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Revd Peter Allan to join us this summer!

We are delighted that, following interview, the Revd Peter Allan has been offered the post of House-for-Duty Assistant Priest here in Severn Loop. We hope that he will be able to move into the Vicarage at Bomere Heath during July. Bishop Michael has provisionally offered us the date of Monday 5th August in the evening for Peter's licensing and the service will be held at Leaton. More details about that and confirmation to follow in the coming weeks. The diocese are working at the house to bring it up to date and do some necessary maintenance at the moment. Please pray for Peter as he comes to his retirement from Mirfield Theological College and prepares for the transition to parish life – also that all the work is finished in good time! Peter will be working on Sundays and two other days each week, to be arranged flexibly.

New Bishop of Shrewsbury 

Please pray for the Ven Sarah Bullock who is to be our next Area Bishop. Sarah will be consecrated on 3rd July at St Paul’s and begin her ministry here soon after.

Thy Kingdom Come 2019

Be part of this worldwide season of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost! Severn Loop’s opportunities are ...

31st May – 1st June                                                                                                        24 Hours of Prayer for the Loop

From 8.00 pm, Friday 31st May until 8.00 pm, Saturday 1st June, in the Mission Church, Bomere Heath. If you may be able to help on the rota by praying for an hour, please let Philippa know on 01939 291352.

Saturday 1st June                                                                                                                                   Meet in the Middle!

At Fitz Village Hall from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm-ish. See the May Loop for details.

Friday 7th June                                                                                                                                                 Mini Pilgrimage

There will be a series of mini-pilgrimages taking place between Ascension Day and Pentecost, one of which passes through part of the Loop on Friday 7th June. Starting with prayer from the viewpoint at Nesscliffe, the approximately 12-mile walk takes in Shrawardine, Montford and Bicton, and finishes in Shrewsbury’s Riverside Mall. If interested in taking part, look on the website shropshirehope.co.uk for details or speak to Philippa, who will be walking.

Sunday 2nd June                                                   Royal British Legion Parade & Service

Starting at Bicton Village Hall at around 5.50pm, the band will march through the village before the 6.30pm church service, to which all are welcome. The service will be led by Revd Mary-Lou and the speaker is Revd David O'Brien, RBL Chaplain.

Sunday 9th June                                                                         Pimms, Paté and Puddings

A summer evening in aid of Montford and Shrawardine Churches at 6.00pm for 6.30pm until 9.00 pm at The Clamp, Shrawardine, SY4 1AH, by kind invitation of the Hardman family. Tickets £12.50 available from Cheri  01743 850200, Tricia 01743 850810 or Esther 01743 851352. Raffle in aid of CALM.

Thursday 13th June                                                                        CAMEO Coffee Morning

Coffee morning in Holy Trinity Church, Bicton at 10.30 am, in aid of Church funds.

Tuesday 18th June                                                                                             Filling Station

Coffee and cake on Tuesday 18th at Knockin Assembly Rooms, 7.15 pm, ready for a 7.30 pm start. The speaker will be Terry Hotchkiss from Barnabas Community church in Shrewsbury.

Friday 21st / Saturday 22nd June                                                                 Messy Church

Come and join the fun on Friday 21st from 3.20 to 5.00 pm in Bomere Heath Mission Church and on Saturday 22nd from 3.00 to 4.45 pm in Holy Trinity Church, Bicton.

Wednesday 26th June                                                                                   Loop Quiet Day

After a lovely experience at St Chad’s, Boningale last year, we are going again! We’ve booked for Wednesday, 26th June. The theme will be Psalm 23, lunch is included and the cost of the day is £6. To book, please contact me by email: revhannahlins@gmail.com

Wednesday 26th June                                                                              Stepping Out Café

Bomere Heath Mission Church from 2.30 pm to around 4.00 pm for free tea, cake and good company.

Thursday 27th June                                                                Severn Loop Prayer Evening

7.30 pm at Mamre, Bicton. Thanks to Robin and Chris Oake for hosting. After this evening we will take a break over the summer and reconvene on Tuesday 10 September (venue still to be confirmed.)

10am Sun 30th June                                                Diana’s Ordination at Lichfield Cathedral

Diana has been very generous with 30 tickets for those from the Loop who would like to attend her ordination as deacon. There will be drinks and nibbles after the service in the Reeve Room. It’s a short distance from the Cathedral, about 3 minutes, through the white barrier to the left of the Cathedral then immediately on the right. Please let Mary-Lou know if you would like a ticket.

Saturday 6th July                                                           Cottage Garden Open Afternoon

Silver Birch Cottage, Old Woods, Bomere Heath, SY4 3AX, will be open for visitors from 2.00 to 6.00 pm, by kind permission of Caroline and David Fletcher. In aid of Leaton and Mission Churches.

Saturday 6th July                                                                   Shropshire Hope Conference

The theme of the conference at Christ Church, Bayston Hill, is Exploring the Mission of God and what God might be up to in Shropshire. This event is free but a £5 donation is suggested per person on the morning to help cover the event costs. 8.15 am –12 noon (toast & croissants from 8.15 – 8.45 am). You can also reserve your place by contacting info@shropshirehope.co.uk

Saturday 31st August                                                       Severn Loop Annual Coach Trip

The cut-off date for booking and payment for this trip to Gloucester and its cathedral is 10th August. For full details see the May Loop or contact Diana Barnett on 01939 291052.

Summer weddings season begins in earnest this month.

Please pray for: Sarah and David, marrying at Montford on Friday 7th June. Daisy and Dean, marrying at Bicton on Saturday 8th June, and Joan and John, marrying at Montford on Saturday 15th June. We also send our special wishes, love and prayers to Joan Clorley and John Everall from the congregation at Montford for their forthcoming marriage.

A Big Thank You

to all of you who helped welcome the Trustees of the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust to Severn Loop for their tour on 18th May.

Visiting Pilgrim

Kim Fitzwarine Smith visited Bicton Parish, St Chad’s Montford (seeing the new Easter Diarama), and St Mary’s Shrawardine. She stopped overnight with the Pococks in Shraden, joining the early morning Sunday service, whilst on route walking 135 miles from her Methodist church in Broseley to Bardsey Island off the Llyn Peninsula in NW Wales. Her pilgrimage was a personal goal and on her way hoped to raise over £1,000 towards a school for orphans in war-torn Congo. She managed to arrive on Bardsey in time for Easter after walking for nearly two weeks.

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 approved her curacy and after her 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. We will miss her from Severn Loop, but perhaps we can look forward to her return after curacy!

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 Jagger when you’ve finished so that she can arrange collection and delivery to its new owner.