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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.