Author Archives: Lisa Medina

Stephen’s Farewell Services

The tour of Farewell Services for Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley are now complete and Stephen has some much deserved time off to relax before starting his new post in September. Thank you Stephen for all you have done for Wales Synod Cymru and we wish you well for the future. Here are some photos from all three Services.

‘Recalling the Miracle: Reflections through Advent and the Twelve Days of Christmas’.

This accessible little book provides a short written reflection and an image for every day between 1st December and Epiphany. It’s suitable for individual study and, with a bit of adaption, group bible study. Here is a ‘quick link’ to where it is sold on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1739657705

Further details are also available on my website: www.basketsofbread.co.uk which contains plenty of material that may be used by churches free of charge.

Anyone who’s on Facebook might be interested in the daily reflection material found at https://www.facebook.com/basketsofbread

Many thanks,

Laura

Part time Deacon – Cardiff Methodist Circuit

Youth President Elections – Etholiadau Llywydd Ieuenctid

It’s not long now till some of the Young People from across the Synod are off to 3Generate. While they are away they will get the chance to vote for the next Youth President, and this year one of the candidates is Rachel Barwise, who grew up in the Cardiff Circuit before moving away for University in the Ceredigion Circuit (her Mum is also our Synod Secretary!).
Here’s what Rachel has to say:
‘Hello everyone! Helo pawb! My name is Rachel. I’m colourful, energetic, Welsh and I am hoping to be your next Youth President! I want to focus on exploring identity. I want to ensure that you have the space to discover your “I am…” as an individual and as an important part of the Methodist Church. I’m raring to lead from behind, to empower you and I am excited to see what we can achieve together!’

 

Nid yw’n hir nawr nes bod rhai o’r bobl ifanc o bob rhan o’r Synod i ffwrdd i 3Generate. Tra eu bod i ffwrdd byddant yn cael cyfle i bleidleisio dros yr Arlywydd Ieuenctid nesaf, ac eleni un o’r ymgeiswyr yw Rachel yn Barwise, a gafodd ei magu yng Nghylchdaith Caerdydd cyn symud i ffwrdd i’r Brifysgol yng Nghylchdaith Ceredigion (ei mam hefyd yw ein Ysgrifennydd Synod!).
Dyma beth sydd gan Rachel i’w ddweud:
‘Helo pawb! Fy enw i yw Rachel. Rwy’n lliwgar, egnïol, yn Gymraeg ac rwy’n gobeithio bod yn llywydd ieuenctid nesaf i chi! Rwyf am ganolbwyntio ar archwilio hunaniaeth. Rwyf am sicrhau bod gennych y lle i ddarganfod eich “Rydw i…” fel unigolyn ac fel rhan bwysig o’r Eglwys Fethodistaidd. Rwy’n rasio i arwain o’r tu ôl, i’ch grymuso ac rwy’n gyffrous i weld beth allwn ni ei gyflawni gyda’n gilydd! ‘

Meeting of the New Synod – Cyfarfod y Synod Newydd

This Saturday September 10th marks the inaugural meeting of the new Wales Synod Cymru, bringing together the English and Welsh language work of the Methodist Church in Wales, and meeting at Theatre Hafren, Newtown. In addition to commissioning the two Synod Chairs, Revs. Dr. Jennifer Hurd and Stephen Wigley, the Synod will also welcome the Secretary of the Methodist Conference, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Hustler, who will share in the opening event and also give a presentation to the Synod.

Ddydd Sadwrn Medi 10fed nodwch gyfarfod cyntaf Synod Cymru newydd, gan ddod â gwaith Cymraeg a Saesneg yr Eglwys Fethodistaidd yng Nghymru at ei gilydd, a chyfarfod yn Theatr Hafren, y Drenewydd. Yn ogystal â chomisiynu’r ddwy Gadair Synod, Parchg.Dr. Jennifer Hurd a Stephen Wigley, bydd y Synod hefyd yn croesawu Ysgrifennydd y Gynhadledd Fethodistaidd, Parch.Dr. Jonathan Hustler, a fydd yn rhannu yn y digwyddiad agoriadol a hefyd yn rhoi cyflwyniad i’r Synod.

Fellowship Convention in Swansea

After a few years break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, once again the Cardiff and Swansea Urdu/Hindi/Punjabi Church hosted their annual Convention organized by the Revd Irfan John (Synod Enabler Culturally Diverse Congregations). Over 70 people from Wales and a few friends from England gathered on 13th August 2022 in Sketty Methodist Church, Swansea for the one-day convention with the topic of ‘Choose Life’. This was the first time this convention has taken place in Swansea, previously being held annually at the Trinity Centre, Cardiff.

The key verse for the day Deuteronomy 30:19 which reads: ‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live’, was explored through various sessions across the day by different leaders. 

The first session led by local preacher Mr Munawar Amaf was a morning devotion followed by a session led by Mr Yaqoob Bashir. Mr Daud Irfan, Methodist Youth President lead a session for the participants with a focus on blessings and curses, which was aimed towards the youth as on the day there were over 25 children and young people. Furthermore, as the day went on, Mrs Esther Yaqoob lead a session for women in the sanctuary, whilst Mr Bashir led the men in the Church Hall, and Daud focused a youth session on covenants and what it means to walk beside God each and every day.

Worship was led by Mr Khuram Obaid who is a professional Pakistan gospel singer and travels all around the world to minister through singing. This was the final session of the day before the Revd Irfan John led communion and a time of prayer. Throughout the day, in between sessions and breaks, the Church choir led by Mr Atif Gill led the congregation in different hymns and psalms in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi languages.

 

Overall, the convention in Swansea was a blessed time focused on the Word, prayer and fellowship. As those in attendance shared in fellowship over food there was also continuous discussions over the topic ‘Choose Life’ and the conversations revolved around what had been shared that day and what this means for people’ individual and family lives.

Synod Reports Book

The Synod Report Book is usually printed out and sent out to all members of Synod. This time the decision has been made to only make the Reports available electronically. These Reports can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking on the link below.

Synod Report Book 2018

 

Big Day Out South

On Saturday 2nd February 2019, over 30 young people and leaders of the Methodist Church in Wales met in Mumbles Methodist Church to explore how we as the Methodist Church can be Courageous in our faith. We continued the theme of 3Generate to challenge how we might contextually embody a spirit and heart of Courage in every aspect of our lives.

The young people were led in worship of a different tradition by Rev. Kofi Amissah which set the day up wonderfully for times of challenge, learning and pushing boundaries. The young people took part in sessions looking at creative prayer, contextual courage, righteous anger and our holistic spirituality engaging with our physicality. Five Circuits in South Wales were represented by the attendance of young people and we hope they have taken what was learnt back to their churches and wider to put it into practice.

After the sessions in Mumbles Methodist Church, the young people went to let off some steam in Ninja Tag, Swansea which was enjoyed by all followed by sharing an evening meal over a game of bowling before heading for home.

Great thanks are given to all leaders that gave up their time, organised sessions and provided transportation for the young people to be able to attend.