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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 SEPTEMBER 2019 MESSAGE
Two days ago I preached on the importance
of being ready and prepared for when Christ returns.
Just think how quickly this year has
passed, and very soon our children and young people will be
Time is passing so quickly (or maybe I’m
just getting older) and it seems that way. Whatever it is,
But what next, what comes after death? Because it doesn’t have to be the end, it can be just the beginning.
I don’t want anyone to feel sad about
life, life is a wonderful gift from God, but remember:
God bless, Your Rector Edith
Services for September 2019
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MUSIC CONCERTS at St. Luke's Church
LAST NIGHT AT THE PROMS Friday 6th September 7pm. Fauls Choir and musicians
THE WESTERN WIND MASS by John Taverner. Sunday 15th September 3 pm.
THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING Sunday 13th October 7pm. Tickets £7.50
HADLEY AND DISTRICT ORPHEUS MALE CHOIR Saturday 19th October 7.30 pm
Arts & Crafts Session. Weekly on Wednesdays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Happy Tots. Fortnightly on Fridays 10am - 11.30am on 2nd, 16th and 30th August
Choir rehearsals will not be held in August but will resume again on Friday 6th September
Children’s Choir: Friday evening 6-7pm Adults’ Choir: Friday evening 7-8pm
Bellringing Practice: Friday evening 7-8.30pm
Harvest Festival - 6th October - leading up to the service we will be collecting non-perishable food donations into the Church for distribution to the local Food Bank in Market Drayton. Spread the cost and start early! Please leave donations at the back of church, ensuring use by dates extend to at least 2020.
Sunday 11th August
No coffee morning is being held in August
Peplow Sewing Group
No meetings in August - starting back at Rita's on wednesday 4th September
Coffee Mornings in the Chapel are continuing, the next one being on Saturday 10th August, 10.30am to 12noon.
MARCHAMLEY BOOK CLUB
Is having a break during July and August. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th September at 7.30pm in Marchamley Club when we will discuss the two books suggested for summer reading. These are ‘The Queen of Bloody Everything’ by Joanna Nadin and ‘The Secret Children’ by Alison McQueen. Come along and join us for the book discussion, general chat or just a drink. Everyone welcome!
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.
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.
For information about
all activities within the Parish, services, weddings,
baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev.
Edith Quirey at;
Here is another site - www.hodnet.org.uk - our village website - which may be of interest.