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WORSHIP IN THE PARISH SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, NEWTON Sunday

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Holy Eucharist

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Sunday School

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Evensong

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Changes, challenges and….no chocolate! After a packed and busy magazine for the beginning of the year, this March issue has a more settled feel – perhaps appropriate as we are in Lent and in a time of prayer and thoughtfulness. There are many good wishes and thank-yous to Father Craig as he embarks on the next step of his journey in his new parish in Wick. He has been a big part of our parish life in Porthcawl and will be greatly missed. His sermons have added a sparkle to many a Sunday and his final address to us at the parish service is included in this magazine. The picture he refers to will, I hope, be reproduced on the parish website – we can’t do justice to it on these pages in black and white! Technology continues to give us a few challenges. My sincere apologies to everyone for the missing final lines of some articles in previous issues and also to those contributors whose names have been chopped off. We’re trying our best to compensate for the different versions of the software but haven’t quite cracked it yet – I hope you’ll see an improvement this time. The magazine is also produced in electronic format, with all content intact(!) on the parish website. Some of the articles also appear in their own right on the website and often with the addition of colour photos. Please have a look and tell me what you think. We have now caught up on ourselves on our publication schedule and aim to circulate the magazine during the first week of the month from April onwards. This means that news, articles and other contributions should be with me by the 24th of the preceding month. For April I look forward to receiving your content by 24th March. Best wishes from a chocolate-free zone, Helen Murdoch Please send magazine or website contributions to me at: parish@parishofporthcawl.org or call me on 01656 773645 or 07721 864493

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THE CRUCIFIED GOD We spend forty days after Christmass pondering the wonder of God made man, the birth of the Christchild at Bethlehem. We talk about light coming into darkness, a light that darkness cannot overcome. The Word, Jesus, is made flesh and lives among us, full of grace and truth. We spend another forty days, during Lent, pondering how that light does indeed seem to be extinguished. The Word made flesh dies upon the Cross, put there by people just like us. His death is real; his suffering is real. Jesus crucified, God crucified, crying out in words of the 22nd Psalm, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me’, words which will echo around All Saints as we come to venerate that Cross, words we will hear on Palm Sunday in sharp contrast to the Hosannas we sing at the start of the service. How can the light go so far into darkness that darkness indeed looks as if it has triumphed? How can Jesus, the Son of God, go to the Cross, there to suffer and to die? The answer is found in the Gospel, in John 3.16 ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life’. This love knows no boundaries, no limits: it will take and accept the cruel torture of crucifixion and all that goes with, a death invented by the mankind he comes to save.. It does look as if the light has gone out. For his followers, for his mother all hopes and dreams have gone. He is really dead: they take him down and put him in the tomb. No more light, only the darkness of grief. Then, early on Sunday morning, they go back to the tomb. It is empty. He is not there: He is risen. The love is given, even unto death. And overcomes it. The light triumphs. At Easter we begin not forty but fifty days of thanksgiving. The Crucified God becomes the Risen Saviour. Father Philip

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Jan Fletcher Although Jan has been under the weather for some while her death has come as a shock and we offer Mike, Anne and David, Hannah and her children our deepest sympathy. It is difficult to think of anyone who, over the years, has contributed so much to the life of the parish, not just at St David’s, where she has been a constant rock and support. I first met her through the youth club that was here in the 70s & early 80s, (we had a much more compact gathering in Port Talbot). Her life and liveliness and pro-active faith was very evident. Over the years I learnt a lot more about her faith in action - about her work with the YMCA and latterly with the U3A, amongst others. She seemed to know everybody and remember who was linked to who. She was PCC Secretary in Fr Hector Evan’s day and more recently in mine and her immaculate handwriting, gift of organising and accurate memory of what we did when has been our salvation more than once. She was faithful pilgrim to Walsingham, making sure each year that candles were bought for each church in the parish. The Christian pilgrim has one end, one aim, to find our true home. Our hope, our prayer and our faith is that she has done just that. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Thanks be to God. Dates for your diary Tuesday 21st March 2017 Coach trip to Museum of Childhood and Carmarthen. Details on page 10. Saturday 8th July 2017 -

St John’s Church Summer Fayre

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Thank you As I write this final article for the parish magazine, I am sitting in my kitchen with 6 removal boxes of stuff that I’ve accumulated in the nearly five years I’ve served with you in Porthcawl. The boxes are in the hub of the house because it is the last bit of space left with all the preparations for my move to Wick. I’ve often heard it said that moving is one of the most stressful things to do in life. What I have particularly found difficult is clearing my desk in the parish office, the administrative hub of the parish. It was a sobering experience sorting through it and brought back both all sorts of memories. The Lego Cross, Whitsun World Cup Rugby Festival banners, Buzz Lightyear and Woody, Top Trump Minions, Frozen Easter, the ordination candle from West Park, the Valentines and Christmas cards from Nottage Primary, not to mention envelope after envelope of photographs from fayres, baptisms, the centenary service and my first mass. It was this last picture I found the most moving. It was taken at the Altar as I celebrated the mass on the feast day of St Peter with Fr Erle, Fr Philip, myself, Fr Peter, Revd Jane Slennett and Revd Marja Flipse. I had never seen the church that full before, except for a funeral, and I certainly did not expect to give 200+ first blessings. Greek Orthodoxy speaks of heaven bowing down to earth during the mass and that was what I think I experienced - earth and heaven connecting. This morning at my final mass in the parish I experienced this bowing again, this time flanked now by Fr Erle and Fr Philip as our brother and friend Fr Peter died a few months after my first mass. As each of you came to the altar rail, there was a deep realisation of the communion of saints, and the body of Christ. A reminder that we are members, one of another, and that each of you is a unique witness to Christ. It was a wonderful way to finish as your Assistant Priest. It has been a privilege to see your gifts and talents at work, and thank you for your encouragement to use mine! I thank you also for your great kindness and generosity and to everyone for all your good wishes, cards, presents, the empty envelope and, of course, your love. Thank you also to all those who organised and gave to the Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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wonderful farewell celebration buffet. Again, it has been a privilege to serve among you all and to be a part of such a busy and thriving parish and I look forward to seeing some of you in a few weeks time at my licensing in Llantwit Major. Father Craig

Father Craig’s Final Sermon in Porthcawl There is a spiritual depth and power for life that can be made possible as we respond to trials, temptation, and testing. If we’re given a choice most of us will not intentionally choose a path filled with difficulty. Choices we have made may cause us to stumble on this path, then there are the choices of others around us that may create harsh and hostile circumstances that force us onto this path. Yet in Lent we are invited to embrace an intentional way of life. For the forty days of Lent, we follow the example of Jesus who was “led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil”. Jesus is tempted by bread for his hunger. He is tempted to save himself from danger. He is tempted to take all the power in the world that the devil can offer. Each time he rejects temptation. He is not alone. The spirit does not drop him off in this wilderness to fend for himself; the spirit continues to abide with him, enabling him to grow stronger. Earlier in Matthew we heard of Jesus’ baptism where the Holy Spirit anointed him to prepare him for his mission. Being chosen and anointed is not sufficient preparation either for our ministry gathered or ministry scattered. Sometimes we must be tested, often in places of hunger and despair. It is there we learn dependence on God who in His grace will provide for all our needs in all life’s seasons. A popular notion for the season of Lent is that we must give up something. We are often asked, “What are you giving up for Lent?”. Red meat? Sweets? Perhaps instead of that simplistic notion of giving something up for Lent, we should ‘intentionally to try to see ourselves as others see us.’ Which brings me to this wonderful painted image of me - a leaving present from Year 1 at Newton Primary. Let’s look at the body first. They have captured those times where I have allowed temptation to rule and accepted that second Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Father Craig continued cup of milky coffee from Jane Angell or Kay Foyle (please do not ask me to choose!), Doris’ weekly office sustenance of macaroons and shortbreads (which replaced the cheesy nibbles - unhealthy as they are made with Palm oil), Iris Hickman’s peanut biscuits at Bible Study and don’t get me started on the biscuit selection at St David’s, or the fish & chip suppers and soup lunches, Jean Flower’s constant supply of tea bags or Gareth and Diane’s yearly gift of a bottle of Disaranno. Talk about ‘lead us not into temptation’! Hair - the children must have heard of my excitement at raffles for the hair care products and mercifully they have given me some. God bless them. But most of all, it has to be the smile - those who know me reasonably well, who sit and serve beside me, know that there are times when this smile has been turned upside down. Some of that is temptation, behaviour that has shocked me. Putting my personal needs first. When I have looked away from those in need both personally and corporately, and to live my life unaffected by poverty, hunger and disease- maybe I just do not have the time or the energy. Some has been loss- Gillian Legg, Neville Evans, Neville James, Roy Saunders, Marjorie Clatworthy, Mary Marsden, Bill Leaker, and Barbara Harris: I could go on. And not to have my family with me here in Porthcawl. The upheaval of the move to Wick. For those who look on feeling they are unable to help, thank you for your touch, for listening, for being there. Thank you Fr Philip. Back to the smile– that, I think, reveals my love for mission and ministry to schools, for the friendships, for the fun, for the pure privilege and pleasure to share my faith, our faith with children. The smile also reveals that word not said much in the Christian faith, one of the seven-fold gifts of the Spirit: the JOY of it all. The JOY of people, the JOY of encouraging and caring, the JOY of showing that each one of you counts to God, the JOY of coming together shoulder to shoulder around the altar and most of all the JOY of participating in the humanity of Christ. For is this not one of the goals of Christian life? Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Which takes me back to Lent- intention: ‘intentionally to try to see ourselves as others see us. To recall, to reflect all in order to renew ourselves and to grow. Be receptive to God’s grace this Lent and the spirit abiding with you. Try to make the best of what life throws at you. Use your gifts and skills to increase delight. Use your personalities to put a smile on people’s faces. As in the words of Charles Bretherton (a year 6 pupil at West Park), found in their parting gift of a journal to me: “Fr Craig, I will always remember you in all of your glory. #rememberLegoLentDay when we were allowed to put a brick of Lego on the cross.” Glory Maybe St Irenaeus had it right 2000 years ago when he said: The Glory of God is a human being fully alive. Thank you for helping me among all the fears and temptations to be fully alive. Thank you for those times you have turned my frown upside down. Thank you for being glorious and showing me Christ’s glory. Thank you for helping me to begin to know and understand the words of Jesus ‘I came that all may have life and have it in abundance.’ Live your life of faith intentionally to bring delight to others; live it to bring others to Christ; live it so that when your time is up, you leave behind, like I do now on this part of my earthly journey, with Joy and love, as few regrets as possible. + To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever amen. Father Craig

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Parish Trips 21st March (Tuesday) - Coach trip to the Museum of Childhood and Carmarthen. Cost £14.00 per person, to include museum entrance and coffee. Pick up points: Arosfa - 9am, Co-op - 9.10am, Seagull - 9.20am (and all stops in between). Unless otherwise stated, these timings are correct for every trip. Suggested Summer Trips: 1.

Ross-on-Wye, with tea at “Labels”

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Tewkesbury, calling back to the “Farmers’ Service Station” near Gloucester on M5

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Joint trip with MU in July Because 2017 is the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, it has been suggested that the MU members visit Althorp, where they could view some of Diana’s dresses as well as her original home. (A trip to Kensington Palace to view the main exhibition of dresses is tempting but not feasible.) This visit in July will be possible if parishioners and other friends can support the MU, as it is only viable if they can fill a 49-seater bus. Total cost of bus and entrance to Althorp would be £24.00 per person. If you are interested contact Pat Capron on 01656 789446 or Jean Flower on 01656 784864 as soon as possible.

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News from All Saints There was great excitement in All Saints for the Christingle Service on 31st January. Over 60 people attended on one of the worst nights of the year so far! Everyone had great fun, from the youngest Henry, aged 2, to Peter Owen, aged 75, both of whom were making their very first Christingle! Thank you Father Craig. It was a delight to celebrate the wedding of Felicity Jones and James Power on 18 February. It was a stunning day, better than many in mid-summer! The church was filled with beautiful flowers thanks to the Flower Guild, beautiful voices, thanks to the choir and beautiful people, led by mother-of-the-bride, Sian. The baptism of Lily-Mai and Alfie-Rai Poles-Holland was another lovely occasion at the end of February. It was wonderful to welcome their family and friends to All Saints, particularly pupils and teachers from West Park Primary. Our organists are once again in the news. Congratulations to Alex who has been offered a place at Pembroke College, Cambridge to study veterinary science - we have our fingers crossed for you, Alex. Congratulations also to Laurence, who having won the opening round of the Rotary Young Musician competition held in Porthcawl, also won the second round held in Ystalafera. He played two piano pieces—Brahms’ Balladen No 1 Opus 10 and Chopin’s Nocturne No 20 in C sharp minor. We wish him well in the next round in Cardiff and also congratulate him on passing his Grade 8 piano exam with distinction. How lucky we are to have two such talented young people in our midst - thank you both for your enthusiasm and commitment to All Saints. Lent lunches started on Ash Wednesday - all are welcome to join us in the hall after the Wednesday morning services during Lent. Finally, a big thank you to Father Craig for his fun, friendship and dedication to our parish. We offer him and his family our very best wishes for the future. Helen Owen and John Murdoch Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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News from St David’s We all would like to wish Fr Craig a fond farewell and wish him well in his new post in Llantwit Major and in his new home in Wick. Thank-you Fr Craig for your time with us in St David’s over the past 4 years, all the encouragement you have given us and your work with West Park Primary School. You will be missed. We all got together for a Parish Mass in All Saints led by Fr Craig assisted by the Rector and Fr Earl followed by a sumptuous buffet and a presentation to him by Ruth Birch, Parish Warden. Many of us will be going to his induction in Llantwit Major later in the month. As St David’s day this year clashed with Ash Wednesday, we celebrated our Patron Saint on the Sunday before during the regular morning Mass; unfortunately our numbers were well down on our regular weekly attendance. We had traditional Welsh music and several well known Welsh hymns and a sermon by the Rector on St David who encouraged everyone to do the ‘pethau bychan’, the little things. As well as giving up things for Lent we should do little things for our neighbours and try to live a good Lent. Memories of Trecco Church In the late 80’s an informal ecumenical Songs of Praise used to be held each Sunday evening during the school summer holidays led by one of the curates. The small congregation from the caravan park and a few of us from the parish would choose our own hymns and say why we chose them. There would be some bible readings and a short address. John Berry and I played the piano and we learned some new hymns that way. The Church Army stayed for 2 weeks in August running a holiday club for the children in St David’s in the morning and in Trecco Church in the afternoon. They led the Sunday evening service when they were there assisted by some puppets! Pat Parry

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From the Registers at St John’s Baptism 2nd October

Charlotte Louise Dutton

Holy Matrimony 3rd December

Jon Christian Whittal & Evgenia Hristova

Funerals 10th October 4th November 24th November 1st December 2nd December 8th December 9th December

Ann Deidre Wilkins—aged 81 years Iden Lancaster Claessen—aged 95 years Joan Jones—aged 94 years Doreen Parry—aged 83 years Neville Grier Evans—aged 89 years Lynda Edith Merriman Geoffrey Arthur Hillman—aged 72 years

Committal of Ashes 28th October Roy Saunders—aged 81 years 22nd November Bohdan (Bob) Shawe-aged 68 years

News From the Tower You may have read in the news last month that a fellow campanologist who was visiting Worcester Cathedral suffered a freak accident that left him with a fractured bone in his back and a very sore head. He was hoisted in the air before crashing to the ground after catching his foot in a bell rope. This serves as a serious reminder that you should NEVER enter the bell tower when the bells are being rung. For those thrill seekers among you, don't forget our practice night is Monday at 1945 hours. Bellringing is now, in my opinion, an extreme sport! Stay safe. Ruth Birch Tower Captain

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News from St John’s February has been a very quiet month. Iris Hickman, after 6 weeks in plaster, has now had the plaster removed. As it was such a nasty fall, she still has to take thing easy and is gradually getting her mobility back. Hopefully we will see her back in church in the very near future. Our continued best wishes to her and Terry, who, Iris says, is going to sign up for a Cordon Bleu cookery course! Ash Wednesday this year coincides with St David’s Day. During Lent, the Flower Guild will be collecting money for those who wish to purchase an Easter lily or lilies in memory of loved ones. Envelopes will be in church and the lilies are a minimum of £3 per lily. Please hand the completed envelopes to a member of the Flower Guild. The Magazine monies are now due. If you have not already paid, please pay the person who delivers them to you as soon as possible. I have been given to understand that some people are trying to get a committee together to continue the 200 Club. Details have to be confirmed but get your money and your cards ready, as new cards will now not be issued. Watch this space!! Finally, a very sad farewell to Father Craig as he goes off to pastures new. He has worked very hard in the Parish and with the schools. He will be sadly missed by us all. Porthcawl’s loss is Wick’s gain. Our very best wishes to him and his family in their new Parish. Diane Jackson

Food Bank—thank you We would like to thank the congregation for their donations and support towards the Food Bank during the past year and hope you will continue to support this cause in the coming months. We are very grateful for your help. Thank you, Denver and Margaret Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Lent - did you know? For many of us Lent is a time of prayer, as well as a time when we forego some of the luxuries we enjoy. I wonder how much we know about Lent - here are some interesting facts. Why is it called Lent? Lent is an old English word meaning 'lengthen'. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer. Why 40 days? 40 is a significant number in Christian scripture: In Genesis, the flood which destroyed the earth was brought about by 40 days and nights of rain. The Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching the land promised to them by God. Moses fasted for 40 days before receiving the ten commandments on Mount Sinai. Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry. The colour purple - purple is the symbolic colour used for vestments and altar frontals throughout Lent. Purple is used for two reasons: firstly because it is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, and secondly because purple is the colour associated with royalty, and celebrates Christ's resurrection and sovereignty. East and West - both the eastern and western churches observe Lent but they count the 40 days differently. The western church excludes Sundays (which is celebrated as the day of Christ's resurrection) whereas the eastern church includes them. The churches also start Lent on different days. Western churches start Lent on the 7th Wednesday before Easter Day (called Ash Wednesday). Eastern churches start Lent on the Monday of the 7th week before Easter and end it on the Friday 9 days before Easter. Eastern churches call this period the 'Great Lent'.

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Mothers’ Union News ‘OPEN DAY' AT MARY SUMNER HOUSE A visit I made with MU branches in the Chichester Diocese in the early 2000's – a lot of this info is now long out of date! I enjoyed it so much that I went again with my local MU branch in Worthing three years later. There were lots of members already there, sipping coffee in the conference room. My eyes alighted on a large tapestry on the wall at the back of the stage. On looking closer this showed all the different branches of the MU home and abroad. It completely dominated the room. Coffee finished I went back to the main entrance to meet the rest of my group – led by Sheila Bolton – who was the guest speaker at our AGM. Sheila gave us each a red sticker – all the groups had different coloured stickers – just in case anyone got lost! We then returned to the Conference room where we were given a talk by the Financial Officer on what we would be seeing during our visit. She also gave us a brief history of the house. At that time we also had our first introduction to World Wide President Trish Hayward. Our group were told to start at the top of the house – four floors up – at least it was all downhill form then! We were accompanied around the house by a volunteer guide. (Lots of volunteers gave their time to make sure we all had a nice day.) The fourth floor houses the guest rooms – there are 11 bedrooms in all, 5 single and 6 twin, plus a sitting room with television and a kitchen. Accommodation costs £27 per night, including a self-service breakfast. This must be a very good bargain for Bed and Breakfast in Central London (close to Westminster Abbey). Accommodation is for members and their families or friends. Enquiries can be made via the bookings administrator at Mary Sumner House. The third floor holds various offices. The second houses the office of the World Wide President. I found we had something in common – we both come from Cumbria!!

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Mothers’ Union News continued The second floor also houses The Princess Mary room – also known as the members lounge – where members can come to relax for a short time whilst visiting London. This is a beautiful room full of atmosphere. There is also a kitchen nearby where one can make tea or coffee. Then down to floor 1 which accommodates the Mary Sumner Room and the Syndicate Room. Both these rooms and the Conference hall are hired out commercially, when not in use by the MU, generating much needed income for the Union. The rest of the first floor is taken up by Action & Outreach and Home & Family Offices. Finally back to the ground floor and into The Chapel where we said prayers. After that we all trooped off to the Gift Shop. I had a lovely day and met lots of friendly people. I hope that after reading this some of you may be encouraged to visit the House. Sue Coughlin

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Pause for Thought

Pope Francis’ Words:

Do you want to fast this Lent? Fast from hurting words and say kind words. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. Fast from anger and be filled with patience. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. Fast from worries and trust in God. Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity. Fast from pressures and be prayerful. Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others. Fast from grudges and be reconciled. Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

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