Welcome to St Mary's Church in Billingsley. Billingsley is a small village near Bridgnorth in the county of Shropshire, although for historical reasons Billingsley church comes under the Diocese of Hereford.
We hold two services each month: on the second Sunday of each month we have an informal "Sing-a-long Sunday" at 6pm, and on the fourth Sunday of each month we hold a Holy Communion Service at 8am. Please see our service page for further details and for information about the times of other special services that take place during the year.
We are always very pleased to welcome new people to our services, and the services are always followed by light refreshments and a chance to chat.
St Mary's Church, Billingsley of course!
We launched our new informal "Sing-along Sunday" yesterday with great success! Churchwarden Zoe Baggott said, "We wanted Sing-along Sunday to be a very informal and relaxing way to come together and have a good sing song. People were invited to select their favourite hymn to sing and, if they wished, say a few words about why that hymn was special to them. There was a topical section in the middle where I spoke to the group about my thoughts on Space and shared a few experiences from my recent visit to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. There was a poetry reading about "stars and galaxies" and a few words about Leonard Nimmoy (aka Mr Spock) who passed away recently. Following on from this, a few momentos from my trip were passed around whilst we listened to "Heroes" by David Bowie, as in my opinion, astronauts are extremely brave and heroic individuals. People were also invited to top up their wine glasses, or have another cuppa during this interlude, before the evening concluded with a rousing rendition of "Jerusalem!"
Churchwarden Rebecca Hadley led the service with an opening and closing prayer and also introduced the hymns. She said, "We are delighted at the turnout for our first ever Sing-along Sunday, and welcome anyone who wants to come along for a good sing song. Sing-along Sunday takes place on the 2nd Sunday of every month, 6pm - with the next one being on Sunday 12th April. We invite anyone to request a hymn to sing on the night by contacting Zoe in advance on firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving her a message on her mobile 07974 808817. Paul Stedman will be delivering the topical section next time.....why not come along and find out what he decides to talk about?"
Pictured getting ready for sing-a-long Sunday are Churchwardens Zoe Baggott and Rebecca Hadley, with PCC member Paul Stedman.
Churwarden Zoe Baggott did a 10,000 feet tandem skydive at Tilstock Airfield near Whitchurch on 13th September to raise funds for the Church. The jump had been a birthday present from her parents. It formed part of a series of events to celebrate Zoe turning 40, which also saw her run a personal best in the Edinburgh Marathon in May, and eat a meal in the revolving restaurant of the CN Tower in Toronto in July.
Zoe's mom and dad, partner Dave and children Oliver and Lydia supported her on the day. Zoe said, "I was quite calm in the plane as we ascended into the sky and felt quite confident when the doors opened to let some static-line jumpers out - only to be told that we were only at 3500 feet and I still had another 6500 feet to climb!!! The nerves kicked in once the door opened again and I had to make my way to the edge, but I focussed on getting in the right position to leave the plane and before I knew it we were skydiving.... and wow!! It was the most amazing, exhilarating experience of my life. I almost didn't want the parachute to open I was loving the skydive so much!! Once the parachute opened though I was able to take everything in and enjoy the scenery as we descended back to the ground".
Funds raised from the skydive will boost the refurbishment fund at St Mary's Church. We are currently raising money to install a kitchenette and fully accessible toilet inside the Church. This will enhance the experience of our visitors and everyone attending services and events at the Church. As the only public building in Billingsley that is currently open to visitors, this would represent an important addition to services in the area and also allow us to widen the community use of the Church building.
We recieved a significant sum of money from the trustees of Deuxhill Village Hall following the sale of that building but we still have a substantial shortfall and so anyone wishing to retrospectively sponsor Zoe or to make a donation to the refurbishment fund is asked to get in touch via the contact us page. To date, Zoe has raised over £250 from sponsors and it would be great to break the £300 barrier! We can even gift aid any donations from taxpayers which would boost the funds even more. Many Thanks!
More news to follow soon....
Spring Newsletter *new*
Church Wardens Rebecca Hadley and Zoe Baggott have been trained in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and they are the local parish points of contacts for any matters of this nature. If you have any concerns or wish to discuss something with them, please use the "contact us" link on this website to make an initial contact and Rebecca or Zoe will get in touch with you ASAP.
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