& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
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11th April 2021
While Phil is enjoying a well-earned break, we are pleased to welcome Gwen Simmonds as our worship leader today.
Gwen is no stranger to the St David’s congregation or to our ‘zoomers’. We look forward to this time of fellowship with her on what is classed as ‘Low Sunday in the church calendar, although many of our congregation are still still on a high after our fantastic service on Easter Sunday.
Many people have expressed their thanks for the reflections during Holy Week and also for all the Easter Services. A huge thanks to Phil, Robert and the production team along with all who contributed in any way at all to the reflections and services. We had 15 meditations following the stations of the cross, ~ the ‘in house’ Maundy Communion’ ~ the Good Friday live streamed service which ended with a drama ~ and the incredible Easter Day service when Phil visited – on foot – our three premises, and joined in the zoom service at the same time. A total of 17 productions!
If you missed them, they are available to view on YouTube or via the church website. Many people have viewed them more than once!
As one person said ‘although the majority of us were not able to go to Church we were still able to feel we were there!
At the time of preparing this newsletter the news had just come in that HRH Duke of Edinburgh has passed away. The media over the coming days will undoubtedly be filled with memories of his contribution during his long life to the UK, the Commonwealth and beyond. There will be much reminiscing!
The Royal Family has asked members of the public to consider making a donation to charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of Prince Philip.
We along with many throughout the world pray for The Queen and her family at this sad time
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We keep the Doreen and the family in our thoughts as they have been called to the hospital to be with David.
- Valerie Henson’s transition to Ty Porth last week went well. It is hoped she will have contact with John and the family during the initial isolation period through social media. We hold them both and the family in our prayers.
- We are pleased to learn that Sue Salmon has settled in well at Glyn Cornel nursing home.
- Michael will be having a biopsy on Monday. We hope and pray that the results will be good.
- We remember other who have hospital appointments which may involve painful procedures.
- We remember our Muslim friends as Ramadan starts on the evening of April 12th when they will fast during daylight hours and are encouraged to read the entire Quran during the period which ends on May 12th
Colleen’s son, James, recently successfully passed a course to become a Crime Scene Investigator with the Military Police. This week he is being deployed abroad for six months with the Army.
Anne’s unplanned home improvements are nearly complete! She will be glad to get back to normal.
One of our Syrian friends, Omar, has passed his Railway Track level 2 engineering and is now employed on the maintenance of the railway. We send him our Congratulations,
Birthdays this week
Just one birthday this week that we are aware of…..Lynda has her birthday on Friday 16th April ~ The annual Park Ramblers walk around Cardiff Bay to celebrate her birthday will have to be delayed again! ~ Happy Birthday Lynda!
Returning to Gathered Worship: The Transition
Midnight today is the deadline for your response. Castle Square folk should contact Ann Edwards and the St David’s contact is Maralyn Tomlinson. Here is a reminder of the possibilities.
1) If restrictions such as compulsory mask wearing, social distancing and the prohibition of communal singing/conversation on church premises remain in place until September, which of the following best describes your outlook?
- Would prefer and intend to attend weekly services on church premises
- Would prefer to keep to current worship practices until the restrictions are lifted
- Would prefer some balance between the two (e.g. fortnightly services in church, weekly material sent out)
2) Are there any other issues that you would like the elders to consider as they discern how and when to return to physically gathered worship on church premises?
You can respond online at https://forms.gle/zqfg3EReWhJG38ik9
Phil is ‘officially’ on leave until Wednesday 14th April’. We ask that you allow him this time to rest and relax after what has been an extremely busy time for him. The Elders, who will be contacting you as usual, are available to help if anything urgent should arise.
Castle Square and St. David’s Uniting Church’s next discussion evening on 12th April at 19.30 is entitled ‘The virtue of the vicious’? Exploring the positives and perils of patriotism. Join us, a Biblical scholar and a leader of the Welsh Independence movement as we try to get to grips with this sometime controversial topic. Zoom details https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82229857377
His wife Julie almost lost her life to Sepsis 5 years ago, after an infection in her spine travelled to her brain. After a long struggle she recovered and is now well again, and has been able to return to work.
Colin achieved his aim and raised over £2,100. Thanks to those who read about this and donated.
Something to make you smile
Children’s sayings: a contribution from Sheila.
A Christian should have only one spouse. This is called monotony!
Ramadan Events and Traditions
Muslims around the world, including in the United Kingdom, celebrate Ramadan by fasting during daylight hours, praying, reciting the Quran, and by giving to charity.
Political leaders in the United Kingdom, including the prime minister, may make public announcements on the first day of Ramadan to greet Muslims both locally and globally and to raise the general public’s awareness of the holiday’s importance among Muslims.
The Ramadan fast (sawm) is one of the Five Pillars, fundamental religious duties of Islam, so most Muslims in the UK abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. It is common to have one meal (suhoor) just before sunrise and an evening meal (iftar) after sunset.
Designed to increase self-awareness and facilitate deeper religious devotion, the Ramadan fast can be challenging in countries like the United Kingdom, where days can last for up to 16 or 17 hours during the summer months. To help people avoid health complications when they fast, the United Kingdom’s Department of Health produced a guide to healthy fasting during Ramadan.
Ramadan is also a time for Muslims to donate to charity or contribute to the community by participating in food drives for the poor, organizing a collection or charity event, and other voluntary activities. This practice is called Zakat.
Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran during Ramadan. In mosques around the UK, Taraweeh, special night prayers, are held every day after sundown. Ramadan Qu’ran competitions may be held for both children and adults.
A Thought for the Week
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
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