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Ministry Area Vestry Meeting
The annual vestry meeting for the Ministry Area took place at the White Lion Hotel in Machynlleth on Wednesday 20th April. Attendance was not as we had hoped but the required business took place nevertheless.
The Rev Peter Ward chaired the meeting. Rev Roland and Canon Kath thanked everyone for their continued support and hard work over the past 12 months through many changes and challenges. There is proof of success in many areas of our Ministry Area with the growth of the Pastoral Team under the leadership of Mrs. Jen Evans and the work with children and young people through Open the Book Teams and growing relationships with the schools and nurseries. There is still a great deal to be done, as always but with the grace of God, our continual prayer and solidarity the seeds of the kingdom will be sown throughout Dyffryn Dyfi.
Mrs Joanne Gower, as Ministry Area Treasurer, presented the accounts which were accepted by those present.
Mrs. Jen Evans gave a report on the work of the Pastoral Team and the new initiative of “Cawl a Chlonc” (Soup and a Chat), which has proved very successful. She outlined future plans to work with young mothers. Jen also gave a report on the work of the newly formed Diocesan Council of which she is Lay Vice Chair and her role within the Representative Body of the Church in Wales.
Representatives of each church gave a brief report on the situation in their church.
Ministry Area Council Members:
Mrs. Denise Perkins MAC Warden/Minute Secretary
Mr. Alan Murphy MAC Warden
Mrs. Joanne Gower MAC Treasurer
Mr. Ken Searson
Mrs. Maureen Hughes
Mrs. Nora Wigley
Mrs. Linda Davies
Mr. Matt Swan
Mrs. Llinos Davies
Ministry Area Team Members:
Rev Roland Barnes Team Leader
Rev Canon Kathleen Rogers Team Leader
Rev Peter Ward Chairperson
Rev Dominic McClean
Mrs. Jen Evans Worship Leader
Mrs. Denise Perkins
Mr. Alan Murphy
On that long ago first morning of Pentecost, Jerusalem was crowded with thousands of visitors, for it was one of the most popular feast-days in the Jewish calendar – the Feast of Firstfruits, looking forward to the wheat harvest.
In one small room of that great city, a small group of people who had followed Jesus were praying. There was nothing else for them to do: Jesus had died, he had risen, and he had ascended, promising to send them ‘a Comforter’. They were left alone, to wait at Jerusalem. And so they waited – on him, and for him. They were not disappointed: for that morning the Holy Spirit fell upon that small room, and transformed those believers into the Church, Christ’s body here on earth. Pentecost was not the first time that the Holy Spirit came to the world – throughout the Old Testament there are stories telling of how God had guided people and given them strength. But now his Spirit would use a new instrument: not just isolated prophets, but the Church, his body on earth.
Acts opens with the preaching of the gospel in Jerusalem, the centre of the Jewish nation. Within 30 years the gospel had spread throughout the northern Mediterranean: Syria, Turkey, Greece, Malta... to the very heart of the Roman Empire: Rome. The Church was on the move – God was on the move! He was calling people from every nation to repent, turn to Jesus for forgiveness of their sins, and to follow him.
His call continues today in this great nation of ours; in this beautiful valley of ours.
Life is such a complex journey, with its ups and downs. We can easily go off course, or even feel lost. But you gave us Jesus to be our Way and our guide, and you promised never to leave us or forsake us. And when Jesus came back to you Lord, after His life on this earth, you promised even more wonderfully to send the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts, exchanging our fears and anxieties for your power and peace – a peace which we can’t explain, but can experience when we trust you.
Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit that you keep your promises, and that in your strength we can move forward, confident in your reality and sovereignty, one step at a time. In Jesus name. Amen.
By Daphne Kitching
5th May: Ascension Day
Surely the most tender, moving ‘farewell’ in history took place on Ascension Day. Luke records the story with great poignancy: “When Jesus had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands - and blessed them.”
As Christmas began the story of Jesus’ life on earth, so Ascension Day completes it, with his return to his Father in heaven. Jesus’ last act on earth was to bless his disciples. He and they had a bond as close as could be: they had just lived through three tumultuous years of public ministry and miracles – persecution and death – and resurrection! Just as we part from our nearest and dearest by still looking at them with love and memories in our eyes, so exactly did Jesus: “While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up into heaven.” (Luke 24:50-1) He was not forsaking them, but merely going on ahead to a kingdom which would also be theirs one day: “I am ascending to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God...” (John 20:17)
The disciples were surely the most favoured folk in history. Imagine being one of the last few people on earth to be face to face with Jesus, and have Him look on you with love. No wonder then that Luke goes on: “they worshipped Him - and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.” (Luke 24:52,53)
No wonder they praised God! They knew they would see Jesus again one day! “I am going to prepare a place for you... I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2,3) In the meantime, Jesus had work for them to do: to take the Gospel to every nation on earth.
Edible Mach Maethlon were unsuccessful in grant funding this year and desperately need to raise funds to continue their work in the community.
They have launched an online crowd fund campaign at
There is a video about the project there too.
Holy Trinity Church Corris.
On the 4th March a special service was held in Machynlleth
This was to celebrate the women's day of prayer. It is held every year on the first Friday in March throughout the world, during 24 hours a continuing chain of prayer passes around the world. Each year the service is written by women from a different country, this year it was the turn of a Cuban women and in Machynlleth the turn of St Mary’s Catholic Church to welcome members of all denominations in Machynlleth. The service was bilingual with many people taking part.
The offerings (£83.20) go to help many different charities throughout the world. Mrs Wendy Morgan gave the address speaking of Cuba and it's people. She spoke especially of the organisation which trains people from poorer backgrounds to become Doctors, who then go on work in countries all over the world where medical facilities are almost non existent . Each year we think of all those women, rich and poor, who on that Friday are praying and praising God for his love and care for us all