Invitation to ‘Timestone’ Book Launch in aid of Shropshire Historic Churches Trust on 18th November 2016

You are warmly invited to the Shropshire preview of this fascinating book.  The publicity states, that “human history is written in stone across the landscape”, that “stone marks our progress from ancient standing stones to the fine stone houses of a late age” and that “stone charts our journey”.

Geoffrey Adams is a photographer with a love of history and architectural heritage and several Shropshire churches feature in the book.  As the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust will receive half of the proceeds please support this venture.

Further details are here.

Operation Christmas Child

Please pack a shoebox gift for a needy child.

Pick up a leaflet with gift information from Ditton Priors Church, Chetton Church or Ditton Priors Post Office.

Filled shoeboxes to be left in Ditton Priors Church by Friday 18th November 2016 at the latest.

Further details from Anne-Marie Shilling on 01746 712172.

The Gathering: New plans

Message from Bishop Richard on 1 November 2016:-

The Bishop’s Council has made the decision not to plan a residential Gathering for the foreseeable future.

Instead, it is hoped to arrange a more local, accessible, all-age event, or events, designed to offer fellowship, encouragement and teaching.

This decision is partly, but not entirely, financially driven. A residential event is fairly expensive both for individuals attending and for the hard-pressed diocesan budget. But we would also like to broaden the range of people involved and in particular make it easier for younger people to attend.

In no way is this any criticism of what has gone before. The Gathering in 2015 was brilliant in many ways, but changed circumstances require a changed approach.

The Rev Chris Moore is assembling a group to plan the non-residential Gathering. They will be making recommendations regarding content, venue and timing. Do please get in touch with Chris email:  if you have any ideas.


2 Follow! Inspire! evenings: Craven Arms 14 November and Hereford Cathedral 24 November

News of two diocesan Follow! evenings to inspire and equip parishioners, PCCs, parish officers and lay and ordained ministers across the diocese – in other words, OPEN TO ALL! These will be open evenings of displays, resources, short pop-up workshops running between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.  In the middle of each evening our Bishops will also share briefly what has been happening since the Follow! events last autumn and introducing the wide range of support and resources to help all parishes “Proclaim Christ and grow disciples” today.  See the poster on the diocesan website:  More details of stands, workshops etc. coming soon.  Contacts for more info: Jane Pearce (Parish Development) and Joanne Gibbon (Community Funding and Partnership) on 01584 871086/9

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