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Hodnet Parish is
located in North Shropshire, in the West Midlands and is
part of Lichfield Diocese.
We are two churches
who together are looking to love God and serve Him in our
rural area and further afield.
Have a look at our
Statement of Purpose on the "About Us" section for more
We hope that you find
what you are looking for here, if not please use the details
under "Contact Us" and we will do our best to answer your
We are an Anglican
church with two lovely historic buildings in different parts
of the parish:
* St Luke's
Church in Hodnet, of Norman origin, is the Parish Church
* The Chapel
of the Epiphany at Peplow, a hamlet south of Hodnet.
We share the following
Core Purposes -
Mission - to bring people of every age and
background into a living and growing relationship with Jesus
Community - to be a mutually supportive,
caring community in which everyone has a part to play
Worship - to offer worship to God that is
wholehearted, accessible and relevant
Discipleship - to enable people to grow in
wholeness and Christ-likeness in their own lives and
God's Kingdom - to change the way the world
around us goes about its business
Baptisms, Weddings and
Baptism and Thanksgiving
We welcome families who wish to bring their children to be
baptised. A first step would be to attend a church service
and introduce yourself, or to contact the Rector directly.
We will help you to understand the significance of Baptism
and what part the Church can play in your child's growth in
faith. In it you make a commitment to Christ and to the
nurture of your child in the Christian faith. As a church we
promise to grow as part of the church. If all you wish to do
is to express your gratitude to God for the gift of a child
then an alternative to baptism would be a service of
If you are planning to get married the best way to do so is
in church in the presence of God. To say your vows "in the
sight of God" concentrates the mind on the seriousness of
the commitment and expresses your need for the strength and
help of God in your marriage.
You are eligible to be married in one of our churches if
either of you are resident in the parish or one of you is a
member of the electoral roll of either church. For
non-residents to join the electoral roll it is necessary to
have attended worship regularly for at least six months.
We believe in a loving and forgiving God and so Divorce is
not always a barrier to being married in Church. If either
of you have been divorced it's important to discuss this
with the Rector, as an opportunity to learn from the past
and to move on. Contact the Rector as a first step in your
The Church of England Marriage Measure 2008 became law in
This new legislation, overwhelmingly passed by the General
Synod, came into force on the 1st October 2008. This measure
offers the Church new ways to clarify, reissue and celebrate
its wider welcome, so as to meet the needs of couples
requesting church weddings and to better integrate more of
them into the ongoing life of the local church. It does not
affect the existing right of parishioners but allows couples
opportunity to marry in a church which has special
significance for them, even though it is not where they
live, without applying for a special licence. The changes
will mean an engaged couple is welcome to be married in
church in a parish if just one of the following
* One of them was baptised or
prepared for confirmation in the parish;
* One of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or
* One of them has at any time regularly attended public
worship in the parish for six months or more;
* One of their parents has lived in the parish for six
months or more in their child's lifetime
* One of their parents has regularly attended public worship
there for six months or more in their child's lifetime;
* Their parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
Young people may be prepared for confirmation at any age
from school year 6 and upwards. This is normally done in a
group each year or every other year, which meets weekly for
about 8 weeks. Adults may be confirmed at any age, and
preparation for this may be done individually or in a group.
Contact the Rector with any enquiries about confirmation.
For many people the subject of death is a very sensitive
issue. When a loved one dies we are in a state of shock and
bewilderment. The Funeral Director arrives to make the
funeral arrangements and will ask you if you would like to
go into church for the service or go straight to the
Crematorium. All you need to do is tell the Funeral Director
you would like a church service.
The funeral would be a service of
thanksgiving with a personal tribute to the person's life.
Because of time pressures at the Crematorium, I encourage
you to use the church for a short service. Obviously I hope
we never need to meet under sad circumstances but if we did
I want you to know that your church cares very much and
wants to support and comfort you.
THE RECTOR'S MAY 2018 MESSAGE
Our Newsletter is now in the form of a magazine and I do hope you find it interesting. As a church we feel it is
essential that all people within our community are aware of all events in the
church and the surrounding area. I feel very privileged to be living in such a
beautiful little corner of the countryside and to have the opportunity to be
part of our welcoming community.
Many people have helped me in
organising various activities within St Luke’s; these include the junior choir,
held on Thursday evenings, and our increasingly popular monthly film night. Our
next film will be shown on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 7:00pm and everyone is welcome. We will be
watching the very appropriate “Singin’ in the Rain”!
This Eastertime, we remember
once again that our Lord, Jesus Christ has risen. I would like to share a poem
with you which I feel sums up this time of year beautifully.
They asked me how I know
it’s true that the Saviour lived and died...
And if I believe the story
that the Lord was crucified?
And I have so many answers
to prove His Holy Being
Answers that are everywhere
within the realm of seeing…
The leaves that fell at
autumn and were buried in the sod
Now budding on the tree
boughs to lift their arms to God…
The flowers that were
covered and entombed beneath the snow
Pushing through the
‘darkness’ to bid the Spring ‘hello’…
On every side Great Nature
retells the Easter Story…
So who am
I to question ‘The Resurrection Glory?’
With all God's
your Rector, Edith
Services for May 2018
| Sunday May 6th
6th Sunday of Easter
| 8.00am Holy Communion
11.00am Morning Prayer
| Sunday May 13th
7th Sunday of Easter
| 11.00am Family Service for
Christian Aid Week
| 6.30pm Evensong
| Sunday May 20th
Pentecost Whit Sunday
| 11.00am Holy Communion
| Sunday May 27th
| 6.00pm Songs of Praise
| 9.30am Holy Communioon
| Sunday June 3rd
| 8.00am Holy Communion
11.00am Morning Prayer
of Services within the Parish
am Holy Communion BCP
am Morning Prayer
am Holy Communion CW
am Family Communion
am Morning Prayer
am Holy Communion
am A single Parish Service at one of the
|Hodnet Church Wardens
The Parish News (the new magazine)
If you do not receive a copy each month but
would like to have one by email
please send your email address to;
A Year in the Life of St Luke’s Church
St. Luke’s is holding a Flower Festival on the Bank Holiday weekend
of 26th, 27th and 28th May this year. Please put the date in your diary.
There will be many beautiful flower arrangements to see as well as delicious refreshments,
a children’s treasure hunt and fascinating histories of the church and local area.
If you are able to spare an hour or so during that weekend to assist with refreshments or stewarding,
please contact a Churchwarden.
Admission: Adults £2.50, Children under 16 Free
The Guardian Family Network.- Fun and Rewarding Opportunity.
Do you have a spare room and live within an hour of
Packwood Haugh, Shrewsbury, or Moreton Hall Schools,
and have time to support an international Student?
Would you like to build a long lasting friendship with an overseas family?
We are looking for Guardian families for a student for weekend breaks
and half term holidays in your area.
All Student related expenses are reimbursed.
Email. Hannah@guardianfamily.co.uk or call Hannah for a chat on 07802232072
Compassionate Communities (Co-Co)
is a scheme to provide a befriending service for folk who may be in
danger of becoming socially isolated from the community they have been
part of due to frailty, being housebound or living with a long term
Co-Co volunteer can provide companionship by visiting on a weekly basis
for an hour or so to chat and provide a listening ear and possibly
assist with a few errands. Volunteers are DBS checked and trained by
the Severn Hospice.
Hodnet Co-Co are seeking more volunteers, men and women,
who are willing to donate up to a couple of hours of their time
to befriend the clients we have waiting.
To find out more please ring 07849 835687.
COFFEE MORNINGS are held in the Chapel of the Epiphany at Peplow on the 1st Saturday of each month from April until September inclusive 10am-12 noon.
is to give new members of the community the chance to meet existing
members of the community the chance to meet existing members and to
find out what other activities are available within the community.
Please come along and bring your friends with you. Everyone will be most welcome.
SEWING GROUP The
group meets every two weeksat someone's home for a cup of tea and some
sewing for the Peplow crafts sales table - and of course,
If you would like to come and meet us and help, please phone Elizabeth Downes on 01952 840215
For information about
all activities within the Parish, services, weddings,
baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev.
Edith Quirey at;
Telephone: +44 (0) 1630 685491
Here is another site - www.hodnet.org.uk - our village website - which may be of