Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
24 December 2017
Phil is leading this special family nativity service with help from the Junior Church and our Young Adults as we Walk the Way …with All Sorts. The service will include the Baptism of Magdi and Suzan.
We rejoice with them and their sister Renda on this important day in their lives.
This evening at 11.15 Phil will lead our Midnight Communion Service at Church House – as we continue our journey by Walking the Way …..with All of Creation.
Please remember the Copper Pot, and put your loose change in it before you leave and it will be used to benefit local charities.
Fairtrade coffee and tea will be served after this morning’s service and all are welcome to join in this time of informal fellowship.
Hymns: 403 – Once in Royal David’s City
How ancient and lovely this news of a star
O Deued Pob Cristion
Oh What A Special Night!
Diary for the Week
Christmas Day 10.30 – All Age Celebration Service as we Walk the way…..with the Birthday Boy
Saturday 30th Coffee Bar CLOSED
New Years Eve 10.45 Family Communion Service as we Walk the Way …with The Park Ramblers
“Today we celebrate ‘good news of great joy for all people’ in our build up to tomorrow’s celebrations. As we go to bed tonight, or perhaps tomorrow morning, our sisters and brothers on the other side of our planet will have begun their Christmas Day festivities and we think especially of our friends in Christchurch, New Zealand whom we will get to know better in the coming year as we participate in an international pulpit exchange with them. Bringing together friends gone before us and friends still to be met, here is poem that Michael came across from one of Russell’s books…”
Christmas Day in New Zealand …..Margaret Mahy 1968
Our Christmas Day is blue and gold
And warm our Christmas Night
Blue for the colour of Mary’s cloak
Soft in the candle-light,
Gold for the glow of the Christmas Star
That shone serene and Bright!
Warm for the love of the little babe
Safe in the oxen stall
We know our Christmas by these signs
And yet around my wall
On Christmas cards the holly gleams
And snowflakes coldly fall,
And robins I have never seen
Pipe out a Christmas Call!
Church Family and Pastoral News
At this festive time of year we remember and pray for those who are not well, or are unable to celebrate Christmas with their families. especially all who will be sad, lonely, ill or depressed, those in residential care and those for whom this time of year is a challenge.
This Week and in the future:
On Sunday 31st December we are ALL invited to the Pontypridd Christians Together Carol service in St. Luke’s, Rhydyfelin at 5pm
Our Church Anniversary on Sunday 14th January will be followed by a Church Lunch at the Heritage Park Hotel. Will those who are interested please add their names to the ‘Sign-up’ sheet (it will be on the table next week).and pay £5 deposit.
The Christian Aid Christmas Appeal is ‘Enough for Everyone’, tackling the injustice of hunger in sub – Saharan Africa. The government will match fund all that is raised by this appeal. Our carol singing at Sainsbury’s raised £208.59 (this includes money given after the buckets were handed in). Thanks to all who raised their voices on Monday evening.
Cards ‘posted’ on our greetings board
John Attwood, The Naamani Family, Mary Robins, Cerys & Stephen, Viviane, Pam, Sonia, Marlene & Gwyn, Stephanie & Alan, Val Stone, Marilyn Edwards, Marilyn Young, Barbara, Marlene, Jayne & Roger, Colleen & Kev, Hettie, SWBA, Pat & Gareth (Hungary), George & Linda (Cayman Islands), Anita, Caroline, Chris & Margaret, Sharon, & Brian, Phil, Mick Antoniw & Owen Smith, Dyfyddol, ASD Group, email greetings from Mark,Maggie&Anna (China),
Phil’s message “Here’s wishing you all a blessed and beautiful Christmas and a Happy, healthy 2018” Much love and God bless, Phil X
Will you ALL please check to see if there are any cards in the sorter for yourselves, or people you can deliver to.
Pre Christmas Events
Message from Beverley On Tuesday 12 December we had a special early Christmas meal at the Mill St Hostel – it was wonderful – eighteen of us all sitting round a festive table tucking into a delicious roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings – crackers and party hats and carols on the television. It’s very special to be part of the residents’ lives and to share and talk and find out more about each other – there was a lot of love and laughter around that table – several of them came back for second helpings – delightful to see –One young man sitting opposite me came into our hostel two months ago – he’d been living on the streets for almost four years after a breakdown – and as he sat there wearing his party hat from the cracker and tucking into a plateful of turkey dinner – with a beaming smile he said “If anybody had told me a few months ago that I’d be sitting here with you like this, this Christmas -I wouldn’t have believed them.”So a big thank you to Phil, June Duckett, Pauline Scott, Hazel, Penny Pugh and the staff at Mill St who did stalwart work that night and to all those who donate and help us throughout the year -we just couldn’t make it happen without YOU.
Dec 31st am Park Ramblers 5pm Service at St Luke,s
Jan 7th am Rev Gethin Rhys 6pm Rev Dr Phil Wall.
Saturday Coffee Bar
Dec 30th Closed Reopen on January 6th
Flowers for December are being donated by
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Marilyn Edwards,
Brian & Marcia Hurley and Gwyneth James
A Thought for the Week
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Robert Louis Stephenson