A group of creative children joined in with some Ready, Steady, Stick activities on the theme of light. Mini lighthouses were produced along with decorating firework lollipop biscuits. Some children helped to carve out pumpkins, decorate jars and then light them with battery power tea lights as well as threading bracelets with luminous glow in the dark beads.
As you can see from the photos below I think that everyone had fun - they definitely all made a mess!
On Saturday 29th September Shrewsbury Concert Band came to All Saints’. A member of the audience described it as ‘a delightful evening’ and it seems that everyone enjoyed themselves. The band played a wide range of music to cater for everyone’s taste - young and old! I would like to thank them for performing free of charge and I know that members travelled from as far as Shifnal and Market Drayton. Including the raffle a sum of £717 was raised. We are grateful to everyone who supported this event.
All Saints’ Baschurch beautifully decorated for the recent harvest celebrations! Thank you to the talented group who put this all together!
Members of All Saints' Choir decided to take part in the Shropshire Historic Churches Ride & Stride on bikes. The Trust had donated generously to the recent tower restoration. A total of 20 miles was covered and churches visited were Baschurch, Little Ness, Ruyton XI Towns, Great Ness, Shrawardine & Montford. Many thanks to all those who sponsored us. A fun day was had by all, helped by the delicious refreshments that were provided by the various churches!
On Sunday 1st July members of the Benefice of Baschurch and Weston Lullingfields with Hordley welcomed the Bishop of Shrewsbury Mark Rylands to All Saints' Baschurch.
It was an exciting morning for all, as our much loved and hard working curate Deborah Coatsworth was to be licensed as Associate Minister. Over the past five years Deb has worked so hard to reach her goal - she was working full time as a midwife at the start of her training as well as being a wife and mother. To add to this she also steered us all through the interregnum before Linda was appointed. We were all thrilled to share this special service with Deb and her family and amongst the gifts she was given were a beautiful stole and a delicious birthday cake masterminded by Mary Cox and her daughter Emily. At the end of the service a presentation was made to Bishop Mark who is leaving his Shrewsbury post to return to parish ministry in Devon and Linda wished him well and thanked him for the support he has given our parishes during his time as Bishop of Shrewsbury.
The half termly session of Ready Steady Stick took place at half term. A happy gang came along and decorated flame biscuits, made windmills and kites, glitterized candles and lots more!
During the February half term there was another session of 'Ready, Steady, Stick', where 23 children took part in various craft activities following the theme of journeys.
During the busy run up to Christmas another Ready, Steady Stick was run at All Saints’. All children were invited to come and have fun taking part in various Christmas crafty activities! This also gave mums the chance to have some free time to wrap some presents! Fourteen children came along and following listening to a modern version of the Christmas story, along with some singing everyone set to making! Jelly baby Jesus’ were wrapped in fondant icing and carefully placed in chocolate coated shredded wheat mangers; marshmallow skewer snowmen were put together stick stars constructed; paper cups decorated as Rudolph and many more fun activities. The children enjoyed pizza for lunch along with many other treats! Our thanks must go to everyone who gave up their time during the busy Christmas period to help and especially Mary Cox who masterminded all the various crafts. A really fun time was had by all and many new skills were learnt, not least by the adults!!
2017 was a first for All Saints’ as they put on their first Christmas Tree Festival. The idea was to draw in many organisations, schools and individuals from the parish to help to decorate the church. The response was great and and the church looked fantastic throughout the festive period. Everyone who took part was so creative in their interpretation and every tree was actually a winner! During the weekend the committee served refreshments and there were stalls selling festive food. There was a fantastic hamper raffle and all visitors were invited to vote for their favourite trees, while the younger ones were challenged to look for 12 wooden mice which were hidden in the trees. The main aim of the weekend was not to be a fundraiser but the final result was actually over £2200. Many thanks to everyone who took part, helped or visited during the weekend. We are hoping to run another similar event and include even more organisations next time!
Congratulations to all who those were confirmed at All Saints' on Sunday 26th November!
We welcomed the Bishop of Lichfield, The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave who was to confirm the 17 candidates who came from the Benefice of Baschurch, Weston Lullingfields and Hordley, Ruyton XI Towns and from The Severn Loop Parishes. The Bishop led a beautiful service where the candidates were supported by friends and family and all took part in some rousing hymns!
We would like to thank Bishop Michael for being a part of this very special day.
On Sunday November 5th All Saints’ welcomed Rev Paul Thomas, the Archdeacon, to lead the worship at this service of thanksgiving. All donors and organisations who had generously given to the cause were invited to join in and celebrate. Due to their generosity and the hard work of members of the church and local community the bells are now safe and dry and the tower is prepared for future generations. As the Archdeacon recalled in his sermon the fundamental and metaphorical significance of a roof is immense. We warmly thank him for taking part in this special service.
The service was also a cause for celebrating Angela Price’s contribution to the church over the past 50 years. As a mere dot of a girl Angela joined All Saint’s choir in the 1960s and has been singing ever since! She was presented with flowers and gifts in recognition of her service and Emily Madge had made and decorated a delicious chocolate cake that was shared by all!
We would all like to congratulate Linda on becoming our new new Rural Dean. The commissioning took place on Thursday 12th October at Ruyton XI Towns. Although this is an honour for Linda it actually means that she will need all our support more than ever as she will have an ever increasing workload!
...and the sun shone for the whole afternoon!
(With thanks to Mike McKnight for the great photos!)
The things a Rector gets asked to do! Blessing a polo field was certainly a new one on Linda.
At the launch and opening of Shropshire’s first Polo club at Moor Farm. Moor Farm is owned by Hazel our organist and one of their new diversification projects has been the construction of a polo field. On April 22nd before the start of the first match Linda was asked to bless the pitch! Although she was not trusted on one of the live ponies Linda did get to sit on one of the wooden ones!