Newsletter 29th April

Last Sunday there was an article in the Sunday Times supplement “Confessions of a vicar’ – I wonder whether any of you read it? There were stories from a priests first parish and covered baptism, wedding, funeral, Sunday morning worship and church relationships. Most priests will have their share of “interesting stories” as Ministry is fundamentally about people.
What I felt was missing from this piece was the joy of Ministry. It did tend to concentrate on the negatives so I wanted to put that right. The joy of baptising a child – holding that little one and welcoming them into the church. The joy of meeting a bride and her father in the porch and praying with them. The joy (although that word may seem strange) of being able to walk with people at their most vulnerable when holding a funeral for a loved one. But mainly the joy of everyday Ministry and worship – getting to know people; being with them in Church or in the community; singing God’s praises with them and praying with them.
So my confession is …..Ministry is a joy and a privilege. Thank you to all of you who make Ministry such a blessing.

Pam

Weekly News from St. George’s – 29th April
As Greg is enjoying a well-deserved few days break following busy Easter Celebrations, here is a ‘non-priestly’ update from St. Georges.
St. George’s Day was celebrated at Sunday’s Morning Service and it was especially enjoyable due to the number of young people, representing their uniformed organisations, who came along to share in the celebration of our Saint.
Flags were duly presented and promises were confirmed.
The Service was followed by our APCM and I thank those who took the time to attend. It is encouraging to those who take on the responsibility of serving as Church Officers when they can see that they are well-supported by the congregation. At the Meeting, Mary Worrall and Allen Marsden were elected as Church Wardens, with Heather Ryder and Helen McCall being elected as Assistants. The APCM Report was accepted and many thanks must go to those who supplied the various reports, giving an interesting view of church life.

Church Diary for the coming week.
Friday, 29th Coffee in the WER from 10:00 until 12:00
Saturday, 30th Richard Small’s talk at Holy Trinity, Minsterley
Sunday, 1st May Morning Worship at 10:30am
Tuesday, 3rd May Little Dragons from 10:00 – 11:30am
Tuesday, 3rd May Alpha Course commences at The Deanery.
Thursday, 5th May Funeral of Rose Roberts – 9:30am
Funeral of Dorothy Headland – 1:30pm
Saturday, 7th May WER closed for private booking – 9:00 – 4:00pm

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