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 email@example.com
The following services currently take place at 10.30am St John the Baptist Church.
1st Sunday – Family Service with Communion followed by coffee
2nd Sunday – Benefice Service at one of the six churches in the Ariconium Diocese
3rd Sunday – Informal service with refreshments, followed by a short communion service for those who wish to stay
4th Sunday – Parish Communion 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.
If you would like a lift to any of these services call Jane on 07989572356 or Olivia on 780321 and we will make arrangements to pick you up.
The Prayer Group meets at 2pm on the first Wednesday of every month at the church All welcome.
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.
Easter Services and Walks
Every year parishioners in Ariconium walk between the six churches as part of Holy Week. All the walks start at 5.30pm. There is a short service at the start and end of each walk. Dogs are warmly welcomed on the walks.
This year’s walks and services are:
Sunday, April 5th – Upton Bishop to Linton
Monday, April 6th – Linton to Aston Ingham
Tuesday, April 7th – Aston Ingham to The Lea
Wednesday, April 8th – The Lea to Hope Mansell
Thursday, April 9th – Hope Mansell to Weston Under Penyard
Thursday April 9th 7.30pm – Foot washing at Weston Under Penyard
Friday April 10th 2.30pm – Good Friday service, Weston Under Penyard
Sunday, April 12th 6am – Service of Light followed by breakfast, Upton Bishop
Sunday, April 12th 10.30am – Parish Communion followed by coffee, Upton Bishop
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.