The Diocesan office received the Silver Eco Award, after completing an Eco church survey as many churches and the Cathedral in the diocese have done. The award for the Diocesan office, along with those given to parish churches and the Cathedral will enable the Hereford Diocese to apply for the Eco Diocese award, recognising its commitment to caring for creation.
News from Hereford Diocese of the latest appointments and departures Jun - Sep 2023
A local Herefordshire family who attend Holy Trinity Church which is part of the West Hereford Team Ministry, share their family journey from coming back to church to getting baptism and then seeking confirmation.
Every year a number of churches in deaneries across Hereford support young African students to train as priests as part of our linked partnership with Tanzania. As we celebrate our local ordinations, we delight in the news that four men in Africa have also felt that special call to serve God in dioceses across Tanzania.
I, along with my team, have oversight of all 78 Church of England schools across the diocese. I have loved this job.
As walkers approach the church door, they often stop to take a look at the small cairn (a hand-built pile of stones), which has been gradually growing with the passing seasons.
At St Dubricius church, which is part of the Wye Reaches benefice, removing a 180-year-old tree from the churchyard created a perfect space for a stone labyrinth. Created in the summer of 2022 for an arts and crafts exhibition, the vicar, Revd Tim Starling, kept intending to tidy up the stone labyrinth until he noticed that it was still being used.
In a small Norman church on the Welsh border, a group of committed Christians has been reexploring prayer as part of the diocese’s Year of Prayer. The church of St Mary the Virgin in Welsh Newton is a beautiful building in a rural setting. It has been a place of worship for over 800 years, marking the seasons and the passing trends in Christianity. It stands witness to many generations of worshippers who have sought a deeper spiritual connection with the Almighty.
As part of Refugee Week 2023, The Diocese of Hereford has partnered with Mothers' Union Hereford to launch a clothing appeal, asking people to donate towards buying new clothes for those seeking asylum who are currently being hosted in the county.
Churches across the diocese have already seen an improvement in digital giving following the installation of new contactless card machines. Altogether churches have received just over £2,100 in the first three weekssince the devices were installed.