TV vicars take to the stage

    Christian Faith
    22 Aug. 2018
    Catherine Cashmore

    The Courtyard and Hereford Diocese present a unique opportunity to hear from the vicars from the BBC TV show, A Vicar’s Life in A Vicar’s Life Live! this September.

    The series followed the life and ministry of vicars in the rugged Black Mountains, a picturesque Shropshire market town and the cathedral city of Hereford from May to Christmas.

    This joint fundraiser between the two charities allows audiences to join the Herefordshire vicars to find out what they really do all day, explore their own personal walk with God, and get the inside track from behind the scenes on the documentary.

    Revd Nicholas Lowton talks about his wish for people to know as much about Jesus’s life as they do of his birth, Revd Ruth Hulse explains how the church needs to reach out to young people and Father Matthew Cashmore discusses how small acts of good change the world.

    The event will also feature a guest performance from up and coming Christian vocalist April Shipton from Ross on Wye. As well as local radio, three national Christian radio stations have broadcast April’s inspiring music, most recently her new summer single “Journey On” which April and her dad will perform live together for the first time at A Vicar's Life Live.

    The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith said: “I’m delighted that three of the vicars well-known from the documentary series are taking to the stage to share with people what it means to be a Christian and how their faith impacts their outlook on life and their relationships with those they meet.

    “All our vicars and church members play an incredibly valuable role in communities large and small and it’s wonderful that this charity event will further highlight this and take the Christian faith out into places where people wouldn’t necessarily expect to encounter it.”

    The documentary series followed the life and ministry of vicars in the rugged Black Mountains, a picturesque Shropshire market town and the cathedral city of Hereford from May to Christmas.

    Rural Dean and Vicar of the Black Mountains Group of Parishes, Nicholas Lowton describes the effect of the TV series: “I’m amazed by the response worldwide to the whole show, with some really good links formed with young people across the Atlantic and Africa.

    “The tourism industry here has benefitted from it and I’ve met a number of people, either through dog-walking or taking services who have come to the area because they saw it on the telly.”

    Commenting on her involvement, Revd Ruth Hulse said: "I’ve been delighted and surprised by the response to A Vicars Life. People seem to have taken the series to heart and have been very generous in their comments. There has definitely been an increase in people talking to me about a sense of calling to ordination, which is really exciting!”

    Father Matthew Cashmore’s first months as a curate featured in the series, he said: The documentary spoke to an enormous number of people about the breadth of the Church’s work and the love of God in action. I’m really looking forward to sharing more about our Christian faith, the Church of England, and what happened after the cameras left with our audience.”

    A Vicar’s Life Live! will be in The Courtyard’s Main House on Saturday 8 September at 7.30pm. To book tickets, or for more information contact the Box Office on 01432 340555 or visit www.courtyard.org.uk.

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    Notes to editors

    For interviews, photos or follow up stories, contact Catherine Cashmore, Communications Director at Hereford Diocese, 01432 373342 or email catherine.cashmore@hereford.anglican.org

    Image credit: Revd Nicholas Lowton, Father Matthew Cashmore and Revd Ruth Hulse in A Vicar’s Life Live at The Courtyard this September.