& Castle Square URC
19th June 2022
We welcome everyone to our services both at Castle Square and St David’s – the St David’s service will be live streamed. Link for Live Stream – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA
The Commission of Covenanted Churches was formed following the decision by the following Churches and Denominations in 1975 ‘to seek visible unity’ together: The Covenanted Baptist churches, the Presbyterian Church of Wales, the United Reformed Church, the Methodist Church and the Church in Wales. For almost 50 years, the Commission has fostered discussions on issues such as ministry and sacraments, ways of encouraging local partnership and collaboration between congregations of different traditions and has provided resources for shared prayer and worship. On June 19th this year, churches across Wales are invited to remember what has been achieved and to make a fresh commitment to continue ‘to seek visible unity’ between us and ‘to maintain through the bonds of peace, the unity which the Spirit gives’ (Ephesians 4.5).
To lead us with this, Revd Aled Edwards – friend of the church and CEO of Cytun – will be leading worship at St. David’s Uniting Church, whilst Revd Ray Vincent will lead Castle Square’s service. Phil, meanwhile, will be doing some ecumenical work of his own as he attends a Catholic service whilst on holiday in Ireland! Sláinte!
Today’s Reflection script is not on our website – but will be available on our YouTube page.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We continue to hold Stephen in our prayers as he treads a new path with many challenges.
- Diane Wheeler is the latest of our number to succumb to Covid. She tested positive after returning from a Baltic cruise which was good, although the weather was awful! She is now isolating for the required time.
- As many will know Bethan has been waiting for an operation since she broke her wrist in February – she received an appointment recently, but had it postponed a little while later – we think of her in her frustration!
- Martha and Gill Miller are both much better and were delighted to get to chapel for Castle Square’s Jubilee tea.
- Jean and John who are settling in to their new flat on the Graig are hoping to have a phone connected this week.
- Chris Morris has finally had a date for his eye operation. We hope all goes well.
- We think of those for whom this time of year has sad memories.
- We send our Congratulations and Best Wishes to Terry and Annette of Castle Square as they celebrate their Golden Wedding on June 24th. Enjoy your break away.
Gill Cox celebrated a ‘big’ birthday on Saturday 18th – Belated congratulations Gill from all your friends at Castle Sq and those at St David’s who know you. We hope you had a good day. There is just one birthday this week – Marilyn Morgan’s birthday is TODAY! Enjoy ‘your’ day Marilyn.
Diary for the Week ~ St David’s
Monday 20th 10.00 am Language lessons 6.30 pm Music group rehearsal
Wednesday 22nd 6.00 pm Guides.
Thursday 23rd 7.00pm Tenovus ‘Sing for life’ choir.
Next Sunday 26th 10.45am Claire Hughes
Monday 13th 10.30am Craft and Chat
We are thrilled to say that Robert and Maralyn have been nominated as elders for a second term at St. David’s Uniting Church, whilst Sue Walkling and Claire Hughes have been nominated to serve a first term from September, when Bethan Walkling and Margaret Morris will begin their well-earned rest from duties. They will all be affirmed at the church annual meeting on 18thJuly.
Churches Unlocked Festival
Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th June 2022 ~Celebrating our Churches ~ Past and Future
Churches Unlocked offers you an opportunity to step into 10 wonderful churches over nine days. As well as being open for visitors* each church is also running an exciting programme of events over the festival period. Not only will you discover their fascinating heritage and intriguing stories, but you’ll also be helping to sustain our fantastic church buildings for the future. We look forward to welcoming you! * please check individual opening times.
St Michael & All Angels Llwyncrwn Rd, Beddau, Llantrisant, CF38 2BE
St John the Baptist Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4EX
Llandaff Cathedral Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2LA
St Mary the Virgin 2 North Church St, Cardiff, CF10 5HB
St Andrew St Andrew’s Rd, Dinas Powys, CF64 4HD
St Michael & All Angels Llanmihangel, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7LQ
St Cynwyd Llangynwyd, Maesteg, CF34 9SB.
St Theodore Talbot Rd, Port Talbot, SA13 1LE
St Catwg Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, SA10 8AN
St Thomas Church Place, Neath, SA11 3LL
For full, up-to-date information about church opening times, events, access, toilet facilities and travel please go to the Churches Unlocked webpage www.llandaff.churchinwales.org.uk
There are a whole host of events marking this year’s Refugee Week, we included two last week: This one is local and you have to register online TODAY.
To Celebrate the idea of healing, the theme of this year’s Refugee Week we are pleased to welcome Eric Ngalle Charles to talk about his collection of poems, Homelands. Eric is a Cameroonian writer, poet, playwright, and human rights activist based in Wales.
This will be followed by an animation created by Ida Mizaree, an MA Animation student, who received one of the USW Sanctuary Scholarships
Finally, there will be a screening of the Speak to Me film, by Suzanne Phillips, with a discussion panel at the end. Led by USW English’s Barrie Llewelyn, Speak to me is a project where English speakers and refugees got together to use language in a creative and expressive way.
Uniting Church, Sketty Saturday 25th June
Worship 10.00am in person and streamed.
All are welcome to join this service, led by Simon Walkling, the Wales Synod Moderator.
For those attending by Zoom:
Zoom meeting is open throughout the day and you may join for all or part of the day.
Meeting ID: 864 6970 9890
Zoom Link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86469709890?pwd=QXBEWE45SWpxb0FQRkNkQkp1bGlUdz09
10.00-10.30 Worship – Led by Simon Walkling, Synod Moderator
10.30-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-11.40 Bible Study and Informal discussion
What is Jubilee in the Bible? God’s Vision. Alison Gray
11.45-12:30 What was God saying through Covid? Robert Pope
12:30-1.15 Lunch break (bring a packed lunch, hot drinks provided)
1:15-2.10 Changing Landscapes; (Re)creating pastoral links post-Covid. Peter Ball
2.10-2:55 Bible Study: Jesus and Jubilee. Alison Gray
3.00-3.15 Closing reflection and prayer Simon Walkling
7.00-8.00 Reflections on the Reimagining – drop in discussion session, Zoom only
8.00-8.20 Prayers Zoom only
Thought for the Week
“What a sad era we live in! It’s easier to crack an atom than prejudice.” – Albert Einstein
Next week’s newsletter will be compiled in North Wales, please send any items by 9 am Friday.