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Issue No 159

Magazine for the Irfon and Wye Valley Churches February 2014

A Different Way to Work … “There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given by the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord. There are different ways to work. But the same God makes it possible for all of us to have all those different things” (1 Cor. 12:4-6) As Christians we affirm that we are a pilgrim people and we belong to God, who calls us on a pilgrimage. We all make a journey of discovery through our lives from our birth to our death, and our spiritual journey is no different in this respect to our physical journey. We affirm that God is at the heart of all life and of each life and wants us to constantly discover new things in ourselves and in each other. We affirm that each person has been given gifts and abilities which, when shared, grow and develop in both the person who offers, and the person who receives. And so, in our Church life we affirm that we need to release the cork from the bottle and let the God given life and gifts overflow. Following a root and branch review, the central vision of the Church in Wales has been renewed with a commitment to developing into a re-energised and re-invigorated Church; one in which responsibility for the Church’s mission and ministry to the wider community is shared among all the baptised. This new vision takes as its text a passage from the beginning of the First Letter of John: ‘Our theme is the Word which gives us life... the eternal life which was with the Father and was made visible to us... It is this which we have seen and heard that

we declare to you also, in order that you may share with us in a common life, that life which we share with the Father and his son Jesus Christ’. The creation of ‘Ministry Areas’ as part of this vision is one of the most radical changes we’re making. Traditional parish boundaries are being redrawn to make much larger areas which will be served by a team of people, both lay and cleric. Ministry Areas reflect huge changes which have taken place in our society. The parish system, as originally set up with a single priest serving a small community, was put in place when people lived and worked in the same parish. All this has now changed – the communities to which people now belong are very varied and people travel freely. Ministry Areas cover a broad geographical area. Rather than relying on individual clergy to minister to an increasing number of congregations, they are served by a mixed ministry team, some of whom are stipendiary ministers but most of whom are not. Some may be specialists in certain types of ministry, such as with young people or with those with little or no connection with the church. Individual churches, meanwhile, still have local leaders, who are part of the ministry team. Ministry Areas are incarnational in that they are rooted in local communities with local leadership. They are apostolic in having leaders with responsibility for teaching, fostering vocations and empowering others for ministry. They are missional in seeking new opportunities for ministry and evangelism. They are prophetic in that they recognise the signs of the times and plan for the future. They are visionary in that they require a new way of responding to God’s call to extend his Kingdom. The Deanery of Builth is consulting on the division of the Deanery into two Ministry Areas at an Open Meeting on February 12th 2014 at 19.30 in The Jubilee Hall, Llanelwedd. This is an opportunity for groups and individuals to have their say in how these ministry areas will develop.

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Sunday 23rd February

Mid Wales Deaf Church Fairtrade Sunday and Club

Sunday 9 February

After a brief hiatus this resumes on nd


Candlemas Christingle *Music* *Praise* *Witness* *Fellowship*


This heralds two weeks of focus on Fair Trade. The Church in Wales is committed to becoming the first Fairtrade province in the Anglican Communion. In order to achieve this, 70% of all parishes must sign up – however at present only 40% have registered. Please pray for Fairtrade and Trade Justice issues this Sunday.

Saturday 22 March 14.00-16.00 in St. Mary’s Minor Hall, Builth Wells

Simple Open Service Fellowship afterwards with refreshments and social time

all welcome

DEANERY OPEN MEETING The Deanery Conference of Builth Area Deanery is consulting on the division of the Deanery into two Ministry Areas at an Open Meeting on February 12th 2014 at 19.30 in The Jubilee Hall, Llanelwedd. This is an opportunity for groups and individuals to have their say in how these ministry areas will develop.


The Colwyn Group of Parishes Dear Friends

Glascwm Lottery Results

“Thee crystal ball of the future…” “Th

Results of the October Draw were: 1st Chris Stone £50 nd 2 John & Mary Kinsey £30 3rd Dilwyn James £20

How good are you at predicting the future? No, I’m not suggesting some dodgy mind reading exercise or gazing into a crystal ball. How do we know what is going to happen in the next five to ten years, or even beyond? Well, this and other questions were posed at the last Benefice Council Meeting a few weeks ago. What is the Benefice going to look like in the next five, ten or fifteen years? Are we going to worship in the same way? Have we got enough places of worship? Have we got too many and are they in the right place? Can we realistically financially support the number of church buildings we have? Is our worship accessible to everyone or do some folk feel excluded? What about funerals, weddings and baptisms? Indeed what about future provision for burials in our churchyards, some of which are nearly full? All these and other questions are going to need answering before we can make these decisions. Tough questions and ones that need answering with courage, honesty, integrity, but above all, prayerfully and in Christian love. To these ends we are holding a Benefice Reflection Day to look at the future of our Benefice on Saturday 15th February beginning at 9.30am in Hundred House Hall. It will finish at 1.00pm with a soup, roll and cake lunch to which all are invited. This will give us all another chance to talk over the day together over a meal. And to show that I’m serious about inviting all to lunch, the day is open to anyone, whether you come to church on a regular basis or not – we want your views as members of the parish! So what sort of things are we going to be talking about? Well, pretty much anything can be discussed which pertains to the Benefice. We’ll look at its history, where we are now and thoughts for the future, plus some of the questions posed in the second paragraph of this letter. Other items such as using our churches for community use and Whole Family Services will be discussed, with families playing a greater part in running the Service. I do hope that you will be able to come and I look forward to welcoming you on 15th February.

(twice)…” “Thank you (twice) …” The Service for the Licensing of Lay Worship Leaders and Eucharistic Assistants took place on the morning of 24th November at in Hundred House Hall. Bishop John Davies presided and preached at the Service. Over fifty people attended to support the candidates. A big thank-you to all concerned. This was a great and memorable occasion. Thank you also for the excellent attendances at the Christmas Services despite the weather!! We had several visitors at every Service and thank you for churches that joined together for worship during the period. A true sense of folk coming together to worship God!!

Services for February 2014 2nd February Candlemas Llansantffraed 10.00 RK Glascwm 6.00 ET

Eucharist Village Service

9th February Fourth Sunday before Lent Cregrina 9.30 PM Eucharist Llanelwedd 11.15 PM Eucharist 16th FebruaryThird Sunday before Lent Llanfaredd 9.30 RK Eucharist Llansantffraed 10.00 ET Morning Prayer Rhulen 11.15 JO Eucharist Glascwm 11.15 RK Eucharist 23rdFebruary Second Sunday before Lent Cregrina 9.30 DD Village Service Bettws 9.30 RK Eucharist Llanelwedd 10.45 ET/MJ Worship4All

Diocesan Ministry Conference A Deanery Conference to look at the proposed Ministry Areas and how they will apply to us.

Vicar Richard

Wednesday 12th February – 7.30pm Jubilee Hall, Llanelwedd

* * DON’T FORGET!! * * Saturday 15th February 9.30am Hundred House Hall


Celebrating Lay ministry and the Mission of the Church St Andrew’s Day saw a gathering at Brecon Cathedral of lay and ordained people from Swansea and Brecon Diocese, from the Church in Wales and other churches. The purpose was to celebrate lay ministry and the mission of the church. The service celebrated where the church has open eyes and listening ears to help those who are in need and our calling as God’s people to do so. This was reflected throughout in the hymns, the readings and renewal of commitment. Bishop John spoke about Jesus showing the people of God that our calling is to enable the blind to see clearly by acting on behalf of the needy. He thanked all who are involved especially in challenging times because their eyes and ears are open and they are bearers of Good News. He said “The world will see Jesus if the church sees Jesus.” He welcomed representatives from ZANE, Welsh Dragons Burns Club and The Kaleidoscope Project who were delighted to be given cheques from the Lent Appeal 2013.

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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.


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02 February (Candlemas) 09.30 Sung Eucharist at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 15.00 Holy Eucharist at St. David’s, Llanddewi’r-Cwm 18.00 Service of Healing & Wholeness at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth

ADVANCE NOTICE The fundraising committee is holding bring & share pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday (04th March 2014) in St. Mary’s Minor Hall at 19.30 … look out next issue for more details.

09 February (4th before Lent) 09.30 Sung Eucharist at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 11.00 Matins at St. David’s, Maesmynis 18.00 Christingle Worship in St. Mary the Virgin, Builth

Bell Peal Congratulations to the bellringers who rang on Sunday 12 January rang a 1260 Plain Bob Doubles 1st quarter peal in 00:41 (6½) for our CELEBR8 service. 1 Caitlin Power, 2 Laura Childs, 3 Linda Lewis, 4 Viv Williams, 5 Tom Childs (C), 6 David Childs. A Special mention for Tom Childs who rang his 1st Quarter as Conductor and Caitlin Power, for whom it was her first quarter peal.

16 February (3rd before Lent) 09.30 Sung Eucharist at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 11.00 Holy Eucharist at St. Mauritius, Alltmawr 23 February (2nd before Lent) 09.30 Sung Eucharist at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 11.00 Holy Eucharist at St. David’s, Maesmynis 18.00 Sung Evensong at St. Mary the Virgin, Builth

Diolch! Diolch! A big thank you to everyone who joined us over the advent and Christmas period, we celebrated with five large carol services, a traditional children’s nativity play, two services in Brynhyfryd Home, five services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. With the contributions of organists, musicians and choir members, the Primary School, Secondary School, YFC, RABI, Saints Alive! Kids Club, lectors, intercessors, sides persons, flower arrangers, welcomers and the people of Builth the nativity of Our Lord and Saviour was great success!

Parish Diary Said Eucharist is celebrated most Thursdays at 10.00 in the Chapel of the Holy Name of Jesus, St Mary’s, Builth Handbell Group Tuesday at 19.00 in St. Mary’s Hall Bellringing Thursdays at St Mary’s Tower at 19.45 SAINTS ALIVE! ALIVE! kids club at St Mary’s Minor Hall 16.00 on 12th February 12 February Deanery Conference in Jubilee Hall, Llanelwedd 19.30

From the Vicarage

For Information

As we enter a period of profound change in the life of the church in this area, the consultation on new Ministry Areas has made it now urgent that we address the internal structure of administration and authority within the Builth Group. It is therefore my intention to introduce a motion to each of the annual PCCs in Lent to dissolve each of the constituent parishes in the group and combine them into one Benefice with one Benefice Council/PCC. This is to facilitate the proper integration of business vertically through the Ministry Area. This administrative union (not financial) will better prepare the whole group to work collaboratively in the new Ministry Area when it begins. Blessings,

Details of our church services can be found: In Signposts, on our Webpage, every Friday in the Powys County Times, every month in ’The Post' Magazine.

Daily Prayer Prayer is at the heart of the Church's life and forms individuals and the community as a whole. All Christians are called to gather in common prayer. Our Christian community meets every weekday in the Chapel of the Holy Name of Jesus (in St Mary the Virgin, Builth Wells) for an act of daily worship: Monday 09.00 Daily Prayer Tuesday 09.00 Daily Prayer Wednesday 09.00 Daily Prayer Thursday 10.00 Holy Eucharist Friday 09.00 Daily Prayer

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The Erwood & Painscastle Group of Parishes Dear Friends,

Painscastle Mothers’ Union

Welcome to February. Did you know that February starts on the same day of the week as both March and November in common years, and as August in leap years? February ends on the same day of the week as October every year and on the same day of the week as January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it began. Having only 28 days in common years, it is the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon. This last happened in 1999 and will next happen in 2018. “Well I never!!!!” Amongst those born in February are Clark Gable, Charles Lindbergh, Ronald Reagan, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, Thomas Alva Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, John McEnroe, George Washington, George Frederic Handel, and Phil Morris. The beginning of February for Christian marks the end of the Christmas season that began on the first Sunday of Advent and concludes with Candlemas on 2nd February. On this day, Christians remember the presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple. Forty days after the birth of a Jewish boy, it was the custom to take him to the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to God by his thankful parents. How did the 2nd February come to be called Candlemas? Well it was the day of the year when all the candles, that were used in the church during the coming year, were brought into church and a blessing was said over them - so it was the Festival Day (or 'mass') of the Candles. The Gospel reading for 2nd February is from Luke chapter 2 and in it we hear the words of the old man Simeon over the baby Jesus “a light to lighten the gentiles and the glory of your people Israel”. And we celebrate this great Bible truth that Jesus IS the light of the world. So I leave you with a final thought. In our homes and buildings we find light switches. With that switch you can have light whenever you want … IF you press the switch. But you have to choose to press it. So it is with Jesus. He’s offering us a switch that can rescue us from the darkness and bring us into light. The switch is here within each and every one of us, all we have to do is press it. I pray that you may do so and that you may share that light with others. God bless,

Please join us for our meeting at Painscastle Village Hall on 11th February 2014 at 7:30pm when Charmaine Pugh will demonstrate some simple Cake Decoration skills For more information contact Fran Shaw on 01982 560480

Services for February 2014 Sunday, 2nd February 9.00am Newchurch 1662 10.30am Newchurch 9.30am Llanbadarn y Garreg 11.00am Gwenddwr 11.00am Llandeilo Graban

Holy Eucharist Matins Holy Eucharist Holy Eucharist Morning Prayer

Sunday, 9th February 9.30am Crickadarn 11.00am Llanbedr 11.00am Aberedw

Holy Eucharist Holy Eucharist Morning Prayer

Sunday, 16th February 9.30am Llandeilo Graban 11.00am Gwenddwr 3.00pm Llandewi Fach

Holy Eucharist Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist

Sunday, 23rd February 9.30am Bryngwyn 11.00am Aberedw 11.00am Crickadarn

Holy Eucharist Holy Eucharist Morning Prayer

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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: 8

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The Upper Wye Group of Parishes proposals for Ministry areas are implemented sensitively and following reasoned debate then they could enable us to be more effective in our proclamation of the Gospel which is surely what we’re all about. I also believe that if we implement Ministry Areas properly then we can do something very constructive about the real problems of rural isolation. At the heart of the idea behind ministry areas is the theory that through them clergy and individual Christians will be enabled and encouraged and empowered to work together in mutually supportive teams. Just think back to the occasions when you’ve felt that the Church has enabled you to feel closer to God. I strongly suspect that for most of us, that is an occasion when an individual Christian has demonstrated their faith through action; it’s encouraging and supporting people to do that more effectively that ministry areas are all about. It’s about taking the Church back to how it was in New Testament times when you discover in the Acts of the Apostles and the epistles, the Church’s ministry was something in which all Christians participated fully according to their gifts. Surely if that was how it was then that’s how it can and should be. Please don’t approach these proposed changes with trepidation or hostility, because surely as Christians we’re about change, in the lives of individuals and communities through Christ. My prayer is that when you look back on 2014, the changes in the Church will have enabled the Spirit to work ever more powerfully in our communities and diocese. With my love and prayers to you all, as always,

Dear Friends, At the beginning of a new year, it is traditional to spend time looking back on the past twelve months and forward to the year ahead; now I know that for the purists among you that process should be well completed by the time that you read this, well in terms of the Church that process usually takes place as part of the Easter Vestry, and by the time that this is published that will almost be upon us, if it hasn’t started already! In view of that it seems perfectly in order to me to engage in some backwards and forwards looking, in fact I would go so far as to suggest that it is an extremely helpful process. In an increasingly frenetic world, a majority of people seem so preoccupied with the immediate concerns of life that they don’t make time “to stand and stare” and yet, surely that is an increasingly important and essential corrective. Surely, that is a quality that we as Christians can offer to our society, because when we actually think about it, that is something that we can do quite well, just consider for a moment the times in your own life when you are completely still and quiet, I’d be prepared to wager that one of the most significant and regular occasions when you do that is in church, perhaps in that precious few moments before a service begins or even in the period after it has concluded. So, to return to the point where we began, what was the highlight of your pilgrimage of faith in 2013? Was there a time during the past year when you felt closer to God than at any other? What about a time when God seemed very distant? How significant a part did the church play in either incident? For many people, thankfully, the church can in often very simple ways provide times and spaces when people can find that God can feel so close that we can actually reach out and touch him. Sadly, however, there are also times when the Church like any organisation or institution can feel as if it’s getting in the way and thus making God seem very distant and impersonal. This is often particularly true when the Church starts talking about that word which so many Christians fear most the word “change,” rather like the joke about how many Anglicans does it take to change a lightbulb? I’m sure that as you read the proposals for Ministry Areas many of you feel that aching and nagging discomfort about change and probably not for the better. Despite my own initial misgivings, I am prepared to state publicly that I do believe that if the


Mothers’ Union Details of our Mothers’ Union meeting for February are as follows: We are meeting at Mrs Sheila Ovis’ home at 2.30pm on Wednesday 5th February. The speaker will be Rev. Ben Griffith. The talk will be followed by a bring and share tea.

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: 10

The Upper Wye Group of Parishes Our group for children and young people aged 10 and upwards. A completely open group providing a place where our young people can play, relax, spend time with their friends and enjoy the facilities we are fortunate enough to have. ALL of these groups are free but we do welcome a donation to enable us to meet our costs and continue to improve our facilities.

SERVICES FOR FEBRUARY 2014 Sunday 2nd February The Presentation of Christ “Candlemas” 9.30am Holy Eucharist Llanyre followed by short Congregational Meeting 11.00am Morning Praise Newbridge-on-Wye 11.00am Holy Eucharist Llanfihangel Brynpabuan 3.00pm Holy Eucharist Llanfihangel Helygen th

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS Alongside our regular groups, the highlight in February will be our now annual Lambing Time Service at Llanafan Fawr on Sunday 16th February. At this crucially important time in the agricultural year, we gather at Llanafan Church to ask God’s blessing on this year’s lambing time. We’ve always been blessed in the past that two new born lambs have always arrived early enough to join us in church as we pray that this year’s lambing time will be successful. On Sunday, 9th February, we’ll be holding the latest of our occasional Healing Services in Llanyre Church at 5.00pm. This short, simple service provides an opportunity for anybody who would like it, to receive prayer, the laying on of hands and anointing for healing either for themselves or someone close to them. If you haven’t been before, it’s a lot less scary than it might sound, just ask someone who has been. All are, as always very welcome.


Sunday, 9 February - 4 Sunday before Lent 9.30am Holy Eucharist Cwmbach Llechrhyd 9.30am Morning Praise Llanyre 11.00am Holy Eucharist Newbridge-on-Wye 5.00pm Healing Service Llanyre Wednesday 12th February 2.30pm Songs of Praise Caerwnon Park Social Club Sunday, 16th February - 3rd Sunday before Lent 9.30am Family Eucharist Llanyre 11.00am Holy Eucharist Newbridge-on-Wye 3.00pm Lambing Time Eucharist Llanafan Fawr Sunday 23rd February - 2nd Sunday before Lent 9.30am Family Eucharist Newbridge-on-Wye 9.30am Morning Prayer Cwmbach Llechrhyd 11.00am Holy Eucharist Llanyre

Dydd Gŵyl Ddewi / St. David

Saturday, 1st March - St. David/Dydd Gŵyl Ddewi 7.00pm Holy Eucharist/Cymun Bendigaid Newbridge-on-Wye

Saturday 1st March All Saints’ Church Newbridge-on Wye at 7.00pm We celebrate our patron saint with our now traditional bilingual Eucharist followed by refreshments. As in previous years our friends Siârion will be providing and leading the music, not to be missed!!

ALSO Llanyre Llamas: Wednesdays 10.00-11.30am Our weekly group for the youngest children and their parents/carers/supporters’ clubs. Having decided to trial an alternative time, the Llamas now meet on Wednesday mornings in Llanyre Church Hall. We follow the same format as before with crafts, games, activities and a very short act of worship, all are welcome

Finally A huge thank you from me to everybody who sent Christmas cards and gifts and supported our Christmas celebrations, it was a great joy to see quite so many people with us this year and all of our churches looked magnificent in their Christmas finery, thank you to you all. Also, somewhat late, a thank you to Claerwen and all who organised and supported the Quiz at Doldowlod Hall for Llanyre Church at the end of November, a tremendous and extremely enjoyable evening which raised over £1, 800 for church funds. Thank you all.

After School Club: Fridays 3.30-5.00pm Our new After School Club now runs in Llanyre Church Hall on the Friday afternoons that we don’t have “Messy Church” all primary school aged children and, if they want, their parents/carers/supporters’ clubs are welcome. We offer similar activities to the Llamas but there’s also be a chance to play pool/snooker/table tennis/Wii games etc. Llanyre Youth Club: Fridays: 6.00-8.00pm

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: 11

The Parishes of the Irfon Valley & Blaenau Irfon Lucyann writes…


During our first few months in Llangammarch, it never seemed to stop raining. Thankfully, people told us that we were unlucky and that even for Wales the rainfall was unusually heavy at the time. However, one of the spin offs of all that rain, was the incredible succession of vibrant rainbows filling the whole sky, which we could enjoy from our lounge window. In fact, so frequent were our sightings of rainbows that Autumn that we renamed our Christmas round robin letter, Yr Enfys (the rainbow). The past few weeks have taken me back in my mind to that first Autumn here, the rain seems to have been incessant. Coupled with the high winds and news of high waves and devastated sea defences, I found myself deeply grateful for the intermittent rainbows and the reminder of God’s promise never to flood the earth again. It seems to me that rainbows are a sign of God’s delight in the earth; they remind us that God created the world as a good place, a place for us both to enjoy and care for. February is often viewed as the hardest month, Christmas is long past and spring has yet to arrive, especially in our remote hill country. In this season of grey clouds, lashing winds and the occasion glimpse of the sun, perhaps rainbows can be something which draws us back into the delight which God has in us as beloved sons and daughters. Whilst we wait for the flowers to appear and the sun to warm our skin, I wonder what things speak to you of God’s delight and promise in the earth and her inhabitants? As well as the rainbows reassuring me that God does care for us and particularly those whose lives have been devastated in the floods. I’ve also been profoundly moved by the kindness of people in Llangammarch as they have organised a transport rota so that one of their neighbours can visit their spouse in hospital. For me, this is the human equivalent of a rainbow, a sign that God’s love is a work within and among us, bringing hope, joy and love in the midst of trials and tribulations. As we wait for the Spring may you both see signs to bring you hope and delight and find ways of becoming a human rainbow for others.

2nd Feb 9.30am 11.00am 11.15 11.15

Candlemas Eglwys Oen Duw. Beulah St. James, Llanwrtyd Llanganten, Cilmery Llanlleonfel

9th Feb 9.30am 9.30am 11.00am

Fourth Sunday before Lent Eglwys Oen Duw (MP) St. Cadmarch’s (HC) St. James, Llanwrtyd (HC)

(HC) (MP) (MP) (HC)

Wednesday 12th at 7.30pm Deanery Conference in Jubilee Hall, Llanelwedd. Come and have your say over the Ministry Area proposals Feb 16th Third Sunday before Lent 9.30am Eglwys Oen Duw (HC) 11.00am St. James 11.15am Llanganten

Messy Church Feb 16th 3.30-5.30 Alexandra Hall, Llangammarch Craft, Fun, Worship and Food Friday 21st February at 7pm

Pub Quiz Cammarch Hotel, Llangammarch Feb 23rd 2nd Sunday before Lent Creation Sunday 9.30am Eglwys Oen Duw (Family Service) 9.30am St. Cadmarch’s (HC) 11.15am St. James, Llanwrtyd (HC) 11.00am Llanfechan-All Age Communion with Baptism of Owain Wyn Davies March 2nd Transfiguration Sunday 9.30am Eglwys Oen Duw. Beulah (HC) 11.00am St. James, Llanwrtyd (MP) 11.15am Llanganten, Cilmery (MP) 11.15am Llanlleonfel (HC)

Sat 1st March at 6pm

Wednesday 5th March March Ash Wednesday Communion with Imposition of Ashes at Llanganten Church beginning at 8.00pm (LA)

Celebrate St. David’s Day with us Cawl a Chan with entertainment by visiting harpist and local talent

Thanks To all those who contributed to the decoration and hospitality of our churches during Advent and the Christmas season.

Fairtrade coffee morning 1st Sat of the month 10.3012 in St. James’ Church, Llanwrytd.

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: 12

The eighth in an occasional series of articles outlining the Church in Wales’ official positions relating to some of the biggest issues facing Christians today…

8. WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT... Ethical Investment As a Christian Church, we believe it is God’s will that our investment management process is implemented according to ethical criteria. In all our activity, we seek to further that active and just “holiness” which makes the love of God concrete and visible in the world. The Church in Wales is committed to using investments as an ethical means of contributing to the cost of ministry and mission in Wales. Its responsibility in this regard has an ethical dimension in itself. Our aim is to invest directly in successful companies committed to developing their business in the interests of their shareholders, customers, local communities and employees and to implementing:  responsible employment practices;  conscientious corporate governance;  policies that show awareness of environmental impact;  policies sensitive to the human rights of individuals and communities in which they operate. The Church in Wales is determined to pursue an investment policy, which is transparently ethical. To this end the Church in Wales subscribes to EIRIS, is represented on the Church Investors Group, and has its own Theology of Investment Group, all of which monitor policy in different ways and from different perspectives. Membership of the Church Investors Group is also a means of exercising responsible shareholder influence. The ultimate sanction for companies in clear breach of our ethical policy or those who do not respond positively to expressed concerns is dis-investment. In particular the Church in Wales is concerned about investment in gambling, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, the proliferation of armaments and pornography. Recognising the moral complexity and ambiguity surrounding each of these areas, we commit ourselves to continuing review of these and other potential ethical concerns. It is the Church in Wales’ policy that we do not normally invest in:  Any company a significant* part of who business activity depends upon profit from the production or promotion of gambling, alcoholic beverages or tobacco products;  Any company whose business involves the proliferation of armaments beyond areas of legitimate defence and local and international peace keeping;  Any company whose business involves pornography. * “Significant” is interpreted at present in relation to the areas described as “around ten percent”.

Wine & Cheese Tasting Evening

Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre

Friday 7th February 2014 7.30pm Burton Hotel, Kington

‘Chapel House’, Ffos Road, Llanwrtyd Wells

Sampling a selection of wines from John Villar Wines of Wigmore, and cheeses from George's Delicatessen, Kington

This newly refurbished three bedroom house in the centre of Llanwrtyd is available to rent immediately (unfurnished) The property offers off-road parking, central heating and double glazing. £495 per calendar month References required. Please contact 01591 610661 for further details.

All proceeds go to the Kinton Choral Society Performers fund. See for more information. Tickets £10 from George's or The Burton Hotel, or call 01544 370338 or email



Beulah Music Festival AGM 7.30pm Wednesday, 19th February at "Tyrannell", Beulah For more information please contact George Johnson, BMF Chair on 01591 610229

D. K. Dixon Plumbing & Heating

Parry & Pugh Jane Pugh (Daughter of the late Walter Parry)

TEL: 01982 552644 MOB: 07974 315328 oil & gas servicing new installations bathrooms, lead work

FUNERAL DIRECTORS A family business established in 1858

Pencae, Hay Road, Builth Wells Tel: 01982 551023 Mob: 07813 405039


Eat within the Old World Charm of the

Dale Williams


Painting & decorating, Highest quality Of papers hung, Tiling, coving, artexing, General building maintenance Tel: 01874 712206 Mob: 07800 541955 Over 15 years experience, Fully insured


COSY CORNER TEA ROOMS Specialising in Home-cooked food

55 High Street, Builth Wells Tel: 01982 553585

Ben Lloyd & Son


From Cefnllysgwynne Estate, Builth Wells ______________________________________________________

Memorial Craftsmen


est. 1886

Cut and split into easily handled sizes. Packed in bags weighing an average of 8 kilos net Price: £3.00 per bag (negotiable for Bulk/regular orders) ORDERS/ENQUIRIES: Tel: 01982 551624

Churchyard memorials commemorative plaques additional inscriptions and renovations Bridge Street, Rhayader Tel. 01597 810320 & 811183 Mob. 07767 220163

BUILTH WELLS GARAGES main dealer in Mid Wales for

MOT Test Centre Car Jet Wash

Llanelwedd 01982 553861 or 552236

COMMISSIONERS FOR OATHS Established since the 19th century We offer a full & friendly legal service _________________________________


TEL: 01982 552331 & 553571 FAX: 01982 552860

ELECTRICIAN David Stone Electrics Free, no obligation quotes for all your household & domestic needs. 07771 767246 01982 570403 NICEIC Registered Insured & all work fully guaranteed

R.W. Evans & Son Ltd AUCTIONEERS – VALUERS LAND AND ESTATE AGENTS CHARTERED SURVEYORS FINE ART AUCTIONEERS 46 High Street, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3AB Tel: 01982 552259 e-mail:


Monumental Mason Memorials & Commemorative plaques, additional inscriptions and renovations highest quality at low prices, family firm established 100 yrs Unit 8B, Brecon Enterprise Park, Brecon Tel: 01874 625308 (day) 01874 624913 (eve)

‘Nearer to God in a Garden’ - February - Iris ‘Iris’ comes from the Greek for ‘Rainbow; in reference to the many colours of the flowers in this large group of plants. One of the earliest to flower in February - March is the Rockery Iris, Iris reticulata which is very low growing and has yellow-marked purple flowers. It prefers sun and well-drained soil. Other varieties of Iris include the Rhizome type of which the Bearded Iris is the most popular. Then there is the Flag Iris grown as a pond marginal. Iris pseudacorus or Yellow Flag is the most common. Sweet Flag or Sweet Cane mentioned in the Bible had leaves and rhizomes that looked very much like the Flag Iris but it was in fact another plant called Acorus calamus. In Genesis Chapter 9 we read that after the flood God set a rainbow in the sky as a sign of the covenant He makes with every living thing on earth. If you are watering your garden with a spray on the end of your hosepipe, you can make your own rainbow. Stand with the sun directly behind you and the water spraying high up in front of you.

Linda Lewis

Bishops consult… The Bishops of the Church in Wales are holding open meetings across Wales this month to consult on a code for ordaining women as bishops. As part of legislation to ordain women bishops, passed by the Church in September, the Bishops have to draw up a Code of Practice to ensure all members of the Church, including those with conscientious objections to the decision, continued to feel accepted and valued in it. Open meetings in each of the six Welsh dioceses are now being held for members to have their say on what provisions that code should include. The meetings will be followed by a discussion at the Church’s Governing Body meeting in April. The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said, “While we, as bishops, welcome the decision that women can now be ordained as bishops in Wales, we recognise that there are some people who do not. We want to make sure that adequate provision is made for them so that they will still feel valued and accepted in the Church and will continue to worship and minister alongside us. We have been entrusted to draw up a Code of Practice within a year and we are keen to consult as widely as possible with church members in order to reflect their views as best we can.” The deadline for written submissions has now passed but everyone is welcome to attend and contribute to the open meetings. The meeting in this diocese takes place on February 4 at 7pm, Brecon Cathedral.

Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales: "I hope it will be possible that no-one will be lost. It's a matter now for discussion.”




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The Flower Shop Siop Flodau

Weddings, Anniversaries, Funeral Flowers 31 High Street Builth Wells Tel 01982 552 686

Grave Attendant I will look after the graves of your loved ones. Stone cleaning, grass and leaves clearing, flowers laid for Birthdays and Anniversaries. Planting out, pots emptied and cleaned. Prices from £9

Contact Alison on: 07931 778 839 or email:

Doug Prosser Incorporated with Crickhowell Funeral Services

Maelgwyn Funeral Home, Kensington, Brecon

Tel 01874 622755

The Medical Hall Llanwrtyd Wells

B.A., L.R.A.M., M.P.T.A.

Qualified Piano Tuner covering Mid Wales

Tel: 01982 553623 Mob: 07966594663


For all your farm needs

Garth Road, Builth Wells Tel: 01982 552210

David Day

Memorial Masons

W Cook

‘He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and the herbs for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.” Psalms CIV

Piano Tuning

Drug Store, Stationery & Toys, Gifts, Cosmetics, Greetings Cards, Batteries & Torches,

Tel: 01591 610 207

High Street, Builth Wells Tel. 01982 552801 Middleton Street, Llandrindod Wells Tel. 01597 823400

All contributions (news items and ideas for future issues) are very welcome and should be sent to: Abigail Hook, The Vicarage, 1 North Road, Builth Wells LD2 3BT Tel: 01982 552 355 E-mail: Web: For Advertising Queries please Richard Hussey Tel: 01591 620 648 E-mail: ‘Signposts’ is printed by Powerprint, Llandrindod th

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Signposts 159 February 2014  

Magazine for the Irfon and Wye Valley Churches

Signposts 159 February 2014  

Magazine for the Irfon and Wye Valley Churches