Easter Issue 2017
last year Mark and I were walking the North Wales Pilgrims’
Way, a 135 mile walk through some of North Wales most
spectacular scenery and passing by many ancient Christian
sites along the way.
It was a marvellous experience. It was good to know that we
were walking a path thousands of Christians have walked over
the centuries. And the fact that Christianity has been at
the heart of this area for over a thousand years offers us
all encouragement as well as a challenge.
In some ways everything has changed and yet in others not at
all. Society is not at all like it was for those early
people of faith. The world has changed dramatically. And
yet, the truths of the gospel remain unchanged - Christ died
for us. Christ is risen.
you destroyed our death.
Rising, you restored our life.
Lord Jesus, come in glory.”
words are from the liturgy for Holy Communion during the
Easter season. These are the truths we hold. They are the
same truths held by Christians of ancient times. We are one
through the ages, bound together by the gospel we profess
and by the Spirit of God:
is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one
hope when you were called, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one
God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and
“ Ephesians 4:4-6
We are Easter people, we have always been Easter people,
rising to newness of life in Christ Jesus our Lord, however
downtrodden we may feel at times.
And this is our time, the
time when we have responsibility for passing on the good
news of God in Christ. It is our responsibility, our joy and
our privilege to share the good news of God’s love for all.
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!”
May you have a joy-filled
North Wales Pilgrims’ Way
You may remember that this time last
year Bev and Mark were on sabbatical, walking the
North Wales Pilgrims’ Way.
This year we hope to retrace some of their steps as
we undertake a pilgrimage from Bangor to Aberdaron,
calling at some of the many fascinating ancient
Christian sites along the way. We plan to do this
all in one day, either 5th or 12th August. Of
course, we are going by car rather than walking…
If you are interested in coming along please contact
one of the stewards or Lyn at St John’s office as
soon as possible, and ask for a form to fill in.
When Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech, “I have
a dream,” from the steps of the Lincoln monument,
Washington, in August, 1963, it was to a civil rights
movement that was enduring fierce and often brutal
opposition. The speech strengthened their resolve, giving
them a vision of a country united as one under God, and real
hope that one day black and white Americans might live
alongside each other as equals. The eventual outcome was
legislation which transformed the lives of millions. The
dream, however, has not yet been fully realised.
It was a great speech, but there is something else about it
that, lost in the shadow of its brilliance, can easily be
overlooked: it did not come to Martin Luther King out of
thin air, in a blinding flash of inspiration: it had been
wrought from years of prayer and heart-searching, and from
the reading of Scripture. All of this is woven into his
speech; Biblical allusions and quotations from the Old
Testament are there in profusion.
We might not aspire to have Martin Luther King’s gift of
oratory, but we can, all of us, have dreams: dreams for
ourselves and loved-ones; dreams for our church, for our
nation and for the world; dreams which are formed from that
same vision of a world under God’s rule.
Where better to start than by reading what the writer of
Psalm 46 says? If you have a moment, read it through; take
your time and let it sink in. You will see that he is
world of today, and not just about his. Mountains shaking,
waters roaring and foaming, nations in uproar and falling -
these are news items that we hear year-in, year-out. And
what does the Psalmist say is God’s answer to it all? It is:
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
For most of my life I saw what the Psalmist was saying, but
I failed to see how I could do it. I was too busy with an
endless variety of tasks in the church, with caring for a
family and running a demanding business; in a ten or
twelve-hour working day, five or six days a week, there was
not much time for being still. Those moments were usually
limited to a few precious times when I could go walking in
the hills, enjoying the beauty of God’s world and allowing
my thoughts to roam freely.
Today I can see how mistaken I was. I did have the time – we
all have it: there are the same number of hours in the day
for each one of us. The question is, how are we going to use
them? For years I dodged that question; for years I ignored
the message contained in the passage in Luke’s Gospel
(ch.10, 38-42) where Martha complained to Jesus that her
sister, Mary, was sitting there, listening to his every
word, while she was left doing all the work: as Jesus gently
told her, Mary’s way was the better way. He was not saying
that Martha’s way had no value, that we should be like Mary
and do nothing else every moment of our life: God wants us
to be both “Martha” and “Mary”; but what He wants most is
that our service to Him should spring from quiet
contemplation and listening for His Word. I still needed to
give myself more of this time - to give myself time to
In September, 2014, I was taken to hospital with
heart-failure. Thanks to the care I received and to
medication, I am back to living a fairly normal life,
limited to the extent that even short spells of activity –
down to sitting at a computer or eating a meal – have to be
followed by often longer periods of rest. Hill-walking might
not now be possible, but through more gentle walks like
those on the Promenade or on the RSPB reserve, I am still
able to take in the glory of this beautiful corner of Wales
and enjoy the varying moods of the weather and the changing
colours of the seasons.
More than that, there is now ample opportunity for me to do
as the Psalmist says. Every day I set aside time to be
still. I call it my quiet time: it is a “stillness” which
is, at the same time, strangely productive. There is no set
syllabus; I rarely know beforehand where my thoughts will
take me, but always I will see what is around me – however
near or distant – in the light of God’s love. This is will
seem utter nonsense to those who do not know God’s promises,
but it is understood by all who do and who seek, however
imperfectly, to live by them. It has drawn from me an
immense gratitude to God for this most precious gift of
life, and a desire to express my thankfulness as best as I
can. I know that God will accept what I offer Him: He has
work for each and every one of us, not least in this church
I hope there are some who, however active or inactive they
might be, will be encouraged by these few thoughts to go on
dreaming dreams; and above all, take time - if only for a
few moments each day – to be still and know that He is God.
Because that is how dreams are made to come true.
Ron Jones, St John’s
A University Level Test
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a
pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed
through the questions until I read the last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning
woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her
50's, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just
before class ended, one student asked if the last question
would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely, " said the professor. "In your careers, you
will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve
your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say
I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name
Contribution from David Barratt, St John’s
Who are we?
We are a worldwide Christian organisation with at
least 80 million members. In Britain there are
208,000 members but with at least four times that
number connected to the church.
Can anyone be involved?
Yes, Methodism is open to all people,
you do not have to be chosen but you do have to
choose to be a Christian.
What do Methodists strive to do? What
do we believe in?
Our beliefs are summarised by four statements of
what is called ‘our calling’:
The Church exists to increase
awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's
LEARNING & CARING:
The Church exists to help people to
grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support
The Church exists to be a good
neighbour to people in need and to challenge
The Church exists to make more
followers of Jesus Christ.
What is the Method?
Methodism developed during a time
when the majority Christian religion deployed vicars
and specialist priests and other officials who would
act as an interpretive conduit between the
worshipper and God. Methodism does not advocate this
connection through specialists but promotes a direct
link with God that we achieve through individual
prayer and praise. This directness is the Method.
John Wesley exemplified this method of worship. In
fact our ministers are members like everyone else.
Becoming a Christian and Methodist is a free choice
and not a product of birth or transmission or
because you are a member of a special group. That
makes excellent news for everybody!
What are Methodists like?
Well they are like you and me to be blunt! That is
they are a varied collection of humans. What is
noticeable is because of our calling many Methodist
Church members will be engaged in social action via
practical volunteering in charities and in
campaigning for social justice. At the time I write
this the Methodist Church of Great Britain, for
example , is calling upon the current Government to
rethink its social strategy with particular regard
to benefits sanctions and their impact on the lives
of children. Methodists volunteer and try to be
helpful neighbours. If I were to list all the
organisations that members in my church volunteer
for it would run to pages. This is typical of
Methodists who give practical expression to their
Christianity by acts of generosity or helpfulness.
Is the Methodist Church growing?
There has been a surge of growth in
South Korea but in the UK Methodist Church
attendance reflects the slow decline seen in other
large church organisations. That’s why we need you!
We need to work together to continue the work that
God has for us to do.
How Do I Become a Member?
Speak to the minister or one of the
stewards for more details.
Ed: Contributed by Graham Morgan, St
John’s, when he discovered that many people do not
know much of what Methodism is about. Further
details about the Methodist emphases can be found on
the Methodist churches’ website or in the leaflet at
John Wesley, one of
the founders of the Methodist Church
An eye witness account from New York
City , on a cold day in December, some years ago: A
little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before
a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering
through the window, and shivering
A lady approached the young boy and said, 'My, but
you're in such deep thought staring in that window!'
'I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,' was
the boy's reply.
The lady took him by the hand, went into the store,
and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of
socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give
her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought
them to her.
She took the little fellow to the back part of the
store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed
his little feet, and dried them with the towel.
By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks.
Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased
him a pair of shoes.
She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave
them to him. She patted him on the head and said,
'No doubt, you will be more comfortable now.'
As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her
by the hand, and looking up into her face, with
tears in his eyes, asked her:
'Are you God's wife?'
Contribution by Meriel Dobinson, St
Ed: “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things
under his power, and that he had come from God and
was returning to God; so he got up from the meal,
took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel
around his waist. After that, he poured water into a
basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying
them with the towel that was wrapped around him… I
have set you an example that you should do as I have
done for you.
John 13:3-5 and 15
THE GOSPEL STORY BY COLOURS
sin separates us from God. Everyone sins. No one
is perfect. (See Romans 3:23)
for Jesus’ blood. Jesus died on the cross. His blood takes
your sins away. (See 1 John 1:7)
for faith. God gives eternal life to all who trust in Jesus
as their Saviour. (See Galatians 2:16)
means you are clean and forgiven. Jesus washes you clean.
He makes your sins disappear. (See Psalm 51:7)
for growing in faith. You can learn about Jesus at Church,
Sunday School and in the Bible. When you know Jesus, he
makes your faith grow. (See 1 Corinthians 3:6)
you get to go to heaven. Jesus is making a special place
for YOU so someday you will live with him forever! (See John
Author Unknown (Taken from a card bought in
Kingdom Crafts, Llandudno)
Contributed by Sarah Small, St John’s
Many of us will recall the horror of Chernobyl 1986.
Following a catastrophic nuclear accident in the northern
Ukraine / Belarus region many families were affected by the
nuclear fallout. Even North Wales was affected when many
hill farmers found their flocks contaminated, becoming unfit
for human consumption. Serious heath problems persist in the
Chernobyl region: children today still suffer damaged immune
systems from the effects of low level radiation after 31
There’s a UK charity that seeks to help. The Llandudno
branch of Chernobyl Children's Life Line (CCLL) welcomes
each year a number of children aged around 8 -12 years (plus
interpreter) who stay with host families along our
coastline. It’s a chance for them to enjoy ‘uncontaminated
fresh sea air, sunshine, exciting trips out, lots of
exercise and perhaps the main ingredients love and
to quote from the charity’s leaflet. Medical and dental
treatment is also made available if needed. The children
stay for a month, and each month spent in the UK is
estimated to add two years to the children’s lifespans.
If you have children (grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.)
aged between 8 and 12 years of age who have grown out of
clothing, please would you consider passing items on for the
visitors, who often come only with what they’re wearing.
Especially welcome is warm winter wear as winters there are
extremely cold - below is a list of suggestions to help;
items must be easily washed and dried as there are no
washing machines or driers in the villages (hence no jeans).
The children are sent back home with a suitcase of clothes
and essential toiletries.
Especially welcome are:
fleecy tops and trousers (but no jeans)
warm scarves, hats and gloves
new underwear (must be in original packaging for hygiene
warm tights and socks
Where to put contributions? There’s a
box in the porch at St David’s until 23rd
April or you can pass them on to myself. Thank you
‘When, Lord, did we ever see you
hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a
drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and
welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? …
The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did
this for one of the least important of these
followers of mine, you did it for me!’
Elizabeth Pass, St
Llyn Gwynt Retreat
PLACE TO BE" in the Sychnant Pass was just what I
needed after a very busy few months having moved
house and all that that entails. During my two
nights’ stay I found tranquillity and spiritual
calm, with the deftest of personal guidance from
David and Zoya regarding a range of questions
including theological and Christian ones.
The hospitality and comfort of their home makes a
retreatant at ease and welcome - it is a
sanctuary. Home comforts are thoughtfully taken care
of. The simple food was delicious and most adequate.
Their home was a reflection of the ecumenical, and
respect for peoples of the world and their beliefs,
together with David and Zoya's sincere respect for
God's healing work.
They are to be commended. I will be returning.
Viki Whiteman, St
Manners of Madrassa
(School) in the Masjid (Mosque)
Several people from our two churches went to visit
the local mosque as part of their recent open day.
Lyn was fascinated by the list of rules for the
schoolchildren there and asked for them to send it
to her. This is what they sent.iB
and listen to the teachers
the teachers if you need anything
the teachers if something happens
yourself and each other
kind to each other
and drink in the kitchen
and tidy up after eating
together and share your toys
your class work and homework
You Must Not:
or say bad words
anyone or fight
or hurt each other
to downstairs kitchen
or use something which isn’t yours without
or drink on the carpet (mainly the prayer area)
anyone out when playing during the break
School Committee –
Canolfan Iman Centre – Llandudno Junction
Lyn Brown, St John’s
Ed: We come from different faiths, that’s true, and
these rules are for children, but there are some
good guidelines for us all here I think!
Pastoral News from St David’s
What a lovely day, warm and sunny and it is the
middle of March. Is Spring really on its way or is
it just teasing us as the weather is set to turn
colder? However, on this glorious afternoon, Bev
came around and has pruned back three of my rose
bushes in the back garden. They are very old and
they have been cut right back, and it made me think
in this time of Lent how we cut back on things or
give up things as a self sacrifice. Not that this is
happening so much with the rose bushes, but
hopefully new life will flourish to produce new buds
and flowers. During this pruning there were some
very sharp thorns and it made me think of Jesus on
the cross with his crown of thorns on his head and
how piercing and sharp they are. I was reflecting on
the Easter Story and how much Jesus suffered, but
God was with him and he never gave up on him and so
we too must remember that God is with us in our
trials and tribulations and will always be by our
side. Come Easter Sunday we will celebrate the
Resurrection with a resounding 'Alleluia’ and look
forward with Praise and Thanksgiving. 'Christ is
alive! Let Christians sing.’
We remember those in thought and prayers people
known to us who are not well. We also remember those
in our wider world who are suffering because of
famine and lack of rain water.
There have been a number of significant birthdays
celebrated within our church family in recent weeks
and months and we sincerely hope every one had a
happy day! We welcomed by Baptism at St David's:
Olivia Faith Edwards on Sunday 9th April.
Thank you to all those who volunteer and help at our
Messy Church which is held on every third Sunday of
the month between 4-6 pm. There is a small core
group headed by Helen and Chris Cooper who meet
regularly to plan and discuss for each session. We
have had over 30 families coming with new ones each
month at the moment. It has been a real outreach to
the Community of Craig y Don. Please continue to
pray and remember this mission as we continue to
welcome and witness God's love in crafts and story.
Gwyneth Leigh, Pastoral Worker, St
Ed: Since Gwyneth wrote this article she has been
diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Please pray for her.
Forthcoming Events at
Sat 29th April and
Mon 1st May
On stage at
Sun 7th May
Church Meeting (after morning worship)
Forthcoming Events at
Sun 14th May
General Church Meeting (after
Forthcoming Circuit Events
Sun 14th May 6.15pm
Circuit Easter Offering
Service, Trinity Prestatyn
Sun 4th June 6pm
Holliman’s pre-ordination testimony service, Old Colwyn
For details of Easter worship please
see our special leaflet. And give one to your friends and neighbours too!
St John’s and St
David’s Churches are part of the Conwy &
Prestatyn Circuit of the Methodist Church. They
share a minister, Rev Beverley Ramsden.
A leaflet is
available at the back of both churches with
further details about Methodism, its beliefs and
Our minister is
available to discuss any matter of concern,
The baptism of
children and adults;
the Christian faith;
preparation and ceremonies;
If you would like
to talk to Rev Bev about these or any other
matters, she can be contacted on 01492-877799 or