St John the Baptist Church is the village church. It is one of six parishes in the Benefice of Ariconium.

The Benefice of Ariconium is a group of six Church of England parishes in the southeastern corner of Herefordshire, united since 2008 under one parish priest, and sharing in the organisation of church life.

The name Ariconium is that of the Roman town which once stood near the centre of the area: the place of which Weston-under-Penyard is west and Aston Ingham east.

Our Rector is David Howell who is based at the Rectory in Weston Under Penyard.  He can be contacted on 01989 568736 or by e-mail

Christmas Services and Events

Carol Singing

Tuesday, December 17th meet at 6pm at the Crews Crossroad (top of the hill) to sing around Upton Crews

Thursday, December 19th meet at 6pm in the Phocle Green layby to sing around Phocle Green

Tuesday, December 24th meet at 4.30pm in the Millennium Hall to sing around the centre of the village

This year we will be raising money for the Air Ambulance and the church. Please wear a high vis jacket and bring a torch. Carol sheets will be provided. If the weather is bad arrangements might change but will be posted on Facebook, twitter and the website
Carol Service
Join us for carols by candelight at 4pm on Sunday, December 22nd in the  church.
Pass the Parcel Crib Service
Take half an hour this Christmas Eve with your children to unwrap the real story of Christmas. 4pm on Tuesday, December 24th in the Millennium Hall.

Christmas Day Communion

11am Holy Communion in the church. All welcome



The following services currently take place at St John the Baptist Church.

1st Sunday – Family Service at 11.15am followed by coffee

2nd Sunday – Holy Communion at 8am

3rd Sunday – Evensong at 6pm

4th Sunday – Parish Communion at 9.30am followed by coffee

5th Sunday – Combined Benefice Service which alternates between the six churches in the Benefice of Ariconium.

There is a rota for providing coffee, cleaning, welcoming etc.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Prayer Group

The Prayer Group meets at 2pm on the first Wednesday of every month at the church  All welcome.

Sunday Funday

The children play a major role in the Family Service, writing and reading prayers, presenting plays and helping with the weekly theme.  They usually get together the Saturday before to talk about the service and plan how they will contribute to it.  If your child would like to be involved please contact Jane Ayres on 780531.


Maintaining our church costs money and we have held a number of successful appeals most recently for the restoration of the organ (£22,000) and repairs to the church tower (£100,000).


The church is on a narrow road and parking is limited.  The postcode for the church is HR9 7UL


To find out more about the church or to make enquiries about a funeral or other service please contact the Church Warden

Olivia Boon  01989 780321


The Parochial Church Council has  (PCC) has adopted the House of Bishops’ Promoting a Safer Church; Safeguarding Policy Statement.  Details of who to contact if you are concerned about safeguarding are here.