About Us

Our worshipping community is made up of 13,300 people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • We were founded in 676 AD and cover roughly 1,650 square miles, with many of our church buildings of historical importance.
  • Serving 326,000 people, we are part of the Church of England, which itself is part of the wider Anglican Communion
  • We have 193 schools in the Diocese, teaching approximately 46,300 children. Of these, 78 are Church of England schools, with just under 13,000 children, although 40% of these schools have fewer than 100 pupils; there are more pupils in our C of E schools than regular attendees at Sunday services
  • We are responsible for 402 churches, 13 Deaneries, 86 Benefices, and 344 parishes - we are the Church of England in Herefordshire, south Shropshire, and parts of Monmouthshire, Powys, and Worcestershire
  • In 2020, we maintained over 120 properties, occupied mainly by our stipendiary clergy and curates
  • We have the fewest stipendiary ministers but the highest clergy level per person simply because we’re a rural diocese.
    • Clergy (stipends, house for duty, and curates)
      • Men: 61
      • Women: 28
    • Clergy (SSM figures)
      • Men: 13
      • Women: 17
  • In 2020 we saw nearly 15% growth in churches receiving donations from Parish Giving Schemes

(Figures from The Diocesan Impact Report 2020)

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