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An update from Tearfund In the middle of this pandemic, it can be hard not to dwell on feelings of fear and anxiety – at times I certainly have. But I want to share with you three reasons why I’m feeling incredibly thankful. I hope they will encourage you, as they have me, during this time. Our global team is providing a truly global response to help tackle this pandemic Tearfund is present in more than 50 countries and we… [Continue Reading]
I hope you were blessed by Saturday morning’s readings as much as I was! The next instalment of our Reflections on Morning Prayer encompasses the phrase: “We have come.. to offer him praise and thanksgiving…“ Sometimes we need to be reminded that there are several distinct components to how we express our relationship with God; this phrase encompasses two of them. Firstly we will consider “praise“, when we focus on the “who?” aspects of God, followed by “thanksgiving” when we remember “what has God done for… [Continue Reading]
Adrian Barlow, who gave the Friends of St Edmund’s such an informative talk on Kempe and his Stained Glass, has a blog and this series of three pieces relates to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. I hope you will find them as interesting as I did.
Having sat down comfortably to receive God’s grace and peace, and reminded ourselves of the importance of using the day God has given us to its full potential, the next Section of our Morning Prayer expresses the reasons why we are coming to God in this way: We have come together as the family of God in our Father’s presence… It may seem strange that, when for the first time in our lives most of us are not able to… [Continue Reading]
What defines the beginning of your day? For many of us it has been that first programme on the radio – possibly the weather forecast – will it be a “nice” day for doing the things we have planned? Or, perhaps, Radio 2 to recharge our energies, through vibrant music. Many of us have listened for years to the Today programme, with it’s in-depth analysis of politics and world issues. Maybe, in the current times, you switch on to Classic FM… [Continue Reading]
This appeal from Tearfund is another way of responding to the current situation.
Over the next few weeks, I intend to pass on to you the reasons why I feel that this short form of “service” provides an ideal preparation for the start of each day. Let’s start with our opening text: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1.7 This is Paul’s initial greeting in his letter to the Romans, the book that arguably above all others defines the theology of the Christian Church. I… [Continue Reading]
Mission action plan to respond to the current coronavirus outbreak Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! We have all received the strong calls from the Church in Wales and the Prime Minister not to leave home unless it is essential. In the light of this, the time has come in Crickhowell not only for us to suspend public worship, but for us to close our church buildings entirely. All our normal ministries from Sunday services to meeting with people of… [Continue Reading]
This message was received from Tearfund and outlines their response to the current coronavirus crisis. To slow the spread of the virus and limit its impact on people living in poverty, we have launched crucial resources to help our teams, church partners and networks to support communities. They contain lifesaving health advice, as well as ways to help people stay calm. These resources have already been translated into four widely spoken languages – with plans for more – and are… [Continue Reading]
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,These are challenging times for all of us. We are now confined to our own homes and may be separated from those we love. No longer is there an opportunity to benefit from the social contact and fellowship which is so supportive of our faith. At such a time, we could feel despair, or attempt to fill our lives with the things that have been neglected, tidying up rooms, sorting out old photographs, catching up… [Continue Reading]
Dear Friends, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour! This is a challenging time for all of us. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has forced us into new realities. Many of us, at St. Catwg Ministry Area, are taking precautionary steps, some of us have already isolated ourselves. As of now, I am grateful to report that members of our ministry team are well, and are trying to do whatever they can in a different way to continue our ministry and… [Continue Reading]
Following Barry’s recent sermon on climate change, this video by Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot is another spur to action.