& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
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20th September 2020
Today we are in day three of the local lockdown! We are in this situation because a small minority of people do not choose to follow government guide lines.
Our concern must now be for those who will suffer…those who will become ill….those, who having been able to see their families are now unable too. This time will be especially hard for those who live alone or have no one to care for them. Many are already finding life very lonely as they have been unable to have visitors. Please think of those who live alone….maybe phone them.
Today’s service…..Don’t forget to log or phone in by 10:45am when the service will begin.
Not on the internet? Don’t forget, you can still listen to our service live! Though we understand not everyone will want to, you do have the option of phoning in on 0203 901 7895. You will then be asked to type in our ID number which is 894 6114 5366 and then our passcode – Worship. Gwenllian has been a pioneer in this and says she ‘feels very connected to everyone’ when doing so.
The service will be recorded and uploaded later to YouTube so that you can watch and worship at any time.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We remember those who have been bereaved.
- We think of Cerys who will be having an operation on her spine in the very near future
- We continue to keep those in hospital in our prayers, particularly Chris Fennell and Bernice.
- There are members of our fellowship who are waiting for operations, we hope there will be no delays
Birthdays this week …. birthdays that we are aware of this week: Iestyn – Monday 21st, Marlene McCloy – Friday 25th, Sharon Burgess and also Zac Jones, who will be 7. We believe there are others celebrating this week – we wish everyone a Happy Birthday.
Sharing good news.
Brenda from Castle Square has settled in well in her temporary home! She said it’s like being on holiday!
English classes were able to resume this week and the students were delighted to be back together even in a socially distanced environment!
Chris has shared with us that she has had Physio and been out of bed and sat in a chair. ‘Exhausting, but worth it!’
Saturday 26 September, 10am to 11.30am.
‘And God said, “Take care of . . . yourself”
The URC National Synod of Wales is aiming to become an Eco Synod, which requires our churches to become Eco Churches – a process that St. David’s Uniting Church has begun. The process calls on us, as individuals and as the church, to reflect on the way we live our lives and how we impact the world around us. Next Saturday, Caroline Pomeroy, Director of Climate Stewards will introduce Eco Church and lead a discussion about how lifestyle choices help to protect the world for future generations. To join this zoom meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Sunday 27th September, 6pm.
Short Communion service on zoom. The liturgy will be sent out with next week’s newsletter so those who are not online and do not want to phone in can join us from their homes at the same time.
On phone: 0203 481 5237 Meeting ID: 890 9407 5358 Passcode: 863802
Monday 28th September, 7:30 – 9pm
‘Double Vision’ Discussion Evening. This is the first of our monthly online discussion evenings in which two speakers – at least one from outside our religious tradition – will offer their different perspectives on pressing issues of the day. There will be an opportunity for discussion and a time for Q&As. The first evening is entitled ‘Why there is hope’ and will see a Welsh politician and Anglican theologian start off the discussion. Spread the word and join us live – or later on YouTube.
Phoning in: 0203 901 7895 Meeting ID: 841 5855 2781 Passcode: 5660646875
For our last Sunday in the season of creation, next week we will have our harvest service. For those coming to the zoom service – or watching it later on YouTube – the service will include an intermission in which you will be encouraged to make yourself a coffee (or other drink!), accompanied by something to eat. If you have an atlas, map or globe to hand, please bring it along. Meanwhile, all members are encouraged to consider donating to the local foodbank (in shop, at St Luke’s, Rhydyfelin or online – https://pontypridd.foodbank.org.uk/) or to Christian Aid’s global neighbours appeal – https://donate.christianaid.org.uk/.
In addition to this, if you’re feeling creative, you are invited to create cut-outs of your favourite food with a thanks to God or even recipe on the back. If you can get these to Phil (in his bench or sent to him), or Sue Walkling by 28th September these will be used to decorate the outside of our church buildings.
Continuing with the season of creation; last Wednesday’s reflection focused on wildlife and our relationship with our animal friends. If you will be joining the zoom service on Sunday you are invited to bring your pets with you!
Our creation series has taken us through woodland, water, wildlife and next week the wonder of harvest. In our churches we have for many years brought gifts for the Foodbank details of how we can still do this are in above as is the Harvest creative challenge. Time to get busy!
Whilst some were still confused by the old rules, we’ve now got some new ones! Just a reminder – no visiting other people’s homes; socially distanced outdoor meet-ups only; visiting cafes/pubs should only be done with your household (as before!); please wear a mask and wash your hands when you can. Due to the success of our last park picnic, we were going to organize another but we have decided that it is best to schedule this after our lockdown. More details to come.
Thought for the Week
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation. Maya Angelou