Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
23 February 2020
We welcome you all to our services today as we approach the season of
Lent. If you are a visitor or worshipping with us for the first time, we
hope you will feel the warmth of our welcome and return again soon.
We are delighted to welcome our good friend Dave Kitchen who is
leading our service this morning.
All are invited to join us for tea or coffee, which will be served in the hall
following the morning service, when hand-made cards will also be on
sale. We encourage you to join in this time of informal fellowship.
Don’t forget that the copper pot is on the table! Put your ‘coppers’ in there
and they will be used by local charities. The Food Bank boxes are also in
place waiting for your donations.
42 Alleluia, Alleluia
153 Give me Joy in my heart
401 On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s cry
467 Tell out, my soul
There is a retiring collection today for those affected by the floods
Thought for the Week
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?” Mevlana Rumi
Diary for the Week
Language Classes 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs 16.30-19.30
Kids Club at Church House 18.00
Ladies Guild 14.00 -15.30
(see This Week…)
Home Start 9.30-14.30
Sing for Life Choir 18.30-20.00
Christian Aid Lent Lunch at St Mary’s Glyntaff 12.00-13.30
Our Family Service at 10.45 will be led by Iestyn Henson and at 6pm we will have a special St David’s Day Celebration (see This Week)
Events at Castle Square URC, our sister church
Craft and chat 10:30am – 12noon
Chewsdays Café 12 – 1:30pm
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- Alan is recovering after an operation and will be in hospital for at least a week. Stephanie is grateful for our prayers but asks for space while Alan continues his recovery.
- We hold Carol’s sister, Barbara, and the family in our prayers as last week after having been a victim of Storm Dennis her husband was taken ill and sadly passed away on Sunday evening.
- Friends from Castle Square who have been affected by the recent storms
- Chris Fennell is now at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda in Llwynypia.
- People of, or connected to our fellowship who are confined to their homes and are facing changes.
- Those sharing ministry elsewhere
Special Days This Week
23rd Church Action on Poverty Sunday www.church–poverty.org.uk/sunday
24th Feb–8 Mar Fairtrade Fortnight www.fairtrade.org.uk/GetInvolved/Events
This Week and in the future
Ladies Guild are looking forward to a musical afternoon with Caryl Williams. It has been a couple of years since we have had the pleasure of Caryl’s company on a Wednesday afternoon and we hope that we will not be disappointed, but we know that this will be a personal challenge for her. We pray that all will go well. Join us at 2pm in the Victoria Room!
The churches of Pontypridd will be hosting‘LENT LUNCHES’ every Friday during Lent for a suggested donation of £2.50. Please show your support.
Next Sunday evening, Phil will be leading our St. David’s Day ‘bring and share’
evening service. If you have a favourite Welsh hymn, poem, reading or other, do please bring it along to share. Welsh cakes and Bara Brith will be provided!
A Fundraising Coffee Morning is being held on 7 March! We have the volunteers to run it the proceeds will go towards Supporting Mental Health Research at Sussex University. Mental wellbeing affects us all and is one of the major public health challenges of this century. From children’s mental health to how acts of kindness affect our wellbeing, our research is making cutting-edge discoveries and giving new hope. A number of people in our fellowship have been experienced mental health issues either directly or through relations.
As last week’s service was cancelled, only those who have signed up to receive copies of items posted on the Church Website will have had the opportunity to read Phil’s sermon or the News sheet. Paper copies of Phil’s undelivered sermon from last week are available at the back of the church.
Also available are copies of the news sheet which contains important News from the Church Meeting and information of a Christian Aid event on March 7th at Park End Presbyterian Church, Cardiff.
This weekend, Phil and Bethan are both participating at a URC conference at
Westminster College, Cambridge called ‘Meandering off the Path’! No doubt they’ll share some feedback on the weekend in due course.
Eco Church – a reminder…..the meeting agreed …
to trial printing 1 copy of the news sheet per household and encouraging more to have it on line. If you do not already receive the news sheet on line and would like to please contact Marcia at firstname.lastname@example.org to plant the ‘garden’ with wildlife friendly plants. Dorothy has volunteered! If you would like to join her, please make it known.
So far this year we have been astounded by the amazing support shown for the Food Bank both in food and cash.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation annual report, which was released this month,
reveals that ‘the child poverty rate is higher than it has been for 20 years, with poverty among pensioners and those in work also rising. This isn’t right – no one should be unable to afford the essentials.’
Mar 8th 10.45 Rev Dr Rosa Hunt
Mar 15th 10.45 Rev Dr Phil Wall 16.00 Film & Chat