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News from the Vicarage - September 2017

Dear Friends,

How time passes so quickly, especially as you get older! What happened to summer? One blink and it was over. Did I miss it? This coming September 13th is twenty-five years since I was made Vicar of Ellesmere. It seems like it was only yesterday. It has been wonderful to serve you and God here. I feel as young as when I first came.

After the summer holidays we launch straight into a frenzy of activity. First we have the Patronal Festival, the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday 8th September at 7pm. Do come to celebrate our church's birthday and there will be refreshments (wine & cheese etc) afterwards. Mothers' Union are off to Llandudno on Monday 18th September for their outing.

We have Saints Days 9.30am Holy Communion for Holy Cross Day on Thursday 14th Sept, S. Matthew Thursday 21st Sept, and S. Michael & All Angels 29th Sept. Do join us!

The Home Communions resume on Mondays and Wednesdays after the summer break.

Then we celebrate Harvest Festival on Sunday 1st October and have our Harvest Supper at the Town Hall on Friday 6th October.

We haven't had a Quiet day for a long time, so on Saturday 7th October from 9am till 12.30pm I am giving a teaching day on the Sacraments with time for reflection. We had a good bring and share lunch on Sunday after Service on 6th August, which many enjoyed, and we can do the same after the Quiet Day (or really morning!)

The Living Faith Course (Bishop's Certificate) finished in August and those who came for the past year will be getting their Certificates soon. Confirmation this year is at Baschurch on Sunday 26th November at 4pm by the Bishop of Shrewsbury. If anyone is interested please let me know.

We are organizing again this year a 'Last Night at the Proms' with Age uk on Saturday 14th October 7.30pm. Tickets available soon from the Fund Raising Group and Ann Harris.

As well as church events many meetings are also planned. Churches Together on Monday 1st October at 34 Scotland Street. Fran Butler who has served this committee very well for many years has given up and so we need a new secretary. Could you join this committee? We need more help! Deanery Synod meets on Thursday 12th October 7.30pm at Ruyton Xl Towns. Karen Davies has given up being Rural Dean so a new one needs to be appointed to lead the Deanery. And finally Diocesan Synod meets on Saturday 21st October.

My Prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Philip Edge - Vicar