Newsletter 28th October 2022

Dear friends

I have been reminded today of the terrible struggles those who suffer with eating disorders (Bulimia, anorexia and binge eating) face. Many lose their lives each year and many more have their lives disfigured by these destructive conditions. People who suffer in this way will often be very secretive and so it’s not always easy to spot, but where it becomes apparent, usually only expert treatment can help. You might as well say to someone with diabetes “pull your socks up” as say this to someone whose relationship with food is hurting them. I was also reminded that there is a qualitative difference between an eating disorder and disordered eating. I suffer from disordered eating (I can’t deny it), which means I find eating one biscuit almost impossible and will keep helping myself until the packet is empty. I remember wondering whether the distinction was meaningful, until I talked at length to sufferers and understood that they think about food all the time whereas I generally only think about it when someone offers me lemon drizzle cake (admittedly that is nearly every day in Shropshire!) The question arises: what occupies our minds on a day-to-day basis? Do we dwell on the things of God or only when someone puts them right in front of us? Unlike an obsession with food, being wholehearted about our faith is actually good for us.


At the EPCM of the newly formed Hope/Shelve parish, the following officers were elected:

Churchwarden (Hope) Barbara Venables

Churchwarden (Shelve) Vacant

PCC Secretary Sara Young

Treasurer Brian Venables

Do pray for them as they take up these new responsibilities.


There is a confirmation service at St Mary’s, Westbury on Sunday November 6th at 3 p.m. at which one of our own, Doreen Hough, will be confirmed by the Bishop of Hereford. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Group Service

This 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 or 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 today.

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.


Please remember to put your clock back an hour this weekend or you may face a long wait for your service to begin!

Calendar for the Week

Fri 28th

Coffee morning at St George’s 10-12

Friday prayer at HTM at 9 a.m.

Choir Practices

Sat 29th

Wedding of Roger & Sally at Habberley

Sun 30th

Group Service at Shelve at 10.30 a.m.

All Soul’s Service at St George’s at 4 p.m.

Mon 31st

Youth Café Leaders at HTM at 3.30 p.m.

Tues 1st November

Nov Minsterley Foodbank 10-12

Tea Service at St George’s at 2.30 p.m.

Preaching workshop at 7 p.m. at The Deanery

All Souls Service at Minsterley at 7 p.m.

Weds 2nd

Pontesbury Standing Committee at 9.30 at St George’s

Coffee Hub at HTM 10-12

Arthur Matthew’s Memorial Service at HTM at 2 p.m.

Thurs 3rd

Pontesbury Foodbank 10-12

Trinity Tots

Minsterley Standing Ctte at 7.30 p.m.

Sat 5th

Funeral of Bob Browning at Hope Church at 12 noon

Sun 6th

Morning Prayer at Shelve at 9 a.m.

Holy Communion at Minsterley and Pontesbury at 10.30 a.m.

Confirmation at Westbury at 3 p.m.

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