Newsletter 10th September
On Tuesday of this week, the Church Council who represent the various churches in our family met together for a Vision Day. The priorities we agreed for the year ahead are unlikely to come as a surprise to you: recruiting more (younger!) people to the family and ensuring everyone’s gifts are used; focusing on schools; raising more money, but also giving more away; and communicating better with the outside world. Perhaps, none of this is rocket science, but it should help us focus when time and energy are limited. Arguably, the most encouraging part of the day was the Bible Study exploring the last few verses of Acts chapter 2, which describe the life of the Early Church. In some ways, we are very different. They don’t appear to have spent much time worrying about buildings and they witnessed rather more miracles than we are used to. However, the one thing that we felt we had in common was our togetherness. This is quite remarkable, given that rather like the disciples who had nothing in common other than that they were all called by Jesus, the six churches of our family have been called together by geographical and historical accident. The commitment to being part of the same family and working together has been a tremendous blessing. It is something to be treasured and held onto in prayer.
To Holy Trinity Minsterley upon receiving the Bronze Eco-Church Award, as presented by Bishop Richard on Sunday at the service of rededication.
Irene Parker will be holding a coffee morning in support of the Children’s Society on Weds Sept 22nd from 10.30-12.30. The address is New Bungalow on Pontesbury Hill. All welcome to support this very important cause.
We are pleased to announce the reopening of the church café at Minsterley on Wednesday mornings from 10-12, commencing Sept 29th. Sarah Edwards email@example.com has been appointed as the coordinator of the café and would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer at the café on a rota basis.
On September 19th, we will be hosting joint services with the Methodists and Congregationalists at 10.30 at both Minsterley and Pontesbury. Please do join us if you can in order that we may celebrate that we are one church in the eyes of God. That evening, there will be a Healing Service with Holy Communion at St George’s at 6.30.
Takes place on Saturday Sept 18th. The projected timetable is as follows:
St George’s Pontesbury 8 a.m.
St Mary’s Habberley 9 a.m.
St Luke’s Snailbeach 10.15
Shepherd’s Rock 11.45
All Saints Shelve 12.30
Holy Trinity Hope 1.45
Holy Trinity Minsterley 3.45
St George’s Pontesbury 4.30
Anyone is welcome to join us for one or more stages of the walk. Operations Manager for the day is Paul Chylinski whose number is 07962 028625. If you call or text him, he will advise you as to whether we are in front or behind schedule. There is a small support team from Coventry, who will be glad to give anyone a lift back to where they started. We are raising funds for local churches as well as the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust. Stephen Winwood has kindly agreed to provide administrative support and sponsor forms are available from him.
Council Consultation in Minsterley
The Parish Council in Minsterley are running a consultation event on Saturday September 18th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Parish Hall. The church will be represented, but it would be good if anyone who isn’t walking would go along and make their views known about what the village needs.
As a family, we will be supporting the charity Water Aid. Each church will take a collection at the harvest service and we will then make a combined donation to this important charity that provides clean water to the developing world.
Harvest services are as follows:
Habberley Sept 26th at 10.30
Shelve Oct 3rd at 9 a.m.
Pontesbury Oct 3rd at 10.30
Hope Oct 17th at 9 a.m.
Minsterley Oct 17th at 10.30
Please pray for Cynthia Webb who is currently in hospital and Colin Edwards who is still recovering from a time in hospital. Also for the family of Sheila Bebbington whose funeral takes place on the 15th.
Please note that Greg and Fran will be on holiday from today until and including next Friday. Please contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local churchwarden in their absence.