Calendar for December 2018

Candles by Candlelight

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Christmas 2018

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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

 

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