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Loop Special Sunday 29th March 2020

Passion Sunday

Passion Sunday Reflection

Midweek Worship Here's a lovely resource from the Church of England, giving a suggested rhythmn of daily prayer.

Click here for A Different Mothering Sunday, March 22nd 2020

and here for the Mothering Sunday readings


Read information from Mary-Lou about Covid-19 here: Loop Bulletin 1 15th March 2020


Saturday, 13th June                                 Loop Annual Coach Trip: Lichfield Cathedral

After a chat with Diana Barnett, the previous organiser of our coach trips, I discovered that the annual trip has yet to visit our home diocese of Lichfield. I expect many of you have been there individually, perhaps for an ordination service, but how many of you have really stopped to explore the Cathedral and the historic city?

And how appropriate, in this 2020 Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage (see tinyurl.com/2020cathedrals) that we should visit our own cathedral?

We will have a coach pick-up from Bicton (8.30am) and Bomere Heath (8.45am), arriving in Lichfield around 10am. You are free to do your own exploring (see some ideas below) until we meet up again at 2.45pm for our group tour of the cathedral (included in the cost). At 4pm we are booked into the Cathedral's café ‘Chapters’ in the close for a cream tea (also included). There will then be time to freshen up and stretch your legs before we congregate in the choir for the highlight of the day: Choral Evensong at 5.30pm. We would expect to leave for home at around 6.45pm.

When we arrive, there’s plenty to keep you occupied both inside the cathedral and around the city until we meet up again for our afternoon tour:

Lichfield Cathedral is the only medieval cathedral in the UK to have three spires. One of these is undergoing conservation work at the moment, so instead of the usual tower tour, there is a new tour available: the Hidden Heights Tour which will explore walkways through medieval beams and rooftop parapets which are not normally open to the public, from which you can enjoy views over Lichfield and the surrounding countryside.  This is an optional extra (£8) and will need booking in advance (call 01543 306150 or book online at www.lichfield-cathedral.org/visit-the-cathedral/tours). The one-hour tours start at 11am and 1pm, leaving you plenty of time to have some lunch before our group tour starts.  NB: there is a spiral staircase to climb and the roof walkways are narrow.

The monthly Library tour is also available on our visiting date, starting at 10.30am and lasting until around noon. Please note that there are 35 spiral steps to climb. Again, this needs pre-booking and costs £18 (see above).

In Lichfield itself, the streets are lined with museums, independent shops and restaurants. (If you have internet access, see www.visitlichfield.co.uk). Samuel Johnson, the creator of the English Dictionary, was born here and you can visit his birthplace, which is now a museum. Erasmus Darwin, Charles' grandfather, was a founding member of the Lunar Society - "the main intellectual powerhouse of England's Industrial Revolution" - which often met in his home, now also a museum. There are also 70 acres of beautiful gardens and open space at Beacon Park, Lichfield Sculpture Trail (see Noah and the Dove, below), Lichfield Heritage Trail, antiques centre…

The cost of the trip is £31.00, payable in advance to me, by cash or by cheque made payable to ‘Severn Loop Mission’.

There should be room on the coach for everyone who’d like to go, but please book early to guarantee your seat. To book, contact me as soon as possible on 01743 850027 or 07809 766799 or email gillian.steedman@gmail.com

Thank you, Gillian Steedman

If you have any church-related announcements to go in the next or future editions of Loop, please send them to me by the end of the third Sunday in the month prior to publication month. Gillian Steedman (contact as above)


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.