Newsletter 24th December 2021
I am very grateful to all those who have so kindly enquired after my friend’s funeral last Friday. It was an exhausting occasion, physically because of the 300 mile round trip and emotionally because of the pressure to “get it right” while keeping my own emotions under control. I am especially grateful to those who prayed. I have no doubt prayers were answered. Traveling on the A14 and M6 the Friday before Christmas without encountering a single traffic jam was nothing short of miraculous. More importantly, I was able to hold it together until immediately after the service when I broke down.
I have found it helpful to reflect on this as a picture of the incarnation. I attended this funeral as both minister and mourner. I was never not both at the same time, although one or the other may have been more obvious at any given moment. In the same way, the baby who comes at Christmas is both God and human at the same time. We may see a tiny child but should never forget that God may be beheld in that baby’s eyes.
Thanks to all who supported the Christingle Service at Shelve on the 19th. £70 was raised for the Children’s Society.
The funeral of Dorothy Hulton-Harrop, a long-time resident of Habberley, will take place on Thurs 23rd Dec at 2.30 at St Mary’s. The funeral of John Hinton will take place at the crematorium on Thurs Jan 6th at 2 p.m. Please remember their families in your prayers at this sad time.
There will be joint services with Methodists and Congregationalists on Jan 9th at 10.30 at Pontesbury and Jan 16th at 10.30 at Minsterley. The Methodist Covenant will be incorporated into our regular services.
Please do come along to one of our crib services on Christmas Eve, either 2 p.m. at Minsterley or 3.30 at Pontesbury. The production is entitled “Strictly Come Bethlehem” and is designed with both adults and children in mind.
You will be aware that current (at time of writing) Covid regulations do not affect church services, except to make face masks mandatory. However, do watch the press and note any changes that are required after Christmas.
There will be no services in the group on Boxing Day, although it is a Sunday. Greg and Fran will be on holiday until Jan 2nd, when there will be the usual range of first Sunday services.
Greg and Fran would like to thank all our new friends for their very kind messages for Christmas. We are sorry we cannot respond individually to each one. We wish you a blessed and joyful Christmas and God’s peace for the New Year.
Please note there will be no bulletin sent out next week.
Calendar for the Week
Thurs 23rd Funeral of Dorothy Hulton-Harrop at Habberley at 2.30 p.m.
Xmas Eve Crib Services at 2 p.m. (Minsterley) and 3.30 p.m. (Pontesbury)
Habberley Carol Service at 5 p.m.
Carols on the Green at Pontesbury at 6 p.m.
Midnight Communion at 11.30 p.m. at St George’s
Xmas Day Holy Communion at Snailbeach at 9 a.m.
Holy Communion at Shelve at 9 a.m.
Group Service at Pontesbury at 10.30 a.m.
Sun 26th No services.
Weds 29th Church Café at Minsterley 10-12
Sun Jan 2nd Holy Communion at Hope & Shelve at 9 a.m.
Morning Worship at Pontesbury at 10.30 a.m.
Holy Communion at Minsterley at 10.30 a.m.