Yarkhill Church History and Information
The parish is in the Hereford Diocese and is part of the Ledbury Deanery. The Reverend Mandy Williams, is Minister in charge of our parish and the seven other parishes that make up the Hop Churches benefice. Assisting with ministry are the Reverend John Watkins, the Reverend Prebendary Nicky Seabright and the Reverend Linde Melhuish, non-stipendiary priests . Mr. Michael Llywelyn-Jones is Reader. There are two more candidates training to be Readers.
Email The Rev’d. Mandy Williams - [email protected] tel. 07780 586846
Email The Churchwarden, Mr Ashley Fortey - [email protected] tel. 07894 728762
Services are held twice each month in the parish church dedicated to St John the Baptist to which all are welcome. Refreshments are usually served afterwards.
1st Sunday of the month 11:00am Parish Communion
3rd Sunday of the month 11:00am Morning Prayer
St John the Baptist is a beautiful place to get married. We have our new bells to ring out your good news and a lovely situation for your wedding photographs. The church can seat approx. 115 people. For more information please contact the Vicar.
For in information on Baptism or Funeral Services please contact, The Vicar, The Rev’d. Mandy Williams .
We believe that there has been a church on this spot for more than 800 years, although what you now see is the result of extensive renovations carried out in 1862. Parts of the original building can be seen in the porch, and the bottom of the tower is of the same 13th century period. The Church has 3 fonts: one of dark stone with a fluted bowl is Norman and is probably from the original building, another is 13th century and a third, a fluted font, is probably 17th century. There is also a small medieval bowl for holding Holy Water known as a stoup.
Francis Stedman was the incumbent here for 47 years in the 17th Century and his son Fabian was baptised at St John the Baptist Yarkhill in 1640
The Church nave was restored by the Victorians. The Tower is older and contains a ring of bells dating from the 17th Century, read more about the bells on the bell page.
"The parish of Yarkhill is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Hereford’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."
You are very welcome at our Advent and Christmas services and events – bring your family and friends or come along on your own. Whether it will be your first time at church or you have been before, we look forward to welcoming you!