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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
We were very pleased to welcome Bishop Andy to St Peter’s for a Confirmation Service on the 24th November. It was even more pleasing to welcome the Deanery to St Peter’s and to see the service so well attended. It was a very special day for Alan, Rachal, Elen and Simon, our confirmation candidates, and Michele who was being accepted into the Anglican Church, and having the support of their congregations was very important to them. It was a happy and uplifting service during which we could all confirm and reconfirm our commitment to God. Following the service we enjoyed lunch together at Plas Dolguog. It was good to celebrate together as a Deanery and to welcome five new members to our family. I pray that we will do so again in the very near future.
Here are some wonderful photographs taken by Sarah Williams