Yarkhill Church History and Information
The parish is in the Hereford Diocese and is part of the Ledbury Deanery. Our Priest, The Reverend Mandy Williams, has just been appointed as Minister in charge of our parish and the seven other parishes that make up the Hop Group of Churches. Assisting Mandy with her ministry are the Reverend John Watkins and the Reverend Nicky Seabright our non-stipendiary vicars, Mrs Linde Melhuish, a Reader, and the Reverend David Good a retired minister.
Services are normally held twice each month in the parish church dedicated to St John the Baptist. We have a warm and friendly atmosphere to which everybody is welcome. The congregation, including the young people, are in a rota for the reading and prayers so that we all join in the services. Refreshments are served afterwards offering the opportunity to catch up with news and views.
- 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 Ledbury Team Office or you can download The Information Leaflet and Application Form from here.
For in information on Baptism or Funeral Services please contact the Ledbury Team Office.
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.
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