& Castle Square URC
21st November 2021
This week, with Phil working away on his study leave, we welcome long-time friend of the church, Revd Aled Edwards, to lead our worship. Amongst various other roles, Aled is the Chief Executive of Cytun and Secretary of the Interfaith Council of Wales. Little did we realise when Aled was asked to lead our worship that it would coincide with the end of Interfaith Week.
The service will include communion so we will be richly blessed by Aled’s time with us today.
For those not able to attend the service it is also being live streamed.
Link for Live Stream – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA
Rev Ray Vincent will be leading worship at Castle Square, Treforest at 11am.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We heard late last Saturday that Janet Williams’ husband Clive had passed away peacefully in his sleep at home. Janet is a member of Park Ramblers and Cyril’s daughter. We keep Janet and her family in our prayers.
- Cerys had an infusion in the Royal Glam on Thursday and was kept in for two nights to monitor her in case of any after effects. We keep her and Stephen in our thoughts.
- Claire Hughes is improving but not completely recovered yet.
- Gill Miller is feeling a bit better after her recent escapades!
- Iestyn is still quite tired but is improving.
- People who have good days and bad days
- Those who will receive test results this week, and others who have been waiting for appointments
Jan is delighted to report that the new boiler has been installed in the hall at Castle Square and is working perfectly.
Faster, cheaper Wi-Fi has been installed at St David’s Uniting Church so passwords have had to change. Please contact Lynda if you need it.
Birthdays this week
There are no Birthdays that we know of this week: So no celebrations – If you would like to be included in our birthday wishes please let Marcia know.
Cyril says was very pleased to receive a visitor from the Church with a bunch of flowers! He sends his thanks to the Church for this lovely surprise at a sad time.
Dates for your diary
Monday 22nd 10.30am Craft and Chat at Castle Square
Next Sunday 10.45am Phil will lead worship at St David’s
We are very pleased to say that coffee will be served in the hall following the service!
6.00pm Zoom story-telling communion service
Our Black Candle
St David’s has a tradition about lighting a black candle on the Sunday before advent to remember that many people will struggle with advent / Christmas celebrations and yet the light still shines in the darkness.
Our harvest appeal which raised £410 was donated completely to the Pontypridd Foodbank. Donations to Christian Aid and the David Griffiths School in Madagascar were on line only!
Colleen’s Handmade Cards are on display in the hall and available to purchase following the morning service; Colleen is also taking orders. Large cards are £2 and small ones £1.50. If possible, please give the correct money.
Church Directories & Offertory Envelopes
The updated St David’s Directory and offertory envelopes are available – they are on the table in the hall.
Next Sunday marks the first day of the new church year and of advent. This year, we’ll be reflecting on what the Christmas story has to say about many contemporary issues – from peace to the pandemic. Please see our flyer for more details on our diverse diet of worship, witness, and wonder during this special season. It all kicks off next Sunday with the following:
10:45am – Gelliwastad Road and online. Amnesty International Service – we begin the year with a cry for justice as we consider ‘What does Christmas have to say about human rights?”
6pm – zoom only. Storytelling Communion Service – Waiting & Surprises. Whether you’ve got a story about surprises, a whooper about waiting, or would rather simply come along and listen to others tell their tales, all are invited to a sacred time of stories and sacrament.
Advent Flyers Plus!
Everyone should have received an Advent Flyer either in print or by email. St David’s folk will also have a letter from Phil. If they haven’t arrived, please contact Marcia.
A Thought for the Week
“Education is what’s left after forgetting what you learned in school.”