Choir Sing at St Asaph – 18th August 2019
St Aelhaiarn’s Church Choir, augmented by volunteers from Guilsfield Singers, sang for the services at St Asaph’s Cathedral on Sunday 18th August. More pictures and a short report can be found on a ‘Choir sings at St Asaph’ page. This was a very enjoyable day for the choir and all those that went along to support them.
Family Service – 11th August 2019
The theme of our family service was ‘what is your greatest treasure’. The children were given Aelhaiarn’s Treasure Map to follow the clues and find the ‘treasure’ hidden in church, which they enjoyed looking for; see if you can work out where it was concealed by viewing the Map and working out the clues. However, Jesus said something interesting to His followers about the treasure of money and holding on to it. He said: “sell what you have and give to the poor”. Perhaps he said that because He knew that there is a much greater treasure to be had; a treasure that is much more valuable and precious than gold or silver, that can never be taken away from us and that will last not only while we live on this earth but will last for all time. That treasure is the treasure of knowing Jesus and living with him each day. Heavenly Father, help us not to spend too much of our lives worrying about fancy treasure here on earth. Help us to live life Jesus’s way and have true treasure in heaven.
Open Gardens 2019
Despite the weather there was still a good turnout to visit the gardens that were open on both Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th June. So a big thank you to everyone who opened their gardens, organised, sold tickets, baked scones and made tea or ice cream for our Open Gardens weekend. But also a huge thanks to all those who braved the inclement weather to support us by visiting the gardens and consuming the various refreshments. Not the weather we had hoped for but we are a hardy lot and carried on regardless so many thanks to you all.
Musical Evening – 31 May 2019
The musical evening, Songs from the Shows: ‘Sounds of Music’ held in church on Friday 31st May was very supported and greatly enjoyed by those who attended and those who took part. More photos can be found here.
Palm Sunday 2019
Our Palm Sunday Family Service began with a procession around the church waving our palm crosses to ‘Ride On, Ride On in Majesty’ and featured a short drama entitled ‘Once in a Lifetime’.
Mothering Sunday 2019
It was really wonderful to see the church full with families for our special Mothering Sunday All-Age, Family Service on Sunday 31st March. ‘Guilsfield Rocks’ and 1st Guilsfield Beavers were amongst those taking part. In preparation, children went along to Guilsfield Old School on Saturday 30th March to join with Guilsfield Rocks and do something different and special for Mum by decorating a rock on the theme of Mothering Sunday. The stones were then varnished overnight and taken to St Aelhaiarn’s for the Mothering Sunday Service. The stones were blessed during the Service, along with posies of flowers, after which they were presented to mothers, grandmothers or other relatives and carers by the children. There were solos by two children and the Beavers read out a special ‘Thank You’ prayer for mothers. After the Service, a really lively and happy gathering stayed behind to chat and enjoy tea, coffee and squash, with simnel cake and other goodies to eat. A huge thank you to all those who contributed to, help prepare for and took part in this special service.
Open the Book Training
We are hoping to set up a group of Christians to go in to our local school to read and act Bible stories for the children. The scheme is called Open the Book and run by the Bible Society. Members of the Church and Chapel have already volunteered to join the Guilsfield Group and a training session took place on Saturday 16th March. In addition to those reading/acting, we also need volunteers to make props and costumes; If you are interested in taking part in any role with the Group, please contact Roy Turner on 07930 393273 or email@example.com. We hope to start in Guilsfield School after Easter.
St David’s Day Quiz Night
On Friday 1st March we held a very successful Quiz Night on the theme of St David in the Old School with 14 teams taking part. The questions were set by John Robertson and, whilst answering the questions, those attending enjoyed a light supper of baguettes and cheese. The winner answered 21 of the 32 questions correctly and a prize of a planted pot of flowering spring bulbs was received by Barbara Bird. The evening raised over £200 for church funds.
St David’s Day – Guilsfield Gets Together Coffee Morning
Guilsfield Gets Together has now moved to the morning and as the first Friday of March was 1st March, St David’s Day, our coffee morning just had to have a Welsh theme. It was very well attended and there were Bara Brith and Welsh Cakes to eat to go with the tea and coffee. The Welsh theme continued with daffodils on the tables and Welsh flags; we celebrated by singing the Welsh National Anthem. This all made for a very cheerful atmosphere, which was enjoyed by all.