& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
Admin email: [email protected]
3rd May 2020
When confronted by change, most of us look back, retrace our steps and hold on to how good things once were.
But harbouring a desire to return to a place that no longer exists is stressful.
The adaptive third didn’t do this, instead of wondering why bad things happen to good people, they asked what can good people do when bad things happen.
The answer is they accept change and try to focus their attention on how they will adapt to it.
It’s an interesting lesson for these uncertain times. Seen in the Daily Mail on Saturday. 17th April
In his midweek reflection Phil gave details of the week’s challenge for Christian Aid see details below!
For those missing our monthly Sunday evening contemplative services, there are a number of such services available online including friend of the church Chris Fosten’s Solace services which can be found here: https://solacepod.com/
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
David Wynne Edwards
I am sad to report that our dear friend Wynne passed away in Llwynypia hospital on Saturday, 25th April.
Always happy and smiling, telling jokes (sometimes they were awful!), he was the life and soul of every party.
Vena and Wynne were very fortunate to have a long and happy marriage. Our thoughts are with Vena now as she gets used to life without her soul mate. our love too to Mari and Jane and the family.
Rest in peace Wynne – we all love you.
- Marion Mansell has been in hospital after suffering a minor stroke but is now home and recovering.
- Jill Cox hit her head badly this week after a fall on her drive, she had 8 stitches, and is recovering at home and only had a tooth, (Phil’s words, not Jill’s!) knocked out of her.
- We are relieved to say that Jane Jones does not have coronavirus, and she is improving.
- Delene Huish, self-isolating with ‘covid’ like symptoms. Being a nurse, she’s been tested and is awaiting results.
- Diana is now a permanent resident in a nursing home in Nelson. She is very happy there!
- There are some known to us who have not been well and are waiting for the results of tests. We pray for them.
- We continue to pray for our Muslim friends as they cope with the restrictions during Ramadan.
- All those who are working in our care homes in the face of many challenges.
Vena says ‘Thankyou everyone for your love and concern, all the flowers, cards and phone calls I have had. I would like to send a card but can’t in the present situation. Thank you all.’
Colleen says ‘Thanks to everyone for their cards, telephone calls and best wishes to me after my fall, it’s taking a while but I am certainly feeling a lot better now. xx’
Phil wants to acknowledge our combined appreciation for Marcia who – week in, week out – spends a great deal of time and effort in putting the newsletter together. It is a great source of contact and comfort for us all so a huge thanks to Marcia – alongside the couriers – for sorting out the newsletter every week.
Birthdays & Anniversary’s this week!
Steve Jones May 5th, Graham Healy 8th and Ben Walkling May 9th are the only people we know of who are celebrating birthdays this week, there will be others that we aren’t aware of. We remember also the not so happy anniversaries.
Something to make you smile…..Children quote the Bible
The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.
The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with unsympathetic genitals.
Solomon, one of David’s sons had 300 wives and 300 porcupines.
A useful Phone Number. Daily Hope 0800 804 8044
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a free dial-in worship phone line during coronavirus lockdown. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England.
We are creating a Christian Aid Covid Cookbook! Our aim is to send it out during Christian Aid week!
SO, we are inviting everyone in both churches either at home or abroad to send in their signature dish (or other chosen one ) We would like A Title – The Recipe – Reason for choice in a couple of words, ie what it means to you! AND if possible, a photograph. – to be sent to Bethan, who is going to collate it all, by May 9th. Please send digitally to [email protected] or as a physical copy to Bethan. If you don’t have Bethan’s address contact your Courier or Elder!
To order a copy, either digital or paper, contact Marcia on [email protected] or 01443 403692. There’s no limit to the number of copies. A suggested donation of £7. ALL proceeds to Christian Aid!. Orders needed by 12th May. Donation details will be given next week!
The St. David’s Uniting Church elders (or most thereof!) managed to meet over Zoom this week. Amidst the hilarity and other discussions, given the inability of church meetings at present (and possibly for a long time to come), elders made the decision to follow the lead of many secular elections and postpone the process of affirming new elders until next year. All elders are willing to continue their service so your elder will continue as before. We appreciate both your understanding with this and their willingness to continue their service.
Thanks to some generous donations from a few church members, we have been able to send some gifts to local care homes – Ty Gwynno and Pontypridd Care Home – which have included hand cream and chocolates. We received the following response from Ty Gwynno:
Thank you so much for your kind gifts! They are very much appreciated, and we thank you for thinking of us at this difficult time. It is a very hard time for everyone at the moment …. and although we are sometimes scared and unsure, we believe this storm will pass, and good times are coming! Staff are all in good spirits, and residents are all safe … we are proud to be doing our bit. Sending love and best wishes from all the staff and residents at Ty Gwynno
More Responses to Mid-Week reflection for memorable meals
All have been edited and are now anonymous! There will be a few more next week!
I have 2 which are special for different reasons, the impromptu communion one Holiday Club with bread that the children had made and Carol had baked, and the other on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Ladies Guild afternoon teas at St David’s last summer!
One meal that always stands out in my memory a few years ago whilst I was first exploring faith I was with a family who live in Pontypridd. I had only visited their church the once and was very nervous as did not know what to expect having never been to a church before. I had explained I felt I needed to come to explore questions I had, and despite being a total stranger to them they invited me to their home to do the Alpha Course once a week for 10 weeks. Each session we would have a meal cooked by them where we’d pray together and have time of fellowship which was my first experiences of both things! Since then I’ve never looked back.
My wedding reception, nearly 53 years ago, when the waitress spilled the soup down my dress! It was minestrone soup and I don’t remember what else we ate 🥱🥱
A few years ago and I was in China with a good friend and we went for a meal in a restaurant that was renowned for serving snake. Firstly, they asked you to choose a snake, which my friend did. Then they killed it in front of us and then they cooked it and served it to us. I didn’t eat that night!