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On Sunday 5th May it was announced at all Sunday services in the Loop, that the interview panel had been unanimous in their agreement to offer the House for Duty assistant priest post to Peter Allan, newly-retired Principal of the College of Resurrection at Mirfield Theological College, West Yorkshire. 

A little background: Fr Peter joined the Community of the Resurrection in 1982 after serving in parochial ministry in the dioceses of St Albans and Oxford and as chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford. He studied music at Oxford and theology at the College of the Resurrection. His current research centres on the role of the western chant tradition in the articulation of Christian doctrine. He is sub-warden of the Guild of Church Musicians.

We look forward to welcoming him when he joins us in the summer!

Invitation - Charles writes:

VISIT TO WESTON PARK ON SUNDAY 12th May 2019

You may just wish to see around the house if timing  does not suit in which case just come to the front of the Hall at 3.00 pm

Entry via the Shrewsbury Lodge gate, first entrance on right, before you reach the village.

Drive up to front of the Hall where parking will be available.

1.15 - 2.15 Lunch at Granary deli or bring packed lunch.

2.30 Walk in formal Gardens. Charles Bridgeman will show guests round.

3.00 Meet Gareth Williams (Curator) at Front entrance to house for guided tour of house with Charles and Gareth.

 4.00 (ish) Further chance to explore the grounds.

6.00 Disperse and make own way home.

 Strict limit of 25 for tour of house.

Cost will be £10 , preferably paid by BACS (see below for instructions) payable on the day. This will be donated to the Weston Park Foundation.

Please email Charles Bridgeman  charlesbridgeman54@gmail.com

or ring 01939 290246

for information on how to pay by BACS.

You MUST confirm by email or phone to Charles if you wish to take part because of the strict limit on numbers for the house tour.

Kind regards,

Charles

New altar frontal at St John the Baptist, Albrighton

A beautiful design by Claire Lea, the nimble fingers of Trixie Cooper, who also coordinated the project, Clare Kirk, David Jagger, Julia Browne and Hazel Johnson,  combined to produce a stunning new altar frontal for St John the Baptist Church, revealed at the United Service for Palm Sunday on 14th April. Well done all!

Thursday 9th May                                                                                                        CAMEO Coffee Morning

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

Saturday 11th May                                                                                                                       Messy Church

Come along – let’s get Messy, In Holy Trinity Church, Bicton, at 3.00 pm.

Tuesday 14th May                                                                                         Next Severn Loop Prayer Evening

This month we meet at 26 Brook Road, Bomere Heath SY4 3PU – thank you Pat (Hall.) Pat’s telephone number is 01939 290637.

Friday 17th May                                                                                                                           Messy Church

Come and join the fun at 3.00 pm in Bomere Heath Mission Church.

Saturday 18th May                                                                                                               Visit to Severn Loop

The Trustees of the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust are visiting our churches. This charity has helped a number of our churches and we are delighted to welcome them with their Chair, the Revd William Price.

Saturday 18th May                                                                                                                          Vocations Day

For anyone who’d like to spend some time thinking about God’s call to ministry, there is a Called to be Me day happening at St Mary’s House, Lichfield, on 18th May. You’ll find details on the Diocesan website. Ask MaryLou or Hannah for more information if you’d like to – or speak to Diana. Her journey started with a day like this! 

Tuesday 21st May                                                                                                                     Filling Station

Coffee and cake on Tuesday 21st at Knockin Assembly Rooms, 7.15 pm, ready for a 7.30 pm start. Informal contemporary worship, teaching and prayer. This month’s speaker is Helen Hotchkiss from Barnabas Church in Shrewsbury.

PCC meetings fixed for May

Leaton – Tuesday 21st, 7.30 pm at the Mission Church
Fitz – Wednesday 22nd, 10.30 am at Peverey House
Montford & Shrawardine – Tuesday 28th, 7.30 pm, St Mary’s, Shrawardine

Wednesday 29th May                                                                                                            Stepping Out Café

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

Thursday, 30th May                                                                                                                      Ascension Day

Our United Service for Ascension Day this year will be at 3.00 pm at the Mission Church, Bomere Heath. We’ll share in Holy Communion, with refreshments to follow.

Friday 31st May                                                                                                24 Hours of Prayer for the Loop

Thy Kingdom Come 2019. 24 hours of prayer in 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!

Meet in the Middle is an all-age event that brings together both of our Messy Church congregations, along with our regular Sunday Worshipers, for a morning of fellowship, food and fun. We will be cooking together, holding a short informal worship service and then sharing lunch. We’d love to see you there, at Fitz Village Hall from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm-ish.

Our event will be part of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Thy Kingdom Come campaign – we are encouraged to pray for our communities (there will be interactive prayer stations) and to bake bread together (we have a pizza oven!). If you are willing to help, that would be so appreciated – do email to let me know: revhannahlins@gmail.com. Thanks! Hannah

Sunday 2nd June                                                                                                                     Shrawardine Stroll

Come and join us for a 6km or 9km stroll (jog or run optional) through our beautiful countryside. Suitable for children and adults and dogs on leads are welcome. Registration (free entry) at Montford Parish Hall, SY4 1AD, from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon, then set off at your own pace around the marked routes. Maps will be provided. Refreshments, plant and book sales, and children’s event. Donations and proceeds to be split between St Mary’s Church, Shrawardine and the Alzheimer’s Society.

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 – do save the date. 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

Praying for One Another

New! Helping us to pray for one another. Please look at our new Severn Loop Prayer Calendar on the website (www.severnloopparishes.org.uk) – from the home page, click on Prayer and you’ll find it. The calendar offers a cycle of daily prayer for our parishes through the month. If anyone would like to request prayer for themselves or for something going on in the parish, please speak to Mary-Lou or Hannah. This resource is for our private prayers, but may also help those of you leading Sunday intercessions.

Envelopes for Recycling

If you have any A4 envelopes for recycling, please save them for Mary-Lou – they’ll be extremely useful for sorting and delivering the Loop each month!

Saturday 31st August                                                                                  Severn Loop Annual Coach Trip

This year, our annual cathedral trip is to Gloucester Cathedral, set in the centre of the city of Gloucester.

The price of the ticket, which is £34, includes coach travel, a private guided tour of the Cathedral and a cream tea. The first pick-up is from Bicton (by the church) at 8.00 am followed by Bomere Heath (outside the Red Lion), leaving at approximately 8.15 am, arriving at the Cathedral about 11.00 am. There will be time then for you to either explore the city of Gloucester, where there are plenty of eateries available, or perhaps to experience one of other tours that the Cathedral offers which you can book in advance online at www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or on arrival. If you don't want to leave the Cathedral grounds for lunch there is the Monk’s Kitchen with a limited light menu which includes soup, sandwiches, jacket potato and ‘unique pies’ which sound very inviting.

Our guided tour starts at 2.15 pm and lasts for approximately one hour. This will be followed by a cream tea in the Parliament Room, before we complete our visit with Choral Evensong at 4.30 pm. The journey home will be leaving immediately after the service.

This is slightly further afield than our visits in previous years. The Cathedral, however, has a lot to offer in addition to our guided tour: for those who are feeling energetic, there is the chance to climb the 269 steps to the top of the tower for a fantastic view of Gloucestershire. For the not-so-energetic, there are tours of the library, lasting around 30 minutes, to see the medieval manuscripts and early histories of the Cathedral, and you may want to take the opportunity of a trip around the stonemason’s workshop; Gloucester is one of only nine cathedrals in the UK to have its own team of on-site masons.

Although this is still a way off the date will soon come round. Numbers are limited, so it will be first come, first served. The cut-off date for booking and payment this year is 10th August.

If you interested in coming, whether you have been before or are considering coming for the first time, please contact Diana Barnett on 01939 291052.

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!

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.