Newsletter 4th November 2022

Dear friends

I have just bought my 2022 poppy. I always agonise over this since it doesn’t seem quite right to buy it the day before Remembrance Sunday (too token a gesture for such an important thing) and yet I know the chances of it surviving 10 days before I really need it are very slim since I reliably lose them on an all too frequent basis. On this occasion, the post office isn’t even providing pins to secure it. I guess it raises the question as to whether it’s more important to wear the poppy with pride or to make the donation that goes to support veterans of combat? Is the symbol of remembering more important than the actual but invisible remembering? Prayer works in much the same way. It seems to me that it’s important that people know that you pray (especially if you’re a vicar!) but the actual praying which only God sees is more important still. God knows all the secrets of our hearts. Beware human beings who judge only by what they see on the outside.


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.

Food Hub

The Food hub in Shrewsbury (which is not the group that we are partnering with, but does excellent work) has had its catalytic converter stolen for a second time, jeopardising the future of the hub. Please do pray for them at this difficult time.

Healing Service

There will be a joint healing service at Hanwood on Sunday November 20th at 4.30 p.m. All welcome.

Group Service

Thanks to all those who attended the Group Service at All Saints Shelve last Sunday. There was a wonderful turnout and lovely atmosphere. And the new heating system works very well.

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.

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.

Remembrance Services

The following Remembrance Services are scheduled:

Nov 11th Bentlawnt at 11 a.m.

Nov 13th Hope at 9 a.m.

Pontesbury at 10.15

Minsterley at 10.50

Snailbeach at 3 p.m.

Habberley at 5 p.m.

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.

A Warm Welcome on Monday mornings

The churches of Pontesbury are looking to provide a warm place for people to go over the winter. Our ambition is to ensure that as a minimum, there is somewhere every weekday morning. Pontesbury Baptist Church will cover Tuesdays, the Congregationalists Wednesdays and St George’s Thursdays and Fridays. The Pavilion has kindly offered a venue for Monday mornings, but has no staff to serve tea and coffee. If anyone would be prepared to volunteer to join a rota, please contact Greg or Heather Ryder.

Calendar for the Week

Fri 4th

Coffee morning at St George’s 10-12

Friday prayer at HTM at 9 a.m.

Choir Practice at HTM

Sat 5th

Funeral of Bob Browning at Hope 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.

Mon 7th  

Youth Café at HTM at 3.30 p.m.

Tues 8th

Minsterley Foodbank 10-12

Oasis at 12 noon at Minsterley Methodist Church

Weds 9th 

Coffee Hub at HTM 10-12

Thurs 10th

Habberley Vision Day at 10.30 at Wain House

Pontesbury Foodbank 10-12

Trinity Tots

Fri 11th

Remembrance Service at Bentlawnt at 11 a.m.

Sat 12th

Minsterley Vision Day at 10 a.m.

Sun 13th

Remembrance Services

Photo credit: RE (Remembrance) at National Arboretum (2017)

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