Revd Frances Pullen

Revd Elizabeth Davies

Churches and communities in 

St Weonards : Garway : Orcop : Tretire : Pencoyd : Hentland : Hoarwithy : St. Owen's Cross

  Revd Elizabeth Cathie
The Vicarage, Mount Way, St. Weonards, HEREFORD HR2 8NN
01981 580137
Associate Minister
Revd Frances Phillips
New House, Garway Hill, HEREFORD HR2 8EZ
01981 240032

Hello everyone,

Benefice service - 2nd July

July's benefice service will be held at 10.00am on Sunday 2 July at St Weonard's Church. The date falls in-between the days when the church remembers the Apostles Peter & Paul (on 29 June) and the Apostle Thomas (on 3 July) and so we will be thinking about the Apostles and their place in the Christian story.  This will be the only service in our benefice (group of parishes) that Sunday, so please do come along as we gather together for our shared service of Holy Communion.


Dear readers,

A group of seven people travelled from these parishes to the little island of Iona in the inner Hebrides at the beginning of September.  We stayed in the old Abbey on the island, which was rebuilt during the Depression in the early twentieth century as part of a project to bring together young clergymen and unemployed working class men from inner-city Glasgow, so that they could learn from each other.  Our journey, which takes 15 hours if you do it all in one go, involved car, 3 trains, 2 ferries and a long bus ride.

Leaving the bustling little port of Oban on the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Mull, we sailed past other islands and lighthouses, under a sky where there always seemed to be a rainbow in one place or other, and where the great pinkish heights of the mountains on Mull seemed to float above the horizon.

The scene gave an amazing feeling of leaving the world we know and entering another world -- a parallel universe, perhaps -- where another reality is working.  This feeling of other-worldliness persisted all the way to the island of Iona, and to some extent throughout our stay there.

While at the Abbey, we lived in community with another 30 people from all sorts of different backgrounds, sharing all the housekeeping tasks, eating together in the big refectory, attending workshops and talks, and worshipping together in the lovely old Abbey church, as well as enjoying wandering on the beautiful white beaches on sunny days, and watching with awe while a violent storm battered the island just after we got there, making all the ferries and smaller boats run for shelter.

The centre is run by the Iona Community, a 'dispersed' ecumenical Christian community of men and women from different walks of life and different traditions in the Church, scattered across the world, and engaged together in acting, reflecting and praying for social justic, peace and the care of our planet.  Their aim in offering hospitality to visitors to Iona is to spread some of their ideas and ideals to a wider audience.

When we got home, I was asked what we've brought home with us from our visit.  A memory of a beautiful place, a 'thin' place where somehow a different set of realities are operating?  Beautiful instrumental and choral music in the Abbey?  Simple, unwordy liturgy in the services?  An increased awareness of the importance of the aims of the Iona Community?

Yes, all of those: but most of all, a chance to 'be' rather than 'doing' all the time.  Time to stand and stare.  Time to listen -- to self, to others, to God.  Something we don't have to travel 330 miles to do, if only we take the opportunity to make time for it in our everyday lives.