50th Anniversary Celebrations

This year Rev Brian Sherrington is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Ordination this year. Together with his wife Audrey, they shared a cake with those present at the Wesley Day Service on Thursday 23rd May at Rhos-on Sea.

The Birmingham Conference in 1969 was held at Aston University and Brian’s ordination service was at West Bromwich. His first appointment as an ordained minister was to the Liverpool Crosby Circuit where we spent 3 happy years living in Formby before Brian started his 16-year stint as an Army Chaplain.

Also present and sharing in the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of his ordination was Rev John Wiggall, and another colleague in the Conwy & Prestatyn circuit, Rev. David Woodward, was also ordained at the same Birmingham Conference.

If my people – March 2019

The month of prayer in MGM included Saturday morning prayer breakfasts in a different church each week, the Talking Jesus course (in two locations), various times of reflective and creative prayer, a Taize evening, a pilgrimage to Penrhys and finally a prayer walk up Pen y Fan. The various events proved to be a blessing to those who engaged with the call to prayer.

Penhrys Group

Norton Bridge

Breakfast  at Rhydyfelin

A closing thought: If only more of my people ….

 

If my people – April 2019 – Neath Port Talbot Circuit

 

Neath Port Talbot Circuit engaged in a variety of prayer events during April 2019. All who attended were enriched by their experience of sharing together in prayer for the Circuits in the Wales Synod, our local communities and the wider world. Some of the prayer activities in the Churches are continuing.  

JERSEY MARINE – We used a prayer leaf to represent a different Circuit for which individuals prayed during the week.

TAIBACH – The focus of our prayer stations were the events of Easter and the empty tomb. We prayed for the distressing situations in our world and asked God to bring to these the victory of the empty tomb and the hope of the resurrection. We each prayed for three people we know who don’t yet know Jesus as their friend and Saviour asking that he will touch their lives and hearts. We committed ourselves to pray for these people every day that they may feel the renewing power of the Holy Spirit.

SANDFIELDS – We hosted a Circuit ‘share prayer’ event and events for families and young people.

NEATH – We visited Gnoll Park Estate and prayed over our town centre and the churches in Neath.

SKEWEN – We held a prayer walk on Good Friday passing through the local park to Ty Santes Fair Church for an ecumenical open air service.

NORTH CORNELLY AND CYMMER – We organised a prayer diary for the whole of the month.

GLYNCORRWG AND GLYNNEATH – We engaged in prayer during weekly Sunday Worship.

 

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.

BBC Wales Celebration Service

The BBC Radio Wales Celebration Services will be led by Rev. Cathy Gale, Assistant Chair of Wales Synod on Sunday 9th June for Pentecost and Sunday 21st July. These will be broadcast at 7.30am or available for a short time on BBC iPlayer.

Spring Synod Meetings

This Spring we shall be having two meetings of Synod; our usual Presbyteral session of Synod at Castle Street, Abergavenny on Wednesday 20th March to consider matters relating to ministry and vocation; and then an additional meeting of the Representative session of Synod on the morning of Saturday 30th March at Newtown Methodist Church in Powys, where among other things we will respond to a report on recent conversations with Synod Cymru and also hear the Secretary of Conference, Rev Canon Gareth Powell address us on ‘Our Calling’.

BBC Wales Celebration Service

The Wales Synod Chair, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley will be leading the BBC Radio Wales Celebration Service as part of a series during Advent. This service, for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, will be broadcast on Radio Wales at 7.30am on Sunday 9th December.