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Usk Ministry Area

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 8pm

Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774
Passcode: COMPLINE

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.


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