& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
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30th May 2021
We give a warm welcome to everyone who joins us today, which is Trinity Sunday.
It is also the fifth Sunday in the month and we are invited to worship alongside our siblings from the United Reformed Church across Wales. It’s hoped that these services deepen relationships across the Synod, allow for the sharing of different voices & worship styles, and encourage a wider use of ICT within services (to name but a few advantages!). So today we head up north as Revd Kathryn Price and the members of the Alunvale pastorate lead our worship. I wonder how God will meet with you today…
The service will be on Zoom at 10.45am. Log in early for pre service chat using the usual log in. The service will also be available on YouTube for those who wish to listen later. Printed versions have been delivered to those without internet.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Doreen Marshman has been transferred to the Y Bwthyn Unit at RGH; we keep her and the family in our prayers.
- We think of Brenda Elias who is currently self-isolating prior to her operation which will take place at Llandough hospital in about two weeks’ time.
- Cerys has recently had a visit to the Royal Free hospital for treatment, so she is now radioactive for two weeks – Stephen is keeping his distance! We pray that the treatment will have positive results.
- Brian is pleased to report that results of his recent CT scan were mostly good, but he now has to have an MRI scan! Another step along the road, but he remains positive.
- We keep those who are in care homes or are confined to their homes in our thoughts and hope they can enjoy some of the warmer weather that has been promised.
Jan is pleased that she is able to get away for a few days. Others are also looking forward to holidays in this country.
The Pentecost Flames now adorn our buildings. Thanks to all who coloured them and to Sue, Susan, Simon and the team for putting them in place. Photographs are at the end of this newsletter.
Birthdays this week
People who are, hopefully, celebrating their birthdays this week are: Deborah Jones – Monday 31st, John Davies & Marilyn Young – Tuesday 1st, Liz Henson & Vaughan Rees – Wednesday 2nd. We send good wishes to you all!
Just for Fun! ~ How smart is your right foot?
Just try this. It is from an Orthopaedic Surgeon…..It will boggle your mind and you will keep trying to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can’t. It’s pre-programmed in your brain!
- WITHOUT anyone watching you and while sitting where you are, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
- Now, while doing this, draw the number ‘6’ in the air with your right hand. – Your foot will change direction and there’s nothing you can do about it!
Next Saturday (June 5th), Phil will be leading the Elders and Vision Committee in a day of prayer and reflection as they consider the kind of church God is calling St. David’s Uniting Church to be in a post-Covid society. Please pray for the day – that the Spirit might move and the participants might listen!
As we transition from online/on paper only services to a blend of worship including on-site services, the elders continue to review Government guidelines, denominational advice and the needs/preferences of church members. With that in mind our June services will take the following shape:
Zoom worship at 10:45am EVERY Sunday (also available on YouTube and on printed material).
Meetings being held in St David’s Uniting Church:
- Sunday 6th June, 4:00pm – Short communion service – also live streamed – led by Phil
- Sunday 13th June, 10:45am – Morning service.
A reminder – please arrive about 10 minutes before the service begins, and the stewards will take you to your seat.
We will have guest preachers for the next three weeks as Phil will either be on leave or at URC church events.
Phil is leading next week’s Celebration service on BBC Radio Wales at 7:30am and 7:30pm. He warns potential listeners that, due to time constraints, the service will be a mish-mash of other recent services he’s led…so you can always listen along and see if you remember them!!!
The reflection was recorded in St David’s Uniting Church, where our first Sunday service back on church premises, attended by about 10 people, was held last Sunday (Pentecost). A sign that we are on positive path. It was also live streamed onto zoom with only a few glitches.
It was a sign of us returning to our previous experiences, but it was still different because we had to wear face-masks and not speak or sing. So, we are taking steps back to regularity if not normality.
For the next couple of months, we are going to have a blended approach where we will physically be together for some services in St David’s while other services will remain online. People can still phone in and the couriers will still be delivering to those without internet access. This will be assessed as we go along.
Some have embraced the lessening of restrictions – Phil was in a pub last Sunday afternoon, he had a meeting with the URC Youth Moderator elect and our Synods Youth and Children’s Development officer.
This afternoon Phil has booked himself and his nephew into the Lido – he hasn’t seen them since last summer. It will feel like a bit of normality, a bit of pre-Covid socializing, so we’re getting there slowly but surely and we don’t need to rush. We know what’s ahead of us and we need to be patient with each other.
There’s been different expectations, different needs. For some people the zoom worship has been more accessible even than meeting physically. For others they still feel that connection when they are in a building sharing worship with others, even without singing hymns!
When speaking to Marcia, she was going through her phone deleting messages on the St David’s Church Whats App group, (Castle Sq have a Phone Chat group) because she hadn’t deleted any since April 2020! Looking back on the messages, conversations and images was really interesting, some made her smile others made her reflect. There were images and conversations with people who are, sadly, no longer with us.
It’s hard to know what the long-term effects of this time will be, there will be positives and there is certainly increased online presence and reaching out and meeting new people and sharing worship in different ways, that’s positive, but there are many losses as well…………and we want to take note of those, life can get quite busy quite quickly so we want to take a moment to catch our breath and to share what we’ve learnt from the last 15 months or so, and that’s why we are encouraging you to take part in the Covid Legacy project– details are below – people will be able to look back and see how the church responded to that ‘once in a century event’. This is what they learned; this is what they went through!
Covid Legacy Recollections – an ongoing challenge
In the coming weeks and months, we will be sharing ways in which we can show our thanks to those who are getting us through the pandemic as well as supporting those who are still suffering from it. For now, we invite you to reflect back over the past 14 months and help us create a lasting reminder of this strange time.
Robert James is heading up an art project to collect our memories and encourages us to:
1) Finish the sentence – “One thing I learnt/had confirmed over the past year is…”
2) To send in this sentence and a photograph of yourself from the neck up.
We will create something that will inform future generations of how the Church responded to, and what we learnt from this pandemic.
Please send your replies and photos to Marcia at email@example.com (this is to comply with GDPR). If you have any questions, you can contact Robert by phone. If you have Robert’s email address you can use it. Replies can also be sent to Robert James c/o St David’s Uniting Church, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2BW.
Phil’s 40th Birthday Fundraiser update
A Thought for the Week
“Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
William James, 1842-1910 American Psychologist/Philosopher
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