Newsletter 8th December 2023

Dear Friends

We are sliding deeper into the darkness as the year draws to a close; we are just two weeks away from the winter solstice, the “shortest day” of the year and the mornings are getting darker and darker for longer and longer!  It seems spiritually dark as well, as we scan the news headlines with stories of war, rape, murder and the latest failure of government. It doesn’t appear to change does it? 

However in our Advent readings for this coming Sunday, it is a little bit like getting blinded in the eyes by a bright light, shining out amid all the dark, for John the baptizer appears looking wild and crazy in his camel hair clothes, yelling “Are you ready for the coming King?”, “Get yourself ready and repent for the king is on his way!”

Repent for the King is coming; a sense of something momentous happening and it seems to me that as we look around our country, repentance might be something we seriously consider as we lead up to Christmas and the celebration of the arrival of our Lord. Advent is a time where we remind ourselves that he will be coming back again and this time as the King and judge of everything. Get yourself ready for the King is coming!

Emma Stevenson A reminder that Emma, our new administrator will be working Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Anyone wishing to contact her on Pontesbury matters should email office.pontstip@gmail.com and anyone wishing to contact her on Minsterley matters should email emmashtm@gmail.com

Crib Service The 2023 Crib Service to be hosted by St George’s at 2 p.m. on Sat Dec 23rd and HTM at 3.30 p.m. We think we now have sufficient cast members but are still looking for backstage helpers especially at Minsterley.

Carol Service The Group Carol Service takes place at St George’s on Sunday Dec 17th at 6.30 p.m. All welcome.

Confirmation There will be a Confirmation Service at St George’s on Sunday January 7th. If anyone would like to join the four candidates in being confirmed, please speak to Greg, Fran, or Richard as soon as possible.

Hope Services Please note that there will be no service at Hope at 9 a.m. on Sunday, but there will be a carol service at 3 p.m. in church.

Jigsaw Concert The Jigsaw Choir has kindly agreed to perform a Christmas Concert at Holy Trinity Minsterley this Tuesday December 12th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from Chris Kinnersley at christinekinnersley16@gmail.com Chris would also appreciate any offers of mince pies or mulled wine.

Choir Leader for Holy Trinity Following Barbara Norsworthy’s appointment as the new Choir Leader at Pontesbury from 1st January, Holy Trinity Minsterley is looking for a replacement. Anyone who would like an informal conversation about this should contact Greg or a churchwarden. Application forms and a job description is available from Emma at emmashtm@gmail.com The closing date for applications is 8th December. Interviews are scheduled for Monday 11th December.

Christmas Tree Festival Do visit the St George’s annual Christmas Tree Festival which opens this Friday and runs through to Sunday afternoon, with 6o entries from far and wide.

Brass Band Concert Shrewsbury Brass Band are performing a Christmas Concert at St George’s on Friday Dec 15th at 7.30 p.m. Tickets available on the door.

Children’s Church Children’s Church continues at St George’s this Sunday and next before a break for Christmas. Children of all ages welcome.

Wellbeing Surgery There will be a Wellbeing surgery at Holy Trinity Minsterley on Monday from 10-2 p.m. Anyone with questions or concerns about mental health is welcome for a confidential visit with a professional.

Advent Course The Advent Course exploring the Lord’s Prayer continues at The Deanery on Thursday afternoons at 1.30 p.m. The course produced by 24-7 Prayer entails watching a short video presentation and then discussion around such topics as Petition, Adoration, and unanswered prayers. All welcome. Please speak to Greg or Fran Brealey for further information.

Minsterley Christmas Fair Congratulations to the magnificent team who produced the Minsterley Christmas Fair, which was attended by hundreds having a good time, and raised over £2,400 for church funds

Digital Services Training School for Coding has some free digital skills and communication and life skills courses for all Shropshire residents over 16. You can read more about this at – https://schoolofcodinguk.com/digital-shropshire/

Carols at the Crown and Sceptre All are welcome to join Stiperstones Brass Band and members of Holy Trinity Minsterley for carol singing at the Crown & Sceptre on Friday Dec 15th at 7.30 p.m.

Calendar for the Week

Fri 8th Dec
Coffee at St George’s 10-12
Christmas Tree Festival opens at St George’s until Sunday

Sat 9th
Christmas Activity at Hope Village Hall from 2.30-4 p.m.

Sun 10th
Holy Communion at Pontesbury & Minsterley at 10.30 a.m.
Morning Prayer at Habberley at 10.30 a.m.
Rehearsal for Crib Service at 12 noon at St George’s
Christmas Carols at Hope Church at 3 p.m.

Mon 11th
Wellbeing Surgery at HTM from 10-2 p.m.
Youth Café at HTM at 3.30 p.m.

Tues 12th
Foodbank at HTM 10-12
Oasis Christmas Party 12-1.30
Jigsaw Concert at HTM at 7 30p.m.

Weds 13th
Coffee Hub at HTM 10-12
Pontesbury Youth Café at 3.20 p.m.

Thurs 14th
Foodbank at Pontesbury 10-12
Advent Prayer Course week 3 at The Deanery at 1.30 p.m.

Fri 15th
Carols at the Crown & Sceptre at 7.30 p.m.
Shrewsbury Brass Band at St George’s at 7.30 p.m.

Sun 17th
Holy Communion at Minsterley & Pontesbury at 10.30 a.m.
Christingle at Shelve at 4 p.m.
Group Carol Service at St George’s at 6.30 p.m.

Photo credit: Mali Maeder: Pexels.


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