& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
Admin email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6th September 2020
Today we trial our first live service on the internet! (Pray for us!). Everyone is welcome to worship with us, gathering by 10:45am – all you need is an ordinary telephone or a computer to join in.
For those on the phone, you will need to call 0203 901 7895.
You will then be required to type in the meeting ID – 894 6114 5366;
followed by the passcode – 8453605.(Calls are charged at standard UK call rates).
Those online will also need the ID and passcode after clicking on the following link:
IMPORTANT – Please log or phone in by 10:45am when the service will begin.
The service will be recorded and later uploaded to YouTube so that you can watch and worship at any time.
We will trial these for at least this month so bear with us as we try something new – feedback would be appreciated.
Following the service
ALL are invited to gather from 12 – 2pm in Ynysangharad Park – by the bandstand (where there are many benches) for a socially distanced picnic. Bring your own food/drink/family members! We will meet if dry; postpone by a week if torrential rain and if in between and you’re unsure, feel free to contact your elder/buddy/church secretary from 9:30am on the day for confirmation on whether or not we are meeting.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We are sorry to say that Chris Fennell is back in hospital – we pray it won’t be for long.
- We keep Anne Coles in our prayers following the unexpected passing of her sister last weekend.
- We continue to hold others who have recently lost loved ones in our thoughts
- Maralyn T had a fall and has broken a rib, she is a bit bruised but OK….please don’t make her laugh!
- We think of the younger members of our fellowship who have returned to school or started new schools or further education this week AND those we know who are teaching with so many restrictions being imposed.
- Colleen’s return to work went well….she is easing back in slowly – shorter hours -take care Colleen!
- Elsie is pleased to say that her appointment for tests took place and all is fine!
Birthdays this week ….Wednesday 9th – Marlene Rayner. Thursday 10th Janet Bullock and Abel Bond (6). There may be others celebrating Birthdays or Anniversary’s this week. We hope you enjoy your celebrations!
Thanks…, Thankyou everyone for our cards, gifts and good wishes on our golden wedding anniversary. We had wonderful family day made all the better by the beautiful weather. Thank you! Marilyn and Mike
Since the massive explosion at the port of Beirut on 4 August, Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab says the nation is in danger of losing control, the Covid-19 crisis is getting worse.
The URC is supporting an appeal organised by the Compassion Protestant Society (CPS) It is intended that proceeds from this appeal will be match funded from the URC’s World Church and Mission Fund.
If you would like to support the campaign, please make a donation by Friday 25th September 2020 via bank transfer using the following details:
Account Name: United Reformed Church Trust Sort Code: 40-05-03 Account Number: 01191802
Please use the reference “BEIRUT” so that your donation can be easily identified and routed to the campaign.
Hear, ye. Hear, ye!
We are trialing two other online activities, which those on the telephone can also access, later in the month –
- 6 00 – 6:30pm, Sunday 27th September – a short, live evening Communion service.
- 7:30 – 9.00pm, Monday 28th September – the first of our experimental discussion evenings in which two speakers – at least one from outside our religious tradition – will offer their different perspectives on the 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 local politician and Anglican theologian start off the discussion.
Whilst we aren’t yet regathering in our buildings, a lot of work ensuring a reduced risk to health when we do return is currently going on and we want to give a huge thanks to Marcia, Chris, Lynda and Robert at St. David’s Uniting and Terry & Annette at Castle Square who are overseeing this work. We are also encouraged to pray for the leadership team in all our parent denominations as they prayerfully ponder and advise on issues of health, safety and mission.
Something to search for! The Answers
Can you find these two famous British motor cycles in the Old Testament?
TRIUMPH Psalm 47:1 and ARIEL Ezra 8:16
We are as a church entering the season of creation; across the world all kinds of faith communities are taking the month of September to reflect on and pray for creation. Hence last weeks challenge to share the beauty of trees!
We had a fantastic response AND as you did so well we are going to keep going with sharing images, poems and thoughts – this week the topic is going to be water – it could be your favourite lake, a local river, vistas of oceans, a waterfall or a fountain. So, water! send in your photos and say why you like them. AND there’s one other thing – in both our churches we share good news – Phil has missed this part of worship, especially the chocolates! – so as we are starting our zoom services Phil is challenging us to share good news about ourselves (we can’t share other people’s good news without their permission), so ALL of you, whether you’re from Castle Sq, St David’s or are a new friend from across the internet world, send in your good news to Marcia at email@example.com or via our Facebook page – by doing so you will be giving permission for it to be shared on our zoom service or the newsletter next week!
As we are able to venture out more now and face masks are compulsory on Public Transport – if anyone would like reusable/washable masks Kath is happy to make them!
Every Year we receive a letter of thanks from the URC Finance Office. Here is part of the letter:
Thank you for your giving to your local church. Financially, this giving is the lifeblood of your own church. It is this personal giving that enables your local church treasurer to pay your church’s bills. Typically, the largest of those ‘bills’ is the contribution your local church pays to the URC Ministry and Mission Fund who are responsible for the Minister’s Stipend.
We fully understand that circumstances this year are difficult. Most local churches have been unable to meet for over five months. We have not had the usual opportunities to make our offerings for the work of the Church, but most of the costs of the local church and of the denomination have not reduced.
With this letter in mind our Finance team wish to thank those who are giving their contributions by direct debit or are sending cheques regularly.
If anyone who would like to do the same Lynda can provide the information you need.
Thought for the Week
I’m not impressed by money, social status or job title. I’m impressed by the way someone treats other human beings.