From the Rector, The Reverend Greg Smith
One of the most powerful books I have ever read (and which I commend to you wholeheartedly if you can find a copy) is Jackie Pullinger’s Chasing the Dragon. Jackie is an amazing woman who felt called by God when she was in her early 20s to travel out to Hong Kong. There she found herself working in the infamous Walled City. She was surrounded by men and women hopelessly addicted to opium, people forced to pay for their drugs through prostitution or gang membership. She targeted the most hopeless with the good news of Jesus, the gang leaders happy to let them go so useless were they. I relate this story because of its connection with Pentecost. Initially, Jackie Pullinger had very little success until one day someone reminded her of the value of praying in tongues. Convicted that it was rude to neglect a gift that God had given her, she started to pray in tongues for the people she was working with. There was an astonishing change in her ministry. Suddenly, scores of people flocked to join her and over the years, she built up a world-renowned ministry to drug addicts. I wonder what gift, if any, that God has given you that you might be rudely neglecting?
We hope you enjoyed last Sunday’s Pentecost service from Pontesbury. Many, many thanks to Alistair Bates, who spent some 6 hours editing the service for broadcast (hence the delay in posting it). If you have any thoughts about broadcast, please email Greg or join us for a review on Wednesday 2nd at 6 p.m. via zoom. Our next live broadcast will be from Minsterley on June 6th. Again, there will be a delay until the evening before the service is available to view via either the Pontesbury or Stiperstones websites. This Sunday, a pre-recorded service for Trinity Sunday, will be posted at 10 a.m.
This Sunday, May 30th, the whole family of six churches will gather together at St George’s Pontesbury at 10.30 for a group service. Pam will be presiding and Greg preaching. We will have a combined choir from Pontesbury and Minsterley. It would be wonderful to see the church full for this special occasion.
Provided the government’s roadmap to unlocking remains on track, a special service is planned on Monday June 21st at 7 p.m. at St George’s. This is an opportunity for the whole family to come together and welcome Greg and Fran and celebrate the start (albeit four months later) of their ministry. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
Are looking for additional volunteers to run errands and visit those living alone. Anyone who thinks they might be interested in joining the current team of 15-20 volunteers who volunteer in Pontesbury and Minsterley should contact Greg.
A small group met this week to consider how Minsterley and Pontesbury churches might make progress towards the Eco-Church bronze award. Holy Trinity is reasonably close to be ready to apply, needing to do more with the wider community. St George’s is further back and will need to investigate what it can do to ensure its building and its land use are more eco friendly.