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.
Joining the rest of the nation in the Act of Remembrance at 11.00am on Sunday 11 November, Weobley will hold its Silence and laying of wreaths around the war memorial in the churchyard opposite the main church entrance.
This will be preceded by a silent march to the churchyard, leaving from the centre of the village at 10.45am, led by Clergy, Royal British Legion members, Scouts and other uniformed participants, accompanied by muffled bells.
This Sunday 4th November 2018 at 5.00pm, 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
On Monday, October 29, two dozen people braved below-zero temperatures to make a crowd at Letton Church for the annual Guinea Service. Following the Prayer Book order for Evensong, the invited preacher was Dean of Hereford Cathedral, The Very Revd Michael Tavinor.
Taking as his text Mark’s story of the poor widow putting her two small coins into the temple treasury (Mark 12:41-44), Michael revealed something about himself that his hearers did not know – his life-long interest in studying and collecting coins. He had brought three with him, all of which ‘told a story’.
The Dean of Hereford Cathedral, The Very Revd Michael Tavinor, will preach at this year’s Guinea Service at St John The Baptist Church, in Letton, at 6.30pm on Monday 29 October, in a tradition which dates back to the early 1800s.
In the last will and testament of parishioner Elizabeth Freeman, dated 1810, she left provision to ‘pay The Minister of Letton Church, one Guinea for a sermon in The Church on the 29th October yearly, forever.’