Help for Parishes

The diocese welcomes our two new Parish Giving Advisers from Monday 3rd April: Mr Richard Jones will be based in Hereford, and Revd Valerie Smith in Ludlow.  Richard has been a PGA in Monmouth & Llandaff; Val has been an SSM in our Diocese since 2009. Funded by grant money from the Church Commissioners, their primary role is to be out ‘on the road’ meeting with PCCs, treasurers, incumbents and congregations to encourage and enable them to identify and find the resources necessary to fund ministry and mission locally and in the wider diocese.

Exploring Prayer with Bishop Richard – Sat 18th February, Leominster

There is an exciting opportunity to join in ‘Exploring Prayer’ with Bishop Richard on Saturday 18th February at Leominster Priory. Please see the flyer Exploring Prayer Flyer 18th Feb A5 for further details and if possible display and share the details to let others know about it.

To book a place please contact me, Angela Deakin, see details below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,



Angela Deakin

CMD/IME2 Administrator

Ministerial Development Team

Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance

Units 8-9 The Business Quarter, Ludlow Eco Park , Sheet Road, Ludlow SY8 1FD

Tel: (01584) 871 085

Working Hours: Mon 9am-5pm, Tues & 9am – 1pm, Wed 9am – 4.30pm

Invitation to ‘Timestone’ Book Launch in aid of Shropshire Historic Churches Trust on 18th November 2016

You are warmly invited to the Shropshire preview of this fascinating book.  The publicity states, that “human history is written in stone across the landscape”, that “stone marks our progress from ancient standing stones to the fine stone houses of a late age” and that “stone charts our journey”.

Geoffrey Adams is a photographer with a love of history and architectural heritage and several Shropshire churches feature in the book.  As the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust will receive half of the proceeds please support this venture.

Further details are here.

Operation Christmas Child

Please pack a shoebox gift for a needy child.

Pick up a leaflet with gift information from Ditton Priors Church, Chetton Church or Ditton Priors Post Office.

Filled shoeboxes to be left in Ditton Priors Church by Friday 18th November 2016 at the latest.

Further details from Anne-Marie Shilling on 01746 712172.

The Gathering: New plans

Message from Bishop Richard on 1 November 2016:-

The Bishop’s Council has made the decision not to plan a residential Gathering for the foreseeable future.

Instead, it is hoped to arrange a more local, accessible, all-age event, or events, designed to offer fellowship, encouragement and teaching.

This decision is partly, but not entirely, financially driven. A residential event is fairly expensive both for individuals attending and for the hard-pressed diocesan budget. But we would also like to broaden the range of people involved and in particular make it easier for younger people to attend.

In no way is this any criticism of what has gone before. The Gathering in 2015 was brilliant in many ways, but changed circumstances require a changed approach.

The Rev Chris Moore is assembling a group to plan the non-residential Gathering. They will be making recommendations regarding content, venue and timing. Do please get in touch with Chris email:  if you have any ideas.


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