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I'm really pleased to announce that CTIS will be holding another Election Hustings on Thursday 5th December. The evening will begin at 7pm at Holy Trinity Meole Brace, and will be hosted by Rt Revd Sarah Bullock, the Bishop of Shrewsbury. All of the candidates standing for Shrewsbury & Atcham constituency have been invited.

The first half of the evening will feature three short interviews with local people, and questions to the candidates around those specific areas of local interest. The second half of the evening will be the more ‘traditional’ hustings format with questions from the floor. Revd Phil Cansdale, Area Dean of Shrewsbury, will be chairing the evening.

Find out more – and submit a potential question – by going to the website at www.trinitychurches.org/election.  We’ll also be livestreaming the event on our website at www.trinitychurches.org, and via other social media channels.

Click here to see an A4 poster. We’d really appreciate you getting word out and helping people from all over Shrewsbury get involved in the future of the communities we serve as local churches.

Best wishes,

Ian Peake, CTIS


Christmas Greetings to you all

Mary-Lou, Hannah and Peter send you greetings and prayers for a holy Advent and blessed Christmas full of joy and love, as we greet our Prince of Peace once more!

Carol Services around the Loop

15th Dec     9.15 am       Albrighton, Morning Worship with Carols
                       4.00 pm       Montford
                       6.30 pm       Bicton with Bicton School choir
                       6.30 pm       Leaton
22nd Dec    6.30 pm       Fitz
                       7.00 pm       Shrawardine

Sunday 1st December                    A Child’s View of Christmas

This new and exciting Tableau/Diorama showing in miniature the first journey to Bethlehem, will be displayed in Montford Church throughout December and January. The Church will be open from 12 noon to 4.00 pm every Saturday and Sunday throughout December starting on Advent Sunday 1st December. We look forward to offering everyone a warm welcome and refreshments so do come, put yourself back in time and follow that first journey to Bethlehem. (January viewings can be arranged with Andrina, tel no 01743 850631).

Fri 6th – Sun 8th Dec                Leaton Christmas Tree Festival

This festival (10.00 am to 4.00 pm daily) marks the 160th anniversary of Holy Trinity’s dedication. No entrance fee, but donations will be very welcome.

Saturday 7th December                           Leaton Messy Church

To celebrate Leaton Christmas Tree Festival we are going to do Messy Church slightly differently this month: we'll be having a Messy Forest Trail on the morning of 7th December. We'll meet at Leaton Forest (where you buy the Christmas Trees!) at 8.30 am, enjoy an interactive and thoughtful walk with an Advent theme, and then end at the church at 10.00 am for hot refreshments and a look at the trees. All welcome!

Sunday 8th December               United Service of Celebration

On Sunday 8th at 10.30 am Bishop Sarah will be presiding and preaching at Leaton to celebrate  Holy Trinity’s 160th anniversary.

12th December                                         Bicton Coffee Morning

Christmas Coffee Morning – Thursday 12th December in the church – 10.30am in aid of church funds.

16th December                            Nativity Walk, Bomere Heath

We gather at the Presbyterian chapel car park on Monday 16th at 4.15 pm and start promptly at 4.30 pm. We will walk around the village retelling the Christmas story in word and song. Dress up as one of the characters if you like and please bring a torch.

29th December                               The Sunday after Christmas

10.30 am United Service is at Bicton this year – Holy Communion with Carols. This will be the only service in the Loop today.

Time Out

Hannah is off duty from Boxing Day for a week. Mary-Lou will be off duty after her day off on 30th December until the following weekend. Peter will be away at Chapter from 30th December to 8th January.

Seekers will not be meeting on Mondays 23rd and 30th December. Please call 01743 850421 or 07526 100928 for details of other meetings. All welcome.

Both Filling Station and Stepping Out Café also take a break in December.



11th December                                         MENCAP Carol Service

Wednesday 11th at 1pm in St Peter’s Church, Monkmoor Road. Join them for carols, tea, cake, mince pies and Christmas cheer led by Sarah, Bishop of Shrewsbury.

Age UK Research

A member of one of our Messy Church congregations is carrying out some research and is eager to find participants. If you could help, she would be very grateful: In collaboration with local Age UK services, University Centre Shrewsbury is exploring the views of men aged 55+ to inform the future development of Age UK’s local services and to improve attendance rates. We would like people to take part in 1:1 interviews, or to complete a questionnaire. All information provided will be kept anonymous. If you are willing to take part, please contact Natalia Lowe (University Centre Shrewsbury) at 1722816@chester.ac.uk

Malcolm and Sue

Malcolm Dawson, our former Lay Reader, and his wife, Sue, have moved to their new address which is “Rosemary Cottage”, Post Office Lane, Lighthorne, Warwick, CV35 OAP. Tel: 01926 651271. They would be delighted if any of us visited them or simply kept in touch.

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.