Deacons in the Church of God Diaconiaid yn Eglwys Dduw
A Pastoral Letter for the Teulu Asaph, from Bishop Gregory
9th July, 2020
Llythyr Bugeiliol at Deulu Asaph oddi wrth Esgob Gregory
9 Gorffennaf, 2020
Last Saturday, perhaps one of the strangest events in 900 hundred years happened in the Cathedral. In one sense, the cathedral had seen it all before; it was an ordination, joyous, prayerful, focussed on the action of the Holy Spirit. On another level, there could be no physical congregation – everyone present had a necessary part to play in the proceedings – and at one point in the service, everyone present had to don visors, in order to ensure personal protection, as we necessarily had to come within two metres of each other for the laying on of hands. It was both faintly ridiculous and deadly serious at the same time.
Y Sadwrn diwethaf oedd un o’r achlysuron rhyfeddaf mewn 900 mlynedd yn y Gadeirlan. Mewn un ffordd, roedd y gadeirlan wedi gweld y cyfan o’r blaen, ordeiniad, llawen, llawn gweddi, yn canolbwyntio ar waith yr Ysbryd Glân. Ond mewn ffordd arall, doedd dim modd cael presenoldeb cynulleidfa – roedd gan bawb a oedd yn bresennol ran hanfodol i’w chwarae yn y gweithgareddau – ac ar un adeg yn y gwasanaeth roedd yn rhaid i bawb oedd yno wisgo fisorau, amddiffyniad personol, gan fod yn rhaid i ni ddod yn nes na dwy fetr at ein gilydd wrth arddodi dwylo. Roedd braidd yn ddoniol ond yn hollol ddifrifol yr un pryd.
After discussions with the Welsh government, it had been decided that diaconal ordinations could proceed, on the grounds that it was a necessary part of their beginning of ministry, but sadly, our priest candidates will have to wait until the autumn, with the hope of easier times to come.
Ar ôl trafod gyda Llywodraeth Cymru, penderfynwyd y gellid symud ymlaen i ordeinio diaconiaid ar sail fod hynny’n rhan hanfodol o gychwyn gweinidogaeth ond, yn anffodus, bydd yn rhaid i’n hymgeiswyr am yr offeiriadaeth aros tan yr hydref, gan obeithio fod amser gwell o’n blaenau.
So, how did it feel in the cathedral last Saturday? First, surprisingly holy. Our cathedral is a “thin place”, where the barrier between heaven and earth is thin, having been a place of prayer, word and sacrament for nearly a thousand years. The gathering of people in earnest desire of seeing the Lord at work generated a sense of excitement and expectation, a sense that the Spirit was moving in that place.
Felly, sut deimlad oedd yna yn y gadeirlan y Sadwrn diwethaf? Yn gyntaf, rhyfeddol o sanctaidd. Mae ein cadeirlan yn ‘lle tenau’, mae’r ffin yno rhwng nefoedd a daear yn denau, ar ôl bod yn lle o weddi, y gair a’r sagrafennau am bron i fil o flynyddoedd. Roedd gweld pobl wedi dod ynghyd, yn deisyfu o ddifrif gweld yr Arglwydd wrth ei waith, yn codi cynnwrf a disgwyliadau, y teimlad bod yr Ysbryd yn symud yn y lle hwnnw.
Second, it was humbling. Our nine diaconal candidates are so varied: young, old, male, female, married, single, Catholic, and Evangelical. They each bring a story, of different life experiences, of different journeys of faith. There are ways in which for each one the spiritual journey to the Cathedral that day has lasted years, and been challenging, perplexing, inspiring, and transformative in turn. It was humbling as well to know that all nine feel that not only is God calling them to ministry, but that they are ready to invest their ministry in the teulu Asaph. There is something about our Church life that has caught their imagination and makes them keen and enthusiastic to share in our life and witness.
Yn ail, roedd yno ostyngeiddrwydd. Mae ein naw ymgeiswyr am y ddiaconiaeth mor amrywiol: yn ifanc, hen, dynion, merched, priod, Catholig ac Efengylaidd. Mae gan bob un ei stori, gwahanol brofiadau bywyd, gwahanol deithiau ffydd. Mewn gwahanol ffyrdd, roedd taith ysbrydol pob un i’r Eglwys y diwrnod hwnnw wedi parhau am flynyddoedd ac, yn ei thro, wedi bod yn heriol, yn astrus, yn ysbrydoli ac yn drawsffurfiol. Roedd hefyd ostyngeiddrwydd mewn gwybod bod y naw yn teimlo, nid yn unig bod Duw’n eu galw i’r weinidogaeth, ond eu bod yn barod i fuddsoddi eu gweinidogaeth yn nheulu Asaph. Mae yna rywbeth ynghylch bywyd ein Heglwys sydd wedi cydio yn eu dychymyg ac sy’n eu gwneud yn awyddus ac yn frwdfrydig dros rannu yn ein bywyd a’n tystiolaeth.
Third, the cathedral was alive with hope. These nine new ministers are deacons, servants of Jesus Christ, and called to be ambassadors of his love and of the Gospel to the world. God will use their wisdom and insights to bring them alongside people whom they can help. They will bring new life and new perspectives into the life of the teulu Asaph. We are changed by their vocation, and God will do new things through them; things that none of us, themselves included, can yet realise or anticipate.
Yn drydydd, roedd y gadeirlan yn llawn gobaith. Mae’r naw gweinidog newydd yn ddiaconiaid, gweision Iesu Grist, ac yn cael eu galw i fod yn llysgenhadon i’w gariad ac i’w Efengyl yn y byd. Bydd Duw’n defnyddio eu doethineb a’u treiddgarwch i fod gyda phobl y gallan nhw eu helpu. Fe fyddan nhw’n dod â bywyd newydd a safbwyntiau newydd i fywyd teulu Asaph. Rydyn ni’n cael ein newid gan eu galwad, a bydd Duw’n gwneud pethau newydd trwyddyn nhw, pethau nad oes yr un ohonom ni, na hwythau chwaith, hyd yma, yn gallu eu sylweddoli na’u rhagweld.
“O magnify the Lord with me, let us praise his name together.” (Psalm 34.3) I want to thank God for all that he is doing in our midst. These nine are tokens, symbolic of the work that God is doing in our common life, and building our future. I am excited by the potential exhibited in the dedication offered in these lives. I hope that that excitement is shared by all across the diocese. These nine are tokens, and representative of what God is doing in a myriad other ways in our diocese, affirming those already ordained, enabling lay ministries as people offer their own gifting and talents to the work of building God’s Kingdom.
“Mawrygwch yr Arglwydd gyda mi, a dyrchafwn ei enw gyda’n gilydd. (Salmau 34.3). Rwyf eisiau diolch i Dduw am bopeth yn mae’n ei wneud yn ein plith. Arwydd yw’r naw hyn, symbolau o’r gwaith y mae Duw’n ei wneud yn ein bywydau bob dydd, ac wrth adeiladu ein dyfodol. Rwy’n cael fy nghyffroi gan y potensial sy’n cael ei dangos yn yr ymroddiad sy’n cael ei gynnig yn y bywydau hyn. Rwy’n gobeithio y bydd pawb ar draws yr esgobaeth yn rhannu’r cyffro. Arwydd yw’r naw hyn, mae’n dangos yr hyn y mae Duw’n ei wneud mewn myrdd o ffyrdd eraill yn ein hesgobaeth, yn cadarnhau’r rhai sydd eisoes wedi’u hordeinio ac yn galluogi gweinidogaethau lleyg wrth i bobl gynnig eu rhoddion a’u talentau i gyflawni’r gwaith o adeiladu teyrnas Dduw.
At a time when the Church is greatly challenged about its future and the viability of our present structures, I see last week’s ordinations as a down-payment of hope that God isn’t finished with us yet: indeed, that he has great plans for us.
Ar adeg pan mae’r Eglwys yn wynebu heriau mawr ynghylch ei dyfodol a hyfywdra’i strwythurau presennol, rwy’n gweld yr ordeinio’r wythnos ddiwethaf fel blaendal o’r gobaith nad yw Duw wedi gorffen gyda ni eto: yn wir, fod ganddo gynlluniau mawr ar ein cyfer.
Sunday reflection – Fourth Sunday after Trinity
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” St Matthew 11: 28 – end.
“He felt “feeble” and “lopsided”. It had shown him that vulnerability was part of it and not separate.” The writer Rhidian Brook, quoting Michael Rosen.
As a trained singer, I have often performed the solos from Handel’s “Messiah” – sometimes, with mum playing the accompaniment! – of which these words from Jesus form a part. Whenever I read them, I’m reminded not only of that glorious oratorio, but also of my father telling me how a yoke could be easy. With dad growing up in Abercannaid and mum being evacuated to a farm as a young child, both of my parents could remember milkmaids carrying full, heavy pails on a yoke made specifically for them. I remember Dad explaining that not a drop was lost because it fitted their shoulders so well that they could carry the load easily whilst other milkmaids had an ill-fitting yoke which gave them sores or made them lopsided. They were unable to bear the burden so well and so some of the precious milk was lost.
Jesus urges those who will listen to him to take his yoke, telling them that it is easy and they will find their burden light. That doesn’t mean that what they carry IS light – just that a well-fitting yoke will enable a greater weight to be safely carried. Jesus’ whole life showed that, although even he found the burden too much to bear and fell under the weight of what he was made to carry to the cross. Even Jesus needed a helping hand and Simon of Cyrene provided it, albeit reluctantly. Describing himself in St Matthew’s words as “gentle and humble in heart”, Jesus nevertheless faced and endured terrible suffering at the hands of those who opposed him – yet that gentleness proved to be invincible! For Jesus, vulnerability was part of his strength and not a weakness.
Today, vulnerability can still sometimes be seen as a weakness and those people described as such have been asked to shield themselves by staying at home during the ongoing pandemic. It’s also been a factor for those coming off ventilators, as in the case of the children’s writer Michael Rosen who had been dependent on one for seven weeks. It was feared that he wouldn’t survive at all but the intervention and skill of the NHS staff caring for him meant that he was put into an induced coma so that their treatment and support could help his body bear what he was facing. Although the after effects of Covid-19 have left him feeling feeble, lopsided and vulnerable, Michael Rosen is still alive where so many are not, although he still faces many challenges ahead – as do we all.
For its 60th birthday, Rosen had written a poem called ‘These are the hands’ which celebrated the hard work and team effort of all those who work in the NHS. He could not have known then that, 12 years later, he would be in such need of it himself and his poem was reissued in a musical version while he, the medical staff and his family were fighting for his life in May. That can be found on YouTube but the original follows, as a tribute to the NHS staff, carers and key workers as well as all those who help others bear whatever burdens they face or who have much to handle today.
Today – virtually, or from a social distance! – can you give or receive a helping hand, so that a burden can be eased and hope renewed?
With my prayers,
These are the hands
These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.
These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.
These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.
And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.
The Diocesan Prayer for the week
In all the difficulties we encounter, the joys we experience, or the pains we bear,
show us how we can learn and grow through every situation.
We pray that we may not lose heart,
nor forget the treasures we can find even in the hardest times.
For this world that we pass through is the one you love;
and in your love, nothing is lost or wasted. Amen.
(Canon Carol Wardman)
LOOSENING LOCKDOWN LLACIO’R CYFNOD CLO
LOOSENING LOCKDOWN LLACIO’R CYFNOD CLO
A PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP GREGORY
for Thursday, 2nd July, 2020
LLYTHYR BUGEILIOL ODDI WRTH ESGOB GREGORY
ar gyfer dydd Iau, 2 Gorffennaf 2020
I think that we’ve all been surprised by the lockdown. When it began in mid-March, we were uncertain how long it would last, but it looked like a period of time with a definite start and a definite finish. One day the danger of the virus would be past, and we would resume life. Now we’re learning that the lockdown is going to be lifted step by step – rather like treading one’s way across a treacherous frozen lake, we’re having to test the ice ahead to see if it will bear us – whether this step can be taken safely, or whether we shall have to retreat if the virus surges once again.
Dwy’n meddwl ein bod ni i gyd wedi cael ein rhyfeddu gan y cyfnod clo. Pan ddechreuodd ganol Mawrth, doedden ni ddim yn sicr am faint y byddai’n parhau, ond roedd yn edrych y byddai’n gyfnod go hir, gyda dechrau pendant a gorffen pendant. Un diwrnod, byddai perygl y feirws y tu ôl i ni a ninnau’n ail gydio yn ein bywydau. Erbyn hyn, rydyn ni’n deall y daw’r cyfnod clo i ben gam wrth gam – rhywbeth yn debyg i droedio’n ofalus ar draws rhew twyllodrus ar lyn, mae’n rhaid i bob cam newydd fod yn ysgafn i ddechrau rhag ofn na fydd y rhew yn ein dal – a yw’n ddiogel cymryd y cam yma neu a fydd yn rhaid i ni gamu’n ôl os bydd y feirws yn codi ei ben eto.
So the rules change; in England one day the schools are returning, the next day they’re not. The rules in Wales are different from the rules in England. Is it two metres distance we must maintain, or one plus? One plus what? We can travel five miles – or more, if there’s good reason, but what would a good reason look like? Garden centres were amongst the first to open, barbers and hairdressers are taking bookings, but can they open yet? I must admit I’ve begun to get confused.
Felly, mae’r rheolau’n newid, yn Lloegr, un diwrnod mae’r ysgolion yn agor, y diwrnod nesaf maen nhw’n cau. Mae’r rheolau yng Nghymru’n wahaol i’r rhai yn Lloegr. Ai dwy fetr yw’r pellter y dylen ni gadw oddi wrth ein gilydd neu un plws? Un plws beth? Fe allwn ni deithio pum milltir, neu ymhellach os oes yna reswm da, ond sut beth yw rheswm da? Roedd canolfannau garddio ymysg y cyntaf i agor, mae barbwyr a thrinwyr gwallt yn cymryd archebion, ond a ydyn nhw’n cael agor eto? Mae’n rhaid i mi gyfaddef fy mod i’n dechrau cael fy nrysu.
Even the rules for the churches are changing frequently. One week we’re open for private prayer, but it looks as if the resumption of weddings are on their way, and new announcements are in the pipeline. The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist in our local churches for all God’s people seems a way off yet however.
Mae hyd yn oed y rheolau ar gyfer eglwysi’n newid yn aml. Un wythnos rydyn ni ar agor ar gyfer gweddïo’n breifat, ac y mae’n ymddangos y bydd priodasau’n cael eu cynnal cyn bo hir, a bod cyhoeddiadau newydd ar ei ffordd. Ond, mae’n ymddangos na fyddwn ni’n cael dathlu’r Ewcharist i holl bobl Dduw yn ein eglwysi lleol am sbel go lew eto.
We’re going to have to learn the rules of loosening lockdown, and live by them. However, the situation has become complicated, and the united front of commitment and resilience is under pressure. The beaches have become too appealing for some, the chance to renew friendships is too attractive for others, and yet many, if not most have become more cautious, we’ve learned to dance around the supermarket, weaving to preserve the two metre rule.
Bydd yn rhaid i ni ddysgu rheolau llacio’r cyfnod clo, a byw efo nhw. Ond, mae’r sefyllfa wedi dod yn gymhleth a’r ymrwymiad a’r cadernid unedig o dan bwysau. Aeth atyniad y traethau’n drech na rhai, denwyd rhai eraill gan y cyfle i adnewyddu cyfeillgarwch ac eto, mae llawer, os nad y rhan fwyaf, wedi dod yn fwy gofalus, rydyn ni wedi dysgu troedio’n ysgafn o gwmpas yr archfarchnad, gan droelli i gadw’r rheol dwy fetr.
What are the loosening lockdown rules of faith that apply in these times? How does God call upon us to relate to one another? Here are just three that are close to the top of my list.
Pa lacio ar reolau ffydd sydd yna yn y cyfnod clo? Sut mae Duw’n galw arnom ni i wneud efo’n gilydd? Dyma ddim ond tri o’r pethau sy’n agos at frig fy rhestr.
Compassion. I’ve written before about the way in which we’ve put the vulnerable in the centre of our society at this time. Our churches have done humble but important things well in these days – checking up on the shielded, delivering medicines, cooking and delivering meals, ensuring support. As we loosen lockdown, how can we remain compassionate, and as the business of life resumes, how do we find the space for others? “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful”, said Jesus (Luke 6.36), and this is one of the chief marks of a loving Christian community.
Trugaredd Rwyf wedi ysgrifennu o’r blaen ynghylch sut rydyn ni wedi rhoi pobl fregus yng nghanol ein cymdeithas yr adeg yma. Mae ein heglwysi wedi gwneud pethau eithaf wylaidd ond go bwysig hefyd y dyddiau hyn – cadw llygad ar y rhai sy’n ynysu, danfon meddyginiaethau, coginio a danfon prydau, sicrhau cefnogaeth. Wrth i ni lacio’r cyfnod clo, sut allwn ni ddal i fod yn dosturiol, ac wrth i ni ail gydio ym manion bywyd bob dydd, sut allwn ni gadw’r lle i bobl eraill? “Byddwch yn drugarog, fel y mae eich Tad yn drugarog” meddai Iesu (Luc 6.36) a dyma un o’r pethau pwysicaf sy’n dangos cymuned Gristionogol ofalgar.
Collaboration. One of the phrases I’ve heard frequently is that “We’re in this together”, but it has, it seems to me, become far more than words. We’ve been learning to co-operate. The things that we’ve done, the things that we’ve achieved, have often been because, like the Body of Christ, we’ve acted as a body. Too often we can make Christianity a religion of private faith: my prayers, my faith, my salvation. Yet there’s always a corporate dimension – it is when two or three are gathered that Christ is among us, and together we can do more. I hope that we’ll invest in the Church, as lockdown loosens. “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2.22) What a vision for the Teulu Asaph, that God should at home among us.
Cydweithio Un o’r dywediadau rwy’n eu clywed yn aml yw “Rydyn ni i gyd yn hyn gyda’n gilydd”, ond mae hynny, mae’n ymddangos i mi, wedi dod yn fwy na geiriau. Rydyn ni wedi bod yn dysgu cydweithredu. Mae’r pethau rydyn ni wedi’u gwneud, ein llwyddiannau, wedi digwydd oherwydd ein bod ni, fel Corff Crist ,wedi gweithredu fel un corff. Rydyn ni’n gallu gwneud Cristionogaeth, yn rhy aml, yn ffydd breifat: fy ngweddïau, fy ffydd, fy iachawdwriaeth. Eto, mae yna ddimensiwn corfforaethol bob tro – pan mae dau neu dri wedi ymgynnull, dyna pryd y daw Crist i’n plith, a gyda’n gilydd, gallwn wneud mwy. Rwy’n gobeithio y byddwn ni’n buddsoddi yn yr Eglwys wrth i’r cyfnod clo lacio. “Ynddo ef yr ydych chwithau hefyd yn cael eich cydadeiladu i fod yn breswylfod i Dduw yn yr Ysbryd.” (Effesiaid 2.22). Dyna weledigaeth i Deulu Asaph, bod Duw gartref yn ein plith.
Courage. I’ve been amazed by the way that the Church family has been bold in facing the future. We’ve not put off decisions on finance, co-operation and evangelism. We’ve not abandoned worship or mission, as if these can wait for the future. And this commitment must continue, indeed, this must be accelerated as the lockdown loosens: what new things is Christ calling us to? “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed” God urged Joshua as he took over from Moses (Joshua 1.9), and I am sure that God speaks the same words to us today.
Dewrder. Rwyf wedi rhyfeddu pa mor ddewr mae teulu’r Eglwys wedi bod wrth wynebu’r dyfodol. Dydyn ni ddim wedi gohirio penderfyniadau ariannol, ar gydweithredu nac ar efengylu. Dydyn ni ddim wedi troi cefn ar addoli na chenhadu, fel petai’r rhain yn gallu aros tan yn nes ymlaen. Ac mae’n rhaid i’r ymrwymiad hwn barhau, yn wir bydd yn rhaid iddo gynyddu wrth i’r cyfnod clo lacio: at ba bethau newydd y mae Crist yn ein galw ni? “bydd wrol a dewr, paid ag arswydo na dychryn” oedd anogaeth Duw i Joshua wrth iddo gymryd yr awenau oddi wrth Moses (Joshua 1:9) ac rwy’n siŵr mai dyma eiriau Duw i ni heddiw hefyd.
These are big words – and yet I think it’s fair to say that they have already been true of us over the last three months. May they also be watchwords for our future: rules for loosening lockdown, and being faithful to Christ.
Mae’r rhain yn eiriau mawr – ac eto rwy’n credu ei bod yn deg dweud eu bod eisoes wedi dod yn wir i ni yn ystod y tri mis diwethaf. Bydded iddyn nhw hefyd fod yn arwyddair i’n dyfodol ninnau hefyd: rheolau ar gyfer llacio’r cyfnod clo, a bod yn ffyddlon i Grist.
Teulu Asaph Circle of Prayer
Teulu Asaph Cycle of Prayer: Text
– July 2020
During this time of restricted social interaction churches are developing new ways of being church. Below is the text from the Teulu Asaph Cycle of Prayer which can be cut and pasted into leaflets produced by the local church. This is in addition to the pdf version of the Teulu Asaph Cycle of Prayer which is ready formatted for printing duplex on A4.
This month we pray for Gregory, our Bishop; Andy, Archdeacon of St. Asaph;
for the Aled Mission Area, and Clive Myers MA Leader
The Aled Mission Area is a worshipping community that is urban, rural and coastal. There are 17 churches serving the Mission Area, which stretches along the coastline between Rhos on Sea to Pensarn and inland as far as the villages of Bryn y Maen and Llansannan, bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who we serve.
More details can be found on our developing MA website: aledmissionarea.org
Information about all the Mission Areas can be found online at https://churchnearme.co.uk
1st – Wednesday – Euddogwy (6th c.), Bishop
Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean & Aruba (West Indies) – L. Errol Brooks, Bishop
Diocese of Attooch (South Sudan) – Moses Anur Ayom, Bishop
Aled MA; Clive Myers, newly appointed MA Leader, Buzz Squires and Huw Lloyd, MA Wardens.
Give thanks for the dedication and commitment of our lay leaders
Pray for those who are isolated, lonely or feeling vulnerable
2nd – Thursday
Diocese of North Karamoja (Uganda) – James Nasak, Bishop
Diocese of Auckland (Aotearoa NZ & Polynesia) – Ross Bay, Bishop
Diocese of Magwi (South Sudan) – Ogeno Charles Opoka, Bishop
Give thanks for all who serve on the Mission Area Conference and our Mission Area Executive
Pray for those who have experienced Domestic Violence during the pandemic
3rd – Friday- Thomas, Apostle
Diocese of North Kigezi (Uganda) – Benon Magezi, Bishop
Diocese of Aweil (South Sudan) – Abraham Yel Nhial, Bishop
Give thanks for the work of the Buildings’ Committee
Pray for all suffering with mental health issues, that they can access appropriate support
4th – Saturday – Peblig (4th C.), Abbot
Diocese of North Mbale (Uganda) – Samuel Gidudu , Bishop
Diocese of Awerial (South Sudan) – David Akau Kuol Mayom , Bishop
Diocese of Kadugli & Nuba Mountains (Sudan) – Andudu Adam Elnail, Bishop
Give thanks for the work of church treasurers, especially in these challenging financial times.
Pray for Bishop Gregory and those he is making Deacon today:
George Bearwood, who will serve in Alyn Mission Area; Luke Bristowe, who will serve his curacy at the Hope Street project in Wrexham; Helen Dawson, who will
serve in Borderlands Mission Area; Toby Jones, who will serve in Pool Mission Area; Gregor Lachlann-Waddell, who will serve in Bryn a Môr Mission Area; Ben Lines, who will serve in Aberconwy Mission Area; Jo Mackriell, who will serve in Wrexham Mission Area; James Thompson, who will serve in Pool Mission Area; and Gail Woodward, who will serve in Borderlands Mission Area
5th – Sunday – Pentecost 5: Trinity 4 – (Proper 9)
Pray for the United Church of Pakistan: Humphrey Peters – Bishop of Peshawar & Moderator of the Church of Pakistan
Give thanks for the Shared Ministry Team, meeting virtually twice a week, and that through Zoom it has been strengthened and become closer as a team
Give thanks on this day for the NHS as it celebrates its 72nd birthday and for all who have helped with the Covid19 Crisis.
6th – Monday – Thomas More (1535), Martyr
Diocese of North Queensland (Australia) – Keith Ronald Joseph, Bishop
Diocese of Awgu / Aninri (Nigeria) – Emmaunuel Ugwu, Bishop. Diocese of Kaduna (Nigeria) – Timothy Yahaya, Bishop
For the Shared Ministry Team and especially the people of Llandrillo yn Rhos as we await the appointment of a priest, rooted in the Rhos on Sea churches
Pray for strength and inspiration in the challenges ahead, as we look to the future.
Pray for those who will be ordained to the Presbyterate later this year: Gareth Erlandson, who will serve in the Borderlands Mission Area; Sally Harper, who will serve in the Elwy Mission Area; Simon Piercy, who will serve in the Alyn Mission Area; Christopher Spencer, who will serve in the Aber-Morfa Mission Area; Sue Storey, who will serve in the Aled Mission Area; Carol Thomas, who will serve in the Denbigh Mission Area; James Tout, who will serve in the Wrexham Mission Area
7th – Tuesday
Diocese of North West Australia (Australia) – Gary Nelson, Bishop.
Diocese of Awka (Nigeria) – Alexander Ibezim, Bishop
Diocese of Kafanchan (Nigeria) – Marcus Dogo, Bishop
Give thanks for the people of St George’s Church Rhos on Sea and St Trillo’s
Pray for new and creative ways to proclaim the Gospel across our Mission Areas
8th – Wednesday
Diocese of Northern Argentina (South America) – Nicholas James Quested Drayson, Bishop
Diocese of Awori (Nigeria) – J Akin Atere, Bishop
Give thanks for St Trillo’s Chapel, that it may again be the sacred place of pilgrimage and prayer it was before lock-down.
Pray the online-presence churches have found can be maintained, as well as a physical one
9th – Thursday
Diocese of Northern California (Episcopal Church, USA) – Barry Beisner, Bishop
Diocese of Badagry (Nigeria) – Joseph Adeyemi, Bishop
Diocese of Ballarat (Australia) – Garry Weatherill, Bishop
Give thanks for those from St Paul’s, Colwyn Bay who are helping the congregation stay together by post, phone-trees, Zoom and telephone-worship.
Pray for new ways to interact with our Coastal Communities
10th – Friday
Diocese of Northern Indiana (Episcopal Church, USA) – Douglas Sparks, Bishop
Diocese of Bangor (Wales) – Andrew John, Bishop
Give thanks for the small, dedicated Welsh speaking community at Eglwys Dewi Sant, Colwyn Bay
Pray for our Rural Communities
11th – Saturday – Benedict (c.540), Abbot
Diocese of Northern Luzon (Philippines) – Hilary Ayban Pasikan, Bishop. Diocese of Banks & Torres (Melanesia) – Alfred Patterson Worek, Bishop
Diocese of Kagera (Tanzania) – Darlington Bendankeha, Bishop
Give thanks for the Cathedral of the Hills, Christ Church, Bryn y Maen – hoping that those who find solace here will soon do so again.
Pray that we seize the opportunity these new circumstances bring, to grow and reach out to people in our communities
12th – Sunday – Pentecost 6: Trinity 5 – (Proper 10)
Pray for the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea: Allan Migi – Archbishop of Papua New Guinea
Give thanks that more people from St Catherine and St John’s, Old Colwyn are venturing onto Zoom and other forms of media to ensure continued worship.
Pray that we will continue to be enthused as we seek new patterns of worship
13th – Monday
Diocese of Kajiado (Kenya) – Gadiel Katanga Lenini, Bishop. Diocese of Kajo-Keji (South Sudan) – Emmanuel Murye Modi, Bishop. Diocese of Kamango (Congo) – Sabiti Tibafa Daniel, Bishop
Give thanks for the people of Llanelian, for Ysgol y Plas VA School and the continuing development of its relationship with St Elian’s Church.
Pray that we will develop a clear vision and strategies for the future in our Mission Areas
14th – Tuesday – John Keeble (1886), Priest & Teacher
Diocese of Northern Malawi (Central Africa) – Fanuel Emmanuel Magangani, Bishop. Diocese of Barbados (West Indies) Michael Maxwell, Bishop
Diocese of Kampala (Uganda) -Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba (Primate), Bishop
Give thanks for St Michael’s Church, Ysgol Betws yn Rhos and a small but faithful community of believers in the community of Betws yn Rhos
Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all we seek to do
15th – Wednesday
Diocese of Northern Mexico (Mexico) -Francisco Moreno (Primate), Bishop
Diocese of Bari (Nigeria) – Idris Zubairu, Bishop
Give thanks for the community of St Cynbryd’s, Llanddulas and the staff and pupils of Ysgol Llanddulas
Pray that we can spend as much time listening to God as talking to him
16th – Thursday
Diocese of Northern Michigan (Episcopal Church, USA) – Rayford Ray, Bishop
Diocese of Barisal (Bangladesh) – Shourabh Pholia , Bishop
Diocese of Barrackpore (North India) – Paritosh Canning, Bishop
Give thanks for St Cynfran’s Church, Llysfaen
Pray for people to find the good things that are in creation
17th – Friday
Diocese of Northern Philippines (Philippines) – Brent Alawas, Bishop
Diocese of Bath & Wells (England) – Peter Hancock, Bishop
Give thanks for St Sannan’s Church and the vibrant community in Llansannan
Pray our church buildings will be places of welcome again
18th – Saturday – Elizabeth of Russia (1918), Religious & Martyr
Diocese of Northern Territory, The (Australia) – Dr Greg Anderson, Bishop. Diocese of Bathurst (Australia) – Mark Calder, Bishop. Diocese of Kano (Nigeria) – Zakka Nyam, Bishop
Give thanks for those who normally visit St Digain’s Church, Llangernyw
Pray that we will continue to be the Church in the World
19th – Sunday – Pentecost 7: Trinity 6 – (Proper 11)
Pray for Episcopal Church, USA in the Philippines: Joel Atiwag Pachao – Prime Bishop of the Philippines
Give thanks for the people of St Mary’s Church, Llanfairtalhaiarn and the extensive reordering project to make the church more welcoming for community use
Pray for openness and cooperation within Mission Areas as we move forward
20th – Monday
Diocese of Northern Uganda (Uganda) – Johnson Gakumba, Bishop
Diocese of Bauchi (Nigeria) – Musa Tula, Bishop
Diocese of Kansas (Episcopal Church, USA) – Cathleen Bascom, Bishop
Give thanks for the people of St Michael’s Church, Abergele and for the care and concern shown for each other during lockdown
Pray for growth within our Church communities
21st – Tuesday – Howell Harris (1773), Preacher
Diocese of Northern Zambia (Central Africa) -Albert Chama, Archbishop. Diocese of Belize (West Indies) – Philip Wright, Bishop. Diocese of Kanyakumari (South India) – Dr A R Chelliah, Bishop
Give thanks that Canolfan Dewi Sant, Pensarn, is a Hub-for-Scrubs at this time
Pray for ways to encourage new Christians, through Explorer Courses
22nd – Wednesday – Mary Magdalene
Diocese of Northwest Ankole (Uganda) – Amos Magezi, Bishop.
Diocese of Bendigo (Australia) – Matt Brain, Bishop
Give thanks for the people of St George’s Church and for the staff and pupils of Ysgol St George, praying for them and their families during this challenging time.
Pray for our Mission Areas as we seek to engage in active discussion about the future life of Mission Areas
23rd – Thursday – Bridget of Sweden (1373), Abbess
Diocese of Northwest Texas (Episcopal Church, USA) – Scott Mayer, Bishop
Diocese of Benin (Nigeria) – Peter Imasuen, Bishop
Diocese of Bermuda (Bermuda) – Nicholas Dill, Bishop
Give thanks for our five Messy Churches and two Express Churches and the way we have kept in contact with the families
Pray we can move away from being Church-goers, to being more fully followers-of-Jesus
24th – Friday
Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania (Episcopal Church, USA) – Sean Rowe, Bishop
Diocese of Bethlehem (Episcopal Church, USA) – Kevin Nichols, Bishop
Give thanks for our retired clergy and their ministry
Pray we can move away from being loyal to A Church, to being ambitious for The Church
25th – Saturday – James, Apostle
Diocese of Norwich (England) – Graham James, Bishop
Diocese of Bhopal (North India) – Manoj Charan, Bishop
Diocese of Kapoeta (South Sudan) – Isaac Deu Chol, Bishop
Give thanks for the Covid19 Emergency Food Bank in Old Colwyn, the Foodshare in Abergele, The Kind Bay Initiative in Colwyn Bay, the Conwy Food Bank, for the generosity of those who donate to the food banks and for all the volunteers, working hard to make sure people do not go hungry
Pray we can move away from guarding our patch, to enabling new life in others
26th – Sunday – Pentecost 8: Trinity 7 – (Proper 12)
Please pray for the team responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, which was due to be taking place now – please pray for them as they consider the implications of its postponement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic
Give thanks for the fellowship that is found in ‘Singing for Fun’, ‘Tea Together’, ‘Cuppa and Chat’, ‘The Kind Bay Initiative’ and pray that these, and other activities, will be able to resume again
Pray we can move away from being led, to sharing in leadership
27th – Monday – Martha & Mary of Bethany
Diocese of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island (Canada) – Ronald Wayne Cutler), Bishop
Diocese of Bida (Nigeria) – Jonah Kolo, Bishop
Diocese of Karachi (Pakistan) – Sadiq Daniel, Bishop
Give thanks for all Primary and Secondary schools in Aled, especially for the Head teachers, staff and pupils, as they prepare for the new academic year in schools and online
Pray we can move away from looking inwards to active outreach and service
28th – Tuesday – Samson (5th C.), Bishop
Diocese of Nsukka (Nigeria) – Aloysius Agbo, Bishop
Diocese of Biharamulo (Tanzania) – Yusuph Vithalis, Bishop
Diocese of Karamoja (Uganda) – Joseph Abura, Bishop
Give thanks for all who work in our hospitals and who put their own lives at risk to care for others
Pray for those who mourn but are unable to grieve properly at this time
29th – Wednesday – William Wilberforce (1833), Josephine Butler (1906) and all Social Reformers
Diocese of Nyahururu (Kenya) – Stephen Kabora, Bishop
Diocese of Birmingham (England) – David Andrew Urquhart, Bishop
Give thanks for all who work within our residential homes and pray for the residents
Pray for those couples who have had to postpone weddings
30th – Thursday- Silas, Missionary
Diocese of Nzara (South Sudan) – Richard Bbikoyesu Aquilla, Bishop
Diocese of Blackburn (England) – Julian Tudor Henderson, Bishop
Diocese of Bo (Sierra Leone) (West Africa) – Solomon Leonard Scott-Manga, Bishop
Give thanks for the work of Cytun and the unity we have between churches and chapels of all denominations
Pray for families and children waiting to be baptised
31st – Friday – Joseph of Arimathea or Ignatius of Loyola (1556), founder of the Society of Jesus.
Diocese of Missionary District of Oeste-Brasil (Brazil) – Naudal Alves Gomes (Primate) , Bishop
Diocese of Boga (Congo) – Mugenyi William Bahemuka, Bishop
Diocese of Port Elizabeth (Southern Africa) – Edward Ronald Daniels, Bishop
Give thanks for the technology available that has enabled the Aled Mission Area to deliver a wide range of worship during Covid19
Pray for wisdom in all that we say and do
Update 26th June 2020 – St Melangell’s Church is reopening for private (personal) prayer today
Update 26th June 2020
We are happy to announce that we have reopened today for private (personal) prayer.
Please note that we have taken a cautious approach and you will need to adhere to the restrictions we have placed if you wish to visit at this time.
Please follow the signs and any instructions given by staff or volunteers and check the government advice before travelling. Current advice is to ‘stay local’.
Weddings and Funerals Update June 25
Weddings and Funerals
Update June 25
Following the re-opening of various Church in Wales churches for private prayer from Monday 22 June, the Bishops of the Church in Wales thank all clergy and volunteers who have made such re-opening possible in a responsible and safe manner.
Subject to any updated guidance from Welsh Government, we hope to permit those churches with the resources to manage re-opening safely to do so for funerals and weddings from Monday 6 July. Such events will be subject to strict regulation in respect of numbers, physical distancing and hygiene. The Representative Body will issue further guidance on this during the course of next week. We reiterate that no church will be required to open, and that no clergy should feel pressured to do so at this time.
We await further news as to when church buildings in Wales may be able to re-open for regular services of public worship and continue to liaise with Welsh Government closely in preparation for this.
Update 22nd June 2020 – Church remains closed but working towards reopening for private prayer soon
Update 22nd June 2020
We are currently working towards reopening for private (personal) prayer. Please bear with us while we make the appropriate arrangements. WE REMAIN CLOSED AT PRESENT and will update you of any changes as soon as possible.
Please contact us if you require any further information.
Sunday reflection – Second Sunday after Trinity
“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known……
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” St Matthew 10:26, 28, NIV.
“Can you take us through your summer solstice experience? How’s it been?” Interviewer.
“Very wet.” King Arthur Pendragon, Druid.
These words of Jesus from the Gospel set for today are very appropriate after the shocking stabbings in Reading. Just as all UK Governments are announcing details of the easing of restrictions with the risk of Covid-19 judged to be diminishing, those emerging from lockdown and celebrating this in the sunshine at Forbury Gardens found that risk is everywhere and not only caused by Coronavirus. On the longest day of the year, when it was least expected and being so enjoyed, life was cut away, terrible injuries inflicted and traumatic memories seared into the minds of all involved – and all in the context of Father’s Day. What an irony that, after surviving the pandemic, lives should now be lost in what seems to have been a terror-related incident and, with so many families also devastated by Covid-19, many will find this Father’s Day a difficult time.
So often, the present moment, the future we anticipate and the experiences we seek do not turn out as hoped, which is why King Arthur Pendragon’s words are also so relevant. Social distancing prevented this year’s gathering at Stonehenge itself and dawn clearly wasn’t the wonderful experience he had anticipated. Nevertheless, come rain or shine, the sunrise can’t be cancelled and the previous generations of those who built Stonehenge and first began to gather in that mystical place clearly had faith that it would happen. Given that they had little scientific information compared with today, this must have developed through their affinity with creation itself and, as King Arthur Pendragon said, “Pagans worship the divine but we see the divine through nature…… We believe the earth itself is sacred and we also believe that the ancestors who came before us throughout time should be honoured.”
His words have a wider resonance as the reassessment of historical public lives, companies and statues continues with regard to slavery and the current expectations of diverse communities. Even the Church of England owned sugar plantations worked by slaves in the West Indies and many organisations and individuals slave traders made fortunes out of human trafficking. What was part of how things were then is now being reinterpreted, as it should be. But, without justifying the means of making their money, so many used their wealth for good, too, such as Sir Thomas Guy. He was a wealthy bookseller who owned shares in a slaving company and his statue is now to be removed from the grounds of Guy’s hospital, which was founded with his money and is still so involved in the work of healing today. Edward Colston, Cecil Rhodes, Robert Baden-Powell – so many said or did awful and yet wonderful things too in the circumstances in which they lived.
This is often seen in an historical light but, with the recents deaths of so many young people being smuggled into the UK in a refrigerated lorry, it’s clear that human trafficking and forced labour still continue here today. Every generation has its shame as well as its glory – each individual, too – and much is being and will be disclosed, whether or not it is initially successfully hidden or brought out into the open. Once again, the words of Jesus are so pertinent and, as he later speaks of hell, they should be taken seriously. As the beloved Son who trusted his Father in the agony of Gethsemane and the terrible death on Calvary when his body was also stabbed, Jesus’ resurrection, example and love remind us that there is also hope as we consider the hellish and heavenly experiences we all face which can affect and deaden not only the body but the soul too. Every day offers the opportunity to be alive rather than deadened to the possibility of change and new beginnings as we still have time to make choices sometime denied to others. As the ongoing struggle between light and darkness, sorrow and hope continues in our lives, minds and communities, we in our turn will also find ourselves subject to reassessment by those who may judge us when our legacy is entrusted to their care. What will be thought about this era and the responses our generations made when we become ancestors?
Meanwhile, if we allow it to and despite the risks before us, each day will bring another dawn, fresh hope and new opportunities – whether or not it’s wet!
The Diocesan Prayer for the Second Sunday after Trinity
Even as the inequalities of race, health, wealth, and opportunity lie painfully exposed across our world, we become more aware of our mutual dependence across national and social divides. Give us the courage to make love the foundation of all our decisions, knowing that this will not be without cost, but that it is the only way to righteousness and reconciliation. Amen. (Canon Carol Wardman)
With my prayers,