This week: Monmouth Artist Richard Wills on his art and his faith; news from Trelleck Grange and what the ministry area transition feels like there; plus worship and praise.
Next Tuesday, the Feast of St Peter & St Paul, the Revd Catherine will
celebrate her Silver Jubilee as a deacon. She was ordained a priest a
year later in 1997 and was among the first women priests in the
Church in Wales. Next year, we can celebrate Catherine’s Silver
Jubilee as a priest, when I also happen to celebrate my Golden
Jubilee as a priest and Silver Jubilee as a bishop. Hopefully, the end of
restrictions will enable celebrations to take place because the people
of God should not only celebrate the Eucharist but live
eucharistically, that is with thanksgiving. (Bishop Dominic)
This week: news from St. Mary Tregaer; tidying up the grounds of St. Mary’s Priory Monmouth ready for the first post-lockdown wedding reception; how Maggie Riches put together the Gazetteer for all of the churches in the ministry area and why she was surprised how many Grade 1 and Grade 2* churches there are here.
We now have a wonderful gazetteer showing all of the beautiful churches in our ministry area. Maggie Riches, who worships regularly at St. Thomas’s with her husband Alec, did lots of research on the saints whose names grace our churches. She set out the maps and tracked down pictures of all the churches. She hopes that an even more comprehensive version will be turned into a booklet for sale to raise funds for our churches.
It is with enormous sadness that we heard the news of Jane Stone’s death on Friday morning following a serious head injury on Monday evening.
Jane was always so full of life and willing to share not only her time but also her faith in her care for others. She was a supportive and tireless churchwarden for many years and a hardworking sacristan who gave her considerable talents in ensuring that the highest standards were maintained behind the scenes of worship. She was a lively contributor to house groups and study groups, a welcoming hostess and she also made a significant contribution to St Thomas PCC. A fearless and loyal friend for all those who knew her well.
This week: the story of St. Denis’s church – or is it St. Dennis’s or St. Ishen’s? – and why did the vicar bury the Bible in his garden? Also, an update from St. Michael’s Mitchel Troy, where building work is well underway to open the church to a wider community. And a poem about the spirit of Christianity from the Welsh poet Harri Webb.
Rhiannon Wynne-Lord explains how we are restarting family services and what she hopes for. Meet John Jones, Thurifer – incense specialist – at St. Mary’s Monmouth. Revd. Tim uses Jesus’ words from the Gospel to remind us that anyone who says they have a commission from God to lord it over others in the church is deceiving themselves. Plus Home Communion with Revd. Karen.