The latest news and guidance from the Bishops is on the diocesan website and is being updated regularly. https://monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk
Thank you to Bishop Cherry and others who made this morning’s virtual communion service for Mothering Sunday possible. You can watch it on https://youtu.be/o9DB74PPX9U
It was a great joy for me to be able to meet Bishop Charles and Penny Heard from our link diocese in January. They both attended my consecration and I had a lovely conversation with them the day after when we discussed, amongst other things, a range of much needed projects that they are hoping to establish in The Highveld Diocese. We are very hopeful that a group of them will be able to come to visit Monmouth Diocese in 2021.
I am aware that the people of this diocese have been very generous in the past in supporting various projects highlighted in the Lent Appeal and it seems entirely appropriate at the beginning of my ministry here that we further strengthen our link with The Highveld by raising money during Lent for their hoped-for projects.
There are four areas of work that they would like money for.
Their literacy programme: Active Readers encourages children of all ages to read more and expand their English vocabulary. They want to reach more children and be able to offer the programme twice a month. This will require money for two volunteers, transport to the sites and stationery. Approx £1,575
A computer centre where children and adults can learn to become computer literate. This requires computers, internet connection, training trainers, security, chairs, tables and stationery. Approx £5,225
An Early Childhood Development Centre at one of their sites which will cater for children from the ages of 3yrs to 5yrs. Establishment costs would be for equipment for the school, training of teachers, and stipends for three volunteers: two teachers and a cook/cleaner. Approx £9,700
All the above projects and more need constant supervision and monitoring. Although there is a new project manager, he needs to move from site to site monitoring and attending meetings and does not have a personal vehicle. He has to rely on public transport which is costly and time consuming. Transport is also needed for the distribution of food, clothing and equipment. The cost of a mini-van, a maintenance plan for between 3 and 5yrs, licensing and petrol is Approx £13,122.50
The total costs come to £29,622.50
I hope that individuals and churches will feel able to be generous this Lent so that we can support some life-changing programmes for our sisters and brothers in The Highveld.
Please make your cheques payable to “Monmouth Diocesan Board of Finance” with a note stating that this is for the 2020 Appeal and send to the Diocesan Office, 64 Caerau Road, Newport, NP20 4HJ.
Sunday 22nd September
11am Thanksgiving Service in St Denis Church
with traditional, Celtic and modern hymns and readings
7pm Fish and Chip Supper
Thanks to the team who cooked and served nearly 50 breakfasts in the hall on Saturday 9th February. We were overwhelmed by the number of folk, aged from 0 to 80+, who arrived. Some had the full cooked breakfast, others settled for coffee (or tea) and cake, while some managed both.
Our next breakfast is scheduled for Saturday 2nd March 10am – 12noon in Llanishen Village Hall.
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A week of what??!!
A WAP is one way to go on retreat – in daily life, without going away to a retreat house. Those taking part meet together at the beginning – perhaps on the Sunday afternoon – to be introduced to ways of praying with a passage from scripture. Then, each day during the week, they undertake to spend about half an hour praying by themselves and then meet with the person who is ‘accompanying’ them for no more than half an hour. That person will listen to what happened in their prayer time and offer suggestions for what to pray with next. At the end of the week everyone meets together again to celebrate what has happened during the week.
If you’ve never done something like this before, it may sound scary but it can be a wonderful experience of drawing close to God and receiving support, encouragement, guidance.
It would be a good way to make space for Jesus in the busyness of Christmas preparations.
The dates are Sunday 2nd December – Saturday 8th December.
Your prayer time can be when and where you choose; individual meetings would take place at the Vicarage.
If you would like to know more, even if you can’t manage this particular week, do talk to Janet.