& Castle Square URC
24th October 2021
We are very pleased to welcome to St David’s, Phil George of Canton Uniting Church, Cardiff, who is leading our worship this morning. His theme will be Inclusion and Vision. Phil was last with us in November 2019.
We look forward to this time of fellowship with him. The service will be live streamed.
Link for Live Stream https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA
This evening’s zoom storytelling service at 6pm will be led by Ray Vincent and is on the subject of food.
So feel free to come along and bring a favourite foodie story before we share Christ’s meal together.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We pray for the continued recovery of those who have recently tested positive for Covid.
- We have missed Cerys from worship recently as she hasn’t been too well. We keep her in our prayers.
- We have heard that Loreen has recently had an unexpected operation, we have been unable to find out if she is still in hospital or whether she is staying with her family. We hold her in our prayers.
- Buffie is recovering after her recent collapse. We all wish her well and hope that she is resting!
- Some members from both fellowships have had falls recently, they are recovering and being careful!
- We think of Chris Morris who has a scan tomorrow and pray that the result, when it’s received is good.
- We heard on Friday that Denisa has been in hospital with Covid for 7 days and was critical but is now home and is improving slowly. We keep her and the family in our prayers.
Phil is on well-earned and much needed annual leave; he will be enjoying time with his nephews this week. He’s back in the office next Sunday.
Castle Square Craft and Chat group who meet on Mondays, are very pleased to have recommenced their weekly meetings.
From November 7th the congregation at St David’s will be able to stay and chat over a cuppa after the service. This news will be welcomed by many!!
Birthdays this week
Only one birthday that we are aware of this week and that is Isobel Henson who will possibly be celebrating with her college friends on Wednesday 27th. Enjoy YOUR day Isobel!
Being a 5th Sunday, next Sunday’s service will be a Synod Service and is to be led by friend of the church, Revd Branwen Rees. Branwen and Phil trained for ministry together and he assures us that we’re in for engaging and thought-provoking worship. All are welcome to participate through zoom, YouTube, or the service script.
Following the election of a new Elder, the Elders and Buddies have new Pastoral lists. The Directory will be available next week. It will be emailed to those we have addresses for, and will only include permitted info.
Farewell to Chewsdays
On Tuesday, Castle Square held a special buffet lunch to say Farewell to Chewsdays.
Chewsdays started as a church café hoping to join together students from the university and local residents. We did get some students but the customers were mostly local residents who came week by week on a Tuesday for their lunch.
Chewsdays was made possible by the dedication of church members and volunteers from the local community and we worked tirelessly for thirteen years. Jan and Buffie were the main organisers and we had many helpers over the years, making Chewsdays a happy place to come for a tasty, reasonably priced lunch.
We had to be checked by the local council and year after year we were proud to attain the highest score for food hygiene and to display our 5 on the door.
Now the time has come to say goodbye. Thank you so much to those who had the vision, built the kitchen, shopped, baked cakes, laid tables, prepared lunches, made tea and coffee, waited on tables, chatted to customers, washed dishes, cleaned the kitchen, washed tablecloths and tea towels, kept the books and made reports for the church. And, of course, to the customers. You are all a part of the rich history of Castle Square.
As we transition to the new normal, we are in need of volunteers to be stewards and to assist with preparation for services. Please speak with Lynda or Maralyn Tomlinson if you feel you can help. We are also in need of someone to operate the PowerPoint when Phil is away!
We are thrilled to announce that Michael Howells and Robert James are taking on the role of hirings officers. Diolch yn fawr! Let’s pray for them as they take on this important church task.
Coffee and conversation
The first ‘Coffee and Conversation’ morning, where we were able to ask questions/give comments on the vision proposal for the future of St. David’s Uniting Church, was well attended and proved to be very helpful. The next gathering will be on 13 November, 10 – 12 noon. Make a note of the date now.
Reflection on the Website
This week’s reflection is not available on our website – we encourage you to visit YouTube and watch the recording.
A Thought for the Week
Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated.
You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George 1863-1945