News and Forthcoming Events

On-Line Services -16th January

This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed from 8.00 am on Sunday on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube  This was recorded at St Mary of the Salutation in Welshpool. The form of service is more traditional and reflects on the wedding at Cana.  Alternatively the link is here: https://youtu.be/jMY6MXSTONg

The link for the Friday Morning Prayer 9:00 am Zoom service is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86421012037

There is a Zoom service this Sunday at 9.30 am and the link is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83318228537

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – January

Please see Bishop Gregory’s latest pastoral letter:  220113 Switching on the lights.

Message from St Mary’s Welshpool regarding a collection for Toby Jones

Toby has been a greatly appreciated member of the ministry team and we will miss him a great deal. He will be coming to St Mary’s at some point before he moves on to Maelor so we can say ‘goodbye’. If anyone would like to contribute to a gift for Toby, they can send a donation c/o The Vicarage, Church Street, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7DP. Cheques can be made payable to PCC St Mary’s Welshpool. BACS donations can be made by contacting St Mary’s treasurer Amy Jones (churchhousewelshpool@gmail.com ) who will pass on the relevant bank details.

On-Line Services – 9th January

This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed from 8.00 am on Sunday on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube.

The new link for the Friday Morning Prayer 9:00 am Zoom service is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86421012037.

Curate Toby Jones on the Move

As some of you will already know, our curate, Toby Jones, will be leaving Pool Mission Area after about 18 months with us.  Toby has been seconded to Caereinion Mission Area for January and February before moving to Maelor Mission Area to complete his period of curacy.  Toby is one of a number of younger clergy in the Diocese and it has been good to have his sense of commitment and enthusiasm here in Pool.  Toby went to so many different churches in the MA where his refreshing approach was greatly appreciated.  He will also be familiar to many of you through the online Youtube services, which we are all indebted to him for continuing and reviving during this difficult period.  We wish him well in his continuing ministry, wherever that may take him.

Message regarding the YouTube Services:

From January to March the YouTube service will be a slightly different form. Rev Imogen and Rev Tim, who are both retired priests in Welshpool, will be visiting each of the churches in the Mission Area and filming a service. The January 2nd service has been filmed at Buttington and the service for January 9th has been filmed at Llandysilio. We are hoping that this may enable people to feel more comfortable visiting a church, particularly those who may not attend in person. Different forms of liturgy will be used, giving people a range of experiences. We would very much welcome any feedback about the services.

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.

Falling in Love

Nothing is more practical than finding God,  that is, than

Falling in Love,

In a quite absolute, final way.

When you are in love,

What seizes your imagination

Will affect everything.

It will decide

What will get you out of bed

In the mornings,

What to do with your evenings,

How you spend your week-ends,

What you read, who you know,

What breaks your heart –

And what amazes you with

Joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love

And it will decide everything.

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.

Standing Committee Bulletin

Please see the latest Standing Committee bulletin for your information:  Standing Committee Bulletin 20 November 2021.

Contact details for Rev’d Adam Pawley

adampawley@churchinwales.org.uk

01938 554803 (new number for Welshpool Vicarage).

Diocesan Offering

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

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.