Green Sock Newsletter February 2019

The latest issue of our Circuit Newsletter, ‘The Green Sock’, is now available.

We want to hear about events and happenings in all areas of the Circuit, so please contact the our Circuit Media Officer with your stories, testimonies, event, poems, prayers or anecdotes.

We want to hear from you!


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The Bayston Hill Methodist Church Art Group are holding another Exhibition this Autumn. It will be held at The Methodist Centre on Lansdowne Road (SY3 0HZ) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 19th/20th and 21st. Most of the artwork on display can be bought and could make ideal Christmas presents. You will be able to see what local artists have been working on at our regular Monday meetings. So why not come along and have a look?

Opening times:

Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Admission to the Exhibition is free. Light refreshments will be on sale.

There is a car park and the exhibition is easily accessible (no steps).


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Something Spectacular


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Wem Chapel’s Dementia Friendly Service, led by Local Preacher Susan Dutton was inclusive and interactive food for the spirit. The service demonstrated how incorporating, “old favourite” hymns, a comforting touch, instruments, a focal point and talking with rather than to an aging congregation, can help those with dementia to better participate in church.









The Wem Cluster are planning to roll out the Churches Together initiative across the Northern Area of the Circuit. It is hoped that similar services will be offered across the Circuit.














For more information on Dementia Friendly Churches visit:

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Chair of District Revd. Rachel Parkinson will be leading a District Retreat Day on the theme of vocation:
“Called by Name” for @WSMethodist at Stiperstones Methodist Church SY5 0PF. Wednesday 28th February 10-3:30. Drinks provided. Please bring your own lunch.
For more information telephone 01902 658 383 or email
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If you know anyone who may be facing difficult circumstances this Christmas season, please invite them. All Welcome.

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Borderlands Welcomes Eight New Chaplains

Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy (BRC) has added new chaplains to its team.  A licensing service conducted by Honorary Assistant Bishop Michael Bourke at Church Stretton Methodist Church brought an additional eight chaplains to the team of five, which was commissioned in 2015. Revd. Jon Chesworth and Revd. Frances Biseker from the Shropshire and Marches Circuit are among those newly commissioned.

Opening the service, which was led by Methodist District Chair Revd. Rachel Parkinson, Chaplain Nick Read stated, “Chaplaincy is as wide as the people who take part in it. Our passion is the farming community, our motivation is the love of Jesus Christ”.

The ecumenical partnership between the Diocese of Hereford and the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church offers pastoral care and outreach to farmers, farming families and agricultural communities principally within Hereford and South Shropshire.

2016 saw substantial requests for support from the Chaplaincy Team with approximately 250 farming families receiving help and support ranging from a confidential listening ear, farm and home visits, to sign-posting to appropriate organisations and practical, hands-on assistance. Pastoral contacts reach the Chaplaincy through various channels including the national helpline, The Farming Community Network (FCN), members of the agricultural industry and Trading Standards.


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Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy To License New Chaplains

Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy is growing, licensing new chaplains on Saturday July 22nd, to offer more farmers & agricultural communities pastoral care. You are invited to join them for this special occasion:

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Rwanda Youth Trip Fundraising Concert

Superintendent Minister Revd. Richard Hall will be leading a Youth trip to Rwanda in August. Among the young people participating in the visit, which will include collaborating with members of the Methodist Church in Rwanda on a variety of projects, will be his daughters Ruth and Catrin.

To raise funds for the trip they invite you to,

A “Musical Evening”
featuring Ruth, Catrin and other special guests
At Bayston Hill Methodist Church, Lansdowne Road, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury SY3 0HZ
On Saturday 24th June at 7.00pm
Come along and be musically entertained.
Free admission – donations welcome
Refreshments available

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Thy Kingdom Come global prayer initiative starts on Thursday May 25th and continues to Sunday June 4th.
If you have not yet pledged to pray and would like to, or to find a range or resources and suggestions on how you can participate as an individual, family or church go to:
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