Newsletter 12th November

Dear friends

I write on Armistice Day, so thoughts of the 1914-18 war are uppermost in my mind, while thoughts of Covid are never more than the next conversation or news item away. Speaking to a friend the other day, I was suddenly struck by the parallel between the deluded attitudes that prevailed at the outbreak of these two great conflicts. When war was declared on Germany in 1914, young men in this country queued for miles to recruit for the great cause; who lied about their age. And if they got found out at one recruiting station would travel a few miles down the road to another where the recruiters were more lax. ‘It will all be over by Christmas was the great cry’. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Meanwhile, in the early days of 2020, we saw television pictures of cities/provinces locked down in China and smiled to ourselves, thinking it could never happen here. And when we did lockdown in March, we thought “six weeks of having our lives turned upside down”, little imagining that nearly two years on, Covid would still be with us and no end in sight.

Thankfully, the Christian faith understands the energy we manage to find in the early days of a crisis; and there are repeated calls in Scripture to persevere. I am regularly encouraged by the words in Romans chapter 5. “We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts.” 5:3-5

Crib Service

We will be offering interactive crib services on Christmas Eve 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.

All Souls

Thanks to all those who assisted with our two All Souls services. As we welcomed over 100 people over the two occasions, it was wonderful to see the host family demonstrating Christ’s love in such lovely ways.

Music Night at Habberley

There is a music night at Habberley (please see attached poster) in aid of funds for St Mary’s in the church. The evening of Jazz/Blues/Folk is being led by Tin Solider with Paul Ricard as guest; and takes place on Friday 26thNovember at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £10 and available from Pauline at 01743 790784 or stopford@mypostoffice.co.uk or Pearl on 01743 790495 or pearlhannigan@gmx.co.uk

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.

It’s not too late to attend and my message to people is that it really can’t do you any harm to come along and find out more. Fran and I would like to know you’re coming however for catering purposes.

Bereavement Group

There is a meeting at the Methodist Church in Minsterley to discuss the possibility of setting up a bereavement group to serve our communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to work in partnership with Christians from other denominations. If you come along on Monday 22nd Nov at 11 a.m., you will be very welcome, with no ongoing commitment assumed.

Rota

Many thanks to Caroline Harper who has agreed to take on the responsibility for the St George’s rotas.

Consultation Session

There is a listening event on Saturday 27th November at St George’s for the whole Deanery. This will be attended by the Bishop and Archdeacon in an attempt to find out what the lay people of Pontesbury Deanery think about the mission and operation of the Diocese. There is encouragement for both fans and critics to attend. The meeting is scheduled to take place between 10.30-12. It is a ticketed event (although tickets are free and can be obtained by visiting https://www.hereford.anglican.org/calendar/event.php?event=282&monthly_view=grid&calendar_category_id=0

We have also been asked to use the attached Follow Prayer in the build up to the event.

Calendar for the Week

Sun 14th            Remembrance Service at Pontesbury at 10.15

                        Remembrance Service at Minsterley at 10.30

                        Remembrance Service at Snailbeach at 2.30

                        Evensong at Habberley at 5 p.m.

Mon 15th          Youth Café at Holy Trinity at 3.30 p.m.

Growing Leaders information evening at the Deanery at 7 p.m. 

Tues 16th           Little Dragons at St George’s at 9.30

Weds 17th         Church Café at Holy Trinity 10-12

                        Living in Love and Faith final session at St George’s at 7 p.m.

Thurs 18th         Trinity Tots at 9.30 a.m.

                        Shelve PCC at 9.30 a.m.

Fri 19th              Coffee morning at St George’s

Sat 20th             Funeral of Sybil Browning at Hope Church at 1 p.m.v