& Castle Square URC
22nd August 2021
Welcome everyone who joins us for worship today either by reading the script, watching the YouTube recording or joining via Zoom at 10.45 when Rev Ray Vincent will be leading our service.
As we cautiously return to a new ‘normal’ pattern of life we continue with a mix of Zoom services and ‘in house’ worship. There is a strong possibility that we will be able to join in the hymns and also meet over a ‘cuppa’ after the service next month.
It was great to welcome more people to the service at St David’s last Sunday when we were able to share communion together. Our thanks go to those whose arranged it, those who were present were extremely appreciative of being able to share fellowship together.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Bernice is very weak but still has a twinkle in her eye. She was pleased to have a visit from Jan. We hold her and the family in our prayers as they care for her.
- Cyril who is still in hospital is receiving Physio and having various tests, but he’s hoping to be back to a Sunday Service when he is discharged. which will hopefully be when a new care plan can be arranged. We remember him and his daughter Janet as she is tries to organise things in difficult circumstances.
- Pauline Robbins and Dianne Davies are both continuing with their exercises following hip replacements – keep at it ladies!!
- Brenda hasn’t reacted well to her treatment so it has been stopped.
- There are many in our churches who are receiving treatment for various types of cancer, some are coping well with the treatment others are experiencing difficulties, we remember them all and those who care for them.
- We think of those who have recently suffered a bereavement, may they be aware of the love and support of those around them including their church family.
Colleen says ‘Thank you to everyone who sent cards, or phoned me on my birthday. I had a lovely day and am very fortunate to have such special friends and family. Thank you xx’
Congratulations to John and June King on the birth of a grandson – Elis Lloyd King was born on 7th August. Elis is Owain’s second child.
We rejoice with Dorothy who is a great grandmother again!
Rosie O’Callaghan Williams has been accepted at Nottingham University with a view to a career in the Police force
Marlene McCloy is pleased to say that her 2yr old great niece, who had both hips in plaster is progressing well and is now in a much smaller plaster, which is easier for her mum, Ruth!
Birthdays this week
People who will be celebrating their birthdays this week are: Roger Bright TODAY and Hilary Goodfellow on Wednesday 25th. We trust you both, and any others who have birthdays this week will be able to celebrate.
Following the Government announcement, we are continuing with our current schedule of services until the end of September, with relaxed conditions in the sanctuary. Thus, the service schedule will be:
- 29th August 10:45am Synod Sunday Service on zoom. (see below)
- 5th September 10.45am Morning Service at St David’s led by Iestyn Henson..
All morning services available on paper, on our website and on YouTube.
Season of Creation
With the UN’s worrying climate report issued last week and COP 26 coming to our shores from the end of October, for the next few weeks we will, like faith communities across the planet, be reflecting on the ‘Season of Creation’, starting next Sunday when we will join together – in script, on zoom, or YouTube – to worship with the Synod Sunday Service from the United Reformed Church’s Synod of Wales.
New Term, New Normal
With Wales now in alert level Zero – where Covid restrictions are still present but limited – we are all working out what we feel ready to return to, what has changed, and how we cater for our different perspectives, priorities, and preferences. We will discuss much of this at our upcoming church meetings:
- Castle Square URC – Sunday 5th September, 11am
- David’s Uniting Church – Sunday 19th September, 10:45am – more details to follow!
In the meantime,……
Dates for your Diaries:
1:30pm, Wednesday 8th September – Film afternoon and chat in Gelliwastad Road. Whilst the Ladies’ Guild work out their new normal, we will be hosting monthly film afternoons. All are welcome. More details to come. Put the date in your diary now!
Lunchtime, Sunday 17th October – Church lunch out. As a marker of our return to more physical gatherings together, ALL (both Churches) are invited to lunch at The Heritage Hotel. More details to come. Put the date in the diary now!
St David’s Uniting Church Vision Document ~ Thanks…..
….To everyone who has read the document and responded to the their Elder when contacted….these responses are important and EVERYONE’S (members and non-members) thoughts are valued.
Save your Green bottle tops. We are approaching September and all sorts of activities and events are being planned to mark the season of creation as we look towards the COP26 Conference in Glasgow. So, collect the green milk bottle tops and get them to us so we can create something magical out of them in September.
ALSO – Our challenge for posterity! Looking back over these last 17 months.
Send a photograph of yourself, preferably head and shoulders and complete the sentence
‘The thing I have learnt through lockdown is …… ’ or –
’the thing I’ve been reminded about during lockdown is …
Send in to Robert at email@example.com or give to your courier and Robert will create something!
A Thought for the Week
Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.
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.
LIVE STREAM SERVICES – to join go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA where you should be able to join the service. Don’t join too early!