Newsletter 5th November

Weekly News 5th November 2021

I recently spent a week in Birmingham with my aunt. She’s in early stages dementia and needs someone to give her medication which her sister normally does. Her sister wanted a holiday, so off I went. What a wonderful time – five whole days spent with her instead of a rushed visit. We met one of her nieces for lunch; we had lunch out with aunt’s other sister (we are definitely ladies who lunch); we played bingo; we shopped and in the evenings we played cards and talked. It didn’t matter that the conversations were often repeated; it didn’t matter that I was questioned continually; it didn’t matter that her recall of the game was patchy – what mattered was we had time together. We made new memories for her and talked of the “good old days”.

Dementia, in its many forms, is hard – watching our loved ones fade in front of us. But the person is still there and at times, they shine through and remind us of their presence. My aunt responds to love and kindness; she is less anxious and her sense of humour returns. All she needs is patience and time. 

In our busy hectic world, so often love, patience and time are thin on the ground and yet the benefits they reap are enormous. A reminder to us all to slow down; be patient and show that Love that Jesus has for us to others.

Pam Bickley

As Greg has been away for a few days, Barbara (Holy Trinity) Minsterley and Val (St. George’s, Pontesbury) have made an input to this week’s news.  Some reminders of events posted by Greg in the previous week’s news have been repeated in case you missed them last week. 

Group Service

A good number of you enjoyed the Group Service, led by Revd. Pam, which was held at St. George’s last Sunday morning.  It was good to have several members of the Minsterley choir singing alongside St. George’s choir. 

All Souls

On Tuesday HTM held their service for All Souls’ Day. It was well attended and much appreciated by those who came.

There will be an All-Soul’s Service at St George’s on Sun Nov 7th at 3 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend and light a candle in memory of those they have lost.

Muddy Church

Our next Muddy Church will take place on Tuesday November 9th at St George’s. Refreshments will be served from 3.30 p.m. with a walk of a mile and a half commencing at 4 p.m. Muddy Church is specially aimed at helping families to enjoy God’s creation, but is open to all who can walk the distance.

Looking Ahead

We are all now looking forward to those activities that occur during the Christmas period – festivals, concerts and carol services. 

Holy Trinity will be holding their Crib Festival during the first weekend in December and are looking for lots of Nativity crib scenes to put on display. If anyone would like to join in this event we should be delighted.

St. George’s will be holding their Festival of Trees and Cribs from 9th – 12th December.  The theme this year is *Stars*.  Contact Mary Worrall for details. 

Crib Service

We will be offering interactive crib services over the Christmas period with a dramatic presentation at both Minsterley and Pontesbury. Anyone willing to help with this by performing or helping with costumes should speak to Greg.

Growing Leaders

Growing Leaders is a 12-month course of 10 sessions, produced by CPAS (Church Pastoral Aid Society) combining the best of biblical and secular material.

The course is aimed at people already in church leadership who would like more training and confidence; those wondering whether church leadership might be for them; and those in leadership in other settings, wanting to understand how the Christian faith might equip them to be more effective leaders. Leadership is defined quite widely as having influence over others; and therefore, might apply to a volunteer in Sunday school or messy church; a musical director; a home group leader or a bereavement group coordinator. 

The course is open to anyone in Pontesbury Deanery. If you would like to know more without any commitment, you are warmly welcomed to a cheese and wine evening at The Deanery, Main Road, Pontesbury, SY5 0PS on Monday 15th November at 7 p.m. This will give you the opportunity to learn much more about the course, its contents and format.

RSVP to Greg Smith at rectorpontstip@gmail.com if you would like to attend by 10th November.

Bereavement Group

We are looking at starting up a bereavement group for the whole area in the new year, working in conjunction with other denominations. If you would be interested in being part of a team to help with this, please speak to Greg.

Webmaster

After many years of fantastic service, Richard Elliot has stood down as webmaster for the St George’s website. We are therefore looking for a volunteer to take on responsibility for the security and efficient running of the website, while others will input the necessary material.

Rota

After many years of faithfully producing the rota at St. George’s, Frank Butterworth will be retiring. We are therefore looking for a replacement for him. If anyone wants to know more about this, please speak to Frank or Val.