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Happy New Year!

Thank you all for Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes. So kind, so appreciated! We hope you have a blessed and peaceful New Year. With love, Mary-Lou, Hannah and families xxx Thank you, too, to all who helped prepare our churches to welcome the community in throughout the year but especially at Christmas time – those who cleaned, decorated, prepared rotas, provided refreshments, helped to publicise events, played the organ, did the readings or prayers...

PCC Meetings Coming Up:

Fitz – Wednesday 16th January, 10.30 am at Peverey

Albrighton – Tuesday 22nd January, 6.30 pm at Huffley office

Montford & Shrawardine – Wednesday 23th January, 7.00 pm at The Old Dairy, Shrawardine

Leaton – Wednesday 30th January, 7.30 pm, at the Mission Church

Bicton – Thursday 7th February, 7.00 pm at Mamre

January Loop Prayer Meeting

For details of the next meeting, please contact Robin Oake on 01743 850421.

10th January                                                           Bicton Coffee Morning Coffee Morning 

Thursday 10th January in the church – 10.30am in aid of church funds.

15th January                                                                                                    Filling Station

Tuesday 15th January, 7.30pm at Knockin Assembly Rooms. The speaker this month is David O'Brien from Oxon church. Informal worship, teaching, testimony and prayer with cakes, coffee and tea.

17th and 18th January                                                                               Dick Whittington

Montford Parish Hall Management Committee with Montford and Shrawardine Social Committee present Dick Whittington at Montford Parish Hall on Friday 17th at 7.30pm and Saturday 18th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: Adults £7.50, children 16 years and under £4. Includes interval refreshments. Please contact Tricia Jones on 01743 850810. Proceeds in aid of the Hall, Churches and local charities.

30th January                                                                                             Stepping Out Café

Wednesday 30th January at Bomere Heath Mission Church from 2.30pm to around 4.00pm for free tea, cake and good company.

2nd and 8th February                                                                                    Messy Church

The next Messy Church meetings will be on Saturday 2nd February at 3pm in Bicton Village Hall, and Friday 8th February at 3.15pm in the Mission Church, Bomere Heath.

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!

Mary-Lou on leave

Just a reminder that Mary-Lou is on leave after 30th December, back on duty on Tuesday 15th January. Please contact Hannah as needed, and Joyce for pastoral help. We are very grateful to those who are assisting with covering Sunday worship during this time: Archdeacon Paul, Revd Preb Pam Freeman and the Revd Stuart Penny.

Lent - A change for Lent this year!

For 2019 there will be a mid-week Eucharist somewhere in the Loop through Lent – having shared Holy Communion we will then have time to share the Word, using New Daylight for Lent. Books will be available next month in time for Ash Wednesday on 6th March.

 

OTHER NEWS

Sad News for Severn Loop

It was with great sadness that we heard that Ian Hall had died very suddenly on 22nd October. It would not be right to let this pass without acknowledging here the immense contribution Ian had made to the life of our parishes since Severn Loop came into being nearly 12 years ago.

Ian served as Churchwarden for Leaton parish for 30 years, until his retirement this spring. He was also one of our lay leaders of worship and a long-standing member of the Deanery Synod, for whom he was Treasurer for a number of years and in recent years a member of the Severn Loop Forum. Those of you who were able to be at the thanksgiving for Ian's life will have heard of the many, many, different ways in which he served God and his neighbour. His passing is a great loss, to the church and community but most of all, of course, to his beloved family. So our thoughts, prayers and love are there for Pat, Rachel and Matt and their family, not just in these early weeks of their bereavement but into the future.

A Successor to Robert

We are hoping to advertise the House for Duty post for an assistant priest in mid-late January. Please keep the appointment process in your prayers, asking God to call the person he wants to come to us.

 

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.

 

THANK YOU FROM ROBERT AND LIZ

Dear Friends in the Severn Loop,

What a great send-off you gave us!  Thank you for making the service on 30th September such a memorable occasion for us both - the card with so many messages, the flowers and the most generous cheque. Some of the gift has gone on space-saving furniture, and we also plan to buy containers to grow things in our non-horticultural garden, part of which is decking and the rest paved!

And thank you for the last decade!  There has been a good send of partnership, with clergy and lay people working together in the cause of the Kingdom of God.  We have brought with us lots of good memories - occasions both solemn and fun, ideas that were developed and put into practice, ministry in a variety of situations, and above all, you, who have shared our journey. May we all go on from strength to strength.

We are still opening boxes, but are able to entertain if you would like to drop in!  Give us a ring so we can tidy up!

With love to you all,

Robert and Liz

 

NEXT TIME

If you have any church-related announcements to go in the next or future editions of Loop, please send them to me before the third Sunday in the month prior to publication month. Thank you.

Gillian Steedman, gillian.steedman@gmail.com, 01743 850027.