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pulse February 2014


Services in February 2nd

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship (Mr. Hywel Williams) Orientation of the heart Matthew 5: 1-12

6.00 p.m.

Evening Worship and Communion (Mr. Allan Dickinson)

9th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship - Parade Service Essential Presence Matthew 5: 13-20

16th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship and Communion Anger Management Matthew 5: 21-37

6.00 p.m.

23rd

11.00 a.m.

Evening Worship Deborah the Encourager Judges 4: 4—17 Morning Worship (Mr. Hywel Williams) Going Beyond Matthew 5: 38-48

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

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Minister’s Letter Coast for Christ Ministries, Winneba, Ghana, February 21st – March 4th, 2014 After Jesus' death on the cross, He was buried, and resurrected on the third day. Before He ascended into heaven, He appeared to His disciples in Galilee and gave them these instructions: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20 (New Living Translation)

nations and that He would be with us until the very end of the age, Christians of all generations have embraced this command. As many have said, it's not ‘The Great Suggestion’. No, the Lord has commanded us to put our faith into action. As many of you will know, I have been invited to put my own faith into action, by joining a team from Albany Road Baptist Church, who were planning a mission trip to the Coast for Christ Ministries in Winneba, Ghana in February 2014. So, I’ve prayed about it, and the membership agreed to release me so that I could take part in this trip. During the early stages of planning, it felt like February 2014 was light years away, but here we are now, and the trip will soon be upon us! There are 12 of us going on this trip, all aged from 16 years up to..... well, much older, but suffice to say, the oldest team member is the grandfather of two of the 16 year olds! Over the past few months, the team has been meeting together one evening a month, and then one Saturday at the beginning of January, to get to know one another, and to make plans for all we have been asked to do.

This passage of Scripture is known as ‘The Great Commission’. As the last recorded personal directive of the Saviour to His disciples, it holds great significance to all followers of Christ. The purpose of the trip is for the It is the foundation for evangelism team to be involved in all areas of and cross-cultural missions work in the church's ministry. There will be Christian theology. Because the opportunities to serve in ways such Lord's instructions were to go to all as: 3


 teaching classes/helping children Coin and the Lost Son - which we will

with everything from basic skills to exam preparation/ spending time with the children and families;  ministry at the Baptist Academy;  ministry with child survival project mothers/fishermen/ women fish-traders/beneficiaries of the micro finance project;  workshop sessions with school staff, sharing ideas and learning from their experiences;  for people experienced in health care, there will be opportunities to help in the hospital;  for those with practical gifts, there will be opportunity to use those;  for all, there will be an opportunity to share our faith and for the local community to see that rich people (that's us!) need Jesus, is in itself a real witness. I have been responsible, with a couple of others for preparing some action songs which we can teach to the children. So, one evening, 4 of us spent a few happy hours having a good sing song, making sure we all know the same actions. I have also prepared a booklet of worship songs, which the team will use each day while we are away in our team devotional time.

use to teach the children in the schools, and I’m sure they will also feature in the church services. It was decided that we would teach these lessons through mime as the language barrier could be a problem! Another group has been working on all things Welsh!!! As we will be away for St. David’s Day, we will be delighting our hosts with a Welsh evening. This team has prepared some songs which we are all learning; one lady is hoping to do a cooking demonstration, so we are all looking forward to having some Welsh cakes that evening! And to top that off, we have all had some ‘dancing lessons’, so we can show our hosts some traditional dancing – although when we practised together recently, there was just too much laughing to get anything done!!!

At this moment in time we have a rough itinerary for our time away, but, I am sure that all the timings will change when we are there! However, each day will begin at 6.30 am with our morning devotions, followed by the morning, afternoon and evening carrying out different ministries, and our day will end at 8.30pm each evening with team prayers. So, each day is going to be long and action-packed! We are Another group has been preparing planning a rest day on Saturday, 1st mimes based on Luke 15 – the March, when we will be making a Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Lost trip to Kakum Rain Forest and 4


Elmina Castle. There is also talk of shopping in a local market, but, as you know, shopping is not my thing, although I am sure the colours, sights and sounds will be something to behold. There is still a lot of planning to do – there is talk of me doing some teaching with the young people, although I don’t know much about that at this present time!

that we would be able to share our faith and blessing to all those we meet with; that even though there will be a language barrier, we will be able to understand each other!! If you would like a copy of our itinerary so you can pray for the team each day, knowing where we are and what we are doing, please let me know.

I would like to ask for your prayers We will be flying from Cardiff, via during this time: Amsterdam, and then on to Accra on to pray for the team, that we work Friday, 21st February, returning by well together, and we all stay well the same route on Tuesday, 4th during our time away; March. So, I’ll see you all for my final Sunday, after I return, on March 9th! for those we will be ministering to, that they will see and hear God With love working through us, but that we Rhiannon would also be humble enough to learn from them;

Verse of the Month “...God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…” Psalm 46:1-3

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Playgroup It has certainly been a busy start to 2014 for us in Playgroup, with enquiries for places nearly every day, from some who are eligible to start now, others for later in the Spring. I always promote Toddler Group at the same time and encourage them portfolio for the Healthy Snack to attend that, if their child is not Award, which is now renewable. We quite old enough to start Playgroup. aim to give the children a healthy snack, and an example of this one We have had a Winter theme, and morning would be a breadstick, activities have included pyjama some cubes of cheese and grapes. As mornings, pretend ice skating you can imagine the cost of snacks is sessions, ice experiments, and the escalating and we do ask for children have either painted donations from parents, which snowmen or glued/painted snowy occasionally happens, but we would pictures for a wall display. We are be more than happy to accept any also celebrating donations from church members Chinese New please. Year. Debbie Munton I am currently Playgroup Leader updating our

Ladies’ Circle will be sale from February We will be holding our usual Tickets rd 23 . A warm welcome is extended Pancake Afternoon on Shrove th Tuesday, March 4 at 2.15pm. to all. Many thanks to all who supported our events in 2013. We look forward to seeing you all again this year. Gwenfai Jones

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Players Well, the pantomime is very quickly approaching! Rehearsals are entering their final stages, with costumes, lighting and scenery all falling into place (although we hope not literally falling!).

This is your last chance to get them!

Good luck to all the cast and crew of the pantomime; all the hard Tickets have now sold out for Friday, work will certainly pay off, I’m sure! and both Saturday performances. Break a leg! There are still tickets remaining for Liz Dickinson Thursday night (30th January), priced Players Secretary at £6 for adults and £3 for children.

Lenten Studies Through the Fellowship Group we will be holding a Lenten study of 5 weekly sessions , based on the film version of ‘Les Misérables’ and entitled ‘Another story must begin’. The first session will start on Thursday, 6th March at 7.30 pm in the main part of church, where we’ll be using the screen and projector to show clips from the film throughout each session . Through discussion of some of the themes and principal characters of this film the course explores the grace of God, alongside our fallen state and opportunities for redemption. I encourage you to come along and join in on the following dates (all at 7:30pm):

6th March - Fantine and Cosette 13th March - The Bishop of Digne 20th March - Jean Valjean 27th March - Javert 3rd April - Redemption and Salvation If you’re not familiar with the story, we will be showing the whole film on Thursday, 27th February from 7.00pm – 9.30pm. Other Lent studies are available, if anyone would like to do something different at another time. Please speak to me for further information Ruth Dickinson

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FEBRUARY 2014

Sunday

Tuesday

26th

27th

28th

2nd

3rd

4th

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

9th

2.00pm Ladies’ Circle

10th

11.00am Morning Worship 6.30pm Senior Youth Club

16th

11.00am Morning Worship

11th 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle

17th

11.00am Morning Worship and Communion 3.00pm AGM followed by Church Meeting 6.00pm Evening Worship

23rd

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Monday

18th 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle

24th

25th


Wednesday 29th

Thursday 30th

Friday 31st

Saturday 1st 2.30pm Pantomime 7.00pm Pantomime

5th

6th

7th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.30pm Fellowship 7.00pm Choir Group

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

12th

14th

13th

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

19th

8th

15th

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

20th

21st

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.30pm Fellowship 7.00pm Choir Group 7.30pm CEEMC Meeting

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

26th

27th

28th

7.00pm Showing of ‘Les Misérables’ in preparation for Lent Studies

11.00am Prayer Meeting

22nd

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News Welcome to ‘The Family’ It was with much celebration that on Sunday, 19th January, we welcomed ten new members into the family of Christchurch: Gareth and Sian Wood, Martin and Tracey Reid, Reena Franklin, Rebecca Bhore, Raveena Bhore, Jennifer Bhore, Janet Prentice and Sandy Manyoba! What a wonderful celebration we had, topped off by a lovely Fellowship Lunch. Thank you to all those who prepared the lunch and the hall, and for making it possible. Welcome to the family! Rhiannon

Women’s World Day of Prayer - 7th March Services will be held all over the world again this year to celebrate Women’s World Day of Prayer. The order of service has been prepared by the Christian women of Egypt with the theme, ‘Streams in the Desert’. Within CEEMC, a service will be held at St. Dyfrig’s Church at 7pm. More information available from me. Gwenfai Jones

Copper and Small Change Collection A happy New Year to everyone, and sincere thanks for your continued support last year. The sum of £72 was paid into the church in 2013, some of it ‘gift-aided’, enabling the church to benefit further by the amount of tax which would be refunded to the church on that particular donation. If you are a ‘gift–aider’ and would like to donate in this way to the ‘copper and small change collection’, please put a note of your Gift Aid number with the money. Thank you all very much. Jean James 10


The Great Welsh Bake Off - Saturday, 1st March, 2.00pm – 6.00pm Come along and celebrate St. David’s Day by taking part in a baking challenge! This event is a combination of ideas brought by two of our young people, Henry Travis-Drew and Freya Brown. Baking Competition We will be hosting a baking contest with your chance to show off your baking skills and create some delicious cakes. Cakes must be baked beforehand and will be judged by our expert panel of cake-testers! Cupcake Decorating Sian Pike will be leading a cupcake decorating demonstration. Come along and have a go! Technical Challenge No bake off would be complete without a technical challenge, so, for those brave enough(!), there will be a 30 minute baking challenge, for which participants will receive their instructions on the day. Afternoon Tea And to round off the afternoon, we will be holding a Bake Sale. Stay and have a cuppa and a piece of cake from our baking competition. Entrants for the baking competition will be split into 3 categories: Bakers aged 0 – 10 Bakers aged 11 – 17 Bakers aged 18+ (no upper age limit!) Prices: £1 to enter the baking competition £1 to enter the technical challenge £2 for Afternoon tea All proceeds will be going to church funds. Donations of cakes for the bake sale would also be greatly appreciated. Any questions, chat to Liz or Ruth. On your marks, get set, bake! Liz Dickinson

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Farewell Evening Advance notice of a Farewell Evening for Rhiannon as she leaves us to take up her new post as Chaplain for Bristol Children’s Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary. A Barn Dance is being arranged at Christchurch on Saturday, 8th March 2014 at 7.30pm to which everyone is invited! Tickets will be available from 16th February. Please see the weekly Notices for more information. Trudy Joshua

Turning Point When you think you should get on with the job You tidy your desk Re-arrange your papers Put the details into drawers And the world into alphabetical order File away the future

When you think you should take your chance You calculate the odds Re-arrange your emotions Remember your mother on The virtue of being safe and sensible Look to delay till the chance goes by

When you think you’re ready You breathe in deeply Re-arrange the planned sentences Go for a short walk In order to present a settled front A calm and utterly false exterior

When you know you must change You turn with the utmost reluctance Re-arrange nothing And meet whoever it is Who is bidding you new morning And saying “Do not be afraid”.

Dave Kitchen Reproduced from ‘Salt: A Small Miscellany of Poetry, Prayer, Reflections and Stories.’ Issue 39

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Can you find these words? cheated climb collector four house Jericho lost money

people salvation save seek short sinner sycamore welcomed 13


Rotas Stewards February

Carole Hodge, Angela Harrison, Trudy Joshua

March

Sandra Bastable, Hilary Widdison

Teas and Coffees February 2nd

TBC

February 16th

TBC

March 2nd

Alan and Alison Ridgway

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

Flowers February 2nd February 9th February 16th

Maurice and Nonna Holcroft

February 23rd

Kundai Chuma

March 2nd

Frances Stacey

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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@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk 07973 540634

Junior Church Secretary

juniorchurch@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Ruth Dickinson

029 2073 6610

Playgroup

playgroup@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Debbie Munton

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

‘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 March edition of PULSE to Eirian by lunchtime on February 16th. Contact:

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


Pulse - February 2014