St John's Conwy
One of our young
Sixth form members Grace Patrick is joining a Synod Group on an
exchange trip to Jamaica later this year having already experienced
a trip to Uganda to help build a school for the Batwa Community in
Uganda last year with a group from Rydal Penrhos, We look forward to
supporting her in this latest venture and hearing all about it on
We had record
numbers at our Christmas Services which included an Open Church on
Christmas Eve when the Church was open for free hot chocolate and
mince pies in the Hall (donations amounted to E200), as well as an
opportunity for people to light candles and offer personal prayer in
the quietness of the Church some 300 people came in from the cold
Five new members
were transferred to us at the Covenant Service with more to come, We
are considering appointing a part time lay worker to work with
children and families - specifically to support (and be supported
by) our volunteers, with a well established Messy Church and the
Parent and Toddler Group, and to help plan' All Age Worship.
Following a very well attended Cytun Service during the Week of
Prayer for Christian Unity we are hoping to, develop more
working together throughout the year.
We have great
facilities - any enquiries for bookings etc can be made by calling
the church phone on 01492 582047.
Rhos-on-Sea Methodist Church
continues to be a positive presence in Rhos-on-Sea, and has shown
recent growth in membership with 12 persons made members at our
recent Covenant Service.
The church has
good communal facilities and our premises are fully utilised every
day of the week by various church and non- church organisations,
including Playgroup, Mother & Toddler Group, Badminton, Indoor
Bowling, Coffee Mornings, Tai Chi, Bridge Club, Drama Group and
Choir Rehearsals to name a few.
existing heating system is showing its age - the boilers are over 45
years old and in need of urgent renewal as is the kitchen, and
external stonework - this work will cost in excess of £50,000.
Efforts to fund raise have started and the Circuit have promised
some funding and grant aid will be applied for.
The church is the
main 'Chub" for various organisations, and the input of people
through our doors is a real part of our mission to the wider
Please pray for us
as we embark on a,. hopefully, not too lengthy refurbishment
John and Ann Davies
Llandudno Methodist Churches
2016 is a busy year for us in
It is St, John's
150th year and we have plenty of celebrations planned, We have
arranged for the Methodist Modern Art Collection to come to town
from 24th June to 3rd September, with a whole host of special events
surrounding it. It will be a major undertaking for us, even with the
support of our partners, Oriel Mostyn, and we will need lots of
volunteers to steward the exhibition. We are hoping that members of
the Circuit will be able to help out - without you we will not be
able to open, Details will be sent to churches after Easter, but if
you need information now please contact Lyn at the office on 01492
St, David's will
be helping out, of course and, thankfully, their year is a little
more normal, if there is such a thing in contemporary church life.
We have had great success in launching Messy Church last autumn, and
it is now being held every month for the families of the
neighbourhood. This fits perfectly with our theme for 2016, "At the
heart of the community," It is our aim to be known throughout the
neighbourhood for our family friendly events - all of which, of
course, are God-centred and gospel witnessing, even our fames
firework night Sausage Sizzle!
St Paul's, Abergele
especially preachers, enjoy the intimate atmosphere of services in
the Hall (during the winter), A few of our regulars are away on
winter holidays; apart from those, numbers at worship holding up
well. Next social event is pancake lunch on Shrove Tuesday, The time
of our Sunday morning service will change on a permanent basis from
Easter Day to 10.30 am. With the Welsh Methodist society at St
Paul's in the process of 'ceasing to meet' conversations are taking
place with Synod Cymru regarding the future of St Paul's.
With the recent
refurbishment to the sanctuary area of the chapel now completed we
are enjoying the new arrangement but also looking to make the
facilities available to the village community for their use. Monthly
lunchtime communion services will re-start in February. We are
grateful to the musicians from Trinity, Prestatyn who provide our
organist whilst Maggie Coward is in Australia visiting family.
St John's, Prestatyn
Sadly, our lovely
building needs considerable work to fix a number of significant
problems, which brought us to the conclusion that we would have to
close, A number of alternative venues were explored but with the
failing health of a number of our small but faithful band it was
decided to draw a line under the work and mission of our church. At
our next church meeting we will decide on the date for our final
service, Please remember us in your prayers.
We are blessed by
having a number of people who are very talented and creative, and
who are willing to get involved in the mission of the church. We are
currently running 'Messy Church', monthly on a Friday, in the late
afternoon/early evening, We have also been running lopen .The Book'
in one of the local primary schools, The scheme, promoted by the
Bible Society, involved going into the school once a week to tell a
Bible story in a dramatic style. Other churches in Prestatyn are
also running the scheme in different schools and it is our hope that
together we can cover all the primary schools. We are also blessed
by the dedicated few who work behind the scenes to keep the church
and community centre running on a (more or less) even keel.
President of the
We are delighted
that the Revd Steven J Wild will be preaching at St John's Llandudno
on March 20th at 11.00am (Palm Sunday) and that he and the Vice
President Dr B Jill Barber will be sharing in a Rally at St Paul's
Church Abergele on Saturday 19th March from 10.30 - 12.30, which
will be a combined event with Synod Cymru. We hope as many as
possible will squeeze in on Saturday!
Llanddulas, Old Colwyn and
Methodist church at Llanddulas is celebrating 30 years since David
Woodward encouraged the church to look to the future and join Rhyd y
Foel and Llanddulas together as an English speaking worshipping
community. We look forward to opening the church on St David's Day
to celebrate the Urdd with the local school, We are planning events
to enjoy all the heritage of this site and equally celebrating the
warmth and spiritual depth of the current worshipping congregation -
watch this space.
leadership team are going on an away day to plan our next couple of
years of mission and outreach, but we have already seen a new audio
system trialled and approved, we are organizing a monthly lunch to
invite those within and on the margins of church to come and share
together, we are hoping to organize a Passover Seder Meal on Maundy
Thursday at lunchtime and to share in the Churches Together walk of
witness through Old Colwyn on Good Friday. More to follow.....
Nant y Glyn church
continues to meet for prayer and Bible Study on Thursday mornings to
which anyone is welcome and we have a plant sale planned for May 7th
whilst 12th June is our Church Anniversary and Gift Day,
Colwyn Bay Town
|The Colwyn Bay
Town Centre Chaplaincy was an initiative raised by members of St.
John's, Uniting Church, Colwyn Bay. When they knew that their church
was closing, a small group was set up to consider a remaining
"church presence" in Colwyn Bay.
(one of our Local Preachers) in particular, was resolute in ensuring
some form of project be looked at, and the Chaplaincy Project was
initiated. It has now been up and running for almost twelve months,
with a Lead Chaplain, Rev. Tecwyn Ifan, and two Lay Chaplains, Janet
Hughes and Pam Gilmour.
Nearly all the
shops in the centre of Colwyn Bay, and the Bay View Shopping Centre
are visited, with the Chaplains working on Mondays. "Drop in"
facilities have been arranged at the Library and also at Morrisons
Supermarket for their staff.
There are hopes in
the future to widen the work at the Police Headquarters and the new
Conwy County Borough Council which will be opening in Colwyn Bay.
Due to personal
reasons, we are likely to be short of two Chaplains soon, so anyone
interested please contact myself for further information.
Chair, Chaplaincy Committee
VentureFX updates -
Pioneering Chapter Published: a new book on Pioneering titled
'Pioneering Spirituality' has been published under Canterbury
Press, Gavin Mart has a chapter included called: 'Pioneering
Spirituality through the Arts'. The book is available online
through Canterbury Press, Church Mission Society and Amazon.
Pioneering Pathway underway: A new National Pioneering
training network has been developed across the UK through the
Connection. Gavin has received training as a coach and is
interesting in the development and training of new Pioneers
working across Wales.
Llandudno Project: Gavin is in the early stages of developing a
new community project in Llandudno which brings together
local people through the Arts, Pop-up restaurants, social events,
triathlon club and creative activities. The project; '3RD Space' is
creatively exploring the use of a fantastic industrial venue space
at the back of a local brewery.
Bethlehem 'right to movement' marathon: Having performed
at the internationally acclaimed Bet Lahem Live festival last
summer, Gavin is returning to occupied Palestine in April to run
the Bethlehem Marathon. Gavin is hoping to raise £1000 to go
towards the charity Amos Trust who are working towards a just
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