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pulse May 2013

The magazine of Christchurch United Church Llanedeyrn, Cardiff


Sundays in May 5th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship (Mr Hywel Williams)

6.00 p.m.

Evening Worship and Communion (Mr Les James)

12th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship-Parade Service (Revd. Susan Stevenson)

19th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship and Communion (Mr Allan Dickinson)

6.00 p.m.

Evening Worship (Mrs Ruth Dickinson) Pentecost Reflections

26th 11.00 a.m.

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Morning Worship (Revd. Andy Hughes, SWBC)


Playgroup We have been having ‘Colour Weeks’ in Playgroup recently - we've made fruit jellies, played Matching Socks game and another game called ‘Please, Mr. Crocodile’, in which when the children have to cross the river if they are wearing tops of a certain colour. ‘Rainbow Week’ involved making a new wall display with the children, rainbow parachute play and learning our Rainbow Song, not just the words but by using Makaton (sign language) too.

our ‘Hospital Week’ in June - do you know anyone who could help us?

As I write this, we are looking forward to our Shopping Evening on Monday, 29th April, when we will have 13 stalls for you to shop at, to relax and listen to the Go Show Children's Choir, and meet up with We will be going on to another friends old and new. Don't miss it! theme soon - ‘People Who Help Us’, Debbie Munton and we have several visitors booked Playgroup Leader in - a road safety officer, a dentist, an Asda employee, a police officer and a fireman. We desperately need a nurse who would be willing to come in during

Road of the Week During May we will be praying for: The coloured roads on the map in the porch show how we are covering week beginning our community in prayer. The map is 5th Carisbrooke Way also available on the church website. 12th Grafton Close Rhiannon 19th Clarendon Road th 26 Lothian Crescent 3


2013 - Year of Prayer Jesus spent a lot of time praying. He often went to a solitary place and prayed for hours at a time, especially at difficult times in His ministry. Jesus’ disciples had the incredible opportunity to learn how to communicate with God the Father in a very personal way. The disciples had watched Jesus approach God on numerous occasions. Early morning private prayer sessions were a regular occurrence for the son of God. He had even prayed all night before selecting his 12 Apostles. And now they desired to meet face to face with God the Creator. This desire motivated them to ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. "Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.’”

Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Luke 11:2-4 It was vitally important to Jesus that His disciples knew how to pray. The gospel of Matthew also records Jesus teaching His disciples about prayer. In Matthew’s account, Jesus states, “In this manner, therefore, pray.” Matthew 6:9 The record of what is called the Lord’s Prayer is often misunderstood. Jesus was not telling His disciples to simply memorise this prayer and repeat it every day. In fact, in the verses preceding the account in Matthew, Jesus is quoted as saying,

Luke 11:1 “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For Jesus’ response to them was very they think that they will be heard for direct. Without hesitation He stated, their many words.” “When you pray, say: Our Father in Matthew 6:7 heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 4


God never intended His people to approach Him in prayer and simply repeat words without thought. Prayer was intended to be an opportunity for His people to maintain an on-going relationship with Him. It is something that should be alive and fresh every day. God’s mercy and grace are new every morning, and the prayers of His people should be also. For this reason, Jesus instructed His disciples to pray “in this manner.” In other words, follow my example; abide by this guideline; don’t just say the same things over and over every day.

which Jesus taught His friends. However, I would like to encourage you, not just to say these wellknown words over and over, but meditate on them, chew the words over and ask God to speak to you afresh. There will be flyers available with the Lord’s Prayer on, with some thoughts to consider about different parts of the Prayer. Speak Lord, for your servants are listening. May God richly bless us all as we pray together, as Jesus taught us. With my love Rhiannon

The disciples learned that the God of the universe was to be addressed with reverence. And the words of His people were to reflect their recognition of His sovereignty. Just any old prayer would not suffice. Jesus showed by the example of this prayer how to reverently enter the presence of God and to build daily a relationship with Him. So, throughout the month of May for our Prayer event, we are going to commit to say the Lord’s Prayer, every day at 12 noon (or thereabouts). So wherever you are, and whatever you are doing at that time, if you can, just stop for a few moments, and say those words 5


Holiday Bible Club 2013

During our Holiday Bible Club, dozens of children from the local area will descend on Christchurch for this fun-packed week. This year, we are planning to turn the church, hall and other rooms around the church into a Space Academy. 2013’s theme is based on the stories of Daniel and his friends. Each day the children, as astronauts-in-training, will hear about Daniel, making amazing discoveries about God, be challenged about what it means to follow God and to live and go boldly for him. Holiday Bible Club will be held from Tuesday, 27th August – Friday, 30th August (mornings only), and on Saturday 31st we will be going down to Barry Island for a beach party for the whole church. And finally, our graduation from Space Academy will be held on Sunday, 1st September at 11.00 a.m., followed by a bring and share lunch. The week is open to children in primary school – those who are aged 5 years – 11 years (including the current year 6 pupils) So, if your children or grandchildren would like to come along, please pick up a registration form from the porch or contact Ruth at: juniorchurch@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk. We look forward to enrolling you

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into our Space Academy in August.


Volunteers Wanted If you’ve just read the previous page, you’ll know we’re heading to outer space this year. But to do so, we need your help. Can you spare a week – a couple of days or even one day to work alongside the children as we learn about Daniel, God and ourselves. We know from the past 2 years how the volunteer leaders have enjoyed the week as much as the children have. So, please don’t wait to be asked – this is an invitation to you all, to come along and have a great week. We will hold a training session in late June or early July. Application forms for leaders are on the table in the porch, so make sure you pick up yours, fill it in, and return it to the orange box file. Your Astronauts need you!

Crafts As we prepare for Holiday Bible Club, I hope you can help, as you did last year, with providing the following, to be used in our craft time. In fact, even without it being announced, people are already collecting for HBC! We need: 

clear empty plastic bottles - all sizes

kitchen roll and toilet roll tubes

boxes - large, medium, small - whatever size you have

We will be planning a “cutting out / preparation evening” again this year for our crafts. Last year this was a fun and very helpful evening, so please keep your ears and eyes open for a date to be announced for this. If you need any more information for anything to do with HBC please speak to one of the Space Academy staff - Ruth, Liz, Lian, Hywel and John.

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Sunday

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30th

5th

6th

7th

MAY 2013

10.00am Prayer Meeting 11.00am Morning worship 6.00pm Evening Worship and Communion 7.30pm Senior Youth Club

12th Christian Aid Week

2.00pm Ladies’ Circle

13th

11.00am Morning WorshipParade Service 7.30pm Senior Youth Club

19th

26th 11.00am Morning Worship 7.30pm Senior Youth Club

14th 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle

20th

11.00am Morning Worship and Communion 6.00pm Evening Worship 7.30pm Senior Youth Club

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Tuesday

21st 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle

27th

28th


Wednesday 1st

Thursday 2nd

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.00pm Choir

8th

Friday 3rd

Saturday 4th

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

9th

10th

11th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.30pm Fellowship 7.00pm Choir Group 7.30pm CEEMC AGM at Christchurch

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

10.00am Spring Fair

15th

17th

18th

16th

1.45pm Toddler Group 1.30pm Flower Group 11.00am Prayer 7.00pm Choir Meeting 7.00pm Deacons’ 7.00pm Youth Club Meeting

22nd

23rd

24th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.30pm Fellowship 7.00pm Choir Group

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

29th

31st

30th

25th

1st

11.00am Prayer Meeting

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Message of Thanks with three different types of chemotherapy which no doubt extended her life by a further five years. It was discontinued in 2012 after beginning to lose its potency and, since that time, Dellwyn We write to express our deep gradually succumbed to her illness. gratitude to the worshippers of Christchurch Llanedeyrn United We are deeply indebted to the skills Church for the numerous cards, and kindness of Dr Andrew Goringe prayers and messages of sympathy and the nursing staff of the and support during our recent Haematology day ward at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. bereavement. This enabled her to lead a fairly As many of you will know, Dellwyn normal lifestyle, (apart from has battled against Myloma, a form mobility), for five years. of cancer of the bone marrow, since 1984 when the first tumour was With the help of the District Nurses, removed from the left femur. The George Thomas Hospice staff and cavity created was packed with local G. P.s we were able to nurse bone chippings from the pelvis as a Dellwyn at home, and we were all bone-graft and she received with her when she died on Maundy radiotherapy treatment at Velindre. Thursday. Sadly, the graft broke down and she We thank people too for their had to have a prosthesis and new support at the Service of hip fitted in 1988. Thanksgiving at St Margaret’s, Fortunately, the disease went into Roath, where the large congregation remission for a number of years and bore testament to the love and the hip replacement lasted a respect in which Dellwyn was held remarkable twenty years before by so many people. revisionary surgery was needed. In addition, we thank the parish of Sadly, however, the Myloma Roath Ladies’ Guild for funding returned in 2008 in multiple form, refreshments after the service and affecting the spine, pelvis, shoulder the flower arrangements which and ribs. Since then Dellwyn has adorned the Church for the service, members of the choir and the received continuous treatment Reverend Stuart Lisk for their A message of thanks from John, Christopher and Susan, (and families), to express our gratitude for the many messages of support received following Dellwyn’s death.

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invaluable contribution. We her family thank God for her life as a wife, mother and grandmother and commend her immortal soul into God’s keeping – free now from

illness and pain so courageously borne. With our love, John, Chris and Sue

News Christian Aid Week – 12th to 18th May David Collins is co-ordinating efforts within the Cardiff East LEP churches for Christian Aid Week. He is looking for people who are willing and able to: 

distribute envelopes to houses in the area during the week and/or go round to collect them again (hopefully full!)

collect using tins at Asda, Pontprennau, on Friday, 17th May.

If you are able to help in any way, please see Liz Dickinson, who will pass your names on to Dave. In addition, envelopes are available in the church porch for you to make a donation. Allan Dickinson

G'day How time flies! Rhys has just finished a term in school, so he is off now for two weeks. With it being the holidays, we have a few days when we will be meeting up with school friends and their parents, a film day, maybe a trip or two to the beach, and lots of walks. Rhys has started playing football, which he is really enjoying. He has training once a week and a game at the weekend. There was a game today and Rhys' team won 7-0! We had a lovely time in Margaret River; the weather was very nice, which meant we could go to the Eagle Sanctuary. All of the birds there are rescue birds, but unfortunately, due to some of the injuries, they cannot be released back into the wild. However, they are very well cared for and have a very successful breeding programme. Those born 11


from the breeding programme are released into the wild. We did go to the chocolate factory, which was challenging, as I'd given chocolate up for Lent, but I survived and Mark was very nice and bought me an egg for Easter. All is going well with the pregnancy, hospital visits are more regular now. Mark and I are slightly nervous on their pending arrival, but we will be ok. Rhys is getting excited. We've made a few friends who have offered to help us, whether it be cooking for us or taking Rhys to school. The weather has started to cool down and we've even had some rain, which we don't mind as it hasn't rained here for a few months. Hope the weather is improving at home? Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, Nikki, Mark and Rhys Palmer-Pearce

Verse of the Month “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.� Acts 1:8

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Can you find these words? church disciples extraordinary fiftieth filled fire firstfruits heaven languages offering

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Rotas Stewards May

Ruth Dickinson, Jean James, Alan Ridgway

June

Carole Hodge, Joan Baker, Trudy Joshua

Teas and Coffees May 5th

Alan and Alison Ridgway

May 12th

Joan Baker and Jess

May 19th

Not yet confirmed

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

Flowers Flowers May 5th

Mary Bowen

May 12th

Eirian Kelly

May 19th

Barbara Garness

May 26th

Gwen Saye

June 2nd

Carole Cox

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Contacts Minister

minister@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Rev. Rhiannon Francis

029 2033 0772

Secretary

secretary@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mr. Allan Dickinson

029 2073 6610

Acting Treasurer Mr. Wynford James

treasurer@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

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

Crèche

creche@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

 Pulpit Secretary

pulpitsec@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Karen MacGregor

029 2041 9256

Playgroup

playgroup@christchurchunitedcardiff.org.uk

Mrs. Debbie Munton

029 2073 1742 07951687448 (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

029 2065 5691

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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 June edition of PULSE to Eirian by lunchtime on May 19th. Contact:

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


Pulse - May 2013