News & Items of Interest
All the latest news from around the diocese.
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Ceri Sheppard from Corris congregation was confirmed in October. As there was just the one candidate we had a short, informal service at Tŷ’r Esgob in Bangor. If you’re interested to know more about confirmation please speak to Revd Miriam.
Fundraising doesn’t have to be fancy.
Corris congregation held a table top sale on the day of Corris show. It gave an opportunity to re-home some bric-a-brac and also have lots of nice conversations with locals and visitors. Perhaps you could do something similar?
Gift Aid is nothing new, but we need to pay attention to detail when completing Gift Aid declarations, either on a form kept on file or on the yellow envelopes. Please complete every box, every time.
If we receive envelopes that do not include the payer’s postcode then it may not be possible to claim the tax back on that donation. The date is also very important as part of the process for claiming. We have to keep a record of the amounts given and when.
Should you have any questions about how this information is kept then please speak to Revd Miriam or Clive Thomas who is Gift Aid officer for the ministry area.
Halloween treats £1 each
Advent calendars £3.99 each
The Meaningful Treat pouch contains a bag of Fairtrade chocolate buttons and an activity poster with 8 challenges on the theme of being a hero and a light in the world. They are a wholesome gift to give to your neighbours when they call on Halloween.
The Advent calendar also has a new design for this year. There is a Fairtrade chocolate and a line of the real Christmas story behind each window. The booklet has a page for every day of Advent, expanding on the Christmas story and includes fun challenges.
Revd Miriam is selling both (at no profit!) so please contact her to buy
It’s hard to be a Christian
by Pat Williams from Corris
My second job in Australia was as the typist in the ‘Repair and Service’ office in the hanger at Melbourne Airport. When the office manager left, a man named Rex was placed as manager. As he knew nothing about the running of the office, he asked me to help him. Everything in the office went smoothly, but in time Rex had to leave due to ill-health. I applied for the position of office manager, pointing out that I had taught Rex his job. I was told that as I was female, I was not able to hold a managerial position.
Frank then became the office manager. It was obvious that he had been told that he was not to give me any information nor to ask me any questions. When I did enquire about a new procedure, he told me that I did not need to know the details. He also told me that he was paid to tell me what do do and that I was paid to do as he told me.
A short time later Frank told me the incorrect way to fill in a certain form. I knew if was wrong, due to my several years’ experience, but I filled in the form as Frank ordered.
A couple of days later, the Manager of the Department arrived on the scene; he was very angry that the form was incorrectly filled in. Frank was not leased when I told him that I had known that the form was incorrect when I typed it. When he asked me why I had typed it incorrectly, I said that I was paid to do as he told me, and he was paid to tell me what to do.
I am ashamed to say that it was a long time before I realised I had broken two commandments: I had not loved my neighbour as myself, and I had stolen time and materials from my employer.
Yes, it’s hard to be a Christian.