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A Vicar's Life goes behind the scenes of the lives of country vicars at the heart of the rural community in the stunning Herefordshire countryside. From opening fêtes to marrying local couples, vicars are knitted into the fabric of country life, acting as a pillar of support in times of crisis and personal sorrow.Each episode features stories from across the county giving a closer perspective on rural life, as seen through the eyes of the church. Village fetes, shooting drives, and local issues - all served up with a heavy dose of humour, charity, and inspiring local leadership.
Filled with fire in his belly after his ordination, new curate Father Matthew is determined to make an impression in his new parish. Dressed in his new cassock - which he plans to wear at all times - he hits the streets, introducing himself to the people of All Saints. In the Black Mountains, Nicholas is there to support others who are struggling in these tough times, as farmer Steve and his wife Joyce have no choice but to sell their cattle and vacate their farm. Rev Matthew Stafford recalls helping a troubled young man who once slept in his shed, which remains in his garden as a tribute to him after he sadly died. But his most pressing issue right now is a visit from the Bishop to bless his new church roof. How will Bishop Richard feel about Matthew's plan to send him up in a cherry picker?
It is harvest season, a busy time for the rural church. In the village of Breinton, the ladies of the church are creating a spectacular display for the harvest festival. On the surface it is a picture of a healthy village church, but to new deacon Matthew Cashmore it is clear that they need to attract newcomers to the village. He is determined to bring something of Breinton's harvest to help the homeless and needy much further afield, but they are people who many are wary of. In the Black Mountains, Vicar Nicholas is sowing rather than reaping, hoping that the young couple getting married in his church - and their congregation - will be touched by the experience. Back in Breinton, Matthew's colleague Ruth believes that if people are not coming to church, the church needs to go to them. The village Bonfire Night proves to be the ideal occasion.
In Shropshire, Fr Matthew Stafford is determined to meet the needs of an increasingly ageing population and finds time to visit a couple struggling with dementia. In Hereford, Fr Matthew Cashmore ministers to the other end of the age spectrum in Hereford, joining the local team of street pastors who take care those needing help after a heavy night out. In the Black Mountains, vicar Nicholas Lowton keeps a check on the elderly in his scattered parish and visits a local lunch club initiative that has made a real difference to people's lives.
The festive season is a busy time for clergy in Hereford Diocese, which is covered in an early blanket of snow. Vicar Ruth Hulse visits a local training centre for young people who have struggled in mainstream education. Matthew Stafford is lending his support to a local farm, run by a member of his choir, that helps young people with special needs. Vicar Nicholas is snowed in.
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