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Welcome to your August 2017 bulletin from the Diocese of Hereford 

New Rural Chaplains

Eight new chaplains have been licensed to Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy our ecumenical partnership with the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit.

The service on Saturday 22nd April was led by Honorary Assistant Bishop to the Diocese of Hereford, the Rt Revd Michael Bourke and Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District Chair Revd Rachel Parkinson at Church Stretton Methodist Church.

More than 250 farming families were supported by the existing five chaplains in 2016, with issues such as farm succession, delays or problems with the Basic Payment Scheme (formerly the Single Payment Scheme or Single Farm Payment), Bovine TB  and Herefordshire Council's decision to sell off its 45 smallholdings.

Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy is there to meet the needs of all in the farming or land based communities within Herefordshire and south Shropshire, which accounts for almost 10% of employment on 6,000 registered agricultural holdings.

Chaplain, Revd Nick Read said: "The new chaplains will considerably enhance our ability to cover the north of the diocese. 

"The majority of the new post holders live in Shropshire whereas four out of the five first cohort lived in Herefordshire.

"An increase in the number of female chaplains is also encouraging and will help us to deal with gender-sensitive issues and supporting the whole of farming families.

"It's a great to belong to something that is growing importance, ecumenical and clearly demonstrates the commitment of both churches to the farming community." 

The new voluntary chaplains are: Revd Bob Bates, Revd Frances Bisceker, Sarah Campbell, Revd John Chesworth, Revd Virginia Clements, Kathryn Cunliffe, Revd John Fowler and Revd Mike Kinna.

They join stipendiary chaplain and team leader, David Gwatkin and the four existing voluntary chaplains: David Dutton, Mike Jones, Revd Nick Read and Sue Williams.
Find out more
On Tuesday 18th July we welcomed Revd Andy Morgan to St Peter's with St Owen and St James in Hereford. You can watch some of the installation service here or if you prefer Facebook then click on the link below.
Watch on Facebook
Work is underway on a new version A Church Near You set to be launched in October or early November. 

To ensure records are up to date the Church of England Digital Team are asking that all those who have not logged into their account in the last year do so in the coming weeks. 

Now is also a good time to check your church's details and service times are accurate.

Any account that has not been logged into in the last 12 months by October 2017 will not be transferred to the new site.

The aims of the redesign are simple: to make it easier for you to update, and easier for users to find the church they are looking for - along with services and activities that are on offer.

In the Autumn it will be possible for churches to have up to five editors! Hopefully this will make it easier for updating information. 
Click here to update your church's details
Find out more and book a place
New rural role
Bishop Richard has accepted the post of chair of the Rural Affairs group at General Synod in July.
He is photographed here shortly afterwards as he addressed members.

New Honorary Assistant Bishop

The Rt Revd Robert Paterson was commissioned by Bishop Richard on 24 July.

Bishop Richard was Bishop of Sodor and Man from 2008 until his retirement last year.

He and his wife Pauline now live just over the border in Worcester Diocese.

Bishop Robert joins Bishop Mike Bourke and Bishop Michael Westall who both hold commissions as Assistant Bishops in the diocese.

We welcome Bishop Robert and wish him well in his retirement and ministry.


New Guide for church building development for community use

Work is getting underway on a new, updated and much expanded version of the influential and much valued ‘Crossing the Threshold: a community development approach to the use of church buildings toolkit’.

It is all possible thanks to a grant of £12,000 from Allchurches Trust to the HRBA (Historic Religious Buildings Alliance) and is being undertaken in partnership with the Diocese of Hereford.

Read more

Christian holidays for children

Scripture Union offer holidays for children and young people to have fun, make friends and have the opportunity to learn about Jesus. They want to welcome more children from outside of church and they are great opportunities for exploring faith in a fun and relaxed environment.

They have launched a new holiday fund to ensure financial hardship does not prevent children from benefiting from these life-changing experiences.  Do you know of children or young people in your parish or benefice who could be helped in this way?

They say there are still some places available in this summer's programme
Find out about Scripture Union Holiday Fund

Do you enjoy researching old records?

The diocese is old, complicated and full of records, plans and other documents. These are stored in several locations, often in an unstructured way and rarely reviewed.
We are looking for someone who is interested in a voluntary role to catalogue and review these pieces of history. In particular we have deeds to land, property and schools which need attention and appropriate filing. Please contact the Communications Office if you can help with this. 

News in brief

  • School for Ministry Taster Mornings
Come and sample what's on offer and learn about how the School for Ministry can resource ministry and discipleship in your parish. Recent feedback for a pilot group for one of the new School for Ministry modules included "Very inspirational and fulfilling, helping me grow in confidence in prayer" and "The course has help me to to discover more about myself as a Christian and how to spend quality time with God".
Taster mornings are on Saturday 30 September at Church Stretton Parish Hall or Saturday 4 November at Earl Mortimer College, Leominster. Book on a taster morning 

  • Continuing Ministerial Training now bookable online
Did you know that you can now book onto a CMD event for 2017/2018 using a new free online booking system? The events are tailored to our shared priorities and mission action planning. The programme has three strands: 
  1.  The three diocesan shared priorities (SPs): spiritual and numeric growth, engaging in transforming communities, re-imagining ministry.
  2.  Three foundational elements of ongoing ministerial development: biblical, spiritual and practical resources.
  3.  Events in response to identified needs.

The programme remains free for all those in licensed ministry (clergy and readers) LMDG members and parish workers (e.g. children's and youth workers).

Licensed clergy are required by Common Tenure to undertake three days of CMD a year with attendance at these events counting towards this. 

Click here and follow the instructions to book your place. 

  • A Monk's Tale 
The Hereford-Nuremberg Partnership Committee is sponsoring a performance of this new historical comedy written for this year's 500th anniversary of Luther's Reformation as part of this year's special Luther commemorations. 

Horrible Histories meets Monty Python in this new three-person show. They lead the audience through a heady mix of indulgences and indignation, politics and purgatory, saints and sinners, religion and revolution which helped to shape the modern world - fuelled by the unstoppable social media of the day, the all-new printing press.

Written by award winning James Cary, co-author of Miranda and The God Particle, with music and lyrics by James Sherwood it will be launched at the Edinburgh Festival and then go on national tour.

It will be at St Laurence's Church in Ludlow on Wednesday 13 September. Click
here for tickets

  • Gift of Years: Resourcing the Spiritual Journey of Older People
Hereford Diocesan Readers' Association is inviting people to hear Debbie Thrower, a Reader in Winchester Diocese and a former presenter of BBC Songs of Praise to talk about supporting and nurturing the faith of older members of our congregations and communities.

She is the country's first Anna Chaplain, a Bible Reading Fellowship ecumenical scheme helping to promote the spiritual welfare of men and women of strong, little or no faith . Read more about Anna Chaplains

On becoming an Anna Chaplain, Debbie Thrower said: "It's like planting a flag in the middle of town and saying 'older people matter'." She will be speaking at Leominster Priory on Saturday 23 September. More details of the event can be found


Diocesan Surveyor

A really exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified surveyor to join the diocesan team.

This is the first time the role will be carried out in house and is part of a new vision for how our properties will be managed to ensure the best possible homes are provided for the families living in them, within the constraints of the current budget.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the effective development, management and delivery of consistently high standards of customer focused repair and asset management services, alongside budgetary control.

Click here for more details or to apply.

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