producer, Lizzie Lane

News in brief:

  • Crossing the Threshold Toolkit, a guide for communities looking to open up their church buildings for wider community use, has been fully-updated and will be relaunched nationally, on Friday 3 November at St Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham. More information/book tickets.
  • St Michael's Hospice, Light up a life 2017 -  20 events and services are planned for the area served by the hospice during November and December. The Light up a Life programme offers families and friends an opportunity to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. Further details.
  • Ludlow Mascall Resource Library - is now staffed Tuesday to Thursdays. The library remains open for self-service and browsing Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Library details
  • Understanding Christianity - The Education team are leading this course on Thursday 30 November. There is two-hour session at 10am repeated at 2pm. The course is for school staff who have not carried out training under this project, which aims to equip teachers to teach about Christianity. The course is also open to any clergy with church schools within their parish, diocesan and cathedral staff who are involved in teaching. Book here

  • School for Ministry Taster Days update - the event scheduled for Monday 30 October has been cancelled. The event on Saturday 4 November has been moved from Earl Mortimer College to the Diocesan Office at Ludlow.
  • Service for Reformation Day - All are welcome at an ecumenical service to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Reformation at Leominster Priory on Tuesday 31 October at 7.30pm. The preacher will be Pastor Stefanie Reuther who is visiting from Nuremberg. Stefanie worked in the Leominster Team 2010-2013.
  • Growing Messy Leaders Training Day, Saturday 4 November from 10am-4pm, Ryton Village Hall, Little Ryton, Shrewsbury, SY5 7NB, discover how to encourage and develop Christian leadership skills in Messy Church with Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter from the Messy Church, Bible Reading Fellowship Team. The day is suitable for everyone from age nine and upwards. The event costs £20 per church. Please book by emailing Kathy Bland at our Intergenerational Team.
New 'butty' van for rural chaplains
A new mobile refreshments van is to hit the road with the Borderlands Rural Chaplains (pictured above). It will attend events such as market days, sales and agricultural shows to provide a focal point for people to gather and talk to chaplains.

People news:

Clergy moves and appointments:
  • The Revd Nicholas Lowton – re-appointed Rural Dean of Abbeydore from 1 October 2017
  • The Revd Preb Mark Johnson – re-appointed Rural Dean of Ross and Archenfield from 1 October 2017
  • The Revd Preb Ashley Buck –  re-appointed Rural Dean of Ludlow from  1 October 2017
  • The Revd Richard Hill – re-appointed Rural Dean of Condover from  1 October 2017
  • The Revd Chris Moore –  re-appointed Rural Dean of Hereford from 1 October 2017
  • The Revd Robert Ward –  re-appointed Rural Dean of Ledbury from 1 October 2017
  • The Revd Clive Evans –  re-appointed  Rural Dean of Bromyard from 1 October of 2017
  • The Revd Preb Stephen Hollinghurst –  re-appointed Rural Dean of Kington & Weobley from 1 October 2017
  • The Revd Michael Kneen –  re-appointed Rural Dean of Leominster from 1 October 2017
  • The Revd Ian Naylor –  re-appointed Rural Dean of Telford Severn Gorge from 1 October 2017
  • The Revd Stephanie Fountain – re-appointed Rural Dean of Clun Forest from 1 October 2017
  • The Revd Lynn Money - appointed Rector of Ashford Carbonel, Ashford Bowdler, Caynham, Richard's Castle, Knowbury and Ludford. Her licensing will take place on 17 January 2018 (venue to be confirmed)
  • The Revd Helen Clarke - appointed as Lead Chaplain of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust at Hereford from 24 April 2017 (Employed by the NHS trust but licensed by the Bishop of Hereford)
 Permission to Officiate given to:
  • The Revd Charles Lawrence, who lives in Ludlow Deanery has Permission to Officiate from 23rd August 2017
  • The Revd John P Benson, who lives in Leominster Deanery has Permission to Officiate from 23rd August 2017
  • The Revd Andrew Perry, who lives in Ledbury Deanery has Permission to Officiate from 23rd August 2017
  • The Revd Janet Russell, who lives Monmouthshire Diocese has Permission to Officiate from 28th September 2017
  • The Revd Tim Bryan, who lives in Condover Deanery has Permission to Officiate from 3rd October 2017
  • The Ven John Tiller, who lives in Lichfield Diocese has Permission to Officiate from 28th September 2017
  • The Revd Rosemary Freeman, who lives in Telford Severn Gorge Deanery has Permission to Officiate from 22nd October 2017
Moving out of Diocese:
  • The Revd (Pastor) Brigitte Malik - will have  her last service at St Giles on 19th November 2017 and will return to Germany and start her new position in Neustadt-an-der Aisch on 10th December.
 Support staff appointments:

Mike Williams has been appointed as the new Diocesan Surveyor and starts in December when he will have a handover period with our present surveyor, Philip Burford at Hook Mason.

Mike is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and has extensive experience in managing and surveying residential properties, schools and care homes. Mike has worked for the Herefordshire Council, the Orders of St John Care Trust and most recently a large, local housing association where he oversaw over 5500 properties. He is active in his local community (Marden, in Herefordshire) as chair of Governors for the local primary school, volunteering to maintain the Parish Church grounds and leading working groups to start a village youth club and refurbish play equipment. 
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