News and Forthcoming Events

On-Line Service – 15th May

This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed now on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube This week’s service was filmed around St Mary’s and Welshpool. The reflection is about the Acts of the Apostles being a bridge between the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and the current mission of the church.  Alternatively, the link to the service is here:  https://youtu.be/rjI0mqPv5SM.

Ascension Day

There will be an Ascension Day service outdoors at St. John’s Pool Quay at 7.00 am on 26th May, followed by breakfast. All are welcome.

Archdeacon’s Visitation – Wednesday 18th May 2022 

The annual Archdeacon’s Visitation to Pool Mission Area by the Archdeacon of Montgomery, the Venerable Dr Barry Wilson, will take place on Wednesday 18th May.  The service will be held at St Bueno’s, Berriew at 7:00pm.  As many people as possible are encouraged to attend; all MA Wardens and individual church Wardens (sub‑Wardens) should attend to make their declarations.  We look forward to seeing as many of you as are available at this joyous service.

On-Line Services – 8th May

This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed now on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube This week’s service shows filming around Llandysilio and contains a reflection on the 23rd Psalm.  Alternatively, the link to the service is here:  https://youtu.be/893_XZxrGtE.

Everything Dementia – Thursday 19 May – 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Please see poster attached regarding an event at St Asaph Cathedral during National Dementia Awareness week this month. There will be about 12 organisations distributing information and advice, films of some dementia-friendly community projects, prayers and advice on dementia friendly worship, community artist etc. It is an informal event and the Cathedral would like to reach as many people as possible. We all probably know someone in our family, congregation or community affected in some way by dementia.

Jubilee Events in Guilsfield

Details of the events in Guilsfield for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee can be found on the Jubilee Poster.

Platinum Jubilee Poster 1

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

The May Diocesan Cycle of Prayer contains prayers for Pool MA and its churches, see 220500 Cycle of Prayer.

Reflection for May

A short reflection for use during May:  reflection for May.

Services at Guilsfield in May

May 2022 Services Poster

New Service Times

Please note that from Sunday 1 May, all morning services will be at the new times of either 9:30 am or 11:00 am. Thanks goes to everyone in the churches across the Mission Area who have been so helpful in changing service times to enable us to staff the services. If anyone has any concerns, please could they let Imogen know.

Bishop Gregory’s Pastoral Letter and Easter Message

Please see this month’s pastoral letter from Bishop Gregory, which his Easer message:  220414 The Stone Rolled Away.

Jubilee Tree Planting

Jubilee Tree Planting

Kath Summerville, at 105 years, the oldest member of our church congregation, assisted with the planting of a tree adjacent to the sports field for the Queen’s Jubilee.

‘THIS WORKS!’

There is now a section on the Diocesan website called ‘This Works’.  It shares inspiring stories of activities and events going on around the Diocese which may give you ideas for your church.  You can find the information by clicking on this link: https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/faith-in-action/this-works/.

Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin

Please see the latest Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin:  Standing Committee Bulletin 21 Mar 22.  It includes a discussion on whether or not to fill the vacant Archdeacon of Wrexham post.

MA Voices

We are starting a short series of online recordings. This will be called ‘MA Voices’ . We are looking for people who would be willing to be recorded by Rev Tim Hawkins to talk for about 3 or 4 minutes about anything they do for their local church or for the Mission Area. It could be bellringing, singing in the choir, flower arranging or it could be about how they became a Christian. We would love people across the Mission Area to chat about a whole variety of things. If you would like to be involved, please contact Tim by e-mailing him at: timstjhawkins@icloud.com.

Ukraine Appeal – Guilsfield

Our collection for the DEC Charities Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal during week ending 11th March final raised a grand total of £2200, including the match funding by the church and has now been sent to the DEC.  A very big thank you to all those people from the village and church communities who gave so generously.  This money will make a big difference to a number of people.

Navigating Trauma

The Mission Area is considering training people to run Navigating Trauma groups. Navigating Trauma is a programme for people who’ve experienced suffering and who still feel the effects in their lives, perhaps years later. They haven’t been able to make sense of what’s happened, and it still haunts them. For many there’s a sense of brokenness that they can’t change. The 6-12 week programme aims to help people understand the effects on them of their traumatic experiences, and bring the healing effects of the Christian message in the Bible and prayer into their lives. There is more information about the programme on the website:

Navigating Trauma – Bible Society

If you are interested in helping people who have had difficult experiences, can commit to a 5 day residential training and running at least two groups a year, please contact Helen Hayes on drhelenhayes@gmail.com for further discussion.

Prayers for Ukraine

There is a page on the Church in Wales website with prayers for Ukraine, which you can find at this link:

https://www.churchinwales.

Prayer for Ukraine

CinW Ukraine Prayer English

A Prayer for Ukraine:

Lord God, King of the Nations,
We beseech you to hear our prayers for peace,
and especially for Ukraine at this time.
May those who work for peace be strengthened by your Spirit.
Turn the hearts of those inclined to violence,
and bring dismay upon all tyrants and warmongers.
Help us and the leaders of the nations to know the ways which will bring peace,
and restore justice,
and deliver those who find themselves on the frontline of war.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Dementia Awareness Week

Ann Williams the Diocesan Church and Community Dementia Worker is organising an event for Dementia Awareness Week called Everything Dementia, an informal and informative drop in, with various people offering their time, information and expertise.  The event will include a rolling programme of short films, a short mid afternoon service and refreshments.  The event is designed to be suitable for anyone including those living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia.  Please share the information below if you can with anyone you think may be interested in attending.

Save the Date! Dementia Awareness Week
15 – 21 May 2022: We will be holding an event to raise awareness and offer information on all things to do with Dementia on Thursday 19 May, 1pm to 4pm at St Asaph Cathedral. It will follow the four themes already established on the Dementia page on our Diocesan website – check it out!
Please save the date – it’s an important issue that touches so many lives and we would love to see you there. If you have any thoughts or suggestions on how to make the afternoon a success please email Ann Williams.

MA Meeting dates for 2022

Please see Meeting dates 2022 for Mission Area meeting dates for 2022, for your information.  Your church representatives on the MAC and other Committees should be able to let you know the latest information after these meetings.

Please note that the date of the Mission Area Annual Vestry Meeting has changed.  The AVM is open to everyone on the Electoral Roll in the Mission Area.

Letter from Bishop Gregory

Please see Bishop Gregory’s letter regarding last year’s share:  MA Share 2021 Bishop Gregory 220118.

Daily Hope

DailyHope, a free national telephone line, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of the phone.

A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind; to provide comfort and spiritual nourishment to the most isolated in our society.

DailyHope phoneline - 0800 804 8044

A Reflection

A beautiful piece of writing by J.Whelan SJ A Jesuit Christian.

It speaks of love…something we all know something about; something we’ve experienced in our lives – human love, and also for many of you, spiritual love in your relationship with Christ.

This reflection embraces all kinds of genuine love; please read it, it speaks of what you know, it is about you:  A Reflection on Love.

Diocesan Share 2022

Ever wondered how our churches Diocesan Share is calculated and how much we will be paying 2022?  See the poster:  Guilsfield Share 2022.

MA YouTube Channel

As you may have noticed, we have a new YouTube channel and content from across the Mission Area is always welcome. So, if you have something you would like to send over and be uploaded, please send it to the new Pool MA Digital email address: poolmadigital@outlook.com.

Churchyard

We’re beginning to look at managing our church yard to protect its biodiversity. We know we’ve got lots of snowdrops, and we’re trying to identify more of the wild flowers that grow there. We also know that slow-worms have been spotted there, and bats certainly roost in the church and possibly the yew trees as well. We would welcome any volunteers to help us. Contact Caroline 554245 for more information.

Church Finances

Like many organisations Covid has hit our finances hard. It costs almost £1000 per week to keep the church open and staffed, which is almost entirely raised by the regular giving of our congregation of about 50 people, and our fund raising activities (which haven’t been possible recently) In 2020 we recorded a shortfall of £14,900 and have a projected shortfall of £11,900. We had just received a grant of £7300 from the Covid Heritage Recovery Fund, for which we are very grateful, but we’re still £19,500 out of pocket. We have had to make a substantial withdrawal from our reserves which means that we will no longer have the income from those investments, which may precipitate a downward spiral necessitating further withdrawals and subsequent decreases in income if we are not able to stabilise the situation. If you are able to help us all donations will be very gratefully received, either through the vicarage letterbox (please mark the envelope “for the Treasurer” ) or on-line where you can make a one-off, regular, monthly or annual donation at:https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/clergy-and-members/gift-direct/start-donating-your-church-or-parish/(select ‘Pool A232 Guilsfield, St Aelhaiarn, Guilsfield’ from the drop-down menu in the ‘Beneficiary’ box and ‘One-off’ or the frequency you wish to give from the drop-down menu in the ‘Frequency’ box).

Breathing Space Service

We have started a new kind of service on the Third Thursday evening each month starting at 8:00pm, particularly aimed at people who don’t find that traditional church services help them to encounter the Divine. Breathing Space will allow us time to step back from the busyness of life and spend time reflecting on a theme. The format will be welcome and opening prayer, a short bible reading and introduction to the theme, recorded music will play while we interact with an assortment of “prayer stations” eg lighting a candle, writing or drawing a response (anonymously!) or simply sit and ponder. A priest will be available for prayers and anointing for healing. When we have all returned to our seats we will conclude by saying the Lord’s Prayer together & the priest will bless us. It will probably last about 30-45 minutes. – cancelled until further notice

‘Guilsfield Gets Together’

The Dementia Friendly Guilsfield monthly ‘Guilsfield Gets Together’ café is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:00am to 11:30 am.  Come along on the first Friday of the month for this opportunity to have a cup of team or coffee and meet up with friends and neighbours.  All welcome; please do come along to the Old School and enjoy the cakes; £2 per person. – cancelled until further notice

New!!! – ‘Wander and Ponder’ Trail

There is a new way to appreciate and learn about St Aelhaiarn’s Church; why not pick up a leaflet and follow the ‘Wander and Ponder’ Trail?  As you wander around, you will see and find out a little bit more about the meaning and reasons for some of the items and images in the Church.  The leaflets can be found on the table part of the notice board to the left of the door as you enter the Porch.  The Trail will be changed several times during the year to feature different items and reflections; so, if you enjoy it, do look out for the new leaflets and come back again to enjoy the peace and serenity of our beautiful church.

Guilsfield History Walk

A leaflet with instructions for a short walk around Guilsfield pointing out some of it’s history and beginning at the Church is available to view, print and download at Guilsfield History Walk.

Facebook Page

Why not visit our new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/guilsfieldchurch and see the latest news, pictures and information about what has been happening at Guilsfield Church.