News and Forthcoming Events

On-Line Services – 7th August

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 Forden and has a reflection about faith and not being afraid.  Alternatively, the direct link to the service is here:  https://youtu.be/Wb1dc1SEKaM.

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.

On-Line GivingQR Code

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.

Build a Bug Hotel

Why not come along to the churchyard and build a bug hotel to encourage wildlife in the churchyard or at home; see the Bug Hotel Poster.

Bug Hotel Poster

Despite the light rain, the first bug-hotel building session on Tuesday afternoon was enjoyed by all those that attended and resulted in some fantastic new hotels for the Churchyard and to take home.  A big thank you to Sheila and John Morgan who led the session and to all those that took part.

Bug House Building 2

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Bishop Gregory’s Summer Pastoral Letter

A Summer Pastoral Letter from Bishop Gregory can be read here:  22 Summer The Communion of the Holy Spirit.

Trustee Training

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)

Upcoming Events in Welshpool

There will be a Coffee Morning at Church House in Welshpool on  Saturday 13 August at 9.30 am.  Please poster CHURCH coffee morning AUG 2022.

There will also be a Strawberry Tea Party on Saturday 20 August 2:30 – 4:30 pm at  Wylfa, Westwood Park, Welshpool.  For details of how to buy a ticket for the Strawberry Tea, please see StrawberryTea Party.

StrawberryTea Partyposter CHURCH coffee morning AUG 2022

On-Line Service – 31st July

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 Pool Quay. There is a reflection about Wisdom.  Alternatively, the direct link to the service is here:  https://youtu.be/a6njdrIlgFw.

Save the Date! – New Share Formula for 2023

A new Share Formula is being launched this year and there will be Zoom information sessions taking place to explain the change – the reasons for it and the principles upon which it is based.  Dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday 6 September – 2pm
  • Saturday 17 September – 11am
  • Wednesday 14 September – 7pm

Booking onto these sessions will be available from mid-August and everyone is welcome. More information to follow.

Please also see the latest Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin (link below), which has an item on the new Share Formula.

Latest Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin

Please see the latest Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin:  Standing Committee Bulletin 22 June 22 FINAL.

Stewardship FIKA

A stewardship session is being organised for Guilsfield church run by Tracey White, Diocesan Director of Resources.  We are going to run a ‘FIKA’ which is a Scandinavian word for a cup of coffee and lots of cake.  During the FIKA we will be watching some short video clips and discussing our attitudes to generosity (whilst eating lots of cake and drinking coffee).  There is a wonderful reflection on a single bible verse which threads its way through the session.

The session is taking place on the morning of Tuesday 20th September in Guilsfield Old School and an invitation is extended to people in other churches in Pool MA.

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.

Churches Count on Nature 2022 Slowworm

Check out what was spotted in St Aelhaiarn’s churchyard during Churches Count on Nature Week 2022, 5th to 12th June here:  Church Nature Records 2022.  A big thank you to all those that took part.

Donation for Tower and Spire RepairsBottom Shop Cheque

As some of you will be aware, the repairs to the damage caused by woodpeckers to the shingles of the church spire revealed that more work is needed to prevent further deterioration and repair additional damage to the tower and spire caused by the passage of time and the weather.  We were, therefore, very grateful to receive a generous donation from ‘Bottom Shop’ towards this work, which was presented recently to Rev’d Bethan Scotford.

‘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/.

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.

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.

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.

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.