Bulletin for 18 November, Kingdom 3

Bulletin for 18 November

 

 

Llandudno Christmas Fayre, 15 – 18 November 2018

The Llandudno Christmas Fayre was held in the streets around Holy Trinity, with stalls in the church grounds and church hall as well and entertainment enjoyed by people of all ages.

Llandudno Christmas Fayre

Llandudno Christmas Fayre

Llandudno Christmas Fayre

 

Members of the congregation welcomed visitors to the church – including an unusual visitor!

Visitors to Holy Trinity

A visitor to Holy Trinity!

 

Scripture Union had a stall in the grounds, where visitors could dress up to be photographed in a Nativity Scene.  Thanks to the two groups below for permission to include their photographs.

Scripture Union stall

Nativity scene group

Nativity scene group

Carol services, December 2018

Advance notice of our popular carol services for those planning Christmas visits to Llandudno.

Carols around the Christmas tree with a brass band, Holy Trinity Church grounds, Thursday 20 December, 7.00 pm.

Carols by Candlelight, St. Tudno’s Church, Sunday 23 December, 3.00, 4.30 and 6.00 pm.

Remembrance Sunday at St. Tudno’s, 11 November 2018

At St. Tudno’s the bell was rung at 12.30 pm as part of the “Battle’s Over, Ringing out for Peace” project and poems and prayers were read. Visitors continued to appreciate the WWI Commemoration display and churchyard trail, which continue until the end of November. The church will be open every day (weather permitting) during this time.

Remembrance Sunday at St. Tudno's

WWI display at St. Tudno's

 

Remembrance Sunday at Holy Trinity, 11 November 2018

Holy Trinity Church was full for the Civic Service for Remembrance. Following the service the Parade formed up opposite the church, to march to the Cenotaph.

 

Remembrance Sunday service

Remembrance Sunday parade

Remembrance Sunday parade

Remembrance Sunday parade

Remembrance Sunday parade

 

Bulletin for 11 November, Remembrance Sunday

Bulletin for 11 November

Boer War Remembrance at St. Tudno’s, 10 November 2018

The annual service of remembrance for local men who died during the Boer War was held at St. Tudno’s on Saturday 10 November. At the end of the service the Mayor and the President of the Lions Club laid wreaths at the Boer War Memorial in the churchyard. Representatives of the Sea Cadets, Air Cadets and British Legion also attended the service.

Boer War Remembrance Service

 

Junior Church, autumn 2018

Junior Church meets in the Memorial Chapel at 9.30 am on Sundays and welcomes all families and young people – push chairs and bikes can be brought in easily through the side door. The worship lasts for half an hour and is followed by squash, biscuits and time to chat and make new friends.  Each week there is an activity to take part in and so far these have included making angels, paper chain people and faces on fruit and vegetables – all related to the theme of the day. Do come and join us!

Junior Church

Junior Church

Junior Church

November 2018

The unpredictability of our world has been a recurring theme in recent weeks. From the battering of terrible storms and bad weather to the turbulence of our politics at home and diplomacy abroad there is a sense that insecurity is a prevalent feature for many. It can feel particularly unsettling to hear of crises in situations where we might usually expect things to be more stable.

With this year’s ten-year anniversary of the financial crisis, I was surprised to learn from some of the economic analysis that it is millennials – those now in their twenties and thirties – who have been hit hardest by the recent monetary difficulties. This age-group has been most affected by the squeeze on pay, the scarcity of employment and the slump in home-ownership. It is sobering to consider that those, whom we perhaps think of as having the advantage of youth, and with much of the adventure of life before them, might be so held back and constrained.

I have been heartened to hear Archbishop Justin Welby, prominent amongst those who have been responding to this, calling for a fundamental rethink of how our economy might be made to work better for the welfare of everyone.

Finding hopeful ways forward in times of need or in response to crisis takes courage, tenacity and imagination. Weathering life’s storms is a challenge and finding ways to stay hopeful and strong can be intensely demanding.

For Christians, the cross of Jesus is our central symbol of God’s presence right in the midst of a troubled world. The Biblical account of Jesus’ crucifixion brings together the raw reality of pain, suffering and death with an extraordinary, subversive hope for restoration, healing and new life. We are ambassadors for that hope, whenever we seek to reach out to those who are in need and to show them generous love. It may be that all we can offer seems small and rather insignificant, but our faith tells us of a God who takes and blesses what is offered in faith, and who is able to show us a brighter hope than we can even imagine.

Ven Mary Stallard

October 2018

I have for the past couple of years been receiving daily emails from the Centre for Action and Contemplation in Alberquerque, New Mexico. It is run by an inspiring catholic priest and Franciscan, Richard Rohr. At the end of August, he send a week of meditations on Judaism the last of which I’d like to share.

“The Hebrew Scriptures show an evolutionary development, a gradual coming to see how God acts in human life. God is not changing so much as our comprehension of God changes. Throughout the Scriptures, the people of Israel’s growth reveals the pattern of what happens to every person who sets out on the journey of faith. Over time, we gradually come to know how God loves us and what God’s liberation does for us. But we humans come kicking and screaming.

“Early in the spiritual journey, we start to experience the reality of God and God’s love as more than an abstract concept or theory. At the same time, however, we tend to start by believing that God’s love is limited to just us, just our group! The circle takes a long time to widen.

“Little by little we begin to respond to God’s love, but we still perceive God’s love as dependent on our ideal response. We believe that grace is a conditional gift, that God will love us if we are good, that God will save or reward us if we keep the commandments or go to church.

“As we practice giving and receiving love, we begin to see God’s love is infinite and unconditional, but the implications are just too mind-blowing. We acknowledge that God loves us whether we are good or bad, and that God is gracious to the just and the unjust alike. But we still think that God is doing that from afar, from up in heaven somewhere. We do not yet see ourselves as inherently participating in the same process. Frankly, we have not yet discovered our own soul.

“Finally, we make the breakthrough to seeing that God’s grace and love is present within us, through us, with us, and even as us! We wake up to who we truly are: the image and likeness of God. The mystery of incarnation has come full circle. We can now enjoy God’s temple within our own body as the Apostle Paul teaches (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 and throughout), and we can love ourselves, others, and God by the one same flow. It is all one stream of Love! We fully realize that it is God who is doing the loving, and we surrender ourselves to being channels and instruments of that Divine Flow in the world. We do not initiate the process; we only continue it.

“We are loved and chosen so that we can pass on the experience, not hoard the experience. In fact, if we feel a need to guard it, as if it were limited or scarce, that is the certain evidence that we have not accessed the Infinite Source within ourselves. It has to start with some kind of ‘I got it’ experience which should lead to ‘But everybody else does too!’”

Yours in Christ

Andrew