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LiFT 12th May

How are you all?


It’s been another full and productive week and it’s been made much easier by the lovely weather the beginning of the week offered, although I am well aware that our gardens and fields are crying out for rain. Something I’ve always thought it important to bear in mind about praying is that God will always answer our prayers in the right way, which may not be the way we expect. I remember the first time I realised a very practical example of this as I was praying for sunshine one day for a wedding couple, while I suspected a farmer just down the road was praying for rain, and what is God to do with those conflicting prayers? Even the weather can teach us something about our faith!


Just a couple of things to draw your attention to – please can I give you yet another reminder about the service that Bishop Cherry will be leading, in Raglan Church, on Thursday 26th May at 7pm. It is the service to bring into being the Heart of Monmouthshire Ministry Area. it promises to be a lovely service. Bishop Cherry is so warm and encouraging and I’m sure that she will want to meet as many people as she possibly can. She spends much of her day with clergy, so meeting parishioners, for whom she has ultimate shepherding responsibility, is something that she loves to do. Let’s try and show her that God is very much at work in our countryside communities.This service is swiftly followed by a MA service in Usk on Sunday 29th May at 10.30, when we will be worshipping all together with a joint choir, so the music will be fantastic! If you require transport for either of these services please let me know.


Apart from the usual invitation to Compline and Morning Prayer on Zoom, links and days below, there is just one other thing to share with you.Below there is also a link to  the Church in Wales latest information about safeguarding. If you have responsibility for being the safeguarding link in any of our churches, this letter is well worth reading. It’s quite short and offers helpful signposts to those who we should be in touch with.It is worth reminding ourselves that the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our churches is the responsibility of us all, and that duty of care applies to absolutely everyone, not just children. All of us require care and are vulnerable at times, so please do have a look and at the attached, and if you would like to know more, or would like to do any training, please let me know.


I am off to the theatre tonight with Libby, my first time in over two years, it should be fun. I hope you have something lovely planned for the weekend and look forward to hearing from you or seeing you soon.


With love,
Sally xx


Morning Prayer Monday 9am

https://zoom.us/j/97632474924?pwd=T00wZEt3aVNESEgvdVd1U3hXYTZiQT09

Meeting ID: 976 3247 4924

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Compline Sunday 8pm

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LiFT 5th May

Good evening everyone,


What a sunny day it has been. Have you voted?


It’s been a strange week for me – lots of good things but very little routine. I had always thought I disliked routine but I now believe that a little of everything is probably what suits! Some routine, some surprises, some little tasks, and some huge ones. How about you? I am rambling I know!


What news do I have? I’m not sure there is any really. The weeks after Easter tend to be a bit strange, and for us at the moment we are looking towards our special service with Bishop Cherry to begin the Heart of Monmouthshire Ministry Area on 26th May. As well as that I suspect that many of you are involved in local efforts to plan events for the Queen’s jubilee, there is certainly a lot going on towards the end of this month and the beginning of June.


I think it would be a good idea to hold each other in prayer over the coming weeks as life continues to be busy and the pace continues. Let’s keep our eyes and ears open to each others’ needs and remember that we can do all things in God’s strength, and that we don’t need to rely on our own energy alone. As I chat with people I am aware of some wonderfully supportive networks across our communities, which I find encouraging and reassuring. Thank you for looking after each other so well.


Perhaps that is a good place to finish. Not forgetting of course that we will have Compline on Sunday evening and Morning Prayer on Monday. Links are below, as always,


Have a super weekend and I hope the sun continues to shine,


With love,
Sally xxxx

Monday Morning Prayer 9am

https://zoom.us/j/97632474924?pwd=T00wZEt3aVNESEgvdVd1U3hXYTZiQT09

Meeting ID: 976 3247 4924

Passcode: Heart

Compline Sunday 8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89998911774?pwd=ekF1Uk4rYUsrQklkcGpFbHRXM25uUT09

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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LiFT 28th April

Good evening lovely people,


How are you?


I do hope you have had an enjoyable Easter and that you were able to celebrate and spend it in ways that worked for you, including with church. We are of course still in the Easter season, right up until Pentecost but that probably doesn’t mean we can continue to eat vast amounts of chocolate!!


Just a couple of dates for your diary – the bishop will be bringing into existence the new Ministry Area on Thursday 26th May, at a special service in Raglan Church, at 7pm. That day is also Ascension Day. I rather like the idea that as Christ ascends to be with his Father, we will be joining together as friends old and new, forging a new beginning, in the body of Christ. The service will be lovely and everyone is very welcome.


Then on Sunday 29th May, which is the fifth Sunday in the month, we will be joining together in Usk Church for a Ministry Area Eucharist. Again everyone will be very welcome,and I hope you might come to enjoy worship in a full church. 


With regard to the new Ministry Area, we are keen to have wide representation across our churches. If you would like to be part of the new Council I have attached the nomination form. You will need to find someone to propose and second you. Not all roles have a defined title, there are several “without portfolio” and I would highly recommend that you think about these roles, to ensure that we have as many different voices as possible.


Last but not least, I want to give you my thanks – I took a few days off last week and as you always do, you honoured it in ways that I boast to other clergy about. Thank you so much for respecting my rest time, you really are an awesome group of people, and every day I give thanks for you.


You know where I am if you need me. And below are the links for Compline and Morning Prayer.
With love,
Sally xxxx

Monday Morning Prayer 9am

https://zoom.us/j/97632474924?pwd=T00wZEt3aVNESEgvdVd1U3hXYTZiQT09

Meeting ID: 976 3247 4924

Passcode: Heart

Compline Sunday 8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89998911774?pwd=ekF1Uk4rYUsrQklkcGpFbHRXM25uUT09

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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Nomination Form.pdf

LiFT 14th April

Good afternoon all,

How are you? 

Today begins the Triduum, three of the busiest and most emotional days of the church calendar. Everything I can organise and prepare is organised and prepared, now I just need to find a little bit of peace and quiet to prepare spiritually and get my head in the right space. I have only had one “in person” Easter as an ordained person and that was in 2019, so emotions are already running high! I know that many people are going to lots and lots of effort to prepare and lead worship, to decorate our church buildings, and to offer a warm welcome to all who share Easter with us this year – thank you for everything you are doing and have done, to ensure that our Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter morning services are the very best they can be. It is an immense privilege to be part of your faith lives. Thank you.

After our Easter morning services I will be taking a few days of rest, as the bishop encourages of all her clergy. I will have an out of office on my emails until Sunday 24th April although I will be back at it before then so that I have a sermon for Sunday! If you have an urgent pastoral need please do phone and leave a message. I will be keeping an eye on my answerphone for just such things. Please trust that I will always respond if there is an urgent priestly need and just won’t get back to you in a hurry about something that is happening in May 🙂

While I’m lying in a darkened room recharging, there will be no Just Five Minutes, and no LIFT. There will also be no Compline on Easter Sunday or Sunday 24th April.

Finally I’d just like to flag up three services that are distinct in nature and worth considering. 

This evening in Usk we will be having a traditional service for Maundy Thursday including optional foot washing, Eucharist, and stripping of the altar. 7pm

Tomorrow, Good Friday, there is an ecumenical Walk of Witness through Usk, beginning in the Maryport car park, at 10.30am, finishing in church with hot cross buns.

On Easter morning there is a sunrise Eucharist at the top of the Blorenge, beginning at 6am. If you park in the Foxhunters car park I am assured there is almost no distance to walk. Wrap up warm though.

If I don’t see you over the next few days, may I wish you now, a very blessed Easter, with my prayers that you encounter Christ afresh, and that your faith may be reinvigorated with the excitement and courage of those first disciples who greeted Christ risen.

With love as always,

Sally xxxxxx– 

LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 7th April

Good evening my friends,


How are you all this evening?


It’s been a long day so I’ll keep it brief tonight – some service details for you, and a couple of other bits and bobs!


This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. If you have the time I highly recommend to you that you do more than just the Sundays if at all possible. There are some lovely services going on across the whole group and wider. Why not try something new or different?

For example, on Tuesday at 11am is the Chrism Mass in the cathedral. This is a very special service led by the bishop in which all the priests renew their vows, and the holy oils for baptism and healing are blessed for the coming year. You are all very welcome to that and there is a buffet lunch afterwards. Please let me know if you are coming and I’ll make sure they have your name down for lunch 🙂


Maundy Thursday will bring with it all that you might expect, followed by Good Friday, which offers us a whole host of services and styles, including the Ecumenical Walk of Witness around Usk at 10.30am.

Please do then join us at the top of the Blorenge at 6am on Easter Morning, to welcome the sunrise and celebrate the first service of Easter. I’m told there isn’t too much of a walk if we park at Foxhunters Car Park!!


We will of course be having Compline on SUnday evening and Morning Prayer on Monday morning, and I will be doing my speed awareness course on Monday afternoon! I’m trying to keep that quiet 🙂


Oh and, for very good reason I will be working Friday this week so will be off on Saturday instead.
I’m really sorry there’s no chatty bit tonight – I’m all chatted out!! 


I hope you have a good weekend, I shall see you soon. be in touch if you have any queries.
With love,
Sally xxxx


Monday Morning Prayer 9am

https://zoom.us/j/97632474924?pwd=T00wZEt3aVNESEgvdVd1U3hXYTZiQT09

Meeting ID: 976 3247 4924

Passcode: Heart

Compline Sunday 8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89998911774?pwd=ekF1Uk4rYUsrQklkcGpFbHRXM25uUT09

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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LiFT 31st March

Good afternoon friends,


I trust that you are well? So many people seem to be succumbing to the Covid virus at the moment, I’m sorry if you are one of those. Take care of yourself and give yourself proper recovery time – getting busy again too quickly doesn’t seem to serve people very well – take the time you need, and let me know if I can help in any way.


My week began in a lovely way again, praying in the churches in Llandegfedd, Tredunnock, and Llanhennock. I am so hopeful for our communities, God is at work, all we have to do is listen, watch, and join in with what he has already begun. Can you see what that is? Please do let me know if I am missing any opportunities or potential!

On Monday 4th April my day looks like this – 

10-12pm Coed y Paen (Cilla please can I pop in and get the key from you?)


12.30-2.30pm Llanbadoc

3-5pm Llangybi

Feel free to join me for a few minutes or for the duration – the peace and atmosphere is well worth it.

I’ve been messing about on the internet a little bit today – I expect you are well aware of my twice weekly Just Five Minutes recordings, which are really just gentle rambles with some prayer and bible verses. I try to capture the mood of the moment, and offer opportunities to reflect, and be encouraged and comforted. So, where’s all this going?

When I first landed in the Ministry Area, we had to have all our worship online so I set up a YouTube channel. I have also been posting the JFM videos on there, as well as on Facebook. This channel has become almost solely for the JFM now, and we will not need an Usk MA YouTube channel when the new MA is formed, so I have rebranded! The YouTube channel is now called Just Five Minutes, and it is my personal channel. It will continue to have videos twice a week, you can find it here – 


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_MlCI7UW1xWiQm7ZxMr1A

If you subscribe you will be sent notifications when I post a new video, it is free to do this. I will continue to post onto FaceBook as well of course. Please spread the word!


I’m sure there are a million other things I should be telling you about, but this letter is quite long enough already! I’ve put the usual links below for Compline on Sunday evening and Morning Prayer on Monday, I hope to see some of you there.
Wrap up warm, we are in for a few chilly days apparently. With my love and prayers,
Sally xxxx

Compline Sunday 8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89998911774?pwd=ekF1Uk4rYUsrQklkcGpFbHRXM25uUT09

Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774

Passcode: COMPLINE

Morning Prayer Monday 9am

https://zoom.us/j/97632474924?pwd=T00wZEt3aVNESEgvdVd1U3hXYTZiQT09

Meeting ID: 976 3247 4924

Passcode: Heart

LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 24th March

Good evening friends,


How are you all after another day of glorious weather. My son rang from university today and said “I hope this isn’t instead of summer” which made me reflect that we have no idea what summer will hold, but we do know that today was sunny and warm. So perhaps we should make the most of each day and try to make space to enjoy whatever it offers, rather than assuming that we should wait for something else. 


As I am sure you are aware, the situation in Ukraine is worsening, and as it does, Monmouthshire prepares to welcome refugees. It’s a little difficult to see how this is going to unfold at the moment, but as we pause, waiting to respond, I would ask you to continue to pray for all who are affected.We will watch closely and see how best to support those who arrive in our communities, please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any good ideas, and keep your eyes open for our next steps. We are in contact with the local authority to ensure that we respond in a way that is useful and appropriate. If in the meantime you are keen to help, financial donations to any of the charities working with refugees are probably most sensible (including the Diocesan Social Responsibility Fund, details will follow next week).

A date for your diary – Thursday 7th April, 10.30am will be the next in our series of prayer mornings – Forward Together – for the new Ministry Area. This time we will be at St. Madoc’s Llanbadoc, and everyone is welcome. It’s a lovely opportunity to take a moment to pause and focus on God and his plans for us.


With that in mind, I will be praying in three more churches on Monday. It was a pleasure and wonderful experience to pray in Wolvesnewton, Usk, and Llantrisant last Monday. On Monday 28th March you will find me in the following places – 


10-12pm Llandegfedd

12.30-2.30pm Tredunnock

3-5pm Llanhennock


Feel free to join me just for a few minutes, or for the duration, as I pray for each community, for the church, and anything else that seems appropriate. The time is quiet, and you may like to bring your own prayer resources.


And that, I think, is that, for this week. Apart, of course, to remind you about Compline on Sunday at 8pm, and Morning prayer on Monday at 9am. Links below!.
With love to you all, as always,
Sally xxx

Morning Prayer, Monday 9am

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Compline Sunday 8pm

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Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774

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Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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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

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Compline Sunday 8pm
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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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