I hope everyone is keeping well and safe.
It appears that things are getting much better with the pandemic and restrictions are being relaxed so you no longer need to book to come to church! Please do keep wearing your masks whilst inside our churches and if you can it’s good advice to take a lateral flow before coming.
Apologies that the newsletter is a little late getting to you this week, it was rather later by the time I got back in last night after Teen’s go Wild youth group, a fun evening with teenagers in Llanbedr where we played games, relaxed and baked hot dogs over the fire-pit!
We have a number of different groups for children and young people in the Mission Area at the moment and it’s great to see so many coming to so many different things. However to run these youth groups it’s necessary to have a certain number of adults present, something which we are currently struggling with. It would be such a shame if having invested time and energy into getting these groups up and running so well that we had to stop because we didn’t have enough adults to keep them going. Teen Screen and Teen’s go Wild especially need help at the moment. These groups both meet once a month.
Teen Screen gather in number 10 Mwrog Street and as the name suggests, the sit and watch a film (with of course snacks and drinks).
Teen’s Go Wild gathers around the fire pit in the churchyard in Llanbedr DC of an evening and we play games and just provide a safe place for the kids to hang out (inevitably with hot chocolate and snacks cooked over the fire).
If you or anyone you know might be able to help us, mainly by being available once a month to either watch a film or sit by a fire (not much more than that is required!) then please do get in touch with Tracey White, email@example.com
There’s 3 exciting things coming up so please make a note in your diaries –
First off, the Listening Course.in Llanfair Church on the 19th of February from 9:30 – 3:30.
The day will introduce people to ideas about listening well to another person. It is open to all in the Mission Area. It may be of particular interest to the Shared Ministry Team, current and prospective members of the Pastoral Network Team, and anyone who sees engaging with others in their church and local community as part of their Christian calling. There will be interactive group teaching and the opportunity to learn and practice new skills.
Judi Gait will be leading the course for us. Judi has a wealth of experience in delivering listening courses and so it is such a treat that she is offering this course to us for free!
If you would like to attend, please could you email Rev Natasha requesting I book you a place, it is important I have a rough idea of numbers so we can figure out how best to utilise the time. NatashaQuinn-Thomas@churchinwales.org.uk
To begin Lent on Ash Wednesday on the 2nd of March we will be holding a quiet day in Llangynhafal.
The day will provide space for quiet reflection and prayer as we enter the most important season of the Church calendar. Spaces are limited to 20, there’s more information on our website where you can book your place – https://dyffrynclwyd.co.uk/eventbrite-event/ash-wednesday-quiet-day
We’re asking for a suggested donation of £20 to cover the costs of the day which will include lunch, contact me if you’d like any further information.
During Lent itself we will be holding an online course from LyCig (Leading your Church into Growth). This will follow on from last years course of Divine Renovation which helped us think about reclaiming our true purpose which is to share our faith with others. It is open to everyone and we are hoping to have at least 2-3 people from each of our churches as we think through how we are going to reach out in our communities to share our faith and grow spiritually and numerically. The course will be run on Zoom, starting on the 7th of March and meeting each Monday in Lent at 7pm. If you’d like to join please let me know.
As well as looking ahead we’ve got plenty going on each week with our usual round of mid-week worship, morning prayer, Eucharists and mediation, the Alpha course continues on wednesday nights, and in Llanbedr a few of us have started joining the pub quiz on a wednesday night in the Griffin! Song School continues on a Friday evening and is a joy to listen to the kids learning new songs and hymns and of course next Saturday Wild Church is back in Llanbedr at 2pm.
I hope you all have a good week and hope to see you soon.
Mission Area Leader of Dyffryn Clwyd www.DyffrynClwyd.Co.Uk