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					THE SIX PARISHES
Good Newsletter Edition for: St. Giles’ Church, Badger St. Milburga’s Church, Beckbury St. Andrew’s Church, Ryton Rector: Rev’d Keith Hodson tel 01952 750774 Email: keithhodson@talk21.com Web Site: www.churches.lichfield.anglican.org/shifnal/beckbury/
Rota of Services in the 6 Parishes –March 2009

Badger Sunday
1 Lent 1
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Beckbury
9.45am Morning Prayer (TD) 6.30 pm Evensong (KH)

Ryton

Kemberton Stockton
11 am Communion (KH)

Sutton Maddock
3 pm Evensong (KH) 11 am Morning Prayer (KH) 8.15am Communion (KH) 11am Family Worship AC)

9.15 am Communion (KH)

8 Lent 2 9.15am Morning Prayer (BH)

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9.45 am Communion by extension (BH)

15 Lent 3

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9.45am Communion (KH) 9.45am Family Worship (KH) 9.45am Family Worship (AC)

11 am Morning Worship (BH) 11am Communion (KH) 11am Family Worship (KH) 11am Communion by extension (BH) 11am Morning Worship (KH) 7.30 pm Communion (KH)

11 am Morning Worship (BH)

22nd Mothering Sunday 29 Lent 5
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9.15am Communion by extension (BH)

6.30 pm Evensong (KH) 9.45am Communion (KH)

11am Morning Worship (KH) 6.30pm Evensong (KH)

April 5th Palm Sunday Maundy Thursday

Abbreviation : KH = Rev Keith Hodson

BH=Bob Hodgins; TD=Tina Dalton; AC=Angela Chatham;

PRAYER FOR THE MONTH (by Saint Augustine)
O thou who art the light of the minds that know thee And the life of the souls that love thee, and the strength of the wills that serve thee: help us so to know thee that we may truly love thee, so to love thee that we may fully serve thee, whom to serve is perfect freedom. AMEN

Next Newsletter
Contributions for next month‟s newsletter to either – David Tooth at Havenside, Beckbury – 01952 750324. Email – dave@toothde.freeserve.co.uk. Or Ruth Ferguson at Tarltons, Beckbury – 01952 750267 not later than 14th of this month, please.

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Photo Martyn Farnell

Dear Friends Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the popular time for giving up chocolate and biscuits to shed a few pounds at the end of the winter and make sure we can fit into some of last summer‟s outfits! The Church season of Lent is based on the “40 days and 40 nights” which Jesus spent in the wilderness away from distractions and demands. The gospel stories tell us that Jesus fasted and went without food – so our tradition of „giving up‟ something during Lent. But the practice of „fasting‟ went hand in hand with praying as a particular way of showing commitment and serious intention to be involved in God‟s business. At church we will be thinking about praying in our Sunday sermons before Mothering Sunday, and we will also be holding mid week discussion groups in March to allow people to talk and share and learn about praying in its widest sense, and learn some practical and maybe new ways of praying. Groups take place at 2pm Tuesdays at Brockton Grange tel 730216; at 7.30pm Wednesdays at Heath Mount, Kemberton tel 58l958; and at 2pm Wednesdays at The Rectory, Beckbury – all beginning in the first week of March for 5 weeks through to the first week of April. Join us if you can; these are groups for beginners not experts. My hope is that, rather than “giving up things” for Lent we will be taking up something new for Lent as we prepare for our Easter celebrations. One verse in the bible says “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” One way of drawing closer to God and entering the realm of the Spirit is by prayer (in the widest sense of the word). If our lives are going to be full of the dynamic presence of the living God, that we have what Jesus calls “life in abundance”, Lent is as good a time as any to cultivate some spiritual spring growth in our hearts and souls. Wishing you all a good growing season, Keith Hodson

MOTHERING SUNDAY

22nd MARCH

This year Mothering Sunday is 22nd March. There will be short non-communion services at 9.45 am at both Beckbury and Ryton and at 11 am at both Kemberton and Sutton Maddock which will be appropriate for families and children. As usual, there will be posies given out in the service as a „thank you‟ to mums. We hope that you can join us at one of the services.

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Diary Dates for March
Every Monday to Friday Every Saturday Tuesday 3rd Tuesday 3rd Tuesday 3rd Wednesday 4th Monday 9th Tuesday 17th Saturday 21st Sunday 22nd Wednesday 25th 10.30am 2.00pm 7.30pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm 10.30am Oasis Christian Shop in Shifnal open 11 am – 3.00 pm Oasis Christian Shop open in Shifnal 11 am to 1 pm 2 Hour Health Walk meeting outside the Church Six Parishes Friendship Club meeting outside the Village Hall for a visit to New Options School, Higford Ryton & Grindle Parish Council meeting in St Andrews Church, Ryton Beckbury Parish Council meeting in the Village Hall Beckbury, Badger and Ryton W.I. Meeting in Beckbury Village Hall 2 Hour Health Walk meeting outside the Church Six Parishes Ringing Open Day Mothering Sunday Churches Together in Shifnal A.G.M.

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CONDOLENCES
Our condolences go to Anne and Bob Hodgins on the sad loss of Anne‟s mother, Audrey Day on Sunday 22 nd February. Audrey made many friends in Shropshire, she was one of the founder members of the Six Parishes Friendship Club and many people will have fond memories of her. Audrey was born in Wiltshire in 1916 and worked there as a Seamstress before joining the ATS, where she met and married Norman her husband. Once married she lived in London, after being bombed out of two different homes she would travel with her two eldest children back and forth monthly to Wiltshire. When War ended the family settled in London and lived in the one house for 40 years before she moved to Shropshire to be close to her daughter and son-in-law.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Ryan Fletcher-Aleixos, son of Alex and Emma, who was baptized at Badger Church. Please pray for him and his parents and godparents that with their help and support he may grow up in the knowledge and love of Jesus.

SIX PARISHES RINGING OPEN DAY
On Saturday 21st March from 10 am – 5 pm our local team of ringers will be ringing at each of our six churches and giving you an opportunity to see what happens, find out what‟s involved in being a bell ringer and, if appropriate, having a go under supervision. Details of the time-table will be posted at every church so please look at the church notice boards, or simply listen out for the bells to ring.

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OUR CHURCHYARD
At its recent meeting the church council reluctantly admitted that we would not be able to afford to pay for the same standard of churchyard maintenance as in 2008 when the church grounds looked marvellous. The council realises that we must raise funds for a new boiler and heating system so that we can provide a warm church for winter funerals and Christmas and Sunday services, and has decided to give that priority over a manicured churchyard. With regular annual expenditure of around £13,000 this leaves little room for saving for a new boiler and heating system unless we trim our expenditure. We are looking at this and one item costing around £1,800 in 2008 was churchyard maintenance. We appreciate the parish council‟s grant of £250 towards maintenance, but that still leaves a large amount to fund. Any suggestions, contributions or even voluntary help can be made to our churchwardens, the rector, or members of the church council. The church council appreciate the care and attention which relatives and visitors give to family graves in our churchyard, and thank those who come regularly to tend the graves. We would, however, like you to note please that national Church regulations say that artificial flowers should not be put on graves. We suggest that in order to help us keep the churchyard looking well tended, those who cannot visit very often consider something like a heather in a pot as a suitable living symbol of love and remembrance. This meets the environment issue of plastic in the churchyard, and also means there are no „out of season‟ artificial flowers on display. Christmas wreathes should be taken away, with the change of season, now that spring is here. Thank you for your help and co-operation. Keith Hodson

HATS AND BLANKETS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN BABIES
Many knitters throughout the Churches Together in Shifnal District have so generously given their time and wool to produce a lovely collection of baby hats and blankets. This support is deeply appreciated by us and, hopefully, by the mothers in the South African township that they are destined for. I am now delighted to tell you that this week the first consignment was mailed to the Stock Support Project in Cambridge, East London which makes more than 100 distributions to new mothers every week. Without support from organisations like us many newborn children are sent back to their township home from the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital wrapped only in a newspaper. As you will realise sending these articles the huge distance to South Africa is very costly but, fortunately, we had a generous donation from St Andrew‟s, Shifnal congregation at the last service of the Week for Christian Unity which will last us for a short while. I am therefore suggesting that we request all articles for this great cause be in OASIS by the end of March 2009. We will then review this project again later in 2009. With Many Thanks for your support. John Hume, Chairman of Churches Together in Shifnal District

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN SHIFNAL DISTRICT AGM
The Churches Together in Shifnal District AGM will be held immediately after the Wednesday 25th March Lent Lunch at Trinity, around 13.00 – 13.30. I would appreciate receiving any nominations for officers or trustees of the Charity by the end of February. We really would love some “new blood” to help us with some exciting new plans and challenges. If you have any questions please give me a call ………. John Hume, 01952 684085 / 07990 515155.

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CANCELLATION
It is with considerable disappointment that I have to inform you of the cancellation of the proposed „dinner dance‟ organised by Ryton PCC. The first date of 25th April and then the second date of 20th June have proved to be a problem. Barbara Powell

BECKBURY, RYTON AND BADGER W.I.

There was no meeting in February due to the severe weather conditions. Our next meeting will be in Beckbury Village Hall on Monday 9th March and not 12th March as previously advertised, when we will be learning about Beading.

SIX PARISHES FRIENDSHIP CLUB
At our February meeting we played our own hilarious form of bingo, a very lively afternoon with much laughter was enjoyed by all, and even Rev. Keith Hodson, attracted by the merriment and lure of fantastic prizes, popped in for a game and a chat. Our next meeting on 3rd March will be a visit to New Options School for Autistic Children at Higford, we leave the village hall at 2 pm and anyone interested in the work done at this school is welcome to join us.

BECKBURY PARISH COUNCIL
We were pleased to be able to approve a number of small grant aid payments including ones to the Church Wardens of St Milburgha‟s Church, Severn Hospice and Crucial Crew (4children from Beckbury School). We approved one planning application. Albrighton Parish Council will be providing waste skips for the disposal of household rubbish during the 2009/10 financial year. This enables rubbish not collected by the weekly collections to be disposed of without a trip to Barnsley Lane. The skips will be positioned in Abney Avenue on the following dates: 7th March 13th June 14th November 2nd January 2010 18th April 5th September 6th March 2010

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 4th March at 7.30 pm in Beckbury Village Hall. As usual the first five minutes will be available for members of the public to raise parish matters. David Cummings, Chairman

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RYTON AND GRINDLE PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting is scheduled for 3rd March at 7.30 pm in St Andrews Church. This will be the first meeting of the year so it would be good to see anyone who wishes to make a contribution. One issue which caused some debate at the last meeting was the installation of new road signs, do you have an opinion? Without significant public contribution the Council finds it difficult to give a balanced feedback to higher levels of the local authority. I would also very much like to hear from anyone interested in becoming Treasurer and taking on the position of Clerk. Please give me a call if you wish to discuss either of these offices. Malcolm Duff-Walker, Chairman 01952 750486

BRIDGNORTH AND MORFE LOCAL JOINT COMMITTEE
Our Six Parishes are now represented on the above committee which has funds available to a maximum of £5,000 each to assist any voluntary organisation complete projects deemed to be of benefit to the wider community. If your organisation feel that they could benefit, or perhaps their project just needs that little boost, please contact any of the following: Beckbury - David Tooth Kemberton - Ian Amos Ryton and Grindle - Malcolm Duff-Walker Badger - Terry Lipscombe Sutton Maddock - Alan Chatham

This issue has been sponsored by Pleydell Smithyman Limited Design and Business Consultants 01952 433211


				
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