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         These pages were last updated on November 30th 2017
On that date this page was updated with the December 2017 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 DECEMBER 2017 & JANUARY 2018 MESSAGE

Dear Friends

We are coming to the end of another year, and entering the season of Advent, which is the beginning of the Church year. This Advent season reminds us of so much, as it reveals the wonderful extent of Godís Love with the coming of His Son. 

Advent is also a time of preparation, thanksgiving, challenge and reflection. The worst around us is frantically preparing for Christmas, but for many people it is not about the birth of Jesus Christ, but more about overspending and overeating. 

Each year brings its own joys and sorrows, and because we donít know the future, we can never be prepared. And yet, every year when Advent comes around we have an opportunity to look to the coming year and have hope,  hope that only comes from Jesus Christ himself. 

Thank you to everyone from St Lukeís church and the Chapel of the Epiphany for the ongoing support I have had in organising the film night, the craft class and the junior choir. There are seven children in the junior choir, and room for many more. Our first outing will be to Beech House to sing a few songs for the residents before Christmas. 

I wish you all a very peaceful and joyful Christmas and New Year, and as we share our gifts with each other, remember the greatest gift of all.

 

For God sent the Holy Christ Child,  At Christmas for our sake,

So man might come to know Him    And feel His Presence near.

And see the many miracles            Performed while He was here. 

And this priceless Gift of Christmas   Is within the reach of all,

The rich, the poor, the young and old   The greatest and the small.

So take His Priceless Gift of Love,    Reach out and you receive,

And the only payment that God asks,   Is just that you believe.

 

Helen Steiner Rice.

 

Your Rector,  Edith

                                                              

 


Services

Services for December 2017


Hodnet Peplow
   Sunday December 3rd
    Advent  Sunday
    8.00 am Holy Communion
  11.00 am Morning Prayer  

   Tuesday December 5th   
   Compline                
   Sunday  December 10th             2nd Sunday of Advent
   11.00 am Holy Communion
   6.30 pm Evensong
   Tuesday December 12th          
    Compline
  
   Sunday December 17th
   3rd Sunday of Advent
    6.30 pm Carol Service
 
   Tuesday December 19th
    7.00 pm Compline

   Sunday  Decmber 24th
   Christmas Eve
     3.00 pm  Crib Service   
   11.30 pm  Midnight service
   6.30 pm Carols & Communion
   Monday December 25th
   Christmas Day
   11.00 am  Holy Communion

   Sunday December 30th
   1st Sunday of Christmas
   11.00 am  Parish Communion

    Sunday January 7th
   1st Sunday of Epiphany
     8.00 am  Holy Communion
   11.00 am  Morning Prayer


Monthly Pattern of Services within the Parish


Hodnet Peplow
1st Sunday 8.00 am Holy Communion BCP
11.00 am Morning Prayer
2nd Sunday 11.00 am Holy Communion CW 6.30 pm Evensong
3rd Sunday 11.00 am Family Communion
4th Sunday 11.00 am Matins 9.30 am Holy Communion
6.30 pm Evensong
5th Sunday 11.00 am A single Parish Service at one of the churches



Officers

Officer Name Tel: Number
Parish Rector Rev. Edith Quirey
01630 685491
Hodnet Church Wardens Mrs Janice Parker 01630 685531
Mr Tim Preston 01630 685315



News and Events

The Parish Newsletter.

If you do not receive a copy each month but would like to have one by email
please send your email address to;

Mr Francis Peel at        fegp@whitebridgewines.co.uk  

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Hodnet News


FILM NIGHT

Wednesday 6th December at St. Luke's Church  7.00pm

This month's film is titled  "White Christmas"

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MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIE EVENING

At  Rita and Peter Hicks Tunstall Farm, Peplow
           Friday December 8th at 7.30 pm

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CAROLS BY THE CHRISTMAS TREE

 With Eileen and Peter Broadgate  in Church Street
            Wednesday December 20th at 7.30pm
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FLOWER FESTIVAL

At the end of May 2018 we hope to hold a Flower Festival
                  Celebrating a year in the church.
If you would like to be involved in any way, such as Stewards
   providing refreshments or of course flower arranging.
                   Please contact Janice Parker


 Peplow News


Peplow Craft Fair

Saturday 2nd December in the Lyon Hall,  Hodnet

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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 685491
    Email:  e.quirey@btinternet.com


Other Sites



Here is another site - www.hodnet.org.uk - our village website - which may be of interest.