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Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector writes,

Happy New Year to you all!
I hope and trust you enjoyed the Advent and Christmas celebration in the parish from Christmas Starts on Advent Sunday, with the Christmas Lights Switch-On and unveiling of the Nativity to the commotion of the Christmas Eve Christingle in Hope and Instant Nativity in Emmanuel and relaxed celebrations on Christmas morning. If you managed the whole slog of activity – congratulations! Thank you to everyone for playing your part and making the celebration so special. You are very much appreciated. To express a thank you Cllr Ian Sumptor for all his hard work in constructing the crib and Hope Community Council for the Christmas Lights and also to Paul Harston of Roman Tours UK/ Park in the Past for announcing the Census (!) in the Christmas Starts service too.

Now to 2015
We begin our New Year with a special Hawarden Deanery/ Mission Area Service in Emmanuel Church, Bistre. At 6pm on Sunday 4th January we will pledge our new year as a Mission Area together. (There will be no evening service in Hope this day). We will welcome the parishes of Llanfynydd and Connah’s Quay into the Hawarden Mission Area and those taking up new licensed ministries within the mission area will be licensed too. This includes five new pastoral assistants from Hope Church. Emmanuel Church, Bistre has two car parks, one in front of the church and another in front of the church hall next door. Both are accessed from the lane directly opposite the BP Garage/Spar at 72 Mold Road, Buckley, CH7 2NJ. The invite is open to all, but PCC members and those in licensed ministries especially, please make every effort to attend if you can.

We continue our New Year committing to work together with our neighbouring churches; including those of other denominations too.

Open the book logo We are hoping to start two Open The Book school assemblies teams. In Hope and Abermorddu, Hope Church is working with Caergwrle Methodist Church and Llanfynydd Church. In Penyffordd and Penymynydd, Emmanuel Church is working with St John’s Church and Trinity Methodist. Open The Book, overseen by The Bible Society, is teams of volunteers from local churches working together to support their local schools with their R.E. curriculum and collective worship by retelling Bible stories in a lively, interactive and fun manner in school assemblies. It is approved by the major school-inspection-bodies and some from our churches will be attending a training day in Rhyl on 10th January. Please keep this in your prayers. I think it has fabulous potential for local schools and churches to work together in supporting our local communities.

Also this month, The week of Christian Unity runs from Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th January, and we will be hosting this year’s annual CYTUN (Churches Together) Service at 7:30pm, Thursday 22nd January in Emmanuel Church, Penyffordd.

With the schools back from Tuesday 6th January, all the usual activity across the parish of course resumes after the Christmas break, including Messy Church in Emmanuel at 4pm on Sunday 11th January, TiddleTots in Emmanuel at 9:15am from Monday 12th and KidZone Sunday Club in Hope Church Hall at 11am from Sunday 18th January and every first and third Sunday thereafter.

Also this month (or next), I am considering hosting an Alpha Course again. This is an introduction to the Christian faith course, where we look at questions such as Christianity: Boring, Untrue & Irrelevant? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? It is for anyone curious to find out more or refresh on the basics of Christian belief and for anyone who is starting to come back to church or even thinking about giving it a try. You don’t have to attend Sunday worship to come along. Nor do you have to commit to Sunday worship at its end too. Alpha course logo We watch a short DVD which then leads into a short discussion. You can ask any question related to Christianity you would like and we will talk about it. If this interests you then please give me a ring, email me or speak to me when you see me next.

Finally, to go back to Advent Sunday,if you missed the Bishop’s Advent Letter you can find it in the Parish Magazine, or just click on the crossed keys symbol on this page and it will link you direct to the front St Asaph Page where you will find the Bishop’s video message.

In Christ, Adam.

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