& Castle Square URC
26th September 2021
Today’s service at 10.45 is being live streamed from St David’s and will be on YouTube later.
The service is being led by our Minister and we continue with global theme for this year’s ‘season of creation – A Home For All?: Phil’s reflection today is entitled Sharing space and holding hands.
While RCT is among the highest for daily corona virus rates in the country we are continuing to protect everyone by following guidance and not singing, when the situation improves and we have completed the necessary risk assessments we will resume normal services, until then we must be patient, even though it’s difficult for us to accept when everything around us appears to be normal. We’ll get there one day.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We heard at the Church meeting that Ben has broken his arm, this will curtail his activities for a while.
- Chris has had a good report from the hospital and is looking forward to a few days away.
- Brian has also received good report, his treatment will continue as it’s working!
- There are people we are aware of who are not feeling ‘up to the mark’ at this time. We pray that they will recover to better health again soon.
- We think of those who have recently been bereaved as they look to the future without loved ones.
Proud Mum Alert! Gill Miller is thrilled to share with us that her son Richard has been appointed by the Queen to be a Circuit Judge. He will be known as His Honour Judge Richard Miller. He was called to the bar (Grays Inn) in 1991 and was appointed Recorder in 2016. What an achievement! Congratulations.
Birthdays this week
There are 4 people that we are aware of who have their birthdays this week:
TODAY (26th) – Sharon Burgess and Zac Jones, Zac will be 8, Tuesday 28th – Lesley Mower Hill and Saturday 2nd October – David Jones. We send them all our best wishes.
We would like to thank you all for the kind gifts which we received on our stepping down as hirings officers. They were unexpected but very much appreciated and you can be sure they will be put to good use. It has been a privilege to meet so many people in the course of our role as hiring officers and we remain in touch with many of them. So thank you all once again. Chris and Margaret
10.45 at St David’s Haydn Blackey
11.00 at Castle Sq Rev Dr Phil Wall
10.45 Zoom Service Rev Dr Phil Wall Also screened in St David’s
16.00 at St David’s Contemplative Communion Service
News from St David’s AGM
Well, after 18 months since the last one, it was bound to be a big one and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Church members not present (and even those who were) are recommended to read the minutes, which will be available shortly, for there was a lot to take on board. Here are some key takeaways:
- Sue Walkling was thanked for the artwork outside the buildings. Any volunteers to help her with this or with future youth engagement are encouraged to speak with Sue.
- The environmental policy put together by the URC Synod of Wales & Ben Walkling was adopted as a living document.
- The Vision Committee proposal was heard and dates for future opportunities to chat about the proposal were given, the first being 10am on 20th October.
- The worship routine for at least the next 6 months was accepted. The Church will be open every Sunday.
- A reminder was given that we are seeking volunteers to join our IT team and premises management, whilst Chris and Margaret Morris were thanked for their decade of service as premises officers.
- The elders and justice & peace groups were encouraged to explore how we can support a LGBTQ+ inclusive church in the Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya.
- Pete Davies, Liz Henson, Michael Howells, Pam Mahoney & Viviane Lamare were all affirmed as elders.
- Phil shared gratitude for the support the church gave him as his focus on procedures, wider church work, and funeral ministry had taken more of his time over the past 18 months.
- The harvest service will be on October 17th. Physical or monetary donations to the food bank are welcome and a sign-up sheet for the lunch will be available shortly.
- Upcoming causes for celebration included Bethan and Ianto’s wedding blessing at the church on 22nd December.
- Thanks were given to many, whilst Lynda received a round of applause for all her efforts.
- The next church meeting is scheduled for January 16th.
It’s hard to know how we can respond with goodness when faced with the tragedy that continues to unfold in Afghanistan. Prayer is, of course, a good place to start but for those who feel moved to give, two ways you can do so are outlined below:
Valleys of Sanctuary:
The Local Authority has been overwhelmed with offers of help and donations and for now, no further items are needed for the families who will be settling in RCT. This may well change as they settle and other families arrive. Valleys of Sanctuary is coordinating how we can support the families with Jan Thomas in RCT (Jan worked closely with us when the Syrian refugees arrived) and while no further items are needed for now, people can still donate money as the local authority’s funding is limited and doesn’t stretch to specific items that may be needed in the future. Lynda has kindly agreed, once again, that the church can act as banker for any donations, but to manage the process as transparently as possible, anyone wishing to donate cash or cheques should contact Catherine Naamani or Lynda Duddy from Valleys of Sanctuary in the first instance. email@example.com
If you would like to donate online, we have set up a Paypal Pool for this purpose https://paypal.me/pools/c/8CMThHNxDZ
Friends of DPIA:
For over 20 years DPIA has helped asylum seekers and refugees to settle and thrive in Wales. Friends support DPIA on all its efforts, whether helping new arrivals to settle, enabling asylum seekers and refugees to meet and talk, sharing experiences and trying to solve problems, or providing language lessons, helping to find work or volunteering opportunities.
Everyone needs help and encouragement to make their way and realise their dreams. Especially those who have been persecuted, lived in fear or danger, lost family members and all their belongings.
DPIA projects help children and adults make friends, show how to navigate health services and understand housing options.
DPIA has a great record of achievement, skilled staff, lots of ideas, and a competent board. But it lacks resources.
Please help us to help displaced people. Your donation – whether it is one-off or regular – will help us to achieve our mission to support displaced people in Wales to live and be well within our communities. To make our work sustainable, we are asking for your support.
This is the form to complete to become a DPIA Friend. Please donate via our Localgiving page, or contact us for more ways to help. www.dpia.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07714 458 262
Stewards of creation – we CAN make a difference!
For those who want to think more about the things they can do to improve their care of our home planet, please go to www.un.org/en/actnow/. For those not online, actions include: [Feel free just to type out!]
Save energy at home Much of our electricity and heat are powered by coal, oil and gas. Use less energy by lowering your heating and cooling, switching to LED light bulbs and energy-efficient electric appliances, washing your laundry with cold water, and hang-drying it instead of using a dryer — you will save money too!
Walk, bike, or take public transport The world’s roadways are clogged with vehicles, most of them burning diesel or gasoline. Walking or riding a bike instead of driving will reduce greenhouse gas emissions — and help your health and fitness. For longer distances, consider taking a train. And carpool whenever possible.
Eat more plant-based foods Eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and less meat and dairy, can significantly lower your environmental impact. Producing plant-based foods generally results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and requires less energy, land, and water.
Fly less Airplanes burn large amounts of fossil fuels, producing significant greenhouse gas emissions. That makes taking fewer flights one of the fastest ways to reduce your environmental impact. When you can, meet virtually, take a train, or skip that long-distance trip altogether.
Cut your food waste When you throw food away, you’re also wasting the resources and energy that were used to grow, produce, package, and transport it. And when food rots in a landfill, it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. So use what you buy and compost any leftovers.
Reduce, reuse, repair & recycle Electronics, clothes, and other items we buy cause carbon emissions at each point in production, from the extraction of raw materials, to manufacturing to transport to market. To protect our climate, buy fewer things, shop second-hand, repair what you can, and recycle.
Change your home’s source of energy Ask your utility company if your home energy comes from oil, coal or gas. If so, see if you can switch to renewable sources such as wind or solar. Or install solar panels on your own roof to generate energy for your home.
Switch to an electric vehicle If you plan to buy a car, consider going electric, with more and cheaper models coming on the market. Even if they still run on electricity produced from fossil fuels, electric cars help reduce air pollution and cause significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gas or diesel-powered vehicles.
Choose eco-friendly products Everything we spend money on affects the planet. You have the power to choose which goods and services you support. To reduce your environmental impact, buy local and seasonal foods, and choose products from companies committed to cutting their gas emissions and waste and using resources responsibly.
Speak up Speak up for bold action by all sectors of society. Appeal to world leaders, urge your city, region and university, and encourage businesses to take urgent action toward net-zero emissions. Concrete steps by global and local leaders will determine our ability to rapidly transition to a climate-resilient future.
For more detailed information on low-carbon lifestyles, see the UN Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report 2020.
“It’s nearly that time of the year so if anyone would like to order any handmade Christmas cards, please contact Colleen as soon as possible. Proceeds from the sale of any cards will help the Church funds”.
A Thought for the Week
Life is not made up of great sacrifices and duties but of little things in which smiles and kindness
given habitually are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort
Sir Humphrey Davy 1778-1829
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