& Castle Square URC
10th April 2022
Palms & Prophetic gestures: Communion service
It’s Palm Sunday and our holy week worship begins as we wave palms and break bread together.
We welcome all who join us for this united service today either on Zoom or later on YouTube.
Michael Howells will lead a parallel service in Gelliwastad Road at the same time for those who
choose not to, or do not have access to zoom. Communion will be shared at both services.
The Communion on Zoom will have various voices from around the world.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Brenda, and her family tested positive for Covid on Tuesday, so some her appointments have been postponed, hopefully she’ll be OK for her eye appointment this week.
- Martha is much improved this week. She is sitting in the chair more often and is eating better.
- We keep Loreen in our prayers as she hopes to have physio to enable her to move around.
- We are pleased to learn that Kath is making good progress, but very sorry to hear that both she and Dave tested positive for last weekend.
- Gill Miller is feeling better but has little energy!
- Chris Morris has not been on top form for a few weeks and has had an appointment postponed by six weeks, due to covid and holidays – but he has an MRI Scan on Easter Sunday! We hold him and Margaret in our prayers.
- Two more people have succumbed to Covid. Madeleine tested positive after receiving her booster jab last Tuesday and Hilary Goodfellow found out on Friday. Take care ladies!
- We think of all those involved in planning of Holy Week services, especially Phil.
- We remember our Muslim friends during the holy month of Ramadan as they abstain from all food and drink from dawn to dusk.
Just two birthdays that we are aware of this week: Dianne Davies TODAY and Lynda, on Saturday 16th. Two years ago, on the Midweek reflections we were asked to relate memorable meals – Lynda’s reply was ‘The meal yet to come to celebrate my 70th with the Park Ramblers!’ It will finally happen – but not until the 25th!
from Sue Skym to everyone who sent cards, gifts, flowers and messages to her on her 80th birthday, she had a fantastic time and is still celebrating!
Phil and Margaret visited Edith for an early Easter Communion last week and found her in good spirits. She was keen to know if Phil would be visiting West Wales after Easter, as he did last year!
Castle Square Guild…..
meet on Wednesday at 2pm to share fish and chips and plenty of chat!
Help Required this week!
Volunteers needed to set the tables ready for Easter breakfast – sometime between Thursday Evening and Saturday – Contact Liz or Marcia. ALSO people to ‘staff’ prayer stations for an hour at a time on Good Friday. Please contact Sue Walkling or Phil if you can help
‘The Drama of Easter’: Holy Week 2022
Full details in our flyer.
Monday to Wednesday
A reminder that our recorded reflections, which will be available on YouTube from 8am each day,
Maundy Thursday ~ 7pm
Maundy meal and worship at Gelliwastad Road, if you haven’t signed up, please contact Marcia
Good Friday ~ 11am
Walking the Way of the Cross – Recorded Worship – at Gelliwastad Road
A short opening act of worship in St David’s will mark the beginning of this open time in which we are invited on an ecumenical journey through the events of Good Friday by visiting prayer stations in both churches.
Good Friday ~ 2pm Castle Square
We gather to listen to the seven last words of Jesus and to mark his last hour on the cross.
Good Friday ~ 6 – 7pm The Otley Arms
For those who want to mark the death of our friend in a different, more contemporary way.
9.30am Easter Breakfasts at Castle Square and St David’s
10.45am Family service and Communion at St David’s
5.00pm Emmaus Walk from Church House
6.00pm Emmaus Communion at Church House (doors open by 5.45pm)
Easter Breakfast at St David’s
Our Easter breakfast will be a ‘Bring and Share’ event. Please contact Viviane, Liz or Marcia by Friday at the latest if you will be joining us and state what you will provide! We need to know numbers to arrange and lay the tables.
A Thought for Week
“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson