Welcome to the Arrowvale group website.
a statement from the Archdeacon
I am sorry to say that the Revd Anna Branston, Rector of the Arrowvale benefice, has been signed off on reduced hours by the GP and will only be working up to 24 hours each week. This is unrelated to the present Covid 19 virus and until tests and diagnosis are complete, we will not know how long Anna will remain on reduced hours. Guy Wilkinson and I with PTO clergy will be supporting the Benefice with Sunday worship and Guy as Rural Dean, is arranging other appropriate support with Anna. Please pray for Anna at this time that she returns to fitness quickly and can resume her ministry. Please be assured of both Bishop Richard’s and my prayers for Anna and your communities at this difficult time.
Archdeacon of Hereford
Thank you for all your kind enquiries and prayers so far. As you can see we are doing our best to ensure that the life of the Church in Arrowvale will continue as before and I am very thankful for the help and support of the Diocese and fellow clergy and all here in Arrowvale.
The Arrowvale Group of Parishes are now offering services in the churches to which members of the congregation are invited to attend. We ask that if you do attend that you follow the national guidelines relating to social distancing, mixing of households, the wearing of masks etc. so as to ensure that we can offer a Covid safe space. Most churches at the present time have limited space due to the social distancing rules.
We are also streaming the services and circulating them via the pew sheet. If you know of anyone who would like to receive a copy of the pewsheet through the post please contact The Rector. We are very keen on including as many people as possible.
The Arrowvale Group of Parishes consists of five churches and one chapel within north west Herefordshire. To find out more about the churches and ministry within the group, please follow the links below.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I have said morning prayer every morning at 9.00 during the crisis and will continue to do so and will now add a 6.00 prayer moment where I will light a candle for those I am praying for. I am aware that for some of you not being able to join with others in prayer in person is a hardship but I take inspiration and encouragement from Jesus’ prayer life – he frequently withdrew for solitary prayer:
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matthew 14:23
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed Mark 1:35,36
This perhaps is a time for us to withdraw to ‘a solitary place’ and wait on God, listen for what he is telling us, and to trust in each other being steadfast and faithful in our mutual prayers even at a distance.
In the meantime you are all very welcome to join in with Pembridge School Morning Prayer on Zoom on a Friday Morning at 9.00 (which gives us the opportunity to at least see one another).
Topic: Pembridge Morning Prayer Zoom Join Zoom Meeting:
I will also send round an invitation to join in with the school’s Friday morning worship – which many of you I am sure would find very uplifting and encouraging.
It is not for everyone to pray every day so if you would prefer to choose a specific day to pray and let me know when that is I could put together a timetable of who is praying, on what day, and encourage people to send in prayer requests.
The timetable proposed is
Sunday: family, friends, and loved ones;
Monday: schools and colleges, children, and young people;
Tuesday: the elderly, those who are isolated and vulnerable;
Wednesday: businesses, the workplace, and economic wellbeing;
Thursday: the NHS and other key workers;
Friday: national and local governments;
Saturday: all who are grieving, those suffering with physical and mental health.
We are also promised further prayer resources that I will circulate when I can.
If you have any questions about this or anything else do please call.
With my prayers for you all
Download the weekly Pewsheet for information relating to the services.
I’ve attached a pdf of prayers for the Month of Prayer These are designed to be said at 6.00 in the hopes of creating a sense of community and unity between us. Do circulate freely and do feel free to chose just one day to pray in the knowledge that others will be praying when you can’t.
If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact Rev. Anna Branston on the details listed above or the Safeguarding Officer at the Hereford Diocesan Office 01432 373300