Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
8 December 2019
We welcome you all to our services today, the second Sunday in Advent and our ‘Gift Sunday’, as we bring our gifts for the Mill Street Hostel & Homestart and our monetary gifts which this year will be shared between Displaced People in Action (DPIA) and Chora Chori, Special gift envelopes are on the table. More details in Notices
This afternoon at 2.30. a Castle Square & Friends Carol Service will be held at the Church in Castle Square, Treforest All are welcome.
Fairtrade tea and coffee will be served after this morning’s service, and handmade Christmas cards will be on sale, do take this opportunity to see what is available.
Please remember the Copper Pot, and put your loose change in it before you leave, it will be used to benefit local charities.
Hymns: O come, o come Emmanuel
Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
He could have been born in a royal palace
Good is the flesh
Readings: Genesis 2:21 – 3:8; John 1:1-9, 14
Diary for the Week
Monday 9th Language Class 9.30 – 13.00
Tuesday 10th Kids Club at Church House 18.00-19.30
Wednesday 11th Believe in Bethlehem exhibition 12.00 – 13.30
Ladies Guild (see This week…)14.00-16.00
Guides & Rangers 18.30-20.00
Thursday 12th Sing for life choir 18.30-20.00
Saturday 14th Cantorion 10.30-11.30
Sunday 15th At 10.45 our Minister will lead our Family Communion Service with the Theme ‘There’s something about Mary!’ and at 4pm we have our Festive Family Film (see This week….)
Events and New of Castle Square URC, our sister church
TODAY Castle Square and Friends Carol Service 2.30pm
Monday 9th Craft and chat 10:30am – 12noon
Tuesday 10th Chewsdays Café 12 – 1:30pm Last until 14th January
Wednesday 11th Ladies Guild. 2.30pm
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Two members of our fellowship have had their homes broken into this week. A member of the Park Ramblers has also be burgled recently. We remember them as they cope with trauma it has caused.
- Please remember those who are finding life hard as they care for loved ones in their homes.
- We remember former members who live in New South Wales, as the fires are getting nearer to their homes and we pray that the situation will soon be under control.
- We rejoice with Dorothy whose grand-daughter Abbie has been awarded BSc with First class honours in Business Computing.
Special Days to remember
9 Dec International Genocide prevention Day
This Week and in the future
This afternoon at 2.30pm at our sister Church at Castle Square hold their annual Castle Square and Friends Carol Service. All are welcome.
We encourage everyone to take time 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 every Wednesday in December, 12:30 – 1:30
We do not know what to expect in Ladies Guild this week, but we have been asked to bring a wrapped gift (spend no more that £1.50). The diary says ‘Fun with Phil!. We meet in the Victoria room at 2pm
Anyone wishing to further explore the theology of the body are encouraged to join us on Wednesday 11th at 7pm at Clwb-y-Bont – as we hold our first of two evening discussions based on John Henson’s new book ‘The Love Line’. This week – gender; next week – sexuality.
Next Sunday (15th December at 4pm) 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!
Come along and join us on Monday 16th as we entertain the shoppers in Sainsbury’s when we will be singing carols in the foyer to raise money for those in need through Christian Aid!– we will be there from 6pm.
A reminder! Michael, Bethan and Pam are waiting to receive your favourite carol or reading for the planned Morning service of Carols and Lessons on Sunday December 29th. To give them time to plan please give them your suggestions soon.
Our Anniversary lunch will be held on 12th January at the Heritage Park. The booking has been confirmed! The sign -up sheet is on the table!
January / February Birthdays! A joint event due to few birthdays in February. The choice of dates for the celebrations is 1pm Thursday 23rd January, 6:30pm, Wednesday 29th January and 1pm Sunday 16 February. The sign-up sheet is on the table!
The Christmas cards have started to arrive! Don’t forget to cut off the postage stamps and put them in the box to raise funds for Amnesty International.
The Food Banks are braced for the busiest Christmas ever! Alan has reported that our donations have been well received and the cash enables the volunteers to purchase items that are in short supply. Maybe some festive items would make Christmas a bit special!
The Christmas Greetings Board and card sorter are in place. If you would like to, we suggest you write one card for all your church friends and pin it on the board and give a donation to the charity of your choice. Please use the card sorter and don’t forget to check for ‘your’ mail.
Gift Sunday. Monetary donations will be shared between Displaced People in Action (DPIA), a charity which helps refugees and asylum seekers to live and thrive in Wales, and Chora Chori, a UK charity that’s confronting violence against children in Nepal, including child rape. (pick up a leaflet to learn more!) Envelopes are available and donations can be gift aided.
Dec 15th 10.45 Rev Dr Phil Wall 16.00 Festive Family Film
Dec 22nd 10.45 Rev Dr Phil Wall – Nativity Service
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Marilyn Edwards,
Porth Friends. Brian & Marcia Hurley and Gwyneth James