We know it’s not the same and long for the day we can gather for worship together again, but until then we are able to at least offer a ‘virtual’ worship with daily services available from our Facebook page http://fb.me/ACDyffrynClwydMA
Monday – Friday
9am Morning Prayer
10am Holy Eucharist
4pm Evening Prayer
Saturday – 10am Holy Eucharist
Sunday – 10.30am Holy Eucharist, 8pm Meditative prayer before the Sacrament
Reflections from Revd. Stuart
Pause, still yourself, focus on something around the house, read and reflect upon a portion of scripture and, prayerfully invite Christ to be present at this time and in this place.
THE SKY FROM THE FRONT DOOR.
Still yourself and notice your breathing slowing down and deepening. Study the sky outside your house. [or this picture]
Is there anyone who you feel needs to receive your forgiveness at this time?
Consider any particular times or places in the past when the sky held your attention.
What makes these memorable?
How do you feel looking at the sky when its dark and cloudy or bright blue and expansive?
Read Luke’s Gospel Chapter 24, verses 44 to 53.
What words or phrases do you notice?
Consider Jesus’s words about himself – “…repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations.”
What do these words mean to you?
Consider when has repentance and / or forgiveness been important to you?
Is there anything that you feel the need to repent of at this time?
In silence allow God to speak into your thoughts and feelings. Is there anything you then want to say in response to God?
Still yourself and notice your breathing slowing down and deepening. Study the clock inside your house. [Or this picture]
Consider key times in your life. What makes them significant to you? Do you see time as a gift, a burden or something else? Why?
How does this make you feel?
Read John’s Gospel Chapter 17, verses 1 to 11.
What words or phrases do you notice?
Consider Jesus’s words – “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you…”
What do these words mean to you?
Consider the times and ways that Jesus, Son of God, brings glory to God the Father.
How have you sensed the glory of God?
How do you use your gifts – time, money, talents – to bring glory to God? How does this make you feel?
In silence allow God to speak into your thoughts and feelings.
Is there anything you then want to say in response to God?
The Covid Cross?
Christ is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
It has been a very strange and surreal journey through Lent to Easter this year, and yet full of meaning that is so often missed. It has been a real privilege being able to celebrate Holy Week liturgies on behalf of a locked- down community and I hope some of you have been able to join with this through our online streaming of services. A huge thank you to everyone who helped put it all together, recording pieces and sending them over to edit together to make what have been some very moving and memorable acts of worship.
This cross, made from the old roof timbers found in the ruins of the old church in Llanbedr DC have been a real highlight for me as they formed the focus of our Good Friday meditations. It is pictured here at the sunrise of Easter Morning as we awaited in its shadow for the dawn to mark the beginning of our celebrations of the risen Christ.
I’d love to find a way of clearing out the wood worm and preserving it, it might not be possible but I’d like to think of a permanent reminder of what we are all enduring at the moment, the losses suffered and the blessings it has brought. For me I think I think this will always be the ‘Covid Cross’ and I look to it in the hope found in our Easter Faith and the knowledge that no matter how bleak, no matter how bad things seem, the stone was rolled away, Christ did rise, and God will always win through.
Help For the farming Community
These are strange times …but maybe since we seem to be moving a little slower we do have more “thinking time” and we come to appreciate the small things that make such a difference. There have always been volunteers and charities working in the background of everyday life but now we are hearing …and appreciating…just how much depends on this support network.
This part of North Wales has a strong agricultural background and the farming families are integral to the way of life. I am sure that we are all aware of the changes that have taken place in the last 30 years or so (I am thinking about communication and computers) and as electronics have become part of the everyday way of life, so pressures on farmers have grown. Everything now has to be filled in “on line “and there are dates and targets that have to be met, but there is still the livestock to be looked after, the fields to be tended and (in normal times) the market to attend.
FCN is a national charity which supports farmers…originally the initials stood for Farm Crisis Network but the charity now works under the name of The Farming Community Network. Through the churches and the agricultural communities there are people “to walk with” farmers when they feel isolated and unable to manage their specific situation. The highest priority is that this relationship is 100% confidential.
*To help Welsh farmers and agricultural workers develop and keep their farm businesses resilient through changing times
*To help Welsh farmers, their families and their staff to become personally and mentally robust, enabling them to manage their personal and business lives more effectively and to provide ready access to a wide range of support and help for anyone who may need it.
There is also a printed directory which is an essential resource for hard- to-reach farmers, those who are not comfortable with modern technology and those who struggle to access rural broadband.
As I have said these are strange times…..The Wales Farm Support Group has compiled this website and directory and these could have not arrived at a better moment. I am so pleased to have this opportunity of mentioning it.
Chairman of FCN (North Wales)
Some Good News from Llangynhafal
A few months ago Llangynhafal had some bad news. Their faculty application for re-ordering the church has been refused. After all the many years of planning, meetings, applications and struggles this was the final nail in the coffin of their plans. It’s hard to put into words the frustration and heartache this has caused. It would have been easy at this point to give up, to walk away and say it is not possible, it is not meant to be.
But no, the story shall not end there. We now have new plans that rather than adding an extension we shall transform the north aisle of the Church adding the much needed facilities, toilets, kitchen, new vestry, adaptable meeting space and re-modelling the Lady Chapel to create a smaller more intimate worship space whilst retaining the south aisle for more traditional forms of worship.
It is always difficult to change and adapt our churches for the modern era as we run the risk of losing what has been handed down through the centuries to us, but the risk of doing nothing is that we stop being a living Church and become a mausoleum. We hope these plans strike the right balance of caring for our heritage and past whilst modernising and supporting new growth and mission securing our future for another generation.
This is an exciting project which we hope will add to the plans to develop our Mission across Dyffryn Clwyd. So what ideas might you have to use these new facilities once we have them?
If you’d like to give comments or feedback on this project please send them to Tad Huw.
Wrexham Night Shelter 2020
Since 30/12/19 seven church buildings in the Wrexham area have been part of the Cold Weather Church & Community Night Shelter Project run by Housing Justice Cymru and supported by the Diocese of St Asaph.
The project is run in partnership with Wrexham Borough Council and other agencies working with homeless people in the town and provides food, a safe bed and a warm welcome for up to 10 homeless persons (always referred to as guests).
I had been interested in taking part last year, but work got in the way. Another of our congregation, Keith Moulsdale, had taken part in 2019 and told me that he’d thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Now finding myself newly retired I decided that this was something I wanted to be involved with this year. When I told my wife, Bev, she asked if she could come so on a dark November evening, we found ourselves at St John’s church in Rhosnesni attending a training evening with 50-60 other interested persons. After hearing a presentation on the project there was a Q & A session and then, if we were still interested, we could sign-up for the 2020 shelter which we did.
Towards the end of January, we found ourselves back at St John’s doing our first Evening shift (5pm-10pm) which involved setting up the beds for the night andlaying tables for the evening meal. Our guests arrived at 7pm, having been picked up from the town centre in a minibus driven by another volunteer, and are welcomed with cups of tea/coffee and biscuits.
Whilst they settle in another volunteer is cooking a meal for the guests & volunteers; it’s Friday our guests’ favourite night as it means fish & chips. As she cooks, we are introduced to the guests; there are 9 tonight including one special guest, Millie, a friendly & well-behaved Bedlington Terrier/Whippet cross.
The fish & chips are ready, and we serve the guests first before joining them at the table. Conversation is lively & varied – the 6 Nations starts tomorrow, and Wales’ prospects are discussed. Soon its time for pudding and a choice of two home-made crumbles & custard. With stomachs full the first of our guests make their way to bed whilst the rest of us continue chatting. We can’t chat for too long though as we’re needed to clear the table and wash up whilst our chef for the night prepares packed lunches for tomorrow.
Once that’s done, we make some more teas and chat with our guests. Whilst we chat, our co-ordinator for the night, offers to bathe each guest’s feet. We are already aware that she is a special lady with a lovely aura but to see the care she takes washing & drying their feet is truly humbling.
The Overnight shift (10pm-6am) arrive and our first shift is over; since then we’ve done two more Evening shifts and two Overnight shifts and we’ll both be sorry when this year’s project ends at the end of March.
The guests are a lovely crowd and talking to them you come to realise what a thin line there is between the security we all enjoy and finding yourself without a home. If ,like me, you had been thinking about becoming involved at the Night Shelter I would set aside any doubts you may have and sign up for 2021 – you will meet so many wonderful people and will find it to be a truly inspiring experience.
ST PETERS CHURCH LLANBEDR
With the churches closed at the moment and our coffee mornings postponed church members are kept in touch with what goes on via emails, and those not on line are telephoned to see how they are as most of the elderly members are in self-isolation. It can be a very long day on your own in the house but modern technology means that if on line we can watch the daily services on the http://fb.me/ACDyffrynClwydMA many of the services are from our church in Llanbedr with Tad Huw and Father Dylan. There are other services from Llanfair with Rev Richard and St Peters with Rev Stuart.
We normally have an Easter Garden at the church but this year not possible inside, Tad Huw and children built it outside and Fiona Calver supplied the flowers.
Alison Goldstein has been busy telephoning church members to see how they are getting on during these difficult times and offer guidance if needed. We have a list of volunteers in Llanbedr that can be called on to collect prescriptions etc. Many thanks for their great work.
On a lighter note during the Covid 19 we are not able to enter the church to clean but Tad Huw has brought the hoover out and disposed of the flies.
Thank the Lord for Yr Wyddfa
The Carter family set out with much enthusiasm and the sight and sound of us all going up and down the stairs even motivated the family dog Willow to join in the group photo, and the task so easy to define. But, setting out to ascend the vicarage double-staircase twenty times a day we quickly fell behind schedule, and, along with everything, ascending a virtual Snowdon became the expression of the emotional challenge of these lock-down times. How can something so straight forward lead to so much confusion.
It was Francesca who shined in keeping the ship steady as we virtually travelled over the Bwlch-y-Moch at 600 meters. A place which I have passed countless times, more often in winter snow and ice than summer sunshine. This time was different, that’s for sure, without any weather or views.
We arrived at the virtual summit late on the Sunday in the dark with head torches on and the essential birthday light-saber of Tomos’. This was following Huw, Megan, Idris and Mannon, who got there earlier in the afternoon, but then it was never a real race; and we all had Idris to thank for the idea in the first place.
It was SO worth it for the response which came from all around, near and far. THANK YOU TO YOU ALL. This is our thanks to you, for your response, your encouragement, your support and your inspiration to face the challenges.
The total raised in the virtual Race up Snowdon was £1,186, we will be using this money across the MA for essential costs to help keep all our churches going at this time when normal fundraising has had to stop. THANK YOU!
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR JUNE
Sunday 7th June Trinity Sunday
Isaiah 40. 12-17, 27-31 Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13. 11-13 Matthew 28. 16-20
Sunday 14th June First Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 18. 1-15; [21. 1-7] Psalm 116. 1-2, 12-19 Romans 5. 1-8 Matthew 9.35 – 10.8, [9-23]
Sunday 21st June Second Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 21. 8-21 Psalm 86. 1-10, [16, 17] Romans 6. 1b-11 Matthew 10. 24-39
Sunday 28th June Third Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 22. 1-14 Psalm 13 Romans 6. 12-23 Matthew 10. 40-42
Sunday 5th July Fourth Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 24. 34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45. 10-17 or Canticle: Song of Solomon 2. 8-13 Romans 7. 15-25a
Matthew 11. 16-19, 25-30