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pulse November 2013


Sundays in November 3rd

11.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m.

Morning Worship Luke 19: 1-10 Evening Worship and Communion Strength for the Journey 2 Thessalonians 2: 13-17

10th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship - Remembrance Sunday Luke 20:27-38

17th

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship and Communion (Mr. David Kitchen)

24th

6.00 p.m.

Evening Worship (Revd. Dr. Edward Kaneen)

11.00 a.m.

Morning Worship-Parade Service Christ the King Luke 23: 33-43

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

Verse of the Month “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us”. Romans 5:1

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Playgroup Instead of having our traditional end of year concert in July, we split the children into two groups and held parties on two consecutive mornings with Tricky Ricky the Magician. We invited parents in towards the end of the morning to watch the children participate in some action songs and receive their report folders ,which contain photos, craft work and even a sticker saying "Mrs. Munton thinks I am a star"!

with photo commissions, raffles, our Ladies’ Shopping Evening and our Toddle. Then, there was the Echo Wish Grant Scheme; can we beat last year's total of £177? Please save the tokens for us between now and the end of November, and please spread Staff training is important and the word. courses attended by staff include Food Hygiene, First Aid and Child We have had a very successful start Protection as well as Makaton, Early to the new school year as far as Literacy and Numeracy, and special numbers of children are concerned. needs courses. Lisa also obtained her We had 16 on the register as we returned in September - numbers QCF qualification. are now 37, with still more to start. The Environmental Health However, we know some children Department gave us a spot check will leave when they become three, and we passed again with a 5 rating. as they become eligible for free With the increase in the number of nursery school places. children with special needs (5 last Many thanks to Gareth and Trevor term), we have been able to make for their DIY skills, Gwenfai and all one of the back rooms into an area the concert helpers and the where children can have more Management Committee - Rhiannon, individual stimulation and attention Allan, and our team of Treasurers for part of each morning. The Maurice, Ian and Wynford. difference this has made is Debbie Munton enormous. Playgroup Leader We have had a successful fundraising year 3


Road of the Week During November 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. 3rd Dynevor Road Rhiannon 10th St. Edeyrn’s Road th 17 The Hawthorns 24th Hollybush Rise

2013 - Year of Prayer that we are to continue praying. We are also told in the Old Testament in Saturday, 23rd November, 10.00am Psalm 88, a Psalm of the Sons of Korah, ‘I cry out day and night before Sunday, 24th November, 10.00am you. Let my prayer come before Throughout this Year of Prayer, we you; incline your ear to my cry!’ have held a ‘Prayer Event’ each month; these have included an And so it is, because of these verses Easter Labyrinth, everyone saying and others that are similar, for our the Lord’s Prayer at the same time November Prayer Event we will be every day, a ‘tea and toast’ prayer having a 24 hour prayer room where breakfast, ‘red dot’ reminder prayers we can ‘cry out, day and night’ and much more. This has hopefully before the Lord. This is planned to 23rd helped people understand that to happen from Saturday, pray, we don’t always have to be November, beginning at 10am, th sitting in silence, nor do we need to going through to Sunday, 24 be in Church on a Sunday. We can November, finishing at 10am before pray at all times, and in all places the morning service. and in many different ways. The 24 hour period will be broken up The Bible tells us in the first letter to into 2 hour slots, and those 2 hour those in Thessalonica to ‘pray slots will have different themes. So, without ceasing’. This implies that you will see from the plan for the 24 hours, the themes are based around there needs to be constancy and prayers for the church, the older perseverance in our prayer life,

24 Hour Prayer Room

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generation, the younger generation, the lost and lonely, the world, mission and outreach, healing and wholeness, the 23rd Psalm and Celtic night prayer and more!! You will also see that we are going to start the 24 hours with a time of sung worship, and we will also have a time of sung worship during the early evening on the Saturday.

get there, because, you will not be forced to say or do anything. If you would like to come along and enjoy a time of quiet, silent prayer, then you can do that. If you would like to pray with someone, you can do that too. If you would like to use all the images, then you can do that. There really is no right or wrong way to do it, just come along, and as the Psalmist said, ‘cry out, day and During the 24 hours, there will be night’. different activities, pictures, words, objects and more to help us focus A deacon will be available during our thoughts and prayers. each 2 hour slot, and I will be there throughout the 24 hours, so if you You do not need to be there for a get to the prayer room and don’t whole 2 hour period; it might be know what to do or what to pray for, there is more than one slot you someone will be available to guide would like to go to, so you might go you. to one slot for half an hour, another slot for 20 minutes, and maybe one It will be fantastic to see you all other for an hour. You can go to as there. much or as little as you would like. All good wishes, Please don’t worry about what you Rhiannon might have to do or say when you 24 Hour Prayer Plan (Saturday 10.00am - Sunday 10.00am) 10.00am - 11.00am Praise and Worship 11.00am - 1.00pm Prayers for the Church, the Elderly and Community 1.00pm - 3.00pm Prayers for Outreach and Mission 3.00pm - 5.00pm Children’s and young people’s prayers 5.00pm - 6.00pm Praise and Worship 6.00pm - 8.00pm Prayers for Healing and Wholeness 8.00pm - 10.00pm 23rd Psalm 10.00pm - 12.00am Celtic Night Prayers 12.00am - 2.00am Prayers for the Sick, the Dying, the Lost and Lonely 2.00am - 4.00am Youth Pizza and Bible Study 4.00am - 6.00am Alphabet Prayers 6.00am - 8.00am Prayers for the World 8.00am - 10.00am Prayers for a New Day Dawning 5


News Church Meetings - 3rd November and 24th November There is a special Church Meeting following the Sunday morning service on 3rd November, to discuss Christchurch’s financial situation. The next normal Church Meeting will be on Sunday, 24th November at 3.00pm. The agenda should be available by 10th November; all are welcome. There will be two vacancies for Church appointments which will need to be filled at this meeting: Karen MacGregor is stepping down as Pulpit Secretary, a role she has filled for the last few years. The purpose of this role is to ensure we have someone, either from within the church or from outside, to take the Sunday services when Rhiannon is not here. Jean James has for many years been responsible for Flower Distribution – making sure that the flowers from the beautiful arrangements we have each week go to our members who would appreciate them, especially if they’ve been ill, by giving bunches to the deacons whose list they are on. If you are interested in serving Christchurch in either of these ways, please let me know, before the meeting if possible. If you want to know more about what these roles involve, please speak to Karen or Jean. Allan Dickinson Church Secretary

Christmas Fayre - 16th November, 11.00am - 1.30pm Ho! Ho! Ho! Here we are again. The Christmas Fayre is once again upon us, and it is almost time to start preparing for stalls, raffles etc. Boxes are available in the porch, and clearly marked as always for items we would gratefully receive to enable the Fayre to be successful. This year we are having a Holiday Table for gifts donated from your holiday, and also we are hoping our Sunday School will have a stall of its own. Should anyone have any further 6


ideas, please do not hesitate to come forward. There will also be forms on which to add your name and items, if you so wish. Raffle tickets are also on sale. Should anyone wish to help in any way, please see me. May I say in advance, THANK YOU ALL, for your continued support as, without your generosity, the Fayre would not be possible. Please make a note of the date, November 16th, 11.00am – 1.30pm. Barbara Garness

Operation Christmas Child As you know, last year we collected over 100 shoeboxes...this year we’d like to do better, if possible. There will be a service of blessing for the boxes on Sunday, 24th November. It would be helpful if all the boxes could be in by 17th November. If you can’t fill a box and would like to make a monetary contribution, that’s great, as it costs £3 to send a box. Pick up a leaflet in the porch and have fun filling a box, knowing that it will make a child smile. Pat Ballard

Barn Dance After the worry about how many tickets we’d sold against the cost involved with running the Barn Dance, we were thrilled that it was more than ‘Alright on the Night’. Approximately 75 people came along to join in the fun (it was hard to count, as they didn’t stay still). It was lovely to see the Church, local community, Playgroup leaders, Brownies, Guides, Youth Club, Friends and Family all coming together as one. Lorna from Pluck and Squeeze has emailed us to say “Thank you for booking us - it was a real pleasure to play for you all - and lovely to see the mix of ages and enthusiasm!” Running this type of event would not be possible without help, so thank you to Gareth Joshua for putting up (and taking down) the bunting and helping set up and put away, Liz and Lian for being tied to the kitchen all night, Ruth on door and tea & coffee (on her wedding anniversary), Rhiannon on raffle and door, Sian and Gareth Wood for bringing the most family and friends, and everyone who helped at the end of the evening to tidy up; then there’s those who bought tickets with no intention of coming and 7


NOVEMBER 2013

Sunday

Tuesday

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28th

29th

3rd

4th

5th

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

10th

2.00pm Ladies’ Circle 7.45pm Players

11th

11.00am Morning Worship 6.30pm Senior Youth Club

17th

11.00am Parade Service 3.00pm Church Meeting

12th 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle 7.45pm Players

18th

11.00am Morning Worship and Communion 6.00pm Evening Worship

24th

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Monday

19th 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle 7.45pm Players

25th

26th 2.00pm Ladies’ Circle 7.45pm Players


Wednesday 30th

Thursday 31st

Friday 1st

Saturday 2nd

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

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7th

8th

9th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.30pm Fellowship 7.00pm Deacons’ Group Meeting 7.00pm Choir

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

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15th

16th

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

11.00am - 1.30pm Christmas Fayre

22nd

23rd

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

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

10.00am – 10.00am Sunday 24-hour Prayer

27th

29th

30th

14th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.00pm Choir

20th

1.45pm Toddler Group 7.00pm Choir

21st

28th

11.00am Prayer Meeting 7.00pm Youth Club

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those who made donations, a massive THANK YOU to you all. Together you have all contributed to raising over £500, which is on application to be doubled by Barclays Bank. Rhos Davies and Wynford James

Community Fun Day and Harvest Barn Dance What enjoyable and highly successful events both of these were. Thanks to Lian and her helpers for organising the Community Day, which was great fun and well-attended by many local folk and their children. The Bouncy Castle was a big hit with the younger children, and the many other side shows on offer kept them entertained and occupied on a rainy day. It brought people into our church who were interested to look around and find out about what is available week by week, as well as Sunday services and Junior Church. Thanks to Rhos and Wynford for organising the Harvest Barn Dance, a fantastic night where we were encouraged to ‘take to the floor’ and try to follow the instructions of the Caller! It wasn’t difficult really, and it was great to see so many youngsters joining in and enjoying themselves. The Hall was decorated beautifully, which added to the atmosphere. A substantial amount of money was raised from the night, and people went home asking ‘when is the next one?’ A great result!! A huge amount of time and planning went into both events, so thank you to all involved. Trudy Joshua

Harvest Festival Food Collection We have received a very big thank you from the Cardiff Food Bank for the food donated over the harvest festival period. The amount received by them from Christchurch was 106.1kg, a fantastic amount. I am also taking this opportunity to thank Linda Jones and her team for decorating the church so beautifully for the harvest festival. May I remind you that November is the month that Christchurch collects for the Food Bank. The green Food Bank bucket is in the vestibule, and all donations will be gratefully received. Jean Richards

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Thank You I would like to send a very big thank you to everyone who helped me in the last six months. Without them my job would have been more difficult than it was. I was out of my comfort zone and stressed at times, but knowing I wasn’t on my own kept me going. Karen MacGregor Pulpit Secretary

Copper Collection Thank you to all who have donated to the ‘Small Change and Copper Collection’ recently, despite all the other financial pressures surrounding us these days. It makes me think of the saying ‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’. Jean James

G’day Things have been a little hectic in our house for the past few months. Emily and Amelia decided to make their arrival a little earlier than expected. Both of them are doing well, they are even sleeping through the night! Rhys has taken to being a big brother very well. He's very protective of them. He will sit down and read to them, give them ‘cwtches’, and even helps to feed them. Football season has finished for Rhys, he is now doing athletics and will shortly start cricket. He has been doing Cross Country with the school and came 3rd in his last race. The weather is starting to warm up now, which is lovely, as we can go to the beach on the weekend. We've had a lot of storms lately, which had caused some damage, but not to the property that we are living in. We are on a count down until we come back for a visit. My sister is getting married at the end of November. It will be lovely to see everyone again. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Nikki, Mark, Rhys, Emily & Amelia xx 11


Rhys and the twins on the day they were born

Amelia and Emily

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Children’s Puzzle Corner The Prodigal Son Word Search Read the story at Luke 15:11 - 31 N

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Can you find these words? anger father money servants son brother

forgiveness pigs sin starving celebration grace

prodigal repentance

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Rotas Stewards November

Maurice Holcroft, Nonna Holcroft, Frances Stacey

December

Gareth Joshua, Alan Ridgway, Ralph Jeffrey

Teas and Coffees November 3rd

Gareth and Sian

November 17th

Eirian Kelly and Frances Pitt

December 1st If you are unable to do your tea duty, please let Lian or Rhos know in advance.

Flowers November 3rd

Joan Baker

November 10th

Graham and Kay Davies

November 17th

Les James

November 24th

Ann Heaps

December 1st

Hazel Bowen

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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@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

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 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 December edition of PULSE to Eirian by lunchtime on November 17th. Contact:

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

Pulse - November 2013  

The November edition of the magazine published by Christchurch United Church, Cardiff.

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