Recent Events

Exhibition of Quilts and Handicrafts

On  the Bank Holiday Weekend,  Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th  and Monday 28th August, an Exhibition of Quilting and Handicrafts made by local people was held in Church.  For a selection of pictures and brief report visit the Craft Exhibition page.

MU 125th Anniversary in St Asaph Diocese

A Service was held at Guilsfield Church on Wednesday 9th August 2017 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Mothers Union in the St Asaph Diocese attended by approximately 100 people, including members from across the Montgomery Archdeaconry.  This was in the form of a Songs of Praise with 17 favourite hymns sung by the congregation and three numbers performed by the Singing Group.  This was followed by a well earned cup of tea and refreshments in the Community Centre.

Congregation singing one of 17 hymns at the St Asaph Diocese MU 125th Anniversary Service at Guilsfield Church

Congregation at St Asaph Diocese MU 125th Anniversary Service at Guilsfield

The Singing Group performing one of three numbers at the St Asaph Diocese MU 125th Anniversary Service held at Guildfield Church on 9th August 2017.

The Singing Group performing at the St Asaph Diocese MU 125th Anniversary Service

Church Outing to Pentre Llifior Methodist Chapel

On Thursday 3rd August 2017, 10 members of Guilsfield Church visited Pentre Llifior Methodist Chapel near Berriew for a very interesting talk by Andrew Mathieson on it’s history and restoration.  This was followed by a most enjoyable lunch at the converted stable across the road.  Further information on the Chapel can be found here or here.

Members of Guilsfield Church looking around Pentre Llifior Methodist Chapel prior to a talk on it's history and restoration during a visit on 3rd August 2017

Members of Guilsfield Church at Pentre Llifior Methodist Chapel

Members of Guilsfield Church eating lunch after visiting Pentre Llifior Methodist Chapel for a talk on it's history and restoration

Lunch at Pentre Llifior after visiting the Methodist Chapel

BBC Radio Wales “Celebration” Programme Recording

Recordings for BBC Radio Wales’ “Celebration” programme took place at Guilsfield Church on Tuesday 20th June and the Services will be broadcast on Sunday 23rd July and Sunday 17th September.

“Songs from the Musicals” Show

Following the “Songs from the Musicals” Show held in Guilsfield Church on Saturday 10th June and presented in conjunction with Guilsfield School pupils, Joan (JJ) Jones presented a cheque for £100 to Huw Jones, headmaster; Guilsfield Wind Band and Mari van Hulzen, their director.

Worship – Sunday 25th June 2017

At Morning Worship on Sunday 25th June, John Meason used the theme:

“God Transformed Me

Sin Deformed Me

Jesus Transformed Me”

Dorothy Wood:  This is the Reality of the Power of the Gospel that Jesus suffered to make available to us and for us.  The Gospel is not merely a belief but a wonderful experience for the true follower of Christ.

All-Age Worship – Epiphany, Sunday 8th January 2017

Grant Balmer and Dylan Bird add the Three Kings to the Nativity Scene at the Epiphany All-Age Worship service on Sunday 8th January 2017

Grant Balmer and Dylan Bird add the Three Kings to the Nativity Scene at the Epiphany All-Age Worship service on Sunday 8th January 2017

Remembrance Sunday

The service on Remembrance Sunday was very well attended when we were also able to celebrate Kath’s 100th Birthday;

Harvest Festival 2016

A couple of photographs of the decorations in church for Harvest Festival 2016 can be found at Harvest Festival 2016.  If you have any pictures of the Harvest Festival or Harvest Supper that could be added to this page, please let Roy have them.

Macmillan Coffee Morning – 30th September 2016

Thank you to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 30th September. It was lovely to see so many people of all ages in church. You helped us to raise a fantastic sum of £520.

Open Gardens – 6th & 7th August

We had a very successful Open Gardens weekend on Saturday 6th August and Sunday 7th August with the weather being very kind to us and over 200 people visiting.  A big thank you to all who opened their gardens, made and helped with the cream teas and ice creams, and manned the ticket desk.  The event raised about £1440 for church funds.

Songs from the Shows – 18th June 2016

A great big thank you to everyone who made our songs from the shows such fun.  We raised over £300 to share between the Church and Guilsfield School.  Special thanks to Guilsfield School Wind Band.

Burns Supper – 29th January 2016

20160129_213013The Burns Supper held on the Old School on Friday 29th January was enjoyed by all those attended.  Following the Piping in and Address to the Haggis, all enjoyed a hearty meal of Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Neeps, Tatties and Haggis followed by Cranachan or Apple Pie and Cream.  After the meal there were the traditional speeches then the choir sang 20160129_213419a couple of Scottish melodies and there was a demonstration of Scottish Country Dancing by the Welshpool Group after which they persuaded several of those attending to have a go at a couple of the simpler dances.  The evening was completed, of course, by the singing of Auld Lang Syne.

 

Family Light Party – 1st November 2015

Making lights and lanterns at the Light PartyAfter the celebration of the eve of All Saints (Hallowe’en) with dark spooky witches, ghosts and ghouls, we held a party in the Old School, Guilsfield for families on All Saints day, Sunday 1st November with fun, party games, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the victory of Light over the darkness.  More pictures can be viewed here.

Flower Festival 2015

A view of the church during the Flower FestivalThe Flower Festival held at St Aelhaiarn’s Church from Saturday 18th to Monday 20th July 2015 raised £1100 for church funds.  A selection of photographs of  the floral displays representing the theme of the ‘Ages of Man’ displays from the Festival can be viewed here.

Palm Sunday 2015

IMG_4918On Palm Sunday this year, 29th March, due to the inclement weather, we were unable to process around the outside of the church yard, as we had done last year.  Therefore, to remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, we processed around the inside of the Church to start our celebration of Holy Week.

Carol Service 2014

A packed St Aelhaiarn's in candle light awaiting the start of the Christmas Eve Carol Service

A packed St Aelhaiarn’s in candle light awaiting the start of the Christmas Eve Carol Service

The Church was once again full for Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols by candlelight.  Although the church was a little less packed than on some previous years.  Lessons were read by representatives of the Scouts, Guides, Groes Chapel, WI and bell ringers, amongst others.  The collection went to Crisis, the charity for the homeless.

Family Service 21st December 2014 – Christmas Play

During the Family Service on Sunday 21st December, members of the congregation performed a short play entitled ‘An Almost Correct Christmas Story’  Some pictures and short video clips can be seen here:

BBC Radio Wales Broadcasts

Stuart, the programme director for BBC Radio Wales brings in the congregation at Guilsfield Church during the radio recording

Stuart, the BBC director, brings in the congregation during the recording of the singing

On Tuesday 15th July 2014, BBC Radio Wales came to Guilsfield Church to record two services for their Sunday service programme “Celebration”.  The first of these, Featuring the congregations of Guilsfield, Buttington, the youth orchestra and friends, led by the Rev John Points and featuring a sermon by Rev Bethan Scotford, was broadcast at 7:30am on Sunday 31st August and repeated at 5:30pm on the same day.  The second service from Guilsfield was broadcast at the same times on Sunday 12th October and was led by Rev Bethan Scotford with a sermon by Rev John Points.

Rocky’s Plaice

At Rocky’s Plaice on Sunday 6th April, as we continued to look at stories about Moses and putting God at the centre of everything you do, the children enjoyed making and decorating treasure boxes into which they put 3 pieces of paper on each of which was written something which was precious to them.   Mothering Sunday 2014 004 A Mothering Sunday All-Age Family Worship was held at10:30 am on Sunday 30th March 2014.  All ladies received a small posy of flowers.  Family service is for all the family with a relaxed atmosphere and included an item by the Choir and Youth Orchestra, as well as some of the children from Rocky’s Plaice assisting with the worship.  See more photos here.

Family Service

The test of courage

The test of courage

At the Family Service on Sunday 16th March, we looked at the faith and courage of Joshua and the people of Israel crossing the River Jordan because they did not know what they would find on the other side.  The congregation were set their own test of courage for any who were brave enough to put their hands into the holes in a special box to find out what was lurking inside. This test was particularly enjoyed by the children and the choir! Even though there was the odd loud exclamation at what they felt inside.

Singing

Singing “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty”

The children from Rocky’s Plaice also joined in with the actions to “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty”.

Guilsfield Church holds a number of special services and events throughout the year and also has an active social committee who organise a regular programme of enjoyable evenings.  These have included: Pool Deanery Conference:  The Pool Deanery Conference was held at Pool Quay Church on Monday 9th September 2013 and attended by our Church Wardens, Sabrina Jones and Maud Griffiths as well as John Meeson.  Please see the Deanery Conference Minutes – Sep 13. Members of the church took part in the Pool Deanery Pilgrimage on Sunday 30th June 2013. The Mothers’ Union Pool Deanery Festival was held at Guilsfield Church on Tuesday 7th May 2013. An Evening of Music, Dramatic Readings and Art on the theme of Christ’s Passion entitled “My Song is Love Unknown” on Wednesday 27th March 2013.