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All Saints', Baschurch
Baschurch is a large village, near Shrewsbury with a growing population which currently stands at approximately 1900. A major feature of our village is All Saints’ Church, which dates back to the Medieval times, and one of the oldest buildings in the village.
Our church serves our community with the traditional worship services, for every age with an average congregation of about 50 adults and 7 children. Visitors are always welcome. Regular services include Sundays 11am family communion, Bi monthly 8am and once a month 6pm. Our church provides traditional seasonal services including Remembrance Day, when the congregation of up to 300 fills the church.
Regular church and community wide groups include; Prayer group, Pastoral care group, weekly lunch club, weekly Little Stars strong ties with both the primary and secondary schools in the village.
1st, 2nd & 4th Sunday at 11am
Worship For All
3rd Sunday at 11am
Traditional Worship (Book of Common Prayer)
1st and 3rd Sunday: 8am Holy Communion
2nd Sunday: 6pm Sung Evensong
Holy Trinity, Weston Lullingfields
Holy Trinity church was built in the 1860s to join the expanding development of Weston Wharf with the rest of the village. However, with the advent of the Railway in nearby Baschurch, the canal fell into disuse and plans for major expansion of the village declined. The church has a rare Hilditch organ.
Church services are held on the 1st (Family Worship) and 3rd (Holy Communion) Sundays in the month at 9.30am. Refreshments are served after the services.
The village still retains its Church of England Primary School and there are strong links between the school and church with regular school events being held in church – Harvest, Christmas Carol Service, Leavers Service, etc.
Despite the lack of amenities in the village there is a strong sense of identity in the place with a number of social activities held for all the village in the village hall. The church social committee organise Vintage Tea Parties, the Village Fete (together with the school and village hall committee), Call My Bluff, Quiz Evenings, Harvest Meal, and the Christmas Fayre. Church members are active on the governing body and the Eleanor Harris Charitable Trust that supports both this and the school in Baschurch.
Traditional Worship (Common Worship)
1st and 3rd Sundays: 9.30 am.
St. Mary the Virgin, Hordley
Hordley, at the north end of the benefice, is a large, sparsely populated, rural parish lying 3-6 miles from Ellesmere and 5 - 8 miles from Oswestry, with a population of approximately 220. The proximity of the parish to Ellesmere (within Shropshire's beautiful Lakelands district) means that it is closely linked to this small market town and all the amenities it provides. Apart from the village hall, the church is the only meeting place within the parish and so serves as a centre for the community.
St Mary’s church is well supported by an active congregation; we are well known locally for the quality and variety of our fund-raising activities. We put on at least two major social events each year which attract some people who rarely worship with us; thus extending 'church' beyond the gate of the churchyard and out into the community.
The single cell Norman church is Grade II* listed and dates back to at least 1160. Recent information suggests that it may be as early as 1109. Using the more conservative date we were joined in July 2010 by Bishop Mark Rylands at a service and garden party in celebration of 850 years of continuous worship.
Our regular service pattern consists of a service of the word in contemporary language on the second Sunday of each month and a communion service in more traditional language on the fourth Sunday. One new departure recently explored consisted of a service of readings and hymns, similar to a carol service, developing the Easter story. This was held on the Sunday after Easter and was well received. The burial ground, across the road from the church, is still open and the PCC has recently instigated the making of a garden of remembrance for the burial of cremated remains. We have installed of a seat for the use of bereaved families who come to remember their departed loved ones. The churchyard is mown by a contractor and voluntary working parties are well supported.
Every year since 2001 St Mary’s has supported the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust by the provision of sponsored cyclists for the Ride and Stride in September. Members of the congregation are involved in cross-benefice mission activities. These include the organization of the food bank, the provision of community lunches in All Saints’, and involvement in the benefice pastoral care group. These provide valuable support to parishioners in need during times of bereavement, illness or other crises.
Traditional Worship (Book of Common Prayer)
2nd and 4th Sundays: 9.15 am
Baptisms & Thanksgivings
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