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

The church is open for between 10am and 4pm every day except during icy weather when the church will remain locked.


The following services currently take place at 10.30am St John the Baptist Church.

1st Sunday – Family Service with Communion

2nd Sunday – Benefice Service at one of the six churches in the Ariconium Diocese

3rd Sunday – Parish Communion

4th Sunday – Mattins

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 07989 572356 or Olivia on 780321 and we will make arrangements to pick you up.

There are also a number of services held via zoom including evensong services from Monday to Thursday at 5.30pm

Meeting ID: 697 422 2801    Passcode: 1662

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).

If you would like to donate to the church we would encourage you to sign up for the Parish Giving Scheme.

You can donate online by BACS

Account Name: Upton Bishop Parochial Church Council

Sort code:  30-90-89,

Account number:  37440160.

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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

Jane Ayres  07989 572356


The Parochial Church Council (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.

Coronavirus Update

The church is open for private prayer. The church will be unlocked between 10am and 4pm.

A lot of the familiar items that might harbour the virus have been tidied away and handwashing and hygiene equipment will be provided.

You will be very welcome to come into the church but, for your safety and the safety of other visitors, please respect the advice given on notices in the church about:
  • the hand washing facilities in the porch;
  • not touching anything you do not need to touch;
  • using only the pews at the front of the church. These pews will be disinfected daily. All others have been blocked off with kneelers;
  • reporting to the churchwarden if you find that you are infected after your visit. If this happens, the church will have to be closed again for 72 hours and cleaned thoroughly when reopened.
Arrangements will be reviewed in line with Government advice.

A Covid Prayer

Remembering all those lost in tragic, end-of-life circumstances (In hospitals ITUs, Care Homes and at home) – and all those who have cared for them in the Health Service and with caring skills using their unerring compassion.

Dear Lord …….

For all loved ones ….. be they mine or others and in your care

Lord, If you sense Terror …. Be with them now

Bring them calmness,

Wrap them in your arms,

Show them the gentle light of your direction

Call them to you by your gentle path …..Call them and receive them

AND for those who care for them, …

Whether they are family, friends,

Or those ever-giving angels, who have watched over their final moments

Bring them your comfort

Nourish them in the knowledge that they have done well,

That they too are loved

And that they will always be a part of the warmth from your light.


Nic Walker

July 2020

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