Lent is always a time to take stock of where we are in our spiritual lives and this year there will be a 6-week course
on PRAYER - something we could all learn more about. Nobody ever thinks they are good at prayer, so the sessions are for all-comers
whether you have been praying for many years or would like to know how to begin. The first session will be on 15th February
at 7.30 prompt till 9.15 and thereafter every Thursday till 22nd March in St. Andrew's church Shifnal and they are for
the whole benefice. To be led by Roger Balkwill, Janet Lambourne and Sally Day.
LENT GIVING We will be supporting
the Bishop's Lent Appeal and we also encourage people to think about their own charitable giving. It is good to be disciplined
and generous and as a church we review each year the charities to which we subscribe, and the amount. We also have special
collections and the last one was at the Crib Service which all went to the Children Society - a total of just over £150
for which a grateful thank you. If you wish to give either regularly or on a one-off basis to Tong church, we have a Just
Giving link which is http://www.justgiving.com/stbartholomews-tong. We also encourage you to ask for a standing order form if you would like to give in that way.
Jean Martyn will be coming to Tong to give us a fabulous musical evening on Friday 23rd March.
We had to postpone the last concert she was due to give in the church, but please book up and bring your friends. Tickets
will be £10 each and can be reserved by contacting Pippa (email@example.com)
We are again going to have a fund-raising day on August Bank Holiday
(27th August) but this year it will be on the lines of the traditional Village Fête though we will be inviting the same
group to come and dress up in historical costumes.
You will notice that work has been going
on in the field below the church which has been partly funded by the Parish Council. The wall along the road has been re-pointed
and a path made to the ruins. As yet we haven't got the necessary permissions to make steps up to the higher level, but
that is in progress so we hope by the spring that there will be public access through the field and up to the churchyard.
How much do you
really know about the history of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Tong and its architecture? Have you ever considered finding
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.
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.