LiFT 13th January
Good afternoon lovely people,
How are you on this foggy day?
Lots to tell you about this week so I’ll get straight on with it and save you from my wittering!
There are two services with the bishop coming up and I would like to encourage you to come to them both.
The first is on Sunday 30th January, it is a fifth Sunday, and the bishop will be presiding and preaching at Raglan church at 10.30am. It promises to be a lovely occasion as we recognise the bishop’s second anniversary of being with us. If you would like to come but need a lift please let me know.
The second service is one for those wishing to be confirmed. It is in the church in Usk on February 20th at 3pm. Again the bishop will be presiding and preaching as well as confirming our confirmands. Confirmation is an opportunity for those who have been baptised (christened) to reaffirm their christening promises for themselves and is also a sign of full membership to the Christian community. If you have not been confirmed and would like to explore whether it might be right for you, it’s not too late, please just drop me a line and we can have a chat. It would be wonderful if as many people as possible came to support those who are being confirmed. It is a celebratory service and it is important that we support one another in our faith journeys. So please do come 🙂
As I am sure you are aware, Bill Savage has been formally recommended to train for ordination and this will begin in earnest in July this year. Between now and then Bill has been offered an opportunity to have a placement in Newport to experience a different ministry context and to prepare him for his training. You may well see him around and about but he will not be on our rota between now and July.
\When Bill does return to us he will be an Ordinand in the Church in Wales, and will be doing all his training placements with us, alongside his academic learning. This will include an intensive week – Summer School – and several weekends of more concentrated learning. Training for the priesthood is not a gentle or easy path, and Bill will be undertaking new and different responsibilities over the coming two years. I know that he would be very grateful for your prayers as he begins this next stage of his ministry – it is a very different thing to be a willing and capable lay minister, and to be brave enough to offer yourself for ordination. It is not taken lightly and the selection process and training are gruelling and rigorous.
Please also pray for Lynne who is a faithful support throughout. She will continue to be part of St. Mary’s choir thankfully. Whilst we will temporarily miss Bill’s contribution to our worship and pastoral team, I am sure that when he returns in the summer there will be much that he will want to do and share. Exciting times are ahead!
My final thing to tell you about is that Family Church in St. Mary’s Usk will be holding a special service on Sunday 6th February at 4pm. We will be having a Christingle Service and would especially like to invite any children or grandchildren who you know. If you are interested please can you let Carol know on 01291 672293 so that we can be sure to have enough oranges!
And that is probably enough! Please don’t forget Compline on Sunday evening. It really has become a lovely way to end the weekend and I’m sure my sleep is better for it too. “The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen”
With my love and prayers,