EARTH HOUR 19th March 2016 8.30 – 9.30pm

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wild Fund for Nature [WWF]. This event has been held annually since 2007 and last year more than 10 million people took some part. The Hour begins in Samoa and ends in Tahiti and has grown to include 162 countries and territories. The Earth Hour encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential electricity for ONE hour. The idea is to raise awareness of climate change and to demonstrate that we care about the planet. The Dean and Chapter have agreed that the Cathedral will participate and our floodlighting and other non-essential lighting will be switched off for one hour. Inside the Cathedral there will be a candlelit meditation and prayer for the planet.

Please join us for ONE Hour to show you care for the Earth!

Teddy Bears and Soft Toys for Syria

The parishes in the diocese were wonderful in helping achieve the target of sending 10,000 teddies to the children of war torn Syria in June and in fact with everyone’s help, we actually sent 12,500 teddies!

The response from the Syria relief agency who distributed the teddies on our behalf once they arrived have sent amazing feedback together with photos of the children receiving their teddies and apparently, the consignment was such a success and made such a difference to the lives of the children that they have asked if we can send more.

Bags/boxes of toys can be taken either to the Holy Trinity Church Team Office, Whitecross Road, Hereford between the hours of 10am and 12am Monday to Friday or to Ludlow Diocesan Office during normal office hours (for those parishes in the northern part of the diocese).

There has been lots of controversy in the Media re the planned showing of a video promoting the website  The controversy has allowed a million people (or whatever the latest figure is) to see the advert.  Hopefully that has driven people to the website, and inspired them to engage in creating and sharing prayers online in a new way. It’s certainly worth visiting the site and viewing the video.

Advent Prayer

In the darkness of our waiting,
of not knowing what is to come,
keep us quiet and attentive.

You call us to watch and to pray,
Lord, in our hopes, in our dreams,
come to us.

Come as we search the scriptures;
come as we walk the lonely road;
come when life is confusing.
come into our lives afresh.

Open our eyes to the light of your eternal presence,
and to the warmth of your unfailing love,
Come Lord Jesus, come. AMEN.

New members of the College of Canons

The Bishop, in consultation with the Cathedral Chapter, has made the following appointments:

As Prebendaries and members of the College of Canons

The Revd. Dr. John Daniels  – Local Ministry Officer and Warden of Readers

The Revd. Nick Helm – Continuing Ministerial Development Officer

The Revd. Dr. Mark Johnson – Rector of the Benefice of the Wormelow Hundred

The Revd. Pam Row  Minor Canon, Hereford Cathedral & formerly Chaplain, Hereford Cathedral School

The Revd. Nicky Seabright -Associate Minister of the Ledbury Team

The above will be collated and installed at evensong in Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 31 January, 2016 at 3.30pm

As a Lay Canon

Mrs Anna Nugent,  Herefordshire County Ecumenical Officer

Anna will be installed at evensong in Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 7 February, 2016 at 3.30pm.

Information on Issues we need to know about

The Social Responsibility Network is producing a series of short Briefing papers  over the next 12 months on topical issues that aim to both inform and give ideas for action and support that individuals and churches can take.  The first of these briefings is on climate change, as we move towards the talks that will be held between nations in Paris in December this year  This briefing gives some ideas about small actions that can make a difference.  The second briefing in November will be looking at Funeral Poverty.

We must do to our churches what Beeching did to the railways

The Church of England is the custodian of 15,700 churches. A whopping 78% of them are listed. And they are a millstone around our necks, sapping the energy of our wider social and religious mission, and transforming the church into a buildings department of the heritage industry. Indeed, I suspect that if every single one of them were blown up tomorrow, England would be a much more Christian country in 10 years’ time.
The start of an article by Canon Giles Fraser , the rest is here and well worth a read. Comments can be sent here and will add to the website if you would like a debate!

A Lent Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2016 – following in the footsteps of Jesus

Bishop Richard is to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from the Diocese in Lent 2016, 20th-28th February 2016. . The journey gives you the opportunity to visit the place of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, following the final journey of Jesus in Jerusalem and visiting the place of the Annunciation in Nazareth. This being organised by Lightline Pilgrimages with details of the intinerary on their website

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