We have just received the latest newsletter from Joel and Fiona in Amman. You can read it online on the CMS website.
The Friends of St Edmund’s Church have restored the grave of a former rector, the Rev Boscawen Somerset who did much to shape both the church and the facilities in the town. The rector served the parish from 1874 until his death in 1893 and inspired the parishioners to give generously towards some important projects that continue to influence life in Crickhowell today. The Friends of St Edmund’s were led to the idea of restoring the Rev Boscawen’s grave by… [Continue Reading]
Beach missions are taking place all over the UK and in fact all over the world. Please pray for their work as they take this opportunity to reach out to people on holiday. Here are some prayer points to focus on: Freedom and wisdom. Pray that authorities will resist calls to silence the church outside places of worship, and pray for wisdom for those speaking at missions that they will be sensitive and that they will be given the right… [Continue Reading]
This year’s theme was Waste Warriors as we looked at the effects our waste is having on the world, how we so often make a mess of things, and how that can be put right. We changed the format a little this time with an all-day club on the Monday and an evening barbecue on Thursday. As usual, a lot of fun was had by all.
It was a lovely afternoon at Brecon Cathedral this Petertide as we witnessed the ordination of Peter Letson, son of our previous rector Barry Letson, and of Gill Todd. We continue to pray for them as they start on this new stage in their faith journeys.
As part of the Cathedral Chaos event, Crickhowell’s Open the Book team went along to enact their all singing, all dancing Creation story, telling how God turned the Chaos into the wonderful world we live in. IT IS GOOOOOOD.
It’s Ascension Day, and we are reminded of the parting words of Jesus, as he entrusted the mission of sharing the gospel to his timid small group of disciples. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 Today, we are entrusted with this same mission. Thy Kingdom Come, now in its 4th year,… [Continue Reading]
What a great turnout for the first session! Lots of productive discussion and sharing of experiences, and this week learning more about Peter’s background.
We are pleased to report that Failtus, the student we are partly sponsoring through theological college in Karachi, Pakistan, is now in his second year and is doing very well. We have received this report from Dr Pervais Sultan. I am happy to report on Failtus, a seminary student support partly by your church for the deficit in his expenses on behalf of St. Thomas’ Theological College. 1st Term: 68.4%, 2nd Term: 74%, 3rd Term: 70.5% He is always found… [Continue Reading]
This article appeared on the St Padran’s Institute Facebook page recently and offers a real challenge to all of us. In my role I encounter much discussion about the idea of calling into Christian ministry. For most people, their understanding of calling is determined by the bible’s descriptions of Old Testament prophets like Moses, Samuel, Jonah and Amos, or New testament characters like the disciples and Paul. These exemplary characters are portrayed as being personally summoned by God for their… [Continue Reading]
My daily reading one day last week was from Luke’s Gospel, in which he calls the first disciples. One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little… [Continue Reading]
As part of the pilgrimage of music taking place throughout the ministry area, St Edmund’s Church organised an afternoon led by Geoff Weaver, an internationally known church musician, who was Director of Studies and Outreach at the Royal School of Church Music 1994-2002, and directed the music at the 1998 Lambeth Conference. Music as an essential element in creation. We are called to be co-creators with God. The role of the church musician – as comforter and disturber. The use of music in worship- a brief historical overview…. [Continue Reading]