& Castle Square URC
27th March 2022
We welcome everyone who is sharing worship with us today, either in person, on live stream or later on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA
Today is Mothering Sunday and the fourth Sunday in Lent; it is also two years since the country went into lockdown for the first time! This has had a profound effect on many people as we continue to live with restrictions.
Our Service today will conclude with the Church Meeting and Phil will be leading us as we worship, recall, listen and respond.
This evening at 6pm we have our monthly Zoom storytelling communion, which will follow on from the final Lent discussion.
Restrictions in Church buildings
The First Minister announced on Friday ‘As from Monday face coverings will no longer be required by law in retail settings and on public transport, we continue to advise people strongly to wear a face covering in crowded indoor public places including in shops and on public transport.
In the meantime, we encourage you to wear a mask when moving around or singing, but to feel free to take it off at other times. As we all have different medical needs, worship preferences, and perceptions of risk, we encourage everyone to respect the wishes and space of other people. Diolch yn fawr.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We continue to keep Martha in our prayers and are pleased that Glynis has been able to visit.
- Loreen is pleased that visiting has resumed in RGH and is hoping to return home soon
- John Edwards is still waiting for the results of his MRI scan; we hope that once they are received a solution to the pain will be found.
- Gill Cox is the latest person to have covid. she tested positive last weekend and is improving slowly.
- We think of all those who are waiting for scan results and operations.
- We think of Terry and Annette as their dog Lola passed away last Sunday. She had been part of the family for many years and will be greatly missed.
There are three people that we are aware of who have birthdays this week: – Barbara Inson is celebrating today(27th), Dorothy Davies has her birthday on Monday (28th) and Sue Sky is celebrating a special birthday on Thursday (31st) as she has booked a few days away we know she will be celebrating in style! However you all choose to spend your day – enjoy it!
Alison and Steve are at last able to visit Alison’s daughter – they haven’t seen each other for over two years!
Colleen finishes work this week! she is retiring (early!) Her husband, Kev, retired on March 17th we wish them both well as they are free from the shackles of work!
Last Sunday at Castle Sq we held our service in the church, a few people were missing because of illness, but we enjoyed being in the church and it was good to have Ray with us.
We will NOT be serving Tea and coffee after the service this Sunday. Homemade cards will be available from Colleen on request. We will be open next week!
St. David’s Uniting Church Meeting
The agenda and minutes have been emailed and paper copies have been delivered. Please send your apologies if you are unable to attend. You are also invited to share any feedback to your elder or buddy.
Faith and finances
For those unable to make the Lent discussion group, printed copies of the fascinating script and challenging questions are available on request.
Next Sunday – April 3rd ~ Passion Sunday
10.45 Dave Kitchen will lead worship at St David’s
11.00 Rev Dr Phil Wall will lead worship, including communion at Castle Sq.
St. David’s Church Guild
Not long now to the first proper meeting of our Guild! When we will have singing sensation David Watkins. A swing singer in the Sinatra style, with a slapstick sense of humour.
So, whether or not you’re in the Guild, come along, to St David’s Uniting Church on April 6th at 2pm, bring a friend, and enjoy an hour of top-class entertainment.
Suggested donation to Red Cross Ukraine Appeal – £2.00 per person.
‘The Drama of Easter’: Holy Week 2022
Our full Holy Week line-up, featuring worship online, on church premises, and in town, will be out next week but in the meantime, a sign-up sheet is at the back for those wishing to come to a simple Maundy Thursday Communion meal. We will gather in Gelliwastad Road for 7pm, where we will enjoy soup, bread, cheeses and fruit, alongside prayers and reflections on this special evening. Please either sign up at the back or let you elder/buddy know you are coming. A sign-up sheet for Castle Square will be available next week. Anyone willing to help with the preparations, including arranging the tables by Thursday morning, should speak with Marcia or Liz.
Today is the last Day for Donations for the Ukraine Appeal. Collection plates are on the back table.
Ramadan 2022 – Volunteers needed!
A reminder! Ramadan is approaching (around 2nd April start) and once again we will be serving food on 30 consecutive evenings to our Muslim students at the Chaplaincy in Treforest. Volunteers are desperately needed – If you or anyone you know can help on any evening for just 2 hours, to serve food and clear up afterwards.. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet which is on the back table or contact Tel: 01443 654060, email: [email protected]
A Thought for Lent
‘By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest;
second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.’
A Quiz for Mothering Sunday
1) Ruth has her own book in the Bible. Who was her mother-in-law?
Orpha Naomi Esther
2) John the Baptist – He prepared the way for the Lord. Who was his mother?
Mary Elizabeth Bathsheba
3) Cain killed his bother Able. Who was their mother?
Hannah Sapphira Eve.
4) Abraham is the father of the Jewish nation. Who would be the mother?
Sarah Miriam Hagar
5) What famous mother is known, among other things, for her answer to the angel Gabriel.
‘I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.’
Jezebel Mary of Nazareth Bathsheba
6) Who was the mother of Solomon, the wisest mortal who ever lived?
Delilah Bathsheba Priscilla
Answers next week.