There were more than 30 seated in a friendly horseshoe formation in the spacious chancel area of Weobley Church, for the new venture of a Taizé-style service on Advent Sunday afternoon.
A singing group provided the range of musical textures which are a feature of Taizé music. The service featured the lighting and placing of candles, emphasising the Advent theme, and there was also a time during the music when anyone could go forward to kneel and receive prayer for physical healing or any aspect of wholeness.
These Advent season NIV Bible readings about the coming of Immanuel are offered for you to read and reflect at your own pace and in your own way. The numbers are simply the sequence, not linked to any date. You will find them under the top menu heading ‘BLOG POSTS’ and then ‘Bible Reflections’.
- Advent and Christmas Bible reflections
- DAY 1 Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 9:6 — Immanuel announced
- DAY 2 Psalm 80:1-7 — Restore us, O God
- DAY 3 Psalm 25:1-10 — Show me Your ways
- DAY 4 Jeremiah 23:1-6 — The announcement of the Lord our Righteousness
- DAY 5 Jeremiah 33:14-16 — The fulfilment of the promise
- DAY 6 Isaiah 11:1-5 — The new shoot
- DAY 7 Romans 3:21-22, 2 Corinthians 5:21 — Our new identity in Christ Jesus
ON Sunday, November 25, 2018 a special evening service at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross, Hereford was the occasion for Vennture to receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service from Herefordshire Deputy Lieutenant Lady Darnley, the Queen’s representative. This award was described by Lady Darnley as “the MBE for volunteer groups” and it is rigorously assessed. The history and development of Vennture and its various outreaches was told by numerous volunteers who also gave tribute to the Victorian Christian pioneers, John and Emilia Venn and the enterprising work they founded for the benefit of Hereford’s poor which became Hereford City Mission in 1856. Vennture intentionally imitates the rock-solid Christian values and enterprising spirit of the Venns, providing teams of street pastors and Lean On Me volunteers on weekend nights.
There are three opportunities to buy your Christmas gifts this Saturday, 24 November, in three locations:
Byford – The Byford Bazaar at Bridge Sollars Community Centre, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Staunton – Advent Coffee Morning at Staunton-on-Wye Village Hall, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Weobley – Winter Fair at Weobley Parish Church, 10.30am – 2.30pm
This update follows our post on 26 October where it was stated, “Following a fall of plaster from the roof of St Mary’s Church, Staunton-on-Wye, and the safety concerns that raises, the church is now temporarily closed and unavailable for services pending an architect’s inspection.”
At Monday’s PCC meeting it was decided that until the building repairs could be undertaken, Staunton parishioners would join with services at St John the Baptist, Letton on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. The Staunton Carol Service (Sunday 16 December, 5.30pm) and Crib Service (Christmas Eve, 4.00pm) will take place in the Village Hall.