& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
Admin email: firstname.lastname@example.org
24th May 2020
Today is Ascension! Although we do not celebrate this in the UK as much as they do in other countries.
If we were able to worship in our churches, we would possibly sing ‘All hail the power of Jesus’ name’ or ‘Christ is the world’s true light’, however that is an event that is still a number of weeks away, and singing may not be on the agenda….so if you watch Sunday Worship at 11.45am or Songs of Praise 1.15pm make the most of it and sing along…in his reflection this week Phil gives an insight, with the help of film (no surprise there!) into ascension and plenty to think about.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Jayne Bright has tested positive for Covid 19 and is feeling a bit low but is coping, especially with ‘Church Chat’ to help and support her!
- The recently bereaved who are having to cope with ‘paperwork’ while not being able to have close contact with those who would help and support them.
- Those who are in nursing homes and those housebound because of illness as they are missing their normal contact with people. We are aware that some are not as well as they would like to be.
- Many people have conditions which are hard to cope with, we remember them and those who care for them
- We give thanks for the couriers who are welcome ‘visitors’! and the Elders and their buddies who are keeping in contact with everyone.
- We are aware that not everyone is coping with the restrictions, please remember them!
- We continue to remember ALL who are shielding and self-isolating, especially Claire as she cares for Rob who is ‘struggling’ at the moment
- We remember our refugee friends as they will be celebrating the end of Ramadan this weekend sadly just within their own families.
Thank you so much for all your care and concern for me recently. I am so grateful for all your cards and phone calls which are helping me through a very difficult time. Stay safe everyone. Vena
Thank you so much to Bethan and Marcia for all your hard work in producing and distributing the cook book.
It is very much appreciated and we will be trying some of the tempting recipes. All at Castle Square
Birthdays this week!
Jayne Bright and Margaret Morris will be celebrating their birthdays on Friday 29th. We hope you have a good day!
Pentecost and Refugee Week Celebrations
For those of you who missed/are unable to access the midweek reflections, we spoke about how the Holy Spirit is often pictured as a bird – whether a gentle dove or a wild goose – and that a large group of birds are often associated in the Bible with the nations of the world. Inspired by Sue Walkling, this gave us an idea for marking Pentecost and Refugee Week. What we are encouraging members to do is to make and decorate a bird of their own. You might like to use the template below or come up with your own distinct creation – preferably either on paper (which can later be laminated) or on material that won’t quickly decay in the rain as Sue will create a flock of birds outside Church House – and Castle Square if we get enough participants – as a sign that our churches are still alive and that the Spirit is still moving. You are also encouraged to write a simple message – such as ‘God Bless You’, ‘God loves you’ or ‘Keep Safe’ – on your bird (front or back) as once these displays have been up for a time, the birds will be taken down and delivered, along with an explanatory card and gift, to the families who attend English classes at St. David’s Uniting Church, during Refugee Week – as a reminder that, though we can’t meet with them, they are still in our prayers and very much part of the church family. Once you have created your bird, please send it to us on or by Friday 29th May (in time for Pentecost) by:
- Scan it/send a photograph of it to Marcia at email@example.com (we forgot the ‘1’ midweek!)
- Drop it in the bench outside the manse or send it by post to Phil.
In doing this, we hope to emu-se passersby, remind everyone that God’s Spirit is owl-ways with us and give a toucan of our love to our international friends. Diolch yn fawr.
Something to make you smile and make you search…..!
Six-year-old Ned’s mother was looking through an old family Bible when an oak leaf fell out. Ned said, “I guess that must be Adam’s shorts.
There are eight numbers spelled out as words in the paragraph. Can you find them? Hint – one number appears twice!
Where has the fat worm gone? He was wriggling away from my reel even before I had the hook on it! If I’ve lost him, I’ll be sorry. This evening I came prepared with reel, line and bait hoping to catch plenty of fish. It’s not often that a worm of ours gets away! With reel bait in hand, I know I can catch.
Many thanks to those who continue to give their offering to the church by standing order. Money going into the church account regularly is appreciated as, even though the building is closed, payments still have to be made e.g. contributions to the denominations, insurances, standing charges for utilities, telephone, printing.
If anyone from St. David’s would rather give their contributions by cheque, made payable to St David’s Uniting Church, please send it to Lynda Bull and she will pay the cheques into the bank at the end of each month. All details will be sent to Anne Coles to record as usual. We thank them both – alongside the rest of the finance teams at both churches – for their continued oversight of our finances.
Our Christian Aid Week Project Update!
Midweek Reflection Response
Last week we were asked ‘who we thought had made a difference to make this world a fairer more just place?’. These are the suggestions:
Martin Luther King,
and Ken Skates.
We will have to wait until Christian Aid week 2021 to see the names on either a mat or banner !
A Thought for the Week
“Creativity can solve any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” George Lois