News and Forthcoming Events

Remembrance Sunday

The details of the Remembrance Sunday Service in Guilsfield can be found on the Remembrance Sunday Notice.

Services for November

Details of the services during November are at November Services.

On-Line Services – 17th October

The link for the YouTube service is here:

https://youtu.be/pHYV6usvrms

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83318228537

The link for the Friday Morning Prayer service is here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88279733417

Congratulations to Ian

Ian Harrison ConfirmationIan Harrison a member of our choir and congregation at St Aelhaiarn’s was confirmed by Bishop Gregory at Emmanuel Bistre Church, Buckley on Sunday 10th October.  Very many congratulations Ian from all at Guilsfield Church.

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – October

Please see Bishop Gregory’s Pastoral Letter for October:  211015 Banquet at the End of Time.

On-Line Services – 10th October

The link for the YouTube service is here:

https://youtu.be/jJaUavFb_l0

Standing Committee Bulletin

Please see the latest Standing Committee bulletin for your information:  Standing Committee Bulletin 19 FINAL.

Date for your diary!

Licensing Service at St Mary’s Welshpool on Sunday 7 November at 3.00 pm

The service is a wonderful opportunity for the Mission Area to meet together and celebrate the licensing of our new Mission Area Leader Roy Turner, the new priest for Welshpool Adam Pawley, Geoffrey Spencer who is to be licensed to the Mission Area with pastoral care of the Berriew group and the licensing of Jim Thompson to the Mission Area.

We will be providing refreshments catering for all dietary needs both in church and in church house after the service. These are being prepared in a Covid safe manner.

Masks will need to be worn during the service according to current guidelines.

We are welcoming Bishop Gregory to lead the service, Diane McCarthy Diocesan Secretary, Craig Williams MP, Russell George MS and the Mayor of Welshpool, Alison Davies.

Car parking in the Church House car park will be restricted on the day but there will be plenty of room in the Welshpool town car parks. St Mary’s can seat 400 people and access is easier from the Red Bank side for those who might need to do so.

We are looking forward to seeing as many people from the Mission Area as are able to attend for this special day.

Diocesan Offering

The Diocesan Offering this year is supporting the DASU (Domestic Abuse Safety Unit) see the  Diocesan Offering letter for details.

Message from Toby about the Virtual Service

I hope everyone is enjoying the virtual service as much as I do editing it each week. The virtual service was already established when I started my curacy, but I believe that it was created as a product of the Coronavirus lockdown last year and has been serving the Mission Area well for the best part of the last 16 months in its current format. However, as we are now starting to see a return to something that we’d call ‘normal’, I’ve been thinking that we are now at a point where we can hopefully start to develop it and do some new things to make the service better suited to where we are now.

As the virtual service is here to serve the Mission Area, I would like to know what your thoughts are, and so, if anyone has any comments, questions, queries, thoughts, ideas, requests, please let me know either in person or by emailing me at: TobyJones@churchinwales.org.uk

Diolch
Toby Jones

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.