Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
15 December 2019
We welcome you all to our services today, the third Sunday in Advent. Today’s service will be co-led by Revd Dr Matthew Prevett. Matthew was a contemporary of Phil’s at Westminster College, Cambridge and now works as a Trust Secretary for the United Reformed Church’s Yorkshire Synod. We’ve enjoyed Matthew leading worship here once before and look forward to what he has to share with us this morning. Croeso Matthew!
This afternoon at 4 o’clock ALL are welcome to join us as we screen a festive family favourite about the highs and lows of a school nativity play – No discussions just a movie accompanied by a mince pie or two!
Fairtrade tea and coffee will be served after this morning’s service and handmade Christmas cards will be on sale.
The Copper Pot is on the table waiting for your small change! Please put some in, local charities appreciate every penny they receive.
Hymns: 153 – Give me joy in my heart
65 – Born in the night, Mary’s child
No wind at the window
Worship and praise belong to you, our Maker
Readings: Luke 1.46-55. Poem – Expectation
Diary for the Week
Monday 16th Language Class 9.30 – 13.00
Carol Singing at 6pm (see This Week….)
Tuesday 17th Carol Singing at Maesycoed Nursing Home 3pm
RCT Aspergers Group 19.00-21.00
Wednesday 18th Believe in Bethlehem exhibition 12.00 – 13.30
Ladies Guild (see This week…)
Guides & Rangers 18.30-20.00
Thursday 19th 50+ Forum 13.30-15.30
Sing for life choir 18.30-20.00
Saturday 21st Cantorion 10.30-11.30
Sunday 22nd At 10.45 our Nativity!– Find out what’s occurring as we head to Bethlehem for our nativity service.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Ann J has had a cataract operation, and is recovering well.
- Hadyn has been back in hospital.
- We think of those who are frustrated with procedures for getting appointments, both medical and educational.
- People known to us who will be starting new treatment soon.
- We think of those who are mourning the loss of a much-loved pet.
- We remember people who live alone or are unable to get out. Many would appreciate talking to someone. Give them a call!
- Phil as he has a an extremely busy week ahead!
- Members of our fellowship who are leading worship elsewhere.
This Week and in the future
This week you’ve two opportunities to spread some Christmas joy through singing – on Monday 16th December, we’ll be meeting at Sainsburys at 6pm and on Tuesday 17th at Pontypridd Care Home at 3pm, both expected to last about an hour Come with a smile in your Christmas jumper and add your voice as we share the wonder of Christmas.
Norton Bridge Methodist Church have a ‘Light up A Life’ Carol Service of Remembrance on Tuesday 17th December at 7pm. Donations to St David’s Hospice.
Ladies Guild will finish their autumn session with a meal at The Longbow in Llantrisant on Wednesday 18th Our festive meal will be served at 12.30.
Looking forward to the New Year, our Diary shows our meeting on January 8th, as ‘Who’s Who? ‘. We are asked to put a photograph of ourselves as a child in an envelope and give to Marilyn Leach by January 5th
Your last chance to view the ’12 Faces of Hope’ and ‘Believe in Bethlehem’ Exhibition which also features a display of international Nativity sets. The exhibition is open to the public on Wednesday 18th December, 12:30 – 1:30
The second evening discussion based on John Henson’s new book ‘The Love Line’ will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 18th at Clwb-y-Bont – when we will further explore the theology of the body – last week we looked at gender; this week – sexuality.
23rd December 7.30pm – Carols and cocktails. Join us at Clwb y Bont for a good sing-song of Christmas classics
Our Anniversary lunch (Carvery with optional dessert) will be held on 12th January at the Heritage Park. The cost is £8.95 for one course and £11.95 for 2. As we are a large party a deposit of £5 each is payable by 22 December.
As you shop for extra’s for Christmas don’t forget to buy an extra item so that those who rely on the foodbank won’t go hungry. Maybe Christmas goodies with a long use by date!
As we start to receive Christmas cards, please remember to save the postage stamps and put them in the box, they will then be recycled to raise funds for Amnesty International.
The Christmas Greetings Board and card sorter are in place. Please use the card sorter and don’t forget to check for ‘your’ mail AND if you can deliver cards to people who are unable to worship with us please do so.
The number of gifts received on Gift Sunday last week was phenomenal!
“On behalf of the residents of the two homeless hostels at Mill Street and the Grange, Beverley would like to say a big thank you for the generosity and love that you have shown in the lovely gifts you gave last Sunday. These gifts will bring a little light and hope into Christmas for each of them, by simply reminding them that someone cares”
The appeal for our monetary donations which will be shared between Displaced People in Action (DPIA), and Chora Chori, will remain ‘open until 31st December. If you wish to gift aid your donation please put your name or number on the envelope. If the envelope has been given without a name you can still gift aid your donation, speak to Anne Coles. The charities receive an extra 25p for every £1 you donate.
Offertory Envelopes. Please collect yours today. If you don’t use envelopes for your weekly offering and would like to please speak to Anne Coles.
Dec 22nd 10.45 Rev Dr Phil Wall – Nativity Service
Dec 29th 10.45 Carols and Lessons – A chance to pause and praise!
Flowers for December will be donated by
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Porth Friends, Janet Bullock Brian & Marcia Hurley, Marilyn Edwards and Gwyneth James
Thought for the Week
Christmas is more than a time of carols, cards and candy;
it is a season of dedication, direction and decision.
William Arthur Ward