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Parish Profile 2016
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Showing Jesus is Lord in our Worship, Witness, Prayer and Care
Thank you for taking the time to look at our Parish Profile. We hope that what you read will help you decide if you are the person God is calling to be our next Vicar.
Our vision is summed up in our Mission Statement: ‘Showing Jesus is Lord in our Worship, Witness, Prayer and Care’. Our objectives for achieving this are: • To grow multi-generational churches and congregations • To take advantage of the position of St Peter’s, to reach out to the commercial and tourist heart of the city • Building on good community links in the Bartonsham area • To be more effective in our outreach to the residential parts of our Parish • To sustain and develop our Gospel-centred social engagement • To achieve these by means of increasingly biblically literate, prayerful and well-taught laity
to our Parish
of St Peter
A medieval church in the heart of the city.
with St Owen
This church was pulled down after the Civil War! It now survives just as a name and two extra churchwardens.
& St James,
Opened in 1869 to serve an expanding suburb with a new parish. Became a joint benefice with St Peterâ€™s in the 1980s and a joint parish in 1992.
An attractive and historic cathedral city in the Welsh Marches. Currently expanding. A central regeneration project is due to start soon. The only real urban area in the county and diocese, the city is surrounded by beautiful countryside in all directions.
We are a prayer-led, caring and energetic church family, looking for a new Vicar.
THE ROLE We know that being Vicar of St. Peter’s and St. James’ is a big job, and we are looking for the right person who will help us, as our logo says, to “Show Jesus as Lord, in our Worship, Witness, Prayer and Care” in all we do.
OUR PRAYER Heavenly Father, we know that times of change are never easy, but we pray that, as we seek a new Vicar, you will give us a fresh vision for your work in the whole of this Parish and City, that your people may be strengthened and your name may be honoured and glorified. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Rooted in the Anglican Evangelical tradition, we are prayerfully seeking an experienced Priest who will be (to quote from Robert Warren): • a conductor rather than a director – building on the gifts within the church rather than on those of the minister • a facilitator rather than a provider – enabling people to do for themselves rather than adopting a client mode • a permission giver rather than a permission withholder allowing laity to shape and initiate • Steering rather than rowing – causing everything to be done as opposed to doing everything • a person rather than a parson – reflecting the incarnate Christ and being open and vulnerable as a part of this “Whoever is appointed is going to have to be a galvanising figure able to encourage others to help and lead”
THE PERSON ESSENTIAL
IN RETURN WE OFFER YOU:
• You have a deep and mature personal Christian faith • You believe in the authority of Scripture • You are an able teacher and preacher • You are open to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding • You have a passion for reaching people with the good news of Jesus, whoever they are • You will encourage individual and corporate Prayer and Worship • You are comfortable with different types of worship styles and music • You are willing and able to encourage us all to grow in faith and spiritual maturity, and to cultivate our gifts • You are a strong team leader and team player, eager to work collaboratively across the Parish and beyond • You will encourage and lead us in Mission and Evangelism • You will help us develop our vision to serve our different communities • You will take a real interest in our two C of E primary schools
• You will be committed to working with other Anglican and non-Anglican churches in and around Hereford (as so many issues do not stop at our parish boundary!) • You will make a stand for compassion and justice in dealings with all civic authorities
• A warm welcome to you and your family (if you have one) • Our full and prayerful support • The assistance and support of - our Church-wardens and PCC; - 4 Priests with PTO, 3 Readers and the Ministry Leadership Team†; - other worship leaders and preachers - our musicians; - and many others in our congregations
DESIRABLE • You have good communication skills • You know how to motivate, facilitate and delegate • You are either good at administration or good at managing those who do it • You have strong Pastoral skills and are a wise counsellor • You are able to think strategically and are not afraid of change and new initiatives • You are able to work with Curates in this training Parish • You are able to use social media in a Christian context • You will share your weaknesses with us as well as your strengths • You have a sense of humour
This team – a Local Ministry Development Group – is drawn from both churches; it shares with the Vicar responsibility for Discipleship, Pastoral, Stewardship and Outreach matters
• Encouragement to develop your ministry, and to take a weekly day off, holidays and times for spiritual refreshment • All reasonable working expenses • A 1960s four bedroom vicarage close to St. James’ Church • Fellowship of the city-wide Ministers’ group who meet regularly for prayer and mutual encouragement
Is just one square mile, but contains: • the eastern half of the city centre • many shops, offices & businesses • most city & county administration • police, law-courts, fire & rescue • railway & bus stations • the hospital for the county • 2 Victorian & 1 more recent suburbs • 2 C of E primary schools • 1 fee-paying junior school • 2 special schools • parts of Hereford College of Arts and of Royal National College for the Blind • the Army Reserve centre • all that remains of the onceformidable Hereford Castle: a length of moat and a public park in the outer bailey • 100 acres of grazing on the flood plain (it does flood, regularly) • with a thriving dairy farm . . . • . . . and a sewage works.
Statistics: • 5800 of the city’s 60,000 population • Thousands of others come into/ through every day to work, shop and socialise. • The city’s population has been increasing consistently by about 0.5% a year, largely due to growth round the edges. • Our parish is very largely built-up already: extra housing can only be fitted in piecemeal as sites become available for infill or redevelopment. • However major redevelopments in the Parish are likely during 2017 – 2022. • The economic profile (2011 census): our Parish has a wide range of jobs and incomes, roughly comparable to the other areas of the city north of the river. • Of those Hereford residents who are in work, almost 30% are in education, public administration, medicine, and the social services.
Please note 1: the Vulnerable In the Parish there is a partly transitory, partly permanent number of vulnerable, homeless and marginalised men and women, some of whom are eastern European.
• We have: a real mix of ages & households; a slightly younger ageprofile than the city average of under 16 19%; 16-64 65%; 65+ 17%. • In the city centre part of the parish the 45% single-person households and the 58% rented accommodation both hint at the numerous flats and bedsits over commercial premises. • Ethnicity of Hereford (2011) White British: 91% Other White: 6% including Polish: 3% other east European: 1.5% Non-white: 3% • but for Hereford centre White British: 80% Asian/British Asian: 3% and the other figures doubled
Please note 2: the new University Herefordshire's first university, the 'New Model in Technology & Engineering', is due to admit its first cohort of students in the autumn of 2019. As it grows, some students may lodge within our Parish.
We are one Parish, two churches and four congregations, serving God together. We are people of all walks of life with a passion for Jesus, who explore the Bible to live its truth, who are open to the Holy Spirit, who care for one another and enjoy each other’s’ company, who want to serve our different communities, and who have a desire to make the love of Jesus known and grow the Kingdom of God. There are 135 names on the electoral roll. These next sections tell you something of what we do together and what we do in our churches.
“St James is a friendly, welcoming and safe place.”
“St Peter’s gives me a family to worship with on a weekly basis.” |06
THINGS WE DO TOGETHER As well as worshipping and serving separately in our two churches, there is much we do together. Here are some examples of the things we do across the Parish. • There is a Ministry Leadership team drawn from both Churches • Joint services for special events (held in both churches) • Monthly Messy Church (held in St. James’) • Monthly Men’s breakfast (held in a local Café) • Occasional Men’s Group • Annual Men’s “Away Week” • Occasional Women’s Group
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Church Family “Days out” Monthly Prayer Meeting (in St. James’) Prayer Chain Overall Pastoral Care (There are “Pastoral Leaders” in each church) • Fortnightly Housegroups (members from both churches, and others – about 70 in 6 groups, meeting in various parts of the city) • A small group from both churches normally goes to Spring Harvest each year • We also actively support overseas mission and relief organisations through our link Parish in Rwanda (including visits), TearFund, Christian Aid, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and others
THE CHURCH AND ITS PEOPLE Ours is an ancient civic city centre church in a strategic position making it highly visible and accessible. This provides us with unique and ever-changing opportunities, serving a very mixed community, requiring adaptability. It has light, flexible and welcoming space following extensive reordering in 2012. The congregation is warm, welcoming, caring and energetic. We have a long history of active lay involvement and every member ministry in every aspect of church life. We are always looking for ways to extend the Kingdom in the city centre.
We stand in the Anglican evangelical So that we can be fully inclusive, we use tradition (from conservative to charismatic!). non-alcoholic grape juice and gluten-free bread at all communion services. We offer worship that is contemporary and relatively informal (we only robe for We offer Prayer Ministry after each 10.30 sacramental services, wearing cassock, service together with laying on of hands surplice and scarf), but with some structure and anointing with oil at other times, as and recognisably Anglican elements, and appropriate. with a strong emphasis on Bible teaching Most of the congregation do not live in the and preaching. Music is led by a keyboard Parish, but travel in. and guitar with a worship group (keyboard only at 6.30 services), using mostly Complete The Parish Office, known as the A-live Mission Praise with some other resources. Centre, is situated in St Peter’s, and staffed All liturgy and hymns/songs at 10.30 by a team of volunteers. services are projected on to a large screen.
“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” |08 Jeremiah 29:7
Sunday Services In addition to the Vicar [and Curate when we have one], at St Peter’s we have 2 Priests with PTO, 2 Readers with PTO, and 3 other lay people, all of whom lead worship and/or preach regularly. Many of our services are entirely lay-led. There are usually three services on Sundays, although the 8.00 a.m. is currently suspended. Range of numbers attending: 2 to 5 at 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion [BCP]. 45 to 60 at 10.30 a.m. [slowly growing]. 1st Sunday: ‘The Way In’ Café style, run by a team of lay people. 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays: Morning Worship. 3rd Sunday: Holy Communion [Common Worship]. Baptisms usually take place on the 2nd & 4th Sundays. 12 to 25 at 6.30 p.m. [joint with St James’ - numbers stable]. 1st Sunday: “Celebrate” [an informal, creative service in an Anglican setting]. 2nd Sunday: Holy Communion [Common Worship]. 3rd Sunday: Service at St James’. 4th Sunday: “Time to Reflect “[a reflective service, often with music, silence, and meditation]. 5th Sunday: “Reaching Out”, focusing on Mission at home and abroad. Evening services are often lay-led.
Also, from time to time throughout the year, large civic services are held in St Peter’s, which has been the Civic Church for centuries. The Mayor holds an annual Thanksgiving Service towards the end of his or her year of office; we organise the annual Remembrance Day service in St Peter’s Square, in conjunction with the British Legion and others; we also have annual services for the RAFA and other organisations. Our link school, St Thomas Cantilupe, holds four services during the year for the school and parents. We also have occasional weddings and funerals.
Our Church family Our Church family at St. Peter’s, in common with many families, is of an interesting shape. While we have not been joined by younger people in recent times, we have found our congregation to be largely drawn from the 50+ generation, but with an exciting cultural and social diversity. St. Peter’s is now regarded as ‘home’ by an increasing number of people who might otherwise have felt themselves to be on the margins of society. Many of these more vulnerable folk, including some homeless, recovering alcoholics, and others with mental health problems, require significant pastoral care, but they are accepted and largely well-integrated into our congregation. Our ‘Happenings’ group, [following Sunday take-away soup and sandwiches] is slowly becoming a ‘Fresh Expression’ of church. We are also looking at whether we should aim more of our outreach among 50+ folk, who are well represented in the population of Hereford, and who already know the Christian story from their childhood.
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We have no regular members from ethnic minority groups but some transient members are from eastern Europe. A number of the congregation are from a non-Anglican background but they have found a home with us.
Midweek and other Church activities
In St. Peter’s: • Morning Prayer on Tuesdays (Common Worship) at 8.00 a.m. • Mid-week Holy Communion service on Wednesdays (BCP) at 11.30 a.m. • Opening the church building for part of each weekday, for visitors (requiring stewards) • Monthly Community lunch (for the elderly) • Experience Easter (alternate years) • Weekly Prayer Hub meeting on Thursdays at noon • Sunday “Takeaway” for those in need (soup & sandwiches) along with “Happenings”, (one to one & spiritually based group work with those who come) • Occasional large scale dinners for different sections of our community (Councillors & sixth formers, local business owners and shopkeepers, the emergency services & Street Pastors) • Winter Night Shelter in Church House, from November to March, providing overnight accommodation for up to 16 men & 3 women • Carols in the Porch at Christmas
THE CHURCH AND THE COMMUNITY Community use of the Church building As well as for worship, the main building is also used for “whole church” meetings and events, concerts, exhibitions and other gatherings and commercial lettings. It is used regularly by Close House Projects Ltd (a Christian based charity working with young people), who also occupy our St. Peter’s Close property. The deaf community have a regular weekly ‘Drop In centre’ in St Peter’s. Weddings and Funerals We endeavour to support families who come to us for weddings, baptisms and funerals. We recognise that this support could be improved. Home Communions We offer home communion to individuals where appropriate. We also take communion into two local care homes on a regular basis. Schools We have always had close links with St Thomas Cantilupe, the C of E primary school in our part of the parish. Members of the congregation have served as governors, and currently 10 church members take ‘Open the Book’ into the school during term-time. The school holds 4 services a year in St Peter’s for pupils and parents. We also have an historic link with the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, the large C of E secondary school, based in the Tupsley area of Hereford. County Hospital One of the Readers licensed to our parish is part of the voluntary hospital chaplaincy team.
Civic Involvement St Peter’s is the Civic Church of Hereford, and has always had close links with the Town Hall and City Council. The Vicar has frequently been chaplain to the Mayor. Charitable and other local involvement Many Church members are fully involved in voluntary activities, including: • Homelessness Forum • Open Door (providing breakfasts for those in need, twice a week) • Street Pastors • School Governors • Winter Night Shelter • Charity Trustees • Serving local charities as volunteers • Vennture (a local charitable support network for the whole city) • As a church, we also take an interest in and support the work of Close House, (a Christian charity, working with young people, mentioned earlier) Other Churches and Christian Fellowships We have good relationships with all the Christian fellowships in the city, Anglican and others. There is a regular Ministers’ Fraternal, across a wide spectrum of church leadership. Worshipping Together takes place once a quarter in a variety of places representing the fellowships involved, which helps us to keep in touch with each other. We also support the activities of Churches Together in Hereford.
THE CHURCH AND ITS BUILDINGS St Peter’s is a large medieval building of Norman foundation (1074), with additions and modifications in almost every century since. It is Grade 2* listed. In 2012, extensive re-ordering was completed after many years of planning. The pews were removed, we moved the screen, and raised the floor. This means that the entrance and everywhere in the church is now fully accessible to the disabled and others. The lighting was improved and all heating and electrics concealed under the floor. Adequate kitchen facilities were also installed. All of this was fully funded by grants and gifts from the congregations and others. We praise God for this! (Ask us to tell you the story!) We have flexible seating for up to 200, and a small lounge area. There is a space supplied and equipped for younger children to feel comfortable. There are two dedicated Prayer spaces, and a small Lady Chapel to the side of the main Lord’s Table. Mostly the church is in reasonable repair for a building of this age, (see on right), and we have always tried to keep up with the requirements of the Quinquennial Survey.
Church House This is our Church Hall premises, and as indicated elsewhere is heavily used by both the church and the community, including the Winter Night Shelter, Open Door, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and a Young Parents’ Group, together with some commercial letting. Situated adjacent to the east end of the church, it has a large hall, kitchen, small meeting room and toilets, downstairs. Upstairs there is a large meeting room, small meeting room, toilet
Work to be done At the moment we are looking at extensive repairs to the North Aisle roof, and additional lighting. In order to access the grants available, this will involve re-siting the kitchen and storage to provide toilets in the church (currently the toilets are just outside the north door and shared with Close House).
and small kitchen. We have recently fitted two showers, and a washing machine and tumble dryer, to assist our Night Shelter and other guests. There are plans to redecorate Church House in the near future. Close House St Peter’s Close House is found just outside the north door of the church, and includes the (shared) church toilets. The building is at present rented to Close House Projects Ltd.
THE CHURCH AND ITS PEOPLE St James’ Church is situated in the Bartonsham area of the Parish. The area is mostly residential with a couple of corner shops and pubs. Next to the church is St James’ C of E School with whom we have a good working relationship. There is a thriving community spirit in the area with several groups and the church has increasing links with them.
Our church building was opened in 1869 and is of stone construction. The building is mostly in good repair. Some reordering has taken place including the removal of some pews, however improvements need to be made to the electrics, heating and lighting. We have toilet facilities and a small kitchen area at the back but this now needs to be enlarged.
“At St James there is a friendly, accepting, relaxed atmosphere”
15| “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Sunday Services Our services are led by a team that includes the Vicar, Curate (when we have one), other Priests with PTO, a Reader and members of the leadership/worship team. There are two services every Sunday, at 9.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. with other afternoon or evening services once a month as detailed below: 9.00 a.m. Parish Communion From Common Worship. Four hymns led from the organ, a short sermon, and robed clergy. The service is about 50 – 55 minutes long. Average attendance in about 25 mostly adults, but occasionally families attend.
10.30 a.m. Morning Worship A band-led more upbeat and informal service that includes a children’s slot and song. Music is usually modern songs although the organ is used sometimes for hymns. A worship leader leads the service with a preacher. Children go to their own groups (Kidz Church) in the school next door after the children’s slot. There is opportunity for prayer after the service and fellowship continues over tea and coffee. Average attendance is around 50 - 55 including 8 children. Communion is once a month.
4.00 p.m. Tea Time Church Meets on the third Sunday of the month in School term-time. An informal service on the Cafe Church model lasting not more than 1 hour. This was started with the hope that we would encourage local families to feel more part of the church family, particularly those who come to Messy Church. So far this has had limited success but has begun to attract some older members of the local community. Tea and cake is served afterwards. Average attendance is about 20-25.
Other Services Sunday 6.30 p.m. Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m. Evening Prayer Based around Morning Prayer Third Sunday of the month during School Prayers, Bible readings and quiet. holidays.
Friday 2.30pm (St Giles’ Chapel) A mixture of worship styles, including Holy Communion, with time for fellowship and reflection. St Giles’ Chapel is a delightful historic gem on St Owen’s Street maintained by the Hereford Municipal Charities.
Children and Young People’s Work Despite the fact that the number of children and young people has dwindled in recent years we are keen to see this trend reversing. Presently for children we have a programme of activities that includes the following. Messy Church meets on the second Monday, 3.15 – 5.30 in St James’ Church, a time for fun, food, fellowship and families. There are stories, crafts, songs and games and the chance to sit down together to enjoy a hot meal. We are regularly joined by between 60 and 70 adults and children and the team is drawn from across both churches and numbers 15 – 20.
Kidz Church is held every Sunday in term time. It is largely aimed at primary-aged children although we are joined by one or two teens who sometimes lead an activity. Numbers are currently low, in the order of 6 - 8. The 1114 year olds are called D2B. Their numbers are few so they join with Kidz Church and Sunday Club but may have their own teaching time within the programme.
Access meets in private homes on Sunday evenings during term time. Biblical teaching is combined with discussions, games and social events. It is aimed at 14 – 18+ years and has been very successful over many years drawing in teens from other churches although it is led from our Parish.
Sunday Club meets on the first Sunday of the month and was intended as a gentle outreach. It includes breakfast and games and is much appreciated but, so far, has had little impact on other families currently outside the church. The theme is tied in with that of a shortened service in church and the children return at the end to present a drama or something similar.
Holiday Club is now a tradition that has taken place in St James’ Church over four or five days in August. This is enthusiastically attended by a mix of children from within the church family and the local community who are joined on the last session by their families. The event is gaining momentum year on year.
NOTE We currently have fewer young families in Church on a Sunday than in the past. There are now funds available to employ a Families’ and Children’s Worker to work across the Parish. It is our prayer that, with the right person leading us and sharing our vision and passion for evangelism, the numbers of younger families joining the Church will grow.
THE CHURCH AND THE COMMUNITY
The situation of St James’ Church on the edge of the city while remaining so close to the city centre has a bearing on the nature of the engagement between the Church and the local community. St James’ enjoys the privilege of a C of E school next door with whom relations are strong and improving. With the construction of the new path across the churchyard to enable families to have safe access to and from school the school and church have become part of the same ‘estate’, a physical statement of our spiritual and familial ties. The first use of the path took place as the whole school came in over two days at Easter 2016 to take part in ‘Experience Easter’.
The school makes use of the church building on a regular basis for services, occasional lessons and also for drum lessons! Members of the congregation currently serve as school governors and a team delivers ‘Open the Book’ in assemblies. St. James’ School is our main feeder primary into the monthly Messy Church at which we are joined by many families who are members of other churches but, equally, we are ‘church’ for a good number of those attending. We have been pleased to welcome several children for baptism following their involvement with Messy Church – we await our first Messy baptism with bated breath! Messy Church at St James’ has
been growing since its inception in May 2012 and is supported by a very strong and committed team drawn from both churches and from the local community in Bartonsham. The church plays host to ‘Renew, Restore, Refresh, Create’ once a month at which many of our neighbours join us to craft, knit and upcycle. The Community Coffee morning is also a well-attended and relaxed opportunity for church family and community family to have a chat over coffee and cake. There are well-attended and growing groups of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides who meet in St James’. We support them in many ways, not least in prayer.
Many in Bartonsham regard St James’ Church as integral to their local community even if they do not attend. Our Community Carol Service, for example, with a ‘scratch nativity’ is always packed. Despite this the number of occasional offices is small and often based on historic ties with the church or school. Bartonsham has an increasing number of local groups: a community association, a local history group, SJB Grassroots, a weekly reading group, Volly walking group and a car pool. The local pub, The ‘Volly’, plays host to several of these groups and some local church members take an active role.
THE CHURCH AND ITS BUILDINGS
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• a roughly square site 45 x 45 yards, bounded by two streets, St.James’ School and some newish housing • originally farmland: no burials; no monuments • small car park and grassed area at the back • driveway and some gardens at the front; and (since April 2016) safe-access path for the school • the school staff park on the church grounds • in return: school contractor mows church grass, and Sunday congregations can park on school playground • improvements needed: new signage (in preparation) resurfacing the driveway and car park resiting one driveway exit, for safety reasons (solutions already discussed with the DAC; further information can be requested) repairs to boundary wall / railings / hedge
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a light, airy, mid-Victorian building; not listed 150th anniversary of its opening will be in 2019 half of pews removed to create flexible spaces seats 200, on pews & stacking chairs organ and projection facilities – good P.A. system – adequate lighting, wiring & heating – need improving no church hall, so the church accommodates most hall functions, e.g. after-service refreshments Messy Church Community Coffee morning but children’s work on Sunday is in school, next door mini-kitchen in church, but now too small removal of remaining pews now being considered overall, the building in reasonable condition, but some repairs recommended by last quinquennial – in April 2013 – not carried out, for lack of finance.
A legacy recently left to St.James’ church will enable some of the recommended repairs and some of the projects above to be taken forward in the near future. We are very conscious of the need to spend money wisely and prayerfully.
THE DIOCESE OF HEREFORD
The Diocese of Hereford extends almost as far as Shrewsbury and includes a few Parishes in Wales next to the border. The whole diocese is very rural: • 6 deaneries in southern Shropshire with a population of 134,000; 7 deaneries in Herefordshire with a population of 188,000. • By population it is the smallest diocese in England; but by area – 1660 square miles – it is the tenth largest. • It has 105 benefices, 339 parishes and 409 churches. The offices for the diocese are in Hereford and Ludlow.
This ten-benefice deanery was formed by the amalgamation of Hereford City and Hereford Rural (five benefices each) about five years ago. This change recognised that the proximity of the city churches was tending to draw lay talent and funding away from the rural churches it would be better to work together and share expertise.
Our diocesan bishop is Richard Frith, based in Hereford, next to the cathedral. Alistair Magowan is our one suffragan bishop, based in Craven Arms.
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The combined deanery has 43 churches, 35 Parishes, 13 incumbents, 5 curates, and a population of nearly 80,000 (i.e. a quarter of the entire diocese!) It includes 3 Parishes with an index of multiple deprivation (IMD) of over 80%, and another 9 with an IMD of over 70. The Rural Dean is Rev. Dr. Chris Moore, Rector of Fownhope, who has just taken over from SPSJ’s retiring incumbent.
CO-OPERATION IN HEREFORD
Hereford city has one or more places of worship of most denominations: Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, URC; Quaker, Salvation Army; evangelical / pentecostal free churches (e.g. Freedom, Christian Life Centre, Hope); Seventh Day Adventist.
Following the example of Rev. John Venn, a famous Victorian Vicar of St Peter’s, the retiring incumbent of SPSJ has worked strenuously to address many of Hereford city’s social problems, and has done so in cooperation with the Baptist and free churches, through the Homelessness Forum and the re-establishment of the Hereford City Mission as Vennture.
Having this range makes Hereford city totally different from most of the diocese. The market towns tend to have at least two churches from the first four above. Elsewhere, as a general rule of thumb, if you don’t have street-lights, the only church in your area is C of E.
THE VICARAGE Built in the early 1960s, the vicarage has gas-powered central heating and double glazing throughout. On the ground floor: study/office with its own WC, separate from the living quarters;good-sized reception room, dining room, large kitchen, utility room, and access to the attached brick-built garage. Upstairs: four good-sized bedrooms, bathroom (with shower and WC) and a separate WC. The attic is well insulated. The house stands in its own grounds with a pleasant, secluded and easily maintained garden. There are views looking out over grazing on the flood plain to hills south of the river. The house is about 30 yards from St. James’ Church and three-quarters of a mile from St. Peter’s Church in the centre of Hereford. This area of the city is on level ground.
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A short walk from the vicarage, the Victoria footbridge across the Wye provides an essential pedestrian link between the north and south of Hereford. This tranquil scene is just half a mile away from the bustling city centre and St Peter’s church.
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LOOKING FORWARD SOME THINGS TO CELEBRATE God’s faithfulness over generations
SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE FACE Sustaining our present Mission and Ministry as we all get older
Faithful Bible teaching, preaching and prayer Warm, welcoming, caring and diverse congregations
Increasing the number of committed younger families, children and young people
Re-connecting with the 50+ who already know something of the Christian faith
Much needed service to the homeless, vulnerable and marginalised
Connecting with new residents of the proposed “new build” houses in the parish
Long history of lay involvement, with “handson” attitude
Administration, communications and publicity Major works and re-ordering projects
The growth of Messy Church over last 4 years
“Since stepping foot in this Church I’ve felt at home.”
CONTACT For more information, or an informal chat, please contact one of the Churchwardens below:
Janet Strevens (St. Peterâ€™s)
Andrew Newton (St. Jamesâ€™)
See also the following websites for additional information: