& Castle Square URC
14th November 2021
We welcome all who will join in our ZOOM service today, which Phil will be leading and will include the marking of the two-minute silence. This service will be one of remembrance for those who have lost their lives, whether through war, the pandemic, or other causes. Those attending will be invited to share a photo of someone they’d like to remember, and to share a favourite memory about them.
Unable to join on ZOOM? Here are other ways you can take part in Remembrance Sunday Celebrations:
In town – Pontypridd’s Remembrance Service and Parade will take place entirely in the Park. The parade will line up at 10.25am by the Tennis Courts and at 10.35am march through Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. A short Service will be held at the War Memorial just before 11am. Alternatively, attendees can join others in the St David’s Uniting Church sanctuary for a short time of prayer from 10:45am.
With Communion – At 4pm, Phil will lead a short Communion service in St. David’s Uniting Church which will reflect on the themes of the day. This service will include the awe-inspiring recording created by Welsh National Opera and local schools and will be livestreamed.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers. We pray for:
- Claire Hughes: struggling to recover from Covid.
- Loreen: now in ward 2B at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda and looking forward to returning home.
- Iestyn: who has mumps and is in isolation.
- Dorothy: having an MRI scan this week, and Colleen having her results.
- People we are aware of who have had falls recently, and others who are waiting for appointments.
- Those who have been self-isolating as members of their families have tested positive.
- Others we know who have coughs or have been unwell, but thankfully don’t have Covid.
- Alison, formerly Tomkins, as she prepares for Charles’ Funeral on November 30th15pm at Glyntaf.
Sue Ruck is delighted that she has a ticket to go and see her sons in America – The folk at Castle Sq are so pleased for her as are those from St David’s who know her. – A lovely pre-Christmas trip for you Sue!
Birthdays this week
There are no Birthdays that we are aware of this week: But there may be people who have reason to celebrate or maybe this is a time of sad anniversaries. We think of those who are happy or sad.
Castle Square News
We are lamenting the death of the boiler in the hall; it was put in 14 years ago. A replacement is being installed this week!
Dates for your diary
Today 14th 14.30 Monthly Conference call A time to catch up!
Monday 15th 10.30 Craft and Chat
Next Sunday (21st) 11.00 Morning Worship with Rev Ray Vincent
The next Ladies Guild Meeting will be the Christmas Lunch on December 15th!
Did you miss Radio Wales Celebration service, which came from St. David’s Uniting Church last Sunday?
It is available on BBC Sounds. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00118zg until 6th December.
Our harvest appeal for the local foodbank, Christian Aid and the David Griffiths School in Madagascar has raised £410.
Interfaith Week 14-21 November
A week in the year when we are specially to focus on increasing understanding, cooperation and peace between different faith traditions. Next Sunday, Aled Edwards – Secretary of the Interfaith Council for Wales – will be leading reflections on this at St. David’s Uniting Church. In the meantime, we are invited to two evenings of online interfaith reflection:
- 7:30pm, 17th November – We are invited to a Welsh language Interfaith sharing and musical evening
- 7:00pm, 18th November – We are invited to an evening of readings, reflections, and music on the theme of One World of Our Faiths
Those interested in attending either event should email Sasha Perriam at email@example.com for registration and zoom details
At last! Colleen’s Handmade Cards will be on display and available to purchase from November 21st when there will a table in the hall following the service and Colleen will be taking orders.
Because of restrictions the table will only be in the hall when coffee is not being served!
On the 1st and 4th Sundays they will be in the Church with an honesty box. Large cards are £2 and small ones £1.50. Please have the correct money. Due to holidays no cards will be available on November 28th.
If there is someone from the wider community who has made a difference locally, you can nominate them for an award and invite to our thanksgiving event next March. Forms can be picked up at Gelliwastad Road or online at: https://www.stdavidsuniting.org.uk/projects/community-saints/. This week, we received backing from the Prince of Wales, whose charitable fund awarded the project a generous donation.
A picture from the protest in Cardiff to mark a Global Day of Action on November 6
Simon and Ben were just two of more than a 1000 people who took part
Response to COP26
UK Promises made so far
- Reach net-zero of emissions by 2050
- Stop deforestation by 2030
- Methane emissions by 30% by 2030
- Donate £290 million to help poorer countries cope with the effects of climate change
- Phase out the use of coal use in power stations UK Promises made so far
Some things we can do to help
- Shop locally
- Chose plastic-free options whilst shopping
- Recycle and reduce our waste
- Walk, cycle or use public transport more often
- Use environmentally friendly products
- Support charities supporting those suffering the effects of climate change
- Encourage our representatives to stick to their promises or take further action on the climate crisis
Our representatives are:
M.P. Alex Davies-Jones
S,A, Mick Antoniw
Rhondda Cynon Taff Cabinet Office
Pontypridd Town Council
A Thought for the Week
“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy