& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
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26th July 2020
Phil is on leave for three weeks…(woo hoo!). He should have been in Tokyo for the Olympics….instead he is having a staycation! We ask that people respect this and if any problems arise, please contact your elder or for Castle Square folk – Jan Harris.
During Phil’s holidays we are very fortunate that the Sunday reflections will be covered by people well known to us! Simon Walkling, former Minister of St David’s is our first guest! We are very fortunate in having people who are willing to cover for Phil and keep us informed!
Churches have been given permission to reopen – but we need to make sure all is safe for everyone. Please see the personal risk assessment and document (which has been sent by email) on our consideration of returning to gathered worship. The longer version of this document, which puts our possible reopening of the church buildings in a wider theological context can be accessed on the website under Church Life/Stories tomorrow. We have a on line questionnaire –http://bitly.ws/98b4 – just two questions – could St. David’s Uniting Church members please complete the questionnaire online or if you have no internet, telephone Maralyn Tomlinson with your decision by August 2nd
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We keep Claire, Rob’s boys and their families in our thoughts as they say a last ‘Goodbye’ to Rob on Monday. Robs Funeral will be family only, 1.30 at Glyntaf. For those wishing to pay their respects the cortège will leave Brookfield, Ynysybwl at 1pm and travel along Berw Road, Gelliwastad Road and The Broadway arriving at Glyntaf for 1.30pm. where people asked to wait on the road outside the grounds. Maybe we could support Claire by standing outside St David’s! Please observe social distancing.
- We give thanks to the many NHS staff who have cared for and supported Chris since she broke her knee at the end of January. Chris joked that she was going for the record number of wards she could stay on! We rejoice that she is home at last and look forward to seeing her smiling face soon! See Good News.
- We give thanks for hairdressers and barbers who have made many of us feel so much better – there will be a before and after gallery available soon.
Birthdays this week …. Just one birthday that we know about for this week and it’s a BIG one! Nathan will be 30 on Monday 27th! Enjoy ‘YOUR’ day Nathan.
Sharing Good News
The Church Chat group were greeted with this message from Chris Fennell at 20.14 on Wednesday.
SURPRISE SURPRISE I’m home! Came home this morning with a full package – carers, physios, occupation therapists and district nurses. So, as you can see, I’ll be quite busy. Just wanted you all to know and I’ll be in touch when my feet touch the ground. Love to you all. Chris.
Can I also say that everyone’s good wishes and reading the Church Chat had kept me focused, thank you all xx
It’s the season of graduations! We have many proud people in our fellowships who are delighted with the achievements of their grandchildren, including, Margaret and Chris, whose grandson Dan, has been awarded a degree in Systems engineering and will be starting work in August and Hilary’s grandson Harry, has achieved his degree in Medicine and will be following a career in Dentistry.
Worship on TV
For those who are missing the Sunday worship programme on BBC There is a 30-minute service on S4C at 11am, which has subtitles.
Something to make you laugh!
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch.
At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
‘Take only ONE. God is watching.’
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, ‘Take all you want. God is watching the apples….’
Last week’s Challenge was to send in recordings of any National Anthems /Songs…. We received renditions of the Samoan, Cornish, German and Austrian anthems/songs as well as two recordings of Mae hen wlad fy nhadau, we also received an apology from George in Cayman because he was unable to do the challenge – this is a link where you can access all national anthems/song ….www.nationalanthems.info/eu.htm The before and after haircuts pictures will be shown soon!
As Phil was in pre-holiday mode….. Phil loves holidays! … he loves everything about them, the planning, looking for places to eat, the travelling, even the airports! What’s the best thing to do – he loves just everything! And when he gets there – meeting different people, seeing different things, spending time outdoors, or sitting inside and reading. There is just one thing he is not keen on, whether that is to do with his apathy for clothes (his words), but he hates packing and leaves it to the last minute, if he forgets something Phil said I’m lucky to be in a privileged position where I can just go and buy what I need. SO I’m not a great fan of clothes although clothes can say a lot about us, we can be influenced by other people in the clothes we wear and why, which made Phil think about this week’s challenge – invitation – sharing. What item of clothing says something about you? If you were an item of clothing …what would you be? A pair of boots, a dinner jacket, a pair of tracksuit bottoms, or an item from your cupboard that reminds you of a special occasion or a special day or even a special person. Phil’s favourite item is a well-worn hoodie, which is casual and comfortable, when he wears it he is relaxed! . So …which item of clothing says something about you?
Please share your pictures, comments on Church Chat, the Church Facebook page or send to email@example.com
Spot the Nursery Rhyme – The Answers!
- Pensioner’s pet deprived of food. Old Mother Hubbard
- Desperate plight of overcrowded family. Woman who lived in a shoe
- Rare horticultural varieties found in a village garden. Mary, Mary quite contrary
- Valuable animals lost through carelessness. Little Bo Peep.
- Immediate demand for personalised confectionery. Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake
- Jewellery bedecked female demands musical accompaniment on pony trek. Ride a cock horse.
- Obsolete coin and unusual pie as surprise for royalty. Sing a song of sixpence
- Riotous behaviour in classroom provoked by forbidden pet. Mary had a little lamb
- Girls resist sexist attack. Georgie Porgie
- Retribution overtakes animal rustler. Tom, Tom the piper’s son.
Thanks to Alan and Stephanie who made us think!
Thought for the Week
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them yourselves.”