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Diana’s Curacy

Many of you will know that Diana Barnett is in now her last year of ordination training, which she is due to complete in June. That is wonderful and we are now confidently looking forward to Diana's ordination. The sad part for us in Severn Loop is that with her ordination as a deacon comes a move. Diana will still be living in Bomere Heath, but Bishop Michael has recently approved her curacy and we can now announce that from ordination, Diana will be serving her self-supporting title in the parishes of Petton with Cockshutt, Welshampton and Lyneal with Colmere. This group is known as the Meres and Meadows. Please continue praying for Diana in these last months of training – there is still much to get through. We will miss her from Severn Loop, but perhaps we can look forward to her return after curacy!

2nd and 8th February                                                                                    Messy Church

The next Messy Church meetings will be on Saturday 2nd February at 3pm in Bicton Village Hall, and Friday 8th February at 3.15pm in the Mission Church, Bomere Heath.

7th February                                                                                                                    Bicton PCC meeting

Holy Trinity Church, Bicton PCC meeting, 7.00 pm at Mamre.

14th February                                                                                   Bicton Coffee Morning Coffee Morning – Thursday 14th February in the church – 10.30 am in aid of church funds.

19th February                                                                                               Filling Station Tuesday 19th February, 7.30 pm at Knockin Assembly Rooms. Informal worship, teaching, testimony and prayer with cakes, coffee and tea. The speaker this month is Canon Robert Parsons.

22nd February                                                                         24 hours of Prayer for the Loop A quiet time of prayer will take place in the Mission church, Bomere Heath, from 8.00 pm on Friday 22nd February until 8.00 pm on Saturday 23rd February. Resources will be available. If anybody is able to book an hour on the rota, please contact Philippa on 07871 865253 or by emailing philippa.herbert@btinternet.com

27th February                                                                                              Stepping Out Café Wednesday 27th February at Bomere Heath Mission Church from 2.30 pm to around 4.00 pm for free tea, cake and good company.

1st March                                                                                                  World Day of Prayer Prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia: “Come – Everything is Ready”. Friday 1st March at 2.30 pm at the Mission Church, Bomere Heath, followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome.

5th March                                                             Shrove Tuesday Pancakes & Quiz Evening To be held at Bomere Heath Mission Church at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5 from Stella Beale on 01939 290485, or Pat Hall 01939 290637.

6th March                                                                                                          Ash Wednesday At Holy Trinity, Bicton – 11.30 am Holy Communion with Ashing for those who would like to receive it, followed by a Soup Lunch. A blessings basket will be available on the day for donations to the Bishop of Lichfield's Lent Appeal.

From 13th March                                                                                                                 Lent As announced in the January edition, during Lent this year we will be sharing in BRF's New Daylight for Lent as our Lent book. There will be a simple service of Holy Communion each Wednesday morning at 10.30 am, with coffee and conversation to follow as we discuss the book. These begin on Wednesday 13th March. Look out for dates and venues in the March Loop. The books have been ordered and should be with Mary-Lou by February. They are usually £2.99, but by ordering early we have a discount and so can offer each copy for £2.75. Ask early for your copy at the discounted price (every little helps!)

13th & 14th March                                                                Christian Resources Exhibition This returns to Manchester this year for the first time in 5 years! It will be held at Event City, next to the Trafford Centre. Organisers say if you book your ticket before the exhibition you save at least 50% on the day-of-entry ticket price of £8.00. Your ticket is valid on both days. You can book online at www.creonline.co.uk/tickets and if you book for a group of three or more, especially for those with particular church responsibilities, the cost comes down to just £3 each! Given the ongoing vacancy, neither Hannah nor MaryLou have the capacity to organise a Loop trip to the exhibition but it is a great place to find resources so it comes with our warm recommendation, based on previous visits. So if anyone does feel they can take on co-ordinating a trip that would be lovely, can we suggest you communicate via the Severn Loop website? www.severnloopparishes.org.uk.

Recruiting a New House-for-Duty Priest                                                                                                  Please keep this process in your prayers as our advert goes out through February! We will be interviewing in March with further details available via our churches and the March Loop.

Severn Loop Mission Action Plan 2019                                                                                                      Our new MAP is now available to view by clicking on the Mission Action Plan tab on this website! Huge thanks to Hannah for pulling everything together and especially to all of you who participated, either at the Severn Loop Forum or at the November workshop.

Loop Prayer Meeting                                                                                                                                            The monthly Loop Prayer Meeting is taking a break. Watch this space for further information.

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.

NEXT TIME

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.