Letters from the Diocese

 


 

November 2013

Machynlleth

Dear Friends,

PCC meetings have been held in the four churches in our group to discuss the move into becoming a Ministry Area with Bro Ddyfi Uchaf group. You have heard me talk about this initiative for many months now but perhaps haven’t noticed any great changes happening. We have all, clergy and lay, had to think very carefully and decipher in our minds exactly what this move means and what it will entail. The whole idea of Ministry Areas is very strange to us and as a result we are all reluctant to make the first move. But move we must if we are to spread the Gospel of our Lord in our changing society and as baptised Christians we are commissioned to do this. All four PCCs agreed to the principle of becoming a Ministry Area and over the next few months we will be working with Bro Ddyfi Uchaf to form a Ministry Team consisting of clergy and Lay people who will be responsible for all aspects of Ministry in the Area.

There is a great deal of work to be done and anyone and everyone is invited to offer their own particular ministry. We are in this together – a shared ministry, clergy and lay – from altar guild to leading worship and everything else in-between, we all have a ministry to offer and to share. This is God’s work and we are His workers. This path is daunting, we are not sure where we are going, some don’t want to go, but - isn’t it very exciting!!

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God.

Revelation 21:1-3

Heavenly Father, may we know your presence and be open to your guidance as we move forward into new, unnerving and exciting times. May your Spirit encourage, enthuse and strengthen us to do your work in this place.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

With every blessing to you and yours

Revd Kathleen