Join in 24 Hours of Prayer on 11th/12th May

In the first letter to Timothy Paul urges the young disciple: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.

We have been invited to be part of ten days of prayer throughout the county. Pauline Mack is travelling down the Severn and along the waterways of Shropshire to pray for the people and the places that she passes through. This is running concurrently with the week of prayer which Archbishops Justin and John have called in the week before Pentecost.

In Bridgnorth we will be praying for twenty four hours in the Rectory Room. You are invited to join in for any part of the time. Sign up for half an hour or an hour anytime between 3pm on Wednesday May 11th and 3pm Thursday May 12th. There will be prayer pointers and someone on hand to encourage you.

It is great fun as well as hard work to be part of such an endeavour.

Even if you haven’t been part of something like this before do come and find out. The door of the Rectory will be open, and plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits to give you energy.

Why pray?

We believe prayer changes people, families, workplaces, communities and nations. as Christians we are called to pray for everyone – see 1 Timothy 2:1. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are encouraging Christians of all denominations and traditions to pray the words of the Lord’s Prayer during the week leading up to Pentecost.

Any questions or to sign up please contact Simon or Sarah on 01746 761573.

Shrines of the Saints in England and Wales.

‘The Dean of Hereford, Michael Tavinor has written a new book, giving history of the main shrines in England – including Hereford, of course! He charts their history – their destruction at the Reformation and their subsequent rehabilitation in cathedral today – where they provide opportunities for prayer and healing among the many pilgrims who visit. £19.99 from the Cathedral Shop.

Collecting Used Stamps – Helping The Leprosy Mission

Over the years Brown Clee Group have collected considerable numbers of used postage stamps. These have been checked and forwarded to The Leprosy Mission for England and Wales for onward collation and eventual sale. The proceeds of their sale being used in the main to change lives of people affected by Leprosy.

During 2015 a total of £136,153.34 was raised from the sale of used stamps and collectables. In fact since 1983 £1.4 million has been raised and used by this Registered Charity.

I would like to thank everyone who has donated used stamps to this very worthwhile charity and ask that you continue to leave your stamps in Ditton Priors Church for my collection.

The Leprosy Mission request that all donated stamps are left on their backing and not soaked off. It is also requested that the backing of used stamps is trimmed with a maximum of 5mm of single thickness paper border around each edge.

Thank you again for your donations to date. I look forward to this good work continuing.

Babs Brown
Leprosy Mission Local Organiser

Pazapa UNA Church Stretton


You may be aware that Church Stretton UNA group is continuing to offer financial support to the Pazapa project in Jacmel, Haiti

This is a medical & educational facility for children with special needs that was devastated in the 2010 earthquake. You may read more about the rebuilding & ongoing work on their website The Little Big Band have already played for this local fundraising group several times and are delighted to have been invited to play once more on Friday 18th March at the Church Stretton School from 7:30pm. Their poster is on the website Noticeboard. Please consider buying tickets, coming along and supporting them in supporting disadvantaged children in Pazapa, in this one of the poorest of countries and having a good night out! Pazapa (Creole for “Step by Step”) The band’s website is at



Basic Safeguarding Awareness Training

Saturday, 5th March 2016 – 9.30am-12 noon St Peter’s Church, Peterstow, Nr Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR2 0RS

Thursday, 10th March 2016 – 1-4pm Conference Room, Diocesan Office, The Palace, Hereford HR4 9BL

Thursday, 17th March 2016 – 6-9pm Training Room, Ludlow Diocesan Office, Ludlow Eco Park, Sheet Road, Ludlow SY8 1FD

Safer Recruitment Training

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 – 2-4.30pm St Michael’s Church, Madeley, Telford TF7 5BN

Managing Offenders in Worship Training

Saturday 9th April 2016 – 9.30am-12 noon

Training Room, Ludlow Diocesan Office, Ludlow Eco Park, Sheet Road, Ludlow  SY8 1FD

There are 16 places allocated on each training session – please book your place by contacting Cheryl Combstock, 01432 373340/373300

If you require training and cannot make any of the above please contact Cheryl with details of which course you require. This will assist in planning. If you have a venue that we can use please also get in touch.

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.

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