& Castle Square URC
26th June 2022
We welcome everyone to our service today whether you are joining us live at St David’s, on live stream from wherever you are, or later on YouTube.
We are very pleased that our own Claire Hughes is leading our worship this morning and we pray that as she leads our worship, we may all know the joy of God’s presence, and recognise the importance and the challenge of the message we hear as we face the future.
Link for Live Stream https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA
Tea and coffee will be served in the hall following the morning service, and the hand-made cards will be on sale, please join us for this time of informal fellowship.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Chris Morris will have his eye op on the 29th. So he and Margaret are isolating from Sunday.
- We remember our friends in residential homes: Margaret Major, Edith Thomas, Diana Hayns, Sue Salmon, Valerie Henson – we pray for them and all who care for them.
- We give thanks for ‘good’ news and we remember those for whom news has not been so good.
- We think of those of our fellowships who are recovering from Covid and hope they have no long-term problems.
We know of four people who are celebrating their birthdays this week, they are:
Hettie Bullock – June 26th (TODAY), Viviane Lamare – Monday June 27th, Sheila Greenstock – Wednesday 29th and Claire Hughes – Friday 1st July.
Gill Cox had a lovely birthday last Saturday and says thank you for all her cards and presents.
Diary for the Week ~ St David’s
Monday 27th 10.00 am Language lesso
Wednesday 29nd 6.00 pm Guides.
Thursday 30th 7.00pm Tenovus ‘Sing for life’ choir.
Next Sunday 3rd 10.45am Iestyn Henson
Monday 27th 10.30am Craft and Chat
Next Sunday 3rd 11.00am Rev Dr Phil Wall
Advance notice Guild will meet the first Wednesday in July.
BBC Songs of Praise on June 26
Claire McCollum visits the Baptist Assembly in Bournemouth to find out more about the 400-year-old Christian denomination. She will meet, among others, the general secretary of Baptists Together and a Ukrainian family who have fled their homeland, swapping the city streets of Apostolove for the valleys of Wales. Watch it at 13:15, BBC 2
URC at the Green Belt Festival
The United Reformed Church will be at this year’s Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House, 26-29 August, with the theme of Revolting Christians.
Revolting Christians stand up to injustice, confront oppression and seek lasting change for good, following the example of Jesus. We’ll have the chance to celebrate revolting Christians from history as well as to encourage and equip each other to be revolting Christians.
As with previous festivals, we also need your creativity and crafting for a URC collage and for bunting to decorate the tent. We’re also inviting church groups to come and experience Greenbelt and we will be holding a special act of URC anniversary worship on the Sunday afternoon.
Send photos of yourselves to be included in the URC collage at Greenbelt and help us show how we are full of many different people. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By emailing your photo, you are giving permission for it to be used in URC at Greenbelt resources or other media that celebrate our 50th year.
We would like you to make some bunting. This can be individual triangles or made into a 2-metre length! The bunting can be made from paper, card, cloth or whatever you happen to find around the home.
- Download our bunting template(PDF | 5mb)
You could create a representation of your congregation or church building or your neighbourhood or something celebrating the 50th year of the URC. Let your imagination fly!
Warning – by Jenny Joseph
There was a lot of talk about the vulnerability/burden/anxiety of the older generations during the early days of COVID. In one of the weekly Castle Square conference calls, this poem was mentioned and read.
Perhaps it will amuse and inspire you!
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Thought for the Week
There is never an ending that is not a new beginning with God.. – Unknown