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8th October 2023
We welcome everyone to our services today, either online or in person at St Davids.
We give a special welcome to Rev Dr Phil Wall, our former minister, and now chaplain at Oakhill Secure Training Unit in Milton Keynes. Phil will be linking up with us from Milton Keynes for our monthly Zoom service.
As it is the start of Prisons Week who better to lead the service than Phil?!
The Zoom link will be open from 10.30 and we invite you to join us in ‘the square’ for a pre-service chat, there will also be time to catch up in the chat rooms following the service.
At the same time, for those who don’t have internet access or prefer ‘live’ worship there is an alternative service at St David’s. We thank Michael for facilitating the in-house service.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the newsletter to inform our prayers during the week.
- Those connected to our church family who are concerned for ageing parents, some are in hospital.
- Marilyn Young has been unwell having caught COVID, there are others that we know of who have also become victims, we hope you all recover soon.
- This is the season when many get ‘flu’ and one person who is suffering is Renda. We send our love.
- The Open the Book team as they prepare for the first session this term at Coed-y-Lan.
- We look forward to welcoming Terry and Annette back to our services soon as Terry recovers.
- Gwyneth as she has a visit to Guy’s Hospital this week.
- We think of Dorothy who is now waiting to see a consultant, but she is happy and looking forward to meeting everyone in church again. She won’t be beaten!
There is only one person that we are aware of with a birthday this week and that is Diana Hayns: Diana will be celebrating with family and friends at the nursing home on Tuesday 10th
A message from Annette – Terry is continuing to improve and was very pleased to receive a ‘Get Well ‘card from the Church, and wishes to thank everyone, who have called. We will be in church as soon we are able.
We have received this message from Canada.
‘Please extend my greetings to everyone at St. David’s’ and my congratulations to those who are celebrating. I read the newsletter and like keeping up with the news. All the best! Peter & Audrey deJong
Diary for the Week
Monday 9th Language Class 10.00am.
Wednesday 11th St David’s Guild 2.00pm – see below Guides at 6pm
Sunday 15th Morning worship at 10.45 with David Powell A Baptist minister in training
St David’s Guild
We had a very enjoyable ‘first’ meeting of the session when Robert James shared his knowledge of the British Artist David Hockney. We were able to see some of his fantastic paintings.
This week we will have an illustrated talk from Helen Lock of Purple Shoots, the shop in Church Street. They give people the confidence to achieve their dreams by boosting their skills or confidence.
News from the Church Meeting
The profile has been approved by the Synod Pastorate Committee and a summary will be taken to the next Moderator’s meeting. If approved by them the vacancy will be put on the URC web site.
Move to Castle Square
The Mission Statement, which had been circulated before the meeting, was approved
The plans for proposed alterations, which have been on display in the hall for several weeks, were approved
Funding for the Work. The Church Meeting agreed to make grant applications to the URC,
to use Enid’s legacy to part fund the work,
to ask PCW for the release of the capital they hold on our behalf
and to apply for further grants if necessary
The name of the church will stay the same.
As with any move there is a need to sort out what we don’t need to keep: there was an appeal for anyone who is willing to help sort out and also eventually dispose of these things. Please give you names to Pam.
Christmas Appeals: Local – DPIA and Overseas – the Orphanage in Madagascar. More details to follow.
A suggestion from the Elders was agreed that any donations by members of the church to the foodbank should be monetary rather than food items, as it was difficult to transport donations to the foodbank. It was also noted that items needed at the time could be bought with the money. A box be put at the back for donations. Food donations can be made at some local supermarkets, it is also possible to set up a standing order, details are on the Pontypridd Foodbank website.
October 22nd Rev Ray Vincent – Communion Service
October 29th Maggie Kirkbride Lay Preaching Advocate for URC Wales Synod
November 5th Dave Kitchen
Have we followed this advice from Phil?
“Be bold. Be blessed. Be blooming brilliant! I know you will be.
Much love, Phil 30/10/2022