Living together is never easy. Families have all sorts of arguments. At this time of year especially, we get together, enjoy company, but sometimes get on each other’s nerves.
Here at Lambeth Palace, where Archbishops have lived and worked for centuries, we’ve been trying an experiment. Since 2015 we’ve been bringing together young Christians from around the world to live as a community for ten months. They have an extraordinary range of backgrounds, cultures and opinions. They live together, cook together, volunteer with charities together, pray together, and – because they’re human – they clash together. That can be over something as small as the washing up, or as big as their politics.
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.
This Sunday’s service will now be held at 10:30 at St John the Baptist Church, Byford, and the venues for future services will be duly advertised. Members of the public are urged to stay away from the church until it is declared safe once again.
On Sunday 4th November 2018 at 5pm, in the peaceful simplicity of St Mary’s Church, Monnington-on-Wye, we will remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have died. At this All Souls’ Service candles will be lit in thanksgiving and prayer. An invitation is extended to anyone who would like to attend, and if you are unable to attend but would like someone remembered please contact The Rev’d Sean Semple on 01544 318415 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Weobley Church was busy all day on Saturday 15 September with people making their way precariously up the tower via the narrow winding stone stairs to the ringing chamber, then an examination of the clock mechanism explained by Alan Jones and, above it, viewing the second heaviest ring of bells in Herefordshire in their new steel frame.The intrepid could then go up another winding section and come out on the narrow parapet round the spire for amazing 360 degree views of the village and Weobley plain between the hills. Inside the church there were historical displays of church accounts and some registers of births, deaths and marriages including one from the mid 1600s on vellum pages, and many other artefacts with people on hand to explain the finer points. In the refreshments area there was percolator coffee and tea and tempting cakes. Members of the team included the Vicar, Sean Semple, Parish Secretary Pat Millington, Tower Captain Cath Brigg, Ruth Palmer and her daughter Matilda.
There will be a Pet Blessing Service at Byford Church on Sunday 30 September at 4pm. Anyone is welcome to bring their pets with them – be it tortoise or tiger – with the only request being that they are kept under control (especially those tortoises, we all know what they can be like).
If you can’t be sure of your beloved’s behaviour then feel free to bring a photograph of them instead, and bring pictures of any departed companions you may wish to remember too.