Visit of the President and Vice President of Conference – Friday 7th February – Sunday 9th February 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming the President (Barbara Glasson) and Vice President (Clive Marsh) to Wales over the weekend 7-9th February.

During this time there will be a number of visits and events (for example to Momentwm’s Big Day Out in north and south, the Amelia Trust Farm, and Cardiff Chaplaincy amongst others) culminating in a shared bi-lingual communion service at St Paul’s, Aberystwyth on Sunday 9th.

However, there are 2 ‘open’ events on Sat 8th February, one north and one south, on the Presidential theme of ‘So what’s the story?’ to which we’d like to draw your attention and encourage circuit colleagues (lay ordained and supernumerary) to attend. They are:

10.30-12 noon at Craig-y-Don Methodist Church, Llandudno with Rev Dr Barbara Glasson (President) and

10.30-12 noon at Jersey Marine Methodist Church, nr. Swansea with Prof Clive March (Vice-President)

We would be grateful if you could share this information with circuit colleagues with your encouragement.

Celebrating Multicultural Christmas in Wales

Celebrating Multicultural Christmas in Wales

Swansea – Led by Rev. Irfan John on 15th December 2019, the Swansea Urdu/Hindi Fellowship which meets on every first and third Sunday of the month at Wesley Methodist Church, Eaton Road Swansea, celebrated their 5th Christmas together in a spirit filled fellowship with praise and worship and a family Christmas carol night. The evening began filled of the Christmas spirit as a member of each family present was seen dressed up as a character in the Nativity. The service began with Rev. Howard Long Superintendent of Swansea and Gower Circuit lighting the advent candles and Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley sharing the word of God. All families part of the fellowship also took part in the service by coming up to the front and leading the congregation in Christmas carols before the night ended off with a Nativity quiz for the children which included prizes followed by a cake cutting. For further information about the fellowship, please contact Rev Irfan John by mobile at 07796494035 or email at Irfan.john@methodistwales.org.uk.

Cardiff – Meeting on every second and fourth Sunday of the month at Trinity Centre Cardiff, the Cardiff Urdu/Hindi Fellowship celebrated another wonderful Christmas Eve midnight service filled with praise, worship, fellowship and three different Christmas plays from the church youth. For further information about this service please contact Rev Irfan John by mobile at 07796494035 or email at Irfan.john@methodistwales.org.uk

Cardiff Annual Welcome Christmas – Organised by the Synod Enabler Culturally Diverse Congregations Rev Irfan John, on Saturday 30th November 2019 Trinity Centre hosted the 12th annual Welcome Christmas programme aimed to introduce culturally diverse people to each other and to the local community and build a bridge of care between each other. The candle of peace was lit by Rev. Cathy Gale, Rev. Aled Edwards shared greetings from Wales and Rev. Sijo John of the Cardiff Mar Thoma Congregation shared the word of God.

The event saw different choirs from various backgrounds and cultures sing Christmas carols in their native languages and ended off the evening with delicious food and great fellowship.

                                  

Weekend Word and Sunday Worship

 

For listeners to BBC Radio, this is let you know that the Synod Chair, Rev’d Dr Stephen Wigley, is giving the Weekend Word this Friday, 29th November at 7:25 am on BBC Radio Wales.

Also, looking ahead, Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4 is being broadcast live from 8:10am on Sunday 15th December from Llanishen Methodist Church led by the Synod Chair and Rev’d Alana Lawrence.

Worship through Art Course

Worship through Art Course:

On Saturday May 16th 2020

At Murton Church Hall, Gower, SA3 3AR

From 10-4pm, led by Ms Sarah Middleton.

The course is free thanks to a generous donation, but a small fee will be charged to cover refreshments and hire of the hall (max £5 pp).

The course is open to ministers, preachers, and anyone else who is involved in contributing to worship.

Please share with those in your Churches and Circuits that may be interested.

Thank you

Alan Cram

E-mail – acram@headweb.co.uk