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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

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.

Christian Aid Week

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Christian Aid Week 11th – 17th May

Just a reminder that Christian Aid week in coming up shortly.
You may already have plans and events organised at your Church, but if not here is a link to the Christian Aid website.
This will help you find out more about how you can work with Christians across the world in the cause of justice and peace.
Many thanks,
Stephen

Thomas Coke

2014-Thomas-Coke0001‘Thomas Coke (1747-1814): From Brecon to the World’
3-16 May 2014

Thomas Coke was the minister appointed by John Wesley, along with Frances Asbury to superintend the Methodist movement in America, and who went on to play a pivotal role in organising Methodist missionary work around the world, dying on his final journey to undertake missionary work in Sri Lanka in May 1814.

On Saturday May 3rd. the 200th year celebrations commenced with a series of lectures putting Coke’s life into the context of the town of Brecon and then his legacy for American Methodism.

In the afternoon of May 3rd, the Cathedral was filled to capacity for a Gathering of Methodists from most of the Circuits in South Wales and beyond and folk from other denominations to celebrate Coke’s life and his contribution to Methodist Missionary work.   Entitled ‘Thomas Coke – Looking back, Looking forward’ the lead speaker at the Gathering was The Reverend The Lord Leslie Griffiths of Burry Port.  Contributions also came from, amongst others, Revd. Cathy Gale (Superintendent of the Gwent Hills and Vales Circuit) on Coke’s Mission to the West Indies, Revd. Jennie Hurd (Chair of Synod Cymru) on the Concern for the Welsh Speaker and Revd. Soba Sinnathamby (a former Minister in the Newport and Lower Wye Circuit) on Coke’s final journey to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon).

Those of us who were there found the Gathering afternoon extremely informative and well put together.   It is hoped that Leslie Griffiths will be making available a transcript of his speech if anyone is interested.

On Sunday May 4th. there was an Ecumenical service of Holy Communion in the Cathedral at which the preacher was Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church and in the afternoon, Glasbury Methodist Church at Cwmbach (the last remaining chapel of the old Brecon Circuit) hosted a buffet tea followed by a service at which the preacher was Revd. Cathy Gale.

From 3-16 May inclusive, Brecknock Museum will be open (ground floor only) every day 10am-4pm for the temporary exhibition ‘Thomas Coke (1747-1814): From Brecon to the World’. In addition to a wealth of illustrative material, it contains many memorable personal items that will never be seen in Brecon again, including his ‘writing slope’ (with inbuilt tea-caddy) that travelled the world with him, and his memorial ring.

Free admission.

Shoe Shine for Easter

shoe shineClergy in Barry will be bringing the Easter story to life with a modern twist by cleaning shoes in the town centre on Maundy Thursday.

As Jesus washed the feet of his disciplines on this day, ministers from two churches will be carrying out their own take on this by cleaning the shoes of passersby.

Rector Ben Andrews of Cadoxton-juxta-Barry will be carrying out these ‘Acts of Kindness’ along with Revd Peter Taylor and Deacon Sam Taylor of the Crossway Methodist Church in Kings Square, Barry, on Thursday, April 17, from 11.30am until 1pm.

To read the full article on the Church in Wales Website click here