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LiFT 17th March

Good evening my friends,


Another busy day draws to a close, so it’s time to write to you.


Things to tell you – we are hosting the Stations of the Cross in St. Mary’s church on Friday at 3pm. It would be lovely to see you there. It’s a service that encourages us to reflect upon the journey Christ made to the cross,and it is a wonderful opportunity to share worship with our Catholic friends. I commend it to you.


On Monday I will be having my first of three prayer days – the day looks like this – Monday 21st March – 

10-12pm Wolvesnewton

12.30-2.30pm Usk

3-5pm Llantrisant (Sandy, please could you make sure the church is open?)


I will be sitting in the stillness, offering prayers for the time, specifically for the community around each church but will also be praying for our wider needs and concerns. You are very welcome to join me, I suggest you come with your own prayer ideas and resources, and you really don’t need to stay the whole time, just pop in for a few minutes if you would like to. 

The remaining six churches will be prayed in over the coming weeks. I’ll keep you updated.


How is your Lent so far? I’m managing with my determination to not eat cake with my teas and coffees, despite several temptations, so that’s good, and I’m finding the words of our daily reflections extremely challenging. I trust you are finding them worthy of contemplation too?


And now I really must go and get some food! And perhaps a little glass of something.


Before I do that can I remind you of our Morning Prayer on Zoom on Mondays at 9am, link below, and Sunday 8pm Compline. It would be lovely to see you there.
With love,
Sally xxxxx


Sally is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Morning Prayer Monday 9am

Join Zoom Meeting

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Compline Sunday 8pm
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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 10th March

Good evening my friends,


How are you? I’m noticing that although the wind is biting like a winter wind, the evenings are drawing out and the daylight is lasting longer. Spring is on its way!


What a week! With grateful thanks to those who donated, we saw the first two van loads of stuff head off to Ukraine (via Chepstow and Bristol) this week. A handful of people have been working extremely hard over long hours and I am so grateful to them; you know who you are – thank you!
We still have a considerable amount of children’s clothing and bedding to send on its way. The avenue we were hoping to use is currently closed to new donations, so if you hear of anywhere accepting these items please can you let me know.


We are now well and truly in Lent, and I’ve not had any cake yet, despite several offers! How is your Lent going? I had the delight of a Quiet Day with the new Ministry team on Wednesday. Space to dwell in the presence of God, to listen to him and be reminded of my dreams and desires for our future. It was a day of great blessing. I wonder, do you manage to find time in your day to sit quietly with God and reflect on your direction and desires? I commend it to you – it is always worth the time and effort.


Can I just let you know about a couple of changes to my rest day – this week I will be working on Friday and off on Saturday to accommodate a governors’ meeting and a couple of other things. Then next week, I will be off on Wednesday not Friday so that I can go out and about with Llibby, my daughter, to celebrate her birthday. I do hope this doesn’t cause any inconvenience to you.


Finally, just a reminder that Stations of the Cross will be at the Catholic Church this week, and in St. Mary’s next week, both at 3pm.Oh and don’t forget Compline on Sunday evening, on Zoom. The link is below.You know where to find me if you need me.


With love,
Sally xxxx


Compline Sunday 8pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89998911774?pwd=ekF1Uk4rYUsrQklkcGpFbHRXM25uUT09

Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774
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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 3rd March

Good evening everyone,


Well! What a week! If you could see the amount of donations we have received from across our communities into St. Mary’s Church Usk, for those who have become displaced from Ukraine, you would probably weep with me. The response has been extraordinary. I had thought I would make a couple of runs with the bits and bobs in the boot of my car, but actually we are going to need a van, possibly several! (Someone has kindly offered one, so that’s fantastic).It really has been overwhelming and I suspect there is plenty more to come. We have been asked to hold our donations until next week because the Polish community in Newport who are organising the transportation are rather overwhelmed and are establishing their systems, but please know that everything donated will go to those who need it. Thank you so much.  I know that all our villages and church communities have been involved, you really are a marvellous bunch.Thank you too to the wonderful women of St. Mary’s who have suddenly found themselves with quite a task!


It is of course essential that we accompany our actions with prayer, and our prayer with actions. To that end we will be having a time of quiet in St. Mary’s Usk on Saturday at 10am, with an opportunity to light candles, and concentrate on seeking God’s guidance and oversight, for all that is happening. Please do join us if you are able. There will be a number of small prayerful activities to be part of, and it will be suitable for children as well as adults.


Another thing to alert you to, is that tomorrow, Friday, at 3pm, the Catholic Church in Usk will be having the first of our Lenten Stations of the Cross. Please come along to this ecumenical service. We will be hosting some of them this ear, dates to be decided and I’ll let you know them when they are confirmed.
How is your Lent activity going? I need to make more time to be quiet and contemplative, but I haven’t eaten any cake yet!


I’m going to stop here, there is probably a whole heap more I should tell you, but for now, I hope you have a restful evening and I hope to see you on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, or even all three!


With love always,
Sallyxxx


Oooo Compline is back – 
 Compline Sunday 8pm
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Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774
Passcode: COMPLINE

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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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What’s the Vicar Doing for Lent?

Hello lovely people, 

You may or may not be wondering what I plan to do to make Lent  a time of focus and spiritual growth. I thought I’d write and tell you!! 
I’m doing two things.


My cassock has asked that I abstain from cake and biscuits. This will be a tough one – a real sacrifice, and one I would value your help with please. You know I love my cake, so my plan is to purposefully and prayerfully say “no thank you” every time I have a cuppa, and to then put the money I’ve saved to one side, for the bishop’s Lent appeal. Please pray for success with this.


The second plan is perhaps more exciting – it occurs to me that for the most part our buildings only really experience what I would call liturgical worship – services. I know some are open throughout the day and are prayed in by those who venture in, but this is not so across the whole area. With that in mind I will be praying, on the following Mondays in the following places. 


Monday 21st March – 10-12pm Wolvesnewton12.30-2.30pm Usk3-5pm Llantrisant
Monday 28th March – 10-12pm Llandegfedd12.30-2.30pm Tredunnock3-5pm Llanhennock
Monday 4th April – 10-12pm Coed y Paen12.30-2.30pm Llanbadoc3-5pm Llangybi


There will be no format, no words, just simple quiet, still prayer, asking for the Holy Spirit to move in that place and stir up the faith of the community. If you would like to join me then that would be amazing, but there is no pressure whatsoever, and please don’t expect to chat or be at a traditional service, this really is just about praying privately. If you have something specific that you would like me to pray for then I will be very very happy to do that, you might like to have a prayer request sheet in church that I can pick up when I am there.Over the course of three days every single church will have been prayed in and you will have all been prayed for by name. Now that sounds like a Lent discipline that could make a difference don’t you think?


I’ll leave you with that to soak in, please let me know your thoughts and as I said, you are very welcome to join me, it would be rather lovely.
Hoping to see some of you for the Ash Wednesday service tomorrow evening.

With my love,
Sally xxx

LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 17th February

Good afternoon! 


I expect you are just beginning to batten down the hatches, ready for tomorrow – it looks as though the weather is going to be rather lively!
Lots to tell you about today so I’ll get straight on with it.


I’m going to take a few days off next week and this is what it will look like, I hope – 
I’m not able to have a day off this week – circumstances beyond my control and trying to coordinate with other people’s diaries mean that I am working tomorrow. If you need me don’t hesitate to be in touch. In addition I have a significant amount of preparation to do so that I am ready for Lent – there’s our Lent activity to finalise, including a social media/online accompaniment which I have to devise (this is an excellent way of engaging with people who do not come to church so an important investment), Ash Wednesday to plan, and some Holy Week liturgy that needs to be completed so that it can be sent out in plenty of time for churches to organise how they might use it. All this is enjoyable but time consuming, 


So, I intend working from home for one or two days (Monday/Tuesday) – as long as it takes to get those things done, then take my day off carried over from this week (probably Wednesday) and then I’m off to Brighton with Will for three nights. (And yes I will be taking my swimming costume).This means that to all intents and purposes I will not be available from Sunday evening onwards for routine matters. If you have an urgent pastoral need please do ring though and leave a message, I will be picking up my phone messages.I will be back in proper contact on Monday 28th February, although that day will be spent catching up on what came in while I was away I suspect, and then on Tuesday 1st March I am on a study day! 


I tell you all this so that you understand where I am and why I may be slow to respond. Please please know that if it’s an emergency I will get back, those things will always take priority. I shall have an out of office response on emails until 28th Feb. I hope I’ve explained that clearly? Please ask questions if you have any 🙂
Alongside this, I hope you will understand that as a result there will be no Just Five Minutes until 3rd March, and there will be no LIFT next week. There will also be no Compline on Sunday 27th Feb. but I will leave the Zoom room open in case any of you want to drop in and hold the service without me.
You will receive a couple of emails from me while I am away but these have been scheduled so that they arrive at a good time for whatever the content is – for example, the reading sheets will be sent out on Mondays so that they don’t get confusing. So please don’t think I am secretly working, I’m just using the technology!


What else? We have our special service of Confirmation led by Bishop Cherry in Usk on Sunday. It starts at 3pm. It would be lovely to see people from across all our churches, for this celebration. There will be no Compline that evening but the Zoom room will be open if people would like to join each other and pray together.


Because there is no LIFT next week can I remind you about our Ash Wednesday Service on 2nd March at 7pm in Usk. This is for the whole Ministry Area. Beginning Lent with the Imposition of Ashes is not a bad idea, in fact I commend it to you!


Finally can I ask you to check your contact details for Carol Southwell, the Usk warden. If you have a mobile number for her this is to be disregarded please. Her correct number is 01291 672293. Thank you 🙂


And that, I think, is that! Sorry there’s no space this week for my usual ramblings, but please do continue to pray for all those in any kind of need, and I will be praying for you.
With love,
Sally xxxx

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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 10th February

How are you all?


Thursday has come around very quickly this week! It has been a week of huge variety and many blessings. Often the blessings are when and where I least expect them – the quiet moments, and the surprising moments. We are surrounded by wonderful people, with so many gifts, hopes, and talents, and so many points of agreement and diversity. How wonderful! Thank you to everyone, for being so open, willing, generous, and hopeful. I am very glad to be with you all.

What news do I have for you?


Just one important thing to share with you – Kay Spencer, on behalf of the new Heart of Monmouthshire Ministry Area, is inviting everyone who leads intercessions or would like to lead intercessions to a meeting. This is to look at ways of working across the new MA, sharing resources, and looking at ways we can pray for each other together. If you are interested please can you let me know. The meeting is in St. Cadoc’s Church Raglan, on Tuesday 15th February at 7pm.

I think this is a wonderful opportunity and hope you will consider going.


And perhaps that’s enough for tonight, not least because it’s nearly past my bedtime!


Don’t forget Compline on Sunday at 8pm though :0)


With love,
Sally xxxx
Compline Sunday 13th February 2022 8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89998911774?pwd=ekF1Uk4rYUsrQklkcGpFbHRXM25uUT09
Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774
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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 3rd February

Good evening my friends,

Apologies for the lateness of this letter, please don’t tell me off for working late. I spent a couple of hours over teatime in my other role – as a parent – which wasn’t planned but certainly important, so now I’m playing catch up!!

How are you? The days are certainly getting longer aren’t they? Lighter evenings offer a glimpse of hope for spring and now that January, the month of a thousand days (or is it only me who feels like that?) is over we can see the signs that we long for- snowdrops and leaf buds to name just two. There is an old Japanese saying that “if you have to stand in the shade at least make sure you are facing the sun”. It is of course referring to feelings of being lost or low, but I think it’s a wonderful way of trying to describe how we might try to keep our eyes fixed on God no matter what, because he is our light and our hope.

What news do I have for you this week?

Perhaps a little reminder about our Confirmation service on Sunday 20th February at 3pm? This promises to be a very special service with Bishop Cherry, and I’d love to have as many people in church as possible to celebrate this occasion. 

Lent – it’s fast approaching! I don’t think we will ever manage to do better than the Lent in a Bag that was so successful last year but it would be good to do something. While I explore what might be possible it would be helpful to know from you whether you would prefer something in person that you might have to travel for (it would be during the day), or whether the slightly less sociable format of Zoom would be easier. I’ll go with the majority. And don’t forget to put Ash Wednesday in your diary – we will have a Eucharist with the imposition of ashes in St. Mary’s Usk at 7pm that evening.

Lastly, please can I ask you to continue to pray for all those I mentioned last week – I have received comments over this week from people saying that they knew I was including them in my request for prayers for those struggling, sick, or in any kind of need, and what a comfort it was to know that so many would be praying. None of those needs have gone away, and the prayers are working, of that we can be confident – “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)

Thank you for your loving care for each other, we have a very special community and I am in awe of you all.

With love,

Sally xxxx

Compline Sunday 6th February 8pm

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Meeting ID: 379 840 6972
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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 27th January

Good evening my friends,


Another busy week marches on, with meetings, services, plans, and prayer. Without question the best part of any week is when I spend time with people – chatting, praying, being creative, and offering God’s love. I feel honoured, blessed, and immensely lucky to be with you all. Those things may sound like cliches but I hope you know me well enough by now to know that I say what I mean and mean what I say!


What news do I have for you this week? Well, I must remind you that we are going to be joined by Bishop Cherry to celebrate Candlemas on Sunday at Raglan Church, 10.30am. In addition we will be celebrating the second anniversary of her installation in the diocese, so I think there may be some bubbly involved, although she doesn’t know that yet! Do please come, it will be a lovely service.


And prayer requests for this week? I am aware that there are so many people undergoing treatment for various conditions and illnesses, many awaiting tests and assessments, or anticipating test results and treatment, and of course those who are looking after family and friends who are sick, disabled, frail, or vulnerable. January seems to stretch out as the month of a thousand nights doesn’t it? Please join me in praying for all these people, that they may find peace and comfort, and receive healing. 


Last but not least, can I remind you about the Advent activity we shared – Building a Community of Kindness. Let’s see if we can fill the final spaces on the walls and then perhaps at the end of February get those walls to me so that I can do something creative with them? If you have a burning desire to help or a great idea about how I might be creative please let me know!!
Don’t forget, I’m always glad to hear from you, and please let me know if you would like me to pray about anything.
With love,
Sally xxxx

Compline
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Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774
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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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