Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
15 March 2015
We welcome everyone who joins us this morning for our special Mothering Sunday service, which is being led by our minister
The service will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and all, who so wish, are welcome to share in the bread and the wine.
Our evening worship will be led by one of our own members, Dr Fiona Liddell.
If you are worshipping with us for the first time, or are a visitor, we welcome you and invite you stay for a cup of tea or coffee following the morning service when hand made cards will be on sale. There will also be homemade cakes available with the proceeds going to Comic Relief.
Hymns 522, When mothers and fathers, 383, 319, 321
Readings Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21
Hymns Gift of Christ from God our Father, O Lord of every shining constellation, 166, 139
Readings Mark 12 13-17
Church Family News
We give thanks for the safe arrival of Phil’s fourth nephew, Rueben.
We ask your prayers for Mark’s father, who is to have a procedure on Tuesday to correct his irregular heartbeat and we remember also all who are struggling to cope with everyday life or are facing changes.
Diary for the Week
Monday Brownies 6pm at Church House
Tuesday Kids Club 6pm at Church House
Wednesday Ladies Guild at 2pm in the Victoria Room (see Diary)
Rainbows 5pm at Church House. Guides and Senior Section from 6.30pm
Thursday Sing with us Choir. Lent Bible Study 7.30pm. (see Diary)
Friday Lent Lunch at Bethel Baptist Church, Hawthorn (see Diary)
Saturday Coffee Bar will be open from 10.00 till Noon. Cantorion practice at 10.30am
Next Sunday Our Minister will lead both our Family worship at 10.45 am in church and our Evening worship at Church House, which will include Communion
Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 18th March Ladies Guild
This will be the last meeting of the session in the Victoria Room and we will share poems and stories in our own ‘Housewives Choice’.
Thursday 19th March Lenten Bible Study
The Bible Study title is ‘We wish to see Jesus’ .This week we focus on the Lebanon, where forty per cent of the population is estimated to be Christian, the largest percentage of Christians of all the Middle Eastern nations.
Friday 20th March Lent Lunch
The Lenten Lunch this week is being hosted by Bethel Baptist Church and St Luke’s. It will be held at Bethel Baptist from 12 noon till 1.30pm Suggested donation £2.50. There will be a Fairtrade stall.
Friday 28th March We Make Music
It’s just 5 weeks to Iestyn’s Marathon challenge!
He is holding a Chamber Orchestra Concert featuring himself and his ‘Friends’. Tickets are £5 with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. The programme will include; Elgar – Serenade for Strings, Grieg – Elegiac Melodies, Pergolesi – Flute Concerto (Soloist: Berwyn Davies) and Mozart -Symphonies No’s 6 and 15. Make a note of the date and help Iestyn reach his target of £2000. Look out for the posters and spread the word.
Help Required on March 28th
Iestyn’s ‘friends’ are giving their services free and will be rehearsing during the afternoon before the concert. We will providing much deserved refreshments. A list of the ‘refreshments’ required is on the table. Please contribute as you are able. Volunteers for waiting & kitchen staff are needed. Sign up to give your support to Iestyn
Many will know that Rev Gethin Rhys took on the role of Cytûn’s new Policy Officer in January. Since he has been in office he has encouraged us to receive monthly bulletins. Copies of these in Welsh and English are on the table. Please take one.
Nominations for Eldership
The ‘retiring’ Elders who have served 3 years and are eligible for re-election are; Maralyn Tomlinson, Iestyn Henson and Catherine Naamani. Lynda Bull has served 6years as an Elder and 5 years as treasurer and can also be re-elected. ALL still need to be nominated. Anyone who has been an elder pre June 2014 and any church member can also be nominated.
So PLEASE prayerfully consider who in our fellowship YOU could nominate to serve the church in this way, then complete one of the forms provided and hand to Phil or Marcia. You can nominate more than one person and remember you don’t have to ask them.
A Comment posted on our Web page about Phil’s sermon ‘Eldership and the Church
I was elected an Elder and then ordained at the formation of the U.R.C. some 42 years ago, having previously been a Congregational Deacon for some years. When we moved to France some 17 years ago, I found myself elected as the equivalent in the Eglise Reformee some 6 months later and served for the rest of our time there. Back here, I am non-serving for we attend our village Anglican Church. But you do not cease to have an Elder’s instincts for service, frame of mind and commitment merely because you have no specific responsibilities. There are many areas where you can serve the Church Universal and I do so to the limit of my strength and ability. That includes pastoral activities in many ways such as providing prayer resources for the Diocese, taking non-denominational services on cruise ships, keeping running a Club for retired Professional Engineers etc. Michael Rowe.
In response to our request to publish Michael says ‘These days, I quite often call myself a “post-denominational Christian”. My old Church in Winchester is the United Church in Jewry Street – URC/Methodist local union. Our “best friends” there were and remain the Catholics across the road. I remain very much in touch with all of our previous Churches.
Coincidentally Rev Howard Sharp, former Minister of Pontypridd United Church, was a Minister in Jewry Street.
BBC Celebration Services
Many will have heard the broadcast last week…Do you know of people who appreciated the service? We ask if you would encourage them to pass on their comments to the BBC at firstname.lastname@example.org , or BBC Cymru Wales, Audience Services, Bangor LL57 2BY or Phone 03703 500700 mentioning the date and St David’s Uniting. If we don’t tell them how will they know how much it is appreciated? We need to ensure the future of Religious Broadcasting in its present form in Wales.
Do you want a Bike?
A women’s Raleigh Camaro and a man’s Raleigh Pioneer Classic – (needs an inner tube) – otherwise both in good condition are offered to help you get fit in exchange for a donation to the Church Kitchen Fund.
Pictures and more details from Marcia.
Holy Week and Easter Day Services
We are joining with St Catherine’s for Holy week services, details are on the flyers. Our Easter Day services will be:
8.30 Breakfast 11.00 Family Service 6pm Emmaus Walk
Please note the later start for the morning service.
Marcia Hurley, Maralyn Tomlinson. Lynda Bull, Beverley Humphreys
March 29th am Rev Dr Phil Wall pm Service at St Catherine’s
April 5th am Rev Dr Phil Wall pm Rev Dr Phil Wall
Mar 15th Mo Mar 22nd Liz & Iestyn
Saturday Coffee Bar
Mar 21st Janet & Beti Mar 28th Marcia &
Flowers for March are being donated by
Gordon Thompson, Marlene McCloy, Margaret Johnson, Doreen & David Marshman,
Stephanie & Alan Hills, Val Stone, Janet Bayliss and Pam Mahoney
A Thought for Lent
To change and to change for the better are two different things.”~ English Proverb