Posts by Simon Large (Page 3)
This article appeared recently in the Brecon and Radnor Express
Rogation Sunday is traditionally the day for beating the bounds – walking round the parish and praying for every aspect of life. This is what we do in a smaller way each year at Cwmdu, praying for the farming community, the crops and the livestock, and the people. This year we were blessed with fine weather and stood among the sheep, before moving on into the village.
Sometime last year, as Mairwen and I were driving, we saw a signpost for a historic church we had both heard about, and having an hour to spare we decided to call in and see it. Following the lane from the main road we soon came across it and went in. Inside all was dark and musty, the walls covered with plaques commemorating the great and the good of years gone by. There was a history sheet to explain who… [Continue Reading]
Thursday 11th May saw the licensing of the reverend Rana Khan as Rector of Crickhowell with Cwmdu and Tretower, and leader of the Catwg Ministry Area. Members of all 10 ministry area congregations, plus friends and members of Rana’s former congregation in London packed the church for this joyous occasion. We even had a visitor from Norway, Raymond Larsen, who had flown over specially to be here for the occasion. Bishop John Davies preached on Isaiah 6:1-8 ‘Here I am,… [Continue Reading]
Look out! Open warfare has broken out among the Open the Book team! This picture was taken by our undercover reporter using a hidden camera …
On Friday my hope died. The sky wept itself dark the ground broke apart and all creation cried for the bloodied innocence hammered into a tree. There were whispers of a torn curtain, but they didn’t reach my ears or mend my mangled heart or stem the bitter tears as we took the body down. On Saturday we grieved, hiding from the troops whom we’d once believed would be overthrown by the carpenter’s boy, who had preached and fed and… [Continue Reading]
St Catwg’s Ministry Area is breaking new ground in the Church in Wales, with the appointment of a voluntary ministry area safeguarding champion. Former teacher Sherill Worgan, will be the first to take on such a role and, if it proves successful following a six-month pilot exercise, it has potential to be considered in other dioceses in Wales. The diocese’s safeguarding officer, Peter Doyle, said: “Due to size of the diocese I thought it would be helpful to have volunteer… [Continue Reading]
Photographs of some of the events that took place this Easter.
The Maundy Thursday liturgy is sombre and moving precursor to Good Friday. But why do we do this and what does it mean? The stripping of the altars is an ancient Maundy Thursday custom which symbolises the humiliation of Jesus at the hands of the soldiers. After the Last Supper, less than 24 hours remained before the crucifixion and many things happened in a short space of time: Jesus last hour of anguished prayer in Gethsemane, his betrayal by Judas… [Continue Reading]
This is the generator bought with donations from kind supporters, family, friends and the St Edmund’s Mission Fund, for Kalka Care Home which provides a home for destitute elderly people in Habri, northern India. This impressive piece of equipment cost about £4000 and will make an enormous difference to life at the home. They will now have fans working when the temperature is 50°C and above; they will be able to pump up fresh water, refrigerate food and medicines, and… [Continue Reading]
“Prayer is like a telephone” as the old song goes, but there’s more truth in that than you realise. For some time now I have been using the PrayerMate app on my mobile phone to help me keep track of who and what I am praying for. And because I have my phone with me most of the time, I also have my prayer diary with me. PrayerMate brings all your prayer points together. Whether its your personal prayer points… [Continue Reading]
Peredur Owen Griffiths of Christain Aid Wales was part of a group that walked 140 miles through Wales in 2016 to raise awareness of the plight of refugees in Europe. The walkers were offered hospitality by Welsh people along the route, both meals and beds. £32,000 was raised for the Christmas appeal. Pred’s aim for 2017 is to bring the story of the walk and raise awareness of refugees throughout the country. Refugees are the focus of Christian Aid in… [Continue Reading]