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BBC One’s “Songs of praise” is coming to St Asaph Cathedral - 13th June, 6.30-9.30pm.  Please take part in the recording of hymns as part of a mass choir at St Asaph Cathedral – all welcome and please encourage your family and friends to take part.  The recording will be broadcast in future editions of the programme.  Please read the attached invitation letter and poster for details of how to take part. 

Tell me what you think about Teulu Asaph– the June/July edition of Teulu Asaph will be in churches this weekend.  Please pick up a copy which includes a questionnaire, asking for your feedback on the magazine.  You can also complete the same questionnaire online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7WVPBHH / or in Welsh at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TC2BWPV.  All completed questionnaires will be entered for a prize draw for £30 worth of book tokens, garden vouchers or Fairtrade products (the winner can decide!). All questionnaires should reach us by Monday 17 July 2017. Teulu Asaph is already available on line at http://stasaph.churchinwales.org.uk/news/teuluasaph/

Flower Festival at St Asaph Cathedral 1-4 June, as part of the celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of St Asaph gaining City Status. The theme of the flower festival is “The Stories of Christ” depicting both the parables and miracles of Christ. Flower clubs from across the Diocese will be making the displays. Admission £5. Proceeds to St Asaph Cathedral and St Kentigern Hospice.

The Big Church Day Out - 2-3 June, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire.  This event gathers Christians from all over the country, of all ages and denominations for a weekend of worship, family fun, music and celebration. This vibrant expression of church unity stands as the biggest annual evangelistic event in the UK. Groups and families come from across the country, bringing many friends and family along as an introduction to church and faith.  Find out more at  www.bigchurchdayout.com

This week

Thy Kingdom Come....global wave of prayer St. Mary's Church Mold (Mold Mission Area) will be holding guided prayer sessions daily until 4th June, 6-7pm. All are welcome to join us.  If you are interested please contact Kathy Stewart: Kathy12oct@sky.com

‘More than Honey’ – A feature length Bee film story, narrated by John Hurt.  1st June at 7pm in Bala Cinema.  “one in three mouthfuls we eat is dependent upon pollination”.  Please see the poster circulated previously for more information.

Teddy Bears Picnic and Teddy Parachute Jump - 3rd June 10-30am.  St Catherine & St John the Baptist, Station Road, Old Colwyn. Bring your own picnic or refreshments available to purchase, also included is a Magician, Punch and Judy, and a Raffle.

Aled Mission Area is holding a Whit Walk on Saturday 3rd June, from 10am - 3pm. It will begin in Pensarn on the seafront opposite Abergele Railway Station and follow all the way to St Trillo's Chapel on the promenade at Rhos on Sea. Children are being invited from our schools to parade and play samba instruments as we walk, and everyone is welcome to join in at any point. There will be a picnic at Llanddulas at about 12, and it will end with a service of celebration and thanksgiving outside St Trillo's Chapel on the seafront at 3pm. For more info, please see the poster (circulated previously), or contact aledma1@outlook.com, or ring 01492 540002 or 07514 879854.

St Mary’s Churchyard Chirk - Cherishing Churchyard week, 3rd - 11th June.
Join us for a special week to celebrate churchyards and raise awareness of the treasures they contain.  We have lots of interesting activities during the week.
Refreshments at all events.  Chirk School is coming to explore churchyard with Wild Life Trust Team.
Full details on posters (available to download) or www.stmaryschirk.org.uk  

Bistre Parish offers a session of silent prayer for 'Thy Kingdom Come' on the Eve of Pentecost 3rd June at Emmanuel Church Bistre, 7.30-8pm.

Flower festival to celebrate the 140th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Church, Rhostyllen.  4th-11th June. The theme will be based on the Church seasons. The week will open with a concert given by Chester Cathedral Choir at 6.30pm on the 4th. The event will also include a concert on Thursday 8th by Rhos Male Voice Choir, tickets are available from any of the church members. The week will conclude with a Eucharist Service at 9.30am when the celebrant will be the Bishop of St. Asaph, The Right Reverend Gregory Cameron.  

Reflecting on 500 years of the Reformation - A series of 4 sessions looking at the impact of the reformation through the writings of Luther, Calvin, Tyndale and Cranmer. Every Wednesday in June beginning on 7th in Holy Trinity Church, Russell Road, Rhyl, at 2pm and St Ann’s Church, Vale Rd Rhyl at 7pm. Ample car parking. All welcome. Further details vicar@parishofrhyl.co.uk

“Silence” - The film that Bishop Gregory spoke about at the Chrism Eucharist will be shown in Pontrobert Village Hall on Wednesday 7th June at 7.30pm (sharp). This is part of our monthly film nights " Pics in Pont".  Admission Free but we are not averse to donations for the Hall! The film tells of Jesuit Missionaries to Japan in the 17th Century and how their faith was tested.  What would you have done?
Pontrobert is about 10 miles north of Welshpool and postcode SY22 6JN.
Details Rev Ivor Hawkins: Tel 01938 500483

Services and Installations

The Licensing of Revd Daniel Stroud in St Mary’s Church, Cilcain. 4th June at 3.30pm

Denbigh Mission Area Evensong Sunday 4th June at 6p.m. in St. Sadwrn’s Church, Henllan, to say farewell to Rev. Robert Pearce.  Refreshments to follow.

The Licensing of Revd Lara Stroud in St Mary & St Peter’s Church, Bagillt.  19th June at 7pm.

St Johnstide Ordination – 24th June at 10am in St Asaph Cathedral.

Coming up

Praying for our nation – join the clergy of Rhyl to pray for our nation on the evening of the General Election for an hour. Thursday 8th June, 7pm, Holy Trinity Church, Russell Road, Rhyl. Further details email vicar@parishofrhyl.co.uk

St John the Baptist Church Bettisfield “Summer Lunch” - Sunday 11th June at 1pm.  Bettisfield Village Hall (SY13 2LN) Tickets £12.50 / £5 children from Mary on 01948 710328 or Sue on 01948 710145. 

A Summer Serenade at All Saints’ Church, Gresford by the Sirenian Singers with Guests, the Rhos Male Voice Choir and Gresford Handbell Ringers.  Saturday 17th June 2017 at 7.30 pm.  Tickets: £7, Children: Free.  Includes a glass of wine, etc.

Together Creating Communities Annual Fundraising Week, 23 June-1st July.  Please see the attached poster to see what events are taking place over the week.

Cefn Village Fete – this annual event (30th year), organised by the Parish of Cefn will be held at the Neuadd Owen Village Hall and field on 24th June at 1pm, and this year is promised to be “bigger and better”.  Attractions including vintage cars and tractors; Tractor rides for children; stalls of Cakes, Books etc; BBQ; Brass band and much more. The day will end with a Hog roast with musical entertainment provided by the ‘Take 3 Jazz Band’. Something for all the family. The proceeds from the event will go towards the upkeep of the two churches, St Mary’s, Cefn and All Saints, Sinan and two charities, St Kentigern’s Hospice and Kanzi Kibera friends
More information on the event can be found by clicking onto the Sinan church website link:  http://parish.churchinwales.org.uk/a015-1040/2017/04/17/cefn-village-fete/

Summer Sunday afternoon " Open Days" On Sunday 2nd July at 3pm Tregynon’s “Open Church and Churchyard ” with a Short Service followed by Tea. Post Code SY16 3EH and on Sunday 16th July at 3pm Llanwyddelan “Open Church and Churchyard” with a Short Service followed by Tea. Post Code SY16 3BT and all are welcome to come and visit these wonderful country churches! Both are located on ancient sites, Tregynon has centuries old links with Gregynog Hall reflected in the design and decoration of the church while Llanwyddelan has an early rare 19th century Old School Room, beside  the church and a weathervane used in WW2 for target practice by the local Home Guard!
Here's an opportunity to discover more about these churches, their history and traditions and enjoy some local Christian heritage and witness from across the centuries.

Training  
   
“RSCM Lift up your Voice” – RSCM Music Resource Day, 6th June, 10am-4pm in St Margaret’s Church, Wrexham.  This training day encourages congregations in their music where there is no established choir or experienced organist/accompanist.  It is suitable for people involved in choosing music, and also for willing members of the congregation.  For:  This day is specifically aimed at clergy, readers, other lay worship leaders and their musicians.  Cost:  Free.  Booking is essential please contact sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk

“You’re a Churchwarden” – This interactive session will give guidance on the role and duties of a Churchwarden in relation to the constitution and 2020 Vision.  This session is open to all but especially useful for Churchwardens and Clergy.  Cost:  Free.  Booking is essential.  To book contact sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk       

  • 12 June, 7-9pm at All Saints Church, Southsea.
  • 19 June, 7-9pm in The Diocesan Office, St Asaph

 

Please note that the session previously advertised to take place on 13th June in Pool Quay has now been cancelled.

“Help I’m a Line Manager” - The practicalities of line-managing colleagues, particularly for those who are new to this role.  This session will be tailored to the participants; however it will be particularly useful to those who want to build their confidence in dealing with the various challenges of managing others such as how to give feedback, what are the responsibilities of a manager and how to deal with the various processes such as appraisals.  This will be particularly relevant for all who have formal or informal responsibility for the work of others e.g. training incumbents, Mission Area leaders, those who supervise others in ministry or work with paid employees such as administrators, youth workers or musicians.  13 June, 9.30am-12.30pm in the Diocesan Office, St Asaph. Cost:  Free.  Booking is essential, please contact sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk  Refreshments and a light lunch provided at the end of the sessions

“Being Fair in Making Appointments and Discerning Vocations” – Looking at our own assumptions and prejudices and to learn how to make good decisions about others.  How can we be more confident in handling these sensitive issues?  How can we feel assured that our judgements are sound, and that we are not marginalizing or disregarding people unfairly?  This session will be important for any who are involved in making church appointments such as church or Mission Area Reps, or those who are involved in discernment such as local clergy, vocations advisers and diocesan discerners.  13th June, (beginning with lunch at 1pm)1.30-4.30pm in the Diocesan Office, St Asaph.  Cost:  Free.  Booking is essential, please contact sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk 

Reflecting on your Faith Journey.
This half day workshop will provide a time of quiet reflection – a pause from your busy routine. Come and spend some time in guided reflection and explore different ways to tell the story of your life in Christ.
Date and Venue: Saturday June 17th, 10am-12.30pm, in St. Mary’s Church Hall, Chirk.  
Cost: Free.  
Contact: If you are interested, please contact Revd. Canon Dr. Trish Owens (drtrishowens@gmail.com) to book a place.

“Supporting Discernment” –In this session you will be introduced to all the different options for ministries and the criteria and processes involved in each one. You will be given an opportunity to ask questions and to reflect on the expectations of local church and mission area support for those exploring vocation.  Are there new ways of encouraging more people to offer themselves for ministries?
20th June, 9.30am-1pm in the Diocesan office, St Asaph.
For:  This day is particularly relevant for Mission Area Leaders, clergy and any who have Mission Area responsibility for vocations.  Although all are welcome it is not aimed at those who are exploring vocations.  They are encouraged to attend the vocations day. (Advertised below).  Cost:  Free.  Refreshments and a light lunch provided at the end of the session. Booking is essential, please contact sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk 

“Creative Collective Worship” – Trainer Revd Dr Manon C James
In this session Manon will be helping us look at the different ways of engaging children creatively during collective worship through a variety of practical methods, particularly through the talk.  26 June, 3.45-5pm in Ysgol Esgob Morgan VC, St Asaph.  Cost:  Free.  Booking is essential, please contact sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk 
Following the training session there will be a Service of Thanksgiving of Church Schools held in St Asaph Cathedral at 6pm.  Preceded by refreshments 5.15-5.45pm in the South Transept.  If you would like to attend either the training sessions, the service or both, please contact sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk 

Mission Area Governance information sessions will be held to help the members of Mission Area Conferences (MACs) understand the legal framework of the MAC and the roles and responsibilities within the MAC.  Anyone is welcome to attend one of these sessions if you would find it useful. 

  • 6th June, 2-5pm in All Saints Church, Southsea, Wrexham, LL11 5NS.
  • 27th June, 6-9pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool, SY21 0QS.
  • 12th September, 6-9pm in Christ Church, Ffrydan Road, Bala, LL23 7RU

 

If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please book your place by contacting sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk

 

2017 dates for “Safe Church” – Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk.   This training aims to enable members of the laity to develop awareness and understanding of abuse, safeguarding processes and how these relate to your role and responsibilities within the Church in Wales’ Safeguarding policy and procedures
11th July, 6-9pm in the St Asaph Diocesan Office, LL17 0RD
13th July, 6-9pm in St John’s Church, Pool Quay, SY21 9LA
6th September, 6-9pm in Canolfan Dewi Sant Centre, Pensarn LL22 7RG

If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please book your place by contacting sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk

“Welcome to the Diocese” – In this day you will be introduced to all the diocesan office staff and how they can help you in your role or ministry.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions and gain information about all the areas of diocesan life such as training, finance, the Cathedral and help with buildings.  Open to all but is particularly aimed at those who are new to the diocese or new in role or ministry.  All fist year curates are expected to attend one of these sessions. 11th July, 10am-4pm in the Diocesan Office, St Asaph.  Cost:  Free.  Booking is essential, please contact Jackie Feak: ministry.stasaph@churchinwales.org.uk  Refreshments and a light lunch provided.

 

“2017 Welcome to Wales Course” - A residential training course for Ministers of Religion who are transferring into Wales from other parts of the UK or further afield. Wednesday 4th - Friday 6th October 2017 at St Michael’s Centre, Llandaff in Cardiff.
The registration form and more details can be located at:  http://www.cytun.org.uk/croesoigymru_17.pdf
Please contact ministry.stasaph@churchinwales.org.uk if you would like to book onto the course, as the diocese may be able to assist with payment.

For more training events coming up this year please follow this link to the 2017 Training Prospectus or email sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk to request a hard copy.

 

Reminders:

Flower Festival 2017 at St Grwst's Church, Llanrwst. 30 June, July 1st and 2nd.  10am - 4pm.  Floral Displays and Musical Presentation.  Free admission but donations will be gratefully received.  Refreshments served each day. There are a few spaces available for floral displays - contact Janet Pierce on 01492 640443 for details.

“AMNESTY EVENT”: ST. ASAPH CATHEDRAL: 7th JULY 2017: The Colwyn Bay Group of Amnesty International UK is holding an evening of poetry, music and personal stories entitled: REFUGEES: REFLECTIONS IN WORDS AND MUSIC.  Speakers include Bishop Gregory, the Amnesty UK Director, Kate Allen and the testimonies of two refugees. We shall hear music from, amongst others, local schools, and a professional Harpist and Violinist. There will also be poetry readings from Mererid Hopwood. Entrance is free. Donations will be welcome.  Poster circulated previously.

Llanasa Parish Church holding a Flower Festival from 28 September to 1 October 2017 with the theme of Harvest Festival in aid of Church funds. Please see poster (circulated previously) for all details.  Opening times will be 11am to 7pm and 1pm to 4pm on the Sunday.  The admission charge will be £3 and refreshments available for £2. 

 

What’s on

 

St Mary the Virgin, Mold - A Grand Concert featuring Cor y Brythoniaid, Kate Griffiths and Parti'r Siswrn will be held on Friday 9th June at 7pm in aid of the RNLI.  Tickets £12.50 (to include wine or juice) available at the door or contact 01352 740330.

RSCM North Wales Area Choral Festival – Sunday 11 June in St Asaph Cathedral.  Rehearsal 2.30-4.15pm service at 5pm.  More information and booking form available to download http://stasaph.churchinwales.org.uk/news/star/

St Paul's Church Gorsedd presents Cor y Llan Concert on Saturday 17th June at 7pm. Tickets £5 from Ian Austerberry 01352 714740.

Betws yn Rhos Fun day - Saturday 24th June.  Fan Zone for British Lions tour, sports from 2pm and BBQ from 5pm - more details to follow nearer the time.

A talk by Rev. Carol Farrer about the Leprosy Mission in the Church Institute in Henllan on Tuesday 4 July.  Come and join us for a soup and pud lunch at 12pm, or come later at 1p.m. for the illustrated talk.  Donations for the work of the Leprosy Mission.  Everyone welcome.
Also there is a Coffee Morning in Eirianfa, Denbigh on Saturday 24 June organised by Capel Mawr for the same charity.

2018 Dates for Leading your Church into Growth Announced.  The Diocese will once again be providing 55 places on a Diocesan Leading your Church into Growth course from 16 – 19 April 2018.  It will take place at The Hayes Christian Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire and the costs of the course, and en-suite single rooms will be paid for – all you need to do is cover the cost of transport.  Here’s what people said after the last course – “Inspirational”; “Full of information”; “It’s given me a lot of ideas and confidence”; “The booklet will be really useful”; “A positive experience and atmosphere”.  To register your interest in attending the course, please email sianconnelly@churchinwales.org.uk

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