Youth Exchange to North America

The 2019 Momentwm Youth Exchange to North America has been announced.

The plan is to take 10 young people from Wales aged between 17 and 23 to the North East of America in the Summer of 2019 for two weeks.

The trip will focus on attending a National Youth Conference followed by working with a host Church on missional work with young people.

We are then hoping to receive young people from America in the Summer of 2020.

This is a fantastic chance for young people to live their faith on a wider map.

For more information please click on the link below for the leaflet or contact Rev. Flis Randall

Youth Exchange Leaflet

Cardiff University Chaplaincy hosts a ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ – Pizza, Prayer and Praise Event

Students at Cardiff University were challenged by the recent ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative during a ‘Pizza, Prayer and Praise’ event held by Rev. Delyth Liddell at the University Chaplaincy.

As students gathered to eat pizza, the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ song played to set the scene and introduced the time of worshipping God. We looked at the Lord’s Prayer and thought about how we learnt it and how it helps us connect with God, and then played Shane Claibornes’s clip about what praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ really means. Using Matthew 13 we considered what Jesus meant when he talks about ‘The Kingdom of heaven is like…a mustard seed, yeast, treasure, a pearl or a net’; and then we came up with our own contemporary versions, like “The Kingdom of Heaven is like Facebook because it helps you connect with people” and “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the internet which spreads around the world even though we cannot see it.”

The Kingdom has a King, and so we considered how we could make Jesus King in every part of our lives as we reflected individually on praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in us; and we took up the challenge to pray for five friends, tying five knots in a length of brown string and then tying that around our wrist to remind us to pray. Students went away committed to God and committed to praying for each of their five friends every day throughout the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative.

Rev. Delyth Liddell
Coordinating Chaplain and Methodist Minister
May 2018

“Greater Than Gold” Musical in a Day

Saturday 9th June 2018
Sandfields Methodist Church,
Western Avenue, Port Talbot, SA12 7NF

Come and learn this exciting and enjoyable musical by Roger Jones, based on the story of Mary Jones and her Bible, which inspired the founding of the Bible Society. Learn and rehearse during the afternoon and then perform it in the evening at Sandfields Methodist Church. Rehearsals begin at 1.30pm, to be followed by a performance at 7.00pm. Even if you have never sung in a choir before, come and have a go. It will be a great experience. Please bring a food contribution towards a faith tea. It costs just £3 for adults and £1 for under 18s to take part.

If you cannot take part, then come and enjoy the performance at night. “Greater Than Gold” will be led by Helen Pollard and a team from Christian Music Ministries. For further details, please contact Chris or Viv Gray on 01639 644404.

Radio 4 – Prayer for the Day 21st April

For those who enjoy listening to Radio 4 early in the morning, the Synod Chair, Rev. Dr. Stephen  Wigley, will be leading Prayer for the Day at 5.43am for the week beginning Saturday 21st April. (For those who don’t rise quite so early, these prayers can also be heard using the BBC iPlayer.)

Wholly Included II

This is a day that is looking at fostering positive identity and mental wellbeing in the Methodist Church in Wales. If you are associated with the Methodist Church in Wales, you are very welcome. Please ensure that you pre-book a place by emailing
bennettg@methodistchurch.org.uk.

8th May 2018, 9.30am – Trinity Methodist Church, Prestatyn, North Wales

13th June, 9.30am – Capel y Nant, Clydach, Swansea, South Wales

Celebration on BBC Radio Wales

This Sunday’s Celebration service on BBC Radio Wales at 7.30am on March 18th will be led by the Synod Chair, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley and will take as its theme, ‘the Victory of the Cross’.

Come and Sing – Cardiff

Another successful Come and Sing took place at Whitchurch Methodist Church in Cardiff in February.

More than 120 singers joined Ben Pinnow as the musical director and Ben Teague as the organist with the St Woolos Synfonia, in rehearsing and presenting the Coronation Anthem, Zadoc the Priest by G. H. Handel and the Gloria in D by A Vivaldi.

The guest soloists for the day were Sarah Jane Griffiths, soprano and Matthew Farrell, counter tenor. After almost four hours of rehearsal and a very enjoyable afternoon tea, the performance was attended by a large appreciative audience. The church was again filled to capacity for a musical event that it hopes will be repeated in the future.

The popularity of the Come and Sing events is growing rapidly and each one welcomes all singers of any ability to come along for a very enjoyable day and the opportunity to sing with a large choir.

Talks with Synod Cymru

 

 

 

 

Further to an invitation from Synod Cymru to have exploratory conversations about the possibility of creating one Synod of the Methodist Church in Wales which was shared with members of Y Cyngor in November, the Wales Synod Leadership Team recommended, and the Synod Policy Committee meeting on 10th February unanimously agreed that we enter into such exploratory conversations.  Further information will be shared with the SPC as conversations develop, but in the meantime should anyone have any comments, they are asked to contact Mr. Graham Illingworth, the Assistant Synod Secretary.

The BIG DAY OUT in the South

On Saturday 3rd February Momentwm (Methodist Youth Wales) held it’s second BIG DAY OUT in Swansea. 35 young people drawn from many Churches and Circuits across the region joined together for, what turned out to be, a fantastic day of faith, fun and fellowship.

 

The theme of the day followed that of 3 Generate and was ‘Wonderfully Prophetic’. We began at Mumbles Methodist Church with a time of worship and then we were swiftly into workshops looking at:

  • The Church of Tomorrow – how young people can use their influence
  • Under Pressure – how to stay mentally healthy
  • Children’s Rights – Kath Mattingly who works with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales led this session.

There was also a prayer room with prayer stations available throughout the morning and we were delighted that this remained full of young people engaging with the prayers. Next stop was LC2 for an afternoon of the ever popular swimming, slides and waves. The day finished with a bite to eat and some time of reflection and worship. I can say most definitely that everyone had a great time. Friendships were strengthened, faith was deepened and fun was had.

Roll on next year! 

Rev Flis Randall