Rev Vaughan Rees
Tel c/o 07575 576468
22 June 2014
We welcome you all to our services today, especially if you are a visitor or worshipping with us for the first time.
We give a special welcome to Rev Irene O’brien who is leading our service this morning, and to her husband, Fr Andrew Davies who will lead our evening the serviceat Church House, which will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Fairtrade coffee and tea will be served after this morning’s service and all are welcome to join in this time of informal fellowship.
The Copper Pot is, as usual, on the table; so don’t take your ‘small change’ home with you, put it in the pot, where it will be used for local charities.
Diary for the Week
Monday Annual General Meeting 7.30pm, Brownies 6pm at Church House
Tuesday Kid’s Club at 6pm at Church House
Wednesday Guides and Senior Section from 6.30pm
Thursday Youth Grwp at Church House, Sing For Life Choir 6.30pm, AA 7.30pm
Saturday Coffee Bar for Refugee Week. 10.00am till Noon, Cantorion Gelliwastad 10.30am
Sunday Family Service at 10.45, will be led by Rev Ray Vincent. For our Evening worship we will travel to Cowbridge and share worship with other Uniting Churches at 6pm.
Church Family News
We remember in our prayers those of our fellowship who are waiting for results of tests or meeting with consultants. We rejoice with those who have been released from hospital after a prolonged stay.
Dates for your Diary
Monday 23th June Church AGM
Please come to the meeting as we will be making changes to the Church Constitution. We will also be discussing preparations for Phil’s arrival. The reports (can you spot the errors?)and the proposed agenda are on the table. If you are unable to attend please let your elder know.
Saturday 28th June ‘Refutea’
The Peace and Justice group are hosting a belated ‘RefuTEA’ to raise vital funds to help the work of the Refugee Council in protecting vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
The Refugee Council exists to support refugees arriving in the UK. We want to ensure that they are treated fairly and with dignity, to enable them to find protection, and to help them rebuild their lives.
We hope that you will support it by your presence and possible giving.
Friday 4th July 8pm-10pm – Question Time in Cardiff
You are invited to ‘Breadline Question Time’ –chaired by Rev Simon Walkling, Moderator Wales Synod, at City United Reformed Church, Windsor Place, Cardiff. Come and debate the issues of food poverty and put your questions on Poverty and Foodbanks to a specially invited panel, including Kirsty Davies , head of Oxfam Cymru, Tont Graham, Trussell Trust Wales, Julie Jarman, Church Action on Poverty and Stephen Doughty MP. Please submit your question by July 2nd to firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7916 8632
Saturday 12th July Charity Walk for Wales Air Ambulance
The journey will start 5th July in Colwyn Bay, walking 200 miles south to Cardiff Castle. – They will be taking a food stop at St David’s Uniting Church before heading to Cardiff. Walkers include Rhys Meirion, Lucie Jones, Robin McBryde, Iolo Williams and Aled Sion– more details next week. www.cerddwnymlaen.com We need a volunteer for Coffee Bar on that day!
Following a recent steering group meeting , Fiona reports
We are advertising for the voluntary post of Foodbank Manager, to relieve the load from Fr Michael. It is envisaged to be 15-20 hours per week commitment. If interested let Fiona know or look out for it on the website www.volunteering-wales.net
People sometimes ask what are the foods in greatest need. They are:
UHT milk Packet soup Fruit juice (Long life) Puddings (tinned or to steam) Tinned fruit
The response from St David’s Uniting with regular food donations is amazing and is much appreciated. Thank you everyone.
Pontypridd Male Voice Choir and the Heritage Singers are putting on a concert at St Luke’s on 20th September to raise funds for the foodbank. Put the date in your Diary. More details to follow.
What’s coming up at URC General Assembly 3rd – 6th July
A year ago Nominations were required by the URC for people to represent the Wales Synod at the Assembly in 2014. Fiona volunteered to represent us, Ben & Bethan’s names were also put forward, in the hope that one would be chosen to attend as one of the younger representatives. Fiona and Bethan were accepted and they are going to keep us informed….this is the first instalment
To give you a flavour of what is on the agenda:
There are a series of resolutions about the kind of church we are, including the role of church meeting and the possibility of authorising ‘celebrant elders’ to preside at the sacraments.
There is a resolution urging the use of ‘inclusive and expansive language’ by worship leaders in order to widen our perception of God and another resolution to raise awareness of the stigma of mental ill health.
A new way of funding ministerial training is proposed, which involves inviting financial contributions from synods and sending churches.
The URC website has a section dedicated to the General Assembly http://www.urc.org.uk/general-assembly.html
The event will be live streamed
If there is anything you would like to know more about or to give us your views upon, Fiona & Bethan will be pleased to hear from you.
June 22 Iestyn June 29 Fiona
Saturday Coffee Bar
June 28 Justice & Peace July 5 Beti & Janet
Flowers for June are being donated by
Enid Williams, Anne Hill, Jane & Roger Bright and Carol Powell
Thought for the Week
Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.