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Hope Parish Website | February 2016

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Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector writes,

Easter will be early this year (March 27th). Not as early as it was in 2008 (March 23rd) – but it’s not due to be any earlier until 2035! (March 25th). Unless of course, the date of Easter is fixed – In which case that would probably be the end of an Easter in March! I wonder what conclusion Justin Welby, Pope Francis, the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Coptic Pope will reach as they think through – what to me seems to be quite absurd – fixing the date of Easter?!

What has this though to do with February? An early Easter means an early Lent! We begin our journey to Holy Week and the Cross.

Lent… 10th February is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. There will be a service of Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes in Hope Church at 7pm.

We then move into our 6 week period of focussed Bible study and reflection.
If you’d like to take up a Lenten discipline this year then you have a choice!

1 Locally (from 23rd February) Hope Church will be hosting a Lent Course on a Tuesday evening in conjunction with Caergwrle Methodist and Llanfynydd Church. We will be following the York Course, looking at some of the New Testament ‘Songs of Praise’. This is our Parish Lent Course equivalent for 2016.

2 Within the Mission Area, Rev Sally Baird continues to lead The Pilgrim Course. On a Wednesday evening (from 17th February) you can join the gathering at St Cecilia’s Church in Mynydd Isa to look at The Bible.

3 Just north of Hope Parish, Rev Bryn Parry Jones will be leading short services of Compline on Thursday evenings (from 11th February) in St John’s Church, Penymynydd.

Also in the daytime on a Thursday (from 11th), at 2pm in the church hall, for up to 30 minutes – and not wanting anyone to miss out on the opportunity that Lent presents – during Pop-In will be some brief and light hearted conversation/ activity based on some of the themes from Luke’s gospel. I think those who came along enjoyed this last year.

Celebrating Marriage… With Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year there will be a new special service Celebrating Marriage.
On the 14th we are moving the usual 9:30am Morning Worship to 11am (our recent Alpha Course now finished) and on Valentine’s Day, which marks the end of Marriage Week, we will celebrate marriage and give opportunity for all married couples present to collectively renew your wedding vows.

If you were married in Hope Church – or elsewhere – or if this is a year of a significant wedding anniversary for you – or not! – and you would like to renew, reaffirm, recall or remember your wedding vows – then come along and join us on this special occasion. If you know of a couple who you think might like to attend too then please invite them along! The church bells will be ringing and we will be singing some wedding favourites. Cake and sparkling drinks, tea and coffee, will be served. There will be no charge for the renewal of vows in this service.

Finally, thank you to all who supported the recent jumble sale in Penyffordd Institute in support of the Flintshire refugees and to all who made donations to the grassroots charity Share’s container that is now on its way to Syria.
In Christ, Adam

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