& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
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25th October 2020
Welcome to everyone who reads our weekly newsletter – we try to keep our readers informed and to care for them.
We are now in lockdown! We all need to do everything we can to break the rapidly rising cycle of infections we are seeing right across Wales. This is a short sharp shock to save lives. Local restrictions have worked to stem the virus but NOT to turn it back. So, the advice is
Stay at home! Work from Home wherever possible AND Reduce contact with people wherever possible!
Phil is doing a great job of keeping of keeping us all focussed and busy, we have many challenges!
He still prepares the weekly zoom services with help from the communications team. This week’s topic is Guess who’s coming to dinner!
It is Part 3 in the series Politics, Protest and Peace. Join us on Zoom at 10.45am.
Weekly Zoom service: Log in opens at 10.30 for pre service chat. Service will start at 10.45.
Zoom service link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89461145366?pwd=S3ExNTVjdGVGdXlGVlNQc2k3eldudz09
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We keep Bernice, Chris and Sue, who are in Royal Glamorgan Hospital, in our prayers. Chris has been moved to ward 15. We pray also for their family’s and the people who are caring for them
- We are very pleased to say that Cyril was discharged very quickly. Unfortunately, he did have a fall as he entered his bungalow but nothing serious and he has now recovered.
- Some planned surgeries at Royal Glamorgan Hospital are now taking place with patients having to isolate for 14 days and take a Covid test prior to their procedure taking place. Brian is one of those people. We pray for him and any others who have received appointments.
- We think of those with family living in areas of England which are in Tier 3 restrictions.
- As the daylight hours are now shorter, we think of those who suffer from Seasonal affective disorder.
- The folk of Castle Square will be sorry to hear that Rev Marina Kennard, a former minister, has died. We have no further information.
Birthdays this week ….. There are two people known to us who are celebrating their birthdays this week…Isobel who will be 19 on Tuesday 27th and celebrating (we hope) at University in York, and on Thursday 29th Rachel Jones will hopefully be able to get to have some cake!! Enjoy your day girls.
Sharing Good News
If we were in Church Cyril would want us to know that he received a call last Sunday from George in Grand Cayman. George had missed chatting to him – That phone call made Cyril’s day – it really lifted his spirits.
We celebrate with Renda who passed her ‘Life in the UK’ exam. Congratulations Renda!
Stephanie and Alan are delighted to share the news that their Granddaughter Lauren has been awarded an MA in Law and will start a 4-month induction as a cadet detective constable in January. She has already been accepted for a post in South Wales
Gwenllian is pleased that she is mobile again….although the car will only be used for essential travel!
Something to make you smile
After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, “Who was THAT?”
On Wednesday night we held our second Double Vision discussion evening in which South East Presbytery’s Mission Partnership Church Planter, Moses Tumukunde Tutesigensi, and Communist political activist, Mally Kakembo, gave us a lot of food for thought as they opened up our discussions on ‘Black Lives Matter in Wales’. Those interested can catch up on the discussions on our YouTube channel –https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA
It was a joy to welcome friend of the church, Miara Rabearisoa, to our discussion evening on Wednesday. Miara has written a fascinating short reflection on how Wales is responding to the pandemic in the PCW’s Treasury which can be accessed here – https://www.ebcpcw.cymru/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Treasury-Oct-Supplement.pdf
See Mid- week reflection for more information
After reflecting on the coming the lockdown, which has now started, Phil advised that if we find ourselves struggling, reach out to someone. whether that be God or a time of prayer, silent or spoken, or expressing yourself in art or any other way that you choose. We were encouraged to take our concerns to God who will be listening and offering strength for the journey and hope for the end of lockdown and so much more. He also encouraged us to reach out to others by phone, computer or letter, to give someone a call. You might want to, each day during lockdown as Phil has been doing, write a card. Otherwise pick up the phone if you’re feeling down, there are plenty of people who are willing to chat. So maybe have a few jokes up your sleeve to make people laugh.
We were shown a picture of two people, no longer with us, who were special to Phil….Photographs are a good way of remembering them and the impact they had on our lives. It is All Saints and All Souls days coming up and so your invitation for this week is to send in photographs or just the name of your ‘saints’, family or friends who have gone before us, send them to us with (if you wish) a sentence on why they mean so much to you and we will pray for them at our communion service on All Saints Day – 1st November. Please send them by 29th October
Challenge for Advent!
Our digital online advent calendar is starting to take shape but we need more videos of your favourite presents…remember what we would like is a short video, which can be sent in via Whats App or Zoom, showing a present that you love, saying who gave it to you and what it means to you. Please get them in soon….the digital calendar will take some planning and the first day of advent is November 29th
A Thought for the week.
Jesus tells us that we don’t make tomorrow better by spending today panicking.
We make tomorrow better by spending today thinking of others,
helping out those who need it, turning our attention to God and carrying on.
Stephen Tomkins – Editor of Reform