& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
22nd March 2020
Welcome to the first weekly bulletin which is compiled to keep everyone in touch during these strange times as we cope with the restrictions which have been imposed for our safety. Our Churches will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
Today is Mothering Sunday; Mothering Sunday was originally a time when people returned to the church, in which they were baptized or where they attended services when they were children. This meant that families were reunited as adults returned to the towns and villages where they grew up. In time, it became customary for young people who were working as servants in large houses, to be given a holiday on Mothering Sunday.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- The Family of Zelda Smith whose funeral is on Monday at Glyntaf.
- We keep, Hilary Goodfellow, Jonathan, Sue and the grandchildren in our thoughts and prayers. Family only will gather to say a final farewell to Haydn at Glyntaf on Friday March 27th.
- Chris Fennell remains in Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda. visiting has been restricted to 11-12 and 4-5 with only one person per bed. WiFi is not good but she is able to receive emails!
- Elsie has day surgery tomorrow. Yes, it has been confirmed!
- We rejoice with Gwyneth James who has received great news following her latest tests!
- Chris Morris and others who have had operations or clinic appointments postponed.
- Gwenllian is happy to be back at home and is coping well.
- Rhiannon, Tomos and Isobel, who have finished school and will not be returning as they will be moving to senior school or further education.
- Families of people in nursing homes who they are unable to visit or communicate with.
- The majority of our fellowships are in the vulnerable bracket. We especially remember those who live alone. But we can still keep in touch by phone, and other means.
- We wish Graham Healy a happy retirement!
- We pray for Phil as he prepares for all he has promised to do while social distancing!
Marilyn Morgan says ‘Thanks to everyone for their concern, prayers and generosity since she flooded. She is slowly getting back to normal’
’Marilyn Dilworth is grateful for the prayers and support she has received from everyone after her house was flooded.
Birthdays and Anniversary’s
Cards have been sent to Aisha Naamani, Kath Couchman, Dorothy Davies and Barbara Inson, who are celebrating their birthdays this week.
There maybe others who are celebrating birthdays or special events. There are also people for whom this week holds sad memories. We keep them all in our prayers.
A message from Jan at Castle Square
Many thanks to Phil and Marcia and all who are helping us through this difficult time.
For anyone who feels like a chat, my numbers are 01443 202115 or 07919256382
Take care and stay safe!.
What we are doing!
Everyone should have received correspondence from Phil. This news-letter has also been sent by email. If you have subscribed to receive notifications when items (Sermons and News) are posted to our web site you will have received it twice! We would encourage everyone to sign up to receive notifications as it will be one job less for admin!
We invite all members to send news alongside uplifting stories, treasured memories, jokes, tips for how to spend your time…anything that you think might be useful or put a smile on peoples’ faces…you can either email it or ring Marcia preferably by Wednesday evening.
An Idea for Self-Isolation!
Clear your attic. Someone decided to spend a self-isolation day searching through their attic, and came across a metal ‘Danger-Keep Out!’ sign – they considered putting it on the front door!
Claire Hughes shared the following on Facebook. Thanks Claire!
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. They listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
“And the people healed and in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
“And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.” ~Kitty O’Meara
Thought for the Week
“Everyone is ignorant. We’re simply not ignorant of the same things.”