Services and Events in December
See the December 2022 Christmas Services_Events poster to see what is happening in Guilsfield Church throughout December and over Christmas. A special services coming up in December before Christmas is our Christingle service on Wednesday 7th December at 6:00 pm. See the Christingle Service 2022 poster for details. Also a evening event of songs, stories, legends and poems entitled ‘In the Bleak Midwinter will take place in church on Friday 9th December at 7:00 pm. See the In the bleak mid winter poster Dec 22 for further details.
On-Line Service – 4th December
This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed now on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube. This is a service for the 2nd Sunday of Advent with a reflection on Advent and Christmas. Alternatively the service can viewed directly at: https://youtu.be/MKmr3xq28Bk.
You can now give a one-off or monthly recurring donation to Guilsfield Church on line using this QR code and your smart phone or tablet. Please also see our campaign poster, which explains what to do: Guilsfield Giving-Poster. Giving a little helps a lot with carrying out our mission and ministry, as well as maintaining the fabric of our beautiful church.
Licensing Service – 4th December
Join us to welcome the Rev Paulette Gower as she is licensed by Bishop Gregory to her new role with pastoral responsibility for the southern churches in the Pool Mission Area on Sunday 4th December at 3pm at St Beuno’s Church Berriew. All welcome!
Zoom Evening Prayer with Rev Paulette Gower
Next week there will be a daily Zoom evening prayer (Mon 5th -Sat 10th December) at 5pm. This will be a short service (about 20 minutes) including each day a reading from Jostein Gaarder’s book The Christmas Mystery (Christmas Fiction) All are welcome.
Meeting ID: 812 5766 5101
Welshpool Coffee Mornings in December
St Mary’s Welshpool are holding their December Coffee Mornings at Church House tomorrow (Saturday 3rd ) and Saturday 17th December. Please see Welshpool Coffee Mornings – December poster for further details.
Llandrinio Church Christmas Coffee Morning: Thursday 8th December 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon
We warmly welcome you to the above Coffee Morning in Llandrinio Church, when you will be able to see our lovely Church beautifully decorated in readiness for Christmas. In addition to lovely refreshments we have various stalls selling cakes and bric a brac and there will also be a raffle.
St Nicholas, Montgomery Christmas Art and Craft Exhibition – 17 December to 6 January 2023
Your arts and crafts items for display are also invited for participation in this exhibition. Please see Monty Christmas poster poster for details.
On-Line Service 27th November
This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed now on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube. It is also available on Guilsfield YouTube channel and the direct link is: https://youtu.be/rs5mUWamSIk. Rev’d Bethan Scotford preaches on the prophesy of Isaiah about seeing the word of God regarding Judah and Jerusalem. It is a Morning Prayer-style service from St Aelhaiarn’s, Guilsfield, for the the beginning of the church’s new year, the 1st Sunday of Advent.
Forden Angel Festival – 3rd to 5th December
Please see Angel Festival 2022 poster for Forden’s Angel Festival which will be held from 3rd to 5th December, and includes a carol service on 4 December at 11:00 am.
Christmas Tree/Crib Festival at St Tysilio, Llandysilio – 10th December
There is a Christmas Tree and Crib Festival being held at St Tysilio on Sat 10th December between 10:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. Entry is free and all are welcome. Please see Christmas Tree Poster poster for details.
Advent Edition of Teulu Asaph
The winter edition of Teulu Asaph, which covers Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, is now available online. It features news on how our churches are supporting people as the cost of living is rising, plans to mark the 1450th anniversary of Asaph as Bishop and plenty of news from around the diocese. The cover is one of the designs entered into Bishop Gregory’s Christmas Card Competition. You can read it electronically here. Paper copies will be in churches over the coming days.
Diocesan Advent Calendar
The bilingual Advent Calendar will be available on the Diocesan website and social media platforms from 1 December. Once again, it will feature the characters of Christmas from Bishop Gregory’s Advent Book of Days. You will be able to open each door at https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/advent-calendar/.
Bishop’s Advent Message
The Bishop’s advent message can be viewed, heard or read at:
Words: Advent Message ENG.
Remembrance Sunday – 13th November
It was wonderful to see the church full for the wreath laying on the memorial in church and many people going on to the cemetery for the wreath laying at the war memorial there in the warm Autumn sunshine. A big thank you to the youth organisations of the village for parading their standards and leading us from the church to the war memorial; it was lovely to see them so well turned out. Also, thank you to all those who took part and, especially Ossian for playing the Last Post and Reveille.
Tower Pinnacle Repairs – 10th/11th November
Guilsfield Church would like to thank anyone who has already made a donation towards the £3500 cost of urgent repairs to the Church Tower Pinnacles and also to Cadw’s Historic Buildings Maintenance and Repair Capital Grant Programme 2022/23 for their generous and welcome Grant towards this work. The work, carried out by Fogarty High Level Maintenance, has been completed this week and we would like to thank them for carrying out the work and for leaving everywhere nice and tidy.
Thanks to the Grant from Cadw and donations made so far, we have around 82% of the money needed to cover the cost of this work. If you are able to make a donation, however small (or large) you can do so by clicking on the link below. Thank you.
All Souls Joint Service at Pool Quay – Sunday 30th October
It was wonderful to see every pew occupied at Pool Quay Church for the All-Souls, Joint Service for Buttington, Pool Quay and Guilsfield churches on Sunday 30th October. There was a long list of names to be read out and most people lit a candle in memory of loved ones. It was also uplifting to be able to join together and sing hymns to well-known tunes accompanied by a good organist, then enjoy fellowship afterwards over a cup of coffee. Thank you to Bethan for leading the service and Pool Quay church for their hospitality.
Cost of living crisis – join the Church in Wales’ campaign
The Church in Wales has launched a campaign to help tackle Wales’ cost of living crisis. Households across the UK are being forced to make a stark choice between food or fuel – a choice no one should have to make. The cost of living crisis is having a detrimental impact on the health, wellbeing and development of children, families and older people in our communities. It is always the poorest and most vulnerable who are hardest hit. There are a number of different elements to the campaign and you’re encouraged to sign up for the weekly newsletter to find out how to get involved.
In addition, Bishop Gregory and all the Church in Wales bishops are supporting an initiative to accompany this campaign in which we create ‘A gift for Christmas.’ This will be a box full of toiletries only (shower gel, sprays, sanitary products etc). We do not wish to prescribe what each box contains nor how large the box but are simply wishing to commend the idea. Our hope is that every congregation will participate and produce at least 10 boxes. You can find out more here.
You can sign an open letter to the supermarkets asking them to do more to help people who are struggling financially. Click here for more details.
MA Meeting dates for 2023
Please see Meeting Dates 2023 FINAL for Mission Area meeting dates for 2023, for your information; this is an amended version, as there was an error in the previous document which has now been corrected and highlighted in red. Your church representatives on the MAC and other Committees should be able to let you know the latest information after these meetings.
Guilsfield School Harvest Festival and Church Harvest Supper
On Friday 7th October it was lovely to see the church full to overflowing with children from Guilsfield CP School and their parents for a Harvest Festival led by the children themselves. There was also a very generous display of food in the Church Porch to be donated to the Welshpool Food Bank. The collection of £171.60 is to be split between Cancer Research UK and the Church.
In the evening, we enjoyed a wonderful Harvest Supper of steak pies (or alternative), peas and baked potatoes, which was followed by singing and entertainment from the Church choir and a video review of the Church’s year.
New Mission Area Share Calculation
Details of how the Mission Area Share calculation is changing this year is now on the website at
If you missed the online awareness sessions all the information (films and slide presentation shown) and a list of FQAs are there for you.
Latest Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin
Please see the latest Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin: Standing Committee Bulletin 23 Sept 22 FINAL.
Don’t throw out your leftover wool!
There is a lady in Forden Church who knits hats, gloves etc for our Mothers’ Union contact in Wrexham. She is now starting to knit for Premature babies and would be grateful for knitting wool, of any kind, but especially double knitting or four ply. Wool can be left in the porch of Forden Church or at 6 Heritage Green, Forden.
Church Warden Training
Training for Churchwardens is available at the following link: https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/training/.
MA Staffing Additions
Please see the announcements from Bishop Gregory of two impending clergy appointments in the Mission Area: Paulette Gower as Priest-in-Charge for the Pool South churches (ANNOUNCEMENT- Gower, Paulette 2022.08.28) and Helen Dawson as Assistant Curate (ANNOUNCEMENT- Dawson, Helen 2022.08.28). Helen we be licenced at St Mary’s, Welshpool on Sunday 9th October and Paulette by Bishop Gregory at St Beuno’s, Berriew on Sunday 4th December.
Also joining us this week is Jampa King, our new half-time Children’s and Families Worker. Jampa will be out and about in the Mission Area, contacting schools, attending services is our churches and getting to know people; please do make him and his family feel welcome, if they come to your church or you see him in your community.
On-Line Services – Compline
Also, there is a service of compline (night prayer) available on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube The theme is giving reassurance of Christ’s light to help and protect us in the dark places in our lives. This service can be accessed at any time, as can all the previous Sunday services. Alternatively, the direct link to the service is here: https://youtu.be/B7mGRThBr_w.
Trustee Training now available on demand.Following the launch of our Trustee Guide to the Mission Area, we now have several videos which lead you through all you need to know about how the Mission Area works. The sessions are between 4 and 10 minutes long and cover
- What a Trustee does
- How the Trustee Board operates
- The work of the sub-committees
- The work of the Church Committee
- Managing a Property Project
You can access these videos at a time and place to suit you from Governance – Diocese St. Asaph (dioceseofstasaph.org.uk)
This Year’s Diocesan Offering
You can watch the film about this year’s Diocesan Offering at https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/diocesan-conference/diocesan-offering/. You can donate via Justgiving and there are details on the website at https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/standing-committee/. https://youtu.be/Uk68ecjT0W0.
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/.
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: email@example.com.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Prayer for Ukraine
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.
Letter from Bishop Gregory
Please see Bishop Gregory’s letter regarding last year’s share: MA Share 2021 Bishop Gregory 220118.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.