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These pages were last updated on January 2nd 2020
On that date this page was updated with the January 2020 News &Services.

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Welcome

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 information.

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 query.



About Us

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 Christ
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 relationships
God's Kingdom - to change the way the world around us goes about its business

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

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 Thanksgiving.

Weddings
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 wedding plans.

Addendum
The Church of England Marriage Measure 2008 became law in October
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 applies: 

* 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 more
* 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.

Confirmations
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.

Funerals
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.   



Rector's Message

THE RECTOR'S JANUARY 2020 MESSAGE


Dear friends,

Can you believe that a new year is just beginning? I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, spending time with family and friends.
A new year also means that all of us will celebrate a birthday and become a year older before the year ends; or so we hope.
The birth of Jesus Christ all those years ago, was to bring light into the darkness and now more than ever our world needs His light.
As people, we need to think about what the future holds for us, but as Christians, we need to share our love and faith in Christ, to give people hope for the future.
Our beautiful churches of St Luke’s Hodnet, and the Chapel of the Epiphany Peplow must be a place of light and hope, where all are welcomed.
I pray this coming year will see our congregations grow in numbers, but more importantly, we grow in faith and fellowship. 

God bless

Your Rector

Edith

 

     


Services

Services for January 2020



Hodnet Peplow
   Sunday January 5th
   Christmas 2
    11.00 am Morning Prayer    
  
   Sunday January 12th
   Epiphany
    11.00 am  Holy Communion
    6.30 pm Evensong
  Sunday January 19th
  Epiphany 2
     11.00 am  Holy Communion
  
  Sunday Janaury 26th
  Epiphany 3
    11.00 am  Morning Prayer
                    
    9.30 am Holy communion
 Sunday February 2nd
 Candlemas
    11.00 am Morning Prayer


Monthly Pattern of Services within the Parish


Hodnet Peplow
1st Sunday 8.00 am Holy Communion     

11.00 am Family Service

2nd Sunday 11.00 am Holy Communion
6.30 pm Evensong
3rd Sunday 11.00 am Holy Communion
4th Sunday 11.00 am Morning Prayer
  6,30 pm Evensong
9.30 am Holy Communion
5th Sunday 11.00 am A single Parish Service of Holy Communion  at one of the churches



Officers

Officer Name Tel: Number
Parish Rector Rev. Edith Quirey
email:  e.quirey@btinternet.com
07578 603919   &
01630 684181
Hodnet Church Wardens Mrs Janice Parker 01630 685531
Mr Tim Preston 01630 685315
Peplow Church Warden
Mrs Elizabeth Downes
01952 840215



News and Events

The Parish News  (the magazine)

If you do not receive a copy each month but would like to have one by email
please send your email address to;      
The Editor at        editor@hodnetparish.org.uk  

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Hodnet News


REGULAR EVENTS

Arts & Crafts Session.  Weekly on Wednesdays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Take an hour or so to enjoy your art in good company. tea, coffee and biscuits provided.  Restarting on the 15th January.  An ideal opportunityto bring along your plastic bottle bottoms for this years Remembrance Display.

Happy Tots.  Fortnightly on Fridays 10am
We will take a break in January, resuming in February to give mums
a chance to have a quiet cup  while the little ones
entertain themselves in their own special play area.

Church Rehearsals.

Children’s Choir:  Friday evening 6-7pm           Adults’ Choir:   Friday evening 7-8pm
Bellringing Practice:         Friday evening 7-8.30pm

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Peplow News

Walk

Sunday 12th January
Peplow to Little Bolas. Meet at Peplow Chapel at 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm departure

Coffee Morning

24th January from 10.30 am at Randalll and Mary's, Highway Cottages, Peplow.

Book Club

Tuesday 28th January at 8.00pm  Contact Louise Morris (louisemorris1974@me.com) for titles and venue.

Peplow Sewing Group

At Rita's house, Tunstall Farm on Wednesday's 15th and 29th January



Marchamley News

MARCHAMLEY BOOK CLUB 

Our meetings are always the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, held in Marchamley Club.  Everyone welcome – you don’t have to live in Marchamley!  We spend a bit of time discussing the subject book followed by a general chat and a drink, finishing around 9pm.

Our meeting on Thursday 9th January will discuss  ‘The House between Tides’ by Sarah Maine.

 A captivating story of a crumbling estate in the wilds of Scotland, its century-old secret and an enduring mystery... Following the death of her last living relative, Hetty Deveraux leaves London and her strained relationship behind for Muirlan, her ancestral home in Scotland - now in ruins. As Hetty dives headfirst into the repairs, she discovers a shocking secret protected by the house for a hundred years. With only whispered rumours circulating among the local villagers and a handful of leads to guide her, Hetty finds the power of the past is still affecting her present in startling ways.


MARCHAMLEY CLUB NEWS

Continues to open on Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to 11pm throughout January.  New members most welcome.

 

MARCHAMLEY EVENTS

Marchamley Events are pleased to report that the events of 2019 were well supported.  The Wine & Cheese in February, the French Evening in April and the Open Gardens in June  plus a generous donation to the group resulted in profits of £1468.  Donations were made to Severn Hospice of £600, St Luke’s children’s music fund of £255, to Hodnet Parish News of £200, to Hodnet Seniors Lunch Club of £200, and a new vacuum cleaner was purchased for Marchamley Club.  Thanks to everyone who came to the events and made them great fun.

First event for 2020 will be a St George’s Day celebration evening in the Lyon Hall on Saturday 25th April – put the date in your diary!

 


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WHO WAS BISHOP HEBER?

For his sermon at the Morning Prayer service on 6th January – the Feast of the Epiphany – Bishop Michael of Lichfield said he was taking the words of the hymn ‘Brightest and best of the sons of the morning’ as his subject.  This hymn was written by Reginald Heber, who was the great-great-grandfather of  Sir Algernon Heber-Percy of Hodnet Hall.

Bishop Michael went on to say that on the same day four years earlier, he had celebrated the Epiphany in St Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata (originally Calcutta).  He was preaching beside a marble statue of Bishop Heber, who was the Second Bishop of Calcutta, which was why he was so delighted to be in Hodnet in the church where Reginald Heber began his ministry.

The statue in St Paul’s Cathedral was sculpted by Francis Leggatt Chantrey and there is also a marble monument of Bishop Heber by the same sculptor in St George’s Cathedral, Madras (now Chennai).  In Hodnet church in the Heber-Percy chapel is a monument  to Bishop Heber, sculpted by Chantrey.  There are also some beautiful coloured tiles laid in memory of Bishop Heber in the floor by the organ.  If you look on the front row of tiles, you will see these tiles in pairs which each have a bishop’s mitre and the initial R H in them.

So who was Bishop Heber? Reginald Heber was born in the rectory at Malpas on 21st April 1783.  Whilst at University in Oxford he became known as a poet.  After graduation he travelled widely in Scandinavia, Russia and Central Europe before being ordained in 1807.  He then took over his father's old parish of Hodnet where he began writing hymns and general literature. In all he wrote 57 hymns, mainly between 1811 and 1821.  The most famous and well-used of these are ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty’, ‘From Greenland’s icy mountains’ and ‘God, that madest earth and heaven’.

Reginald Heber was Rector of Hodnet from 1807-1822 before taking his young family out to India to become Bishop of Calcutta.  This title meant that he not only served the whole of the Anglican church in India but also Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and parts of Australia and southern Africa.  He served as Bishop of Calcutta for three years from 1823 until his untimely death at the age of 42 on 3rd April 1826 at Trichinopoly from a cerebral haemorrhage.  He is buried on the north side of the altar within St John’s church in Trichinopoly, where he preached his last sermon.


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 THE BELLS                                  

The eight bells of St. Luke’s were quiet for a while in September. The clappers, which strike the bell when rung, were in need of some repair.They swing on a pivot in the head of the bell, and the bushes, or the lining of the bearing, were badly worn. Work was last done on the bells in 1997, organised by the then tower captain, the late Gerald Mothershaw. Four clappers were replaced, and the other four were refurbished with new bushes and stainless steel pins. The bells’ supporting frames were also cleaned and repainted.
The replacement of clapper bushes is a job for a professional, so after removal by Geoff Smith and John Powell, they were taken to bellhangers, Whites of Appleton, near Oxford, to have the work done. Re-fitting in the bells was done on their return.
The octagonal bell tower at St Luke's is the only one of its kind in Shropshire. The belfry originally housed six bells which were then rung from the ground floor. They were cast by Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester in 1769. Two smaller bells were added in 1947 by Taylors of Loughborough, in memory of the fallen of the 1939-45 war.
Above the ringing chamber is the clock chamber housing a clock dated 1848 made by Joyces of Whitchurch. The clock was wound by hand every Friday until the summer of 2014, when the winding was automated.
There are eight bells in the tower weighing from 4 cwt (hundredweight) for the treble bell to 12 cwt for the tenor bell.
The bells are regarded as one of the best “eights” in Shropshire so are very popular with visiting ringers from all over the country. Learners or experienced ringers are most welcome at Hodnet, and as is common in most parishes, we are always looking for people to learn to ring.

Bellringing is considered good exercise and is thought to ward off dementia! If you would like to come and see what it’s all about, phone John Powell on 01630 685325.

 

 

   
                            


Contact Us

For information about all activities within the Parish, services, weddings, baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev. Edith Quirey  at;

    The Rectory,
    Abbots Way,
    Hodnet,
    Shropshire,
    TF9 3NQ
    Telephone: +44 (0) 1630 684181
    &  07578 603919
    Email:  e.quirey@btinternet.com


Other Sites



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