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Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector Writes,

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Harvest. For your contributions to the flower displays, harvest suppers, ‘Messy Harvest’, food gifts for the Salvation Army and Wrexham Foodbank and your generous giving to USPG (Anglicans in World Mission) Emergency fund for refugees in Greece – in excess of £700 was raised.

Thank you too to everyone who supported our Holy Communion Altogether Service on 30th October. In Hope it is great to welcome and share fellowship with others from Cymau, Llanfynydd and Penmynydd – as well as Emmanuel, Penyffordd – to have Bryn with us, the St John’s music group and members from all churches contributing to the worship too.

It is November. Remembrance (and more) is upon us again.
Our annual memorial service, A Quiet Service of Thanksgiving in Memory of a Loved One will be at 6pm on Sunday 6th November in Hope Church. This is a special service for all who have said goodbye to a loved one in the past twelve months – or longer if you so wish. We read aloud the names of all whose funerals Hope and Emmanuel have looked after since last November plus any additional names that are requested of us. If you would value the name of a loved one, regardless of the years, then please let a warden or myself know in advance or even as you arrive.

For Remembrance, on Armistice Day (11th November) we will gather at the Caergwrle Cenotaph at 10:55am for the annual Act of Remembrance.

On Remembrance Sunday, the Parade will gather at the Cenotaph, ready to leave at 10:30am and parade to Hope Church for the earlier start time of 10:45am in order to mark the Act of Remembrance at 11am at the Hope Church war memorial. The Penyffordd parade begins at 2:30pm from the War Memorial Institute and the service begins at 3pm; this year being led by Canon Fr Francis Doyle of Buckley Roman Catholic Church. 2016 is the halfway point of the four year commemorations of the First World War, from its outbreak in 1914 to its end in 1918; earlier in July this year you will remember the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Then just one week after Remembrance, it is difficult to believe that in Hope and Emmanuel we start to think about Advent and Christmas. Emmanuel will host our annual Christmas coffee and craft morning on Saturday 19th and Hope Church’s Christmas Fayre will be on the 26th.

Please do come and support our Adult Confirmation Candidates too on 20th at 3pm in Emmanuel Church, Bistre.

By the 27th November it is Advent. In the morning of Advent Sunday, we will video stream the Bishop’s Advent Address, this year in a united service between Hope and Emmanuel, in Emmanuel (as we haven’t hosted such in Emmanuel for a while). Please do take note the service start time of 10am. Coffee and refreshments will be served. It will be interesting I think to hear what Bishop Gregory has to say. As well as 2020 Vision I have strong hunch he will comment on, ‘Admitting children into Holy Communion’ too. Curious? Come along! The 8am and 6pm services in Hope will run as usual on this Sunday.

At 4pm on Advent Sunday – or ‘Christmas Starts’ Sunday, we look forward again to the Annual Christmas Lights Switch On in Hope Village. You are strongly advised to take up your seats in Hope Church early…
The Park in the Past Roman Project on the old Fagl Lane Quarry is picking up steam – you may have seen the recent broadcast on ITV – and if you missed it – you can watch online at www.parkinthepast.co.uk. We look forward again to welcoming Paul Harston back as the Roman Centurion to announce the Census and finding out if the Innkeepers of our local Red and White will be able to accommodate Joseph and his heavily pregnant Mary? The lifesize stable will be back (thank you Cllr Ian and Liz Sumpter) – the primary schools and uniforms groups did a great job last year preparing the Nativity figures – we look forward to the same – and are delighted to welcome new for 2016 musicians from Castell Alun too who will be providing us with live music both inside the church and out. Come and start to get ready for Christmas not so much with your Mulberry Bag or Monty the Penguin (as much as we love him) but to remember ‘Does Christmas Start with a Dodgy Jumper?’ ‘No! Christmas starts with Christ!’

In Christ, Adam.

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