April 2012

Ad Clerum :
29ain o Fawrth 2012 March 29th
Sant Gwynllyw : St Woolos

Take hold of the life that is truly life (cf. 1 Timothy 6.19)
Gafaelwch yn y bywyd sydd yn wir fywyd (1 Timotheus 6.19)

Annwyl Gyfeillion,

Gweddi y Garawys

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Arglwydd Dduw, fe rhoddaist yr Iesu fel anrheg i ni fel y gallwn etifeddu llawnder bywyd trwyddo ef.
Caniata i ni, trwy gymorth dy Ysbryd Glan, i ddal ein gafael yn y bywyd sydd yn wir fywyd yng nghyfoeth dy fendith, ynghyd a’r llawenydd sydd i’w ganfod mewn addoliad a’r gwasanaeth sydd yn deillio o’th gariad.
Arweinia fywyd ein Esgobaeth i ffyrdd tangnefedd a sancteiddrwydd, i’r naill gryfhau y llall, ac i bob peth ogoneddu dy enw. Amen
Lord God, you gave us the gift of Jesus so that we might inherit the fullness of life in him.
Grant that with the help of your Holy Spirit, we may take hold of the life that is truly life in the richness of your blessing, the joy that comes from worship and the service that comes from love.
Guide the life of our diocese into the ways of peace and of holiness that each may strengthen the other, and all things glorify your name. Amen.

Holy Week

I offer you all my best wishes for your celebration of Holy Week and Easter. I have always found this particular season an immensely powerful time for the renewal of my faith, and I trust that this will prove true for you and for your parishioners. I hope that many of you will be taking the opportunity to use the full range of theological, symbolic and liturgical resources available to us to make the most of the days ahead.

Chrism Eucharist (5th April)

You will all know that the Chrism Eucharist is at 1100hr on Maundy Thursday (5th April) in the Cathedral. I hope that serving and retired clergy will make every effort to be present and to affirm our collegial life in the diocese. Lunch will be served after the service. It would be extremely helpful for catering purposes if clergy could let the office in Esgobty know by Tuesday 03 April if they are bringing lay persons with them from parishes to this event as it could have a significant impact on the catering. Dress for clergy is alb or surplice with white stole.

The Good Friday Offering
Supporting the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East

Amidst the turmoil across the Middle East the situation of Christians and Churches has become significantly more complex and difficult. Support for their presence and witness is particularly needed and for this reason I wish to commend the Good Friday Offering for your consideration.

Since 1922 the practice has developed in some parishes for the collections taken at Good Friday services to be donated to the charitable work of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. 2012 is the 90th anniversary of this tradition and such collections will help fund the ministry and social engagement of the dioceses in the region such as hospitals, schools and other social welfare programmes that serve local communities of all faiths (33 such programmes are run in the Diocese of Jerusalem alone). Details of the ministry of the dioceses, along with a downloadable poster and service sheet can be found here.

Cheques for the amount collected made out to ‘The Jerusalem and Middle East Church Association’ should be sent it to: The Secretary at JMECA, 1 Hart House, The Hart, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7HJ with a covering note stating that the money is from a Good Friday offering.

Ministry and Calling Sunday (20th May)

Another reminder that the Sunday after Ascension (20th May) is observed by the Church in Wales as Ministry and Calling Sunday. Please use this opportunity positively, and not just noting it in passing in the notices or intercessions. All clergy could take the opportunity to preach about their own vocation and ministry at the main service that Sunday, as well as calling the congregation to think about their own witness and ministry, and praying for more vocations in the Church in Wales. We need to convey to all the members of our congregations that vocation is not just of concern to the diocese and province, but to every member of the Church, either in responding to God’s call themselves, or in praying for vocations, or in supporting the discernment of another.

Existing materials can be used again, and this will be supplemented with liturgical and preaching resources that will be sent out well in advance by email, and other new literature available through the Provincial website, or the Revd John Harvey as Director of Ordinands.

The need, in particular, for fresh vocations to ordained ministry is becoming pressing, as those who come forward in discernment now, if accepted, will be those whose ordinations will be most vital to replace clergy who will be retiring after 2013. It is an urgent matter in which Ministry and Calling Sunday plays its own part as an opportunity to stir up the life of the Church.

Hwyl a Helo

I am sorry to announce that Alan Ellacott will be leaving us to take up the post of Team Vicar of the East Group in the Wellington and District Team Ministry at the beginning of July. Alan has been a cheerful and encouraging presence among us for the last four years, but is now returning to his roots in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. We wish him and his family every happiness in their move.

I am pleased to announce that Anthapurusha has been appointed to the grouped parishes of Ruabon and Rhosymedre. While his formal role as Bishop’s Adviser on Inter-faith matters will be coming to an end, I hope that Anthapurusha will continue to offer leadership to us all in our encounters with people of different faith backgrounds. His induction will take place on 14th May.

Neil Kelly will be moving to a second curacy in Mold at the beginning of July. Although the pattern in recent years has been of one three year assistant curacy, it is good to explore different patterns, and after two years in Llangollen, I am delighted that Neil has accepted my invitation to work alongside Rex Matthias in Mold.

I am delighted to welcome Matthew Wilkinson back to stipendiary ministry and to the post of Assistant Curate of Minera, Coedpoeth and Bwlchgwyn. Matthew will be licensed at Esgobty on 17th April, and has quite a year to look forward to. He has recently announced his engagement to Sarah Bennett, and we wish them every joy as they prepare for their wedding in the Summer.

Godfrey Chigumira is moving to the position of Vicar in the Rectorial Benefice of Rhos Cystennin in the summer. Godfrey has offered faithful ministry in Hawarden since his arrival in the Church in Wales in 2008, and I am delighted that we will be keeping his ministry in this new context. Godfrey will be licensed on 16th July.

Congratulations to Bernard and Jennifer Thomas and their family on the birth of another grandson, Isaac, on 14th February.

I was sorry to hear that Nia Morris has lost her grandmother, Mary Elen Parry, who was in her hundredth year. We join together in sending our condolences to Nia at this time.

Dates for the Diary

05 April 1100hr Chrism Eucharist and Renewal of Ordination Vows at the Cathedral.

07 April 1900hr Easter Vigil and Confirmation in the Cathedral.

22 April 1030hr Confirmation at Berriew
1600hr Confirmation at All Saints’ Church, Gresford

01 May 1900hr The Induction of Sarah Hildreth as Incumbent of Llanrwst and Llanddoged with Capel Garmon, with Llansanffraid Glan Conwy and Eglwysbach, at St Grwst’s Church, Llanrwst.

05 May 1100hr St Asaph Festival, Cathedral.

06 May 1600hr Confirmation at St Deiniol’s Church, Hawarden.

14 May 1900hr The Induction of Anthapurusha as Vicar of Ruabon and Rhosymedre at St Mary’s Church, Ruabon.

20 May 1830hr Confirmation at St Hilary’s Church, Llanrhos

21 May 1900hr Confirmation, Mold Deanery.

27 May 1500hr Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service, Cathedral.

Notes and Queries

Protecting Collective Worship in School

Collective worship is currently required by law in every school in Wales and provides opportunities for children and young people to explore spirituality and to reflect on life issues, as well as promoting the corporate wellbeing of schools, individual flourishing and social cohesion. The matter is currently under review by the Welsh Government. Please use this link if you wish to lend your support to the campaign to protect Collective Worship as a legal requirement in Wales’ schools.

I close with my best wishes to you all at this special season. May God bless you richly this Holy Week and Easter.