& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
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4th April 2021
Little did we think last Easter that we would still be unable to worship together in our churches for Easter 2021
Thanks to Phil’s planning and with the help of many people we were encouraged during Holy Week to journey to the cross via the stations, as each day we either watched or read two reflections following in the footsteps of Jesus on his way to Golgotha and beyond. We also had our first ever live steamed service on Good Friday. What a journey! These are all available on our YouTube channel.
But now it is Easter Day and we can shout
CHRIST IS RISEN!..….HE IS RISEN INDEED! …. HALLELUJAH!!
This morning at our Zoom service we will share Holy Communion, please have bread and wine (or equivalent) ready. Those without internet have an alternative printed service.
At 4pm – we are invited to meet at St. David’s Uniting Church ~ adhering to all the relevant guidance and restrictions (which includes mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, and the absence of communal singing or conversation) ~ for a short Communion service. Please bring your own bread & wine (or equivalent).
Please arrive by 3.50 to allow time to be seated.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Valerie Henson will be moving into residential care at Ty Porth on Wednesday we think of her as she settles in to new surroundings and of John as he adjusts to life at home without her. We give thanks that Valerie will be able to communicate with John and the family through social media.
- David Marshman was admitted to Ward 1 of Royal Glamorgan Hospital on Tuesday and is being assessed.
- As we celebrate Easter we think of those who are not well, or are lonely, or sad. May they find strength.
- Dorothy is feeling better, and has accepted that she has to slow down and is walking with the aid of a stick.
- Betty James a former member of St David’s Uniting Ladies Guild died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday. We hold her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
We share the good news that Isobel will be returning to University in York very soon. We wish her well as she settles back into her accommodation and is able to see her friends again.
Mike Williams has a new job! He has given up driving and is now employed as a carer covering north Cardiff. Good Luck Mike, may you find your new job rewarding and fulfilling.
…. from Dorothy ‘I had a fantastic birthday, so many phone calls, cards and flowers from my church friends, I ran out of vases. My family now understand why I am so happy living in Pontypridd! Thankyou everyone.
Birthdays this week
Beth Davies will be 16 on Tuesday 6th; for Caroline Jones Friday 9th is a ‘special’ birthday, it has a zero on the end! Dianne Davies, will be celebrating on Saturday 10th. We say Happy Birthday, Penblwydd Hapus to you all.
Returning to Gathered Worship: The Transition
As the vaccination roll out continues, we can begin to look forward to the day when we will all be able to gather together, sharing conversation and cwtches, singing hymns and offering praise as one. This day is coming. In the meantime, it is clear that some restrictions will be with us for a little while yet. The elders of both communities would therefore appreciate hearing your thoughts and preferences regarding returning to physically gathered worship in the short-term (May – August). All those online – including our new online friends – are encouraged to complete the short questionnaire found here: https://forms.gle/zqfg3EReWhJG38ik9 by 11th April.
Would YOU know him?!!!
Anyone who watched Sunday Worship at 10 a.m. this morning will have seen and probably recognised The Most Rev Justin Welby share his Easter message of hope and resurrection from the stunning setting of Canterbury Cathedral.
Marilyn Leach has shared this article written by Adam Helliker a reporter for the Sunday Express newspaper…
At a Westminster lunch the Archbishop of Canterbury recalled the ignominy of being unrecognised five weeks after he had been appointed. Justin Welby said, “I was at Chichester Cathedral when a man came up to me and said, “I understand the Archbishop is here today”, I was very new and replied, ” Yes, yes. Actually, he is.” And he said, “Could you introduce him to me?” So slightly gritting my teeth I said, “Well actually it’s me”. Looking me up and down in a disappointed fashion he said, “Oh,” and walked away.
Phil is ‘officially’ on leave from Monday 5th until Wednesday 14th April’. There will be an ‘out of office’ message on his phone. We ask that you allow him this time to rest and relax after what has been an extremely busy time for him. The Elders, who will be contacting you as usual, are available to help if anything urgent should arise.
Something to think about
Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. Clarence W. Hall
As Phil is taking a well-earned break and will be (hopefully) enjoying the welsh countryside, our service next Sunday will be led by Gwen Simmonds. Gwen first came to Pontypridd over 20 years ago as a student. Gwen took a service in St David’s in July 2019 and as part of her sermon she told us about her first visit to the church.
‘I wandered into an unfamiliar church sat down at the back and then wondered what I was doing there… however before I could get up to leave a woman with a couple of small children sat down in the same pew and trapped me in… She also said hello, offered a friendly face without being overbearing. I stayed and enjoyed the service, but made my excuses and left – not being able to get away quickly enough when asked by the minister and the woman who sat next to me whether I was going to stay for a coffee.
Roll on a while later and I felt the inkling to go to church again, I went to another church but felt uncomfortable and decided to go back to Pontypridd United the next week. So I did and sat in the same place, I was remembered and made welcome again by the same woman, and I decided it seemed an alright place after all and instead of leaving quickly I wandered to the front and started to speak some other people.
Those other people were ‘Unedig’ our music group, Gwen played the clarinet and was soon made welcome! The rest as they say is history! Gwen now lives in Rotherham with her husband and three children and is a Senior School Teacher and Methodist Lay Preacher. She has joined us at several of our Zoom services in recent months.
Castle Square and St. David’s Uniting Church’s next discussion evening on 12th April at 19.30 is entitled ‘The virtue of the vicious’? Exploring the positives and perils of patriotism. Join us, a Biblical scholar and a leader of the Welsh Independence movement as we try to get to grips with this sometime controversial topic. Zoom details https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82229857377
Alan & Stephanie’s Son-in-law Colin, a Cardiff Bus driver from Porth set himself the incredible challenge of running 100 miles from Oxford to Cardiff in 24 hours to raise awareness of Sepsis! His aim was to raise £1300, the amount raised as at Thursday April 1st is £2078.
At 8.52am, on the 26th of March, he set off from Wetherspoons The Four Candles pub in Oxford and arrived at The Prince of Wales pub in Cardiff at 9am the next day.
Colin’s wife, Julie, almost lost her life to sepsis 5 years ago, after an infection in her spine travelled to her brain. After a long road to recovery, Julie is now well again, and has been able to return to work. Colin has campaigned and fund raised tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition and support The UK Sepsis Trust ever since. The amount raised as at Friday April 1st is £2078. If this is a charity you would like to support you can donate on line at https://justgiving.com/fundraising/colin-childs4 or pass your donation to Alan & Stephanie.
Shared on our WhatsApp page.
An anthropologist showed a game to the children of an African tribe … He placed a basket of delicious fruits near a tree trunk and told them: The first child to reach the tree will get the basket.
When he gave them the start signal, he was surprised that they were walking together, holding hands until they reached the tree and shared the fruit! When he asked them why you did that when every one of you could get the basket only for him! They answered with astonishment: Ubuntu. “That is, how can one of us be happy while the rest are miserable?” Ubuntu in their civilization means: (I am because we are). That tribe knows the secret of happiness that has been lost in all societies that transcend them and which consider themselves civilized societies …
Comments received were….love the spirit of ‘ubuntu’….Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all behaved like that…..Hear, Hear…….Thankyou Nathan for sharing!
A Thought for the Week
The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates
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