Rector: Revd Keith Hodson
The Rectory, Beckbury
Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 9DG
Tel: 01952 750774
Email: keithhodson@talk21.com






Welcome to the web site of the Six Parishes of the Beckbury Group in the Deanery of Edgmond & Shifnal in the diocese of Lichfield:
Badger - Beckbury - Ryton - Kemberton - Sutton Maddock - Stockton.

These six parishes in Shropshire between Telford and Bridgnorth were united in 1989, but within living memory each had its own rector or vicar. The combined population of the six parishes is no more than 1300, with 350 in the largest village of Beckbury, where the home of the rector is located. He is assisted by a reader, a retired woman priest and members of the local congregations who are trained to lead Sunday services when necessary.

There are occasional childrenës holiday clubs held in either churches or village halls. There is a primary school in Beckbury where the rector takes weekly assemblies. The school and the nursery (Acorns) also come to church for special occasions in the year.

Rectors and Vicars
These old titles used to distinguish the source of income for parish clergy; 'rectors' received 'tithes' (10%) of the produce of the parish farm land; 'vicars' received a smaller amount. The names are now retained simply as an indication of local historical tradition. Here the title 'rector' living in 'the rectory' has continued.

Services
The newsletters on this web site provide details of services across the six parishes.

Most churches only have mid morning services once a fortnight; some have an 8.15 am said communion and an evening service on other Sundays (but not in the winter months).

The traditions and styles of worship vary a little from one church to another. All have regular organists to accompany hymns; some have services in traditional language; others in contemporary language. The monthly service rota in the newsletters should indicate which services you will find at each church.

As there are no other chapels or churches in the villages, we welcome those of other denominations to worship and work with us, and to receive communion with us. We work with the Churches Together in Shifnal, whose web site is linked to this.

Church Buildings
The churches are generally open in the day for visitors to look around as well as for parishioners to spend a quiet moment in prayer and reflection. You will find brief guides at each of the churches as well as here on this web site.

The Christian Faith
All churches have signs and symbols of Christianity; ours are no exception.

The font is the starting point, and in our six churches they are near the entrance door to symbolise that baptism (often called christening) is the ceremony which expresses the beginning of the relationship with Jesus Christ. In the baptism service we say,
"God, we thank you for the gift of water to cleanse us and revive us".

The lectern and pulpit symbolise teaching and learning based on the bible, and remind us of the invitation to be disciples of Jesus, growing and developing in our faith and service. One of the Church's prayers begins,
"Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your holy word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths and a strength to our lives....."

The organ is regularly used in our Sunday services. Sung hymns are a vital part of Christian worship. St Paul wrote,
"speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns and sacred songs; sing to the Lord with praise in your heartsï.

The communion table / altar are for the strange Christian food of bread and wine which Jesus made into symbols of his body and blood on Good Friday, and also as food for a fellowship meal with him. In one church prayer we say,
"we thank you for nourishing us with these heavenly gifts: may our communion strengthen us in faith, build us up in hope, and make us grow in love".

Weddings
Occasionally people ask about being married in one of our pretty churches in its lovely countryside or village setting. The legal regulations state that church members and residents who live in the parishes are eligible to be married at their local parish church. Other people still have a legal qualifying connection with a church which allows them to marry there
if they used to live in the parish;
if they were baptised at the church;
if a parent lives in the parish;
if a parent used to live in the parish (for at least 6 months during the person's lifetime);
if their parents or grandparents married at the church;

Where none of these conditions apply, couples can still marry at church if one of them is a church member by attending some of the Sunday services for at least six months.

Registers
While some of our old parish registers are now at the county archives in Shrewsbury, we still have some registers here dating back over a hundred years. Contact the rector by phone or email if you wish to find about a particular baptism, marriage or burial register for one of the six parishes.


We hope that you find on this web site the information you want.
Contact our rector, Revd Keith Hodson, by phone or email if you have further questions or enquiries.

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Ministry Team

    Keith Hodson Rector:
    The Revd Keith Hodson
    Tel: 01952 750774
    Email: Keithhodson@talk21.com

    Reader:
    Tina Dalton

    Youth Work Coordinator:
    Angela Chatham


Tina Dalton

Tina Dalton


Angela Chatham

Angela Chatham




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Map of Area

The six parishes of the Beckbury Group lie south of Shifnal and the conurbation of Telford between the A442 (Telford/Bridgnorth road) and the A464 (Shifnal/Wolverhampton road). The parishes are situated in the lovely Shropshire countryside, but within easy reach of all the main towns of the area.

Click here to see all the villages on small scale map. This will be shown in a separate window.

You will be able to see more detailed maps on the individual parish pages.



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Activities

The various activities can be found mainly in the monthly newsletters..


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Beckbury Group Newsletter
The group churches now produce 3 newsletters on a regular basis.
No. 1 covers Beckbury, Badger and Ryton
No. 2 covers Sutton Maddock and Stockton
No. 3 covers Kemberton.

You may download the following newsletters in Word format (some may be pdfs) and read them at your leisure.

Click here to download the August 2014 Newsletter No. 1(1.65Mb).
Click here to download the August 2014 Newsletter No. 2<1Mb)
Click here to download the August 2014 Newsletter No. 3 - not yet online

Click here to download the July 2014 Newsletter No. 1(755Kb).
Click here to download the July 2014 Newsletter No. 2(1.1Mb)
Click here to download the June 2014 Newsletter No. 3 - not yet online

Click here to download the June 2014 Newsletter No. 1(.8Mb).
Click here to download the June 2014 Newsletter No. 2(1.6b)
Click here to download the May 2014 Newsletter No. 1(7.1Mb).
Click here to download the May 2014 Newsletter No. 2(1.6b)
Click here to download the April 2014 Newsletter No. 1(468Kb).
Click here to download the April 2014 Newsletter No. 2(1.6Mb)
Click here to download the April 2014 Newsletter No. 3 - not yet online

Click here to download the March 2014 Newsletter No. 1(292Kb).
Click here to download the March 2014 Newsletter No. 2(22Kb)

Click here to download the February 2014 Newsletter No. 1(2.6Mb).
Click here to download the February 2014 Newsletter No. 2(2Mb).

Click here to download the January 2014 Newsletter No. 1(4.86Mb).
Click here to download the January 2014 Newsletter No. 2(360Kb)
Click here to download the January 2014 Newsletter No. 3(15Kb) - not yet online

Click here to download the December 2013 Newsletter No. 2(55Kb)
Click here to download the December 2013 Newsletter No. 3(15Kb)

Click here to download the November 2013 Newsletter No. 2(237Kb).

Click here to download the October 2013 Newsletter No. 1(1.96Mb).
Click here to download the October 2013 Newsletter No. 2(1.2Mb).

Click here to download the September 2013 Newsletter No. 1(745Kb).
Click here to download the September 2013 Newsletter No. 2(500Kb).
Click here to download the September 2013 Newsletter No. 3(20Kb).

Click here to download the August 2013 Newsletter No. 2(290Kb).
Click here to download the July 2013 Newsletter No. 1(1.18Mb).
Click here to download the July 2013 Newsletter No. 2(260Kb).

Click here to download the June 2013 Newsletter No. 1(1.2Mb).
Click here to download the June 2013 Newsletter No. 2(530Kb).

Click here to download the May 2013 Newsletter No. 1(498Kb).



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Forthcoming Events




A list of forthcoming events at each of the churches can now be found in the monthly newsletter (see above).


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Link to the churches in the group


Information

More detailed maps of each parish can be found on the individual parish pages.

The Services at our various churches can be found in the monthly newsletter (see above). We welcome Christians from all denominations to share communion with us.

If you or anyone you know is ill or housebound in our area and you (they) would like us to visit you (them) at home, please contact the Rector on 01952-750774.

For further information about these church pages please contact:

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