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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.
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We are an Anglican
church with two lovely historic buildings in different parts
of the parish:
We share the following
Core Purposes -
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Baptism and Thanksgiving
* One of them was baptised or
prepared for confirmation in the parish;
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 DECEMBER 2018 MESSAGE
Everyone sings, “this is the season to be jolly” but for many people this season can be a sad and lonely time. This past year may have brought illness or the loss of a loved one, so the thought of a new year alone, can be fearful.
As we prepare for Advent and Christmas we need to be reminded of the reason why Christ came into our world.
The Christmas story is a wonderful story of God’s love for us, that’s why He sent His Son to be fully human and fullness divine, with a purpose to save mankind from sin.
Whenever angels appear in the Christmas story they never fail to say, “don’t be afraid.”
In fact this happens four times during the events of the birth of Jesus. Someone has counted the number of times we read “don’t be afraid” in the Bible. It amounts to 365, that’s one for each day of the year, God does not want us to be afraid.
So I pray this Christmas time that no-one will feel afraid or lonely, that everyone will know and feel God’s love around them.
Have a “joyful” and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
Your Rector Edith
A PRAYER FOR ADVENT
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CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND SERVICES
This is being held on Sunday 16th December 2018 at 6.30pm by candlelight. Mince Pies and drinks will be served after the service during which the Christmas Raffle will be drawn. Tickets can be purchased from Tim Preston or on the night of the Carol Service in Church. There are many prizes - first prize £100, second prize £50.
Carols will be sung by the Crib on Thursday, December 20th at the home of Eileen and Peter Broadgate. Shrewsbury Street. Hodnet. 7pm.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Thank you to everyone – including Hodnet Primary School – who filled shoeboxes with small gifts to be delivered to a child in Europe or Africa. A total of 52 completed boxes were collected from this parish which will soon be on their way to overseas transport. Your thoughtfulness will definitely make a difference to a child who would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas. Thank you!
NB. The January sales are a great place to pick up small items which would be suitable for next year’s shoeboxes plus any surplus Christmas gifts. Start early!
A new group for mums and little ones was launched very
successfully at St. Luke’s in July - Happy Tots.
We meet in church every other Friday morning from 10.00
to 11.30, giving mums a chance to have a quiet cup of coffee
while the little ones entertain themselves in their own special play area.
Meetings will be on 12th & 26th October
Either phone the Rector or just come!
PAINT OR DRAW
The Rector loves to paint so she has started a little art group
that meets in church every other Wednesday morning
from 10.00 to 12.00 (or until you’ve had enough!)
Can’t paint? Can’t draw?
Neither can any of us! But we enjoy it!
See you on 3rd & 17th October!
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.
Sunday 9th December, Peplow to Petsy Farm , followed by Festive Nibbles at Sally’s
Sunday 13th January 2019, Shropshire Union Canal near Cheswardine.
Friday 30th November 2018 from 10.30am
Friday 25th January 2019 from 10:30am
Tuesday 18th December - 8:00pm (to be confirmed)
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - 8.00pm
Peplow Sewing Group
Are taking a well earned Christmas break and will resume in the New Year.
Eleven teams (63 quizzers) battled it out on 16th November at Marchamley Club for the Quiz Night. Fish & chip suppers arrived from Newcotts halfway through the six rounds of questions and the evening’s profits will benefit both local charitable causes and the Club.
The next event is Christmas Carols on the Square on Saturday 15th December at 6pm with members of Whitchurch Brass Band. Bring a lantern, dress warmly and come and join the singing to put you in the Christmas mood! Everyone welcome!
The new heating system is now finished and, together with the bar refurbishment, the Club is looking good! Various regular events are held including monthly bingo plus occasional members-only evenings or fundraising efforts. New members are welcome – if interested, please call in to the Club one evening after 8pm to speak to the Secretary. The Club is also available for booking to non-members for children’s or family parties at a nominal charge. Why not call in and have a look round?
MARCHAMLEY CLUB is a social club for members but anyone in the locality is welcome to join - membership currently £1 per annum - club is open 8pm each evening, with 'early doors' from 7pm on Fridays to
meet up for a drink and a chat.
For full information on our social events, see our Facebook page @marchamleyclubevents
MARCHAMLEY BOOK CLUB
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in Marchamley Club.
The meeting on Thursday 13th December will discuss 'The Light between Oceans' by M L Stedman. An emotional and thought-provoking book - and there's a film of it too.
A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.
Come along and join us for the book discussion, general chat or just a drink. Everyone welcome!
For information about
all activities within the Parish, services, weddings,
baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev.
Edith Quirey at;