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Christmas Greetings to you all

Mary-Lou and Allan, and Hannah, Richard and the family wish you all God’s blessing for a Holy and Peaceful Christmas – and an Advent that is not so busy that you can’t enjoy it when it comes! May we all be ready to receive the Christ Child once more.

Carol Services around the Loop

2nd Dec       3.00 pm       Bicton: Shrewsbury West WI Group Carol Service
16th Dec     9.15 am       Albrighton, Morning Worship with Carols
                       4.00 pm       Montford
                       6.30 pm       Fitz
                       6.30 pm       Bicton with Bicton School choir
                       6.30 pm       Ecumenical Carols at Leaton
23rd Dec     7.00 pm       Shrawardine

1st December                                                         Coffee Morning

Come to The Old Dairy, Shrawardine, from 10am to 12 noon and enjoy a cup of coffee. All monies raised will all be given to Soldiers’ & Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (see www.sasra.org.uk).

From 2nd December                      Montford Nativity Diorama

This diorama will be on display at Montford Church from Advent Sunday, 2nd December. This hand-made miniature in six scenes, which brings the wonderful Christmas story to life, can be viewed each Sunday in December from 11am – 4pm. Admission is free, there will be refreshments and the church will be warm.

11th December                                            Loop Prayer Meeting

The next Loop prayer meeting will be on Tuesday 11th at 7.30pm at Mamre. Contact Robin Oake on 01743 850421.

13th December                                         Bicton Coffee Morning

Christmas Coffee Morning – Thursday 13th December in the church – 10.30am in aid of church funds.

17th December                            Nativity Walk, Bomere Heath

We gather at the Presbyterian chapel on Monday 17th at 4.15 pm and start promptly at 4.30 pm. We walk following the donkey around the village, stopping at the Inn to see if there's any room, hearing the story and singing carols before we come to the Village Hall at the end of our Christmas journey. All are welcome! Bring a torch and come dressed as a shepherd or an angel. (You don't have to be a child to take part!)

30th December                               The Sunday after Christmas

10.30 am United Service is at Montford this year – Holy Communion with Carols and a choir, plus the chance to see Montford's lovely Christmas diorama. This will be the only service in the Loop today.

December/January                                          Stepping Out Café

There will be no Stepping Out Café in December as it would fall on Boxing Day. Join us next year on Wednesday 30th January at Bomere Heath Mission Church from 2.30pm to around 4.00pm for free tea, cake and good company.

17th & 18th January                                          Dick Whittington

Montford Parish Hall Management Committee with Montford and Shrawardine Social Committee present Dick Whittington at Montford Parish Hall on Friday 17th January 2019 at 7.30pm and Saturday 18th January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: Adults £7.50 Children 16 years and under £4. Includes interval refreshments. Bookings taken from 1st December 2018. Please contact Tricia Jones on 01743 850810. Proceeds in aid of the Hall, Churches and local charities.


Sad News for Severn Loop

It was with great sadness that we heard that Ian Hall had died very suddenly on 22nd October. It would not be right to let this pass without acknowledging here the immense contribution Ian had made to the life of our parishes since Severn Loop came into being nearly 12 years ago.

Ian served as Churchwarden for Leaton parish for 30 years, until his retirement this spring. He was also one of our lay leaders of worship and a long-standing member of the Deanery Synod, for whom he was Treasurer for a number of years and in recent years a member of the Severn Loop Forum. Those of you who were able to be at the thanksgiving for Ian's life will have heard of the many, many, different ways in which he served God and his neighbour. His passing is a great loss, to the church and community but most of all, of course, to his beloved family. So our thoughts, prayers and love are there for Pat, Rachel and Matt and their family, not just in these early weeks of their bereavement but into the future.

A Successor to Robert

We are hoping to advertise the House for Duty post for an assistant priest in mid-late January. Please keep the appointment process in your prayers, asking God to call the person he wants to come to us.

Mary-Lou On Leave

As many of you know I was not able to take my holiday in September as planned. So I will be taking an extended break after Christmas. We may not be away, but I will be off duty from 31st December to 14th January.

Prayer Shawl Ministry (see www.shawlministry.com)

The Prayer shawl ministry is highly valued. Prayer shawls are received with great joy; often the recipient does not know about this source of comfort and it is much appreciated. Thank you to all those who knit them with love and care and prayer. Here’s how to knit one :

500-600g total of at least two colours of DK yarn, i.e. 5-6 x 100g balls.
One pair of 6.5mm knitting needles.

Cast on 81 stitches using two different coloured strands of yarn.

Every row: Knit 3, purl 3 to last three stitches, knit 3. This is not a rib pattern, so you will always knit the purls and purl the knits. Continue until the shawl measures at least 52in (132cm), ideally 56in (142cm). Cast off.

Pray before, during and after your knitting. Contact Joyce when you’ve finished so that she can arrange collection and delivery to its new owner.



Dear Friends in the Severn Loop,

What a great send-off you gave us!  Thank you for making the service on 30th September such a memorable occasion for us both - the card with so many messages, the flowers and the most generous cheque. Some of the gift has gone on space-saving furniture, and we also plan to buy containers to grow things in our non-horticultural garden, part of which is decking and the rest paved!

And thank you for the last decade!  There has been a good send of partnership, with clergy and lay people working together in the cause of the Kingdom of God.  We have brought with us lots of good memories - occasions both solemn and fun, ideas that were developed and put into practice, ministry in a variety of situations, and above all, you, who have shared our journey. May we all go on from strength to strength.

We are still opening boxes, but are able to entertain if you would like to drop in!  Give us a ring so we can tidy up!

With love to you all,

Robert and Liz



If you have any church-related announcements to go in the next or future editions of Loop, please send them to me before the third Sunday in the month prior to publication month. Thank you.

Gillian Steedman, gillian.steedman@gmail.com, 01743 850027.