Saint David’s Uniting Church
Rev Vaughan Rees
Tel c/o 07575 576468
22 December 2013
We welcome all who join us for worship this morning, the fourth Sunday in Advent. If you are a visitor or worshipping with us for the first time you are especially welcome.
The Junior Church are helping us and the theme for this ‘Nativity’ service is ‘Do not be afraid’.
This evening we will be joined by members from St Catherine’s, Temple and Elim, when we will consider the various outreach things that Pontypridd Churches are doing in words and in carols.
Handmade Christmas cards will be on sale after this morning’s service, and refreshments will be served following the both services.
As always the Copper pot is on the table waiting for your coppers, which will eventually benefit local charities
Hymns 34, 78, 471, 65, 554, 253
Readings Luke 1: 26-38; Luke 2:1-7 and Luke 2: 8-20
Hymns 357, 377, 444, 552, 335, 199, (some in Welsh or adapted)
Readings Luke 2:1-7 and Luke 2: 8-20
Church Family News
At this festive season we remember: Chris who is in the Intensive Therapy Unit at the Royal: those who are unable to celebrate Christmas with us because of illness or frailty: those that do not realise that it is a time of celebration and others who are concerned about future hospital appointments. We pray for them and all who care for them.
Diary for the Week
|Today||Cantorion meet at 5.10pm|
|Midnight at Communion 11.15pm with guest speaker Rev Simon Walkling. ‘Come and join the celebration!’|
|Family Service at 10.30am, Bring a present to show us, or a poem, then we can share the celebration.|
|Saturday||Coffee Bar is closed until 11th January|
|Our Family Worship at 10.45am will be led by Iestyn Henson. For our evening worship, at 5pm we will join in the Pontypridd Christians Together service of readings and Carols at St Lukes, Rhydfelin.|
Dates for your Diary
Sunday 5th January Anniversary Service
It will be our 12th anniversary and also 10 years since we said ‘Farewell to the ‘Old St David’s Church’ ; part of our morning service will be an act of recommitment and will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Monday 6th January Epiphany Poems & Pies
Come along at 7.30pm with your poems and readings and be prepared to sing! This will be a ‘bring & share’ evening.
Anne Hill will continue to accept our monetary gifts, which will go to the women of Afghanistan and Women’s Aid in Pontypridd, until early January. Envelopes and Gift Aid forms are available. Please give as you are able.
Christmas Greetings Board.
Greetings have been received from:
AA, with thanks for the help and consideration shown to them.
Veronica & Phil (Australia), Mark & Maggie (China), Pat & Gareth (Spain), Mavis, Chris & Margaret, Kath & Dave, Olwen Nash, Viviane, Fiona, Gethin, Elinor & Sioned, Colleen & Kev, Marilyn & Mike, Sonia, , Zelda, Hettie & Eric, Marcia & Brian, Sue, Simon, Bethan & Ben, Beti, Sharon and Stephanie & Alan.
The amount collected in 2013 for Leprosy is £368.98. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, boxes are available from Pat Howell
We didn’t go Carol singing on Wednesday – we listened to the weather forecast and decided to reschedule to Thursday, we sang carols for almost 2 hours – it was dry but very cold, but also worthwhile as we collected £105 for Christian Aid. Thanks to ALL those who helped
Used Postage Stamps
Don’t forget to save the stamps from your Christmas cards and put them in the box on the back table, they will then be recycled to raise funds for Amnesty International.
Coffee Bar Volunteers are needed for next year. Can YOU help?
Flowers for December are being donated by
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Marilyn Edwards, Gwyneth James, Marcia & Brian Hurley, Russell Howells
Thought for the Week
The message of the Christmas tree, is that life is “ever green” if one gives: not so much material things, but of oneself: in friendship and sincere affection, and fraternal help and forgiveness, in shared time and reciprocal listening.
A Happy Christmas Everyone
Nadolig Llawen i bawb