St Asaph

St. Mary’s Shared Church, Ruabon.

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St Asaph

Welsh lessons - Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in learning / improving Welsh. We have had a great response and hope to start lessons in Wrexham on Monday and Wednesday afternoons 1-5pm as these were the most popular times and place from September 3rd/5th onwards. Please do set aside these times and dates in your diary and I (Manon) will be in touch soon with registration forms. We are going to be part of a Welsh in the workplace project which is fully funded therefore we need a minimum number of confirmed and registered participants and it will be important to commit to all the sessions. For more information contact me on manoncjames@churchinwales.org.uk

Jackie Feak, the ministry support officer will be changing her hours to two full days from this week onwards: Monday and Tuesday 8.15am – 3.45pm and can be contacted on ministry.stasaph@churchinwales.org.uk and  01745 582245 about vocations and discernment queries. Inquirers’ forms can also be found at https://stasaph.churchinwales.org.uk/life/steering-groups/developing/discernment-process-for-ministry/inquirers-form/).
Manon Ceridwen James can also be contacted on manoncjames@churchinwales.org.uk, or direct line 01745 532599 or on her mobile 07918 624675 (though the signal in the office is very poor).

Bangor on Dee and Wrexham Art Groups present an Art Exhibition in Bangor on Dee Church 12-20 May. Open from 10am till 4pm each day. Come and support local artists. Many of the works on display will be for sale.

Pentecost Confirmation, 20th May in St Asaph Cathedral, 3pm.

Cytûn’s May 2018 Policy Bulletin is now available.  Please see the attached English and Welsh versions.

Coming up this week

Translators’ Tearoom: The new Cathedral tearoom will be open for cakes and drinks from 4 May.  Due to a prior booking in the Cathedral, the official opening event will now take place on Friday 18 May.

The Cathedral is celebrating the Patronal Feast of the Diocese and the Cathedral on Sunday 6th May (Poster circulated previously). A warm welcome to all to celebrate with us. Why not send a representative from your Church? If you are coming along please let Pam Vernon know at:  pamelavernon@cinw.org.uk

“Virgin Art Exhibition” – in St Mary’s Church, Mold opens to the public on 7th May at 10am.  Members of the public will again be able to vote for their favourite exhibit and a prize will be awarded to the most popular artist. They will also be able to buy exhibits with a percentage of the cost going to church funds. Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm everyday.  Refreshments available.

"History and Heritage" exhibition in St. Peter's Llanbedr DC, until the end of May. The exhibition, follows the roof restoration project and includes local history, paintings and photographs over the last 200 years of the medieval Old St. Peter's Church which was replaced by the existing St. Peter's in 1864. 

“Coster Llanbedr” 7th May in Llanbedr Village Hall, 10.30am-12.30pm.  Cappuccino, percolated coffee, tea, biscuits, cake, sweets & drinks for children, all welcome! Nearly New Stall and Raffle.  Free admission, donations for Leprosy Mission, homeless charities and Llanbedr Church welcome. Contact Pam on 01244 520019.

“Multi-parish ministry dynamics” 11am-1pm, 8th May at Derwen College, Gobowen, OSWESTRY SY11 3JA.  For clergy who wish to enter into supportive conversation about the ins-and-outs of multiple foci ministry (e.g. a number of churches, a rural context). There is also the option of staying for lunch in the Orangery Restaurant afterwards. For further information please contact Richard Carter on telephone: 01824 703867 email: reverendcarter@gmail.com

Marketplace and information

Two of our ordinands being ordained in June are looking for white goods and furniture with which to furnish their new parsonages. If you have anything you can offer, please contact them on:
Dylan - Dylan.Jones@stpadarns.ac.uk  and Dominic  - dominic.cawdell@stpadarns.ac.uk or for further queries contact Manon on manoncjames@churchinwales.org.uk

The Bishop of Bangor is asking for “good news stories from around the province showcasing good evangelism” with the idea of being included in a series of videos to be shot during the summer. The final edit will be available in the early autumn and shown as part of the evangelism presentations in Governing Body. It will also be available for churches and other venues. If you would like to suggest a good example of evangelism, please email Bishop Andy at bishop.bangor@churchinwales.org.uk

Please note that this event has been cancelled - Introducing Mark Yaconelli’s “Experiments with God” –12 May, 10am-4pm in St Margaret’s Church, Garden Village, Wrexham. 

Forthcoming dates

Safe Church training – Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.  This training aims to develop an awareness and understanding of abuse, safeguarding processes and how these relate to your role and responsibilities.  10th May, 2-5pm in Christ Church, Bala.  To book your place please contact siancharlesworth@cinw.org.uk

Thy Kingdom Come - The ten days that lead up to Pentecost Sunday is traditionally a time when we particularly pray for the Holy Spirit’s power and gifts in the building up of the church, and for their use in our witness as we seek the coming of God’s Kingdom in all its fullness.  As part of this period of prayer, the bishops are encouraging the faithful to join in the international ecumenical initiative ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ between Ascension and Pentecost, 10-20 May 2018. More details and resources can be found at:  https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

Betws yn Rhos Village Plant & Cake Sale in the Village Hall - Saturday 12th May, 10am-12pm.  All welcome, teas, coffee & cake. 

Taize Service at St Asaph Cathedral on Sunday 13th May at 6.30pm, praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit as we prepare for Pentecost. A warm welcome to all (Poster circulated previously).

Living Church Weekend / Penwythnos Eglwys Fyw: 12/13 May – St Peter’s Church, Ruthin, 10am-4pm.  Details on the posters circulated previously. 

Archdeaconry of Wrexham Visitation – Sunday 13th May in St Giles’ Church, Wrexham at 4pm – there will be no roll call of Clerics and Readers this year but from 3.15pm all Clerics, Readers and Licensed Lay Ministers are asked to ‘sign in’ prior to the service and Churchwardens are asked to sign the required declaration at the relevant table where the Mission Area Leader will be situated.

“Setting God’s people free: A theology of lay ministry” – In this day Prof Canon Elaine Graham (Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester) will help us to think through the theology of lay and shared ministry and how to put this commitment into practice in the life of our mission areas.  15th May, 10am-3.30pm in Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden.  Open to all. Booking is essential, please contact siancharlesworth@cinw.org.uk

Whit Walk:  Aled Mission Area welcomes everyone to our second Whit Walk, on 19 May. We will begin at 11am on the prom opposite Abergele Railway Station, and finish with a service at St Trillo’s Chapel on the prom at 4pm. Walkers are welcome to join in at any point: please see the map for times. We hope many more will join us for the service with Bishop Gregory. Details circulated previously.

FESTIVAL TALK: Composer in Conversation. Dr Rhiannon Mathias in conversation with Hilary Tann who discuss her music and career. Monday 28 May 2018 at 3pm Beaumaris Leisure Centre ‘Festival Talk’ Tickets £6.  There will be a performance of
“Melangell Variationsat the Leisure Centre at 7.30pm during the Beaumaris Bank Holiday Concert by the strings of the Welsh Chamber Orchestra conducted by Anthony Hose, soloists Karen Coker Merritt (soprano) and Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone).

A Hope and a Future – Transforming Churches and Communities
Wednesday 6 June: Llangollen Pavilion.  A free one-day event for anyone interested in helping their church to be relevant to their local community. To book contact siancharlesworth@cinw.org.uk.  More information at https://stasaph.churchinwales.org.uk/life/steering-groups/engaging/hope-and-a-future/a-hope-and-a-future-transforming-churches-and-communities/

Data Developments trainingAll Church Treasurers must be using the Data Developments software for this financial year.  A newly designed basic training session is being run on:

8th June, 9.30am-4pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Chirk or
9th June, 9.30am-4pm in St Peter’s Church, Holywell.

Places are limited so please book your place with siancharlesworth@cinw.org.uk
All treasurers are welcome to attend whether they have attended previously or not.

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