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pulse June 2014


Sundays in June 1st

11.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m.

Morning Worship (Mr. David Kitchen) Evening Worship and Communion (Mr. David Kitchen)

8th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship (Ms. Anne Niblett)

15th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship and Communion (Mr. Maurice Holcroft)

6.00 p.m.

Evening Worship (Mr. Gerald Ballard)

22nd

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship

29th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship

6.00 p.m.

Shared Service

For further details, please see the Weekly Notices

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Playgroup Have you noticed our new fruity murals outside on the fence and a farm mural on the wall? I am sure you will agree they make a welcome addition to the outdoor area. My sincere thanks go to Mr. Fix It (also known as Gareth Joshua!) who kindly put them up for us. We will soon be adding our milk bottle containers into which the children will be putting bedding plants. They like putting the compost in - the messier the better!

Then we have our annual Toddle (for the Noah's Ark appeal) and trip to Heath Park Model Train Centre on Wednesday, 25th June, to which we are all looking forward.

We are about to receive ÂŁ50 from Asda from the community chest tokens; I am grateful to anyone who In June we will be having a Noah's helped us in doing so. Ark theme and, along with acting out Debbie Munton the Bible story, we will be making Playgroup Leader junk model boats, learning about what sinks and floats in water, painting rainbows and pretending to be animals!

Ladies’ Circle Ladies' Circle will be holding their annual "Picnic on the Patio" on Tuesday, June 17th at 1.15 p.m. A warm welcome to all. Tickets will be on sale from Sunday, June 8th. We are hoping for a fine day! Gwenfai Jones

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News from 1st Llanedeyrn Scouts You will no doubt recall reading in a previous issue of Pulse about our antics on Cub Badge Day. Well, a mere month later I headed back to Llanedeyrn Primary School to help assist East and South run Beaver Badge Day. With over 100 young people (all aged between 5 and 8) on site, the day had been organised to run a total of 7 badges - the most ambitious Beaver Badge Day to date. I’d been asked to head up a badge and this time I was given the honour of running a hike (this was the first time we've run this badge at district level), so as you can imagine, I had my work well and truly cut out for me! I had decided, in my infinite wisdom, to take the children on a hike to the Rhymney River, thinking this would enable them to experience some wildlife and outdoor experiences nestled within the vast city we live in. Much to my surprise, the other handful of leaders helping me run 4

the badge were all in favour of this, so we kicked off. After a 9.30 start and welcome game of ‘North, South, East, West’, which we played in the playground, we discussed what you might take on a hike and what you might leave at home, and we packed our rucksacks suitably. Just before 11.00 we headed out into the wild (well, Chapelwood at least) all dressed in hi-vis jackets and neckerchiefs of many colours and patterns. We were clearly visible as scouts on a hike - the bright turquoise jumpers really made the Beavers stand out as they posed for photographs on the Maelfa bridge. We headed past the health centre and cut through the back of the high school to arrive at the Harvester, Coed-y-Gores. It was then that I took a short-cut through what I thought was an overgrown footpath, but turned out to be a hedge nevertheless, we forced our way through until we reached Pentwyn


lake, where we stopped for lunch, a Fun days and badge days provide an quick game of ‘I spy’ and yet more excellent opportunity for us to meet photographs.

new friends and see old ones, to experience

new

things

which

After lunch, we headed to the river

we haven't done before, bank, where we allowed the children to challenge ourselves and, most to explore, clambering on rocks, importantly, to have fun. throwing sticks into the water, jumping in puddles and climbing the Bring on Badge Day 2015! trees as we made our way slowly back to civilisation

We crossed

under the by-pass behind the Park Inn and negotiated a network of subways to eventually end up on the correct side of the roundabout. Walking up the hill back to the school, we started to sing one of our

favourite

‘Everywhere

we

Scout

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go’.

District

Rhys Collins

commissioner Kay Holmes said: ‘It was a very special moment when I heard

you

coming

back

singing. What an amazing experience for those little people’. And how true she is, What an amazing experience for ALL those people involved, from the youngest Beaver to the eldest leader.

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News Toddler Group On the 7th May, Toddler Group held a Teddy Bears’ Picnic in aid of 'Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Charity'. We had a great turn-out; all the children had make Teddy Bear ears and decorated their picnic boxes. We had a game of ‘Pin the nose on the Teddy’ and one of the Mums read the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt'. We held a raffle and everyone gave a donation, which has enabled us to send a cheque for £50 to the charity. The children all had a great time; unfortunately the weather kept us indoors, but that didn't seem to matter. Alison and Joan

Youth Weekend Away I’m writing this with the buzz from the weekend still fresh in my mind. In May we took a group of children from our Junior Church and Senior Youth Club (Sunday Night Take-away) on an activity weekend to the Summit Centre in Trelewis. The group of 18 children ranged in age between 8 and 16 years, and included young people from Christchurch and Pontprennau. The most important thing to say is of the group knew each other really brothers, sisters and cousins 6

that we had a fantastic time! Some well (especially since we had together), but others were either


unknown or just acquaintances before the weekend. All of the group mixed in together and some friendships were deepened and ‘BFFs’ of the weekend made! (that’s ‘Best Friends Forever’ for those not as ‘down with the kids’ as us!) They even managed to cope without access to Wi-Fi or 3G and discovered that they could use their free time for activities not requiring technology! We played a lot of games during the weekend; there was a lot of competition at table tennis and table football, they enjoyed instigating ‘Hide and Seek’ and ‘Truth or Dare’, and we introduced several other games to them, including ‘One Spot Wally’– which some mastered and others, well, let’s say they embraced the game and gained twice as many spots as anyone else! Sleep seemed to elude many of them, and listening to people loudly telling others to be quiet and go to sleep is entertaining! But, despite the lack of sleep and tiredness, they were still able to join in enthusiastically. Saturday was our busy day, with lots of activities. The group split into 3 to take part in climbing, team-building and archery during the morning. We clearly had some natural talent and also those who had to work hard for their achievements. We were very proud of all of them, especially when they still gave something a go even when they were afraid to do so. In the afternoon we all got soaked, although some took this to another level! The whole group went canoeing together, in the rain, in windy conditions! They did fantastically well and braved the weather, with just a few little mishaps when they took a tumble into the water! All of the boys somehow ended up in the water and a few of the girls did too! Having dried off and warmed up, we enjoyed more games and some good food. We have to thank our team of helpers on Saturday who came to assist with the catering. So, to Hywel, Barbara, Gerard, Karen and Lian, thank you so much for coming up and assisting us, and we cannot forget to say thank you to Nanny Sandra for baking lots of corned beef pie for us! Sunday was a more relaxing (and dry) day, which even our energetic members were relieved about, we think! We took part in a small celebration, giving thanks for everything we’d enjoyed that weekend, and reading from the Bible too. The group got creative to take home their mementoes of the weekend, having made their own T-shirt designs and clay models of sheep, linking into our Bible reading (and the local livestock we passed!) 7


Sunday 1st

Monday 2nd

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

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9th

JUNE 2014

16th

11.00am Morning Worship 6.00pm Shared Service

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17th 1.15pm Ladies’ Circle ’Picnic on the Patio’

23rd

11.00am Morning Worship 1.00pm Covenant Celebration at Pontprennau Community Church

29th

10th 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle

11.00am Morning Worship and Communion 6.30pm Evening Worship

22nd

3rd 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle

11.00am Morning Worship 6.30pm Senior Youth Club

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Tuesday

24th 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle

30th

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Wednesday 4th

Thursday 5th

Friday 6th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.30pm Fellowship 7.00pm Sub-group Group meeting regarding consultation

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

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13th

12th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.00pm Deacons’ Meeting

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7th

14th

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

19th

20th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.30pm Fellowship Group

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

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27th

26th

1.45pm Toddler Group

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21st

28th

11.00am Prayer Meeting

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All in all we had a brilliant time and have lots of good memories from the weekend. We are hoping to make the youth weekend an annual event, and have a really good opportunity of linking in with other churches to do this, especially with Pontprennau who took part this year. So watch this space for news later this year! Finally, a thank you and well done to our team for Summit 2014 – Leaders: Gareth, Ruth and Liz; and our young people: Abbie, Alex, Annamiek, Caitlin, Claire, Eleri, Elle, Freya, Henry, Megan, Morgan, Owen, Prince, Rhiannon, Rob, Sophie, Stan and Travis. Liz Dickinson

Church Secretary On behalf of the Deacons and church members, I would wish to thank Allan for the time, energy and oversight that he gave during his time as Church Secretary. We all hope, and pray that the removal of the burden of office and constant call on time will enable him to achieve a greater measure of health. A hard act to follow, but we still need someone!

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Thank You Thank you very much to everyone who sent us flowers, cards and messages on the occasion of our Golden Wedding Anniversary, and also for the monetary donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, given in lieu of presents. These totalled nearly ÂŁ900, for which we are, at one and the same time, humbled and enormously grateful. Our granddaughter Olivia is living proof to the power of this research, and your gifts will certainly make a difference to the children coping with this illness. Hopefully, a cure is not far away. So, thank you all very much indeed. With our love, Chris & Parry Pearce

Teas and Coffees There is a tea/coffee rota on the noticeboard in the porch. If you would like to help, please add your names to the list. Refreshments are served every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, at Parade Services and occasional special services. For further details please speak to Lian or Rhos Editor

Church Painting When we had our grant for the porch renovation etc., we were able to purchase emulsion paint to brighten up the walls inside the church and side hall. I am proposing to start the work on Wednesday, 25th June, and it might take up to 3 days. So, if there are any volunteers who can put in a few hours now and again over that period, please put these dates in your diary and let me know. Your help will be very much appreciated. Thanks. Gareth Joshua

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Covenant Celebration 22nd June 2014 Pontprennau Community Church

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1.00 pm - Kick Off BBQ weather permitting (or buffet food in the church cafÊ) 2.45 pm - Time to get ready 3.00 pm - Celebration Service including Covenant reaffirmation. All churches are taking part and we’ll be joined by members of our Sponsoring Body (parent denominations) The speaker is The Revd. Jonathan Williams, Archdeacon of Monmouth 4.00 pm - Close of Play No charge for individuals Each church is asked to share the cost for what we hope will be a great afternoon for all of us 12


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Rotas Stewards June

Maurice Holcroft, Nonna Holcroft, Ralph Jeffrey

July

Liz Dickinson, Alan Ridgway, Jean James

Cleaning

(Further details from Jean Richards or Gareth Joshua)

June 2nd

Jean & Bryn Richards

June 9th

Barbara & Gerard Garness

June 16th

Sian & Gareth Woods

June 23rd

Lian & Johann Hoogstadt

June 30th

Tesni & Erfyl Williams

July 7th

Jan Derrett

Flowers June 1st

In memory of Gwen Davies

June 8th

Tesni and Erfyl Williams

June 15th

Jean Mitchell

June 22nd

Kundai Chuma

June 29th July 6th

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Contacts Secretary

secretary@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

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

029 2048 6527

Pulpit Secretary

pulpitsec@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mr. Maurice Holcroft Playgroup

playgroup@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Debbie Munton

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

Hall & Side Room Bookings bookings@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk Mr. Wynford James 07973 540634 ‘Pulse’ Editor

editor@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Eirian Kelly

029 2065 5691

Webmaster

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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.

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