Whitbourne: St John The Baptist, WR6 5RS

Whitbourne: St John the Baptist, Whitbourne
Boat Lane Whitbourne, WR6 5RS

This church is one of four in the Greater Whitbourne parish in Hereford Diocese.

This is the largest of the four parishes, and the church is likewise the largest. It still retains traces of Norman and possibly even Saxon work, in spite of major refurbishment in 1865, when the North aisle and vestry (behind the organ) were added and the gallery and stairs to the Rood loft taken away,

Worthy of note are the ancient font, the relatively new screen, moved recently from the chancel to the tower arch, the centuries -old piece of material (cope, then altar frontal?) found in the Rectory attics and now hanging on the north wall, the St. Francis window ...

The modern kitchen and toilets, with a meeting room above, were part of the Millennium project. Since then, the reredos has been restored; the next job is to restore the bells.

Whitbourne Court, next door, was one of the Summer Palaces of the Bishops of Hereford, two of whom are buried in the church — Bishops Scory and Godwin. The Court itself was confiscated by Cromwell and given to Col. Birch, a roundhead soldier.

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  • Morning Praise

    This is a family-friendly non-eucharistic morning service, designed to be suitable for regular use and for a variety of contexts. Derived from a New Patterns for Worship sample format.

    Every 1st Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 45 minutes

    Coffee, Hymnsevent, Singingevent, Church, Allages, Morningworship

  • Sung Eucharist

    A more formal Sung Eucharist service, gradually being established, which might include incense in the future.

    Every 4th Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Common prayer, Communion, Musicevent, Hymnsevent, Singingevent, Church, Choirevent

  • Morning Praise

    A non-eucharistic family-friendly service based on Matins, sometimes "themed", usually lay-led by a member of the Local Ministry Development Group. The "sermon" slot is sometimes replaced by a talk by a lay person.

    Every 1st Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 45 minutes

    Family friendly, Coffee, Musicevent, Singingevent, Church

  • Holy Communion

    Holy Communion with organ or recorded music for hymns.

    Every 2nd and 3rd Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Christmas, Musicevent, Hymnsevent, Church, Choirevent

  • Holy Communion (said)

    This service is no longer held. Holy |communion is available at Upper Sapey on the 1st Sunday each month, at 9:30am. See the Whitbourne Home page for latest details of services in Greater Whitbourne churches.

    Every 1st Sunday at 11 a.m. for 30 minutes