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LiFT 25th November

Good evening friends,


How are you this evening?


It’s been another busy week with Advent and Christmas planning, plus a service to recognise the importance of standing against gender based violence. This campaign is in its tenth year, and is signified with a white ribbon. It runs for two weeks from today until Human Rights Day on 10th December. Please consider this something worthy of our prayers.


I have four dates for you – two things that aren’t happening and two that are!
Two services have been cancelled from our Sunday rota. These decisions have been taken because they fall close to other services that have been added for Christmas. When our smaller churches are run by a tiny number of people we have to use our energy wisely and I am fully supportive of our Christmas services taking priority. 
Sunday 12th December 9.15am Llandegfedd is not happening. They do have a carol service on Friday 10th December at 6.30pm which will be very lovely.
Sunday 19th December 6pm Christchurch Coed y Paen Evensong is not happening. They have a carol service on Christmas Eve at 6pm which promises to be a lovely service too.
Please amend your rotas with these cancellations.


The two dates to add to your diary are the Darkness to Light Service this Sunday at 6pm. This is a deanery service (the new Ministry Area really) and will be very special. It is at St. Cadoc’s, Raglan, and I hope to see you there. There will be no Compline on Zoom that night.
Finally can I flag up the Christmas party that is planned for Friday 3rd December 7pm at the Memorial Hall in Usk. It is a bring and share with a quiz and entertainment. Who doesn’t love a bring and share? – a missing part of our church life over the last couple of years. If you would like a ticket please let Dee, in Usk, or me know.


And that, I think, is that!!


Keep warm and keep in touch.
With love,
Sally xxxxx

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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 18th November

Good afternoon lovely people,

I write this on the train home from Shrewsbury, having spent the day with priest friends who I trained with. As I have told some of you, we meet three or four times a year to reflect on our ministry, and to support each other. The day always has the same structure – we pray together, then we share our biggest moan, our biggest joy, and our hope for the next season. We also bring along a book we have read and offer a short review. We do all that around a good lunch and some general chit chat. it’s always a good day. So shall I share my part of the day with you?

My moan was about the amount of things that have to be done which take me away from being with people.

My joy was all of you and how much you appear to trust me and energise me.

My hope was that as we enter the new Ministry Area structure so more time will become available to do the parts of ministry that I love.

And the book I read was an amazing study on how to read the bible – How to Eat Bread, by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes – in twenty or so short chapters she describes and details over twenty ways to think about exploring and understanding the text of the bible. It’s a brilliant book and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for ways to engage with the bible, or find it difficult to appreciate.

These days are really useful reviews and it is important to have people who hold us accountable for our work life balance, our spiritual life, and who can be honest and kind. Do you have people like that in your life? Do you make the most of them?

In other news can I remind you that there is only one service in  the Ministry Area on Sunday, all other services are cancelled.We are meeting at St. Peter’s Goytre at 10.30am to join in Celebration Sunday with the rest of the diocese. The whole diocese isn’t going to be in one church, but in multiple churches and we will all be using the same liturgy. Bishop Cherry will be preaching to us all, via technology. It promises to be a joyous morning and I hope to see you there.

Over the next week or so all our churches will be receiving leaflets printed with all our Christmas services and I invite you to keep your eyes out for these and share them widely. I have printed several hundred so feel free to share them with your neighbours and friends, including those who may not regularly come to church. Carol services are often appreciated by a much wider number of people and it would be wonderful to throw wide open our doors and offer a good welcome to anyone who walks through them.

Finally, I am also distributing the bits and bobs for our Advent activity over the next week. This will consist of a wall display for all our churches with spaces for us to celebrate all the little acts of kindness that happen in our community. The project is entitled “Building a Community of Kindness”, and rather than giving us something else to do, it simply offers an opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the things that are already happening. Look out for it, and if you’d like to know more when you see it, please drop me a line.

Thank you for all that you do to make our churches welcoming and encouraging places to be. Thank you too for the care and love that you show to each other.

With my love and prayers,

Sally xx

Compline Sunday 21st November 8pm
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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 11th November

Good afternoon lovely people,


How are you on this dreary November day?


What do I need to share with you this week? It’s been another busy week but today we have all been reminded of the importance of stopping, pausing, making a moment for stillness, to reflect upon things above and beyond the mundane transactional things of our day. Two minutes doesn’t seem a lot to offer by way of remembrance; so many lives lost, so much suffering. I have been aware of Acts of Remembrance in our schools, with our uniformed organisations, in church services, and in our communities, and I must confess that it gives me great encouragement that so many of you make remembering a priority. Thank you.

When we lead such busy lives, being able to stop for a moment and consider, in the stillness, bigger, harder aspects of humanity is to be commended. Prayer can be a little like this – we can be so busy doing the important day to day things that we forget or don’t prioritise the importance of taking a moment or more to be still before God, checking that we are listening to his will for us. But setting aside a few minutes every day to make proper space for a conversation with God can only be good for us can’t it? Perhaps we should try a little harder to do it?

! I know from bitter experience that the occasions when I don’t think I have time to pray are precisely the moments when it is most important that I make the time! Will you join me in making a concerted effort to give just a little more time, day by day, to be quiet with God, discerning his well for us?
And perhaps that is a good place to leave it for this week.

I look forward to seeing some of you at my home on Sunday, and if you can’t make it, don’t worry, I’ll do it again.
With love, as always,


Sally xx

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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 4th November

Dear friends,
Here we are again, and it’s turning out to be a very busy week! Our local primary school has begun a huge piece of work called The BIg Frieze, creating their own version of an enormous art collage depicting the full story of the bible. This is part of their introduction to the new curriculum they have for RE – Understanding Chritianity and is an exciting time for the children. This has coincided with the beginning of our own special work, teaching the children bible stories through Open the Book, and the recommencement of weekly collective worship led by the ministry team of the church. It really is all go! It would be wonderful if you could hold the school in your prayers as they continue this fantastic work. Whilst we might sometimes be disappointed by the relatively few children attending our Sunday worship, you can be confident that they are exploring their faith and experiencing rich and varied worship and discipleship opportunities in school. Church doesn’t have to be in the church building on a Sunday. You can find out more about what the children are doing here – https://www.understandingchristianity.org.uk/the-project/the-big-frieze-emma-yarlett/

Three other things to tell you about – 


The ministry team across The Heart of Monmouthshire MA are trying to meet regularly on Monday mornings for Morning Prayer. If you would like to join us we would love to see you. We use the Church of England Daily Prayer app for ease. This Monday, 8th Nov. we will be in The Priory Church of St. Mary, Usk, at 9am. Please pop along if you would like to join us. 


Second, can I remind you that I am making a lot of cake next week and hope to welcome you to our home between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday 14th November. There is no need to bring anything, just yourselves. We really hope to see you. (Our address – 25 St. John’s Road, Newport. NP19 8GR). 


Finally, I will not be able to host Compline this Sunday or next Sunday (7th, and 14th). I’m sorry. I am hosting parishioners at home on both these Sundays (Will’s churches are the first week) and I just don’t think I can host, clear away, and make it to Compline. I hope you understand. The Zoom room will be open and I have attached an order of service for you to download. If you would like, by all means log on and I hope you won’t be alone. Then between you, you can have the service together. 


And there I will leave it for this week. You know how to get hold of me if you need anything or just fancy a chat. Love to you all,


Sally xx


Compline 8pm Sunday
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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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LiFT 28th October

Good Evening all,


Wet and windy! What more can I say?!


Lots to tell you about this week, so I’ll get straight on with it – 


The date, venue, and time for the Celebration Service has been confirmed now. We are all invited to St. Peter’s Church, Goytre on 21st November at 10.30am. This service will be happening in all the new Ministry Areas, using the same wording and a recorded sermon from the bishop. She has asked us to gather as a new worshipping community and this will be the only service in the Ministry Area that day. This specifically affects local congregations in Usk, Coed-y-Paen, Llangybi, Llanhennock, Tredunnock, and Wolvesnewton, who were all on the rota to have a service. I do hope that you will all support Bishop Cherry, St. Peter’s, and our wider Christian community, this promises to be a very special, joyful service.


The Red Shed in Llanbadoc is reopening its doors! It is hosting a one off sale on Tuesday 2nd November and would love to see you. Please don’t bring along items to add to the sale, there is plenty there already and the team are anxious to see how well the sale goes, in terms of volunteers, Covid, and the general logistics, before committing to further regular sales. Please do drop in, and also remember this venture and the team in your prayers. It’s been almost two years since the Red Shed was flooded, and it is looking fantastic!


Another group that would welcome your prayers is our Open the Book team. This brave bunch of people from across the ministry area will be going into school next week for the first time, acting and narrating bible stories for the children to watch and learn from. It’s an exciting project that has been incredibly well received in other parts of the country so it is wonderful that our church school in Usk will be able to benefit. It’s quite something to perform in front of hundreds of children, and I am sure that you will join me in praying for courage, and a good outcome.


Finally, I need to talk to you about our buildings in the context of the colder mornings and Covid. It is imperative that we continue to ensure that our buildings are well ventilated during our services. This is an essential component of the risk assessments and is required by the Church in Wales. As I know you are aware, this presents challenges in terms of keeping the buildings warm and welcoming and I am sorry about that. I don’t have a solution except to advise that we ask everyone to come to church as though it were 1921 not 2021 – that is, wrap up warm, don’t hesitate to bring blankets, hot water bottles, cushions, whatever might keep you warmer and make you comfortable. I have invested in thermal socks for my boots, a couple of vests (perhaps that’s too much information!!) and I will be adding to my comforts as it gets colder. There is no shame in keeping warm! 


That’s enough for today. Time to grab some dinner and a glass of something warming.


Love to you all, and do not hesitate to be in touch,
Love Sally xxx


Oo and don’t forget Compline – Sunday 8pmhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/89998911774?pwd=ekF1Uk4rYUsrQklkcGpFbHRXM25uUT09

Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774
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Sorry, I knew I had forgotten something – thanks to Sarah Byford for spotting my error.
This Sunday is the fifth Sunday and we are worshipping in St Thomas a Becket Church in Wolvesnewton, at 10.30am. It would be lovely to see you there.

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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 21st October

Good afternoon friends,


Is it me or is it chilly? And I’m getting caught out by the darker mornings! I don’t know why, it’s not as though we haven’t been through autumn and into winter before – how quickly we forget! Or perhaps, how quickly I forget! With this time of year comes the inevitable early planning for Remembrance Sunday and Christmas. The Remembrance Service in Usk will be in the morning this year, starting in the church at 10am, with the Silence at 11am at the memorial. I share this with you as it will be the first time in many many years that the service is a morning one.

I have this week been putting the finishing touches to our huge Advent/Christmas schedule of events and services, and oh my goodness there is a lot going on. You really are an amazing bunch of people with far more energy than I could have ever hoped for! I will try to create an attractive poster detailing all our services that can be shared with neighbours, friends, and put in noticeboards. 


While I think about services, can I remind you that on 21st November the bishop has invited us to hold a single service as the new Ministry Area, all twenty churches, as a celebration of all that we have in common. This service will be in St. Peter’s Church,Goytre, time to be confirmed. If you would like to go but need transport please let me know, and I will be glad to help. This is the only service in the Ministry Area that day.


And I think that is about it, a slow news week I think they call it! Don’t forget Compline on Sunday, via Zoom at 8pm, and keep in touch.
With love, and God Bless,


Sally xx


Complinehttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/3798406972?pwd=QXdXV0k3OGUxT3JXQldvQlRsVHB5QT09

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LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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LiFT 14th October

Good Afternoon Friends,


Well! The church season of harvest is over and we turn our attention towards Remembrance and then, dare I say, Christmas! We have been busy working on the Christmas service rota, with an emphasis on offering a variety of good quality worship that will satisfy the needs of the faithful and at the same time encourage those who are occasional worshippers or may be considering coming to church for the first time. Lots to think about, and catering for all those diets is quite a challenge! 


The nights are drawing in too aren’t they? A sure sign that autumn is here and winter is on its way. With it comes cooler temperatures and this may begin to present a challenge to us as we try to keep our church doors open during our worship, ro reduce the risk of Covid infections. There’s a balance to strike, as in all things, and we must be mindful to not waste money heating buildings that we need to keep well aired, whilst also trying to offer a warm welcome (in both senses of the phrase!) If you would like to bring a blanket to church, or even a hot water bottle, I suspect others will be quite jealous; please wrap up and do what you need to do to keep warm. (It’s my feet that get cold, standing for long periods on damp stone floors – I have a lovely range of thermal socks and tights!!)


But enough of my ramblings. Please don’t forget we have our Zoom Compline on Sunday evening, and you know where I am if you need me or fancy a chat.
With love to you all, and I am of course praying for you all.
Sally xxxx

Sally is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Compline
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Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774
Passcode: COMPLINE

LogoRev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis
Usk Ministry Area Leader
Monmouth Diocese
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