Newsletter 9th June 2023
We had our “First Sunday of the month informal service” (note to self – get a better title) at
St George’s Sunday just past, which is always an interesting experience. Focusing on the Trinity we split the service into different parts in order to give the congregation the choice over which “”activity” they would prefer to do – there was some poetry to read and think about, drawing symbols of the Trinity based on some Celtic knotwork and finally a Bible study/talk where we looked at how the Trinity is portrayed in the New Testament with the starting point being:
1. There is only one God.
2. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is each God.
3. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are not the same
All interesting stuff I am sure you can imagine! Sometimes we have to enjoy the mystery of God, and resist the temptation to try and fit Him into a box of our design in order to feel comfortable with Him. All we end up with then is a God of our own reflection and making and who wants that?
The 1st Sunday of the month Service is still a work in progress and I am very open to feedback so if there is something you want more (or less!) of then do let me know!
Revd Fran Brealey
A reminder that Revd Fran Brealey will be licensed at Holy Trinity Hope on Tuesday 13th June at 7 p.m. followed by a reception at Hope Village Hall. We look forward to as many of the Pontesbury and Stiperstones family being in attendance as possible. There will be parking both at the church and at the Village Hall. Fran will attend PCC on 14th June and then properly start work on the 19th.
There is to be a new pattern of services at St Mary’s Habberley. The first Sunday of the month will be BCP Evensong at 5 p.m. the second Sunday Morning Worship at 10.30 and fourth Sunday Holy Communion at 10.30 a.m.
Please pray for the appointment of a new administrator. The closing date for applications is next Friday, with interviews the following Thursday.
We are planning a further trip to Spring Harvest 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Booking lines open on 14th June and it is expected to sell out very quickly.
Learning new songs
There have been many wonderful new worship songs written over the last decade or so. We tend not to sing them in our churches because people don’t already know them. Therefore, St George’s will be hosting a new songs workshop on Weds June 14th at 7 p.m. We are happy to take requests in advance, the primary stipulation being that the song/hymn must have been written this century.
Mary Webb School
Mary Webb School has been subject to an Ofsted inspection this week. Please pray for the staff and students at this time.
Richard will be ordained priest at Hereford Cathedral on Saturday 1st July at 10 a.m. (this is the correct time). If you are not able to attend the ordination (everyone is welcome), you are warmly invited to The Deanery that evening at 6 p.m. for a BBQ to celebrate this milestone. Anyone is welcome to come along, but please put your name on a church signup sheet or contact Greg & Fran so that we can cater accordingly.
Our latest group healing service takes place at St George’s on Sunday 18th at 6 p.m. All welcome.
Calendar for the Week
Prayer at Holy Trinity, Minsterley 9 a.m.
Coffee at St George’s 10-12
Meeting of St George’s Choir at 6.30 p.m. in church
Callow Chase at 12 noon
Holy Communion at Hope at 9 a.m.
Holy Communion at Minsterley & Pontesbury at 10.30
Morning Praise at Habberley at 10.30 a.m.
Youth Café at 3.30 p.m. at HTM
Messy Church Training at HTM
Foodbank at HTM 10-12
Licensing of Revd Fran Brealey at Hope Church at 7 p.m.
Café at HTM 10-12
Hope/Shelve PCC at Hope Village Hall at 2 p.m.
New Songs Workshop at St George’s at 7 p.m.
Foodbank at St George’s 10-11.30
Pontesbury Fundraising Ctte at 7 p.m. in WER.
Prayer at Holy Trinity, Minsterley 9 a.m.
Coffee at St George’s, Pontesbury 10-12
Afternoon Tea at Merrilees at 2 p.m.
Morning Prayer at Shelve at 9 a.m.
Morning Praise at Minsterley at 10.30 a.m.
Holy Communion at Pontesbury at 10.30 a.m
Healing Service at St George’s at 6 p.m.