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Just a reminder that there will be no Cafe Church on Easter Day 1st April.
The next Cafe Church will be at 6pm on Sunday 8th April at St. Peter's Church
Cawl a Chlonc 11th January 2018
Daeth nifer dda ynghyd yn Y Llofft, Eglwys Sant Pedr i fwynhau sesiwn cynta’r flwyddyn o ‘ Cawl a Chlonc’ wedi ei baratoi gan y tim bugeiliol. Hyfryd iawn oedd cael croesawu unwaith eto aton ni rieni a’u babis/ plant bach i fwynhau pryd o fwyd gyda ni ac I gael cipolwg ar fanteision y rhyngweithio rhwng yr hen a’r ifanc. Braf oedd cael cwmni Helen Roberts, Swyddog Cefnogi Teuluoedd o’r Awdurdod Iechyd a ddaeth i gefnogi ein camau cyntaf I ddatblugu’r berthynas rhwng y ddwy genehedlaeth ac i annog rhagor o rieni ifanc i ymuno â ni. Yn dilyn y cinio cafwyd cyflwyni- ad arbennig iawn gan Canon Kath o’ i hymweliad bythgofiadwy ag Uganda ar ran yr esgobaeth yr hydref llynedd. Bydd y lluniau o’r plant a phobl Uganda yn edrych mor hapus ynghanol eu tlodi yn aros yn y cof ac yn wers i ni gyd.
Yn drist iawn dyma oedd sesiwn olaf ‘Cawl a Chlonc ‘ i Canon Kath a’r Parch Roland. Er mwyn cydnabod cyfraniad parod y ddau i’r sesiynau ac am eu cefnogaeth gwerthfawr i’r tim bugeili- ol cyflwynwyd rhodd iddyn nhw gan ddymuno pob hapusrwydd a phob bendith i Kath ar ei hymddeoliad ac i Roland wrth iddo symud i Fro Moelwyn fel arweinydd i’r ardal weinidogaeth honno.
There was a good turnout for the first Cawl a Chlonc session of the new year organised by the Pastoral Team which was held at Y Llofft, St Peter’s Church. It was wonderful to have the company of young parents with their babies and toddlers with us once again, joining us for lunch and to observe the interaction between the young and the elderly. We were also delighted to have the company of Helen Roberts, Family Support Worker for the Health Authority who came to support our new initiative, in developing the relationship between the two generations and to encourage more parents to join us. Following the lunch Canon Kath gave us a very moving presentation on her visit on behalf of the diocese to Uganda last autumn. The photos of how happy the people and children of Uganda appeared amid their poverty will stay with us. It is a lesson to us all.
Sadly this was the last session of Cawl a Chlonc for Canon Kath and Rev Roland before they move on to pastures new. In appreciation of their contribution to the sessions and for their valued support to the pastoral team they were both presented with a gift on behalf of the team. They were wished every happiness and blessing as Kath retires and Roland moves to Blaenau Ffestiniog to become Leader of Bro Moelwyn Ministry Area.
A joyous day at St Peter’s with 8 young people been confirmed by Bishop Andy and the Rev Kath’s last Sunday service at St Peter’s, a sad occasion, with a lot of mixed emotions.
We are at the beginning of a new year and, as is so often the case, it will bring new beginnings for us as individuals and for your Ministry Area. Roland is moving to a new post and Kath is retiring. Martin Riley, who was ‘allegedly retired’ anyway, has moved to be nearer his son and his family near Bangor. We wish all of them and their families well.
As your Ministry Area is ‘under my care’ during the interregnum, I have consulted with the clergy, Readers and other leaders and we have produced a rota until the end of April 2018.
With 3 priests less, it is obviously impossible to maintain the current service pattern as there will only be one (Peter Ward) and he also has a full-time job. I ask you to be understanding about this and accept the fact that attending worship will sometimes involve travelling to another church and/or having combined services. This will have to continue until a new Team Leader is in post when the situation will be reviewed again by that person and the Ministry Team depending on what ‘people resources’ are available.
I fully appreciate that changes are not usually popular but very often they are forced on us by circumstances and we have to adapt, as is the case here. Please support your clergy, Readers and Churchwardens as they look after the Ministry Area during the vacancy and remember the words of Dag Hammerskold – a former Secretary of the United Nations – which I think are very relevant to the situation your Ministry Area is currently in. He said:
‘For all that has been, Thanks, for all that shall be Yes!’
Area Dean of South Meirionnydd