|17th November||11.00 am Morning Prayer 5 pm LMA Evensong Christchurch|
|24th November||11.00 am Eucharist 5 pm LMA Evensong Christchurch|
|1st December||10.00 am Joint All Age Christingle Service at St Celynin, Bronwydd|
|8th December||11.00 am Morning Prayer|
|15th December||10.00 am Joint Service of 9 lessons and carols at Llanllawddog|
|22nd December||11.00 am Benefice Crib Service with Eucharist|
|24th December||7.00 pm Eucharist at Llanllawddog, 9.00 pm Eucharist at Llanpumsaint,
11.00 pm Midnight Mass at St Celynin, Bronwydd
|29th December||9.30 am Eucharist at Llanllawddog|
For further information please see the Church Notice Board or contact Rev’d Gaynor (see below for details). Find us on Facebook – Llanpumsaint Bronwydd and Llanllawddog Churches.
|14th December||10 am – 12 noon Monthly Market Llanllawddog Hall|
|18th December||3.30 to 5 pm Open Church|
|Every Tuesday Morning
Tuesday evenings during Advent
|9 am Morning Prayer
7 – 9 pm Advent Bible Study at the vicarage
|Every Tuesday Afternoon||2.00 – 3.30 pm Village Circle. An opportunity to meet for a cuppa and a chat. You are welcome to bring any craft or hobby item you have on the go, or there will be opportunities to learn new skills if you wish. All ages welcome. Although this is taking place in the church, it is not a church event and the emphasis is on community. If you would like any more information, please contact Niki Day on 01267 253883, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Helen Thomas on 01267 253930, email email@example.com|
WHY DO I GO TO CHURCH?
I have fond memories of going to Saint Celynin Bronwydd as a small child. As I became older, it became more difficult to be able to go, mum and dad worked in hospitality. They were working every Sunday and my two sisters and myself helped out, which meant we couldn’t make it to church. Nevertheless, I have never forgotten what church brought to me as a young child and the values and beliefs it instilled in me to this day.
Looking back at my life I realise with hindsight, that I stopped turning to or focusing on God and instead worshiped or idolised the wrong things in life, e.g. my husband or partner at the time, my adopted father or non-existent biological father, who all told me that I had failed them. I was also valuing materialist things and spending my life trying to please people to fill the void. I so desperately wanted to be liked and to fit in somewhere which I never did. This in turn made me very unhappy and has led to me isolating myself from everyone and everything for fear of more hurt or humiliation or rejection.
The turning point in my life came when my daughter Elis was born, and I realised what a blessing and a gift she was to me. Not long after she was born, I became a single mother, not my choice, but there it was. I realised quite quickly that I was going to be her biggest role model that was constant. I was not prepared to let history repeat itself, and had to plan ahead for her. I needed to rebuild myself and re-calibrate my spiritual Christian beliefs and be open to grow, to repent, to stop punishing myself for my mistakes, only God can truly judge you after all. Perfection is not the key, but learning and moving forward in God’s grace and to be more Christian and open-minded and kind to everyone is. I started going to church about a year ago, after meeting Rev Gaynor and feeling very welcomed and inspired by what she had to say. She was the first female vicar I had ever met and she was very down to earth and enthusiastic. From what I have learned from her and remember from my early childhood, I came to learn more about God and his teachings, to learn more about what is going on in the world, near and far and also within my community and within myself. To connect with others, who have been so welcoming to me and Elis. To give back even in small ways. To encourage Elis to play her harp in church, this has helped Elis’s confidence grow and has brought music for others to enjoy. To learn to trust again, to be humble, to be thankful for where I am now and how I have got here and how far I have come. To be grateful for all I have, the big and the small things, and to learn to forgive. To pass on an important message to Elis, so that she becomes a whole, carries her faith with her, and lives by it for the rest of her life and in turn passes on its teachings to her children – that is the hope anyway. To make sure that ego and self are not what she values above all else, as a lot of our society does currently. That she values humanity and the earth that God created, and contributes to and maintains that. Also, that there is something greater that she can turn to and that I am not her only role model.
When I was a child there were no female priests. I am thankful that the Church in Wales now accepts the importance of female priests and ordains women. We are lucky enough to have Rev Gaynor and Bishop Joanna to bring the teachings of the bible to us, which is done in a down to earth and relevant way to this time in history.
A MESSAGE FROM JENNY
My name is Jenny and I am 10 years old. Last summer, I started attending Llanpumsaint church. The main reason that I wanted to start going to church was because Reverend Gaynor regularly visits our school, she tells us stories from the Bible, and we learn a lot from her. It made me want to go to church on a Sunday. I asked my mum, but as we had never been to church before, she wasn’t very keen. I asked and asked, until one Sunday she agreed to take me. We really enjoyed the service; everyone was so welcoming and friendly. We continued to go every week, and after a few months, Gaynor asked if I would like to be Baptised, and as my mum and I had never been christened of baptised, we decided to do this together. We had a beautiful service, and last month, we were confirmed by the Bishop. We have continued to attend church every Sunday, and we really enjoy it. Gaynor is lovely, and explains everything as it is happening. Anyone can attend church, young or old, and it is a really enjoyable time. Everyone will welcome you with open arms, and explain everything to you so that you know what to do. It’s not difficult though, if I can get it, so can you!
For the last few months, I have been an Altar Server, which means that I help Gaynor with the service. It means a lot to me and I love to be able to help her.
Once a month we have an Open Church event, which is from 3.30 to 5 pm. We usually have over 30 people there, and we learn bible stories and play lots of games. It is really good fun, but we have room for plenty more people, so please come along. Hope to see you there soon!
News From Rev. Gaynor Jones-Higgs.
Shortly after our multi-faith Holocaust Memorial service, I visited Coventry Cathedral. The ruins of the old cathedral, which was bombed in 1940, merge into the modern new building which was consecrated in 1962. After Coventry was bombed, Cathedral Provost Dick Howard had the phrase “Father Forgive” inscribed on the wall of the ruined cathedral where it can still be seen today. The simple prayer Father Forgive, rather than Father forgive them, led to Coventry Cathedral becoming a renowned centre for ministry of reconciliation.
The Litany of Reconciliation is said at 12 noon in the cathedral and on Fridays many other associated centres of reconciliation around the world also join in the prayer.
Then I wondered, wouldn’t it be amazing if Llanpumsaint could become a centre of reconciliation, a place where we actively celebrate what we have in common and strive to disagree well? A bit of further research informed me there is currently only one Coventry affiliated centre of reconciliation in Wales, the village of Llanbeder in Gwynedd. With recent tragic events in New Zealand perhaps the need to do this has been drawn more clearly into focus.
As a start I’d like to begin saying the litany of reconciliation every Friday at 12 noon at the church. To make this happen, I need 51 like minded individuals who are willing to take responsibility for leading the litany on one Friday in the year. If this is something you would be interested in, please contact me.
Yours Rev’d Gaynor Tel 01267 253158 firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on Facebook Llanpumsaint Bronwydd and Llanllawddog churches. Please contact Revd Gaynor for further details of services and events or check church notice boards.