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Children’s Workshop

Please note the planned workshop on Saturday 9th December at Bicton has been cancelled due to the bad weather.  

Blue Christmas?

From the middle of November, shops, media and advertising try to convince us that Christmas is magical, full of joy and fulfilment.  Cares are banished and laughing children reinforce the message that sadness and anxiety have no place in the festivities. 

But what if we’re feeling blue, bereaved, lost and sad?  What if we would just like to draw close to the heart of Christmas, in quietness?

New for 2017:  Blue Christmas Service
Sunday 10th December at 3.00 pm
The Mission Church, Bomere Heath

Readings, candles, some quiet and gentle carols, not too long.
Sacred space in all the hurly burly.  You are invited . . .

Bicton Coffee Morning

This month the Coffee Morning includes decorating the church for Christmas.  Come from 10.30 am on Thursday 14th December.

Nativity Walk

Monday 18th December in Bomere Heath.  This year the walk takes a different direction.  We start at the Presbyterian Church at 4.15 pm and finish at the Village Hall.  People of all ages enjoy this annual preparation for Christmas, walking in heart and mind to Bethlehem with Mary, Joseph, and a real donkey, who is also called Joseph.


Advent Quiet Day

“Journeying towards Bethlehem” -

Enjoy a day of quiet contemplation and worship in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

Saturday 9th December from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.

It is at the AMICA Centre, Ightfield SY13 4NU.

Suggested donation of £10.00 includes light lunch and refreshments.

Book at admin@amica.org.uk or 01948 890610.


Come follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad

The Bishop of Lichfield’s call to us all contains three themes of evangelism, vocation and discipleship. 

In the Severn Loop we have been working out how to develop them in our communities.

Churchwardens have identified several things to inspire our church life in the coming months. For example there is to be Quiet Day on Tuesday 20th March.

At our United Fifth Sunday Service on 29th April we welcome The Revd George Fisher.  There will be lunch and an afternoon programme focusing on our God-given gifts.

Loop Prayer Meeting

The next Prayer meeting is on Tuesday 9th January at 7.30 pm at the home of Robin and Chris Oake, “Mamre” the last bungalow in Bicton Lane.


The Annual Pantomime in Montford Parish Hall is to be on Friday and Saturday, 19th and 20th January.

Looking ahead


We begin Lent on Ash Wednesday, 14th February, with a Communion service at Bicton Church at 11.30 am.  There will be a light lunch to follow - soup and cake.  There may be an ecumenical service later in the day in Bomere Heath.

Keep your ear to the ground to find out about Lent Groups, weekly compline, and Holy Week events.

St Chad

Bishop Michael enjoys walking, as our first Bishop, St Chad did.  He is planning to walk from Shrewsbury to Lichfield in the week leading up to St Chad’s Day, 2nd March.  You will have the opportunity to take part in some of the journey.  He has asked curates to join him for the whole event.

The annual diocesan service celebrating St Chad is at the Cathedral on Saturday morning, 3rd March.

Quiet Day

A Date for your Diary in Lent next year!   Tuesday 20th March at St Chad’s, Boningale, near M54 Junction 3.  The theme is The Power of the Cross.  Please keep the date free!  More details after Christmas.

Food Bank

Our local Food Bank is anticipating a serious rise in the need for their help, both with Christmas coming up and the likely introduction of Universal Credit.  They also saw a big increase in demand during the summer holidays, when children usually in school are not being fed there and this is likely to happen again in the Christmas holiday.  So please consider whether you might be able to add some extra support for the Food Bank as part of your shopping through November.  Some Christmassy treats would be lovely to add, in addition to the basics that people need.  Perhaps we can see this as part of our Advent preparation, although the Food Bank will need to have our gifts before Advent actually begins in December if we can.  A number of our churches already give to the Food Bank on a weekly basis – if your own church is not one of these, please just let us know you have a contribution for them and we can make sure it gets to the right place!

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 2365170) for details.