Newsletter 7th October 2022
Fran and I visited the cinema earlier this week to see “Mrs Harris goes to Paris” (it’s true I was the only man in the auditorium) When the pre-film advertising started, we noticed that the faces of all the people were blue and green. At first, I thought this was some advertising gimmick until I realised that all the adverts were the same. I checked with Fran that she was seeing what I was seeing and that would make any difference (it didn’t) and then noticed other people doing the same. Eventually, I left the auditorium to bring the problem to the attention of one of the staff. It was only when she said, “that’s not right. I’ll get the manager” that I was confident that I wasn’t making a fuss over nothing. Whether anyone else would have complained had I not done so, I wonder. How much that is wrong in the world goes unchallenged because we either lack confidence to raise our voice or want to avoid the embarrassment of making a fuss. The Bible has a word for those who question how things are. They are called prophets. How much we need them today.
A big breakfast is being hosted by St George’s on Saturday Oct 22nd from 9.30-11.30 a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in church to help estimate numbers, but no one will be turned away hungry. A mini-breakfast will cost £7 and a big breakfast £9. All proceeds will go to the cost of buying a Christmas tree for St George’s. Further details from Marianne, Holly or Fran.
We are pleased to announce the formal merger of the Hope and Shelve parishes as one entity. Both churches will continue to offer twice monthly worship, but the parish will function administratively as one. There will be an Extraordinary Parochial Church Meeting on Monday October 24 th at 2 p.m.
when new officers and a new PCC will be elected. We are urgently seeking someone who will stand as treasurer. Please speak to Greg to find out more about what the post entails.
St George’s is hosting a confirmation service on Oct 16 th at 3 p.m. over which the Bishop will be presiding. While you may not know our two candidates: Mollie Bennett or George Rowe, your support would be much appreciated.
Webmaster for Pontesbury
We are looking for a webmaster to take on the responsibility from Richard Elliot. A draft job description has been produced. Please speak to Greg or directly to Richard if you would like to know more.
The second Repair Shop takes place at St George’s this Saturday morning from 10-1 p.m. Tea and coffee will be served while people wait for their repairs to be undertaken. Please bring items for repair early in the session to give repairers time to do their work.
Mike Bowen has very kindly agreed to take on the role as Treasurer at both Minsterley and Pontesbury. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com depending on which church you want to speak to him about. Do bear with him as he settles into this demanding role.
Anyone who kindly sponsored the walkers who completed just over 15 miles of the Shropshire Way on Sept 24 th should pass on their sponsorship to either Stephen Winwood (Pontesbury) or David Young (Stiperstones). It’s not too late to sponsor them retrospectively.
There is an ecumenical service this Sunday October 9 th at 6.30 p.m. at Pontesbury Congregational Church. Please respond in good numbers to this invitation. The Congs and Meths turn out in very good numbers when we host such services. The theme of the service is one of thanksgiving and lament.
The Rea Valley Foodbank is now fully operational on Tuesday mornings at Holy Trinity and on Thursday mornings at St George’s, having provided 13 clients with a week’s worth of food in the first fortnight. Food donations may be left in either church 9-5 seven days a week. There are two important messages we want people to understand and would be grateful if you would repeat them as appropriate. First, anyone coming to the Foodbank needs a referral, whether by a school, doctor’s surgery, or a member of the clergy (please feel free to give out Greg & Richard’s contact details).
Second, although the food is stored elsewhere (the churches don’t have room), to say the food is going to Shrewsbury is misleading and unhelpful. It is being stored (free of charge) in Shrewsbury, but distributed in Minsterley and Pontesbury. We have collected a lot of food this week, so thankfully that message seems to be getting through.
Excellent harvest suppers at Minsterley this week. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard in support of them.
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.
We have taken the decision to reinstitute the chalice for those who want it. We want to stress that taking the cup is entirely optional and that no one should feel embarrassed about declining it.
Calendar for the Week
Fri 7 th
Coffee morning at St George’s
Wedding of Mark and Nicola at 1 p.m. at St George’s
Friday prayer at HTM at 9 a.m.
Sat 8 th
Repair Shop at St George’s from 10-1 p.m.
Sun 9 th
Harvest Communion at Hope at 9 a.m.
Harvest Communion at Habberley at 10.30 a.m.
Holy Communion at Minsterley and Pontesbury at 10.30
Joint Service at Pontesbury Congregational Church at 6.30 p.m.
Mon 10 th
Harvest School Service at St George’s at 9.30 a.m.
Minsterley Finance Committee at 1.30 p.m.
Youth Café at HTM at 3.30 p.m.
Growing Leaders session 9 at St George’s at 7 p.m.
Tues 11 th
Little Dragons at 10 a.m.
Minsterley Foodbank 10-12
Thurs 13 th
Pontesbury Foodbank 10-12
Sun 16 th
Holy Communion at Shelve at 9 a.m.
Holy Communion at Pontesbury at 10.30
Morning Praise at Minsterley at 10.30
Confirmation at St George’s at 3 p.m.
Healing Service at St George’s at 6 p.m.
Image: ‘Brekkers’ by RE