News and Events
We have 2 Messy Church events in March:
First, Messy planning is on Weds March 8th 3.45-5pm, a shorter time, but still fun, to plan together for our next Messy Church which is on...
Wednesday 29th March 2017, 3.45-6pm, tea included! This is our EASTER Messy Church! All welcome to both events!
Please contact the church office for more details.
New Vicar Announced!
We are very pleased (and relieved) to be able to announce that Christ Church have been successful in their search for a new Vicar. Following the interviews on July 15th, the interview panel were unanimous in their appointment of Revd Peter Hubbard (currently Minister of Christ the King, Radbrook Green and Chaplain of Prestfelde School) to the vacant post here.
The family write “Debbie, Peter, Naomi (aged 16) and Miriam (aged 13) are delighted with the news that Peter is to be your next Vicar, and we hope you are happy with the news too!! For the last 4 years Peter has had a dual role as Minister of Christ the King, Radbrook Green (part of Meole Brace parish) and Chaplain of Prestfelde School, Shrewsbury. He is really looking forward to having one main focus at Christ Church, having had to do a ‘balancing act’ these last few years!
"Before coming to Shrewsbury, Peter was the vicar of a parish in Perth (Western Australia!), and before that served his curacy in Leicester Diocese. We are thrilled to be able to stay living in Shrewsbury…Miriam is at Priory School, and Naomi has a place at Walford College near Baschurch to do a course on Animal Care and Management which she is really looking forward to. Debbie is training to be a Counsellor at SCAT and is about to embark on Level 4, having successfully navigated Levels 2 and 3!
"Debbie and I and our girls are really looking forward to joining you all at Christ Church and to join in with all that God is doing (and will do!) in Bayston Hill!”
The date for Peter’s licensing as Vicar of Bayston Hill has been set for Tuesday 1st November at 7.30pm (this is a change from the previously announced Sunday 6th November), this means that he is likely to move into the village during October half-term. This date will therefore allow him to properly hand over his work at Prestfelde and Christ the King. More details of the licensing service will follow nearer the time.
I trust that you will all join us in praying for him and his family as he completes his work at Christ the King and Prestfelde and they prepare to move into Bayston Hill. Please do also continue to pray for the PCC and leaders here as we continue to share in the leadership of Christ Church.
Sarah Birchall & Steve Ellis (Church Wardens) - 24 July 2016
Easter Sunday 2016
Sunrise Service - A personal reflection
On Easter Sunday morning, in the (very!) early hours, we had the opportunity to take part in an 'Easter Sunday Dawn Service' on Lyth Hill while watching the sunrise over the Wrekin in the distance. So, armed with warm coats, bobble hats (well, some of us anyway!) and torches, we met together at 6am to read from scripture, pray, sing and worship God together, remembering the victory Jesus won on our behalf on this momentous day.
The service was done in stages along a peaceful walk across Lyth Hill, with time for contemplation amongst the birdsong, lightening skies and dawning of the day. It was beautiful!
We carried a pebble with us (representing our worries, burdens or fears) for part of our journey across the hill, and then laid them at the foot of a cross that had been placed at one of the stopping points, symbolically letting go of those burdens and giving them to God. We then headed to the top of the hill, where a candle was lit and people read more of the Resurrection account, before heading back to our starting point and then onto church to share breakfast together (and generally thaw out)!
A big 'thank you' to Ben Whitmarsh for leading us, and managing to play the guitar with numb fingers in the chilly Spring breeze!
It was a fantastic start to a very special day.