Saint David’s Uniting Church
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
19 January 2020
We welcome you all too our service this morning, the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. To mark this, we are pleased to welcome back Rev Julie Kirby, who trained with us as a Student Minister, as she and Phil have swapped pulpits and Phil is leading the morning service at The Plough in Brecon!
The service will include celebration of the Lord’s Supper and ALL are welcome to share in the bread and wine. This is the first time for Julie to lead the Communion service here.
Phil will be back in time to join in our Film and Chat at 4pm this afternoon when we shall view and discuss an award-winning drama which asks the question, ‘what is the real mission of the Church’. Certificate 12A.
Fair-traded refreshments will be served in the hall following the morning service. We invite you to join us for this time of informal fellowship and take time to look at the handmade cards which are on sale.
Our ‘Copper Pot’ is on the table waiting for your ‘small change’, the money is donated to ‘local’ charities.
Hymns: 103 – Crown Him with many crowns
16: All over the world the Spirit is moving
279: Jesus stand among us
164: Go forth and tell!
Readings: Isaiah 49: 1-7; John 1: 29-42
Feb 2nd 10.45 Rev Ray Vincent
Feb 9th 10.45 Rev Dr Phil Wall
Diary for the Week
Monday 20th Language Classes 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs 16.30-19.30
Tuesday 21st Kids Club at Church House
Asperger’s Support Group. 19.00-21.00
Wednesday 22nd Ladies Guild 14.00 -15.30 (see This Week…)
Thursday 23rd Sing for Life Choir 18.30-20.00
Saturday 25th Cantorion 10.30-11.30
Games Night (see This Week….)
Sunday 26th Our Family Service at 10.45 will be led by Our Minister.
Events at Castle Square URC, our sister church
Monday 20th Craft and chat 10:30am – 12noon
Tuesday 21st Chewsdays Café 12 – 1:30pm
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We continue to remember those who have suffered bereavement and have yet to say their final goodbye. Especially Dorothy and Catherine and their families.
- Chris Morris who is now back home but will have to have surgery in the coming weeks, and Margaret as she cares for him!
- Haydn who is waiting to be transferred to Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda and Hilary in her concern for him.
- We think of those for whom the future is uncertain and ask that they may have strength in making decisions.
- Those sharing ministry elsewhere: Ray at Castle Sq this morning.
Thanks! Catherine and family would like to thank everyone for their cards, messages of support and hugs over the past week. Connie’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 28th January at 1.45pm in Coychurch Crematorium, Bridgend and afterwards at the Gelliwastad Club & Institute. If you would like to join us to remember her life, we’d love to see you.
Many will remember Connie Jones as a local Primary School teacher and the wife of Councillor DC Jones! When she retired, she volunteered for 2 years with VSO in Zanzibar.
This Week and in the future
- Our monthly discussion group trial begins at Clwb-y-Bont tomorrow evening, (January 20th)7:30 – 9:30pm. For this first CAKE (Christians Against Knowing Everything) session, we will be reflecting on the question of vocation. All are welcome.
- In a change to the Diary this week we will welcome a new speaker to Ladies Guild; Roz Chicken will be telling us about ‘What I do in the Park!’. One thing we have already been made aware of is the ceramic poppies which adorn the War Memorial – Roz had a hand in those! It should be a very interesting afternoon. We will meet as usual in the Victoria room.
- This Saturday, 25th January, 6pm-8pm is our Fundraising Games Night! There will be a variety of games to play – some old some new! Some will be action games and there will also be ‘table’ games for the less mobile!!
ALL ages and abilities will be catered for! SO come along and join in an evening of fun with friends and feel free to bring others with you. There is a suggested minimum donation of £3 per person
- Anyone looking for bedtime reading is encouraged to sign-up for the
Graigwen Book Club, (the sheet is on the table) at the back of the church. The first Meeting is 7:30pm, Monday 24th February. Venue TBC. Please read John Lanchester’s ‘The Wall’, longlisted for last year’s Booker prize. Copies can be bought for £6 online, 2 for £12 at Waterstones or you may want to support your local bookshop or library.
Using work from Christian ecological charity A Rocha, Ben Walkling has written a very helpful report which audits our take on environmental issues. This report has been sent out to those on email but if others would like a physical copy before it will be discussed at the church meeting on February 9th, please see Lynda.
In expected acceptance of some of the recommendations of the environmental audit, our Lent book this year will be Live Lent: Caring for God’s Creation
For each day of Lent it offers a Bible reading, a short reflection and an action to help you live in greater harmony with God, neighbour and nature. Copies cost £2 – sign-up sheet at the back.
The ’sign-up’ sheet for the January/February Birthday’s meal is on the table. The suggested dates are Thursday 23rd January 1pm, Wednesday 26th January 6.30pm and Sunday 16th February at 1pm. At the moment the preferred date is January 23rd. If you are interested in celebrating sign up TODAY!
Cyril Davies, Madeline Howells, Maralyn Tomlinson,
Jean & John Davies and Dianne & Peter Davies.
Thought for the Week
“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will and the other from a strong won’t.” Henry Beecher.