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World Book Day 2014
World Book Day was held on Thursday 6th March 2014.
Children in Machynlleth involved themselves in the events.
Womens World Day of Prayer
On Friday the 7th March women from the community joined together at St Peter's to celebrate Womens World Day of Prayer with women throughout the world - an annual event in Machynlleth since 1964. This year the women of Egypt prepared the service on the theme of "Streams in the Desert". It was based on the Samaritan woman's encounter with Jesus at the well (John 4:4-26) and reflected on through the lives of four Egyptian women.
The theme flowed like a river through the service with the promise of living water that never runs dry, running through the Bible verses, the hymns and the prayers. The challenge of the service was that we should not only pray but to turn our prayer into action. To acknowledge our need and to accept Jesus' offer of living water for ourselves. Then, fillied with the spirit of love forgiveness and generosity, we should become channels of God's living water to the world.
Egypt has been in the news for the last 3years for all the wrong reasons, our service gave us an opportunity to become one with the women of Egypt in their struggles and to pray for them.
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!