I hope everyone is keeping well and safe.
It’s been another busy week, the highlight for me was the All Souls Requiem Mass in Llanrhydd. It is always a very moving time of year, a chance to reflect and pray for those who have gone before us and to let God help with the grief of lose which never fully departs. Thank you to everyone who came and shared in the worship.
It was also good to see fireworks going off across the vale last night, whilst I’m not entirely sure about celebrating the burning of catholics I prefer instead to celebrate the feast of St Cybi rather than Guy Fawkes!
Attached is the newsletter and reading sheet for this Sunday, and once again we have a lot of things coming up…
Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, so please do remember that a number of our churches have a slightly different time of service so that we can be at the various Cenotaphs (or in Llanbedr the Peace Tree) for the 11am Remembrance.
Then the following week, on the 21st there will be one service for the Mission Area, this will be at 10.30am in St Peter’s Ruthin with our Bishop, Gregory presiding. +Gregory has asked to come and for us to gather together as a Mission Area as he wants to celebrate Dyffryn Clwyd to thank our churches for everything that has happened here over what has been (and continues to be) a very difficult time. He is also excited as I am and I hope you are about the future, the green shoots that are springing up and the signs of growth in many of our churches. There will be refreshments afterwards (most likely this will be restricted to tea/coffee and biscuits given the situation with Covid).
Then the following week (the 28th) we begin our new year as we enter into the season of Advent.
There are a couple of events to help us in entering that season of Advent,
1. The Pilgrimage of Light on the 26th at 5pm in Llanbedr DC. This is a narrated walk, beginning at at St Peter’s in Llanbedr DC, then walking through the village and up to the Old Church, lighting oil lamps and fairy lights as we go, reflecting on the darkness of the season and the light that will come in Christmas. The primary school will also be joining us for this and we will end with refreshments (hot chocolate & mulled wine) back at the new church and be able to gather around the fire pit.
2. A concert on the 27th in St Peter’s Ruthin at 7pm with the Voci Chamber Choir. The concert is free with a retiring collection.
Tickets are also now available for The Welsh Elvis, on the 3rd of December in Llanbedr DC Church. Wynne Roberts came to give a concert as The Welsh Elvis in Llangynhafal earlier in the year which sold out, so do get your tickets early. They are available on the website – https://dyffrynclwyd.co.uk/eventbrite-event/elviswinterwonderland
And remember if you’re interested in the pilgrimage to Walsingham next year (8th of August 2022), then let me know as soon as you can as we are trying to get everything booked in.
Mission Area Leader of Dyffryn Clwyd www.DyffrynClwyd.Co.Uk