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Ministry Area Council
The Council has met for the third time to discuss various administrative changes that have come about since becoming a Ministry Area. I was struck by how the doubts and misgivings of some, that have been present over the last few months, are now being replaced by excitement at the challenges we face and an eagerness to embrace new ideas. We have a long way to go and many hurdles to cross but I am encouraged that we’re on the right path and trusting in the grace of God we will, falteringly maybe, move forward on this path He has set us.
The Council is grateful to Mrs Joanne Gower and Mrs Linda Davies for agreeing to be Treasurer and Safeguarding Officer respectively for the Ministry Area. It was decided that as a Ministry Area we should form a link with a parish in the Diocese of Lango in Uganda. We hope to launch a new fundraising initiative for Ministry Area funds in the New Year which will involve each church selling numbered tickets for a monthly draw. Watch this space!!
Aid for Gaza
Tens of thousands of people in Gaza urgently need help, following this summer’s escalating violence in the region. Various UK Christian relief agencies have responded with appeals for money so that they can send essential relief into the area. If you would like to donate towards this cause, either one of the following agencies might interest you.
Episcopal Relief and Development (part of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem) is providing Al-Ahli Hospital with funding for food and fuel. www.episcopalrelief.org
Christian Aid is providing relief to the Palestinian Medical Relief Society which runs clinics in Gaza, and also to the Agricultural Development Association, which helps fishermen and farmers in Gaza. www.christianaid.org.uk
Janet Symes, Christian Aid Head of Middle East said: “The horrific escalation of violence in the region means the levels of need on the ground will continue to rise at a dramatic rate. The current crisis is a result of decades of political failure. Without genuine dialogue and a determination from all sides to achieve a just peace, Palestinians and Israelis will be destined to live through the horrors of violence again and again.”
Instalation and Collation Service 1st August 2014
Revd Canon Kathleen with The Right Reverend Andy John and The Very Reverend Sue Jones Dean of the Cathedral following the Instalation and Collation Service at Bangor Cathedral on Friday 1st August.
Ministry Area Licensing Service
As from the 27th July we are now officially the Ministry Area of Cyfeiliog a Mawddwy. At a well attended service at St Peter's Church the Ministry Area Team Leaders, the Rev Roland Barnes and the Rev Kathleen, were licensed along with the Ministry Area Team and Mrs Jen Evans as Worship Leader.
The photos show Bishop Andrew, Archdeacon Andrew and members of the Ministry Area Team following the service.
Many thanks to all who took part in the service and to the Mothers' Union and ladies of the various churches for providing refreshments after the service.
Canon at Bangor Catherdral
It is with gratitude and some trepidation that I have accepted the Bishop’s invitation to become a Canon of Bangor Cathedral. This is something that never even came close to my wildest dreams but because it is such honour and not just for me but for what we all do together in this area that I have accepted his generous invitation. The Installation and Collation Service is to be held on Friday 1st August.
Thank you so much for all the support and the best wishes I’ve received both in these last few weeks and since taking responsibility for these parishes. I look forward, with God’s grace, to working alongside you all in the years to come.
With love and every blessing to you and yours
Canon Cadeirlan Bangor
Gyda gwerthfawrogiad a pheth anniddigrwydd derbyniais wahoddiad yr Esgob i fod yn Ganon yn y Gadeirlan. Feddyliais i erioed y byddai’r fath anrhydedd yn dod i fy rhan ond gan ei fod yn fraint, nid yn unig i mi ond i’r hyn ydym yn ei wneud gyda’n gilydd yn yr ardal yma fe dderbyniais ei wahoddiad caredig. Cynhelir y gwasanaeth sefydlu a choladu ar ddydd Gwener Awst 1.
Diolch i chi i gyd am yr holl gefnogaeth a dymuniadau da a dderbyniais yn ystod yr wythnosau diweddar ac ers cymryd cyfrifoldeb am y plwyfi. Rwy’n edrych ymlaen at weithio gyda chi drwy ras Duw yn y blynyddoedd i ddod.
Gyda chariad a phob bendith i chi a’ch ceraint.
Y Parchedig Kathleen