Newsletter 7th June 2024

Dear Friends

 I am currently reading a book subtitled “it’s okay to be not okay” by Patrick Regan, which is a Christian reflection on issues relating to mental health, by someone who has suffered with depression and anxiety, following on from a crippling physical condition while holding down a very demanding job as Chief Executive of a youth charity. One of the most interesting things he has to say is his suggestion that our understanding of mental health is decades if not centuries behind our understanding of physical health. We are effectively at times still treating people with leeches. No one would dream of telling someone with a broken leg to pull themselves together, but someone suffering with depression might well be given this kind of well-meaning advice.

And perhaps the most important point he makes is that it is often worse for Christians who feel guilty about being depressed, embarrassed that they don’t just have more faith. Patrick Regan’s is a powerful voice against such misconceived thinking. Yes, it’s true that Jesus says: “Do not fear, I have overcome the world,” but only after warning “in this world, you will have many troubles.” John 16.33

Car wash thanks 

Thank you to everyone who brought their car to be washed or gave a donation for Cara’s ‘make a pound grow’ for Guides. She raised £130. She can also give back the initial pound as when we went to buy her sponge the lovely people at Halfords donated a sponge and car wash! 

Treasurer for Pontesbury Festival

The planning committee for next year’s Pontesbury Festival are looking to recruit a

Treasurer to oversee income and expenditure. The Parish Council has kindly agreed to act

as banker, but the committee need someone to monitor incomings and outgoings at our end.

For further information, please contact Greg or email

Catering Team

St George’s is looking to recruit a catering team who will occasionally be called into action to supply food for one-off events such as Harvest Supper or a Marriage Preparation Day. If you are potentially interested in joining the team, please contact a churchwarden or one of the clergy.

Music Required

Does anyone have any old music books which have songs which would have been sung in the second world war?   Would you be able to lend them to David Young for use at an event in June?  Please contact David on 537081. Thank you.

Fiona Gibson

Archdeacon Fiona will be preaching at Holy Trinity Minsterley on June 9th . We look forward to welcoming her.

Minsterley Jumble Trail

Declutter your home and make some money for you and Holy Trinity!  Minsterley  Jumble Trail is taking place on 15th June from 10am – 2pm. Book a seller’s spot for £10 and your address will be added to the FREE Jumble Trail map which will be circulated to the wider community. For more information and to book your table contact Sarah on 07971 984925

Jumble Trail

HTM will be doing our own stall at the Jumble Trail  on 15th June, so need good quality items to sell. The sort of things that would be in a car boot sale. If you can either leave them in church (and let Sarah know you’ve left them) or give them to Sarah on Sunday.

Archdeacon’s Visitation

Our churchwardens will be sworn in by the Archdeacon at a Visitation Service at St George’s on Monday June 17th at 7 p.m. Do come along to this to hear the Archdeacon’s vision for the Deanery and support our wonderful churchwardens.

Tombola at the pub summer

We have agreed to take a table at the pub summer fair 22nd June and have decided on a tombola. Could you let Marie have any donations for this before 16th June.

Group Service

St Mary’s Habberley will be hosting our Group Service on Sunday June 30th at the usual time of 10.30 a.m. All welcome, especially those who have never enjoyed a service at Habberley before.

Minsterley Show

The Minsterley Show is back again on the 17th of August, and we need people to start making delicious cakes! If you think you can bake some cakes and pop them in the freezer then please do start as your support is very much appreciated! This is a big fundraiser for Holy Trinity and our stall is very much appreciated by the show attendees due to our reasonable prices – we can keep our prices down due to the fact that cakes and sandwiches are donated.  Keep the date in your diary and on your marks, get, set, bake!

The show ground is situated 5 miles Southwest of Shrewsbury on the B4386, Shrewsbury to Westbury Road.

SatNav users should input SY5 8PW as the postcode.


Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday from June 3rd -9th inclusive, while Richard

continues his holiday until the 8th. Please contact one of the churchwardens in their absence.

Emails will be replied to on their return.


Any entries for next week’s newsletter should be sent to Emma at

by 5pm on Wednesday.

Calendar for the Week

Fri 7th June

Coffee Stop at St George’s from 10-11

Sat 8th June

Sun 9th June

Holy Communion Hope 9.00am

Morning Worship with Hymns Pontesbury 10.30am

Holy Communion Minsterley 10.30am (Archdeacon Fiona Gibson preaching at Holy Trinity Minsterley)

Mon 10th June

Youth Café at HTM at 3.30pm

Tues 11th June

Foodbank at Minsterley 10-12 noon

Little Dragons Pontesbury 10.00am

Weds 12th June

Coffee Hub at HTM 10-12 noon

Youth Café at Pontesbury Baptist Church at 3.20pm

Thurs 13th June

Pontesbury Foodbank 10-12 noon

Trinity Tots Minsterley 10.00am

PCC meeting Minsterley 7:00pm

Fri 14th June

Coffee Morning Pontesbury 10.00am

Sat 15th June

Minsterley Jumble Trail 10-2

Sun 16th June

Morning Prayer Shelve 9.00am

Holy Communion Pontesbury 10.30am

Morning Praise Minsterley 10.30am

Holy Communion Habberley 5.00pm


The Parish Safeguarding Officer is June Cribb 07947 482066. The Diocesan Officer is Carl Steventon 07598817717

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