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Issue No 150

Magazine for the Irfon and Wye Valley Churches March 2013

A Lenten Letter

from Bishop John Davies

That being so, I am again asking you, as members of the Diocesan family, to support my Lent Appeal and, in doing so, to help relieve some of the burdens which others in our human family bear.

Lent begins on Wednesday 13th February and once more we are urged to spiritual reflection, deeper personal vocation and good works which benefit others. The importance of putting into action the fine words we may utter with our lips cannot be underestimated. I am reminded of the account of the transfiguration, which contains the words “This is my Son, my chosen; listen to him.” And transforming words into actions is often the consequence of heeding that command to listen. The church is to be an agent of his loving purposes for the world in which we live; called to ‘see’ Jesus, to take up the cross with him and to be galvanised into loving action. Economic times, both within the church and outside, remain challenging; and the vast variety of human suffering and need impacts daily upon us in many different ways, not least through the media. And although we may feel hard-pressed as a church and as individual members of the Body, Jesus still calls us to remember what we are for – to be that agent of his love and to be generous stewards of what we possess.

The three charities chosen this year are: • Welsh Dragons Childrens Burns Club based at Morriston Hospital. • The Kaleidoscope Project working with those with substance issues in Brecon and Llandrindod Wells • ZANE. (Zimbabwe – A National Emergency) working to transform societies in Zimbabwe. Since I first decided to launch a Lent Appeal you have responded brilliantly, and we have, since that first effort, sent over £35,000 to support a range of good and worthwhile causes, demonstrating the Christian love and the generosity of spirit that our Diocesan family possesses. We now have another opportunity for as many of us as possible to focus upon doing something to bring light and hope to people in dark times in dark places and in profound need. By this time, you are well able to devise imaginative or traditional methods of either raising money for the appeal or simply setting something aside as a personal discipline. However you choose to proceed, I wish you well. Jesus said ‘By this my Father is glorified that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.’

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“The Last Supper Storytelling Day” for Holy Week Led by Revd Eva McIntyre - A day of quiet reflection in the tranquil surroundings of Llangasty Retreat House £25 Drop-In Quiet Days are on Monday 18th March and Monday 15th April and offer an opportunity to pause for prayer and personal reflection - come for all or part of the day. Bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea provided. No charge, but donations welcome. No need to book.

Food for Thought Local churches in the Builth Wells area have joined with the local Community Support to start a lunch club for the over 60's at the Jubilee Hall at Llanelwedd, the first meal was held on Friday 9th November with the team serving up beef casserole and trifle. With a cost of only £4 for main course, dessert and tea/coffee as well as a short activity after the lunch, you'd have to look hard to find a better bargain! If you are over 60 and live in Builth, Llanelwedd, Cilmery, Aberedw, Builth Road, Cwmbach and are interested in attending, then please contact Builth Wells Community Support at 14 High Street, Builth Wells. Tel 01982 553004 for a membership form, numbers will be limited so please contact them soon. Volunteers are still needed to help prepare & serve the meal, set up the hall, provide transport & organise the after lunch activities, if you can help then please contact Builth Wells Community Support.

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The Colwyn Group of Parishes Services for March 2013 3rd March Lent 3 Llansantffraed 10.00 RK Glascwm 6.00 ET

Dear Friends Firstly, may I say a huge thank-you to all who contributed to making the Induction Service such an enjoyable and memorable time. The folks and the flowers in church, the celebration afterwards – what can I say? Just ‘thank you’ seems so inadequate. The grandeur of the Service was wonderful. There is a part of the Service where the Incumbent reads out the Services in the various churches for the following Sunday. That got me thinking ‘what is church’? Well, we certainly have some wonderful examples of church buildings in Wales! Places where people have worshipped for centuries. But is that it? Whether it’s because I work outside the box in my rural role, but I believe very firmly that the church is the people of God – a welcoming church family of God, no matter where that may be and no matter where they gather. That’s exactly what we are doing at Easter here in Colwyn. We are welcoming our eight Confirmation candidates into the family of the church on Easter Sunday morning at 10.00am in Hundred House Hall. As it is a fifth Sunday we would be there anyway, but more importantly we are using the occasion to come together as a Benefice to welcome an exciting event and to give thanks to God and Our Risen Lord for those eight folk who have chosen to make a commitment to follow him in their lives! To me, that’s what church is all about!! Liz joins me in wishing you a very happy & blessed Easter.

Eucharist Village Service

10th March Cregrina Llanelwedd

Mothering Sunday 9.30 RK Eucharist 11.15 RK Eucharist Mothering Sunday Service

17th March Llanfaredd Llansantffraed Glascwm Rhulen

Lent 5 9.30 10.00 11.15 11.15

24th March Cregrina Bettws Llanelwedd

Palm Sunday 9.30 MO Village Service 9.30 JO Eucharist 10.45 RK/LK/ET

RK MO RK JO

Eucharist Morning Prayer Eucharist Eucharist

Worship4All Family Service Palm Procession with donkey

31st March Easter Sunday Hundred House Hall 10.00 RK Family Eucharist & Welcome to the Church Family of the newly Confirmed. Sunday Club - Refreshments to follow the Service. Easter Egg Hunt for all! Llanfaredd Bettws Rhulen

9.30 11.00 11.15

JO JO MO

Eucharist Eucharist Ext. Eucharist

Worship4All Family Service Our March Family Service will be on 24th March at 10.45am at St. Matthew’s Church, Llanelwedd. We will meet at Jewson’s at 10.15am for our Palm Sunday Procession with donkey down to church. A different style service is on offer, with tea/coffee and cake afterwards. Please come and join us!!

Vicar Richard Maundy Thursday Eucharist & Altar Stripping This Service will be at 7pm at Llanelwedd Good Friday in Colwyn As the schools do not break up until half way through Holy Week we have moved our Easter Activities to Good Friday between 10.00 and 12.00noon in Hundred House Hall where we will be doing the Easter Gardens and crafts. Soup will be served from 12.30 then we will have our walk to Franksbridge Chapel for the last hour of devotion. All are welcome to join us for some or part of the day.

Lent Lunches/Course We will be holding Soup Lunches with Lent Course on the following dates – all at 12.30pm at The Rectory. 26th February, 5th, 12th & 19th March For further information call 01982 551288

Women’s World World Day of Prayer This is on Friday 1st March at 2.00pm in St Mary’s, Builth. The Service this year has been designed by the women of France. This Service is not just for women – all are welcome.

‘Marian’ Most of us will know that Revd Marian Morgan has retired from her post as Acting Area Dean and will shortly be heading for warmer climes. We in the Colwyn Group would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for all she did in that role. A very happy and peaceful retirement Marian!!

Messy Church Our next Messy Church event will be on Thurs 21st March from 3.30pm. Crafts – Worship – Fellowship & Cooked Meal all on the theme. What’s not to like about it!!

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Llanelwedd with Llanfaredd, Llansantffraed-in-Elwell, Bettws, Cregrina, Glascwm and Rhulen Revd Richard Kirlew, The Rectory, Llanelwedd LD2 3TY, Tel: 01982 551288, Email: Richard.kirlew@btinternet.com 4


Thank you Marian There is a feeling of sadness widespread throughout both our Deanery, and in particular the Parishes of Aberedw and Bryngwyn Newchurch, as Marian leaves us. But those feelings are really a measure of the great esteem in which she is held by each and every individual over the last few years as Area Dean and Parish Priest. However in the midst of our sadness there is a great feeling of acceptance and a very sincere wish that her new life in Cyprus will bring her joy, fulfilment and happiness. I have known Marian many years. Before she was ordained, we both worked in the Public Sector, both in what were challenging and responsible areas, and were both ordained as “older” candidates – Marian to the Stipendiary ministry and me to the Non-stipendiary. She has always there to encourage and support all who have come into contact with her. Her way is not to call on us from the front or shove us from behind – rather she walked with us all the way. We all owe her a great debt for her meticulous preparation for all Church liturgies - she made so many days special for those of us involved. On behalf of us all in the Erwood & Painscastle Group I thank her for her devotion to the sick and suffering, to her sense of community and support every type of community involvement - her door was always open. Above all we thank her for being our Priest, built on the person she is, the work that she did, the support that she gave, the kindness she showed and her dedication and commitment to her priestly duties. As Priests, we are indeed privileged. “People invite us into their lives in a very special way at moments of joy and sadness, at important parts of their lives. This is not something we ask for, but we are privileged to be able to share. We are all thankful for the opportunities we’ve had to work with Marian, the opportunities to be with her in our various parishes and various ministries. Marian, may God bless you in your new ministry and life in Cyprus, you will be constantly in our thoughts and above all, Prayers.

Reverend Philip Morris

… And a Message from the Acting Area Dean I’d like to share a brief word of thanks to Revd Marian Morgan. Nobody was more pleased than Richard Kirlew or myself when Marian agreed to be Area Dean after Nigel Hall’s retirement. All of us, I think have had numerous occasions to bless her ever since. She has brought to the Deanery and the Erwood and Painscastle Groups her warmth, her love and her tenderness, but don’t be mistaken there was firmness in those gentle hands. In these and so many and varied ways Marian has revealed among us the generous heart of God; it has been an immense privilege to have served alongside her. I would like to wish her God’s choicest blessings in her new vocation, as I strongly suspect that to call it retirement would be something of a misnomer: ‘retiring’ I’m convinced it will not be. But blessed, enjoyable and fulfilling I’m sure and I pray it will be.

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The Builth Wells Group of Parishes Prayers are said most weekdays in the Chapel of the Holy Name of Jesus in St Mary’s, Builth – see St Mary’s noticeboard for details.

Other events • 04 March: Reserved Communion in Brynhyfryd Residential Home 11.00 • 01 March: Womens World Day of Prayer Service in St. Mary’s 14.00 • 07 March: Mothers Union in St. Mary’s Minor Hall 14.30

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03 March (Lent III) 09.30 Sung Eucharist at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 15.00 Eucharist & AGM at St. David’s, Llanddewi’r-Cwm 10 March (Lent IV) 09.30 Holy Eucharist at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 11.00 Matins & AGM at St. David’s, Maesmynis 18.00 CELEBR8 at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth

From the Vicarage

17 March (Passion Sunday) 09.30 Holy Eucharist at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth

As we approach Holy Week and Easter we think about new beginnings. This last eighteen months have been a period of new beginnings for the Builth Group of parishes. The successful transition of the interregnum and my appointment as Vicar has been helped and assisted in no small manner by the loving care and ministry demonstrated by our outgoing Area Dean, Marian. All of us in the Builth Group wish her well in her retirement and thank her for her devotion and care. Can I also take this opportunity to invite you all to join us for our extensive Holy Week and Easter services and in particular to join us at our Easter Eve Vigil Eucharist when Bishop +John will be confirming candidates from across the Deanery. Blessings

24 March (Palm Sunday) 09.30 Eucharist of the Palms at St. Mary’s, Builth 11.00 Eucharist of the Palms at St. David’s, Maesmynis 18.00 Sung Evensong at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 31 March (Easter Day) 09.30 Sung Eucharist at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 11.00 Said Eucharist at St Mauritius, Alltmawr 15.00 Said Eucharist at St. David’s, Llanddewi’r Cwm

Parish Parish Diary Regular Events • A said Eucharist is celebrated every Thursday at 10.00 in the Chapel of the Holy Name of Jesus in St Mary’s, Builth Wells • Handbell Group every Tuesday at 19.00 in St. Mary’s Minor Hall • Bellringing every Thursday at St Mary’s Tower at 19.45 – all welcome • SAINTS ALIVE kids club at Maesmynis Hall 16.00

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on March 13 & 27. • Youth Alpha – Every Friday between 19 January and 29 March 16.00 in St Mary’s

Holy Week Events Holy Monday Holy Tuesday Holy Wednesday Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Easter Eve

25 March School Worship in Builth Primary 09.00 Tenebrae Service in St. Mary the Virgin 19.00 26 March Chrism Eucharist at Brecon Cathedral 12.00 27 March School Worship in Builth High School 08.50 Saints Alive! Kids Club Easter Exploration, Maesmynis Hall 16.00 28 March Eucharist with the Reception of Holy Oils in St Mary’s 20.00 Watch before the Blessed Sacrament in St Mary’s 21.00-23.50 Plainsong Compline in St Mary the Virgin 23.50 29 March Walk of Witness 10.00 Stations of the Cross in Christ the King, Builth 12.00 Good Friday Devotions Alpha Chapel 14.00 Confirmation rehearsal in St. Mary the Virgin 16.00 30 March Reserved Communion in Brynhyfryd Residential Home 11.00 Confirmation and Vigil Eucharist with Bishop +John in St. Mary’s, Builth 19.00

Builth Wells with Llanddewi’r-Cwm & Llangynog with Maesmynis & Llanynis with Alltmawr Revd Father Neil Hook, The Vicarage, 1 North Road, Builth Wells LD2 3BT, Tel: 01982 552355, Email: frhooky@gmail.com 7


The Erwood & Painscastle Group of Parishes Sunday 3rd March: Lent III 9.30am Morning Prayer Gwenddwr 9.30am Holy Eucharist Llanbadarn-y-Garreg 11.00am Morning Prayer Llandeilo Graban

Good Friday 29th March 2.30pm Devotions before the Cross Llanbadarn-y-Garreg 2.30pm Devotions before the Cross Newchurch

Wednesday 6th March Crickadarn MU Holy Eucharist & Lent Lunch

Sunday 31st March: Easter Day 8.00am Dawn Eucharist of the Resurrection Aberedw 9.30am Holy Eucharist Crickadarn 11.00am Holy Eucharist Llanbedr

Sunday 10th March: Lent IV/ Mothering Sunday 10.30am Group Eucharist Gwenddwr Sunday 17th March: Lent V/ Passion Sunday 9.30am Lambing Time Service Llandeilo Graban 11.00am Morning Prayer Gwenddwr Sunday 24th March: Lent VI/ Palm Sunday 11.00am Holy Eucharist Aberedw 2.30pm United Service with Moriah Chapel Llandeilo Graban Maundy Thursday 28th March 7.00pm Agape and Eucharist

PAINSCASTLE MOTHERS UNION Do join us for our meeting on Tuesday 12th March at 7.30pm in Painscastle Village Hall. Speaker: Mark Davies: Fire Safety in the House For more information call Fran Shaw on 01982 560 480.

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For information during the interregnum please contact the Acting Area Dean: Revd Ben Griffith, 2 Highbury Fields, Llanyre, LD1 6NF, Tel: 01597 823321, Email: benedictgriffith@sky.com

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The Upper Wye Group of Parishes join us. On Palm Sunday, Siârion will be with us again for the moving service of “Tenebrae” This incredibly evocative service relates Christ’s suffering and his triumph over the powers of darkness. I you’ve been before, you’ll know quite what an experience it is and if you haven’t then you’ll just have to come and find out, won’t you? On Tuesdays in March we will be continuing our Lent Course “Growing more like Jesus” all you need is a bible and a willingness to join in. Thursdays in Lent include a Eucharist at Llanyre followed by our Lent Lunch at The Vicarage, at least it’ll be warmer than the church, honest!! The Holy Eucharist is also celebrated at All Saints Church, Newbridge-on-Wye on Wednesdays and some of these will also be followed by a Lent Lunch. The choir will also be busy this month, as not only will they be singing at the Tenebrae Service on Palm Sunday, they also lead our services of Compline on the other Sundays in Lent. The Complines this year will be followed by an address on the theme: “My Life: My Faith” On Palm Sunday morning we’ll be in Newbridge for a joint Eucharist and procession through the village: Have I got a donkey? Come and find out! On Maundy Thursday, this year we will be going to Cwmbach for commemoration of the Last Supper, as in the past, this will be a bring and share meal with the Eucharist weaving though it. We end with the stripping of the altars, recalling the dreadful events which unfolded afterwards. On Good Friday we will be joining with our friends from Pentref Chapel for an Act of Witness through Newbridge. On Easter Eve we invite those who are young in body, spirit or both to hunt easter eggs in Llanyre churchyard after which we have a short service in church and a bring and share lunch: all are welcome. In the evening we gather at Llanafan Fawr for another of those incredibly beautiful and moving services as we await the risen Christ. A fire is kindled, the easter candle is lit and then in a candlelit church we listen to a solo rendition of the Exultet, the Easter Song of Praise, before the bells ring out with the news of the resurrection and the first Eucharist of Easter. Last year we celebrated at Llanfihangel Brynpabuan and walked there from Llanafan, this year we shall reverse the process and walk from Llanfihangel Brynpabuan to Llanafan at 7.15pm. Finally on Easter Day itself there will be celebrations at Llanyre, Cwmbach and Newbridge.

Dear Friends, I wonder how you regard the season of Lent. With all of our reminders in Church about abstinence, penitence and fasting not to mention spiritual mortification; you would be a very remarkable person indeed, if you did not respond to the prospect of the beginning of Lent much as you would the journey to the Dentist for root-canal fillings!! And yet, penitence, abstinence and spiritual mortification notrwithstanding, Lent doesn’t have to be like that at all; indeed I would go so far as to say that it shouldn’t be like that at all!! It seems to me that the best comparison we can find for our Lenten journey are the “Well woman” and “Well man” clinics now being offered by so many GP surgeries. Not having attended either, I assume that during such a clinic all of the signifiers of our physical wellbeing are carefully and rigorously tested to determine quite how physically fit you are. If you have attained that “interesting” stage in life which only reveals itself when you discover that the gene responsible for keeping your waist slim has swapped places with the one responsible for keeping your hair thick!! Doubtless there will be advice proffered as to how to ensure that you are at the positive peak of physical fitness. Consider Lent as the spiritual equivalent of one of those clinics; it’s the time in the year when we’re encouraged to test the condition of our spiritual bodies are we suffering from an overindulgence upon spiritual chocolate at Christmas, or has the winter weather caused us to wrap up so warmly that God’s been pushed out? During these weeks of Lent try doing something different, something that will help your spiritual body to be ready for the Ecclesiastical Olympics known as Passiontide and Easter: you really do want that gold medal on Easter Day, don’t you? I’d like to wish you a blessed, productive and happy Lent so that you can truly rejoice in the wonder that is the resurrection. With my love and prayers as always, Ben

March Highlights in The Upper Wye Group We are very fortunate that our very talented musicians Siârion will be performing at TWO services this month. On Friday 1st they will be contributing to the celebration of our national patron at Llanyre, I do hope you’ll be there to

A very happy, blessed and joyous Easter to you all.

Llanyre, Newbridge-on-Wye, Cwmbach Llechrhyd, Llanfihangel Helygen, Llanafan Fawr & Llanfihangel Brynpabuan Revd Ben Griffith, 2 Highbury Fields, Llanyre, LD1 6NF, Tel: 01597 823321, Email: benedictgriffith@sky.com 10


The Upper Wye Group of Parishes Services in the Upper Wye Group Friday 1st March St. David/Dydd Gŵyl Ddewi 7.00pm Holy Eucharist/ Cymun Bendigaid Llanyre With Siârion performing. Followed by refreshments. Sunday 3rd March: Lent III 9.30am Holy Eucharist Llanyre 11.00am Holy Eucharist Llanfihangel Brynpabuan 11.00am Morning Praise Newbridge-on-Wye 3.00pm Holy Eucharist Llanfihangel Helygen 7.00pm Compline & Address Llanafan Fawr Tuesday 5th March 7.30pm The Vicarage Lent Course 3: “Gathering as God’s People” Thursday 7th March 10.30am Holy Eucharist followed by Lent Lunch Llanyre

Sunday 24th March: Lent VI/Palm Sunday 10.00am Benefice Eucharist & Procession Newbridge-on-Wye 6.00pm Tenebrae Service Llanyre

Sunday 10th March: Lent IV: Mothering Sunday 9.30am Mothering Sunday Service Llanyre 9.30am Holy Eucharist Cwmbach Llechrhyd 11.00am Family Eucharist Newbridge-on-Wye 7.00pm Compline & Address Llanfihangel Helygen

Monday 25th March/Lady Day/in Holy Week 2.30pm Llanyre MU Lady Day/Holy Week Service Llanyre

Tuesday 12th March 7.30pm The Vicarage Lent Course 4: “Growing more like Jesus”

Tuesday 26th March in Holy Week 12.00pm Chrism Eucharist Brecon Cathedral

Wednesday 13th March 2.30pm Songs of Praise Caerwnon Park Social Club

Maundy Thursday 28th March 7.00pm Agape & Eucharist & stripping of the Altars Cwmbach Llechrhyd

Thursday 14th March 10.30am Holy Eucharist followed by Lent Lunch Llanyre

Good Friday 29th March 9.00am Morning Prayer & The Litany Llanfihangel Helygen 10.30am Act of Witness with Pentref Chapel Newbridge-on-Wye 2.00pm The Last Hour at The Cross Llanyre

Sunday 17th March: Lent 5/Passion Sunday 9.30am Family Eucharist Llanyre 11.00am Family Eucharist Newbridge-on-Wye 3.00pm Holy Eucharist Llanafan Fawr 7.00pm Compline & Address Newbridge-on-Wye

Saturday 30th March: Easter Eve 10.30am Easter Egg Hunt, Service & Lunch Llanyre 8.00pm Easter Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter Llanafan Fawr (Vicar walking from Llanfihangel Brynpabuan at 7.15pm)

Tuesday 19th March 7.30pm The Vicarage Lent Course 5: “Going out in the power of the Spirit”

Sunday 31st March: Easter Day: He is Risen, Alleluia! 9.30am Holy Eucharist Llanyre 9.30am Holy Communion Cwmbach Llechrhyd 11.00am Holy Eucharist Newbridge-on-Wye

Thursday 21st March 10.30am Holy Eucharist followed by Lent Lunch Llanyre

Easter Week: NO midweek services this week!! Sunday April 7th Easter II 10.00am Benefice Eucharist Llanfihangel Brynpabuan Llanyre, Newbridge-on-Wye, Cwmbach Llechrhyd, Llanfihangel Helygen, Llanafan Fawr & Llanfihangel Brynpabuan Revd Ben Griffith, 2 Highbury Fields, Llanyre, LD1 6NF, Tel: 01597 823321, Email: benedictgriffith@sky.com 11


The Parishes of the Irfon Valley & Blaenau Irfon raising a dead body from the grave. I’m not so sure and I think that this is exactly what the resurrection challenges us with in subtle and ordinary ways. If we have lived with chronic ill health, in an abusive relationship or seen a family member struggle with severe mental health, we will be longing for healing and freedom, for our loved ones and ourselves, with every fibre of our being. We are not worried about how it comes: through science, through religion ... or in some other way, just that it should come. But when the hope of healing or liberty presents itself, we may find ourselves conflicted, plagued with myriad doubts and aware that our hope is as fragile as a gossamer thread. I believe that it’s at this moment that we are being given the opportunity to remember the resurrection and call on God to give us the faith, hope and grace to believe we can experience the power and reality of it in our lives. So as we walk again together through Holy Week and Easter Season may we find ourselves held in the hope and challenge of the resurrection, and find reassurance in the prayer of Thomas, ‘Lord, I believe, help my unbelief’.

Lucyann writes… A few years ago, longer than I care to remember now, during some counselling training, I was very struck by a personal story the trainer told us. He and his wife had been missionaries, during their time in the mission field; their marriage came under a great deal of strain to the extent that they were not sure it had a future. After some support and soul searching, they reached turning point when they found themselves challenged by the question ‘Do we believe in the resurrection?’ A pretty fundamental, yet profoundly challenging question for a Christian, the one that St. Paul is very clear is crucial to our claim to faith in Jesus.

RECITAL Perhaps like me, you are already beginning to feel anxious, inadequate or defensive, full of robust scientific reasons why the resurrection did not happen or if it did, it has a perfectly good scientific explanation ...well, thankfully for the counselling trainer, he and his wife were too distressed by the pending death of their marriage to become overly involved in a more nuanced theological debate. They both agreed that they did believe in the resurrection and therefore, that meant that the death of their marriage as it had been was no longer loaded with fear and despair, instead they were hopeful, perhaps even relieved to let the previous destructive patterns of the relationship die and allow a new way of relating be born in them and so find themselves experiencing the power and life resurrection in their marriage. Well, you might say, that’s all very well; retrieving a marriage from the brink of divorce is easier than

featuring singers Richard Frewer and Nicholas Thorne Sat March 16th at 7pm Eglwys Oen Duw, Beulah In aid of Mid Wales Music Fund and Eglwys Oen Duw Tickets £5 on the door

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The Parishes of the Irfon Valley & Blaenau Irfon HOLY WEEK Maundy Thursday 28th March 7.30 Joint Benefice Seder Meal in Alexandra Hall, Llangammarch

SERVICES Friday 1st March St David’s Day St. David’s day service at 1.30pm in St. David’s Church, Llanwrtyd 7pm Cawl a Chan evening in Victoria Hall, Llanwrtyd

Good Friday 29th March 10.30 Eglwys Oen Duw Stations of the Cross followed by hot cross buns 10.30-12 noon Reduced Messy Church in Alexandra Hall ending with light lunch 2pm St. James Good Friday Liturgy with reserved sacrament 7pm St. Cadmarch Musical Meditation on the Cross

Sunday 3rd March Lent 3 9.30am EOD 11am St. James Morning Prayer 11.15am Llanganten Morning Prayer 11.15am Llanlleonfel Sunday 10th March Mothering Sunday 9.30am EOD Congregational 9.30am St. Cadmarch 11am St. James

Holy Saturday 30th March 7.30pm St. David’s, Tirabad: Easter Vigil 3.00pm 'Into the dark' continuing the journey of Holy Week, Beulah Chapel, Beulah.

Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm Bingo Evening at Alexandra Hall, Llangammarch

Easter Sunday 31st March 06.30am Sunrise service on Epynt followed by breakfast in Alexandra Hall, Llangammarch 9.30am EOD 11am Joint Irfon Valley Eucharist at Llanfechan 11am St. James

Sunday 17th March St. Patrick’s day 9.30am EOD 11am St. James 11.15am Llanganten 11.15am Llanlleonfel Morning Prayer Sunday 24th March. Palm Sunday 9.30am EOD Joint IV Procession & service, St. Cadmarch’s 11am 11am St. James

Sunday 7th April Easter 2 9.30 Eglwys Oen Duw 11am St. James Morning Prayer 11.15am Llanganten Morning Prayer 11.15am Llanlleonfel AMENDMENT - Mothers Union Lady Service at 11am in St. James’ Church, Llanwrtyd will be on Monday 8th April, not 25th March as earlier stated.

St Cadmarch’s, Llangammarch Wells; The Parish Church, Llanlleonfel, Garth; St Afan’s, Llanfechan; St Cannen’s, Llanganten, Cilmery; St. James’, Llanwrtyd Wells; St. David’s, Llanwrtyd; St David’s Tirabad; Eglwys Oen Duw, Beulah; Revd Lucyann Ashdown, The Rectory, Llangammarch Wells, Tel: 01591 620 244, Email: lucyann.ashdown@googlemail.com

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 13


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‘Nearer to God in a Garden’ – March Daffodils The daffodils and leeks growing in our garden in March remind us of our Patron Saint, St David, whose feast day is 1st March. Legend has it that St David advised Welsh warriors to wear local growing leeks in their caps to distinguish themselves from the enemy. The green and white of the leek can be seen on the Welsh flag. It is thought that the daffodil was adopted later as an emblem because the name was the same in Welsh. Not quite! As ‘leek’ is ‘cenhinen’ in Welsh and ‘daffodil’ is ‘cenhinen Bedr’. Have you ever wondered what the difference between a daffodil and a narcissus is? The Latin name of both is Narcissus but the common name ‘daffodil’ is for those varieties where the trumpet is as long or longer than the petals. The daffodil is sometimes referred to as the Lent Lily. The word Lent or Lenten originally referred to the lengthening of the days in Spring but is now thought of as the time before Easter when we think of Christ’s time in the wilderness.

Linda Lewis The second in a series of articles about the Church in Wales official positions relating to some of the biggest issues facing Christians today…

2. WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT... FAMILIES & RELATIONSHIPS The Scriptures show us how God reveals himself in and through all kinds of human relationships – those between friends, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, parents and children. We are helped by him to love and care for one another, and we learn more about him through those experiences. When relationships fail, and we are hurt, we can find him in giving and receiving forgiveness and the hope of a fresh start. Parents and children God loves us unconditionally, as a mother or father loves his or her own children. Parents are specially placed to help their children grow in the love of God, and the church tries to support them in all sorts of ways- through parent and toddler groups, Sunday schools, Mothers’ Union etc. We also invite people to bring their children to be baptised or christened – to be made members of the family of Christ. Marriage God not only loves us, but he promises he will always love us. Marriage is meant to be a reflection of that and is based on promises between a man and a woman - of lifelong commitment in love and faithfulness. Whilst passionately believing in this kind of relationship the Church in Wales also realises that marriages do break down and does offer the possibility of a second marriage in church under certain circumstances and at the discretion of the parish priest. Same-sex relationships All human beings are created in God's image, irrespective of their sexuality. The Church in Wales recognises that people of integrity inside and outside it hold a wide range of views on the subject of homosexual practice. Some would examine the Scriptures and the traditional teaching of the Church and conclude that homosexual practice is to be rejected. For them heterosexual marriage or celibacy are the only true choices for Christians. Others would interpret scripture and tradition differently, and see committed same-sex relationships as mutually supportive, loving and creative. 15


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