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Hannah’s Ordination as Priest

A beautiful, sunny evening on 23rd June saw St Giles’ Church packed with over 300 people, all there to support Hannah and four other candidates as they were ordained priests. The service was led by Bishop Mark Rylands with the sermon given by Revd Preb Helen Morby who had been leading the candidates on a retreat leading up to the service. For me – and I’m sure for Hannah, too – the most moving part of the service was when Bishop Mark, Mary-Lou, Allan, Robert and two other supporting priests laid on their hands as the bishop prayed “Send down the Holy Spirit on your servant Hannah for the office and work of a priest in your Church”. During communion the newly ordained priests were positioned around the church to distribute the bread and wine, and Hannah served the area where I and several other members of Severn Loop churches were seated. Then, somehow, more than two hours had flown by and the service was over, to be followed by a celebratory glass of Pimm’s for all in the churchyard.  [Gillian]

Hannah writes:

Dear All,

Thank you so much for the amazing gift of a communion set to mark my Priesting. It is beautiful and very meaningful– a poignant reminder of the good people of Severn Loop who have welcomed me in over this past year. I look forward to using it! Thank you too for your very many cards and prayers– all deeply appreciated.

With love,

Hannah x

Goodbye Bishop Mark and Mandy

At the recent Severn Loop supper to say goodbye to Bishop Mark and his wife, Mandy, Mark was presented with an appliquéd, embroidered and painted ‘word cloud’. Words and phrases inspired by both Mark and Mandy were submitted in advance and it was put together by Hannah.

What a lovely gift!

Coming up in August and September

August/September      Prayer for the Severn Loop Parishes

We’ve lost track of where the monthly Loop prayer meeting is being held. If you know, please tell me so that I can add it to the next Loop. Thank you.

9th August                                               Bicton Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning – Thursday 9th August 2018 in the church – 10.30 am. In aid of church funds.

24th–25th August       24 hours of prayer in Bomere Heath

The next 24 hours of continuous prayer will be from 8pm on Friday 24th August until 8pm on Saturday 25th August. More information from Philippa Herbert, 01939 291352 or 07871 865 253. Please consider booking a slot for an hour or two so that the whole 24 hours are covered in prayer. (You can join in by praying at home, too, if wished.) You can also book directly to the online diary at https://tinyurl.com/y7tcc2ot

29th August                                                     Stepping Out Café

Come and join us at Bomere Heath Mission Church on the last Wednesday of every month from 2.30pm to around 4.00pm for free tea, free cake and good company.

Please note: there is no Filling Station in August

14th September                            Supper Evening with Magic

There will be a supper evening at 7.30pm with a show by magician Jack Dent at Bomere Heath Village Hall. Tickets in aid of Leaton and Mission Churches are £10 to include supper from 01939 290485 or 01939 290637. Please bring your own drinks.

22nd September                                                  Harvest Supper

Harvest Supper in Bicton Village Hall – Saturday, 22nd September, 7.30pm. Tickets £10.50 available from Wendy Horan, 01743 850237 or Clare Dixon,  01743 361906. In aid of church funds.

Available to a good home:                             Electronic Organ

Gloria and Cliff Read of Bomere Heath would like to find a good home for an electronic organ – Eminent Solina F225.  Phone them on 01939 290077.


 Prayer Shawls

If anyone needs a knitting project, we could do with a few more prayer shawls.  Ask Mary-Lou (01743 851375) or Joyce Jagger (01743 236517) for details.