Border Benefice

On this page:
About us
News and Events in the Parish

Our Rector and key staff
Our weekly Pew Sheet and Reflections
Baptisms, weddings and funerals
Parish Magazines

Tucked away in the north-west corner of Shropshire and on the Welsh border, our four rural parishes worship and work together.  You will find us in our communities and our churches:

    • St Michael the Archangel in Llanyblodwel more…
    • St Agatha’s in Llanymynech  more…
    • St Philip and St James’ in Morton more…
    • All Saints’ in Trefonen more…

The Border Benefice is committed to safeguarding and each parish has discussed and adopted relevant policies.
The name of the parish Safeguarding Officer can be found on each parish home page.


About us

The Benefice, part of the Diocese of Litchfield,  works together in several ways:

    • On the 5th Sunday of a month there is only one service, for all to come together to worship. It is hosted by each parish in turn.
    • The churchwardens meet regularly to discuss and agree as appropriate common approaches, the sharing of resources and calendar details.
    • The Chairs of each the Parochial Church Councils (PCC) also meet regularly.
    • The identity of the Benefice is promoted through this website,  its Facebook page and the Sunday pew sheet.
    • The Benefice and parish treasurers work on items of shared expenditure.

There are shared events, often linked to the season, such as the summer evening’s prayer and praise. 

For Details of Services at our Parish Churches, go to the individual Church pages.

News and Events in the Benefice

The Rector, Rev’d Kathy has left for a new parish in Australia.  We shall post more information as it becomes available. We all wish her our best wishes for her new life there.

The Appointment of a new Rector

It has been confirmed that the Diocesan Bishops have decided that a full-time Rector should be appointed to the four parishes of the Border Benefice.  This will be a fairly lengthy process.  The next step will be a meeting of the four Parochial Church Councils with the Acting Archdeacon.

For the moment, if you wish to make contact, please get in touch with the churchwardens of your parish, your lay parochial church council chair or the Benefice Administrator.  The Lay Chairs are:

Llanyblodwel – Alec Gordon
Llanymynech – Paddy Martin
Morton              – Lizzie Lawrence or Lin Hughes
Trefonen          – Chris Kirk

On 1 April 24 we welcomed Helen Parish as our Benefice Administrator

One of the Administrator’s jobs which most people are familiar with is the publication of the weekly pew sheet.  This keeps us all up to date with current and forthcoming events, services and activities.  It is available on this website as well as in the churches.  Helen will accept information for inclusion only from the PCC lay chairs, churchwardens and lay readers, and up to 12 noon on Wednesday.  The pew sheet will be printed on Thursday morning.

Helen is planning to spend five hours in the Benefice office at the Rectory on a Thursday from 9.30 a.m.  If you need to see her it would be helpful if you were able to ring before going: 01691 590025.

The Community Cafe in Trefonen is open every Tuesday morning more…

The Community Cafe, Café Blodwel, in Llanyblodwel is open on the first Wednesday of the month  more…

Our Rector and key staff:



Benefice Administrator

Helen Parish
Office Number: 01691 590025

Benefice Treasurer

K Kimber
Contact Number: 01691 679646

Facebook Page

Jann Downes
Contact Number:
Facebook page name: Border Group of Parishes

Benefice Lay Readers

Betty Steele
Contact Number: 01691 652170




Linda Gladman
Contact Number:  01691 671363



Baptisms, weddings and funerals:

See our detailed information pages:  Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Our weekly pew sheet:

Listed below is our latest Pew Sheet for viewing/download

Pew Sheet – 16th June 2024 (includes 23rd June 2024 information)

Our Reflections:

Listed below is our latest Daily Reflection for viewing/download

Daily Reflection – 16th June 2024

Parish Magazines

The latest copy (June 2024) of the Morton Parish Magazine is available by clicking here,

The latest copy (June 2024) of the Trefonen and Llanyblodwel Parish Magazine is available by clicking here.

Other links

The Benefice website is linked to other local sites:


Other useful links appear on  the individual parish pages.