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CHRISTMASS 2017

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WORSHIP IN THE PARISH SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, NEWTON Sunday

Tuesday and Friday

08-30

Holy Eucharist

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Sunday School

11-00

Sung Eucharist

18-00

Evensong

10-30

Holy Eucharist

SAINT DAVID, NOTTAGE Sunday

Thursday

09-30

Junior Church

09-30

Sung Eucharist

17-00

Holy Eucharist

10-30

Holy Eucharist

ALL SAINTS, PORTHCAWL Sunday

Monday

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Junior Church

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Sung Eucharist

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Happy Christmas So this is Christmas….it’s rather crept up on me this year. Coming back from the warmth and sunshine of Lanzarote at the end of November, we suddenly found ourselves launching straight into the Christmas season! Busy, busy, busy – but there’s still time to reflect. Taking a moment to absorb the atmosphere and excitement of the Christmas Tree Festival, to catch the sparkle of the decorations in houses around town, or to enjoy and wonder at the floodlights on St John’s all helps to balance out the hustle and bustle of preparations. Pause and reflect as you read this December issue of the magazine. Once again it is packed full of contributions from folk across the Parish (Thank you one and all!) All three churches have been extremely active. There have been lots of celebrations and many memories; some looking back and lots of looking forward; familiar faces, as well as newcomers and those we only see occasionally. We are so lucky to have such a rich mix within our church family. Just imagine how dull things would be if we were all the same! Keep an eye on the website for up-to-date information, photos and extended stories. And remember the Parish Facebook page too for more immediate info and chatter! A big thank-you to our many contributors (for this issue and throughout the year) - without your input this magazine just wouldn’t be. Please continue with your contributions in 2018 – our first issue is for January/February, so articles to me by 31st January, please. So this is Christmas… I hope you have fun! See you in 2018! Helen Murdoch Please send magazine or website contributions to me at: parish@parishofporthcawl.org or call me on 01656 773645 or 07721 864493

Keep up with Parish news: On the website: www.parishofporthcawl.org On Facebook: search for Parish of Newton, Nottage & Porthcawl Lots of photos and up-to-date news - come and have your say! Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Out into the world we go . . . . If we are honest there are two things going on at the moment. One is the almost frantic preparation for a Midwinter Festival, with decorations up in houses and streets from Hallowe’en onwards, adverts geared towards purchase, purchase, purchase. The other, measured, almost unnoticed, is the Christian season of Advent, preparing for the time when Christ shall come again in power and majesty and preparing to celebrate the birth of the Christ-child in Bethlehem; (try finding that scene on a Christmass card . . . . ). If we are honest, we have gone back to where we were at the beginning—a small (but not insignificant) minority trying to find the Christchild and trying to share His importance with others. The temptation is to say ‘we go one way, they go another’, to draw a line which stops us being part of a society which nods towards belief without really accepting it, a society which loves the easy gloss put on Christmass but which shies away from the pain, darkness and suffering of Good Friday. But as Christians we are, we must be part of both societies, the society of faith and the society of the world. The whole point of Christmass is that God is involved in the secular as much, if not more than in the religious. What we will celebrate while the world keeps Midwinter is the very fact that Christ is born in the midst of unaccepting disbelief and that is where He wants to be. It is the hard option; the option of living a faith which touches the world as it is rather than an imaginary cosy, faithfilled one. The option which takes the Christian out of the citadel and into the battle against world, flesh and devil. The option which calls us to live as Christ lived and still tries to live through us. If we are to be true to the Christ for whose birth we now prepare; if we are to be true to the Christ who will come again then we live in the world, not out of it but we live as His first and we let that be known.

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Christmass Services 2017 Saturday 23rd December 10.30 am

St John’s Sunday School Nativity Service

Christmass Eve—Sunday 24th December 10.00 am

Parish Mass at St. David’s

No service at 10am or 11am 5.00 pm

Crib Service at All Saints

6.00 pm

Nine Lessons & Carols at St. John’s

11.30 pm Midnight Mass at All Saints Christmass Day 8.00 am

Mass at All Saints

8.30 am

Mass at St. John’s

9.30 am

Sung Mass at St. David’s

10.00 am

Sung Mass at All Saints

11.00 am

Sung Mass at St. John’s

Christmass Week services at the usual times New Year’s Eve 8.00 am

Mass at All Saints

8.30 am

Mass at St. John’s

11.00 am

Parish Mass at St. John’s

No service at 9.30am or 10am 11.15 pm

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Watchnight Service at St. John’s Please bring food and drink to share

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200 Club Our 4th draw will take place in St John’s Schoolroom during a Coffee and Pancakes morning on Saturday 3rd February. Look out for tickets on sale in 2018! We hope to “kick off” our next year with a June tea in All Saints. This means we will be collecting subs (preferably by cheque) after Easter. Thank you for your support since last June. We wish you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful (and perhaps lucky) New Year. Jan, Kevin, Iris, Dilys, Gloria and Jean

St John’s Church Summer Fayre 2018 Meeting 27th February 2018 Trying to get enthusiastic about an event 7 months away is difficult. Nevertheless we have to start thinking about it and I am hoping a get together in February may stir some grey cells and start the process. It will, after all, be only 4 months away then! So please come along to the schoolroom at 7pm on Tuesday 27th February and share any thoughts or ideas for the Summer Fayre to be held on the 7th July 2018 to help my enthusiasm. Andrew Singer, Chairman

MOVING MOUNTAINS The Moving Mountains Medical Camps in Nepal are designed for Medical or Dental students to gain medical volunteer experience abroad in their chosen field. The camps provide primary healthcare to local communities under the supervision and support of local Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists and medical support staff with specialist knowledge of local needs. Our Nepalese Medical Camp involves travel into the Himalayan foothills to help set up and run a medical and dental clinic in two Nepali villages. The experience lasts three weeks and costs £1400, plus flights. I and my sisters will be doing the Christmass Swim and any donations will be divided between LATCH and Nepal fundraising. Forms are in each church—thank you for your help! Catrin Masson Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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STOP PRESS….

Church Warden Marries After many preliminaries were held, including a Chinese Supper with the Bell Ringers, an At Home with the Lifeboat Crew and intimate suppers with friends, our Church Warden, Ruth Birch, and Julia Currey were married on Saturday 4th November. The private ceremony at Bridgend Registry Office was short, but moving, as they exchanged vows. It was followed by an all welcome celebration of the marriage at St John’s Church. The bells rang out to announce the happy event and, in fact, Ruth arrived in time to join the ringers (never late for anything is Ruth). Members of all three churches came together to share the moment and all were moved by a ceremony lovingly and thoughtfully conducted by Father Philip. A truly wonderful time.

After this, the couple enjoyed a family lunch and, in the evening, a meeting of friends at the harbour side to watch a spectacular firework display across a moonlit bay (so apt).

This was not the end of these happy times though, as many friends from far and near (including Ruth’s time on Coach Trip who can forget that?) were gathered at the RAFA Club to toast the happy couple, enjoy fine food, music and companionship. It now being a few weeks ago, they possibly have stopped smiling as normal routines set in - but possibly not! To a lovely, caring couple who bring much happiness to those who know them - we wish them many happy years together.

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Christian Worship in Nottage Part One 1000 years ago there was a church in Nottage, near to where the Rose and Crown is now. With the growth of Newton, 800 years ago the church of St John the Baptist was built and the Nottage Church left to rot. After the Second World War communion services were held in ‘Redlands’ (next to West Park School). A need was felt for a church and in 1948 a small wooden church was erected on the present site on land donated by Mr Blundell of Nottage Court. The building was an ex-Army Church, and two Nissen huts left on the site by American forces stationed there during the war were used as a schoolroom. This church was consecrated by the Bishop of Llandaff on 24th March 1948. In 1968, the Nissen huts were demolished and a classroom style wooden church hall built funded by sale of land for housing - now the Glade. In the 70s, a grant was received to make the car park and build boundary walls. This hall was used as a community hall by many local organisations, as well as the Sunday School. In the 70s, there was a rapid growth in the population of Nottage and it was felt that a new permanent church was needed to accommodate the growing congregation. Fundraising went on in a half-hearted way. In the 80s, the whole Parish was fundraising to renovate the organ in All Saints. This project was completed in 1988. On St David’s Day 1989, the Building Fund was launched to replace the crumbling church and hall with a modern permanent Church/ Hall structure. By then, there was £22,000 in the Building Fund. Peter Millis from our congregation was appointed architect although he had already been approached for a design some years before. A Fund Raising Committee was set up with members from the three churches. The first chair was Shirley Ash. Later I took over as chair. Monthly meetings were held and many ideas put forward. Publicity was very important to raise awareness in the community and newsletters were hand distributed to every house in Nottage on several occasions as well as newspaper articles. One of the first Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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ideas was to issue Founders Bonds at £10 each. These were designed by Gwyn Petty in his calligraphy and co-ordinated by Trevor Hopkins. The Scheme was launched by Bishop Roy who signed the Master Certificate along with Rector David John and the two church wardens, Mair Jones and David Parry. By mid-1992 £8000 had been raised from bonds. Names were entered in a beautiful book which is on display in a donated display case in the foyer in St David’s. The 200 Club was dedicated to the fund and raised £5000. Horace Durban made the wooden numbers and the tumbler for them. He also made collecting boxes in the form of Celtic Crosses for the three churches showing the target and how much money had been raised. Everyone entered into the spirit of fundraising and many events took place - many organised by non-church members. We held several Spring Fairs in the Grand Pavilion, a dance in the Esplanade Hotel, concerts, sponsored walks and bike rides, a flower festival, and many coffee and sherry mornings. We collected tons of aluminium cans, stamps and coins to sell. Janet Gibbon made hundreds of Welsh cakes and raised over £2000. Alongside this, a big effort was made to seek grants and donations, trawling through a large tome to find suitable grants to apply for (it would be a little easier today on the internet). Companies were written to. We also received many large donations and legacies. By July 1992, we had received £33,000 from events, £38,000 from donations and £43,500 in grants and £21,800 in bank interest. At that time, only donations of over £6,000 could be gift aided. The total was £183,500 and the cost of phase 1 of the church £186,000. There will be more information about the building of the church in the next edition. Pat Parry

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Sheila Hemphill October 1921 – October 2017 Sheila was not able to attend church for many years so, sadly, many of you never met her. Those of us who did know her remember a regular church goer, and a hard worker for the church and other charities (including Barnardo’s, PDSA and Animal Sanctuaries), and a supporter of anyone in any kind of need. Several of us attended a prayer/study group in her home once a week for years. We enjoyed her hospitality and admired her treasures. Her stories of playing around the pyramids, when her father, a major in the Army Medical Corps was stationed in Egypt, were fascinating. But one very sad story told how both her parents fell to their deaths on a Cornish holiday. Sheila insisted that she and her 2 brothers were kept together as a family. They spent several years with a relative in Ireland. On leaving school, Sheila worked for Barnard’s before moving to Porthcawl and becoming involved with All Saints church. She looked after the Altar linen and started coffee after services on Wednesdays and Sundays. Whenever the hall was unavailable we were invited to coffee in her home. After a house clearance she would take the bed and table linen, launder it and sell it at a fair (often in the Pavilion). She was always knitting (hats, scarves, mitts, toys and, when they were in fashion, gonks) and would sell them at car boot sales anywhere in Porthcawl, from the back of her beloved Morris Traveller. Church Army members (spending a week’s mission on the beach and sleeping in St John’s Schoolroom) could always take a bath in her home, and curates in training had “digs” with her. These are just a few disjointed memories of Sheila which we wanted to share. A good woman and a loyal friend. May she now rest in peace. Doreen Lewis and Jean Flower

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News from All Saints A busy start to November with a baptism and a wedding. First was the baptism of Arthur grandson of Leanne and Leslie Crole and Alicia and Tom who were married in All Saints a couple of years ago and now live in Sussex. It was a wonderful, happy day and was one of the biggest gatherings we have had for a very long time. Another lovely occasion was the marriage of Angharad and Keiran. Angharad is the granddaughter of the late Mary Evans, who was a very familiar face in All Saints for many years. Angharad walked to church in brilliant sunshine from her parents’ house in Victoria Avenue accompanied by 12 bridesmaid and flower girls. November is also a time of remembrance and this year’s Remembrance Service was extremely well attended despite the weather. It was heart-warming to see so many young people taking part. We had a very successful Pre Christmass Fair and whilst there didn’t seem to be that many people, we managed to raise £1190! A phenomenal amount, particularly as we were a ’skeleton crew’. Thanks to all who gave up their time and talents to help, as well as those who once again supported us. The Porthcawl Rotary Christmas Tree Festival has once again added sparkle to our Christmas preparations. The church looks so beautiful and it is great to welcome so many visitors to see the trees, and come to the concerts and services during that week. It is wonderful too to see so many organisations from the town represented. A huge thank you to Margaret Jenkins who is hanging up her secateurs after many years of flower arranging with the Flower Guild. We wish her a happy retirement. Finally we want to send our congratulations to Sian Jones on the birth of her second grandchild Eleri - a lovely Christmas present! (and our warmest wishes to Felicity and her husband too!) Helen Owen

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Christmas Trip 28th November

We had what several folk called ‘a happy day’ when 51 of us visited Abergavenny after stopping at the Celtic Manor for coffee. Because it wasn’t a long costly journey and the bus was nearly full, we were able to give the Parish £207.25. Each of us paid £14.50 to include:- coffee and a piece of Millionaire’s Shortbread (most had second helpings!!) served at our reserved tables in the Merlin Lounge; a raffle (with 9 interesting donated prizes); a lucky dip for everyone; and all tips. Pam Revill gave a beautifully embroidered cushion and we were pleased that it was won by somebody who really appreciated it. We left Abergavenny at 4pm. Thanks to Mike, our driver, who took a route to avoid the Newport tunnels, we were all home by 6pm. A very successful day in every way, though I do say so myself! Jean Flower

A little light relief A vicar wanted a framed text to hang in his church as a Christmas decoration. His wife went to London to order it, but on arrival discovered she had forgotten the words and the dimensions. She telegraphed her husband. The reply came back: “Unto us a child is born, six feet long and three feet wide.”

St David’s Ladies Guild 21 December 2017 - Carol Service and buffet. We could do with some stronger voices, so why not come along! 18 January 2018 - lesser-known ‘Welsh Homes’ which should be interesting. 24 January 2018 - New Year lunch details to follow 15 February 2018 - Games Night details to follow Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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News from St David’s We have had quite an eventful November. Our Pre-Christmas Fayre, the first of the 3 churches for a change, was on the 18 November. Although the weather was not good it was fairly well attended and the refreshments and cakes went well. Our profits were up on last year - £865. For the 25th Anniversary Celebration Mass, it was decided to open the back of the Church, so after the Fayre there was a practice opening of the partition. It had to be cleared first of the nursery posters and art work. It was quite a struggle. I don’t think it has been open for at least 5 years. On the 26 November, the feast of ‘Christ the King’, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the consecration of St David’s with a combined Parish Mass. The Nursery equipment was pushed to the back, the partition opened and extra chairs brought in from the hall. The hall was set up with a table for refreshments with silver paper serviettes and a bar. People started arriving at 10am and most of the chairs were occupied, about 100 people. It was nice to see Betty Warwick and Shirley Lloyd there. We also found the engraved spade that had cut the first sod and a message from Bishop Roy to guide us on our way from the Cathedral to St David’s on a sponsored walk. A painting of the consecration by Myrtle Greenaway was also on display. It was a nice service with some rousing hymns. Peter Millis (architect of the church) had set up a display in the church covering the building and fundraising for the church. Following the service we adjourned to the Hall for wine, coffee and nibbles provided by St David’s congregation. Judith Orphan had made a splendid cake to commemorate the occasion which was cut by Madge Wallis, the oldest member of our congregation. Read more in the article on Page XX and on the Parish website. There will be another combined service in St David’s on Sunday, Christmas Eve, because of difficulty getting clergy to cover all the services over Christmas. Amendment re the forthcoming wedding of Carolyn Tansey and Jeff Perrin announced last month - the date is now Saturday 7th April. Pat Parry Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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News from St John’s November is a quiet month in the church’s calendar. Perhaps appropriate as we remember the Armistice on 11 November and then on Remembrance Sunday. A time for sadness and reflection. Remembrance Sunday is always well supported at All Saints, with many factions of the town coming together to remember those who have given their lives for us. We do, of course, also remember them in our services in our various churches on that day. At our 11am service, David’s machine for playing the last post, like some of us, was feeling its age and sadly gave up. This year, on Saturday 11 November, we were in Cowbridge at 11am. A large crowd, including us, with people coming out from the nearby shops, gathered around the memorial in front of the Town Hall. At just before 11am, the traffic was stopped and everyone fell silent for 2 minutes, then a short service was held in which the names of Cowbridge’s residents, whose names had been omitted from the memorial were read out. It was very well done and, like all similar ceremonies, very moving. Also in Cowbridge, as they have done in previous years, all the lamp posts lining the main street were decorated with a very large poppy, each bearing the name of a someone who had died in war. What a lovely idea. Maybe Porthcawl could adopt something similar. Whilst November is a quiet month in the church’s year, it would appear that elsewhere, everyone is going up a gear, preparing for Christmas. Shopping, baking and preparing for various concerts, and, of course, the Sunday School are busy rehearsing for the Nativity play, which this year will take place on the morning of Saturday 23 December. See the weekly sheet or the Christmas Services sheet for the time as well as the times for all the other services taking place. As this is the last magazine for this year, may we all have the blessings of Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018. Diane Jackson

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Christmas Wordsearch Look for all these translations of ‘Christmas’ in the grid of letters. The answers appear forwards, backwards, up, down and diagonally, but always in a straight line. You can use letters in the grid more than once.

CHRISTMAS JOL JOULUA JUL KELLEMES KERSFEES KERSTFEEST

KESHMISH KIRIHIMETE KIRSIMATI KRISHTLINDJEN KRISMASI KURISUMASU NATALE

NATALI NAVIDAD NOEL NOYE WEIHNACHT YULE ZIEMAS Answers on Page 21 …...

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Mothers’ Union News

Our November meeting on the 7th was 'Carers' Wales. Jean, Mike and Chris described their experiences of caring for family members. Jean is a trustee for Carers' Wales and also works as a volunteer sending out the message of caring. Caring is an integral part of what it is to be human. We all need someone to stand by us – a 'help mate'. She said that as a 9 year old, when her mother went off to work, she was left to look after her 3 year old sister who had measles. She later cared for her husband for 4 years, and also cared for her mother from the age of 79 to 96, so her caring responsibilities have increased. The Carers Centre in Bridgend, Crossroads and Carers Wales came into her life. The number of carers in Wales for 2016 was 370,230. Every day 3,000 people become carers. How much do you think we save the Welsh economy? £8.1 billion of care is provided free of charge by people in Wales. Social Services provide £12 million. 3 million people in the UK juggle their caring role with holding down a job. There is a carers allowance – the benefit is worth about £64. To get this you have to be under 60. When you receive your Old Age Pension you lose your caring allowance. You have to do it for 35 hours a week, ie £1.77 a hour! There are 103,594 people in Wales, who provide over 50 hours of care per week, and over a million people in the UK care for more than 1 person, 58% of those carers are women, 42% are men, and a large number of children under the age of 18 provide care. Facts and figures mean nothing – being a carer is a constant battle as you are constantly fighting to get the best quality of care that you can. Every year there is a rise of 4% of people who need care in Wales and at the same time the social care budget is cut by 4%, so this means that a lot of local authorities are struggling. Carers Wales is an organisation that goes out offering advice. They have made submissions to both the Welsh Assembly Government and BCBC. It is a charity and anyone can become a member. Mike has been a carer for most of his life. At aged 8, he had to look after his brother who had Autism and it has been a hard Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Mothers’ Union News continued struggle. At school he kept quiet about this role for a while but then decided to speak up. He told his teachers but they did not do anything about it. He then went to the Head teacher who said 'what is that to do with you'. They think the person is lying. His brother later started residential care in Heronsbridge, Bridgend, which was good for him, but next year he will have to go to a disability college and will find it difficult. Chris cares for his mother who has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). She can't do very much. She can barely go to the toilet. He has been caring for about 5/6 years. He grew up in the care system so he was not living with her until he was 16. She has black outs but doctors do not know what is causing these. He got carers allowance when he was 18. He gets £62 and also claims income support. He goes to college 7 hours a week. His partner helps out. He has no outside support at all, though his GP is very supportive. Did you know that you can legally be named as a carer as young as 5 years old! Sue Coughlin

Christmas Cards Have you written all your Christmas cards – what designs did you choose to send this year? There are so many different designs, traditional and modern. Traditional religious cards usually include the nativity – Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. But what else would you count as religious? The Three Kings? The Bible doesn’t say they were kings, or that there were three of them; just that they were Wise Men, who travelled far to bring special gifts for the baby Jesus. And do you know why there are so many robins on Christmas cards? The first postmen in Victorian times wore red and were called robins, so robins were shown as delivering cards. Whatever kind of card you sent this year, I’m sure you included a kind message with love for your friends. Our love is a tiny echo of God’s love for all the world. Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Christmas Wordsearch Answer

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Pause for Thought

The Giver of Gifts

May the Giver of Gifts give unto you That which is good and that which is true: The will to help and the courage to do; A heart that can sing the whole day through Whether the skies be grey or blue, May the Giver of Gifts give these to you. Author Unknown

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