Born Among Us – Friday 6th December
A short report and pictures of ‘Born Among Us’ a reflection in art, words and music of the celebration of Christ’s birth around the world can be viewed at the Born Among Us page. Not only was the event greatly enjoyed by those attending but the retiring collection raised over £120 for the St Asaph Diocesan homeless project in Wrexham, which has the second highest incidence of this social problem in Wales; thank you to all who gave so generously. It is hoped to add further clips of the evening later.
Winter Festival – Saturday 23rd November
A Winter Festival was held in the Old School and Guilsfield Church on Saturday 23rd November. This was the first time this event had been staged and it was a great success with an estimated over 350 people attending. All the stall holders had a good day and were keen to come again next year, with the event raising funds for several village good causes. The Open Tower tours were especially popular; unfortunately, due to the high demand, there was not time for all those who wished to to experience the tour and for this we apologise.
Open the Book – Monday 11th November
We performed the story of Noah’s Ark the Lion Storyteller Bible called ‘A Special Promise’ for our November Open the Book Assembly session at Guilsfield School. Some of the children were able to take part by playing the parts of Noah’s sons and their wives. The rest of the school was able to join in by following the actions to make the sound of the rain during the performance and to sing the chorus of ‘Who Built the Ark’ at the end. The performance was enjoyed by both the children and staff, as well as by the group presenting the story who had great fun.
Remembrance Sunday – 10th November
There was an excellent turn out for both the Remembrance Sunday wreath laying ceremony in the cemetery and the subsequent service, with the Church being nearly full. All the local Scout and Guide Sections, including Cubs, Scouts, Beavers, Brownies and Guides etc, were strongly represented and well turned out as they paraded their standards both at the Cemetery and in Church. Children had painted rocks which were laid at the War Memorial and also painted jars with poppies which were lit with tea lights and brought to church. As well as remembering the sacrifices of those who have lost their lives in previous conflicts, the Service emphasised our continuing commitment to peace, reconciliation and respect for others. As has become customary, we were able to celebrate the birthday of Kath, our oldest church member; congratulations on your 103rd birthday.
Open the Book – Monday 14th October
We held our second Open the Book session at Guilsfield School on Monday 14th October. We performed the story ‘A Sad Day’ from the Lion Storyteller Bible, which is about Adam & Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden and how God’s beautiful world was spoiled because Adam & Eve didn’t do as they were told. Great fun was had by all those who took part and the children were really taken by the disembodied voice of God coming from behind the backdrop and the voice of the Serpent. The School greatly appreciated all the effort that had gone in to the scenery and props as well as the performance. They then talk about the story in class.
Harvest Evensong and Supper – Friday 4th October
On a very busy Friday, following the Macmillan Coffee Morning, we held our Harvest Evensong at 7:00 pm. As well as a number of well-known harvest hymns, there was a special anthem by the choir and various readings and reflections on God’s presence in Harvest and the Seasons during the Service. This was all followed by a communal Supper in the Old School with entertainment at intervals throughout and after the meal. We eat heartily of vegetable soup, cheese and biscuits and apple pie with cream. Many thanks to all those who took part in the entertainment, prepared the food and served it. The Harvest Supper and raffle raised £200 for Church funds.
Macmillan Coffee Morning/Guilsfield Gets Together
A Macmillan Coffee Morning was held in conjunction with the normal monthly ‘Guilsfield Gets Together’ on Friday 4th October in the Old School. There was a wonderful selection of cakes and treats to go with your coffee or tea. Musical entertainment was provided by Bethan and her group as well as various competitions being available for all take part in. The raffle was very popular with a final prize of a magnificent chocolate cake made by Marcia; this was won by Richard and taken to Dorothy Hughes House to be shared by the residents. The ‘Brain Tea-ser’ was won by Delyth, the ‘Dunk the Biscuit’ by David and ‘A Berry Good Guess’ by Sheila. A good time was had by all attending and £275 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support. A very big thanks to all who came along, donated cakes and helped out.
Breathing Space – First Service ‘I will give you rest’
For our first Breathing Space service our bible reading was Jesus words ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’ The prayer stations invited us to reflect on these words in different ways. This style of Service will take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 8:00pm; do come along
and try and it, there will be a different theme each time based on a passage from scripture. More pictures from the first Service can be found on our Facebook page.
The First Open the Book Performance
The Guilsfield Open the Book Group, consisting of Church members and other local Christians, performed the first story from the Lion Storyteller Bible – ‘In the Beginning’ about the Creation in Guilsfield CP School on Monday 9th September. The children seemed to really engage with the story and particularly enjoyed the depictions of flying things (birds and butterflies), the splashing things (fish and
dolphin) and the walking and crawling things (various animals). With Adam and Eve putting in a brief appearance shortly before the end. We are now looking forward to performing the second story, ‘A Sad Day’ about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden on Monday 14th October.
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.