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.
The patrons of the benefice, the Bishop of Hereford and Martyrs Memorial Trust, are delighted to be able to announce that the Reverend Mike Harris, currently Vicar of Amington, Tamworth in Staffordshire, has accepted their offer of the post of Rector of The Severn Valley Group of Parishes. Arrangements will be made for his licensing and induction to take place - possibly in September. We will keep you updated on exact dates as soon as we have confirmation.
We would like to thank Rev'd Val Smith for all of her amazing hard work during this period of vacancy and offer a welcome to Rev'd Mike and his family when they join us in the Autumn.
Thanks to the volunteers from Carings for God's Acre who came to our Church today (Tuesday 14th April 2015) to help us care for the Churchyard. For further details and photos of their visit, please go to our Caring for God's Acre page.
We held out second "Sing-a-long" Sunday at the weekend, and with numbers up on the first one, it is proving to be a popular format! Churchwarden Zoe Baggott said, "our sing-a-long Sunday is something different in the area. It is a chance for people to come together and sing their favourite hymns over a glass of wine and light refreshments. But in addition, we include a "topical interlude" in the middle where we invite a guest speaker to deliver an informal talk on a topic of interest".
This weekend, the topical interlude was delivered by Paul Stedman who spoke about community defibrillators. Paul, who is a member of the Parochial Church Council is also the managing director of "Cognet Ltd", a private company which specialises in delivering training in first aid, compliance, and health and safety. He spoke at length about the value of community defibrillators, how they work and the different ways in which communities can obtain the relevant funds to purchase one. Carrying on with the first aid theme, Lydia Baggott (age 8) shared some news around her experience of helping a friend who had a nosebleed whilst on a recent school trip. Lydia knew what to do as she had just received first aid training through the 2nd Cleobury Mortimer Brownies. Lydia received an additional "Good Deed" badge from Brown Owl as a result of her actions!
Sing-a-long Sunday finished once again with a rousing rendition of "Jerusalem", which has now become the standard finale!
The next Sing-a-long Sunday will be on Sunday 10th May at 6pm. All are invited. Don't forget to bring a bottle! Anyone wishing to request a hymn in advance, or even volunteer to deliver a topical interlude, is asked to get in touch through the contact us page.
FRONT - Lydia Baggott (8) with her Brownie "Good Deed" badge
MIDDLE - Mr George Poyner, Rev'd Val Smith and Mrs Mary Nelson
BACK - Paul Stedman
More news to follow soon....
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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