Newsletter 21st October 2022
“Never apologise, never explain” are words that have been variously attributed to Winston Churchill, King Charles I and John Wayne. They are of course not words that you will find in the Bible, which is quite big on saying sorry when we get it wrong. I have been musing on this this week, following Liz Truss’s (who may or may not be our Prime Minister by the time you read this) apology to parliament. The apology doesn’t appear to have won any of her critics over, but it seems a shame that there isn’t any recognition that this marks a sharp break with the past when politicians would deny having done anything wrong even when everyone knew they had; or would apologise in the infamous words of Pritti Patel: “I’m sorry if you’re upset by what I’ve done” which isn’t an apology at all. Of course, apologies are just words, but you would struggle to find a clearer example of repentance than the PM’s reversing nearly all her policies within a week of announcing them. Whether we are in politics or not, it’s hard to say sorry (Elton John said so), but even if the apology doesn’t entirely repair the wrong that we have done others, it does wonderfully repair our relationship with God.
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.
The Extraordinary Parochial Church Meeting of the new Hope/Shelve parish takes place on Monday October 24th at 2 p.m. when new officers and a new PCC will be elected.
There will be a memorial service for Arthur Matthews at Holy Trinity on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Please continue to pray for Mollie Bennett or George Rowe who were confirmed at a wonderful service at St George’s last Sunday.
Is an evening of praise and worship for all the churches in the Deanery. The second gathering takes place this Tuesday, October 25th at 7.30 p.m. (refreshments served from 7) at Marton Village Hall. If you would like a lift, please let Greg know.
Next Sunday, October 30th, there will be a Group Service at All Saints Shelve at 10.30 when we will be celebrating All Saints and dedicating the newly installed heating system. There is limited parking at the farm opposite. Please consider sharing transport.
Webmaster for Pontesbury
We are looking for a webmaster to take on the responsibility from Richard Elliot. A draft job description has been produced; the chief tasks being keeping the site updated by posting the weekly bulletin and advertising events and disseminating emails to the appropriate person. Please speak to Greg or directly to Richard if you would like to know more.
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.
Pontesbury Youth Hub
We are looking for an additional representative to join the small working group that has been tasked with planning a youth group for Pontesbury, supported by St George’s, Pontesbury Baptist Church, and Pontesbury Congregational Church. Anyone interested in representing us should speak to Greg.
All Souls Services
There will be All Souls services at St George’s on Oct 30th at 4 p.m. and at Holy Trinity on Nov 1st at 7 p.m. If you want someone remembered by name please email Alison Bebb.
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.
Big Breakfast at St George’s from 9.30-11.30
Morning Prayer at Hope at 9 a.m.
Holy Communion at Minsterley and Pontesbury at 10.30
Evensong at Habberley at 5 p.m.
APCM of Hope/Shelve at 2 p.m. at Hope Village Hall
Youth Café Leaders meeting at HTM at 3.30 p.m.
Baptism Team meeting at the Deanery at 7 p.m.
Minsterley Foodbank 10-12
Oasis at Minsterley Methodist Chapel at 12 noon
Explorers Team meeting at 2 p.m. at St George’s
The Gathering at 7.30 p.m. at Marton Village Hall
Coffee Hub at HTM 10-12
Arthur Matthew’s Memorial Service at HTM at 2 p.m.
Pontesbury Foodbank 10-12
Wedding of Roger & Sally at Habberley
Group Service at Shelve at 10.30 a.m.
All Soul’s Service at St George’s at 4 p.m.
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