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pulse December 2013


Services in December 1st

11.00 a.m.

6.00 p.m.

Morning Worship Are you Ready? Matthew 24: 36-44 Evening Worship and Communion A Christmas Prayer Philippians 1: 3-11

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11.00 a.m.

Christchurch Choir and Musicians lead Morning Worship with ‘The Sounds of Christmas’

15th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship and Communion He shall be called… Isaiah 9: 1-7

6.00 p.m.

Carol Service

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11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship led by Junior Church

24th

11.30 p.m.

Midnight Communion

25th

9.30 a.m.

29th

10.30 a.m.

Christmas Morning Family Service United Service at Rumney Methodist Church

Unless otherwise stated, all services led by Revd. Rhiannon Francis

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Minister’s Letter

absence while I was on sick leave recovering from major spinal surgery.

First of all, I would like to thank Karen MacGregor for doing such a sterling job in ensuring that we had top quality preachers each week during my sick leave. Covering the pulpit each week, sometimes twice Whether for the on a Sunday, and throughout the annual pantomime Easter celebrations was no quick and at the beginning of easy task. Karen has done a the year, the ‘Weekend Away At Home’, the wonderful job, and I am extremely Easter Labyrinth, the Tea and Toast grateful to her. Prayer Breakfast, the Spring Fair, the To Gwenfai Jones, Rosemary summer play performed by our Hanson-Cross, the Music Group and Players and many of the youngsters, Choir: each week they generously Holiday Bible Club, Ladies’ Circle use the gifts which God has given lunches, the Community Fun Day, them to lead us in worship. The time the Harvest Barn Dance, the they give to rehearsing and learning Christmas Fair, all of this, and much new music so that they can lead us more, on top of all the other weekly as we come to worship God is activities that happen here, there wonderful, and I know many of you are so many people to thank, appreciate all they do and all they without whom these activities bring to our services. wouldn’t have happened. However, I am a little hesitant to thank them To Pat Ballard, Gill Powell (whom by name as I don’t want to miss we sadly lost in September), and anyone out. So, thank you to you most recently Trudy Joshua as they ALL. Whatever you have done, so diligently prepare our notice whatever part you have played to sheets each week; to Eirian Kelly for ensure all of these activities have preparing and producing our happened and been so successful, monthly edition of Pulse (and for thank you. Without you, we couldn’t being so patient and gracious with me when I have not submitted have done what we have. articles in time); to David Kelly for In addition, there are some that I do designing and updating the content want to mention by name, to thank of our website, which is excellent them publicly for all they have done (and also for dealing with all my this year, particularly in my ‘techie’ problems, and explaining Thank you, because …. well, what a busy year it has been!!

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‘techie’ things to me as if I were 4 years old – as that’s the only way I understand it!). There is so much going on here in Christchurch, and so much information we need to give to everyone in the shortest possible time, so I am extremely grateful to these people for making sure we have the information we need. To Gareth Joshua, our very own ‘Bob The Builder’ for making sure the building doesn’t fall down, for making it look tidy and attractive, for spending hours researching grants and funding organisations, and then spending even more hours completing all the paperwork that has to be filled out for the application. This year, Gareth has spent many hours managing our ‘face lift’ project, working alongside the contactors, ensuring they meet his very high standards. I have had the privilege of working alongside Gareth a great deal during this project and have enjoyed our many trips to B&Q. I would also like to thank him and the team of people he works with to keep the church grounds looking so immaculate, and all those who have helped with the painting in the porch and hall. To our Deacons, Elder and Secretary, - I am very aware, that during my sick leave, they picked up a great number of the things I would usually do - I am very grateful for all they do throughout the year, but particularly this year while I have 4

been absent. To work with such a committed, dedicated and conscientious group of people is a real honour, and I am grateful that the members of Christchurch have appointed this group to lead and serve. Thank you, one and all, for all you have done, and for all you continue to do to enable us to undertake all the activities we want to do, to have the vision to take on new projects, the energy to give to something else, and the passion to ensure that we make a difference in our community. Rhiannon


Playgroup We held a ‘Children in Need’ morning recently and were able to raise £70 through the sale of wristbands and cakes. Children wore fancy dress, and even the staff joined in by wearing ‘onesies’! Preparations are now under way for our Christmas festivities: Mair from the Maelfa library is visiting us for a story/crafts session, Rhiannon (Tigger) is helping us make Christingles, and Gwenfai will be popping in to play the piano for us to practise our Christmas songs. One of our mums is also visiting us with her baby, so that we can compare his baby equipment and clothes with those of the baby Jesus.

you can't come in, there's no room" and "If you're happy and you know it, shout - star". Glitter abounds in Playgroup as we love all the Christmas crafts, making reindeer cards, baubles and stockings. This year we have volunteered to make some decorations for the church, so watch out for our Christmas wreaths!

On behalf of all the children and staff, may I wish you all a very happy We will be taking the children up to Christmas. watch All Saints School’s concert Debbie Munton dress rehearsal, and their Reception Playgroup Leader Class will come to see our dress rehearsal. We are telling the children the Nativity story with the help of a play set - they enjoy and respond more to visual aids. Then we will progress to the concert script, and dressing up in their costumes - shepherds, angels, stable animals, kings, innkeeper, stars, Mary and Joseph. Their favourite songs so far are "You can't come in, 5


Ladies’ Circle Ladies' Circle will be holding their Carol Afternoon on Tuesday, 17th December at 2.15 p.m. A warm welcome is extended to all. Tickets will be on sale from December 8th. We are again planning to provide a Christmas gift for the over 80's at Christchurch; these will be distributed in December. Gwenfai Jones

Players Panto 2014 Rehearsals are well underway for the pantomime at the end of January/beginning of February. Please keep one of the dates free to come and see this. It's packed full of fun and laughter (and that's just during practice), so it should be GREAT on the night(s). Remember that we are always looking for helpers, so , if you think you could sell raffle tickets, make tea and coffee, shift stage sets, pull curtains or anything else you can think of, please come and see me or any of the Players SOON! Unfortunately, I shall not be here to see the panto this time ( and luckily for all of you, I am not in it!) as I shall be in Australia. However, 6

unless you have an excuse equally as good as mine, tickets will be available soon. So remember these dates Thursday 30th January, Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February - and be ready to be entertained‌Oh yes, you will !! Linda Jones


Junior Church It has been wonderful to have so many children and young people joining us out in Junior Church, so much so that we're looking for some more help! In particular, we have several very little ones, and it would be great for them to have their own little group with singing, stories, colouring and playing as part of Junior Church . If you think you could help out with our pre-school aged children (0-4s), we'd love you to join the Junior Church Team!

We're looking for a volunteer each week, so, if we have a few volunteers, you might be needed about once a month. If you're interested or you think you could help with any of the other age groups (5 -7s, 8 -11s or 11+), come and talk to Liz, Ruth or Rhos about what's involved. Please keep praying for the Junior Church as we get to know our fantastic group of children and young people. Liz Dickinson

Year of Prayer December Prayer Event 2013 Well, we are almost at the end of the year, which means we are coming to the end of our Year of Prayer. I think it has been a wonderful year of sharing together, praying together and discovering new ways of worshipping together. We have journeyed through an Easter Labyrinth, prayed the Lord’s Prayer at noon every day, used red dots to remind us to pray for something important, written our prayers on a graffiti wall, enjoyed a ‘weekend away at home’, and much more. As I write this, I am looking forward to our 24-hour Prayer Event. We

really have seen that there are many different ways in which we can pray. So, here we are, at the end of the year. We all know this is a really busy time of year, with Christmas coming. It’s a time of parties, celebrations, dinners, tinsel, trees, Christmas productions and much more. However, for many it is also a time of stress – have I got all the right presents for the right people? What if someone comes to the house that I was not prepared for? What shall I give them? Is the family going to behave properly? How much money have I spent? What’s the credit limit on the credit cards? Have I remembered to send a card 7


to the family I met on holiday 30 down, to reflect, to explore and years ago? think about the themes of Advent, to prepare our hearts for the coming of And, to add to all this, it’s a noisy King Jesus at Christmas. time of year! Shopping, whether in the supermarket, department store This will be a wonderful opportunity or even the corner shop is noisy – to take some time out from the not only from the sheer amount of busyness of all your Christmas people shopping, but because of preparations, and to come and Slade, Noddy Holder, Aled Jones and prepare your heart and mind to Cliff Richard blaring out ‘IT’S receive the greatest gift, Jesus Christ. CHRISTMAS’, singing songs about It will be wonderful to see you all flying snowmen and mistletoe and there. wine. All good wishes, So much noise, so much busyness! Rhiannon So, for December’s Prayer Event, we want to offer you an oasis of peace and quiet in amongst all the noise and busyness, and we would love it if you are able to come along and enjoy this time. On Sunday, 22nd December from 3.00 pm until 9.00 pm, we will have the opportunity of journeying through an Advent Labyrinth. The purpose of the labyrinth is to slow us

Road of the Week During December we will be praying The coloured roads on the map in the porch show how we are covering for: our community in prayer. The map is week beginning also available on the church website. 1st Hollybush Heights Rhiannon 8th Goldcrest Drive th 15 Fairview Court 22nd Kestrel Close 29th Hawfinch Close 8


News from 1st Llanedeyrn Scouts "Remember, remember the 5th of November........."

Chief Scout, currently Bear Grylls.

I’m sure Alison will "remember, th Well, actually, in our case remember remember the 4 November" for a th the 4 , as this was when we held our very long time. Fireworks Display (only because it Rhys Collins was a Monday, the day we usually meet). st For the first time ever we decided to For information on 1 Llanedeyrn run our display for the whole group, Scout Group, please consult the bringing Beavers, Cubs and Scouts notice board in the hall. together to make one almighty evening. With a total of 37 young people and 12 adults, the hall was very full and very noisy.....but not as noisy as our fireworks!! We began with a 45 minute display, which went down really well, with cheers from children and adults alike, before enjoying a hot dog, a burger and a special firework biscuit. We played some relay games before final presentations of badges to the Beavers and a special badge to our Scout Leader, Alison Docherty. Alison has been the Scout Leader with the group for 15 years but, as Des' daughter, has been associated with the group all her life, so she was very touched, and rendered speechless, by the element of surprise when she was presented with the "Award of Merit" the first of seven adult-only awards, all of which are medals and are commissioned by 9


Sunday 1st

Monday 2nd

10.00am Prayer Meeting 11.00am Morning Worship 6.00pm Evening Worship and Communion

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DECEMBER 2013

10.30am United Service at Rumney Methodist Church

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16th

17th 2.15pm Ladies’ Circle Carol Afternoon 7.45pm Players

23rd

11.00am Morning Worship 3.00pm - 9.00pm Advent Labyrinth

29th

10th 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle 7.45pm Players

11.00am Morning Worship and Communion 6.00pm Evening Worship

22nd

3rd 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle 7.45pm Players

11.00am Morning Worship 6.30pm Senior Youth Club

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Tuesday

24th Morning - Blood Donation Session 11.30pm Midnight Communion

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Wednesday 4th

Thursday 5th

Friday 6th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.30pm Fellowship 7.00pm Choir Group

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Carol Aid

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12th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.00pm Choir 7.00pm Deacons’ Meeting

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11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

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20th

1.45pm Toddler Group 1.30pm Flower Club 7.00pm Choir 7.30pm Fellowship Group

11.00am Prayer Meeting

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27th

26th

9.30am Family Christmas Service

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Saturday

21st

28th

11.00am Prayer Meeting

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3rd

4th

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Carol Aid

school books, uniform, shoes, clothing, sweater, blanket, umbrella, Christmas gift etc.;

 To organise extra-curricular Here we are again approaching the activities; beginning of December, and that can mean only one thing! Yes of course!  to arrange supervised tuition for each child; Carol Aid 2013! On Friday, 6th December at 7.00 pm,  to assisting with medical aid, subject to funds available. we will be joining together with some of the local schools to hear the Church Planting: songs they have prepared, to sing some carols together, to hear the  to educate people who have been sent by their church to seek true meaning of Christmas and further academic qualifications, understand the real reason for all such as: Two-Year Diploma in the celebrations. As in previous Theology (Dip.Th.) in Hindi, Twoyears, we will support two charities, Year Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) one local and one further afield. in Hindi and Two-Year Diploma in The charity we are supporting that is Christian Studies (Dip. C.S.) in far away is Grace Bible College, English. Jamshedpur, India. We will be particularly focusing on their Day  Graduates of the college have gone about doing the work of an Care Programmes for local children. evangelist (2 Tim 4:5) as they The aims of the Children’s Day Care return to their home towns and Programmes are: even go to unreached areas. Churches have been  to educate and provide meals to established in homes, and children of families living below sometimes they even meet under the poverty line, irrespective of a tree because of the lack of religion, caste or creed.; building space. They have  to teach basic health care and churches in about 12 locations hygiene to their families; with 17 evangelists  to provide relevant training and  They use personal evangelism, job opportunities; door-to-door evangelism, openair meetings, and church  to provide children with food five meetings to establish churches. days a week The evangelists live in harsh  to provide each child with conditions in these remote 12


areas. Many face opposition and have been assaulted. However, encouragement and continual Biblical teaching are their greatest  needs.

permanent accommodation and other services including healthcare offers the use of shower and washing machine

Our charity closer to home is Cardiff Nightshelter, one of ‘The Wallich’ projects. The Nightshelter provides accommodation on a night-by-night basis to people who would otherwise have to sleep rough. People that come to the Nightshelter will need to obtain a referral either from one of our other projects or another agency.

 gives out clean clothes, sleeping

The service:

We look forward to seeing you.

bags and blankets when available. So please come along, and start your Christmas festivities and celebrations with us, as we listen to the true Christmas story, help those who don’t have as much as we have, and raise the roof as we sing some timeless Christmas carols.

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warm, safe All good wishes, accommodation in shared rooms

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Verse of the Month “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23

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News Flowers at Christchurch The new flower list is now up on the notice board in the porch. If you wish to give the flowers one week ,or make a contribution towards them, please put your name on the list. Just to let you know, I shall not be available to arrange the flowers from Christmas until the middle of February. If you think you could arrange the flowers on any of the dates below, please let me know. January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and February 2nd, 9th and 16th. Thank you. Linda Jones

Morning Service, December 8th Christchurch Choir and Musicians lead Morning Worship with 'The Sounds of Christmas'. We hope you will enjoy the Christmas Music. Rosemary Hanson-Cross

Grateful Thanks Rather belatedly, I would like to express my sincere thanks on behalf of my family and myself for the kind wishes, cards, flowers and the support which we received on the passing of my mother. I would particularly like to publicly thank Rhiannon for visiting her on several occasions, and also for her support of myself and my family when my mum was still with us, and also after her passing. Thank you all, and God bless. John Thorne and family

Christmas Fair It was fantastic to see how well the Christmas Fair went this year! Everyone involved deserves a big pat on the back, especially Barbara! I wanted to say ‘Well done!’, especially to our younger helpers who ran stalls and helped with setting up and tidying away, so well done to Annamiek, Abbie, Celyn, Sophie, Kim and Abi for all of your hard work! Liz Dickinson 14


Weekly Offering & Gift Aid Recent church meetings will have highlighted for you the concerns about the current financial position of Christchurch. The Special Meeting in November recognised that regular giving is a matter for each individual’s conscience and circumstances, and that church attendance is not dependent upon giving. Nevertheless, we wish to make everyone aware of the methods available currently for regular offering, and would ask each of you to consider whether there is greater scope for gift aided contributions in your usual pattern of giving:  Collection plate cash/cheque/anonymous contributions – these are not

eligible for Gift Aid. Any form of envelope may be used, if you wish to give anonymously.  Gift Aid / blue envelopes – these are used by members who have registered for Gift Aid by completing the Gift Aid declaration available in the porch or on the adjoining page. These contributions enable Christchurch to reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 given. Having completed the necessary declaration, you will be allocated a number, which should be written on each blue envelope used in future.  Occasional ‘Gift Day’ offerings held at certain times during the year, which would qualify for Gift Aid if you have registered for this scheme.  In addition, a number of members make regular standing order payments from their bank accounts into Christchurch’s account. These too would qualify for Gift Aid, once registered. Gift Aid – for contributions to qualify, you must pay an amount of income tax and / or capital gains tax on your income and / or capital gains at least equal to the tax that the church reclaims on your donations in each tax year. You may cancel or amend your declaration at any time, e.g. if you no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and / or capital gains. Our Treasurer, Wynford, has asked recently for new Gift Aid declarations to be completed by all attenders who currently use this method of contributing to Christchurch. This is simply to update our church records for HMRC purposes. Please ensure that you complete the necessary form, which is available in the porch or in PULSE. This is also an opportunity for all other attenders to consider whether they could also join the scheme. If you have any questions about the me. We would be pleased to advise

above, please speak to Wynford or you further on how to ‘gift aid it’! Ian Kelly 15


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Rotas Stewards December

Gareth Joshua, Alan Ridgway, Ralph Jeffrey

January

Ian Travis, Joan Baker, Jean James

Teas and Coffees December 1st

Lian and Liz

December 8th

Lian and Rhos

December 15th

Gareth and Sian

If you are unable to do your tea duty, please let Lian or Rhos know in advance.

Flowers December 1st

Hazel Bowen

December 8th

Joan Baker

December 15th December 22th December 29th January 5th

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No Service at Christchurch


Contacts Minister

minister@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Revd. Rhiannon Francis

029 2033 0772

Secretary

secretary@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mr. Allan Dickinson

029 2073 6610

Treasurer Mr. Wynford James

treasurer@christchurchunited cardiff.org.uk 07973 540634

Junior Church Secretary

juniorchurch@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Ruth Dickinson

029 2073 6610

Flowers

flowers@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Linda Jones Mrs. Verna Marriott

029 2048 6527 029 2048 4515

Pulpit Secretary

pulpitsec@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk 

Playgroup

playgroup@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Debbie Munton

029 2073 1742 07951 687448 (Term time mornings)

Hall & Side Room Bookings bookings@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk Mrs. Linda Jones

029 2048 6527

‘Pulse’ Editor

editor@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Eirian Kelly

029 2065 5691

Webmaster

webmaster@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mr. David Kelly

07854 058461

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Christchurch United Church Llanedeyrn Drive Llanedeyrn Cardiff CF23 9JQ

Welcome to Christchurch We are a united church in east Cardiff, and offer a warm welcome to all visitors. Worship reflects the inter-denominational composition of our congregation. Baptist, Methodist and Covenant Rite Liturgies are used, infant and believer’s baptism and infant dedication are practised. We have an open Communion table at which the invitation is to ‘All who love our Lord Jesus Christ’. There are many church and community activities during the week, and some special events each month. We have strong links with other churches in our area and hold United Services on a regular basis.

www.christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk Items for the January edition of PULSE to Eirian by lunchtime on December 29th. Contact:

  editor@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk   029 2065 5691 PULSE box in the church porch


Pulse - December 2013