& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
Admin email: firstname.lastname@example.org
23th August 2020
The latest guidelines from the Welsh Government allows up to four households to join together in an extended household when they can enjoy the same legal freedoms people living in individual households currently have – such as being able to meet indoors, have physical contact and stay in each other’s homes. So we have much to be thankful for.
We look forward to the plans for September and beyond – please read Being Church During A Pandemic it is packed with great ideas which everyone, from Castle Square and St David’s can be involved in, if they wish.
It is also hoped that there will be opportunities to see one another in the flesh! The new normal sounds very inviting!
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We continue to pray for Bernice who is still in hospital following her surgery for a fractured femur
- We hold Chris Fennell in our prayers as she faces the challenges that each day brings.
- We remember ALL who are waiting for doctor’s consultations or hospital appointments.
- We think of those who are working from home and are missing the camaraderie of the workplace.
- We remember those for who this week is the first anniversary of the passing of a loved one.
- With some restrictions being lifted this weekend we rejoice with those who will be able to hug people they’ve had to socially distance from and to meet with others in their homes.
Birthdays this week …. Only one birthday this week that we know of: Hilary Goodfellow on Tuesday27th. BUT There is another celebration! Marilyn and Mike Edwards celebrate their Golden Wedding on Thursday 29th.
We hope Hilary is able to celebrate with her family and we send our Congratulations to the Golden couple!
Phil’s Day Off….which he’s not very good at taking!
Due to excess funerals at the moment, Phil’s day off could be Friday or Saturday. Unless it’s an emergency, please refrain from contacting him on these days. Contact your Elder / Buddy instead!
Brenda Elias says ‘Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts and cards and messages I received following the unexpected death of my sister, Lorna. They were very much appreciated.’
Received from DPIA ‘I am writing to you to thank you for your latest donation to our charity, which we received in March 2020. I had hoped to deliver my thanks in person during one of your services but since these have as yet been unable to resume, I deliver this in writing instead. Since March 2020, we have faced considerable challenges. Many of our asylum seeking and refugee clients have been entirely cut off from the wider world, having little or no access to smart devices or data. We have used your donations to support these clients. Thanks to you, they have been able to access online English classes, online school work, and online GP appointments. We are especially appreciative that your support came at a time when the community in Pontypridd also faced its own challenges in the wake of Storm Dennis. As a member of that same community, I have seen first-hand the difficulties faced and I can only commend you all for being so charitable at such a time’ Molly Zacharias, Displaced People in Action
Sharing Good News
CONGRATULATIONS ! Tomos has achieved passes in 9 GCSEs, and achieved everything he needed for his place to study Mechanical Engineering at Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw. Liz and Iestyn are delighted. Tom’s hard work has been rewarded. Well Done! Time for family celebrations!
Brian is relieved and pleased to say that there is only a little change in his condition and he will recommence occasional chemotherapy to keep it under control. He thanks everyone for their prayers and concern.
Something to make you laugh!
Children’s Bible Statements, with no corrections!
Lots wife was a pillar of salt during the day, but a ball of fire during the night.
Last week’s Wednesday reflection was recorded in Phil’s Study (It was tidy!) he was home at last, having journeyed from Blackpool via London – but as we all know Phil loves everything about travelling – he particularly loves transport hubs, airports, coach stations and railway stations – We had a clip from Paddington railway station: and were told that they are amazing places, liminal places – you see people going off on adventures, returning from journeys, meeting loved ones, that amazing things can happen at railway stations! – It was at Paddington that Phil first met a certain Simon Walkling and heard about two particular churches….the rest, as they say is history!
Phil used the word ‘liminal’ it comes from the Latin word ‘limen’ meaning threshold. A time, a space, a place between other times. A time between different states, different moods, different revelations! Is that where we are? Way back at the beginning of the pandemic Phil compared the lockdown to a cocoon – from caterpillar to butterfly, so this time of stopping but also of growing is a bit like a cocoon – a liminal space. In the first few months we began to cope with the realities of the global pandemic, we found the rhythm, a way of getting through it. Some of us have survived some have just hung on! We are about to enter a new phase knowing that its going to continue a bit longer, with places gradually opening and some restrictions being lifted, which can be both terrifying and exciting.
Which brings us to this week’s challenge: A liminal space can be portrayed in many different ways, but the best way is a door – going from one place into another place. We invite you to share images of doors or gateways – they can have a story or can be ones you have a fascination with or interest in. Please send them in using the usual ways. You can also continue to submit your favourite Hymns and Readings which will be used in future ‘services’
In September things are going to change with revamped services and other events….Being Church During a Pandemic
My favourite weekend each year is the August Bank Holiday weekend as this is when I go to the Greenbelt festival – a place where my soul is refreshed, my mind is fed and my friends can be found at The Jesus’ Arms (the on-site bar!). Each year, the festival offers a rich line-up of art and music, worship and seminars, silent discos and noisy hymn singing. If you’ve ever been interested in dipping your toe in the Greenbelt pool but have so far been put off by the actual mud-pools which often come with it, then now’s your chance as a scaled down version is available online this year. Tickets cost £10 and the line-up of events can be perused at https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/wild-at-home/whats-on/
Thought for the Week
We are what we imagine. The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined.” N Scott Momaday