Newsletter 5th May 2023

Dear all

Approximately twenty people attended the Rea Valley Foodbank AGM on Wednesday. What was most encouraging about it was the evidence it provided of the difference it makes when people work together. When we talk about the body of Christ, it’s easy to think no further than our own church and ensure we have all the bases covered. But what the ecumenical movement has taught us is that our sister churches are part of the same body and that without them, we will be lame or blind. The partnership has gone wider than other local denominations. It has also included Barnabas Church in Shrewsbury who store the food and bring it out to us, supplementing what we need when donations are insufficient; and, members of the community who have no allegiance to a church. It is clear from Scripture that God uses allcomers in order to effect His purposes.

In this way, the Church becomes the centre of the community inasmuch as it the key player that brings people (the body) together. And what a difference it makes, nearly 300 individuals fed since the inception of Foodbank last September!

Prayer for the Coronation

We pray for our King,
that, both now and always,
God may grant him wisdom and grace
for his ministry among us.
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
may we, with Charles our King,
give ourselves to the service of God and others,
that our communities may flourish
and be places of trust and friendship.

There will be special services celebrating the Coronation on May 7th at the normal times. This means that the service at St George’s led by Greg will be Holy Communion and not Morning Worship.


Following a whirlwind round of APCMs, the following have been elected (or re-elected) as churchwardens:
Minsterley Susan Lockwood & Sarah Edwards
Hope/Shelve Barbara Venables
Pontesbury Mary Worrall & Marianne McCall
Habberley Pauline Stopford & Pearl Hannigan

Pontesbury has yet to elect officers, but Minsterley has elected Susan Lockwood as PCC Secretary and Mike Bowen as Treasurer; Hope/Shelve Sara Young as PCC Secretary and Kevin Bowers as Treasurer; and Habberley Pauline/Pearl sharing the Secretary role and Robert Currie as Treasurer.


There will be a very short Extraordinary Parochial Church Meeting at St George’s on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to approve the annual accounts. Anyone who is on the electoral roll is welcome to attend. This meeting will be followed by the first meeting of the new PCC.


Please continue to be vigilant for email scams. If you are ever asked for money by someone you think you know, take 2 minutes to call them however confident you are that the request seems genuine.

Worship Survey

The worship committee has now had opportunity to review responses to the worship survey conducted at St Georges and Holy Trinity. This has resulted in a small number of recommendations to the respective PCCs to be considered in the next 2-3 weeks. The recommendations have emerged where the committee was confident that there was a broad consensus. We were conscious that we can’t please all the people all the time. We ask people to be respectful of the fact that something that one person really doesn’t like may be the favourite thing of someone else.

Ascension to Pentecost

There period from Ascension (May 18th) to Pentecost (May 28th) is designated by the church as Thy Kingdom Come. This is envisaged as a time of prayer for your friends, family, and community. The period will start with a Group Service at St George’s on Thurs 18th at 7 p.m. and conclude on Sunday 28th with a Group Service at Minsterley. There will be a special Deanery Service that evening at 6 p.m. at St George’s to which everyone is warmly invited. You can visit each day and a new short video will be posted to help you in your prayers. There will be a prayer walk on Ascension Day from 12-2 p.m. (Please see attached poster for details)

Spring Harvest

The group that attended Spring Harvest in Skegness just after Easter universally had a great time. Therefore, we are planning a further trip next year, 1-5 April 2024. If you would like to know more about what a trip to Spring Harvest entails, please speak to someone who attended. To reserve a place, please contact Greg and if you would like a place on a coach Susan Lockwood at We need people to make a decision by the end of May, since booking lines open in June and it is expected to sell out very quickly.


Church services at Cliffdale have switched to the first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. There are a good number of representatives of other churches, but rather less from St George’s. There is no expectation of members of the team coming every time and no need to do anything more than sing along to the hymns and chat with the residents. Please speak to Greg if you want to know more.

Calendar for the Week

Fri 5th
Coffee at St George’s 10-12

Sun 7th
Holy Communion at Shelve at 9 a.m.
Holy Communion at St George’s and HTM at 10.30 a.m.

Tues 9th
Foodbank at HTM 10-12
Oasis at Minsterley Methodist Church 12-1.30
Explorers planning meeting at 12 in WER

Weds 10th
Café at HTM 10-12
Pontesbury PCC and EPCM at 7 p.m.

Thurs 11th
Foodbank at St George’s 10-12
Deanery Synod at Yockleton at 7 p.m.

Sat 13th
Repair Shop at St George’s 10-12
Coffee morning at Brook Cottage, Minsterley from 10-12

Sun 14th
Holy Communion 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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