Church of England Diocese of Hereford Minsterley

April 2nd newsletter

2 Apr 2021, midnight
Church_news From_the_Vicar

Dear friends

You know you are starting to settle into a new church when you start having stress dreams about it. In my previous parish, my go to dream concerned the disappearance of the order of service, simultaneously searching every nook and cranny of the church while trying to work out whether I knew the service well enough not to need it. This week I dreamed I was conducting a communion service at St George’s when half-way through instead of introducing the Peace, inexplicably, I launched into the notices, after which everyone went home. In my dream, I had to send the churchwardens running after the congregation to bring them back and explain that we hadn’t finished yet. Many make a similar mistake when they read the Easter story. Jesus hangs dead on the cross. Surely, the story is over. However, we know that there is more to come, the best bit. This is a story that only makes sense if you read and then live out of the final chapter.

Eco Church

An organisation called Eco-Church encourages all churches to be become more environmentally aware. Hereford Diocese has signed up to become an Eco-Diocese and it would be great if some of the churches in the family were to become eco-churches. The Bronze Award is relatively easy to achieve. Anyone interested in finding out more about this or working on it should contact Greg.

Garden meetings

Now that we are allowed to meet outside, if you have a garden to sit in and would like Greg to pop round, he would be glad to spend time with you. Just let him know on 07902 794653 or [email protected]

Mark’s Gospel

Many thanks to Robert Currie for his outstanding performance of Mark’s gospel given at St George’s on Wednesday evening. 25 of us were captivated by an incredibly powerful rendition of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Snailbeach

Pam and Greg will be walking through the village of Snailbeach on Good Friday morning starting at the Methodist church at 10 a.m. ready to give a blessing to anyone who wants it.

Online Service for Easter Sunday

Please join us for our online broadcast this Sunday at 10.30 a.m. The service can be found on the websites of Pontesbury and Stiperstones at either www.st-george.org.uk or stiperstoneschurches.org.uk In order to livestream services in the future, we need 100 subscribers to our Youtube channel. There is no cost to this and you can do it after you’ve watched the service on Sunday. Please contact [email protected] if you need help doing this. We will be reviewing our online provision at a meeting next Tuesday evening. Do let us know what you think in advance of this.

Good Friday and Easter Services

Good Friday at 11.45 at Hope: Morning Prayer

Good Friday at 2 p.m. at Pontesbury: an hour at the cross

Good Friday at 7.30 p.m. at Pontesbury: Tenebrae

Easter Sunday at 8 a.m. at Pontesbury: Holy Communion

Easter Sunday at 9 a.m. at Hope, Shelve and Snailbeach: Holy Communion

Easter Sunday at 10.30 a.m. at Ministerley, Pontesbury and Habberley: Holy Communion