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Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector writes,

October hosts our Harvest Celebrations.

On Thursday 1st October at 7pm in Hope Church will be our Harvest Songs of Praise and Hot Pot Supper in the hall. Rev Bryn Parry Jones, the new priest based at Penymynydd and Llanfynydd is joining us as our guest speaker.

A week later on Wednesday 7th October at 7pm will be the Ladies’ Guild Harvest Supper in Emmanuel Church, Penyffordd. This being a smaller venue, the event is ticketed so make sure you book early from the ladies at Emmanuel!

Sunday 4th October is Harvest Sunday in Hope Parish. There will be traditional Harvest Festivals (with Holy Communion in the morning and evening services) plus Messy Harvest in Hope Church hall at 4pm.

messy church logoMessy Church in Hope last month started off with a bang. 34 for a first attempt is a brilliant turnout – so we carry on! On the 4th October you’re more than welcome to come along for Harvest crafts and activities, a very short All Age Harvest Celebration and food afterwards. Donations towards craft materials and food are welcomed. We meet in the hall.

Our Harvest Collection this year will go to a charity called Toilet Twinning. Together with Abermorddu School, Ysgol Estyn & Ysgol Penyffordd and others in the community we are joining in Toilet Twinning’s initiative to ‘flush’ away poverty. Collections will be taken at our two Harvest Suppers.

It is estimated that nearly 40% of the world’s population don’t have access to clean or safe toilets. Toilet Twinning provides people in the world’s poorest communities with a decent toilet, clean water and education on staying healthy.

For £60, we can ‘twin’ our loos with a new toilet halfway around the world. Or for £240, we can fund a block of toilets for a school that currently has none. Toilet Twinning will also send us a framed photograph of our twinned toilet or school block and its GPS coordinates so that we can locate it Google Maps! You can read more online at www.toilettwinning.org.

Also if lots of toilets are twinned in our local area (you can even twin your own loo at home!), the charity will award us “Toilet Twinning Town Accreditation”. Nothing we’d probably include on a letterhead but a bit of fun all the same!

This month too, we welcome Margaret Clarkson, a Reader-in-training from Bistre Parish. Margaret will be assisting in worship in several of our services, as well as preaching in some morning services and will join us for some of our midweek activities. I am sure you will make her and her husband Neil very welcome. They will be present at our Harvest Supper on the 1st October.

We have implemented some changes to our Worship Pattern. In addition to introducing Messy Church into Hope, I am delighted to announce that we now have All Age/Family Services fortnightly across the parish as well as making Morning Worship a regular service in Hope.

The All Age/Family Service at Emmanuel now moves to the 2nd Sunday of the month and is being assisted by St John’s, Penymynydd music group. The 9:30am service in Hope now becomes Morning Worship (or Matins) every month. I am particularly excited about seeing how these services will develop and establish themselves. Developing non-Eucharistic and lay-led worship is hot on the agenda for The Church In Wales’ 2020 Vision and allows for creativity in worship that can embrace more informal or contemporary as well as traditional flavours.

You will be aware in recent months of the Church In Wales’ diocesan consultations on same-sex marriage. Whilst civil same-sex marriages are now legal, provision was made in law for churches to decide for themselves in good conscience whether to introduce such. In the consultations three dioceses opposed changes to church marriage law, whilst three made no outright decision.
In mid-September the Governing Body of the Church In Wales voted. 61 of 120 voted in favour of introducing same-sex marriage; however the two thirds majorities required in each of the three houses of bishops, clergy and lay people were not met. Marriage in The Church In Wales therefore remains as between a man and a woman.

I look forward to seeing you during the Harvest celebrations.
In Christ, Adam.

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