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Wales Celebrating a Multicultural Christmas

This year again, Rev. Irfan John, our Synod Enabler Culturally Diverse Congregations, Wales, arranged Christmas programmes in different locations with the same purpose: to introduce culturally diverse congregations to each other and to the local community.

Caldicot: On 26th November, the famous Nativity was taken to Caldicot. The churches of the town came together in unity to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The team started out by singing carols out on the high street of Caldicot and later went inside the Caldicot Methodist Church to perform the multi-ethnic nativity play.

Swansea: On 4th December, at Uniting Church Sketty, carols were sung in various languages by people of multi-ethnic origin. The Word of God was shared and the body of Christ enjoyed fellowship together with food and by cake cutting.

Cardiff: In Cardiff, there was another proclamation and celebration of the birth of Jesus. The Urdu Fellowship sang Christmas Carols during the Christmas Bazaar at Trinity Centre. From there, they went to the Cardiff High Street to publicly do carol singing there in various languages including, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, English and Welsh.

Newport, Merthyr, Bargoed and Haverfordwest: Along with the places above, the message of Christmas was shared in homes as groups went for Carol singing in these places also. The way the angels proclaimed Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, people of many ages and backgrounds shared in this message this Christmas.




Congratulations to TCC (and to Wrexham and Connah’s Quay Methodist Churches)

Congratulations to TCC, the broad-based community organisation in North East Wales which has won a 2016 Guardian Charity Award particularly for its work with the Syrian Refugee resettlement project. Both Regent Street, Wrexham and St Andrew’s, Connah’s Quay are members of TCC and the article on the Guardian website (below) includes footage of Rev Richard Sharples explaining the project.

Buckley to Mold Pilgrimage

A group of over 25 people of all ages and from different churches in Buckley and Mold set off together to walk from Our Lady of the Rosary, Buckley to Mold, St David’s Catholic Church, reflecting on the suffering of migrants, and their perils as they attempt the dangerous crossing of the seas in the hope for a better future. We took it in turns to carry the simple Lampedusa cross, put together by an Italian carpenter, made out of drift wood of stranded migrant ships. For too many of the migrants the wrecked ships not only shattered their dreams of arriving in their new ‘Heimat’ but also broke up families and are stark reminder of the many lost lives. The ‘lucky’ ones who arrived safely still feel lost, hurt and not always welcome. Yet this cross is also a symbol of the immense generosity of many unsung heroes, who welcomed these strangers with open arms, sharing the little they have. Some of the participants are pictured at one of the prayer stops on the pilgrimage; Buckley Cross Methodist Church, with the Revd Rosemarie Clarke holding the Lampedusa Cross in the centre of the picture.
Katja Jewell & Rosemarie Clarkemigrants-walk-2

Mission celebrations in Swansea

Mission Celebrations in Swansea

Mission Celebrations in Swansea

Penlan Methodist Church was pleased to host a special Mission celebration last Sunday 9th October. Folk from the Swansea & Gower Circuit were joined by members of the Zimbabwean Fellowship from Newport and Bristol for an afternoon of fun, food and fellowship – and the opportunity to do some drumming. The celebrations were organised by Rev Siperire Mugadzaweta and Win Hawkins and included the opportunity to hear more about the work of the Circuit Mission project the Zimbabwe Orphans (ZRJ) charity.

Jeff Coleman receiving his long-service LP certificate with the Superintendent Howard Long and the Synod Chair.

Jeff Coleman receiving his long-service LP certificate with the Superintendent Howard Long and the Synod Chair.

The celebrations concluded with a service at which the Synod Chair preached on the theme of ‘Holiness and Justice’ and Mr Jeff Coleman was presented with a certificate marking 40 years as a Local Preacher.

Advent Offering Service

0-advent-logo-psdThe Advent Offering service is a connexion-wide event that raises money for the ongoing work of the Mission in Britain Fund.

This year the theme is ‘Are we there yet?’ looking at the journey Ogof Adullam, a new drop-in centre in Swansea, has recently been on.

If you represent your church or circuit you are encouraged to ‘save the date’ for an Advent Offering service between the 27 November and 24 December.

The Connexion have made it easy to hold your own service, with prepared tailorable and engaging worship materials, including leader’s notes, children’s resources and Power Point.rhs-advent-offering-0916

If you are interested in receiving these materials please register your interest by clicking on the image to the right which will take you to the Methodist Website.

Churches at the Royal Welsh Show.

Chaplains-MaroonJackets18 – 21 July sees the 2016 Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells. During this week the Showground Chaplaincy service will offer a listening ear to the farming community and over 200,000 visitors who are expected to attend the show. Over the past 7 years since it’s formal creation the Chaplaincy service has grown to cover over 40 events on the Showground during the year with a team of 25 registered Chaplains and this week is still the highlight of that calendar.

PreShow-CytunTentShow week will also see thousands of free cups of tea served in the Cytûn Tent (D294) as a safe place to rest and chat on this busy site is offered along with regular prayer, worship and discussion sessions amongst the isles of trade stands on the Showground.

Those coming to the Showground, please look out for the Chaplains in their maroon Hi-Vis Jackets and pop in to the Churches’ Tent to say hello. Alternatively you can follow us on Twitter – @ChaplaincyTeam, join the group on Facebook – or simply pray for the team and their ministry from the Showground this week and throughout the year.

Jamaican Youth Exchange

wp-image-1925777327jpegA group of young adults from The Wales Synod and Synod Cymru are participating in an exchange to Jamaica, with our folks travelling this year and the Jamaican young people returning next summer. Our group are out there from the 17th July, for two weeks, returning on Monday 1st August. During their stay they will be taking part in the Jamaican Methodist District Youth Camps, either as leaders or participants, leading a Holiday Bible Club at the Jamaica National Children’s Home in Kingston as well as engaging in many other cultural activities. A prayer has been specially written for them which you’ll find in both English and Welsh.

Our young people are; Gruff, Bethan, Owain, James, Anna, Annie, Katie, Katherine and Charlotte and their leaders are Rev Cathy Gale and Deacon Jon Miller.

We pray for our young adults and leaders journeying to Jamaica on their exchange. In their travels throughout that beautiful country may they know your blessing and protection, and your joy in connecting with a different culture, forging new friendships, seeing new places and experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and tastes that Jamaica has to offer.

Lord God, may they become ambassadors for you both through their words and in the sharing of gifts and talents in your service. May their vision of the God they serve and the worldwide family of which they are a part grow; and their faith be renewed and strengthened through this experience, as they seek your plan for their own lives upon their return.

Gweddïwn dros ein hoedolion ifanc ac arweinyddion wrth iddynt deithio i  Jamaica ar eu taith gyfnewid. Boed iddynt brofi dy lawenydd wrth iddynt gyfarfod â phobl newydd, gweld lleoedd newydd a phrofi golygfeydd, synau, arogleuon a blasau newydd. Boed iddynt brofi dy amddiffyniad wrth iddynt deithio; i Jamaica ac i’r nifer o fannau y byddant yn ymweld â nhw yn y wlad hardd honno. Boed iddynt fod yn llysgenhadon i ti ym mhopeth a ddywedant ac wrth iddyn nhw ddefnyddio eu doniau mewn gwasanaeth i ti.

Arglwydd, gweddïwn y bydd ein pobl ifanc yn dy weld di mewn ffordd wahanol ac ehangach wrth gyfarfod â phobl o wahanol ran o deulu Duw mewn diwylliant gwahanol trwy’r ymweliad hwn. Gweddïwn y byddant yn tyfu mewn ffydd ac yn dychwelyd o Jamaica wedi eu hadnewyddu a’u nerthu ar gyfer y dasg sydd o’u blaen. 

Rev. Felicity Jepson-Randall
Superintendent Minister
Llanelli and Carmarthen Methodist Circuit

25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at Amelia Trust Farm

7pm on Tuesday 12th July 2016
We are getting closer to our anniversary service and I would really appreciate it if you could give the invitation to all a big push in your churches over the coming few Sunday’s.  
The local circuits have been invaluable in their support to the farm over the last 25 years, and it would be fabulous to get a nice big congregation together to celebrate and give thanks to God for the gospel in action at the farm and to say thank you to all our supporters.  The service will be an opportunity to find out more about the work of the farm, all that has been done over the past 25 years and the direction for the future.
We are pleased to announce that Jane Hutt AM will be attending and will say a few words about the value of the work of the farm in the community.  We are also pleased that the Mayor of Barry will be in attendance.
We, at Amelia Trust Farm, really appreciate all the support that you give to us and this service is our way of saying thank you.   Please spread the word.  I would appreciate it if you could forward this email to your church stewards and local preachers for their help in spreading the word over the next few weeks.  
Many thanks, blessings,
Rev Delyth Liddell

Chaplain to Amelia Trust Farm