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Issue No 163

Magazine for the Irfon and Wye Valley Churches June 2014

DEATH AND RESURRECTION A Call to Return to Our Our Roots Olivier Clement in his great book The Roots of Christian Mysticism which applies the teachings of the Church Fathers and Mothers to the modern world says: There can be no doubt that since the fourth or seventh century our spiritual awareness has changed profoundly. We live in the aftermath of Auschwitz, Hiroshima and the Gulag. Christendom, the society in which Christianity was, to the great detriment of freedom, the dominant ideology, has finally collapsed, and we can no longer talk about matters of faith in the way that we used to do. The living God is no longer the Emperor of the World but crucified Lord This quote seems to us to throw more light on the issue of whether Britain is a Christian country than the recent debates about this contentious matter. What is important is that Christianity is no longer the dominant ideology in Western Europe, but much popular and cultural debate still seems to be dominated by the need felt by many secular people to free society from any hint of domination by the Church or, indeed, any other ‘institution’. Calls to ‘be an individual’ or ‘follow your dream’ are popular and seen to be at odds with a Church ‘telling us how to live our lives’. Some influential Christians such as John Milbank argue that we should be looking for a reintroduction of Christendom by ‘outnarrating’ secular society. We, however, doubt the wisdom of this approach and like Olivier Clement suspect that Christianity might be able to recover its authentic early voice once freed from the shackles of Christendom. But what might this mean for us in mid-Wales? Humility is perhaps the first requirement. We need to accept that the church has had a history of seeking to control people’s lives and has not always been experienced as a positive influence. We need to accept that the church is not as important as it once was and that we are going to find it increasingly difficult to maintain our influence in the way we once did.

by James and Lucyann Ashdown

This means we need to provide services which meet people where they are rather than impose ideas and doctrines which seem abstract and disconnected from real life. We need to understand that fundamentally our beautiful parish churches belong to their communities and their people rather than a distant ecclesiastical hierarchy. Most of all, we need to be a people who are confident in our faith, both individually and as a Christian community. This will require that we become familiar with the bible and able to apply it in compassionate and intellect ways. We need to be faithful in personal and corporate prayer and influenced by the former; we need to live lives active in the service of the poor and oppressed. Then ‘they will know we are Christians by our love’. We believe that only in this way can Christianity regain its credibility and be a means by which people can explore their spirituality and discover a relationship with God. But this does not mean we lose faith in God. Rather we should celebrate our Christian heritage and joyfully explore the riches of our own faith. The Church has gone through many difficult times in the past but we are believers in the resurrection, and new life is always available – even though it might feel very different from the old life which we have come to love and rely on. Christendom may be dying but Jesus Christ is eternal. Whilst initially disturbing, discovering what shape Christ’s body will take in the coming years is an invitation to life and liberation, an exciting journey, ever reminding us of Jesus’ call to ‘follow me’.

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Drop in Day 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. 10am-4pm with Eucharist at 12 noon, Monday 16th June.

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An Evening with Angus Buchan

ORDINATIONS 14.00 June 29th Cathedral Church of St. John Evangelist

The noted South African Evangelist as seen in the film 'Faith like Potatoes'

Please pray for those who are to be ordained in our Diocese by Bishop +John and the parishes in which they will serve.

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National Gardens Scheme – Local Gardens Open for Charity Spring is here and the 2014 National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is under way. With your help the NGS donated £2.1 million to Marie Curie, Macmillan, Help the Hospices and other charities of which over £10,000 was raised here in South Powys. Do come and visit one of our beautiful gardens, you will have a wonderful afternoon with delicious refreshments and your admission ticket will have helped the cancer and caring charities. We also have a number of gardens that open for private visits for groups of friends or societies. We are always interested to hear of gardens of quality, character and interest that might be interested in opening for the NGS next year. Some openings that are coming up: Sun 25 May – Llwyn Madoc, Beulah and Tyn y Cwm, Beulah. Mon 26 May – Llanstephan House, nr Llyswen; Llysdinam, Newbridge-on-Wye and Caer Beris, Builth Wells. Sun 8 June – Ffrwdgrech House, nr Brecon. Sun 6 July – Pen y Maes, Hay on Wye. Sun 10 August – Tyn Y Cwm, Beulah. Discover more at for openings all over Powys, gardens that open by appointment and for Group Openings.

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The Colwyn Group of Parishes Dear Friends

Songs of Praise

June is aptly described as ‘that month of midsummer madness’. This is true in the church also. We are beginning to enter a time of Fetes and other outdoor activities, depending of course on the weather!! Yes, it is midsummer and the traditional balmy, halcyon days are with us! Dream on, I am after all a realist. But of course in the church in June we celebrate the season of Trinity, being the longest one of all of them. This year there are nineteen of them in all. As we approach the season of Trinity, a time when we remember the glorious Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, let us think again of that path that led Our Lord back to his Father. From accusations to trial; to Crucifixion; to Resurrection; to Ascension into heaven where he reigns with the Father. The story is now complete - the path that Our Lord is hoping we will take in time. So let us remember and marvel on the words of that wonderful hymn, “...Risen, Ascended, Glorified!”

Sunday 1st June at 6.00pm St Matthew’s Church, Llanelwedd The Bracken Trust & Llanelwedd C in W Primary School Choirs

Come and sing your favourite hymn In aid of St. Matthew’s Church

Glascwm Weekend of Fun & Celebration! VILLAGE FETE Saturday 21st June 2pm

GLASCWM CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVAL Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June 11am-6pm


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Sunday 22nd 6pm

Please join us, for all or some of the events, to celebrate our beautiful village and 11th Century Church

Thank you!!! Jo Williams would like to thank everybody who sponsored her. Over £650 was raised for Macmillan. The support is much appreciated. Thanks again!!

Coffee Morning

Services for June 2014

Saturday 7th June The Fountain Inn, Builth 10am 10am - 12noon 12noon Lovely Coffee and a variety of Stalls In aid of St. Matthew’s Church. Llanelwedd Come and join us!!


1 June Sunday after Ascension Llansantffraed 10.00 RK Eucharist Hundred House Hall Glascwm 6.00 DD Village Service 8th June Cregrina Llanelwedd

Pentecost 9.30 RK 11.15 RK

15th June Llanfaredd Llansantffraed Glascwm Rhulen

Trinity Sunday 9.30 RK 10.00 ET 11.15 JO 11.15 RK

Eucharist Morning Prayer Eucharist Eucharist

22nd June Cregrina Bettws Llanelwedd Glascwm

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29th June

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Eucharist Eucharist


LLANSANTFFRAED EUCHARIST SERVICES The folk of Llansantffraed Church have kindly, for a trial period, agreed to join with any others who wish to come to Hundred House Hall on the first Sunday of the month at 10.00am for a

Family Service & Eucharist (Refreshments afterwards) The first Services have taken place and a good number of people have attended. As hoped, some from other churches joined us as well. Curious? - come and bring your friends & family!


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Events this Month

01 June (Sunday after Ascension) 09.30 Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s, Builth 15.00 Annual Service at St. Cynog’s, Llangynog

01 June Reserved Communion for residents, families and staff in Brynhyfryd Home 11.00 08 June Mothers Union outing to Aberglasney 10 June Parish trip to see Angus Bychan in Trecastle – see Fr. Neil to book a place 12 June Eucharist for Barnabas, Apostle in St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 10.00 11 June SAINTS ALIVE! ALIVE! Kids Club in St. Mary’s Minor Hall 16.00 14 June Coffee Morning in aid of St. Mary’s 10.00 in St Mary’s Church Hall 19 June Eucharist for Corpus Christi in St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 10.00 21 June Parish Carnival Stall on the Groe, Builth in aid of St. Mary’s (all day) 24 June Eucharist for Nativity of John the Baptist in St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 10.00 25 June SAINTS ALIVE! ALIVE! Kids Club in St. Mary’s Minor Hall 16.00 26 June Eucharist for Our Lady Of Perpetual Help in St. Mary the Virgin, Builth 10.00 30 June Reserved Communion for residents, families and staff in Brynhyfryd Home 11.00

08 June (Pentecost) 09.30 Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s, Builth 11.00 Said Matins at St. David’s, Maesmynis 18.00 CELEBR8 Worship in St. Mary’s, Builth 15 June (Trinity Sunday) 09.30 Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s, Builth 11.00 Said Eucharist at St. Mauritius, Alltmawr 18.00 Carnival Service at St. Mary’s, Builth 22 June (Pentecost II) 10.00 Cytun Communion at St. Mary’s, Builth 11.00 Said Eucharist at St. David’s, Llanynis 18.00 Sung Evensong at St. Mary’s, Builth 29 June (Peter & Paul, Apostles) 10.30 United Eucharist at St. David’s, Llanddewi’r-Cwm

Regular Events There is a Daily Prayer Service every weekday at 09.00 (Eucharist 10.00 Thursdays) in the Chapel of the Holy Name in St. Mary’s, Builth. Tuesdays: Handbells 19.00 - Minor Hall Wednesdays: Kids Club 16.00 fortnightly - Minor Hall Thursdays: Bell-Ringers 19.45 - St. Mary’s Tower Friday: Choir Practice during term times 18.00 - St. Mary’s

Fundraising Please sign up to support our parish fundraising initiatives this month: Coffee Morning (14th June) and Carnival Stall (21st June) – sign up sheets are at the back of St. Mary’s. Donations of plants and cakes are particularly welcome!

From the Vicarage

Carnival Service

Dear friends, our theme this month seems to be unity as we join together with our ecumenical family for the Covenant Sunday Service on June 22nd in St. Mary’s and for a United Benefice Service in Llanddewi’rCwm on 29th June. Please do try to support both of these events – it is important that we demonstrate through our prayers and actions our commitment to a broad and inclusive faith which seeks to cooperate with other parts of the Christian family to work to build His kingdom here on Earth. Blessings,

We are inaugurating this years Carnival with a special Service of blessing in St. Mary’s on Sunday 15th June (the beginning of Carnival Week) at 18.00 this short family friendly service is open to ALL – please support us!

Church Choir

Father Neil

The Choir participated in the Annual Choral Festival in the Cathedral last month – they were singled out by +John for praise as the ‘newest RSCM Choir in the Diocese’. Thanks to all the choir members for their hard work – if you are interested in joining, rehearsals are Friday at 18.00 and Sunday at 08.45 – see the Choir Director (Abi Hook 01982 552355) for more details.

Trip Father Neil is leading a group to see the South African Evangelist Angus Buchan speak in Trecastle on June 10th. There is some transport available – to book a place please speak to Fr. Neil (for more details on Angus and his ministry see the article on page 15 of this issue).

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The Erwood & Painscastle Group of Parishes The Area Dean writes: Dear Friends,

Services for June

I’m very conscious as I write this of the excellent articles that Phil Morris has been contributing to these pages over the past few months, so I’m confident that you should now prepare to be disappointed!! As I sit here in my study in Llanyre with the beauty of the natural world spread out before me and the minutiae of wedding preparations endeavouring to completely overwhelm me, I’m reminded of how important it is for us both as individuals and communities to raise our eyes above the mundane and ephemeral into the eternal and immutable. As the end of what I’m sure has felt like a very long vacancy draws ever nearer, I’m sure that many of you are looking forward to relinquishing some of the additional tasks that such a period inevitably entails. Yet, I’m convinced that vacancies such as this, do not have to be negative or barren periods in the life of the Church. For during an interregnum we tend to have to examine more closely what it is that holds us together as the Church in and for our communities, and out of that can come new insights and fresh possibilities. I was very encouraged while chairing the two Group Easter Vestry meetings what positive ideas emerged in answer to my magic wand question. This shows us that the life and witness of the church here is inherently strong and that is something that with the grace of God and the support of all of us working together in the future we can develop and prosper. As the time of Jean’s and my move draws ever closer please pray for us, as we begin our married life together and above all please pray for the church in our communities that we will follow where the Spirit is leading and guiding us; for you never quite know what with the Holy Spirit in control we truly can become. With my love and prayers as ever

29th May Ascension Day 7.30am Eucharist Aberedw 7.30pm Deanery Eucharist Llanyre Sun 1st June Sunday after Ascension 9.00am Newchurch Holy Eucharist (1662) 10.30am Newchurch Matins 9.30am Llanbadarn y Garreg Holy Eucharist 11.00am Gwenddwr Holy Eucharist 11.00am Llandeilo Graban Holy Eucharist Sun 8th June Pentecost/Whit Sunday 9.30am Aberedw Holy Eucharist 8.00am Llanbedr Holy Eucharist 11.00am Crickadarn Morning Prayer Sun 15th June Trinity Sunday 9.30am Llandeilo Graban Holy Eucharist 11.00am Gwenddwr Morning Prayer 3.00pm Llandewi Fach Holy Eucharist Sun 22nd June Trinity 1 9.30am Bryngwyn 9.30am Aberedw 11.00am Crickadarn

Holy Eucharist Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist

Sun 29th June Trinity II 9.30am Benefice Eucharist 6.00pm Benefice Evensong

Aberedw Bryngwyn

NEWS from the Churches A huge thank you to everybody who supported the Painscastle Churches Chinese Auction on Bank Holiday Monday. Many congratulations to all of the prizewinners, especially to the fortunate recipient of the headless duck! Thank you also to everybody who organised and attended the lovely Children’s Easter Party at Rhosgoch Golf Club on Good Friday, a wonderful afternoon’s excitement and enjoyment. Thank you also to all who supported our Holy Week and Easter services. Not forgetting, of course, those who decorated the churches so beautifully for Easter. Thank you all.


Coffee Morning at St Michael’s Church Bryngwyn Saturday 21st June 2014 10.00am to 12 noon

From the Registers We welcomed Ted Barrie Jackson into the Lord’s Family, during his baptism at Bryngwyn on May 10th.

Please join us for coffee and explore our lovely church

We send our love and prayers to the family of the late Mary Randolph Browning who as laid to rest at Crickadarn following her funeral on 2nd May. May she and all the departed rest in peace and rise in glory.

Cake stall, book stall and a photo quiz plus other activities

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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

The Erwood & Painscastle Group of Parishes Have you remembered? It’s on the way: SUNDAY 27th JULY 2014 (Sunday following the Royal Welsh Show)

Advance Notices: Llandeilo Graban Chapel and Church Fete


12th July at 2.30pm Lower Pentrecaeau, Llandeilo Graban By Kind Permission of Mr & Mrs R Tyler

8½ miles over the hills between the churches of the Painscastle Group Start 10.00am Newchurch Morning Prayer & laying of flowers at Emmeline's grave 12.00 noon Bryngwyn Readings and music, followed by picnic lunch (bring your own victuals!) 4.00pm Llanbedr Church Afternoon tea (laid on by the Church) 6.00pm Llandewi Fach Evensong, then farewell and disperse Come from the start, or join us at any stage

Sale Butter Market, Hay-on-Wye on 9th August 2014 in aid of the four churches in the Painscastle Group Cakes, Plants, Books, Bric-a-Brac, refreshments & so on. Outside stalls also; artisan bread, linen, cake decorations etc.

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The Upper Wye Group of Parishes transfigured and made radiant. I pray and trust that the changes engendered through the move to ministry areas will, in time, bear the same radiant scars. Please continue to pray that the changes taking place do indeed bear the imprint and the blessing of God.

Dear Friends, As I write this, we’re basking in one of those beautiful bouts of Spring weather, when everything in the garden looks rosy, although it’s too early for the roses. It seems utterly impossible at all, that anything whatsoever could mar the tranquillity of the world around us. Rather like that feeling that you have on Easter Day when the joy and the triumph of the resurrection just seem too completely overwhelming for anything at all to upset the delight and the wonder of it, as we can see in the reactions to it recorded in the Gospels. But then, of course, a heavy blast of reality breaks in and we realise all too quickly that it was our initial euphoria that was the illusion. That doesn’t for a second mean that we should at any time or indeed at any moment doubt the truth of the resurrection or that we should ignore the beauty and magnificence of the natural world around us, but it does mean that we should not delude ourselves that everything is now, ever was or indeed ever will be perfect. As I write this I’m, as I reminded you last month, in the middle of preparing for some major changes. In common with all such times, you tend to find yourself looking back nostalgically to a fondly remembered and precious past that in reality never existed. Things only ever look perfect with the benefit of hindsight. However that also enables us to see the obvious complications that were there to be observed if only we’d had the opportunity to be entirely aware of what it was they were telling us; which, of course, we couldn’t wouldn’t and didn’t. That is, of course, the point where faith and trust have to play such a significant part in our lives. We step out into the unknown having put our faith and our trust that God, who loves each and every one of us with such passion and devotion, will guide our steps into the paths that lead to our flourishing if we can only endeavour to do that which is “well pleasing in his sight.” What is true of us as individuals and as a community is even more true of us as the church, the physical body of Christ on earth. Let’s not forget that Christ’s original earthly body underwent the torture and the torment of the first Good Friday but that ultimately it was not defeated and the radiant resurrection body still bore the scars of the torture that it had endured. What is true of Christ’s original body is surely equally true of the church. Yes, it bears the scars of the times when it has been tortured and twisted but it also bears the imprint of the resurrected Christ. When it faces up to change in its structures and practices, it may indeed bear scars but through the triumphant power of God they can be

With my love and prayers, as ever Ben

SERVICES IN THE GROUP Sun 25th May Rogation Sunday 9.30am Holy Eucharist & Blessing of the Fields Cwmbach (joint service with Newbridge) 11.00am Rogation Sunday Eucharist Llanyre Thu 29th May Ascension Thursday 7.30pm Deanery Eucharist


Sun June 1st Sunday after Ascension 9.30am Holy Eucharist Llanyre 11.00am Morning Praise Newbridge-on-Wye 11.00am Holy Eucharist Llanfihangel Brynpabuan 3.00pm Holy Eucharist Llanfihangel Helygen Sun 8th June Pentecost/Whitsun 9.30am Holy Eucharist Cwmbach Llechrhyd 9.30am Morning Praise Llanyre 11.00am Holy Eucharist Newbridge-on-Wye 2.30pm Cytûn Service Christchurch, Llandrindod Tue 10th June Cytûn Service

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Wed 11th June 2.30pm Songs of Praise Caerwnon Park Social Club 7.00pm Cytûn Service Llanyre Fri 13th June Cytûn Youth Service New Life Church, Llandrindod Sun 15th June Trinity Sunday 9.30am Family Eucharist Llanyre 11.00am Holy Eucharist Newbridge-on-Wye 3.00pm Holy Eucharist Llanafan Fawr Sun 22nd June Trinity I/Pentecost 2 9.30am Holy Eucharist Newbridge-on-Wye 11.00am Holy Eucharist Llanyre Sun 29th June Peter & Paul 10.00am BENEFICE EUCHARIST Llanafan Fawr (Ben Griffith’s final service as Vicar of The Upper Wye) Sun 6th July Trinity III/Pentecost 2 9.30am Holy Eucharist Llanyre 11.00am Morning Praise Newbridge-on-Wye 11.00am Holy Eucharist Llanfihangel Brynpabuan 3.00pm *NO SERVICE at Llanfihangel Helygen* 3.30pm Brecon Cathedral ALL WELCOME! Mel Gould’s Licensing as a Lay Reader

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 HIGHLIGHTS IN THE UPPER WYE Week of Prayer for Christian Unity th

REGULAR EVENTS Morning Prayer is said at Llanyre Church on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8.30am Also at All Saints Church, Newbridge-on-Wye on Wednesdays at 8.30am and Saturdays at 9.00am The Holy Eucharist is celebrated at Newbridge-onWye at 10.00am on Wednesdays and St. Llyr’s Church Llanyre at 10.30am on Thursdays.


With Llandrindod Cytûn 8 -13 June Although most people keep this annual week in January to coincide with the Conversion of St. Paul, it is also possible to keep it in the week of Pentecost, following the celebration of the beginning of the Christian Church. It also has the advantage that the weather’s better; theoretically! As you can on our previous page, we have a number of services and events through the week, including the main service of the week, taking place in Llanyre. Please do come and join us as we work and pray together for that unity which is Christ’s desire for the Church.

Llanyre Llamas Update Following on from some changes which have taken place, it has been decided to merge the Llamas with our After School Club that meets on a Friday. If, however, you have pre-school children who would like to be part of a group such as this, please do get in touch with Gina Ayling on 01982 551498 or Jean Hughes on 01597 823917.

Summer Banquet

Mothers’ Union

St. John’s Church, Cwmbach Llechrhyd Saturday 21st June Come and join us at Cwmbach church for an evening of summer pleasure: a delicious dinner in convivial company with a musical accompaniment. This will also be Revd Ben’s formal farewell to the Upper Wye, although he won’t be leaving until the end of the month.

We will be meeting in the Church Hall, Llanyre on Wednesday 4th June at 2.30pm with Christine Powell speaking about Africa.

After School Club In Llanyre Church Hall Fridays, 3.30pm - 5.00pm

Mel Gould’s Licensing

For all primary school children

Brecon Cathedral Sunday July 6th at 3.30pm Many of us in the Upper Wye, throughout the Deanery and further afield have watched as Mel until very recently, Churchwarden at Newbridge, has undertaken her training as a lay reader. Now at the end of that process she is due to be licensed at Brecon Cathedral on Sunday, 6th July at 3.30pm. It would be lovely, if as many of us as possible were able to go down to Brecon to support her, as she takes this important step.

Refreshments, crafts, games and toys

Llanfihangel Helygen Church

Llanyre Youth Club

There has, quite understandably been some considerable speculation about the future of this incredible jewel of a church, in view of the parlous state of its finances. As a consequence of two public meetings, it is hoped that sufficient financial support can be provided to enable the church to continue. I am deeply and truly grateful to those who have pledged support. I pray and trust that more will continue to do so, in order that this incredible little simple house of God may continue to serve as it has done for so long. Ben

For ages 10 + In Llanyre church hall Friday, 6pm – 8pm Table tennis, nerf guns, Pool, Nintendo Wii, Air table, indoor sports etc. etc. Refreshments/chill out time

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…

Worship and Events

Dear Friends, Over the last few evenings, we have been watching recordings of ‘The Story of the Jews’ by Simon Schama. It is an interesting, challenging, disturbing and deeply moving series. We still have a few episodes to watch, yet I am struck by two recurring themes that continue to leave their mark on me. The first is the salutary reminder of the frightening use of our human imagination, which is able to conjure up and enact upon all manner of atrocities against our kin within the human community. Secondly, I was struck by the awe inspiring resilience of the Jewish people in the face of centuries of horrific violence and repeated extermination attempts. During the series Schama describes the different responses that the Jewish people have made in order to fit in or ‘belong’ within the various countries and situations which they have encountered. These have included strict segregation from Gentiles, attempts at assimilation, recovery of the mystical aspects of Judaism and perhaps most successfully; mining the roots of their faith to find the deeply emotional and charismatic expression of Hasidism. Although these differing responses have arisen from particular experiences over the centuries, they all continue to exist in some form today and in its own way, each plays its part in enabling the Jewish people to express their faith and/or identity which came under threat during that critical national trauma, the destruction of the temple in around 70 AD. Amid the horror and tragedy of Jewish history, I found myself wondering what lessons the story of this kindred people of faith had to offer us. As 21st century Christians we live in challenging times, no glib comparison with the Jewish experience intended. However, we can find ourselves stumbling to express our faith in the face of an increasingly aggressive secular media. We also face a decline in the number of clerics, financial difficulties and the loss of the respect and authority we Christians, particularly perhaps clergy, previously took for granted. Yet interestingly, I found myself feeling hopeful, particularly as Schama showed how, despite the odds, the Jewish people have always found a new place and a new way to live. Reflecting on this was a reminder that we are living in the season of Resurrection. Indeed, we are called ‘The Easter People’ and therefore, whilst we must continue to be true to our faith; delving into it to ‘hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church’ in our time: we must do so with patience and humility, ever mindful, that however anxious we might become, we need to lean into God’s kindness and mercy, remembering that ‘unless the Lord builds the house, its labourers labour in vain’.

1st June 09.30am 11.00am 11.15am 11.15am

Sunday after Ascension Eglwys Oen Duw St. James Llanganten Llanlleonfel

8th June 09.30am 09.30am 11.00am

Pentecost Sunday Eglwys Oen Duw (Congregation) St. Cadmarch St. James

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15th June Trinity Sunday 09.30am Eglwys Oen Duw 11.00am St. James 11.15am Llanganten 3.00pm Animal Service at Dol y coed park, Llanwrtyd Accompanied animals welcome, please ensure small vulnerable animals are in safe containers 22nd June 09.30am 09.30am 11.00am

Pentecost 2 Eglwys Oen Duw (Family Service) St. Cadmarch St. James

29th June Peter and Paul, Apostles 11.00am Joint Benefice Service at Llanlleonfel, Garth 5.00pm Evening Prayer at St. David’s, Llanwrtyd 6th July 09.30am 11.00am 11.15am 11.15am 6.00pm

Pentecost 4 Eglwys Oen Duw St. James Llanganten Llanlleonfel Evening Prayer at EOD

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Community Events Fairtrade Coffee Morning, 1st Saturday of the month at St. James, Llanwrtyd Cream Teas Sunday 8th June 3pm at St. James’ Church, Llanwrtyd Wells provided by the Mothers Union - in the garden if fine Walk, BBQ and Duck Race Sunday 22nd June at 3pm at Pwllgwilym, Cilmery - by kind permission of Mr and Mrs R Davies

Joys and Sorrows We pray for the repose of the souls of Baby Jack Evans, Graham Jones and Victor Lewis. We rejoice in the marriage of Claire Evans to Carwyn Jones at 12.30pm in St. David’s, Llanwrtyd and the baptism of Maggie Davies on 1st June at Eglwys Oen Duw, Beulah.

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

When God calls Sunday 01st June is ‘Vocations & Calling Sunday’ in the Calendar of the Church in Wales, here Christina Rees reflects on that theme… Brrring, brrring. “Hello?” “God here - do you have a moment?” If only it were that straightforward! How much easier it would be to discover our intended path and calling in life, but we know it doesn’t work like that. So how do we discern what God is calling us to do – our Christian vocation? First and most importantly of all, we can be confident that God is calling! The words of Jesus to the Galilean fishermen are still being spoken in the hearts of all who can hear: “follow me”! In addition to any specific call to any specific work or ministry, God is still calling all to become followers of Christ. Paul urged the Christians in Ephesus “to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph 4:1-3) This is our primary and on-going call: to become active and faithful members of the body of Christ. But what about the other kind of call, the burning conviction that we are supposed to be doing something special and distinct for God? In order to build up the body of Christ on earth, God does call some people to a variety of ministries for which they have to be selected and trained. These include the priesthood, reader ministry, being missionaries, counsellors or youth workers. Such calls often involve thoughts and desires that just won’t go away, and also encouragement from other people who can sometimes see our potential more clearly than we can ourselves. Usually, though, God’s call involves recognising what we love to do and what we’re already good at, and looking for opportunities to use our time and talents in our homes, communities, churches and places of work – or even abroad! If, for instance, I am a good listener, perhaps I could use my talent to visit people who are housebound or help out with a reading scheme at a local school. If my passion is arts and crafts, there might be a call for my talent and skills in a Sunday school or at a community centre, or creating new works of art for my church. If I really care about helping young people, I could volunteer my time and other resources for church or community projects that are aimed at this age group. Where service to God is concerned, it is often the case of being able to see a need and then being willing to respond. No matter what the call, though, it will always be the case of being and becoming - the hands and feet of Christ, seeing with his eyes and allowing his compassion to inspire and motivate all that we do. That’s what’s at the heart of true discipleship, and that’s a call for all of us, for all of our lives. Christina Rees, is a well known writer, broadcaster and public speaker. She regularly appears on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ and is the Chairperson of WATCH (Women and the Church) 13

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 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: £3.50 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’ - May - Marigolds In this country we refer to two completely different plants as Marigold. There is the hardy annual Pot Marigold, Calendula officinalis and the half-hardy bedding plant Tagetes. The two most common Tagetes are the smaller-flowered French Marigold and larger-flowered African Marigold. The common name Marigold means ‘Mary’s gold‘. In religious art the Marigold was used to symbolise Mary’s simplicity and domesticity. It was also used to denote Mary’s sorrows, perhaps because its strong scent was associated with burial ointments. Calendula officinalis was grown for use in cooking to colour egg dishes and butter and to decorate the church, because the plant could bloom in every month of the year. Calendula, like Calendar, means ‘all year round‘. It was also grown to make a soothing ointment from the leaves. Tagetes is named after the Latin ‘Tages‘, an Etruscan divinity. They are easy to grow from seed sown in seed trays in Spring and planted out at the end of May after fear of frost is over. They will flower from June through to the first frost. Both kinds of Marigolds were used as gold-coloured dye for wool. They are used by gardeners as companion planting. Their distinctive smell deters greenhouse whitefly from tomatoes and aphids from runner beans.

Linda Lewis

Faith Like Potatoes The internationally renowned Evangelist and Speaker Angus Buchan is visiting mid-Wales on June 10th in Trecastle nr Brecon, Angus’ story was made into the 2006 award-winning Christian film ‘Faith like Potatoes’. Here he tells us a little bit about himself: Jill and I found Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour on the 18th of February 1979, just two years after settling in Greytown, Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, South Africa. Originally from Zambia, we bought a piece of land on which we planned to farm crops and livestock. We had very little to start with, but even as brand new Christians, we were content with our farm, which we later called SHALOM. In 1980, the Lord gave us a clear vision. Very simply and clearly through His Word, we believed our responsibility to be the following: 1 The Great Commission – Mark 16:15 2 Caring for Orphans and Widows – James 1:27 3 Equipping Saints for the Work of Ministry – Matthew 28:20 In November 1989 we felt the Lord call us to hire town halls and preach the Gospel, wherever He would lead. In 1990, we held our first campaign in Ladysmith, Kwa-Zulu Natal. I remember the feeling of pure excitement and anxiety as I walked into the municipal office to hire the town hall. Since then, we haven’t turned back, and our Lord has remained faithful. Our children’s home, Beth-Hatlaim (house of lambs) was opened in 1995 and we have been blessed with children. We have faced many challenges, deaths and much joy since we started, but again, the Lord has never let us down. We thoroughly enjoy each personality that the Lord sends us, to care for. Our eldest has already left home to study In Durban, while our youngest has just started to walk. It is amazing to watch them grow so quickly and to show and teach them our Saviour’s love. The Shalom Fellowship started as local folk met to worship God. We meet on Sundays and during the week. We are involved in various community projects and outreach programs in our area, to equip the saints. As we look back over the many years, we are so blessed to see how our Lord has and is fulfilling His Vision in our lives. We trust you will also be able to seek God for your vision, that you will make it plain and write it on your heart (Habukuk 2 vv2-3) and run with it. Never forget the focus, JESUS CHRIST. He is your first priority… then family… then the work of the Lord. Angus & Jill Buchan To get details on how to hear Angus for FREE see: 15



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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

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Magazine for the Irfon and Wye Valley Churches