Dates for your diary:
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
7.00pm Tuesday 26 April 2017, St Weonards Primary School
If you're on the electoral roll of any of our churches in the St Weonards benefice (Garway, Hentland, Hoarwithy, Orcop, Pencoyd, Tretire and St Weonards), please do make it a priority to join us for this important annual meeting. We'll review 2016 and we look forward to what God has in store for us in the year ahead._______________________________________________
Join the global wave of prayer
25th May - 4th June
pray as an individual - as a family - as a church
Sunday 4th June, 2.30 - 5.30pm: gathering as one church across the Diocese to celebrate Pentecost at Hereford Cathedral.
The Follow! prayer:
God who in Jesus calls us –
Open hearts and minds to your invitation.
God of the pilgrim way – be our companion day by day.
God of the still, small voice – teach us to pray.
Grant that in our calling, our following, our pilgrimage
We may see your kingdom of truth and peace –
And delight to bring others to your love.
We make this prayer through Jesus, the Lord. Amen.
Towards Parish Offer 2017
"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Bishop Richard quoted these verses when he spoke about financial stewardship in his Presidential Address to Diocesan Synod on 2 July 2015 and proposed that "from the beginning of 2017, like increasing numbers of dioceses across the country, we move to a system of parish share contributions to the common fund which are locally-determined offers, not reluctantly or under compulsion."
Diocesan Synod on 5 March 2016 approved a resolution that, with effect from 1 January 2017, the current method of apportioning Parish Share should be replaced by prayerful, freewill parish contributions to a common fund for the provision of ministry throughout the Diocese.
Why not view a short film about our life together in the Diocese of Hereford and how parishes can contribute to the Common Fund?
PCCs are currently being asked to meet, discuss, reflect on and pray about what they can offer towards the ministry and mission of our Diocese next year, and submit their promise by 10 June to the Rural Dean, Deanery Lay Co-Chair, and Deanery Treasurer.
Please do be thinking and praying yourselves about how you can contribute to the life of our local churches not just in terms of your time and talents, but also through regular financial contributions. That would be a tremendous encouragement to our PCCs - THANK YOU!
For lots more information about the Common Fund 2017 scheme, facts and figures about what it really costs to have a stipendiary vicar in our parishes, how our money supports ministry and mission in so many different ways, please visit the Parish Offer Scheme 2017 section of the diocesan website.
Please consider this in prayer as we ask everyone to reflect on their level of giving. Many are already giving to the work of the church, and we are very thankful for that. However, the level of planned giving to the church in our Diocese is the lowest in the country, so we pray that, by the grace of God, overall giving will increase. It costs hundreds of pounds per week to keep our local churches open and we'd love everyone in the community to be thinking through how they too could support.
Please contact Stephen Herbert if you have suggestions or questions.