& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
Admin email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7th February 2021
We are blessed in having Simon Walkling the Wales Synod Moderator as a member of our Church and are very pleased that he is leading today’s worship after having had a very busy week. We are extremely grateful to him.
This evening at 6pm Phil will lead a zoom Communion service via the usual link. In advance of Fairtrade Fortnight later this month, tonight’s service will include an ecumenical celebration of Fairtrade. You are invited to gather with wine & bread (or equivalent) and any fair-trade food you have by 6pm.
With the news this week that Teachers will get coronavirus tests twice a week to ensure schools, starting with those aged 3 to 7, can start to return safely from February 22, we hope this will be the start of a slow return to normal life.
Church Family and Pastoral News
- Most will have already received the sad news that Chris Fennell passed away on Tuesday 2nd February. Our thoughts are with David, Vicki and grandson Owen, also her stepdaughter Nicola. Chris has been an active part of our church family for a very long time serving as an Elder and Treasurer. She was cheerful when life was difficult, her humour will be greatly missed. Chris was an inspiration to many.
- We continue to pray for Bernice who is now surrounded by the love of her family and is being well cared for,
- This time next week we will be preparing to say a final farewell to Brenda Jones. Will anyone who wants to be present at Glyntaf on Tuesday 16th February at 12 noon. please let Marcia know.
- We are pleased to say the Sheila’s son is making slow but good progress
- We think of those who are involved in education: the young children, the teenagers the young people who should be in college and the teachers / lecturers
- We send Sharon our best wishes as she copes with symptoms of post Covid syndrome.
- We remember Jean Davies who has had a fall and is badly bruised and resting in between looking after John.
- We hold Sheila Courtney, a member of Castle Sq Guild in our prayers as she is waiting to have some tests.
Sharing Good? News
In these strange times Phil has taken on a new Role! From this month he is Chaplain for URC Youth in Wales!
They had a zoom service last Sunday and will no doubt have more zoom meetings in the coming months.
Birthdays this week
There are no birthdays that we know of this week! If you have a birthday or special anniversary and would like to share it with your friends please let us know. To anyone who is celebrating this week ~ we hope you have a great day!
Thank you for the lovely bouquet of flowers I received following the death of my sister. They really cheered me up. Missing seeing everyone. Keep safe all. love Stephanie
Synod Sunday ~ Following St. David’s Uniting Church’s leading of the inaugural Synod Service last weekend, we received many greetings from several friends of the church, including Julie & Ian Kirby, Branwen Rees, Phil George and Rob Moverley.
Ny Ako ~All the members of the Madagascan group who have performed in Pontypridd and worshipped in St. David’s Uniting Church several times over the years – wish you a very happy new year 2021. ‘May our Lord Jesus Christ grant you his mercy during this year’.
The final total of £2075, which included £362 Gift Aid, was distributed as requested by the donors as follows:
RCT Women’s Aid £790; David Griffiths Church School, Madagascar £750; Christian Aid £535.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
If anyone knows of anybody celebrating special wedding anniversaries, birthdays etc during this year to please let me know and we can help them celebrate! Having had a break, I am now back to taking orders for cards, so, if anyone would like a handmade card please contact me.
Last week Phil was on the hills with a fluttering of snow. He mentioned the UN treaty and the prohibition of nuclear weapons. UK didn’t sign the treaty, but for those that did nuclear weapons are now banned! For those interested there is a campaign, (that will be going out just before the budget in early March) which urges the government to scrap their plan for renewing trident and to put the billions of ££s instead into public services. https://cnduk.org/donate/addmyname/ sign before February 12th. This led to our challenge of what we would like to ban. This was the response – some serious others not so!
Nuclear Weapons, Capital Punishment, Banish hunger (if only we knew how to share with each other).
Mobile Phones – NOT in cinema’s, restaurants or on public transport – they annoy people. NOT needed in schools.
Cigarettes thrown from cars – chewing gum dropped on the floor – sleeping policemen, they cause back problems,
Eating takeaway meals on the street – people just throw the cartons on the floor, playing music loud in cars,
Plastic water bottles, Boxing Day and January Sales and the advertising over Christmas
MPs should only serve for a limited term and retire at 65
In the week just gone we marked the one yr. anniversary since the first Covid 19 cases were treated in the UK and since then our lives have changed! At Chewsdays, Castle Sq’s lunch club, they said they would take a break and return probably after Easter, someone joked see you at Christmas, or maybe next year! Little did they know.
There is hope to be had, many more have received the vaccination, the days are getting longer, daffodils are in the shops and spring flower are appearing.
Robert James our director and photographer has come up with a lockdown art task, to document and record this as a legacy for the future, before we return to ‘normality’ It’s a simple task, we would like as many as possible to take part! We are asking for 2 photographs ~ one photograph that illustrates your new normal in as imaginative way as possible what this means to you, and one of yourself or your family. They will be used in the future, if you send them in we will assume permission has been given for us to create an art piece to show what life was like during the pandemic. This will be an ongoing challenge; photos should be sent to Phil or Marcia for Robert to use later.
A Thought for the week
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know piece. “ Jimi Hendrix
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