& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
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5th July 2020
As the lock down is gradually being eased, many will be looking forward to seeing family and being able to give them a hug. Others will be pleased at the prospect of travelling further afield. There will be some for whom nothing will change and they may be anxious… if you are able to get out and about consider calling by the home of someone who may be lonely and cheer them up!
Phil began his Weekly Wednesday Prayer Walk last week and encourages others who can to give some time on a Wednesday to walk around the neighbourhood and consider where can you see God already at work; look out for the needs of those around you; prayerfully imagine if and how the Church could most faithfully meet them; or simply ask God to bless those you encounter. Those unable to walk are welcomed to join in contemplative prayer or perhaps a prayerful read of the local newspaper between 2 and 3pm on a Wednesday.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We remember all those who are shielding, especially Rob & Claire, Alan & Stephanie, John & Jean, David & Doreen, and others we are maybe not aware of who are limited in what they can do.
- We are pleased to hear that Jayne Bright is back in work even if she has to resting when she is at home.
- We think of those who will be preparing to return to work, and who may be concerned about doing so.
- We give thanks for Midwives who helping to bring new lives into the world under difficult circumstances.
Birthdays this week….. There are no birthdays that we are aware of this week.
Viviane” I want to say a big THANK YOU, Merci and Diolch to all my friends at Saint David’s who have sent me messages, cards, flowers, homegrown produce and gifts for my birthday last week .
I was very touched by it. Thank you all. With Love. Viviane. ”
Sharing Good News
Lynda bought us a small red rose for our Ruby Anniversary thirteen years ago.
Not being good with house plants we decided to put it in the garden, in a larger pot, so we could bring it in in the winter.
It stayed out, and was really pretty, but last autumn we finally planted it in its own official plot, and it has absolutely taken off! It is now 51″ tall, (130cm for newbies).
It thinks it’s a climber!
Thank you Lynda! We still love it.
Kath and Dave
Children’s Bible Statements
(with no corrections!)
The greatest miricle in the bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.
An Inter-Faith Event.
All are invited to an Inter-faith evening on this coming Tuesday (7 July) where 7 faith leaders from Wales will explain their faith, beliefs and creed before taking questions from the audience. Deputy Minister & Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, is presiding over the event and pre-registration is essential at: https://forms.gle/oeBDG25hvmGh8cHcA
A Hymn request and a future discussion group
We’re back to the lectionary for the next couple of weeks, focusing on Matthew 13, 1-9, 18-23 next week and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 the following week. Any suggestions for hymns to link to our online video are welcome.
Following our reflections on prejudice and power, some from the churches began reading Layla Saad’s, Me & White Supremacy book. The first couple of days saw them considering the topics of white privilege and fragility. A discussion group and feedback is to come.
If it is apple in Iran, orange in Denmark, bread in Morocco, omelette in Sweden, eggplant in China and cabbage in Bulgaria, then which foodstuff is it in the UK? Answer next week.
Last week’s challenge focused on being thankful in times of great difficulty. We were challenged to create something that shows our thanks by decorating CD’s/DVD’s with pictures, stickers, buttons, bows or anything you like and to write a thankyou message in permanent pen, the challenge is open until Sunday.
This week the theme is NATURE and Phil did his best to make us think that he was a lover of gardening!! He read the Pam Ayres poem ‘When I get up from my chair’ Phil is hugely thankful for the outdoors, for nature, and the woods nearby and beautiful views. One thing lockdown has reminded us is how blessed we are if we have a garden, or even if we have just a small yard – many people are cooped up with neither. So our challenge this week is to send photographs of a flower, bush, some vegetables or something in your garden that has given you joy, or it can be the whole view, and we’ll share our garden gallery in honour of the 20th anniversary of the National Botanical Garden of Wales, and say why our garden has cheered us up.
Welsh churches make fundraising cookbook
Christians in Wales have raised almost £2,000 (latest figure is £2617.50) for Christian Aid by creating and distributing a cookbook of 37 recipes from church members and friends. Castle Square United Reformed Church and St David’s Uniting Church – both in Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan – jointly made The Christian Aid Covid Coping Cookbook, suggesting a donation of at least £7 for each copy.
Representing the initiative, Bethan Walkling said: ‘The cookbook has been a great way to help raise money for a good cause while under lockdown, especially as we couldn’t meet for Christian Aid Week this year. We didn’t expect to raise so much but it’s really taken off, connecting people and livening up lockdown cooking – from soups to sweets, curries to cakes. We’re still sending out copies in digital format. Please support us if you can.’ To donate, and order the book, email email@example.com and donate at bit.ly/cook4CA.
Thought for the Week
“Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.” Dalai Llama