& Castle Square URC
3rd April 2022
This Sunday is Passion Sunday and we welcome all who join us for worship today either at Castle Sq. or St David’s. The service from St David’s will be live streamed and available on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA
As it’s the first Sunday in the month, Phil is leading worship at Castle Square at 11am and the service will include Communion. Due to unforeseen circumstances the service will be in the hall.
At St David’s our good friend Dave Kitchen, a retired head teacher and Methodist lay preacher, from Cardiff will be leading our worship at 10.45 am.
Tea and Coffee will be served after the service and handmade cards will be available.
Please join us for this time of informal fellowship and catch up with friends.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Unfortunately, Martha has now got Covid, just as she was improving, so Glynis and Brian are not able to visit.
- Gwyneth in her concern for her sister who has been diagnosed with Dementia.
- We give thanks that Gill Cox is much improved since contracting Covid.
- There are several people who are still waiting for test results, and are getting anxious.
- Gill Miller is much improved – we hope the warmer weather, when it returns, will help.
- We think of Ben as he settles into his new home in Swansea and wish him well with his studies.
There must be some people in our fellowships with birthdays this week, but we do not have the information! If YOU have a birthday, we hope you are able to celebrate.
Alison and Steve are now with THEIR daughter, they were able to travel following negative LFT’s A reunion after THREE years, not two~ they will be having a great time! Apologies for the misinformation last week!
Fantastic news! – Loreen is home after 4 months in hospital. It will take her a while to get settled in as everything has been moved around to make life easier for her.
The ‘Sing for Life’ choir have returned to St David’s for their weekly meetings! Welcome Back!
‘Thank you!’ to everyone for your best wishes, cards and gifts on my retirement, they are much appreciated. Kev and I had a couple of days away to celebrate. Colleen
A ‘big thank you’ from Dorothy for the phone calls, cards and visits I received on my birthday – I didn’t have time to leave the flat, my day was out of this world! Dorothy
Thanks! – to everyone who enquired about me following the recent procedure to insert a PICC line – it means a change of life style as I now have weekly visits from the district nurses – It is good to know that so many people care, I really appreciate it. Thanks, doesn’t seem enough! Brian
The West End Comes to St David’s Guild – This Wednesday, at 3:30pm
Here’s a reminder of an event not to be missed! On Wednesday, singing sensation David Watkins will bring some star power to St David’s Uniting Church as he premieres his latest one man show. A swing singer in the Sinatra style with a slapstick sense of humour, David has starred in a number of professional musical theatre productions and has pioneered “Cognitive Cabaret Therapy” for people living with dementia. Such is David’s popularity that this event has been extended in timing and scope, which hopefully means that we’ll raise even more for the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. David is hugely looking forward to delighting a Ponty crowd so whether or not you’re in the guild, come along, bring a friend –bring a crowd– and enjoy 90 mins of top-class entertainment. St. David’s Uniting Church, April 6th, 2pm – suggested donation – £3.00
Ramadan 2022 – Invitations
As we look to the start of the Christian holy week next Sunday, we are reminded that our Muslim siblings are entering their first day of Ramadan today and we have been invited both to serve and be served by them in their celebrations.
First – the serving! Slots are still available for those who are willing to volunteer at the chaplaincy between 7:15 and 9:15pm on evenings throughout April. Please email the chaplaincy at email@example.com or speak with Phil if you’d like more info.
Now the being served…The Dar-ul-Isra mosque in Cardiff is welcoming visitors to their iftar (end of fast) meals this Ramadan.
The visit will include a tour of the mosque, its history and the role it plays in the Muslim community. You will have the opportunity to hear from Muslims and their experience of Ramadan and the impact of Covid Lockdown as well as ask questions. We will end with sharing the Iftar meal. We have arranged 4 “open evenings” for you to choose from. Just go to https://forms.gle/Emz4rd8todzUJk6t5 select the date and let us know you are coming. This is an open invite so please feel free to share the invite with friends, colleagues and family.
The mosque is located on Wyverne Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4BG and we hope to receive guests at approximately 7pm (times will slightly vary since the fast ends at sunset which changes daily but you will be emailed full details once registered) – the tour and discussions will last approximately 1 hour, you will observe the sunset prayer led by the Imam then settle in for a 2-course feast with the congregation. Covid safety measures will be in place to keep everyone safe.
‘The Drama of Easter’: Holy Week 2022
As you’ll see from the flyer, we have a whole range of holy week events and services (20 in total!!!) which we hope will enable each of us to journey through this special week with Christ and one another. Next Sunday morning, Palm Sunday, alongside our usual zoom service, there will be an accompanying service in Gelliwastad Road for those who want to meet there. At both services, we will be sharing Holy Communion as a prophetic gesture. More details to come! But could those online please have bread and grape juice – or equivalent – to hand?
Anyone willing to help with the preparations, for Maundy Thursday, should speak with Marcia or Liz. Dioch yn fawr.
A Quiz for Mothering Sunday – The Answers
1) Ruth has her own book in the Bible. Who was her mother-in-law? Naomi
2) John the Baptist – He prepared the way for the Lord. Who was his mother? Elizabeth
3) Cain killed his bother Able. Who was their mother? Eve.
4) Abraham is the father of the Jewish nation. Who would be the mother? Sarah
5) What famous mother is known, among other things, for her answer to the angel Gabriel.
‘I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.’ Mary of Nazareth
6) Who was the mother of Solomon, the wisest mortal who ever lived. Bathsheba
A Thought for Week
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and wrong.
Sometime in your life you will have been all of these.
Walter Scott – Clergy Coaching Network