News and Forthcoming Events

Services and Funerals

We have re-opened for socially-distanced services on Sundays. Capacity is reduced to about 27 people, but we’re frustratingly still not allowed to sing. Bethan has been wonderful in trying to find creative ways to incorporate music in our services, and we’re very grateful. It has been wonderful recently to welcome some of our “summer migrants” back, who are  now able to stay in their local holiday homes and worship with us.  For details of In-Church and On-Line services in Guilsfield and across the Mission Area see regular updated information below.

We are very aware that no-one has been able to have a “normal” funeral since March 2020, and many people have been prevented from attending funerals that they would have gone to in unrestricted times, and we extend our sympathy to all who are grieving. When we are finally allowed to fill the church and sing hymns again we will be holding a memorial service to remember and give thanks for all the people whose funerals we have not been able to attend.

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 Finanaces

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).

In-person Services 

Subject to any changes, if local Covid levels increase, our services for the next three Sundays are shown below (* Holy Communion):

Sunday 16th May

09.30 Llandyssil             Gwen Cooper – 01686 668104

09.30 Buttington*          Peter Stedman – 01938 554855

10.00 Forden               Alexis Smith – 01686 641992

10.00 Llandysilio         Carol Davies – 01691 831008

10.30 Pool Quay*        Judy Crowe – 01938 590453

11.00 Welshpool*       Sue Williams – 01938 553286

11.00 Guilsfield*         Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

11.15 Llandrinio*        May Hillier – 01691 831484

Sunday 23rd May

09.00 Fron*                   Helen Bennett – 01686 668446

09.30 Buttington          Peter Stedman – 01938 554855

09.30 Castle Caereinion  Viv Lancaster – 01938 850507

10.00 Berriew*              Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

10.00 Criggion*             Mary Jones – 01938 570468

10.30 Pool Quay        Judy Crowe – 01938 590453

10.45 Montgomery*  Helen Hayes – 01686 668545

11.00 Welshpool       Sue Williams – 01938 553286

11.00 Guilsfield         Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

Sunday 30th May

5th Sunday joint services for each group of churches:

10.00 Berriew*               TBA

10.30 Penrhos                 Jim Thompson – 01686 828438

10.45 Montgomery*     Helen Hayes – 01686 668545

10.45 Welshpool            TBA

11.00 Guilsfield               TBA

You are very welcome to attend a service in any church but please ring the number given to book a place beforehand. It remains important to minimize risk so please continue to follow the guidelines – both in church and outside afterwards. Thank you.

Service Changes

Please note that the service at Penrhos on 16th May is cancelled because of a funeral taking place there the previous day (currently we are still advised not to have services less than 72 hours apart unless a through clean can be completed in between them).

On-Line Services

The YouTube link for this week’s MA service is here: https://youtu.be/BqtDgKlS7rk

It will also be on the Pool Mission Area and Guilsfield Church Facebook pages on Sunday as usual.

The link for the weekly 09.30 Zoom Sunday service is here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88389449711
Meeting ID: 883 8944 9711

To join the service by telephone:

  1. Dial 0203 051 2874
  2. When requested, the meeting ID is 883 8944 9711 followed by #
  3. When asked for your personal ID just enter #

Annual Vestry Meetings

A reminder that the Mission Area’s Annual Vestry meeting will be held on Wed 19th May at 19.30, by Zoom.

Vacancy – MA Safeguarding Officer

Anybody who is on the Electoral Roll of any of our churches is entitled to be nominated for any MA post, all of which are re-elected at the AVM or the next meeting of the MA Conference. We are particularly keen to appoint a MA Safeguarding Officer to help ensure our care for children, young people and vulnerable adults is of the best possible standard. Full details are on the MA Safeguarding Coordinator Role Description. Please give it your consideration.

Pastoral

Rev’d Roger Brown is currently awaiting an operation and Rev’d Roger Bird continues to endure considerable difficulties. Please keep them both in your prayers.

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – May

Bishop Gregory’s Pastoral Letter for May is here:  210515 The Word of Life (Edmwnd Prys).

In-Person Services 

Subject to any changes if local Covid levels increase, MA services for the next three Sundays are shown below (* Holy Communion):

Sunday 9th May

09.30 Castle Caereinion*   Viv Lancaster – 01938 850507

10.00 Berriew              Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

10.00 Criggion             Mary Jones – 01938 570468

10.00 Llandysilio*       Carol Davies – 01691 831008

10.30 Pool Quay          Judy Crowe – 01938 590453

10.45 Montgomery    Helen Hayes – 01686 668545

11.00 Guilsfield            Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

Sunday 16th May

09.30 Llandyssil             Gwen Cooper – 01686 668104

09.30 Buttington*          Peter Stedman – 01938 554855

10.00 Forden               Alexis Smith – 01686 641992

10.00 Llandysilio         Carol Davies – 01691 831008

10.30 Pool Quay*        Judy Crowe – 01938 590453

11.00 Welshpool*       Sue Williams – 01938 553286

11.00 Guilsfield*         Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

11.15 Llandrinio*        May Hillier – 01691 831484

Sunday 23rd May

09.00 Fron*                   Helen Bennett – 01686 668446

09.30 Buttington          Peter Stedman – 01938 554855

09.30 Castle Caereinion  Viv Lancaster – 01938 850507

10.00 Berriew*              Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

10.00 Criggion*             Mary Jones – 01938 570468

10.30 Pool Quay        Judy Crowe – 01938 590453

10.45 Montgomery*  Helen Hayes – 01686 668545

11.00 Welshpool       Sue Williams – 01938 553286

11.00 Guilsfield         Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

You are very welcome to attend a service in any church but please ring the number given to book a place beforehand. It remains important to minimize risk so please continue to follow the guidelines – both in church and outside afterwards. Thank you.

Service Changes

Please note that two services shown on the original rota sent out to ministers and churchwardens are now not taking place. Welshpool Churches Together decided not to have a United Service at Welshpool at 18.00 this Sunday and the service at Penrhos on 16th May is now cancelled because of a funeral taking place there the previous day (currently we are still advised not to have services less than 72 hours apart unless a through clean can be completed in between them).

On-Line Services

The YouTube link for this week’s MA service is here: https://youtu.be/aOR1936z66I

It will also be on the Pool Mission Area and Guilsfield Facebook pages on Sunday as usual.

The link for the weekly 09.30 Zoom Sunday service is here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88389449711
Meeting ID: 883 8944 9711

To join the service by telephone:

  1. Dial 0203 051 2874
  2. When requested, the meeting ID is 883 8944 9711 followed by #
  3. When asked for your personal ID just enter #

MA News

Annual Vestry Meetings

A reminder that the Mission Area’s Annual Vestry meeting will be held on Wed 19th May at 19.30, by Zoom. If individual Church Annual Meetings are to be held, they must be held before this date, however you are not required to meet if zoom meetings are not viable in your situation (in-person meetings are still discouraged). It may well be better to hold an ordinary church meeting at a later date when in-person meetings are safer. Churches should liaise with their incumbent on this matter.

Vacancy – MA Safeguarding Officer

Anybody who is on the Electoral Roll of any of our churches is entitled to be nominated for any MA post, all of which are re-elected at the AVM or the next meeting of the MA Conference. We are particularly keen to appoint a MA Safeguarding Officer to help ensure our care for children, young people and vulnerable adults is of the best possible standard. Full details are here:  MA Safeguarding Coordinator Role Description. Please give it your consideration.

Castle Caereinion Church in Wales School

Further to Steve’s previous comments about supporting Castle Caereinion Church in Wales School, in their battle against their proposed closure – the Diocesan Schools Officer has produced some guidance for people wishing to write to Powys County Council during the consultation period to oppose the closure here:  Castle Response to School and MA.

Please write in support of the school if you are able to do so – responses must be in by 2nd June – contact details are in the document.

On-Line Services – Sunday 2nd May

The YouTube link to this week’s MA online service is: https://youtu.be/3UnkNV5MThc.

It will also be on the Pool Mission Area and Guilsfield Church Facebook pages on Sunday as usual.

Services at Guilsfield

Covid-19 restrictions mean that the seating capacity of the church building is now reduced to approximately 25 persons. To avoid us having to turn people away at the door please contact the vicar (01938 554245) to book a seat for each service that you wish to attend. We may need to cancel services to accommodate weddings and funerals- the vicar will be able to let you know when if the service is going ahead when you call to book a seat.

Please pay attention to the signs with rules we have had to impose to ensure 2m social distancing. Thank you.

Church Closure During Coronavirus

The latest Welsh government guidelines require that access to all church buildings is restricted and supervised, and no other access granted, and so with a heavy heart the main door remains locked outside advertised opening times. This church building has stood at the centre of Guilsfield as a symbol of God’s presence, with us and among us, throughout plagues and pandemics in the past. He will hear our prayers wherever we say them.

While we’re not allowed in church if you would like me to light a candle for you among my icons at the vicarage do get in touch.

Bell-ringing and Choir

All bell-ringing and choir practices are cancelled until further notice.

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.

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.