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JANUARY 2020 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January                                               A Child’s View of Christmas

The new tableau/diorama continues to be on display at Montford Church throughout January. Please contact Andrina on tel no 01743 850631 to arrange a viewing.

Thursday 10th January                         CAMEO Coffee Morning

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

Friday 17th/Saturday 18th January               The Wizard of Oz

Montford Parish Hall Management Committee with Montford and Shrawardine Churches Social Committee present “The Wizard of Oz” at Montford Parish Hall  on Friday 17th January at 7.30 pm and Saturday 18th at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm.

Tickets £7.50. Children under 16 £4. Includes interval refreshments. Booking with Tricia Jones on 01743 850810. Proceeds in aid of Montford Parish Hall Roof Fund and Montford and Shrawardine Churches. This year the raffle proceeds at each performance will donated to the Shrewsbury Street Pastors.

Tuesday 21st January                                               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. The speaker this month is Robin Oake.

Friday 24th January                     Bomere Heath Messy Church

Come and join in the fun as we have the first Messy Church of the decade. 3.15 pm in the Mission Room.

Saturday 25th January
Bicton Messy Church

Come and get messy with us at 3.00 pm in Holy Trinity Church, Bicton.

Wednesday 29th January                               Stepping Out Café

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

Mondays at 8.00pm                                                             Seekers

This informal group meets in the home of members for coffee, Bible study, discussion and fellowship from 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm, starting again on Monday 13th January. We will be looking at Micah’s prophesy using DVD recordings from Keswick led by Rev Chris Wright, a well-known and much-respected Bible teacher. You will be very welcome to join us! Venue to be announced. Call Robin or Chris for more information on 01743 850421 or 07526 100928.

Fraud Alert

West Mercia Police is seeing a rise in the number of attempts to defraud elderly and vulnerable people out of their banked savings. Criminals pretending to be police officers have already obtained through a type of scam known as ‘courier fraud’ over £80,000 in Worcestershire.

They say: Not all attempts of this scam are successful and it is reassuring to see that our clear messaging that no police officer will ever ask you for money on the phone is a message that people are hearing. Sadly, however, some vulnerable people have been taken advantage of and have handed over thousands of pounds. In one case a victim withdrew over £10,000 and returned home to give it to a ‘courier’.

Don’t trust anyone who calls you about your bank details or asking you to go to a bank to withdraw money. Always hang up and wait 10 minutes to ensure the call has disconnected before calling 101. If you want to check they are legitimate, find their number via directory enquiries and call them back.

If possible, also use a different telephone line to make sure the line is clear e.g. a mobile phone or the phone of a trusted friend or relative. If they are genuine, you should be able to get through to them. You can also check what they are saying is true with your bank.

Scams can be very elaborate, very convincing and cruel. If you think someone is trying to scam you, tell someone straight away. Don’t be pressured and give yourself time to stop and think.

Please remember the police will never contact you asking for your bank card or cash. We will also never ask you to purchase expensive items or transfer money to a safe account. If someone does, it’s a scam – provide no details and hand nothing over, hang up and report it immediately to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 123 2040.

We are working hard to identify these criminals trying to con our elderly and vulnerable family members and friends and a number of arrests have been made and charges have been brought. However we would ask the public to spread this message of caution and awareness throughout the wider community and would urge you to pass on, particularly to elderly relatives or neighbours, information about these scams and ask them not to trust anyone who asks them for their bank details or for money over the phone.

Chief Inspector Rik Klair

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.

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.