Following interviews last week the Bishop has appointed the Revd Sean Semple as Rector of the Ross Benefice: the parishes of Ross-on-Wye, Walford and Brampton Abbotts. It is anticipated that he will take up his appointment in the summer. Meanwhile please pray for Sean and his wife Jenny and their family as they prepare to move, and for Simon Tarlton, Chris Blanchard, Christine Cattanach and all who are sustaining ministry in the Ross benefice.
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.
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.