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It has been a pleasure to welcome Archdeacon Andrew to our Deanery for his Visitation. This year the traditional evening Visitation and Archdeacon’s Charge was replaced by a two day visit to all the Deaneries/Ministry Areas in the Archdeaconry. On Monday (24th) the Archdeacon joined the proposed Ministry Team at St Peter’s for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed by a discussion on the formation of the Ministry Area of Cyfeiliog and Mawddwy. Following a shared lunch he made a short tour of the parishes of Corris, Llanwrin and Penegoes. The PCCs of the eight churches in the Deanery then gathered at St Peter’s where Archdeacon Andrew explained the process involved in becoming a Ministry Area, the time-line for that process and answered questions from the floor. The decision of all the churches to proceed with the formation of the Ministry Area will now be taken to the Diocesan Standing Committee and the Bishop’s Council for approval at the end of March; a date will then be set by the Bishop for a licensing and Induction service for the Ministry Team and Team Leaders during the summer.
Following refreshments provided by the Mothers’ Union and Deanery members there was a short service when the Archdeacon gave his Visitation Charge.
On Tuesday morning we gathered at St Tydecho Church, Cemaes for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed by a short business meeting. Unfortunately the planned visit around Bro Ddyfi Uchaf parish had to be cancelled due to the weather.
The two days were a good chance for parishioners to meet and speak with the Archdeacon and a good opportunity for him to meet with us in a less formal way. Thanks to the Mothers’ Union for organising excellent refreshments once again and to all whom made the Archdeacon’s visit welcoming and successful.
Annual Clergy Retreat at Pantasaph Retreat Centre
The Retreat went very well - even if it was very cold and I don't like being cold!!
The Revd Christopher Perrins, the Retreat Director, led us through the symbolism of religious icons and demonstrated the various techniques involved in creating icons. We were encouraged through silence and prayer to acknowledge our own creativeness.
The time spent in silence, prayer, worship and fellowship with colleauges is invaluable and helps to strengthen and re-energise us for parish life.
Bilingual Worship Songbook
A bilingual worship song book has been launched this week and is the result of 18 months of hard work by people from the Diocese who are eager to encourage and enthuse our children and young people in the Christian faith. We were given a "taster session" on Monday evening at Ysgol Gynradd Machynlleth when Andy, Greg and, from Urban Saints and the Revd Robert Townsend went through some of the songs.
The packs contain a song book with music, a CD Rom and a CD of the music, which is invaluable to those of us who cannot sing in tune or play a musical instrument! The packs have been given to all primary schools in the Diocese.
The taster evening was recieved very well by teachers of Machynlleth and Corris schools and I'm looking forward to hearing the children sing some of these songs and maybe joining them with my tuneless voice!
The Dyfi Singers
Last night, I enjoyed a wonderful evening of music and carols by The Dyfi Singers at St Peter's Church Machynlleth.
The evening started with the singers slowly walking down the side aisles of the church while singing Laudate Dominium by Jaques Berthier. It was quite spine tingling to hear their voices gradually grow louder as they came alongside the pews and then proceeded to the the font of the church.
A wonderful concert of Christmas music was ineterspersed with solo perfrmances and carols which were sung by the congregation and the singers. It was an enjoyable excperience singing carols together with the choir, there was none of the usual mumbling, hoping nobody else would hear you, everyone sang with confidence.
There were two pieces that were played using recorders, memories of school music lessons were banished as I realised just how beautiful recorders can sound when played properly.
A short intermission about halway through was ideal for stretching your legs and meeting members of the Dyfi Singers.
The second half contained more solos and the second of the recorder pieces the evening of singing was rounded off with a lively rendition of 'O Come all Ye Faithful', and a message of thanks from Rev'd. Kathleen.
Beautiful singing, uplifting carols and great use of the church to raise funds for St Peter's and Machynlleth Listening Point. It really was an enjoyable evening, and my thanks to everyone involved, espescially The Dyfi Singers.
Llanwrin Advent Carol Service
The Llanwrin Advent carol service was held on 1st December and was enjoyed by all. This service was well attended, and we have some lovely photographs taken by Sarah Williams