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WORSHIP IN THE PARISH SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, NEWTON Sunday

Tuesday and Friday

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Holy Eucharist

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Sunday School

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Sung Eucharist

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Evensong

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Holy Eucharist

SAINT DAVID, NOTTAGE Sunday

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Junior Church

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Sung Eucharist

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Holy Eucharist

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Holy Eucharist

ALL SAINTS, PORTHCAWL Sunday

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Keep smiling - Spring is on the way! Is it any wonder that the weather is a favourite topic of conversation – we’ve had virtually everything you can think of in this last month. Even so, the lambs are in the fields, the blossom is making a glorious show and the early morning bird-song is at full volume! Easter is always a busy time and this year has been no exception. A wedding at St David’s, a number of baptisms, a few sad farewells and numerous concerts and events have kept all three churches on their toes. We’re reminded of the pleasures and hazards of living on this spectacular coast, and also have news about plans for the summer. And just as we were going to press, the Parish Annual Report arrived – you can get a flavour here and also download the full Report and Accounts on the Parish website. Thank you to our regular contributors – we are a varied bunch and the updates, stories, news and reports are very much appreciated by our readers. Thank you all and please “keep ‘em coming”!! We’re always pleased to welcome new contributions too. If you have something to say, an interesting story or some wisdom to pass on, please forward it to me. (And if you want help in writing it, I’m happy to take dictation over the phone!). I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. All contributions for the next issue to me by 24th May, please. Until next time,

Helen Murdoch Please send magazine or website contributions to me at: parish@parishofporthcawl.org or call me on 01656 773645 or 07721 864493.

P.S. Sorry if the page order was a bit muddled last month - hopefully that technical error is now sorted!!

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!

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Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me. The Christian life is restless, restless because it is a journey, restless because on that journey we need to be always looking for more of the new life that Jesus promises. The first step in an active and effective Christian life is to be aware of this need to be open to new things and to accept that as a given of the nature of Christian life. A Christian travels with others and is (or should allow themselves to be) helped by others, but at the same time each of us has, in his or her own way, a search which is particular and personal to us. This does not mean, of course, that within this essential restlessness there are not times of peace, of calm and strength; but it does mean that these oases can outlive their usefulness and become a trap which can stifle our growth both as individual Christians and as a parish, a group of Christians moving together towards salvation. Jesus speaks of his disciples being led by the Counsellor or Comforter, the Holy Spirit. This Spirit is usually described as a wind; he descends at Pentecost ‘like tongues of fire’, a disturbing, almost fearsome occurrence. Yet out of the turmoil like wind and fire came the birth of the church, came people filled with power and purpose, came people with their old fears and hesitancies put away because they accepted what God willed for them. Their lives were changed completely because they let God in; unlearned, they became confident to speak out God’s truth; people who met behind locked doors in fear became ready to die for their faith. The Holy Spirit changed them. The Holy Spirit will change us, leading us further into God’s truth, convincing us more deeply of God’s love for us, giving us the confidence to live out and witness to our faith no matter what our circumstances. We do not do this Comfortless, we do not do this without Counsel, because the Holy Spirit, as given and promised at Pentecost will be with us. ‘Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me, Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me, Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Parish Diary 200 Club Afternoon Tea At All Saints Hall on Saturday 30th June Join us for a lively afternoon of chat and coffee. Full details on the Weekly Sheet. REMINDER: subscriptions are now due, so don’t miss your chance to win a supper prize! St John’s Summer Fayre—7th July Raffle tickets are now available—please take some books to sell. Each ticket is £1 (£5 per book) - First Prize is £100! Dates for your Diary: Llandaff Pilgrimage to Walsingham 23rd - 26th July 2018 The cost is £275 for adults and £135 for 5—16 year olds (approximate costs at present). More details to follow, but please ring Linda Fletcher on 01656 772014 if you have any queries. Christmas Tree Festival 2018 Monday 3rd - Monday 10th December 2018

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Parish Annual Report 2017/8 I write this on the Feast of St Mark, author of the shortest and most urgent of the gospels. If Mark has a favourite word it would be ‘immediately’ : there is no waiting around. Our only purpose is to proclaim the gospel—immediately, not tomorrow or the next day and certainly not on Sundays only. We are fortunate, as I’ve tried to emphasise to the diocese who are so stubborn in not allowing the help we need to share the gospel better, that we have a pattern of daily Eucharistic worship, virtually unique in the diocese. We have this because people come, so that day-by-day we present the Lord’s Sacrifice & make intercession for our parish (for all its people) for the church and for the world. We are fortunate, too, in the amount of support so many people give us so freely and willingly and, usually, with a smile. It is no mean feat to maintain three places of worship and to cater for the 170 or so people who come week by week, let alone the extras on high days and holidays. So many thanks to all—the welcomers, the wardens, the musicians, the cleaners and flower arrangers and those who look after our money and arrange all our services. We are fortunate that we can make our buildings available to the wider community, not just our halls but our churches too. The safe option is to keep them safely locked up, just for ‘us’; instead if anyone wants to use our buildings, within reason, they can — we are here to serve our community and from occasional concert visits or whatever, through being people who welcome and value the stranger, new faces come and new faces settle. There are things we would like to do—expand our ministry to the schools, offer more targeted mission, make more contacts with the community, but these really will have to await a new member of staff. We are not letting this quest die away. My own thanks go to many– to all I’ve already mentioned but also to Fr Keith, Fr Terry and Fr Geoff and all the others who help us Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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maintain our pattern of services. We all owe a great deal to Fr Erle, who despite frequent struggles with his health, was second to none in the help he offered and who became my mentor and my friend. More too now rejoice in another better place, the names of most are listed on page 9 of the Annual Report. We give thanks for all that they gave and shared on their pilgrimage. On a happier note, we offer our congratulations to our Churchwarden Ruth, whose marriage to Julia was blessed in the Parish Church and celebrated with a memorable party a week later. We have now a new bishop, June Osborne, who is gradually finding her way around the diocese and learning our ways. We wish her every blessing as our new pastor. Remember Saint Mark—the gospel is for today; don’t wait until tomorrow! Father Philip Editor’s Note: The full Parish Report and Annual Accounts are available on the Parish website

Remembering Father Erle You never forgot Erle was a Yorkshireman through and through. He kept the language and he kept the accent; he kept too a certain Yorkshire bluntness. You always knew where you were with him. His path to priesthood was not easy, having to overcome (or ignore) his father’s disapproval and fund his own training at St Michael’s. He served in Yorkshire and then came back to Llandaff ‘on loan’ and stayed. He did not have easy parishes—Ynyshir (which was leavened by meeting Jill), Tonyrefail, Pyle and Kenfig. His health was not good— he retired early and became part of our life. He coupled practicality with a real spirituality, deep-founded. He was an inspiring mentor to those who trained here.; he was an unfailing source of help and advice. We offer Jill our deepest sympathy but can truly say of him ‘well done, good and faithful servant: enter into the joy of your Lord.’ Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Meet Tom Jones and the Rock Choir! July 7th on Newton Green starting at 11am with the Bells Official Opening at 12 noon Tom is opening the Fayre at 12 noon and he may even sing a couple of his hit numbers. The Tom we have may not be the one you know but ‘our’ Tom has an alias of Dean. The Rock Choir are coming at 11.30am. They are brilliant and, if you haven’t seen them, you must come. After Tom, we have the Community Orchestra followed by Elindia’s Belly Dancers Troupe, Loopy News the magician and the Performance House. A bouncy castle is booked and all the usual table top games will be out including, by popular request, ‘Splat the Rat’. The tug-of-war between the Jolly Sailor and the Globe will round off the day. Refreshments, burgers, Pimms, cakes, ice creams, burgers, country market, books, bric-a-brac, tombola, handbags, L’Oreal products- all these and more. If you have a raffle prize, books, bric-a-brac, costume jewellery, old handbags or accessories, cakes, jams or chutney that you would like to give, please contact me. We have a stallholders meeting on Tuesday June 19th at 7pm in the Schoolroom so you could bring items then. We hope you will all come along and enjoy the day. Andrew Singer, Chairman, Tel: 01656 785628 or email abs.singer@btinternet.com

Design-a-Poster Competition Calling all children in Porthcawl - design a poster for St John’s Church Summer Fayre 2018. A prize in each age category! Guidelines for designing your poster: à All posters are to be on A4 white paper (portrait) à Make sure all lines and colourings are made with felt tip pens or pencils – DO NOT USE CRAYONS à On the back of your poster you must include: your name : age on 22nd May 2018 : school or organisation Closing date is Tuesday 22nd May 2018. We look forward to receiving your entries. Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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The Navigators Sail Into Porthcawl On Saturday May the 12th at 1400 hrs, the 34ft yacht Rival Star will sail into Porthcawl on Day 2 of a round-Britain expedition seeking the early voyages and life stories of Celtic Christianity. Howard Worsley and Andy Carnegie will trace the sea routes, landing places and influences of the early Celtic Christian saints. Howard is a theological college vice principal and Andy a businessman and keen sailor. They will be met by the sea cadets and the Town Mayor at the harbourside. A reception will be held in the YMCA at 7pm where the pair will talk about the voyage and hope to gain knowledge of the local Celtic traditions from those attending. There is no entry fee and everyone is welcome. If you would like to attend you will be very welcome. You do not need to book but it would help with catering if you could let us know if you are planning to come. Contact: John Berry 01656 772002 or berry7@hotmail.co.uk, or Andrew Singer 01656 785628 or abs.singer@btinternet.com, or please call in at the YMCA or telephone 01656 772166 or email info@theycentre.com. Read more about their voyage at www.navigatorsoffaith.com

Congratulations to our Coastal Hero Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat crew member Chris Missen has received the RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry. In an interview with Bridgend Bites, Chris tells us of that particular rescue. “I was with the National Flood Rescue Team in Basingstoke at the time and we were called out to a lady who had been trapped in the flood. It was the one rescue I thought we’d pushed our luck and, to be honest, I thought we weren’t going to come out. But to have a woman turn around and say you had given her son his Christmas back is quite special. That one really stands out and reminds why I do the job.”

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News from All Saints A highlight of this month was the Easter Lunch. Very well attended, fantastic food and excellent company. A massive thank you to the team that worked so hard to make it such a success and to those who supported us – we look forward to more feasts as the year progresses. We had two baptisms in April. The first on Easter Day was that of Ffion Lowri Edwards. Ffion brought many family and friends to join our congregation and we were all invited to dip our hands in the font to renew our baptismal vows. A moving experience, appreciated by all. The second baptism was that of Lily Sharon Jodie Rees. Again it was nice to see the church so full and to celebrate this special day with Lily and her family. At the beginning of the month we bid a sad farewell to Father Erle Hastey. Father Erle came to Porthcawl with Gill when he retired about 15 years ago. He was a much-loved and valued member of the Parish and his gentle manner and Yorkshire wit will be sadly missed. We offer Gill our love and sympathy. As the Rector was away for the Parish Mass, we enjoyed the company of the Revd Dr Sarah Rogers, the Bishop’s Chaplain. Many of you will remember Sarah as a curate in Porthcawl some years ago – how lovely to welcome her back. It has also been a pleasure to welcome Father Keith, Father Terry and Father Geoff to our services during the month. The variety of sermons is certainly interesting and thought-provoking. Thank you all. With the Easter holidays in full flow, it was great to welcome home some of the younger members of the Parish enjoying a break from their studies in various colleges and universities across the country. Catching up on their stories and adventures is a real treat. We are lucky to now have 3 (young) organists. Lol has been overseeing Isaak’s progress, with Isaak playing more and more each week. They have been joined recently by James – James you are very welcome and we’ll be delighted for you to be part of our trio of organists. Helen Owen and John Murdoch Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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News from St David’s We’ve had a wedding in St David’s! The last one was 10 years ago. On 7th April Carolyn Tansey and Jeff Perrin were married. They are regular members of our congregation since moving to a bungalow near the church. It was a wonderful occasion. Father Craig came back to officiate as the Rector was on holiday. The church was decorated with white flower arrangements on the altar and shelves and pedestal arrangements in front of the altar. Carolyn wore a pale grey chiffon dress with matching fascinator and was attended by her granddaughters, flower girls Millie and Florence, wearing pretty floral summer dresses. Ivor Williams sang and played the guitar during signing of the register. In the order of service was written ‘POEM’ and we were wondering what this meant. Carolyn and Jeff faced each other after the marriage and spoke the following to each other Poem

‘I’ll still be loving you’

(with apologies to C David Hay for ‘tinkering’ with the wording)

Now your attributes have fallen, beyond the bounds of grace I’ll count your many blessings not the wrinkles on your face. …………I’ll still be loving you. Now your hair has turned to winter and your teeth are on a plate and when your get up and go has gone to stop and wait. …………I’ll still be loving you. When mobility’s declining and we both are getting slow there is a silver lining we have a bungalow. ………….I’ll still be loving you.

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News from St David’s continued

When the crackle in your voice matches that within your knee and the times are getting frequent that you don’t remember me. ………….I’ll still be loving you. Growing old is not a sin it’s something we all do I hope you’ll always understand ………….I’ll still be loving you. Thank you Carolyn and Jeff, a loving reminder to us all! Now on a completely different note - following the disastrous Grenfell Tower fire, local people in offices nearby were asked to assist with the welfare of the residents. Janet Gibbon’s granddaughter, who works nearby, was the only volunteer from her office. She helped giving out blankets and making tea etc. She noticed everyone was standing up and saw that the Queen had arrived. The Queen thanked her and shook her hand—a delightful experience in such a dark time. On 16th March a funeral service of thanksgiving for the life of Jo Hawley was held. Our condolences to her family. Congratulations to our granddaughter Ellie who recently attained a distinction in Grade 3 piano. May we also wish Good Luck to all who will be starting important exams soon. Pat Parry

St David’s Ladies Guild 17 May - A talk by Joyce James on Richard Burton at 7.30pm at St David’s Church Hall, Nottage. 21 June - Alan Underwood will take us “Beside the Seaside”, which should be good - again at 7.30pm. We usually sell tickets for St David’s Church Fete in June and give a prize for the raffle. Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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News from St John’s Easter Day dawned bright and sunny with the sound of our church bells proclaiming the Lord is risen. Inside, the church was transformed from the bareness of Lent to a wonderful display of flowers and Lilies generously donated by so many of you in memory of loved ones. Thank you to all who donated towards beautifying our church, but special thanks to Sandra and her loyal team for their time and skill to produce yet another spectacular display. Both services on Easter Day were well attended, with young ones and the not-so-young gratefully receiving their Easter Eggs. At the 8.30 service we were also indebted to Jean and Marilyn stepping into the breach to hand out the books and readings as both Peter Henry and George were unable to make it. As well as donating for the Easter Lilies, the Flower Guild accept donations for flowers to go on the St Francis’ window, usually for the anniversary of loved ones who are no longer with us. Complete the notice in the porch or see one of the Flower Guild ladies if you’d like to contribute. Finally, early in March, my husband Peter and I drove up to town on Saturday morning, parking in the Hillsborough Place car park, in the middle away from other cars. The weather was awful, raining hard and blowing a gale. When we came back to the car, another car had parked alongside on the passenger side. The driver came back to the car the same time as us. He had parked so close, he had difficulty getting into his car. I was driving, so Pete decided to wait for him to move off before getting into the passenger seat. But, the other driver was so long moving off and the weather so bad, Pete decided to get in the back behind me. As he was opening the back door and moving our bags over, the other car moved off. Would you believe that he said. “Never mind”, I said, “It doesn’t matter”. With that the back door closed and I moved off. As we were coming out of the car park, by the Portway Surgery, I made a remark but didn’t get a response. I didn’t take any notice. As I got to the dual carriageway, I looked in my mirror and to my disbelief, Pete was not there!! Initially I couldn’t think where he was, and then it dawned on me …. I’d left him in the car park in the pouring rain!! I then had go down the dual carriageway, around the roundabout and back to the carpark. In the meantime, some friends had come back to their car and wanted to know what he was doing. When he told them I had driven off without him, they couldn’t stop laughing! In fact everyone who has heard the story has found it extremely funny as I hope you will when you read it. Diane Jackson Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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1 Incensed (7) 1 Run away (7) 5 Inspection of accounts (5) 2 Stuck (5) 8 Tentacled sea creature (5) 3 Bureaucratic procedure (3,4) 9 General pardon (7) 4 Lethal (6) 10 Eccentric person (7) 5 Render void (5) 11 Wingless parasitic insect (5) 6 Talk about (7) 12 Spruce (6) 7 Aromatic herb (5) 14 Astronomical distance (6) 13 Cure for all ills (7) 18 Radius, ulna, etc (5) 15 Conciliate (7) 20 Commonly used pain-killer (7) 16 Nunnery (7) 22 Miracle (anag) (7) 17 Road-surfacing material (6) 23 Saunter (5) 18 Crazy (5) 24 Organism causing fermentation (5) 19 Chic (5) 25 Pharmacist (7) 21 Leader of a Jewish congregation (5) Copyright Š 2018 Best for Puzzles Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Women’s World Day of Prayer Women’s World Day of Prayer was started in the USA by the Methodists and is now an ecumenical movement. By 1968, 127 countries participated. It is held all over the world in March every year with the first service in Wales in 1935. It’s aims are to be aware of other countries and cultures and pray for them. Every year the worship service focuses on a different country and a specific theme and the women of that country prepare the order of service for that year. There is a National Committee with representatives from the different denominations, covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They produce the information in English and Welsh. In Porthcawl, the service has been held on the first Friday in March for many years and rotates around the different churches, led by a member of that church. For 25 years, from 1983 to 2009, Delora Morris from Hope Church in Newton Nottage Road was the Porthcawl secretary and coordinated with the National Committee. Prior to that Megan Hall and Vera Little were secretaries. When Delora retired, Doris Sadeghi took over until 2014 and now Carol Pearce is the secretary. This year the service was postponed due to the snow and was held on 23rd March in Gilgal. The service was prepared by the women of Suriname which is a small country on the North coast of South America where 48% of the population are Christian. The theme was ‘All God’s Creation is very Good’ and focuses on care of the environment. The people have suffered from polluted rivers as a by-product of the gold mining industry and also from drought, hurricanes and storms from climate change. Recently laws have been passed to protect the environment with the largest nature reserve being on UNESCO’s list of Heritage Sites. During the service we were asked what we could do ourselves to improve the environment and pledge this on the back of the service pamphlet. We prayed for the people of Suriname with the response in their language ‘Masra Gado, arki ie begi’ (Lord God, listen to our prayer). Next year the service will be in Stella Maris on 1st March, on St David’s Day. The service will be prepared by the women of Slovenia with the theme ‘Come- Everything is Ready’. Please do come along and take part in it. Pat Parry Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Mothers’ Union News At our meeting on the 3 April 2018, the Rector gave a talk entitled 'Women and the Resurrection'. It was an enlightening talk about the role of women called Mary during the life of Jesus, one in four shared those names. It was about how they did all the work but with little regard from men. They were mentioned numerous times in the gospels: - Mark writes of Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross, at the burial of Jesus and the entrance to the tomb. - Matthew tells how they were the first to witness and tell the story of Jesus, but were not believed by men. - Luke again says that women can't be right or what they saw believed. - John states that Mary Magdalene and Peter went to the tomb, found it empty and believed. Mary Magdalene was standing and weeping when she heard a voice say 'why are you weeping'. She asks 'tell me where the body has been taken' and the reply was Raboni and tell Mary what has happened. And she believed. Bible stories of the resurrection make women and Mary Magdalene important, although doing dirty work, not a job men would be doing, women at the cross and the tomb are important, to proclaim the stories. Hurray for woman and not man. We have started up a Prayer Group programme and Barbara Davies led the first one on Tuesday 10 April. About 8 members attended. The next one will be sometime in July. Our next monthly meeting is on the 1 May when the speaker will be Ted White from 'Ty Elis'. Sue Coughlin Secretary

A little light relief An elderly minister consulted his doctor about his wife’s snoring. “It has to STOP,” he insisted. The doctor was intrigued, “Does it really bother you that much?” “Well, it’s not just me,” said the minister. “She’s bothering the whole congregation.” Porthcawl Parish Magazine

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Pause for Thought

For Those in Peril (also known as The Lifeboat Prayer) When I am called to duty Lord whenever gales may rage; Give me the strength to save a life whatever be its age. Help me to brave this tempest before it is too late; And save some struggling seaman from the horrors of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout; And quickly and efficiently to get the lifeboat out. I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me; To help all souls in trouble on the wild tempestuous sea. Loved ones stand and wonder if those they hold so dear; Will survive this rescue and so allay their fear. So many lonely people scan the darkness of the night; When suddenly a call goes up thank God I see a light. Whenever I am needed Lord, I will do the best I can; For you have bestowed the honour that I’m a Lifeboat man.

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