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Ash Wednesday Services – 6th March

Bicton, 11.30 am                                                                                                            Holy Communion with Ashing for those who would like to receive it, followed by a soup lunch for anyone who can stay on. There will be a blessings basket for contributions towards the Bishop of Lichfield’s Lent Appeal.

Bomere Heath, 6.30 pm                                                                                                                     Methodist Church All are welcome at the Methodist Church in Bomere Heath for an ecumenical service for Ash Wednesday.

Our Lent Book and Something New for 2019

As mentioned in February’s Loop, due to the pressures of the vacancy, this year we are trying something new. Instead of separate study groups, each week on Wednesday mornings during Lent there will be a simple and short service of Holy Communion in our of our churches. Worship will begin at 10.30 am and will be followed immediately afterwards by conversation and coffee. Our conversation will be suggested by Lent with New Daylight, this year's Lent book. But don’t worry if you haven’t been following that, stay for the conversation anyway if you can! And you are most welcome just to come for the service:

13th March – 10.30 am at the Mission Church, Bomere Heath

20th March — 10.30 am at Albrighton

27th March – 10.30 am at Fitz

3rd April – 10.30 am at Montford

10th April – 10.30 am at Shrawardine

Lent with New Daylight

Mary-Lou still has some copies of the book available at a reduced price of £2.75, if you are quick! When this stock is gone, you will still be able to get a copy from BRF (the Bible Reading Fellowship) online at £2.99, or you could try Illuminate on Wyle Cop. If you'd like to use the book, please note the notes begin in the last week of February!

Lent Lunches

Ash Wednesday – Bicton, after the 11.30 am service (see above).

Friday, 15th March, noon–2.00 pm – Mission Church, Bomere Heath, with Various soups and rolls, fresh fruit. Donations for the Bishop of Lichfield’s Lent Appeal.

Thursday, 21st March, 12noon–2.00 pm – Monford & Shrawardine at Corrie Doon, Montford, SY4 1AD. Hosts Andrina and Paul Lowe. Parking available at Montford Parish Hall or at the house for the less able. All welcome.

Vocations in Severn Loop - Lay Leaders of Worship...

With Diana preparing for her curacy in the summer, she will be stepping down as a Lay Leader of Worship for us. We will not only miss her presence and her gifts, the end of her training will mean we have another loss from our team of Lay Leaders of Worship. It is time to recruit some new people, to assist with this vital part of our church life. During March we will be asking all our churches to pray at every act of worship for God to call those new people. We also ask you all to pray privately, using the special Collect that will be available from the first Sunday in March. At the end of March, you will be able to let Mary-Lou know anonymously if you wish and privately, who you believe God is calling. When we pray, God always answers! Let’s pray with a real focus about this and listen for those the Holy Spirit prompts us to suggest. Sometimes it is surprising who God suggests! And if anyone feels a personal call to this ministry, please speak to Mary-Lou or Hannah.

...and a Vocations Day - Saturday 18th May

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! 

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!

Also coming up in March

1st March                                                                                                                             World Day of Prayer Prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia: “Come – Everything is Ready”. Friday 1st March at 2.30 pm at the Mission Church, Bomere Heath, followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome.

5th March                                                                                               Shrove Tuesday Pancakes & Quiz Evening To be held at Bomere Heath Mission Church at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5 from Stella Beale on 01939 290485, or Pat Hall 01939 290637.

12th March                                                                                                                                  Severn Loop Prayer We meet next on Tuesday 12th March at Leaton Hall, 7.30 pm. Huge thanks to Philippa Herbert and her family for their hospitality (Call Philippa for directions on 01939 291352). A major focus for our prayers will be the interview process for our assistant House-for-Duty priest.

14th March                                                                                                                          CAMEO Coffee Morning CAMEO – Come And Meet Each Other – in Holy Trinity Church, Bicton, on Thursday 14th March at 10.30 am. In aid of church funds.

19th March                                                                                                                                         Filling Station Filling Station meets at Knockin Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 19th March, 7.30 – 9.30 pm. Hellie Brunt is the speaker and she is the area director for the Filling Station. Contemporary worship, good teaching and time for prayer.

27th March                                                                                                                                  Stepping Out Café Wednesday 27th March at Bomere Heath Mission Church from 2.30 pm to around 4.00 pm for free tea, cake and good company.

Easter Remembrance Lilies                                                                                             Holy Trinity Church, Bicton If you would like a lily in remembrance of someone at Easter, please let me know by the Friday, 5th April. The cost of a lily will be £3 each. Wendy Horan – 01743 850237.

Looking further ahead

Annual Meetings 2019

Below is a list of Annual Vestry and Parochial Church Meetings around Severn Loop this year:

Albrighton             2nd April at the Huffley Estate Office, 6.30 pm

Bicton                   Sunday 28th April at the Church, 4.00 pm, to be followed by refreshments and an Easter Carol Service at 6.30 pm

Fitz                       30th April, at the Church, 7.00 pm

Leaton                  10th April, at the Mission Church, 7.15 pm

Montford &           9th April, at Montford Church, 7.30 pm                                                                                          Shrawardine

Nominations for Churchwardens: there are nomination papers required which need to be signed and passed to Mary-Lou please, before the Annual Meeting. Anyone newly nominated this year will need to apply for a DBS check before the meeting – please see your parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator who will guide you through the process. All wardens in post who had their DBS check done last year and are continuing do not need to be checked again this year.

Our Severn Loop Safeguarding Co-ordinators:

Albrighton - Mr Martin Davies

Bicton - Mrs Clare Dixon

Fitz - Mr Nicholas Stephens

Leaton - Mrs Philippa Herbert

Montford & Shrawardine - Mrs Victoria Everall

Electoral Roll Revision 2019

This year we are required to revise our Electoral Roll in every church. Listen out for announcements in each church which will tell you when it is happening (please note that it will not be the same time in every church). There will be a brand new roll for each parish, and each person wishing to be part of it needs to complete an application form. This is necessary even if you were on the previous Electoral Roll. Your Electoral Roll Officer and church will have forms available for you to complete – but do be careful to return them by the appropriate deadline. A copy of the Privacy Notice issued by the Church of England will also be at the back of each church.

18th, 20th and 21st April                                                                      Six Stations of the Cross Montford Church is exhibiting a Passion Week tableau of six Stations of the Cross, designed in miniature to a scale of 1/12. The Church will be open on Maundy Thursday from 2.00 pm til 6.00 pm, Easter Saturday from 2.00 pm til 5.00 pm and Easter Sunday morning from 10.00 am til 1.00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and spend time viewing this unique presentation of Easter with us.

3rd May                                                                                               Fish & Chip Supper and Quiz In Bicton Village Hall on Friday, 3rd May at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5 available from Clare – 01743 361906 or Wendy – 01743 850237. In aid of Church Funds.

Around and About

Welcome to Shrewsbury Deanery

We welcome the Revd Yejide Peters as the Rector of St Chad’s & St Alkmund’s. Please pray for Yejide as her ministr  y in Shrewsbury begins. Her Induction was at 7.00 pm on Monday 25th February.

From 21st March                                                                    Lent talks at St Alkmund’s Church The Revd Yejide Peters will be giving the first of a series of Lent Talks in St Alkmund’s church on four consecutive Thursdays, starting on 21st March. Her talk is entitled 'Is Christianity past its sell-by date?' 6.30–7.30 pm.

13th & 14th March                                                                Christian Resources Exhibition This returns to Manchester this year for the first time in 5 years! It will be held at Event City, next to the Trafford Centre. Organisers say if you book your ticket before the exhibition you save at least 50% on the day-of-entry ticket price of £8.00. Your ticket is valid on both days. You can book online at www.creonline.co.uk/tickets and if you book for a group of three or more, especially for those with particular church responsibilities, the cost comes down to just £3 each! Given the ongoing vacancy, neither Hannah nor MaryLou have the capacity to organise a Loop trip to the exhibition but it is a great place to find resources so it comes with our warm recommendation, based on previous visits. So if anyone does feel they can take on co-ordinating a trip that would be lovely, can we suggest you communicate via the Severn Loop website? www.severnloopparishes.org.uk.

Thursday 14th March                                                                             The Sacred Art of Joking What do you get when a professional comedy writer, with a degree in theology and membership of the Church of England’s General Synod, turns his hand to writing a book? The Sacred Art Of Joking! Award-winning BBC Comedy writer and stand-up theologian James Cary (Miranda, Another Case of Milton Jones) will be at St George’s Church, Drinkwater Street, Frankwell, SY3 8QA, at 7.30pm on 14th March to explain why Christians should be able to joke and how the Bible is funnier than you think.

Tickets £7 are available from www.stgeorgesshrewsbury.church/sacred-art or can be paid for on the door.

Severn Loop Mission Action Plan 2019                                                                                                      Our new MAP is now available to view by clicking on the Mission Action Plan tab on this website! Huge thanks to Hannah for pulling everything together and especially to all of you who participated, either at the Severn Loop Forum or at the November workshop.

Next time

If you have any church-related announcements to go in the next or future editions of Loop, please send them to me by 6pm on the third Sunday in the month prior to publication month. Thank you. Gillian Steedman, gillian.steedman@gmail.com, 01743 850027.


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