Newsletter 4th March
You may be aware that St George’s, in conjunction with Good Neighbours, has set up a Men’s Group that will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from 11-1 p.m. at the Pavilion. I was privileged to attend the first of these last week. However, my participation was not the resounding success it might have been. I started by playing cribbage for what must be the first time in about thirty years. Soon, the rules came flooding back if not the best tactics for winning. Nevertheless, coming into the home straight, I had a significant lead that I somehow let slip. Undeterred, I challenged my two comrades to a game of Jenga (other collapsing wooden tower games are available). One of my new-found friends was very unenthusiastic about this, but ignoring his reluctance, I pressed on and set up the tower, leaving him little choice but to join in. It was then that I realized the cause of his reluctance: a very severe and uncontrollable shaking of the hands. I felt suitably abashed but decided it would only make it worse if I stopped the game, mentally preparing a suitable speech about how well he had done under the circumstances. Half an hour later, we were still going. I don’t know how my friend managed it (the shaking at times was very pronounced). A combination of concentration, patience and determination enabled him to remove brick after brick and leave the tower still standing. Inevitably, despite my absolute certainty at the outset that I could not lose, I was the one who brought the tower crashing down.
I am reminded of the account in Matthew 14 of Peter walking on the water. Impossible, it would have seemed to those watching on, but not to someone willing to take a risk and keep his eyes fixed on Jesus.
It is with much sadness that we announce the sudden death of Fiona Fields, a much-loved member of St George’s and chorister. Following a fall last Saturday, she died in the early hours of Monday morning. Please pray for her family and many friends. Her funeral is scheduled for Friday March 18th at 1 p.m. at St George’s.
Revd Stuart Carter
It was with pleasure that we welcome Revd Stuart Carter to the Pontesbury & Stiperstones team. Stuart and his wife, Wendy, have been worshipping at Habberley and Pontesbury since moving to Habberley last October. Stuart, a retired priest, has now been given Permission to Officiate (PTO) by the Bishop and has generously agreed to join the rota of those ministering in our churches. Do pray for him as he begins this next phase of his ministry.
Please note there will be a full programme over Lent.
Lent lunches will run at St George’s on Wednesdays from 12-1 with a theme of “characters connected to the Passion” and in the Stiperstones benefice at various venues on Fridays at the same time.
A Lent Group will run at the Deanery on Monday evenings, starting on March 7th at 7.30. We will be using the Stephen Cotterell booklet the Nail to explore the Passion. Anyone is welcome to join us, but we can ensure we have enough chairs if we know who might be coming. If you want to purchase the book in advance at a cost of c £7.50 (you might find this helpful but not essential), please visit https://www.eden.co.uk/christian-books/easter-and-lent-books/the-nail/
On Palm Sunday, at St George’s, we will be dramatizing the passion story and therefore are looking for a cast of thousands (well twenty anyway). Most parts are only one line. We will also need technical people, stage managers and costume designers. If you are willing to help on April 10th, please speak to Greg. Please note, there will be the liturgy of the palms at Minsterley, led by the Stiperstones Brass Band.
Our annual meetings are fast approaching. If you want to join the electoral roll in advance of those meetings (and thereby be able to participate) now is the time to take action. Please contact your electoral roll officer (or a churchwarden) to get a form.
We had a wonderful time on Shrove Tuesday, shaking dice and trying to calculate which way around the West End Room clockwise was and then eating pancakes. Nearly 40 people attended and all thoroughly appeared to enjoy themselves.
The new bereavement group, jointly run by six local churches in Pontesbury and Minsterley has officially branded itself as Oasis. The group will run on alternate Tuesdays at Minsterley Methodist Chapel from 12-1.30 and is for anyone who has suffered recent bereavement, launching on March 22nd. Oasis offers lunch and companionship to people going through difficult times. We have plenty of volunteers to run the club. What we need now is your prayers and for guests to come. If you know anyone in the Minsterley/Pontesbury area who has lost a loved one and who might benefit from joining the group, please do refer them to us. Heather Ryder has kindly agreed to be the point of contact and may be reached at email@example.com or 01743 790359
A reminder that Ichthus meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2.30 for Bible Study and fellowship. The venue varies but anyone is welcome to join. For further information, please contact Liz Jackson at Jackson.firstname.lastname@example.org
Evensong at Habberley
For consistency’s sake, the PCC of Habberley has decided that the time of Evensong on the second Sunday of the month should remain 5 p.m. whether winter or summer.
A Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion
to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at-risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Calendar for the Week
Fri 4th Prayer at HTM 9-10 a.m.
Coffee morning at St George’s 10-12
Sun 6th Holy Communion at Shelve & Hope at 9 a.m.
Family Service at Pontesbury at 10.30 a.m.
Holy Communion at Minsterley at 10.30
Mon 7th Youth Café at HTM
Lent Group at the Deanery at 7.30 p.m.
Tues 8th Pontesbury Finance Ctte at 2 p.m.
Muddy Church planning 3.30 p.m.
Weds 9th Café at HTM 10-12
Lent Lunch at St George’s at 12 noon
Minsterley Standing Ctte at 1.30
Pontesbury PCC at 7 p.m.
Thurs 10th Trinity Tots
Sat 12th Imagine at HTM from 10-3
Sun 13th Holy Communion at Minsterley & Pontesbury at 10.30
Evensong at Habberley at 5 p.m.