The benefice of Shifnal,
Tong and Sheriffhales
Although Tong is a parish in its own right, boasting its own church council (PCC) its population of roughly 200 souls means that the church is not viable on its own. For some years we have therefore been pleased to be part of the benefice of Shifnal, Sheriffhales and Tong. Shifnal is the centre for many reasons and we are grateful for the direction, leadership and facilities it offers. The arrangement between the three churches works well, with one Administrator and a team of clergy and lay assistants serving all three churches so that church services, funerals etc can always be co-ordinated and covered from the centre. For example, during the lockdown of 2020 Shifnal masterminded the online, live-streamed services with readers, pray-ers and preachers from all three churches being involved in delivery. We are particularly proud to say that the virtual congregations included many people from the parishes of Tong and Sheriffhales.