& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
29th March 2020
When last week’s news-letter was published little did we know how quickly the situation would change.
The Latest Government Advice reads –
To help save lives, stay at home. Anyone can spread coronavirus. Only leave your home for the following reasons: to shop for basic necessities; to pick up medicine or to provide care to those who need it; to exercise, once a day, alone or with members of your household. Only travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home. If you have to go out for any of these reasons, always stay 2 metres apart. Do not meet others outside your household, even friends and family. Stay home – protect the NHS – save lives.
With this in mind this news sheet is being delivered to those without email by volunteer couriers who are exercising!
Thanks to all who have signed up to receive notifications of postings to the Church website….we hope you get solace and joy from the videos!
The Foodbank had confirmation on Tuesday that they are an essential service and are to keep on running to help those who are in financial difficulties. We are really low on tinned fruit, tinned potatoes, squash and juice. If you would like to donate online, https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pontypridd-foodbank-emergency-covid-19-appeal
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We continue to keep, Hilary Goodfellow and the family in our thoughts and prayers as a small number gathered to say farewell to Haydn last Friday. There will be a Thanksgiving service in the future.
- We think of Vena and Wynne as Wynne is quite poorly in hospital and Vena can’t visit.
- Elsie’s surgery went well, she now waits for the results and thanks everyone for their support and good wishes.
- Pat Cooke has asked that we remember her grand daughter-in-law, who has had a serious operation.
- We pray for Phil as he copes each day with a different routine while social distancing and delivering 9 news-letters while running….he has changed his route!! AND he says ’If anyone on Graigwen needs some shopping – let me know. I’ll be going down every other day and am happy to get what is needed!’
Thanks for continued concern, care and support during recent weeks and for giving us ‘space’ ….going forward I will not be having treatment as the travelling to Velindre would be very risky at the present time. Your continued prayers will be much appreciated. Alan and Stephanie
Caroline says ‘Thanks’ to those who take time to send the news letters to her, she looks forward to reading them.
Birthdays and Anniversary’s
Only one card sent for this week….Sue Skym will be celebrating her birthday on 31st. There will be others who have birthdays but haven’t shared the date with us, whoever you are….’Have a good one and stay safe!!
What we can do while Self-Isolating!
When you get up in the morning….take part in a daily workout! Some are following Joe Wicks at 9am followed by Mr Motivator at 10 am…I hope there’s a break in between! It is important to get exercise, but don’t overdo it!.
Two ladies of our fellowship have decided to dress as if they are going out for the day, including full make-up!…
Pausing to Pray
For those pausing to pray at 7pm each evening, the following resources might be helpful:
- Join the Royal Society of Church \music in singing their hymn for each day.A new video with music and lyrics is published every day, Monday to Saturday. https://www.rscm.org.uk/our-resources/hftd/
- Join a live stream of worship – https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3385-coronavirus-worshipping-digitally
- Corrymeela prayers for a community in a time of crisis – https://www.corrymeela.org/news/180/prayers-for-community-in-a
- Got a resource/book/website that you find helpful? Feel free to let Marcia, and so the rest of us, know.
Easter Interaction. In terms of services, perhaps the element that some of will miss most will be our worshipping together during holy week. Gathering together on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a very special time in the church year and many of us will miss this. Alongside the holy week material with which some of you will engage (possibly at 7pm each day?), we will be putting together a few prayers, reflections and words with which to share bread and wine on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. Given that these are communal events in a time of enforced isolation, we thought it would be appropriate to invite as many of us as felt led to participate in the creation of those services. So, have a think and a pray about it – is there something that you could offer to our Maundy Thursday/Easter Sunday liturgies? Perhaps you’re gifted at writing prayers or poetry; perhaps you might like to send a picture of some appropriate painting, photograph or artwork that you’ve been making; perhaps you might like to write a few lines about your favourite Easter hymn…there’s no set way to do this but you are all invited to think, pray and send items by email or post to Phil, who will weave them together as a communal service for us to use over those holy days.
Bringing cheer in a time unknown!
– seen on Facebook
Staff at Morriston Hospital A & E dept stood on the stairs – well spaced – and sang ‘I’ll be there’ with a new ending ‘Stay at Home’ They were well applauded!
Some words of advice
from ‘The Doctor’ (Dr Who) about what remember do in a crisis –
1 – You will get through this and things will be alright
2 – Tell jokes – even bad ones
3 – Be kind – and look out for each other
4 – Listen to science and doctors
5 – Stay strong and stay positive
A Thought for Lent
“God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces of against evil …” — E.M. Bounds
The clocks go forward this weekend….. Not sure by how much but hopefully about 4 months!
Please send news, uplifting stories, treasured memories, jokes, tips for how to spend your time…anything that will put a smile on peoples’ faces to Marcia by phone or email (email@example.com ) by Thursday afternoon.