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February Calendar

Sun

3rd

CANDLEMAS

8.00 am

Holy Communion in the Chancel

 

 

 

11.00 am

Family Service

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

10th

4th before LENT

11.00 am

Parish Eucharist

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

17th

3rd before LENT

11.00 am

Parish Eucharist

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

24th

2nd before LENT

11.00 am

Parish Eucharist

 

 

 

 

 

March Calendar

Sun

3rd

Next before LENT

8.00 am

Holy Communion in the Golden Chapel

 

 

 

11.00 am

Family Service

 

 

 

 

 

Wed

6th

ASH WEDNESDAY

12.00 Noon

Holy Communion and Ashing

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

10th

LENT 1

11.00 am

Parish Eucharist

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

17th

ST PATRICK/LENT 2

11.00 am

Parish Eucharist

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

24th

LENT 3

11.00 am

Parish Eucharist

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

31st

MOTHERING SUNDAY

LENT 4

11.00 am

Parish Eucharist

 

 

 

 

 

April Calendar

Sun

7th

LENT 5

8.00 am

Holy Communion in the Golden Chapel

 

 

 

11.00 am

Family Service

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

14th

PALM SUNDAY

11.00 am

Parish Eucharist



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Lent looms - a time of taking stock. It sounds gloomy, but it doesn’t hurt to strip back all the stuff with which we fill our lives and ask questions about where we are going. It is not all about giving things up necessarily, but about how we can work to make this earth a better place.

We start with Ash Wednesday which reminds us of our mortality:

“Dust you are and to dust you shall return” which gives an opportunity to leave our regrets behind with the Lord and be inspired to move on seeing more clearly what is wrong with the world and prepared to do something about it, you in your small corner and I in mine. After all we have enough to address from plastic waste, to man-made climate change and the desperation of so many refugees.

Lent is a time to wait with Jesus in the wilderness to find the best way to go forward and then in the last week to accompany him on the journey that took him to the cross. If we want to be disciples, we cannot shy away from the horrors that are posed by living in an imperfect and often random world, it is even more imperative to hold fast to the truth of Jesus’s way.

To help us consider our positions, we join with St. Andrew’s in their Lent programme on Thursday nights and in the services in Holy Week, all of which can be found on Noticeboards and pew sheets.

If you want to attempt one therapeutic discipline - get rid of one piece of clutter each day, a garment, a box you are keeping in case it comes in useful, a book you haven’t read for years, duplicates, pens that don’t work. You will be 40 things clearer and lighter by Easter!

 

Best wishes,

         Pippa

 

We never tracked down the kind person who gave us a lovely canvas of Tong church. If you are out there and read this, we would like to thank you - even better we would like you to make yourself known.

The Coffee Morning at Manor Cottage, Albrighton, in aid of church funds raised £460. Thank you so much to all who came and those who didn’t but donated generously.

Pianist Wanted

We can offer little or no remuneration to sit in a freezing church for an hour once or twice a month. How does that sound?

Seriously we are looking to extend our rota of volunteers to play the hymns on Sunday mornings at 11.00 am at Tong. 

Organists are in short supply and we would love you to try your hands on our pipe organ even if you can’t manage the pedals. 

If you are interested, please contact Pippa on 07970 869011 or talk to Ruth on 01902 750382.

Interment of Ashes

On 28th January, Leigh Greive’s ashes were buried in his brother David’s grave in the churchyard.

A reminder about our Just Giving site if you would like to contribute even a weeny amount to any of the above: http://www.justgiving.com/stbartholomews-tong

Or use your phone to text to 70070: IDTM15 (plus the amount you want to give, eg: IDTM15£5) It works!

Our next PCC meeting to approve the accounts is set for Monday 11th March at 7.00pm

Also, our Annual Parochial Meeting is set for after church on Sunday 28th April at noon.

Tong Tours

How much do you really know about the history of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Tong and its architecture? Have you ever considered finding out more?

We are able to arrange conducted tours of our famous, beautiful Church.  This ancient building was dedicated in 1410 and is held to be one of the finest examples of a Church built in perpendicular style in the country.

Our tour lasts for about one hour, during which time you will see the famous Golden Chapel and also a unique collection of magnificent medieval tombs and carved effigies.  You can explore our historical links with Shakespeare, Dickens and of course, Little Nell.

We also offer lunches, two course meals and teas by arrangement, at reasonable prices.

To book a tour, or a tour with food, please contact Christine Deane on 01902 741356.