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I Am Mark – Swansea

Here is some exiting news about Applecart’s theatre tour of ‘i am Mark’, a show with drama, storytelling, song and monologue based on a radical telling of Mark’s Gospel. The tour has been funded by a Connexional Mission and Ministry grant and will travel to eleven different towns and cities across the UK from Penzance to Edinburgh and across from Swansea to Norwich. Applecart have performed at Methodist Conference Worship, Greenbelt Arts Festival and their films, funded by the London District, can be seen online at www.applecartlive.org . ‘i am Mark’ is a development of Applecart’s epic telling of Mark’s Gospel that was performed at London’s Leicester Square Theatre in 2012. The creative driving force behind Applecart’s work is Peter Moreton, a long standing actor who regularly appears in London’s West End, and Rev Phil Summers, a presbyter, actor and storyteller.

Applecart’s UK theatre tour of ‘i am Mark’ is up and running and is coming to The Taliesin Theatre in Swansea on 10th October (http://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/).

From a standing ovation after it’s first showing in Brighton to packed houses in Oxford and Stroud, ‘i am Mark’ has entertained, disturbed and challenged audiences wherever it has been performed. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to see an outstanding piece of theatre.

MWiB Update

We finally have some photos of the Methodist Women in Britain Prayer Labyrinth at the Amelia Trust Farm. Many people who visit the farm, still don’t know that the Labyrinth is there, so please encourage people to visit. It is near the entrance to the farm, just beyond the main car park. Instead of walking towards the coffee shop, bear left before the entrance and it is straight in front of you.

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Help is still needed with weeding etc. if people are willing to help, please contact Janet Neilson by phone 01792 202085 or email jmgrenson2014@gmail.com

 

 

We are also organising two events for 2015.

In March, there will be a day led by Mary Williams with the theme ‘The Tree of Life’. Further details will be available next year.
On October 6th, 2015, there will be a Quiet Day at Nicholaston House, Penmaen, Gower. The theme will be ‘Welcome to the Feast’ and will be led by Janet Neilson. Further details available in the new year.

Synod meets at Theatre Hafren

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAOn Saturday Methodists from Circuits right across Wales met at Theatre Hafren for their annual Synod. The meeting welcomed new ministers to Wales, heard reports from the Methodist Conference in June, discussed the new Presumed Consent Legislation in Wales, was encouraged by new projects being developed to work with asylum seekers and refugees (in Cardiff) the homeless (in Swansea) and the arts (in Wrexham) and was introduced both to new members of the Learning Newtork and the insights of Lego ‘serious play’.  Synod was pleased to hear about the response to ecumenical proposals from the Gathering of Covenanted Churches, to designate 2 new ecumenical projects (in Sketty and Milford Haven) and also to welcome ecumenical guests in Canon Aled Edwards from Cytun, and representatives from the United Reformed and Presbyterian Churches.

MegA particular highpoint was to welcome Megan Thomas, the new Methodist Youth President as she begins her year of office. Megan hails from the Newtown area and was able also to join in the Youth Forum which was meeting at the same time in Theatre Hafren. (A report of Youth Forum is also available on our News page)

Youth Forum Report 2014

Youth Forum 1On Saturday 13th September, 27 young people aged between 11-18 connected with Methodist Churches right across Wales met at Theatre Hafren, Newtown, for their annual ‘Youth Forum’.  We had a good loyal number of young adults helping, as well as a Worship band from the Methodist Churches in Aberystwyth. We started with some welcomes and good refreshments, well it was an early Saturday morning!
Our theme and journey for the day was ‘Change’:Change in 3 ways
1. Change the World in One million ways.  In this workshop led by Christian Aid Wales, young people were encouraged to think about how can we serve God, love people and protect the planet.   2. ‘Change Hearts’  This was led by Emily Barry assisted by Trish Earlam, where she led a ‘Bible log in’ to encourage the young people to see the Bible as something that still has the power to change hearts.
3. ‘Change Attitudes’  Megan Thomas (UK Youth President for 2014-15) and Abby Watterson led this session in which they encouraged the young people to think about mental health and related issues facing young people. Deacon Samantha Taylor (in keeping with some of the adult Synod topics) did a short presentation on ‘Presumed Consent’ and information booklets were given to young people and adult leaders there, so they could continue their own discussions in their church youth groups.Youth Forum 2

After lunch Pete Taylor and Richard Sharples talked about future youth participation in Synod Policy Committee.  Two young people put themselves forward to be nominated as reps to a Synod Policy committee meeting to be held early next year.  These were:  Mary Sharples & James Noys.  Both are from North Wales.  Richard and Pete proposed their names be accepted and all present were in agreement.

Youth Forum 3We had some times of Worship throughout the day as well as some ice breakers and ‘voting’ games led by Cathie Steele and Bex Shaw.  A promotional video on 3Generate was shown to encourage more young people to come next year.  Towards the end of the day, we came into join the adult Synod for the closing devotions.  3 young people took part in the devotions.

On behalf of YWAG, I wish to thank all who helped on the day, and we have to give Thanks to God for all the young people entrusted to our care in our Churches and Circuits across Wales.

Rev.  Peter  Taylor.

Thomas Coke Memorial Celebrations at Brecon

thomas-coke-1113More information and pictures about the bicentenary events held in Brecon in May 2014, remembering the life and legacy of the Revd Dr Thomas Coke, Father of Methodist missions and the first co-superintendent (bishop) of the Methodist Church in America, can now be found on the Methodist Heritage website using the link below:
http://www.methodistheritage.org.uk/thomas-coke-memorial-celebrations-brecon.htm

Breadline Question Time

You are invited to
BREADLINE QUESTION TIME
a panel discussion on
POVERTY and FOODBANKS

Come and debate the issue of food poverty and put your questions to a specially-invited panel

Friday 4 July
8.00 – 10.00 pm
City United Reformed Church, Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BZ

Chair: The Revd Simon Walkling (Moderator, United Reformed Church Synod of Wales)
Panellists will include:
 Stephen Doughty MP (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth)
 Tony Graham (Trussell Trust Foodbank Network Manager, Wales)
 Julie Jarman (Programme Manager, Church Action on Poverty)
 Kirsty Davies (Head of Oxfam Cymru)
and others tbc

Please submit your question in advance – by 2 July –
to: church.society@urc.org.uk / 020 7916 8632

Hosted by the United Reformed Church (meeting for its General Assembly in Cardiff 3-6 July)
and the Trussell Trust, Wales

Synod Youth

More information will be added here soon, in the meantime why not check out our Facebook page and say hi. You will able to find out more about us and keep informed about upcoming events.

Credit Union Launch

Credit Union LaunchThe new Cardiff & Vale Credit Union was launched at the Gathering Place at St Athan on Wednesday 21st May.
Deacon Sam and Rev. Pete Taylor, ministers at the Gathering Place, are pictured at the opening alongside Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister for the Welsh Government.

A Special Place for a Very Special Presentation

During a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land by folk from the Pembrokeshire Methodist Circuit, Mrs Muir_60Muir Bird of Tenby was presented with a certificate for 60 years service as a Methodist local preacher.

The presentation was made during a communion service by the side of the Sea of Galilee at Tabgha by Rev Hugh-John Wilson, the Circuit’s Superintendent Minister.

Mr Wilson said “it was a huge privilege to present this certificate to a wonderful person who remains an active and much valued local preacher serving the churches in Pembrokeshire”. He commented that Tabgha is the traditional site of the feeding of the five thousand by Jesus so there is no more appropriate place on earth to present this certificate to someone who has spiritually fed so many people over the years,

Pictured with Mrs Muir Bird by the Sea of Galilee are Pembrokeshire Methodist Circuit’s probationer minister Rev Lorette Hinson and Superintendent Minister Rev Hugh-John Wilson.