Church services in the Parish.

Parish Church Services January – March 2022

Sunday 1 May Holy Communion – Book of Common Prayer Croft 9.30am
Sunday 8 May Holy Communion – Common Worship Yarpole 9.30am
Sunday 15 May Holy Communion – Book of Common Prayer Yarpole 8.30am
Sunday 22 May Group Service: Rogation Ivington 10.30am
Sunday 29 May Non-communion themed service Yarpole 9.30am

Sunday 5 June Holy Communion – Book of Common Prayer Croft 9.30am
Sunday 12 June Holy Communion – Common Worship Yarpole 9.30am
Sunday 19 June Holy Communion – Book of Common Prayer Yarpole 8.30am
Sunday 26 June Non-communion themed service Yarpole 9.30am

• changes to the programme will be displayed on notice boards and on the Community website

Anyone wishing to contact a priest please phone:
Rev. Matthew Burns on 01568 614399, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For other information please phone: Priory Office 612124
Monday to Friday 9.30 – 1.00
Churchwarden Barbara Nurse (780637)

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Yarpole is a parish of 700 people situated in North Herefordshire, midway between the market towns of Leominster to the south and Ludlow to the north. Visit Leominster Western Parishes regularly to see Matthew’s updates, including posts from Bishop Richard and Archdeacon Derek.

The Parish of Yarpole is unusual in that there are two working parish churches. St Leonard's situated in the village of Yarpole and St Michael and All Angels Church situated next to Croft Castle, a National Trust property. Many visitors assume that the church is managed by the National Trust as it is part of a visit to the estate. The National Trust does not contribute to the running costs of St Michael and All Angels church.

St Michael and All Angels Church at Croft is in urgent need of repair. The small church is situated in the grounds of Croft Castle, owned by the National Trust. The church, however, is still a working church and is looked after by the Parish. St Michael and All Angels Church at Croft restoration Appeal.

St Leonards Yarpole. What was going on behind the screen?

We are now starting on the next phase of the work required to restore the chancel to its original and former glory. Under floor heating has been put in place, limecrete will be laid to hide the pipe-work, and after that is cured, new tiles will be laid on top. The screen will come down at this point and the pews re-sited in the chancel.

Then, we have to get sufficient funding in place to have the organ removed, cleaned, restored and brought back into the church to be sited in its new place where it will be more prominent, more a part of the congregation. What some of you may not realise is that hiding behind the organ is another window, a matching window to the three that can be seen at the moment. While the organ is having its makeover, we will, hopefully, be reinstating the window. The chancel then will be as it was intended. Of course, all this comes at a price, and we are applying for grants to aid us in our efforts, Window 2but we can’t do it without you. We are intending to have an event using the organ as soon as the floor is done, and we will have another when the organ is in its new place.

We are also asking you to ‘sponsor a pane’. We will have an image of the window on the wall,and we are asking you to sponsor a pane (or more). This will obviously be a virtual pane, and for £10.00 we will add a pane to the window. We will leave envelopes for you to fill with cash or a cheque, and if you add your initials we will add them to your pane, marking your donation. Envelopes can be left in the post box to the right of the vestry door and will be collected regularly. If you prefer to donate direct to our bank, please contact Sue Smith for the bank details. Cheques payable to Croft with Yarpole and Lucton PCC.

We will keep you updated on any grants that are awarded. So, that is what is going on behind the screen.


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The churches of St Leonard’s and St Michael’s take seriously the care and protection of adults and children. If you have any concerns please contact: Barbara Nurse, Parish Safeguarding Officer – 01568 780637, Matthew Burns, vicar – 01568 614399 or Mandy McPhee, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor – 07875 757396.