St Bartholomew’s, Tong

Parish Calendar

Regular services on the first Sunday of each month:

8.00 a.m. – Holy Communion (traditional, half an hour, no hymns)
11.00 a.m.  – Family Service (not traditional; 45 – 50 minutes)
Refreshments to follow. We serve real coffee!

Regular services on all other Sundays:

11.00 a.m. – Parish Communion (accessible for all, one hour),
Refreshments to follow.

July/August 2024 calendar

July/August 2024 calendar

Diary for July

Wed 3rd – 11.00 am Tong Tour
Sat 6th – 11.00 am Tong Tour
Sun 7th – TRINITY 6 – 8.00 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Morning Worship
Sun 14th – TRINITY 7 – 11.00 am Parish Eucharist
Mon 15th – Walking group in church followed by lunch
Sun 21st – TRINITY 8 – 11.00 Parish Eucharist
Thursday 25th – 12.00 Wedding
Sunday 28th – TRINITY 9 – 11.00 Parish Eucharist

Diary for August

Sat 3rd – 11.00 Tong Tour
Sun 4th – TRINITY 10 – 8.00 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Morning Worship
Wed 7th – Tong Tour
Sat 10th – 2.00 pm Wedding
Sun 11th – TRINITY 11 – 11.00 am Parish Eucharist
Sun 18th – TRINITY12 – 11.00 am Parish Eucharist
Sun25th – TRINITY 13( celebrating Patronal Festival)

Sunday 1st September : TRINITY 14 –
8.00 Holy Communion
11.00 am Morning Worship

From the registers:

Ist June: Marriage of Bryn Mullard & Grace Tolley

June 2024 calendar

Saturday 1st –
Noon – Marriage of Bryn Mullard & Grace Tolley
2.30 Tong Tour ( not 8th at 11.00 as previously advertised)

Sunday 2nd – TRINITY 1 –
8.00 Holy Communion
11.00 Morning Worship
6.30 Traditional Evensong for the Benefice

Wednesday 5th –
2.00 – 4.00 Tour: Clifton Down Probus Club

Thursday 6th –
D-Day celebrations

Sunday 9th – TRINITY 2
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Wednesday 12th
2.00 Tong Tour: Perton W.I

Sunday 16th – TRINITY 3 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Monday 17th
7.00 pm PCC in Village Hall;
(election of secretary, treasurer etc)

Tuesday 18th –
Archdeacon’s Visitation – All Saints Wellington.
(Starts at 7.00 but arrivals with documentation from 6.00 pm)

Sunday 23rd – TRINITY 4
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Monday 24th – BIRTH of JOHN the BAPTIST
(traditional day for the paying of the chaplet of roses.)
3.45 self-guided tour for Oswestry & Borders History Soc.

Sunday 30th – TRINITY 5 – Parish Eucharist

From the registers:

26th May Baptism of Matilda Evans ( sister of Henry baptised in 2022)

28th May Marriage of Matthew Brotheridge & Gemma West

May 2024 calendar

Sunday 28th April : – EASTER 5 –
11.00 Shortened Parish Eucharist
12.00 – Annual Parochial Church Meeting,
Election of Church Wardens and members of the PCC for the coming year

Thurs 2nd –
11.00 private Tong tour

Saturday 4th –
11.00 Tong tour open to all

Sunday – 5th – EASTER 6 –
8.00 am Holy Communion
11.00 – Morning Worship

Thurs 9th – ASCENSION DAY –

11.00 Parish Eucharist

Sunday 19th – PENTECOST –
10.30 Confirmation service at St. Andrew’s by the Bishop of Shrewsbury
11.00 Festival Eucharist

Thurs 23rd –
11.00 Tong Tour – CLC Old Girls

Sunday 26th – TRINITY –
11.00 Parish Eucharist
12.30 Baptism of Henry Evans
1.30 Wedding rehearsal

Tuesday 28th –
12.30 Marriage of Matt & Gemma

Thurs 30th –
10.00 am Wedding rehearsal

Saturday 1st NB Tong Tour postponed till 8th June
Noon : Marriage of Bryn & Grace

Sunday 2nd – TRINITY 1-
8.00 Holy Communion
11.00 : Morning Worship
6.30: Choral Evensong with St. Andrew’s Choir

From the registers:

Wedding : Saturday 23rd March Howard Jones married Eva Hobbs at a lovely simple ceremony.

April 2024 calendar

Wednesday 3rd
2.30 Tong Tour – Haughton WI

Saturday 6th –
Tong Tour – turn up at 11.00 bring £5

Sunday 7th – EASTER 2-
8.00 am said Holy Communion
11.00 Morning Service

Wednesday 10th
11.30 Tong Tour Shifnal MHA

Sunday 14th – EASTER 3 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Thursday 18th –
11.00 Tong Tour

Friday 19th –
Tong Tour Penkridge Walking group

Sunday 21st – EASTER 4 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Sunday 28th – EASTER 5 –
11.00 shortened Parish Eucharist
12.00 noon Annual Parochial Meeting
Election of Church Wardens and members of the PCC for the coming year

From the registers:

28th February: Marriage – Mathew Lee Meredith to Hannah Emma Davis

20th February: Funeral of Josephine Jones (Telford crem.)
22nd February: Funeral of Derek Shaw at St Andrew’s (father of Rev Mike Shaw)
23rd February: Funeral service for Margaret Cooper ( Telford Crem)
9th March: Burial of ashes of Margaret Ann Kirk (into her grandparents grave, John & Mary Turner.)
13th March: Funeral service for Robert Edward Griffiths ( Bob) followed by cremation at Bushbury (father of Caroline and the late Jenefer)

March 2024 calendar

Easter Day, 31st March, will be Pippa’s final Sunday service in Tong, but her employment won’t end till 2nd June during which time there are some Tong weddings that she will be taking and a good deal of clearing up of loose ends; loose ends that have been waiting for this day of reckoning!

( Wednesday 28th February 2.00 pm Wedding of Hannah Davis & Mathew Meredith here)

Sunday 3rd – LENT 3
8.00 am Holy Communion
11.00 Morning Worship
4.00 pm Wedding Forum at St. Andrew’s

Saturday 9th
Ashes Burial for Margaret Kirk

11.00 Holy Communion including Distribution of flowers.

Monday 11th
7.00 pm in the Village Hall Open PCC meeting

Saturday 16th
12.00 Wedding rehearsal.

Sunday 17th – LENT 5/St. Patrick’s Day.
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Wednesday 20th
9.00 Country Kids Nursery Easter Happening.

Saturday 23rd
2.30 Marriage of Howard Jones & Eva Hobbs

Sunday 24th – PALM SUNDAY
11.00 Parish Eucharist and Reading of the Passion with Procession & Distribution of Palms .

Thursday 28th – MAUNDY THURSDAY –
11.00 Lichfield Cathedral Eucharist, renewal of vows, blessing of the oils.
7.30 in St. Andrew’s – Foot Washing, Last Supper, Reading of the Passion, Vigil in the Lady Chapel till midnight (you don’t have to stay all that time or begin at the beginning.)

Friday 29th – GOOD FRIDAY
2.00 o’clock – 3.00 The Last Hour of the Cross – a meditative service as Christ dies.

Saturday 30th
decorating of the church – all hands on deck!

11.00 Festival Eucharist. Easter egg hunt.

The Guides from Haddon Hall ( also a Vernon stronghold) wish to come for a tour on either Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th ( Date not decided at the time of going to Press)

February 2024 calendar

Sun 4th – 2 BEFORE LENT
8.00 am Holy Communion in Golden Chapel
11.00 am Morning Worship

11.00 am Parish Eucharist

12.00 noon Service of penitence, and ‘ashing’ with Communion. (Golden Chapel.)

Sun 18th – LENT 1
11.00 am Parish Eucharist

Sun 25th – LENT 2
11.00 am Holy Communion (Said)

Mon 26th
5.00 pm Wedding Rehearsal

Wed 28th
2.00 pm Marriage of Mathew Meredith and Hannah Davis


Sun 3rd – LENT 3
8.00 am Holy Communion in Golden Chapel

11.00 am Morning Worship

January 2024 calendar

Sunday 7th – EPIPHANY
8.00 am Holy Communion in Chancel
11.00 am Morning Worship

Sunday 14th – EPIPHANY 2
11.00 am Parish Eucharist

Sunday 21st – EPIPHANY 3
11.00 am Parish Eucharist

11.00 am Parish Eucharist – Presentation of Christ in the Temple (The story about the role that old people can play.)

From the registers:

Baptism – 3rd December: Lottie Rae Hillman

Funerals: 27th November: Sheila Gwendolen Hill, 96, (formerly of Cosford Grange, more recently of Ryton where she is buried with her husband Jimmy).

1st December: Noel Johnson, 85, followed by cremation

5th December: Thomas Dallow Pottinger, 89, funeral and burial at Tong.

19th December: Dorothy Wedge,96, funeral and burial at Tong

22nd December: Francis Roger Bickford, 87, with burial at Tong

December 2023 calendar

Friday 1st –
1.30 Funeral of Noel Johnson in church; cremation after.

Sunday 3rd – ADVENT –
8.00 Holy Communion
11.00 Morning Worship
12.30 Baptism of Lottie Hillman

Tuesday 5th –
7.30 pm – Joint PCC at St. Andrew’s

Sunday 10th – ADVENT 2 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Tuesday 12th –
Organ tuning from 11.00

Wednesday 13th –
9.00 am Country Kids Nursery ‘Christmas’.

Sunday 17th – ADVENT 3 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist
6.30 – Carol Service

Sunday 24th – ADVENT 4 –
11.00 (said) Holy Communion
4.00 pm Crib and Christingle service

NB Service at 10.00 including Communion

Sunday 31st – CHRISTMAS 1 – Informal service

November 2023 calendar

Sun 5th -4th BEFORE ADVENT
8.00 am Holy Communion in Chancel
11.00 am Celebrating All Saints Day & remembering Guy Fawkes

Mon 6th
Noon to 2.00 pm – Clergy meeting with the Archdeacon at Lilleshall

10.55 am SERVICE BEGINS AT 10.55 (with Communion)

For Remembrance Sunday we would like to collect any Memorabilia from both World Wars that you may have and would lend us to display around the weekend of November 11th

Sun 19th – 2nd BEFORE ADVENT
11.00 am Parish Eucharist

11.00 am Parish Eucharist

October 2023 calendar

8.00 Holy Communion

11.00 – Harvest Festival special service ( no communion)

Saturday 7th –
11.00 Tong Tour (last for 2023 ) £5 per head

Sunday 8th – TRINITY 18 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Tuesday 10th –
2.30 Arts Society tour and tea

Sunday 15th – TRINITY 19 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Sunday 22nd – TRINITY 20 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Monday 23rd –
7.00 pm PCC in Village Hall

Sunday 29th – LAST after TRINITY –
11.00 Parish Eucharist
4.00 pm Memorial Service

Our Memorial Service will be held at 4.00 pm on the last Sunday of October. If you would like your loved ones who have departed this life remembered and prayed for, please add their names to the list near the door (so that we can read them!)

For Remembrance Sunday we would like to collect any Memorabilia from both World Wars that you may have and would lend us to display around the weekend of November 11th

From the registers:

Baptism: 20th August – Aurelia Jae Birkitt

Renewal of Marriage Vows – Nikita & Luke Dallison

Out of Parish:
all at Telford Crematorium-

11th August – Desmond Parton ( Shifnal)

14th August – Eileen Plant( Shifnal),

25th August – Patricia Elwell (Chesterton)

September 2023 calendar

Saturday 2nd
11.00 am Tong Tour – open to all at £5 per head

Sunday 3rd
8.00 am Holy Communion in Chancel
11.00 am Morning Worship (Golden wedding anniversary of Michael and Ruth Pilsbury)

Wednesday 6th
2.30 pm Heritage Tour

Saturday 9th
11.00am Heritage Guided Tour

Sunday 10th
11.00 am Parish Eucharist
Anniversary Blessing of Nikita & Luke Dallison

Wednesday 13th
2.30 pm Heritage Guided Tour

Saturday 16th
11.00 am Heritage Guided Tour

Sunday 17th
11.00 am Parish Eucharist

Sunday 24th
11.00 am Parish Eucharist

Thursday 28th
10.00 to 11.00 am Visiting Bell ringers

From the registers:

Baptism On 2nd July:
Maisy Liliana Tolfree and Tiggy Mathilda Frances Tolfree.
On 15th July: William Tong.
On 6th August: Vincent Jack Edward Morgan of Tong Court, Evalyn Malaine Morgan, his sister, Imogen Neary whose parents were married in Tong last August.

Confirmation by the Bishop of Shrewsbury on 23rd July
Scarlett Elizabeth Anslow Eccleston
Eva Hobbs
Howard Jones
and 6 others from St. Andrew’s Shifnal

Burial of Ashes: 17th July – Vera Jane Painter

Funeral in church on 23rd June – Michael Stokes

August 2023 calendar

Saturday 5th –
11.00 Tong Tour

8.00 Holy Communion
11.00 Morning worship & Baptism
12.30 Baptism

Saturday 12th
7.00 pm Shifnal Male Voice Choir in concert in Tong

Sunday 13th – TRINITY 10 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Monday 14th
7.00pm PCC in church

Sunday 20th – TRINITY 11 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist
12.30 Baptism 

Sunday 27th – TRINITY 12 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist
4.00 pm Traditional Evensong followed by Tea to celebrate our patronal festival 

July 2023 calendar

Saturday 1st
11.00 am Tong Tour (open to anyone £5 per head)

Sunday 2nd – TRINITY 4 –
8.00 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Morning Worship
12.30 Baptism of Maisy and Tiggy Tolfree

Sunday 9th – TRINITY 5 –
11 am Parish Eucharist

Tuesday 11th – 12.00
Stourbridge History Society tour

Saturday 15th –
12.00 Baptism of William Tong

Sunday 16th – TRINITY 6 – ( St. Swithun)
11.00 Parish Eucharist

Monday 17th –
11.30 Interment of Ashes ( Vera Jane Painter)

Sunday 23rd – TRINITY 7 –
11.00 Confirmation service

Sunday 30th – TRINITY 8 –
11.00 Parish Eucharist

From the registers:

21st May -Baptism of Rupert Mark Steven Tweddell  ( 2 months old)

27th May – Marriage of Joe Trubshaw and Leanne Wright (originally booked pre Covid)

3rd June – George Brown and Anna Kwiatkowski at Kemberton

23rd May – Cremation of Iris Apter, 95, ( at Emstrey), mother of Brian

Tong Church has everything

But don’t take our word for it. Join us on a tour of our beautiful church….

We are able to offer a conducted tour 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 an hour, during which time you will see the famous Golden Chapel, our unique collection of magnificent medieval tombs and carved effigies. You can explore our historical links with Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare and not forgetting little Nell!

And, not for the faint hearted, try a tour of the tower. You will see one of the largest bells in the country!  Nowadays, due to Health and Safety concerns  regarding the very worn spiral steps and extremely limited space we only let visitors up the tower at their own risk and make them sign a disclaimer, but Bell ringing enthusiasts are often still keen to visit.

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The Tong Vision for 2020 and beyond has a target to raise £500,000 over the next 3 years in order to fund urgent and
essential restoration work, and to ensure that all visitors and congregations can continue to enjoy this unique building!
If you can offer your support either financially, in-kind or otherwise, please contact us or visit our JustGiving page by clicking the image, below.

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