Newsletter 14th October 2022
Today is the seventeenth day in a row I shall have worked (although I am having the next two days off by way of recompense), the longest continuous period I can ever remember working. This is nothing compared to the carer who never gets a day off or indeed many farmers perhaps. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean it’s either healthy or right. As we heard the creation account in Genesis chapter one over the Harvest season, I was reminded that it is one of the unique insights of the Judeo-Christian religion that having a day’s rest is God’s will. The fourth commandment goes into quite a long explanation, making a connection between God’s decision to rest at the end of his work of creating and His requiring us to do the same. We disobey at our peril. God doesn’t stop working because he’s tired, but because he’s finished. The same sentiment is expressed on the Cross by Jesus in John 19. If the work of creation and salvation are both entirely finished, then there can’t be that much that is important left to do.
A big breakfast is being hosted by St George’s on Saturday Oct 22nd from 9.30-11.30 a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in church to help estimate numbers, but no one will be turned away hungry. A mini-breakfast will cost £7 and a big breakfast £9. All proceeds will go to the cost of buying a Christmas tree for St George’s. Further details from Marianne, Holly or Fran.
There will be an Extraordinary Parochial Church Meeting on Monday October 24th at 2 p.m. of the new Hope/Shelve Parish when new officers and a new PCC will be elected. We warmly encourage a big turnout.
St George’s is hosting a confirmation service on Oct 16th at 3 p.m. over which the Bishop will be presiding. While you may not know our two candidates: Mollie Bennett or George Rowe, your support would be much appreciated.
Webmaster for Pontesbury
We are looking for a webmaster to take on the responsibility from Richard Elliott. A draft job description has been produced. Please speak to Greg or directly to Richard if you would like to know more.
All Souls Services
There will be an All Souls Service at St George’s on Sunday Oct 30th at 4 p.m. and at Holy Trinity on Tuesday Nov 1st at 7 p.m. If you would like anyone remembered by name at those services, please send names to Alison Bebb.
Mike Bowen has very kindly agreed to take on the role as Treasurer at both Minsterley and Pontesbury. He may be contacted at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org depending on which church you want to speak to him about. Do bear with him as he settles into this demanding role.
Many thanks to all those who joined us for worship at the joint service at Pontesbury Congregational Church last Sunday. It was a truly uplifting and loud (!) occasion, with very warm fellowship. We trust the sight of your clergy hitting each other wasn’t too distressing.
Our monthly healing service, where the focus will be on forgiveness, takes place at St George’s this Sunday, 16th at 6 p.m.
The Rea Valley Foodbank is now fully operational on Tuesday mornings at Holy Trinity and on Thursday mornings at St George’s. Food donations may be left in either church 9-5 seven days a week. There are two important messages we want people to understand and would be grateful if you would repeat them as appropriate. First, anyone coming to the foodbank needs a referral, whether by a school, doctor’s surgery, or a member of the clergy (please feel free to give out Greg & Richard’s contact details). Second, although the food is stored elsewhere (the churches don’t have room), to say the food is going to Shrewsbury is misleading and unhelpful. It is being stored (free of charge) in Shrewsbury, but distributed in Minsterley and Pontesbury. We have collected a lot of food this week, so thankfully that message seems to be getting through. We now have £100 a month promised by standing order and are overwhelmed by people’s generosity in the face of the long winter ahead.
PCC Secretary for Pontesbury
After ten years of wonderful service, Val Butterworth will be stepping down as PCC Secretary at St George’s at the next APCM. Although this is a little way off, she is offering a full briefing/induction to her successor, providing an opportunity to shadow her in the coming months. Anyone interested in this role should speak to Val or Greg. A role description is available.
Calendar for the Week
Coffee morning at St George’s
Friday prayer at HTM at 9 a.m.
Holy Communion at Shelve at 9 a.m.
Holy Communion at Pontesbury at 10.30
Morning Praise at Minsterley at 10.30
Confirmation at St George’s at 3 p.m.
Healing Service at St George’s at 6 p.m.
Youth Café at HTM at 3.30 p.m.
Little Dragons at 10 a.m.
Minsterley Foodbank 10-12
Comms Meeting at St George’s at 10.30
Pontesbury Foodbank 10-12
Big Breakfast at St George’s from 9.30-11.30
Morning Prayer at Hope at 9 a.m.
Holy Communion at Minsterley & Pontesbury at 10.30 a.m.
Evensong at Habberley at 5 p.m.
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