& Castle Square URC
20th June 2021
We are very pleased to welcome our good friend Dave Kitchen who is leading our service via Zoom this morning.
Once again, we look forward to a service with a difference!
We are extremely grateful to Dave as he stepped in at short notice as Phil was required to lead worship for the URC Youth Exec.
An apology to those who tuned into the Zoom service last week….technology failed us! We give thanks to those who took control and hope everyone was able to see the service later on YouTube, if you haven’t here is the link. https://www.stdavidsuniting.org.uk/sunday-reflection-13-june/
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We continue to hold Ally and the family and friends of Caroline in our prayers as they wait to make arrangements for the funeral. Due to communication issues, we haven’t received any more news.
- Brenda Elias returned home early last week; she is very tired! We to continue to hold her in our prayers as she recovers.
- Jean & John Davies were able to ‘attend’ Doreen’s funeral on line, we keep them in our prayers.
- Marilyn Dilworth is recovering after a fall; we hope you’re not hurting too much – take it easy Marilyn!
- We are aware that some people are struggling, but they prefer to remain incognito, if you are one of those people, please be assured that people do care and hold you in their prayers.
- Dorothy has another hospital appointment; we hope that it will result in a solution to her mobility.
People who remember the Chambers family will be delighted to hear that Katherine had successfully finished the first part of graduate studies English Literature (Honours) at University of British Columbia Cand leaves in the Autumn for the University of Toronto to complete her graduate program. Meanwhile Colleen has completed her graduate studies and will start her Master’s Degree studies in London in September and we look forward to seeing her again in Pontypridd.
A gentle reminder – the only people we’re allowed to see in private homes are those of our bubble or extended household! We are fortunate that we live in Wales!!
Birthdays this week
We have two people that we are aware of with a birthday’s this week ~ Doreen Lewis on Wednesday 23rd and Hettie Bullock on Saturday 26th. We hope you are able to celebrate ladies!!
Zoom worship at 10:45am EVERY Sunday (also available on YouTube and on printed material).
- June 27th 10.45 Phil will be back from his travels and other engagements.
Meetings being held in St David’s Uniting Church:
- July 4th 10.45 Morning worship with Iestyn Henson. 4pm – Communion Service
- July 18th 10.45 Morning worship with Rev Dr Phil Wall
A reminder – please arrive about 10 minutes before the service begins, and the stewards will take you to your seat.
Prayer Evening at Temple Baptist
The Baptist Union of Wales has organised a ‘Momentum’ Wave of Prayer for Wales this summer. The idea is for a wave of prayer to fan around Wales asking God to change the atmosphere in our communities. As part of this, Temple will be hosting the Pontypridd prayer evening, which will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22nd June at Temple, Gelliwastad Road and led by Revd Rosa Hunt. Everyone is welcome but you do need to book on our website at https://www.templebaptist.org.uk/momentum
Phil was pleased to be able to spend a night at home following his travels, to be able to sleep in his own bed, in his own home with all his home comforts. It’s a comfort of course that many do not have.
Estimates suggest that today around the world there are 80 million displaced people who have been forced from their homes because of conflict and violence, or natural disaster, or the effects of climate change. For all sorts of reasons, they have been forced to leave their homes and travel elsewhere and often the welcome isn’t one of warm hospitality.
The reflection was aired during refugee week, a week in which we’re especially encouraged to think about, to pray for and to act for those who are displaced within our community and beyond, so it’s great that that our English classes have now restarted, with thanks to Robert, Peter, Viviane and others who support the former refugees who have become our friends and who live in our community.
This is one way in which we show our belief that God wants us to welcome those seeking refuge. We know that Jesus himself was a refugee, when he, with his earthly Mum and Dad, had to flee to Egypt because of a threat and all new-borns. Egypt, the place where some, who are now part of our church community, spent time as they were fleeing from their country of origin to the UK.
Throughout the bible we are encouraged to welcome the stranger, to make space for others and look after refugees.
Alongside our English classes, one way we do that at St David’s Uniting Church is to support DPIA, for those in our wider community DPIA stands for Displaced People in Action. It’s a Welsh-based charity that helps those who are seeking sanctuary in our communities, it helps them with things like a little extra money for travel, for stationery if they are studying, for necessary equipment they might need. The things that might be overlooked by some of the bigger help they might be receiving. Our church has been supporting them for years and so the people of DPIA have shared their thanks for our support – which is our privilege to offer.
Maybe you could support the work of DPIA or find out how we can hold to account those who are in power, to make sure that Wales and the UK can be as fair and just a society and country as we can be.
A Thought for the Week
‘The irony of the human condition is that we are so focused on reaching some point in our journey, some happiness or some goal, that we seem to forget that the journey itself is where life happens’
ZOOM SERVICES: Log in opens at 10.30 for pre-service chat. Services will start at 10.45 or as advertised. Zoom service link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89461145366?pwd=S3ExNTVjdGVGdXlGVlNQc2k3eldudz09
To join by phone (call 0203 901 7895. then, when asked, type in the meeting ID – 894 6114 5366; followed – when asked – by the passcode – 8453605) Calls are charged at standard UK call rates