Saint David’s Uniting Church
& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
Admin email: firstname.lastname@example.org
30th August 2020
We last held services in our churches on March 15th. Schools, shops (except essential ones), libraries, leisure facilities and businesses closed or employees worked from home. Some of these have now reopened fully others have changed how they function.
This week most children will return to school – but life will be different – with restrictions in place. It will be a challenge for the teachers and a new way of life for all concerned. Times they are a-changing!!
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We send our love and condolences to Hilary (Castle Sq) and her family following a recent bereavement.
- We ask you to remember people who are feeling ‘low’ due to bereavement, loneliness or the restrictions that the pandemic has imposed.
- There are several people in our fellowship who are unwell and are on antibiotics. There are others who are suffering with gout, which is very painful.
- Elsie had a procedure delayed last week so will have to return this week when it will hopefully be done.
- We remember those who have had their pre op assessment and are waiting for a date for the operation.
- We think of Viviane’s daughter who has had an operation and we pray for a good recovery.
- We pray for those who care for elderly relatives as they cope with the challenges it brings.
- We give thanks for good news following hospital tests.
Birthdays this week ….
Only one birthday that we know of: Cristian Zuica’s birthday is next Sunday – as Cristian is not in the UK an e-card will be sent to him. We hope he has a great day.
Phil’s Day Off….This is usually a Friday… but due to an excess of funerals at the moment it could be a Saturday. So we ask that unless it’s an emergency NOT to contact him on these days. The Elders are always available
From Colleen. ………..I would like to thank everyone please for all the cards and phone calls that I received on my birthday from everyone at Church. I had a lovely day. Thankyou xx
Hear, ye. Hear, ye!
Next week, we will be trialling our first live Zoom service and everyone – including those not online – are invited to participate. The service will look like a sort of middle way between our pre-Covid services and our youtube worship and will be led by a multitude of voices from both congregations and beyond, concluding with a chance to chat!
We are hugely grateful to Bethan Walkling, Communications Elder, and the whole St. David’s Uniting Comms Team, for enabling this (and if anyone feels able to help with the Zoom facilitation just once a month please let Bethan or Phil know!).
So, next Sunday – 6th September – please log or phone in by 10:45am when the service will begin.
Zoom users can access worship here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89461145366?pwd=S3ExNTVjdGVGdXlGVlNQc2k3eldudz09
Those participating by telephone should call 0203 901 7895. You will then be required to type in the meeting ID – 894 6114 5366; followed by the passcode – 8453605.(Calls are charged at standard UK call rates)
The service will be recorded so that it will later be available on YouTube. If you do not wish to be seen, Zoom users should ‘Join without video’.
Following this, members are invited to gather from 12 – 2pm in Ynysangharad Park – by the bandstand (where there are many benches) for a socially distanced picnic. Bring your own food/drink/family members! We will meet if dry; postpone by a week if torrential rain and if in between and you’re unsure, feel free to contact your elder/buddy/church secretary from 9:30am on the day for confirmation on whether or not we are meeting.
Sharing Good News
Colleen will at last be returning to work next Tuesday after 5 months! She’s had her last physio in the surgery but will have further physio sessions through hospital in the form of exercises to strengthen my back after the fractures and damage to muscles after my accident. She is certainly a lot more mobile now than she was and is looking forward to getting back to near normal!
Something to search for!
Can you find these two famous British motor cycles in the Old Testament?
TRIUMPH and ARIEL
Answers next week!
The Mid week reflection was recorded on Tuesday, the day Storm Francis hit Wales causing considerable damage in some areas to trees and property.
The damage to trees is worrying, because they are so important to us because they give us oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. Being around trees helps people destress, relieve some of our anxieties, they also contain healing properties and they are beautiful! SO, trees – helpful, health giving positively, beautiful and prominent in our scriptures. We are told we should be like trees (Ps 1: 3). The Bible is a book about trees made from trees! In Genesis we have description trees, God planted all kinds of trees in the Garden of Eden and in Revelation the Tree of Life has a prominent place– the beginning and the end – and of course somewhere in the middle we have the all-important tree where Christ was crucified. Trees are essential to our faith.
In September we will have a series of sermons when we will look at creation as it is the season of creation and many churches around the world and other faith groups will be focus on and we will do the same.
So that brings us to this week’s invitation challenge for this week: Send in your photographs of trees, your poems of trees anything about trees. They will be used in our revamped style service on 6th September
Something to get involved in!
Following our sermon series and wider thinking/action on the Black Lives Matter movement, we are all invited to participate in two anti-racist zoom seminars orchestrated by the URC…
Global Intercultural Ministries Zoom Sessions
September 3rd, 10th at 11.00 via Zoom
Theme: Legacies of Slavery/From ‘Not Racist’ To ‘Anti Racism’.
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7973909056?pwd=QU5PSGZsVXVkb1dMSkwxdFdlVmNVQT09
Thought for the Week
“Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your mouth is moving.” Anon