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Usk Ministry Area

LiFT 7th May

Good Evening Friends,

Another packed week is nearly over, I’ve actually met people in person on several occasions this week and it has been wonderful. Chatting in person is something I have missed and I’m glad that with care we can start to get together again. 

There are a couple of things to tell you about this week – 

You will be receiving a copy of the Ministry Area Pew Sheet via email in the next few days. This will be sent by Dee Seabourne  who kindly collates and edits this publication. We have decided to increase its email circulation for a variety of reasons, but mainly because we would like it to become a central source for notices and information around all our churches. So please, if you would like to publicise something that is happening in church, have a request that others might be able to help with,  or would like to be added to the prayer list please let Dee know. It is our hope that the Pew Sheet will grow in its usefulness over the coming weeks and months.

By the end of next week all seven of our churches will be open again for worship. Thank you to everyone for their hard work ensuring our buildings are safe and adhering to the risk assessments. It has been a joy to see people worshipping in a variety of churches, seeking out services in neighbouring villages, and meeting up with old and new friends. It goes against the grain to “book in” to attend church. I hate the phrase, the last thing I want is for us to appear to be a club that requires membership. We want to be open for all. I know I’m not the only person who feels like this and I’m sorry that we cannot be more relaxed. We must comply with the Church in Wales regulations about all this but I wonder whether we might change our thinking and language around it?

How about this – 
“In order to plan for our Sunday services, and to help us prepare within Covid guidelines, it would be helpful if you could let churches know in advance if you are hoping to be at a service on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you.”        
Does that feel better? I realise it’s words, but they matter and I’m trying to keep our welcome and planning friendly and encouraging! let me know what you think 🙂

I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that we are in Rogationtide. This is an ancient season specific to the countryside and historically marked with walks (beating the bounds), picnics, processions, and special services.Whilst we cannot do anything specific for Rogationtide this year, I hope that in the future we will be able to re-establish old traditions, I invite you to pray this prayer so that the season doesn’t go unmarked.

Creator God, who sustains all you have made by the power of your Spirit, help us to rejoice in your bounty, to rely on your providence and to ensure the fertility of the land, as we work together with you to produce food for the body and delight for the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Finally, here is the list of links for our various online activities. Everyone is very welcome to any of these.
Zoom Church Tea Sunday 9th May 4pm
Meeting ID: 816 3488 6318
Passcode: CAKE

Youtube channel for Sunday Worship 6pm

Zoom Compline Sunday 9th May 8pm
Meeting ID: 899 9891 1774
Passcode: COMPLINE
With love,
Sally xx


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