Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
8th July 2018
We welcome you all to or services today as we continue Celebrating 70 years of the NHS; with Phil (and Bethan) now on their epic walk from Rhyl to Cardiff we are pleased to welcome Rev David Henson (Yes! he is related to our Henson’s) of Trinity Episcopalian Church, Asheville, North Carolina, who, with Iestyn is taking our service this morning.,
David was ordained as a priest in 2014 and previously served as a youth minister and as an assistant rector at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in North Augusta, South Carolina. While in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, David also served as the chaplain and spiritual director for the Diocesan Youth Council.
Tonight, at 6pm, our Iona service will focus on health and healing.
Prayer requests can be put in the box or given to Margaret
Fair-trade tea and coffee will be served after this morning’s service, and handmade cards will be on sale. We invite you to enjoy some light refreshments in the company of friends.
Hymns: Christ has called us to each other
Written on the palm of God’s hand
The Love of God comes close
Come Christian friends
Readings 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13 (both from Good as New)
Diary for the Week
Monday 9th Language Class 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs 16.30-19.30
Tuesday 10th Kids Club at Church House
Wednesday 11th OPAG 10.30-12.00
Rainbows & Guides from 16.45 at Church House
NHS Children’s Concert
Saturday 14th A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION see God Bless the NHS
Sunday 15th Our Family Service at 10.45am will be led by our Minister. There will be NO ‘Film & Chat’ see Phil Says…
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers today and during this week:
- Phil and Bethan as they trek from Rhyl to Pontypridd and for ALL who are involved in providing hospitality and support.
- The family of Olwen Williams, a member of Ladies Guild and the Park Ramblers; whose funeral will be held at Glyntaf 3pm on Wednesday.
- All who have hospital appointments and those who will treat them.
- Those who live in care homes or are unable to get out and enjoy the sunshine
Phil says: ‘Bore da from Dyserth!
So, having visited Glan Clwyd Hospital (where Ben was born!), popped into evensong at St Asaph’s Cathedral (whose Bishop ordained the man who became St Camillus, the patron saint of the sick and those who care for them back in 1584…not the current Bishop, mind!), started the walk proper from Rhyl, had breakfast with the members of Horeb URC and preached there to boot…breathe…as you read this, Bethan and I are now fully on our way on this first full day of our trek across Wales in celebration of 70 years of the NHS and the land in which it was born. Please, do pray for us as we thank and bless NHS places across the country on the church’s behalf for all they do to care for our health and well -being day after day. There’s still a variety of ways you can be involved which, this week, includes the items mentioned below
God Bless the NHS –
Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of founding the NHS.
- Wednesday 11th– 6pm – Schools concert. No charge, stewards welcomed!
- Friday 13th– Ride on the Brecon Railway – Bethan and Phil will be catching the return leg of the 3:45pm journey from Pant. S4C will be covering this part of the walk so any supporters will be welcome! Tickets cost £14.50 return; £13 for senior citizens
- Saturday 14th See Bethan and Phil off at the Aneurin Bevan Memorial stones, Tredegar at 8:30am or join them for the last 12 miles at 12.30pm from Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Village (Subway restaurant) to Ponty via the Taff Trail!
- Saturday 14th– 7 pm A Night of Celebration with Tredegar Town Band and Special Guests. Compered by Beverley Humphreys. Tickets: £10 downstairs, £8 upstairs. Tickets available from Marcia TODAY. If you can’t make the concert, you can still support it by sponsoring a ticket or two which will be given to local NHS workers, the schools involved with the concert and to our Syrian friends.
- Sunday 15th – next Sunday we will be joined by the Deputy Mayor of RCT, along with some other invited guests as we continue our thanksgiving for the NHS within our worship.
And if all that leaves you a little exhausted…we’ve decided to give everyone the Sunday afternoon off! After a busy few days and in consideration that both the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final and the World Cup Final will run over our usual film and chat time, we have decided to cancel it for this month, giving everyone the chance to enjoy the sport, the sunshine or just a good rest!
- Tuesday 17th –11am WALK – Come support us for the final few steps, from the Bevan statue by Cardiff Castle to the Senedd (1.7 miles) when we present our thanks and work to the Welsh Assembly in the company of Tenovus Sing for Life Choir.
For those without access to social media who are interested in tracking Phil and Bethan’s Journey from Rhyl to Pontypridd
This is their plan!!! They may visit other places as well!!!
Saturday: Rhyl – Dyserth They walked just 4miles yesterday evening
Sunday: Dyserth – Ruthin – 22 Miles
Breakfast & service 8.30 at Horeb URC collecting items for the website
Before setting of for Ruthin and the English Presbyterian Church
Monday: Ruthin – Oswestry – 28 Miles
8.15 start: Passing through Llangollen, visiting Cambrian Medical Centre in Oswestry . Evening meal courtesy of Oswestry Churches Together
Tuesday: Oswestry – Montgomery – 28 Miles
9.30 am visit Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital
Before setting off for Montgomery passing through Welshpool
Wednesday: Montgomery – Presteigne – 25 Miles
Visiting Knighton Community Hospital,
Evening meal provided by the folk of Presteigne Baptist Church
Thursday: Presteigne – Glasbury -27 Miles
Passing through Hay on Wye
Friday: Glasbury – Merthyr 22 – Miles
Brecon War Memorial Hospital visit at 9.30am – Trip on Brecon Mountain Railway then on to Prince Charles Hospital at 6.30pm
Saturday: Tredegar – Pontypridd – 23 Miles
Transport to Bevan Memorial Stones to start the final leg at 8.30am
Walking to Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Village, leaving at 12.30 for Ynysyngharad Park arriving at ???
Celebration Concert with Tredegar Town Band in the Evening
Sunday: Sabbath Rest !! BUT Phil is leading worship at 10.45!
Monday: Visiting Hospitals in South East Wales
Tuesday: The final leg…from the Bevan Statue to the Senedd! 1-4Miles
DON’T FORGET YOU CAN ALSO
- Write! on a card! Share your memories about what your family used for healthcare before medicine was more widely available? Or any other tales you have. Or even say THANKYOU! Put you cards in the box by Next Sunday, they will be delivered on Tuesday!
- Volunteer! We need stewards from 6pm at the Children’s Concert from 6pm on July 11th and at the Celebration Concert on July 14th Sign up sheets are on the table at the back today!
- Get a T Shirt with the ‘God Bless the NHS’ logo! Valley Sports (Market Square) can do them for £12 (+ the price of clothing if not providing it)
More News from the Church Meeting
We were introduced to Julie Kirby!
Julie is a student of Westminster College, Cambridge and has completed her three years academic study. She is now doing her ‘Living Ministry Programme’ Phil is her supervisor so we will be seeing and hearing a lot more from Julie during the coming months!
We are starting to plan for the pulpit exchange of the Spragg family; Dan, Sharon, son Asher and daughter Hannah. They will be arriving in just over 6 weeks’ time!
We understand they are keen cyclists, so if anyone has bikes and/or helmets that they could borrow please let your Elder know. They could also benefit from the use of a car – so if you know of a car that’s not being used please let Lynda know!
A plea from a member of our congregation!
As we continue to bask in this glorious sunshine and extreme heat PLEASE remember to drink plenty of water.
An appeal for hosts! ShareDydd have been contacted by Refugees at Home, an organisation they partner with, to find hosts. They are looking for some families in Pontypridd to host a young male refugee for 2 weeks or so over the summer months. He will be moving to Pontypridd to study in October but needs to attend an access course for 10 weeks over the summer. They have a couple of likely places but are looking for more people willing to be a host. Please contact Lynda if you can help
Further details of Olwen Williams funeral. Olwen passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 17th at the nursing home in North Devon. Olwen had chosen to move there to be near her family and friends. Rev Ray Vincent will officiate at her funeral, at Glyntaf – 3pm on July 10th.
Jul 22nd am Rev Dr Phil Wall 6pm Discussion & Communion
Jul 29th am Kids Club No Evening Service
Aug 5th am Rev Ray Vincent 6pm Contemplative service.
Flowers for July are being donated by
Anne Coles, Pam Mahoney, Jean & John Davies,
Maralyn Tomlinson, Madeline Howells and Cyril Davies
Two quotes from Aneurin Bevan
No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.
The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it