Private Prayer

O Lord our God, we are often prone to grumbling;
Forgive us and move powerfully in our lives,
be our vision and bind us together Lord.
In our hopes, in our work, in our rest and
throughout our daily lives strengthen us with your power,
that we might fulfill our earthly vocation and make
every effort to live in unity and peace with all people;
to the glory of Christ. AMEN

Follow! Join the conversation – Share the journey

Don’t miss your opportunity to join the ‘Follow!’ conversations this September to help see and shape our next steps together,  with Bishop Richard and Bishop Alistair, as a diocese, as churches, as followers if Jesus today.

We are joining with a 2000 year old conversation and journey… And sharing in the calling to pass on the faith in our generation.  Lots of events – more info follow the link from the front page of the diocesan website.

Help us plan by letting us know which event(s) you are coming to – and who you hope to be bringing with you. Reply to

Do Download the colourful flyer and invitations and display on your Noticeboards…they make a delightful picture.

It is Jesus who says, ‘Follow me’

Festival of Churches Coach trips – Learning Days

Please find below information about a couple of learning coach tours organised by the Festival of Churches group. They are good days out with lots to see and get ideas from. It is not too late to book and it would be good to see as many of you as possible aboard.

Mike Teague (01746 789592) has the booking form and you can choose either (or both!) trip. The cost is £25 which includes coach travel, all entrance fees coffee/tea and lunch and the sessions at each venue.

You will see that our main speakers are experts and each tour will be led by Tim Bridges, another expert, based locally. Numbers are restricted only when the coach is full, so share this information in the parish too.

 How do we ‘manage’ tourism and tourists through our churches? What can we do to make our visitors happy? How much information do we need to give them? Are there practical things we can do in our buildings? We have arranged 2 days to look at these questions and hopefully provide some answers. We will be boarding a coach and getting hands on ideas from other organisations heavily involved in the tourism ‘industry’, the fastest growing in the world! We will learn how others manage tourism, to get practical ideas to implement at local level – especially around local ‘stories’ and to share ideas on improved visitor welcome. And how do we look after volunteers? All knowledge is on our coaches!

Tour 1 – 8th September 2015

10.00 meet at Berrington Hall, coffee on arrival  HR6 0DW

10.30 Talk by Tony Berry

12.00 noon leave Berrington Hall

12.20 arrive Yarpole church

12.50 Talk at Yarpole

1pm Lunch

1.45 leave Yarpole

2.00 Croft church

2.45 leave Croft church

3.10 arrive Stretford church

3.45 leave Stretford church

4.15 Berrington Hall car park HR6 0DW

Tour 2 – 1st October 2015

9.45 leave Church Stretton Railway station  SY6 6PG

10.30 arrive at Museum of Iron,  Coalbrookdale – coffee on arrival

10.45 Talk and tour

11.45 leave Museum of Iron

12.00 arrive Coalbrookdale Church

12.40 leave Coalbrookdale Church

1pm lunch at Wroxeter Hotel

2.25 Wroxeter church

3.00 leave Wroxeter Church

3.10 Atcham Church – tea & coffee

4.00 leave Atcham

4.30 Church Stretton SY6 6PG


Parking is available at Berrington Hall and in Church Stretton at the Railway Station or in the town close by. The days have been arranged in Shropshire and Herefordshire but you may choose which one you wish to join. The cost is £25 per person which covers entry to venues, refreshments, lunch, coach and learning


Booking deadline:

Friday, 21st August 2015 & Friday, 11th September 2015 respectively


The experts you will meet


Tony Berry has been with the National Trust since the early 1990s, working regionally and nationally in PR, marketing, commercial development and learning. As Visitor Experience Director, he’s now responsible for the way in which the Trust welcomes visitors and brings its properties to life. He’s been closely involved in some of the Trust’s most original and eyebrow-raising projects – including the acquisition and opening of Sir Paul McCartney’s childhood home, creating the award-winning visitor experience at the Back to Backs in Birmingham and – more recently – the ‘Bringing Places to Life’ strategy that is transforming the way the Trust presents its properties. (Tour 1) 


Paul Gossage studied history at St David’s University College Lampeter and went on to do a post graduate diploma in Hospitality Management at Blackpool College, subsequently he has spent his entire career in the tourism industry. Initially working within the hotel sector he worked for Queens Moat House Hotels in a variety of sales and marketing roles and then was part of the opening team at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry. At Warwick Castle he helped develop the Castle’s domestic groups and education business and since joining the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust 14 years ago he has masterminded the Trust’s marketing strategy. (Tour 2)





O Lord our God, we bow before you;
move powerfully within our life,
be our vision and our hope
throughout our daily lives.
As dearly loved children
may our lives reflect your love for the world,
strengthen us with your power,
that we might fulfill our earthly vocation and make
every effort to live in unity and peace with all people;
to the glory of Christ. AMEN

The Gathering Videos

All the videos recorded at the gathering are now uploaded onto YouTube. The links are below.

The Gathering Videos:This link is to a YouTube playlist – all the recordings in Chronological Order:
Individual Videos:

Wed 8 July Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley
Wed 8 July Bible Study Gordon Mursell
Thu 9 July Neil Hudson
Thu 9 July Bible Study Gordon Mursell
Fri 10 July Final Thanks
Fri 10 July Introducing ‘Follow!’
Fri 10 July Bible Study Gordon Muriel

Also, the organisers (and the Editor of Reflections) are keen to collate as many photographs as possible from the Gathering, formal or informal. It is possible to add them to the web-site, or they could be sent, please, to Mike Vockins,

Follow! Join the conversation Share the journey

The diocese has announced an exciting programme of events for September as we all get the opportunity to meet our Bishops in the setting of our choice, Tea party or pub, cathedral or activity centre. The events are scattered throughout the Diocese and everyone is invited to the event of their choosing. Find out more on the dedicated area of the website or ‘like’ Follow – Hereford Diocese on Facebook. The Follow! dates start on 8th September in Craven Arms and continue throughout the month. A full calendar is available on the website HERE. Keep checking the website as more information is being added all the time. Facebook is also a source of information too.

Posters and invitation cards are available in packs from the Diocesan Offices in Hereford and Ludlow: drop in  and collect or ring and request 01432 373300 for Hereford and 01584 871089  for Ludlow.


Lord God, open our hearts and minds to the
truth that all who share faith are united with you by that faith;
Speak to us through your word, challenge us by your Spirit
not to speak in hast or to make promises we will not honour.
Guide, encourage and inspire us
to look and listen, to learn and love;
to recognise the many blessings you have bestowed on us.
Help us to play our part
in being your Church and working for
the good of your kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN


Holy, powerful and almighty God,
we know we cannot heal every illness
and so we pray for those who feel powerless;
by your comfort and healing,
show your love to all who have need.
We pray for the sick and suffering ones in our
families, communities and across the world.

For those who watch and care for the sick,
caught up in circumstances beyond
their control and unable to cope,
Lord, support them and equip them in their continuing efforts.

Merciful Gog, by your power,
touch the lives of all who minister to the needs
of others, help them to make a difference
through the things they can do
and in their faith to believe you are able
to transform all things,
Through your Son, our Saviour
Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN


Lord God, you are the creator of heaven and earth,
day by day, year by year we see your hands at work
both in the world and graciously in our lives.
We have so many reasons to count our blessings,
so much to give thanks for.
Let faith grow in our lives, let the saving words of Jesus
grow richly in the soil of our hearts.
May the abundant love of Jesus strengthen our commitment to you
and to others and may the fruit of our faith overflow in joy and gladness
filling the earth with your glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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