The annual Representative session of Synod meets at Theatr Hafren in Newtown, Powys from 10-4pm on Saturday 16th September. Representatives from Circuits across Wales will have the chance to welcome newcomers to Synod, hear reports from Conference, receive a presentation from the Cinnamon Network and share good news stories from Circuits. We shall be joined by young members attending the Youth Forum and hearing about the recent return visit of the Youth Exchange with Jamaica. We trust this will be an enjoyable and inspirational day for all involved, and if you wish to find out more, please contact your local Minister or Circuit representatives.
Somehow another year has passed and the return leg of the Jamaica exchange is upon us. The information below will let you know where our visitors (accompanied by some of our Welsh exchange participants) will be and what they will be doing. I do this is for two reasons.
1. That you might pray for everyone involved and that all the events and activities would go smoothly.
2. To let you know that you are welcome to come and meet our visitors at various points during their stay. Other than the services (see below) just let me know when you are interested in coming so we can co-ordinate your visit.
Please note the two special services. The first is at Cathays Methodist Church Cardiff on Wednesday 2ndAugust at 7.30pm. The second is at at St Paul’s Methodist Church, Aberyswyth on Sunday 6th August at 6pm .
Rev. Flis Randall (on behalf of SYWAG)
For those who rise early, the Synod Chair Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley will be leading Radio 4’s Prayer for the Day at 5.43am for the week 3 – 9th June.
Alternatively you can listen on iPlayer here
A group of 14 young adults from Urdu Fellowships, Wales were given the opportunity to visit the National Assembly for Wales. This tour was planned and arranged by Rev. Irfan John, the Synod Enabler Culturally Diverse Congregations Wales.
The goal of this tour was to make young adults more aware of the importance of government and politics in our daily lives. It was also to educate them of their rights and responsibilities as citizens of Wales and how they can get involved too. They learnt about the roles of Assembly Members and were given a tour of the chamber.
Well done to Rev. Keith Tewkesbury for running 26.2 miles to raise all important funds for ‘All We Can‘ in the London Marathon last Sunday – amazing!
It is not too late to help Keith and ‘All We Can’ raise as much as possible. You can donate by clicking on the link below. Thank you.
On April 24th Rowan Williams (now Baron Williams of Oystermouth) gave the annual Chaplaincy Lecture at Bangor University on the subject of ‘Worshipping God; Growing the Church’. Pictured in the photo alongside Baron Williams on his left are Rev Kate McClelland (Co-ordinating Chaplain and Superintendent of the Bangor & Holyhead Circuit) together with the Bishop of Bangor, Rt. Rev. Andy John, and on his right Sarah McDonald-Howard, (the recently appointed Methodist Chaplain at Bangor.)
Puppetry Training Day
Saturday 6th May, 2017
Trinity Methodist Church, Penarth
10am – 4.30pm
One Way UK is an interdenominational ministry committed to spreading the Gospel and provides training to equip teachers, children’s workers and Ministers to use puppets in their area of work and ministry.
Training Days include:
– performances and demonstrations on how to use various types of puppet
– basic and advanced puppet manipulation skills
– how to start a puppet ministry team
– resources available to purchase
– a fun and practical day suitable for adults and children alike!
For further information please contact: Rev. Phyl Fanning on 07545 349862 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The leaflet can be found here Puppet Leaflet
This Sunday’s (April 2nd) ‘Sunday Worship’ on Radio 4 comes from Neath Methodist Church and is led by the Synod Chair, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley together with the Superintendent Minister Rev. Chris Gray, and the Swansea Bach Choir. It’s one of a series following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book, ‘Dethroning Mammon; making money serve grace’ which this week takes the theme; ‘What we give, we gain.’ It goes out at 8.10 am this Sunday on Radio 4,but if you miss it live, you can listen to it again on the Radio 4 IPlayer.
The Synod Youth Work Action Group have exciting news for you.
On the weekend of 4th – 6th August 2017, we are holding the first METHODIST YOUTH WALES ACTIVITY WEEKEND.
This event will take place in Abernant Lake Hotel, Llanwrtyd Wells. This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for the young people of the Methodist Church in Wales to come together to share time, space and fellowship together and experience the connexional nature of Methodism within their own country. We have been able to negotiate some excellent prices for the event with an early bird discount of £95 per place available until 31st March 2017 (£105 thereafter). Click here to download the poster
As you are aware, there has been a great deal of success in the recent Youth Exchange to Jamaica. Nine young people from Wales travelled to Jamaica to experience new cultures and customs, share time and space in a new environment, and explore their own faith on a bigger map. This event is coupling with the return visit of ten Jamaicans to Wales to experience in this country, all that the Welsh young people were able to in their time away.