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Usk Ministry Area Leader

USK MINISTRY AREA

NEW MINISTRY AREA LEADER

To Each Church

We are asked to Announce/Circulate the following on Sunday 20th September:

“ Bishop Cherry and the Ministry Area are pleased to tell you that, following much prayer, discussion and a rigorous interview and discernment process, the Reverend Sally Ingle-Gillis has been appointed to be the new Leader of the Usk Ministry Area and its seven churches.

The Reverend Sally is currently the Priest in Charge of Wentwood Ministry Area and she will remain in that post until Christmas. A Service of Licensing and Induction to Usk MA will be arranged early in the new year.

Speaking after the unanimous decision of the interview panel, Bishop Cherry made it clear that she was making the appointment with total confidence in Sally’s abilities to undertake this bigger role and provide outstanding leadership in the future.  

Sally, who demonstrated a deep understanding of our respective needs and had quietly visited the outside of all our churches to pray, has subsequently spoken of her excitement over her new role and her certainty that God has plans for us together”

Thanks be to God!!!

Blessings

Graham

Update from the Ministry Area Leadership Team

Dear friends and parishioners in and around Usk,

Who would have thought even a week ago that we would now be facing a Sunday kept apart from each other and unable to worship together at this time of uncertainty. It is times like this that we most value the opportunity to be together and to collectively pour out our hearts to our Heavenly Father. Yet that is the one thing we cannot do. So we must find new ways of being together in worship. Thanks to the radio and internet there are a number of ways we can come together in the virtual world. You may well have already identified some yourselves, but here are just a few suggestions for tomorrow Sunday 22nd. March and beyond

8.10        BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship with the Archbishop of Canterbury

10.00     Raglan Ministry Area is experimenting with a virtual Morning Prayer.

                  More details at:     https://bit.ly/2xR8qED

10.30    Sunday Service live streamed from Newport Cathedral. This can be viewed on You tube and the link is here –  https://youtu.be/o9DB74PPX9U.

Bishop Cherry will also be sharing a weekly reflection broadcast via the Monmouth Diocese page on Facebook live every Tuesday at 5pm (details to follow)

We here in the Usk Ministry Area are also looking at how we can connect with you. Social media is one way but some will not have the internet and so we must find other ways to keep in touch. In the meantime we must all remember we are not alone. God our creator loves us more than we love ourselves and his Holy Spirit is there for each one of us to comfort, sustain and strengthen us even in the loneliness of the quiet and dark hours of our long nights.

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians he said ‘’Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation present your prayers and petitions to God with thanksgiving.’’

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

With our love and prayers,

The Clergy and Leadership team, Graham, Pam, Bob and Bill.

Sunday Morning Virtual Prayer with Kevin

You may be interested in the virtual worship arranged by Rev’d Kevin Hasler at Raglan Ministry Area planned for at 10 am each Sunday, using Common Worship from the Church of England. Kevin has kindly agreed to extend the invitation and the number of participants to include members of Usk MA. Please see the invitation below. 
To join this service you will need a computer or mobile device and download ‘Zoom’ software. 
If you are not familiar with Zoom I would suggest you download and test before Sunday,  more information can be found via this link https://zoom.us/
1. Before the meeting you need to download the Zoom app by following this link  https://zoom.us/download

2. Once the app is downloaded you will need to open and sign in entering your name and email address

3. You will be sent an email from Zoom to activate account and to set up a password  (check junk mail if it appears not to have arrived) 

4. Having activated you account, return to the Zoom app and sign in using your email and password. 

5. On Sunday at 10am follow the link in the email below (note you may need to check your settings- privacy to ensure the microphone is switched on).
At this time we are unable to access the service via the telephone conference facility.
Please do not hesitate to email me should you have any difficulty with downloading the software and I will arrange to phone you before Sunday. 
Please can you share this email with you contacts across the Usk Ministry Area. 

Regards

Debbie Harper

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Corona Virus Update

Due to the restrictions in place for the Coronovirus protocols, there will be no services of worship in any of the churches of the Usk Ministry Area of the Church In Wales.

The Priory church of St Mary’s Usk will remain open throughout these troubling times.

All are invited to enter and spend time in a peaceful and reflective setting which has welcomed  many generations of Usk people to help them endure difficult times and adverse perils. 

You may want to Gather your thoughts and offer your prayers, perhaps light a candle.

Be still and let God share your worries.