Week Ten - 18th May to 22nd May
Week Nine - 11th May to 15th May
Week Eight - 4th May to 8th May
This week we are pleased to see Government have tweaked their advice, that churchyards are now open for people to visit/tend graves but church buildings remained closed.
Updated guidance on clergy and lay leaders being allowed to reenter churches
Week Seven - 27th April to 1st May
Welcome to week seven of our updates from Hereford Diocese.
Week Six - 21st April to 24th April
Welcome to week six of our updates from Hereford Diocese.
This week we have a very long list of updates including the weekly video message from Bishop Richard a farewell and thank you message from Bishop Alistair and details of the arrangements and consultation document for the future of the Northern Archdeaconry.
Week Five - 13th April to 17th April
Welcome to the first of our weekly updates following Easter from Hereford Diocese. We have taken the decision to move to a weekly update each Thursday.
Week Four (Holy Week) - 6th April to 10th April
Welcome to Holy Week and our final update for this week from Hereford Diocese.
We will be back again on Tuesday with more news and information after the Easter weekend. Tonight's update includes the weekly message from Bishop Richard and a national call to prayer on Easter Sunday.
Welcome to Holy Week and Monday's update from Hereford Diocese.
We will be back again on Wednesday with more news and information before the Easter weekend.
Week Three - 30th March to 3rd April 2020
Welcome to Thursday's update and the final update for this week from Hereford Diocese.
We will be back again on Monday with more news and informaiton as we enter Holy Week.
Welcome to Tuesday's update, week three of the COVID-19 updates from Hereford Diocese.
Please note this week we will be sharing a briefing today and Thursday unless there is something urgent. We will be continuing to review the frequency of these updates as we go forward.
Welcome to Monday's update, week three of daily updates from Hereford Diocese.
Please note this week we will be sharing a briefing today, Tuesday and Thursday unless there is something urgent. We will be continuing to review the frequency of these updates as we go forward.
Week Two - 23rd to 27th March 2020
Welcome to the final update for this week - Thursday of week two of daily updates from Hereford Diocese.
We have included a special week 2 message from Bishop Richard which is available to watch on our YouTube channel
Welcome to Wednesday's update, week two of daily updates from Hereford Diocese.
Last night was the first night in a week without a whole lot of new announcements. However, we want to remind you that church buildings must remain closed in line with yesterday’s announcement and a poster is available for you to fill in and display on your Church.
Welcome to Tuesday's update, week two of daily updates from Hereford Diocese.
Many of you will have watched the Prime Minister’s statement at 20:30 yesterday in which he announced that stricter measures must now be put in place to stop the further spread of Covid-19. He said that all places of worship must remain closed until further notice, with funerals being the only exception. The Archbishops have issued a statement.
Welcome to Monday and the start of week two of daily updates from Hereford Diocese The First Sunday in Hereford Diocese - Please join us in thanking Rev Mike Kneen and David Bland at Leominster Priory for leading our first Facebook live stream. We many positive messages of thanks from people who took part in the live-stream service.
Week One - 17th to 20th March 2020
Welcome to the end of our first week of daily updates. We would like to thank you all for the kind words of encouragement and emails we've received this week. We plan to continue this daily update for as long as necessary and welcome your continued feedback.
During the Coronavirus outbreak Archdeacon Derek will be setting aside a period each day to pray. He is asking if anyone has particular needs or prayers or situations that need prayer to leave a post on his prayer station Facebook page. He and other members of the group will pray for it at 9.30 and again at 12 noon. Please pass it on and join in
We are now one day into the announcement that all public acts of worship will be suspended with immediate effect. It is important that our churches continue to be places open to the public where individuals can safely pray and our clergy can provide pastoral support. This should be undertaken whilst maintaining safe social distances and practicing good hygiene. As far as possible, churches will need to look at all activities and services on a case by case basis, we encourage all churches to review and complete a Continuity Plan to ensure, as far as possible, their continued mission and ministry. We have created a poster for you to put up on your church noticeboard or front door.
In the face of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and wellbeing of everyone connected to our churches and schools is a priority. Following the announcement earlier today from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, we will be suspending all acts of worship and gatherings across the Diocese. This does not mean we are shutting up shop but adapting to the changing situation. We are becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and serving others.