Letters from the Diocese
January the 25th was Dydd Santes Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of Love and on February 14th we celebrate St Valentine’s Day and both these days remind us of the importance of expressing our love for those close to us. But how can we go beyond simply flowers and a card? Jesus says: ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another’ (John 13:34). How can we show love in our everyday relationships like Jesus?
How well do we listen to others? How often do we find ourselves thinking of the next thing to say before someone has finished speaking? Jesus listened; He asked the question and waited patiently for the answer. You can’t rush listening – listening takes time and patience.
Jesus reached out to touch the untouchables in his world - the lepers - the sick – the possessed, and the children. One survey has suggested that we all need at least 8-10 meaningful touches a day to maintain emotional health! A warm handshake - touch on the arm – a hug – nothing too grand – gentle and appropriate. Always helpful for the other person not just for ourselves.
Jesus’ conversation was always full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Do we speak words of grace, by offering comfort, giving encouragement or expressing care and concern? Are we also ready to speak words of truth, in asking for forgiveness – in seeking reconciliation - in speaking out against conflict and injustice? Where is the challenge for us in expressing love this Valentine’s Day?
With every blessing to you and yours
As we come to the end of another year I would like to thank you all for your continued support and hard work as we’ve journeyed together on this road that God has set before us. We have faced the changes, and the challenges they have brought, with good spirit and determination. We have moaned together – we have puzzled together – we have worshipped together – we have laughed and cried together – and we have prayed together. As Christ’s Body, the Church, in this Ministry Area and with God’s grace we will keep going on this journey into 2017 with the same spirit and resolve, Worshipping God, Growing the Church and Loving the World.
My special thanks to the churchwardens of all the churches for their work in keeping the churches running from day to day.
May I wish you and yours a very happy, peaceful and blessed Christmas
As summer rolls on and we’ve enjoyed and celebrated the achievements of the Wales Football Team, Andy Murray’s success at Wimbledon, Carnival Days and Fun Days it’s easy to put the troubles in the world around us to the back of our minds. Not forget, because we can not forget the horror of the events in Nice or the look on the faces of the refugees fleeing for their lives. We can never forget, but we can and do focus on good times, on enjoyable times, those times that revitalise and re-energise us to look again at the world and it’s troubles and work out how we can help.
As Christians we continually pray for our brothers and sisters throughout the world, we belong to a huge family centred on God. In the Dyfi Valley we come to church to worship God as we please, free to come and go. In a great many countries that is not the case and during our worship we pray for those who suffer hardship and violence, often at the hands of their own countrymen, because they belong to our family, because they are Christians. We can not even begin to imagine what that means and we struggle to understand the enormity of it. To hopefully help us to understand a little more I have invited a speaker from Barnabas Fund, a charity who help relieve the suffering of these people in some 36 countries of the world. Ruth will be joining us at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 14th August at 10.30am for a service of Morning Prayer during which she will highlight the plight of our brothers and sisters and the work that Barnabas Fund does to support them. I am not asking you to dip into your pockets again (although the collection from the service will be to Barnabas Fund), but I am asking you to come and hear what Ruth has to say.
The two most important commandments that we have been given is “To love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”, and “To love your neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27). These people are our brothers and sisters in Christ, it is our Christian duty to understand their plight and to support them in any way we can.
With every blessing to you and yours.
Kath's Letter - July 2016
After a break of 9 weeks and some frantic cleaning by some very dedicated people we were able to move back into St Peter’s Church on the 5th June. When I arrived at St Peter’s on Tuesday 31st May armed with my mop, bucket, broom, dusters and polish, I was met by what seemed to be a battalion of people each with their own corner of the Church to clean - women, men and builders all mucking in together. It was a site that brought a lump to my throat. Over the following four days a relay of people came to make sure that everything was clean and in working order for 8 o’clock on Sunday morning 5th June. At 11 o’clock we welcomed Gareth and Carian Nicholas, their families and friends for the Baptism of their son Zach Gareth. What a wonderful service to have on our first Sunday back.
The work is not quite finished yet and we are not allowed into the new area at the back of the Church just yet but by the end of the summer all should be in place for the builder to hand the building back to us. We can then start to arrange “open days” for the community to see the new facilities and how they can be used for the community. Plans are also underway for a special service of thanksgiving. Keep a look out for notice of these events that will be coming soon.
I am very grateful to Mr Ken Searson and everyone who worked so hard brushing, washing, polishing and supplying refreshments during those 5 days, it was all done with friendship and laughter. It was all done to the praise and glory of God through Jesus Christ. Our grateful thanks also go to the Tabernacle for accommodating us on Sunday mornings. Thank you all so much.
With every blessing to you and yours
Kath's Letter - April 2016
I hope you all enjoyed the blessings of Easter- I did! Easter is my favourite season of the church and the year. This year Spring was in full splendour with daffodils and primroses gracing our gardens and the hedgerows. The lambs basking and prancing in the sunshine. God’s creation in all its glory.
St Peter’s Church on the other hand was looking very bare and empty for our Holy Week and Easter celebrations, but, I’m glad to say, it’s not all doom and gloom – far from it. From Easter Monday we closed St Peter’s to the public so that the Nave and Chancel can be redecorated – a huge task needing very high scaffolding. This work will take about a month so we will, hopefully, be back worshipping at St Peter’s again by the beginning of May. We are very grateful to the Tabernacle Trust for the use of the Tabernacle Auditorium for our Sunday services for the next few Sundays and our Wednesday services will be at the Parish Office. Details of service times are printed in the magazine.
The building work is slowing drawing to a conclusion and we can see things starting to come together. It has been a long haul and there is still a little way to go before we see the finished product but the signs of new life can be seen inside our beautiful church as well as in the fields and hedgerows of the countryside. We can look forward to new, exciting and innovative ways of telling the Good News of Jesus in new and exciting facilities. The doors to our new home will be open very soon and everyone is very welcome to come in. God is good – All the time.
With every blessing to you and yours