News (Page 4)

News (Page 4)

A message for Pentecost

In John’s gospel, in the description of the Last Supper, we see Jesus praying for his followers and for those who would come to Jesus through them (John 17:20). He introduced them to the truth, gave them a wonderful training and equipped them with all they needed to fulfil God’s mission in the world (John 17:14-18). Although he chose his disciples, here he refers to them as given to him by God (John 17:24). We see the triune God, Father,… [Continue Reading]

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is an initiative from the bishops of England and Wales for people to commit to praying for 10 minutes a day in the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. Sally Rees has some copies of the bilingual printed card but in case you haven’t seen or don’t see her you can download it from here. It is intended to be printed double-sided on a single sheet of A4. There are many more resources on the website. With… [Continue Reading]

Rogation Sunday

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.

A Tale of Two Churches

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]

Rana’s Induction Service

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]

Chariots on Fire!

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 …

Devastating Beauty

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]

Sherill is pioneer for safeguarding champion pilot scheme

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]

Spring Harvest 2017 – One for All

Early April 2017: Butlins at Minehead, Somerset, was bathed in sunshine for the beginning of the annual gathering of Christians across the denominations and the country, known as Spring Harvest. Started in the 1970s, this event still attracts thousands of people who worship together, study the Bible together and relish being challenged by many relevant topics on the Christian life. Talks and seminars are built around a theme each year, this year it was about unity, ‘One for All’. As… [Continue Reading]