Parish of Three Cliffs Sunday 22nd March. Bulletin and Worship
Rev. Canon Peter Brooks, 01792 232928
Curate Rev Nigel King 01792 233124
Lay ministers Sue Waite 234739 David Ball 232027
St Illtyds Carolyn Kirby 233318 Merlin Kingham 371285
St Mary’sCatherine Thomas 233407 Katherine Wilson 232221
St Nicholas & St John David Harry 371615 Gilda Jones 422339
St Teilo’s Mike Whiffin 234476 Susan Tercero 234446
Items for inclusion in the newsletter to
Stuart Phillips 232444 email@example.com
Treasurers Contact Details
Frances Owen John The Cottage, Nicholaston Hall, Penmaen, Swansea, SA3 2HL firstname.lastname@example.org
William Nicholas 18, Pennard Drive Southgate 234338 email@example.com
Jackie Strawbridge Iona, Ilston, SA27LD 371203
Mike Thomas 72, Eastlands Park Bishopstom SA3DG 234487
The Lamplighter is closed until further notice .
Please will everyone, who would like a prayer for healing send prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 01792234230 or leave a message for me in St Mary’s or through my door at 10 Meadow Croft. The intention is to hold the parish in prayer from 7:30 through to 9:30 wherever we are! God’s Healing Peace to you all from Hilary
Supporting your Foodbank in the time of crises.
Dear Friends there are a number of ways this can be done.
Bishopston: the pressure on the food-banks is going to increase in the current situation. There are no church services at the moment but any donations you would like to make can be dropped off at the Lamplighter between 11.00-12.00 every day. alternatively, you can drop donations direct to the Red Cafe on a Monday morning. Red Cafe food bank is particularly short of tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes, rice, UHT milk, fruit juice and jam. I know we may not be able to get all of these at the moment but any help is greatly appreciated. thank you so much for your continued support.
Likewise, donations that go to St. Stephens St Thomas
Can be dropped off to John and Mary Gibbons 86 Pennard Drive, SA32DP 233522
Alternatively, if you wish to drop them into the Vicarage at Pennard we will ensure that all donations of financial and foodstuff help get to the relevant places ASAP.
Supporting your Church
Of course we still wish to financially support the mission and ministry of our churches and there are a number of ways you can do that. So if you are used to handing your cash on the plate then please drop them through the letterbox of your treasurer (message me if you need some help here) or alternatively you may wish to set up a Standing Order with your Bank or make a BACs payment or send a cheque to the treasurer. Likewise you may use the GWADD scheme that the Church in wales has organised that gift aid may also be collected and credited to your Church.
The details for that are below and you will find all the information you may need, however if you have any queries do contact your treasurer https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/clergy-and-members/gift-direct/
However giving the situation of people making a bank payment the treasurers need to be able to identify the payee, so anyone making an on-line payment or setting up a Direct Debit or Standing Order to be sure to put their name on it as reference and do contact your treasurer and let them know what you are doing know. This is to be sure that we can still maximise the gift aid refund from HMRC.
Do speak to one of your treasurers or see your printed bulletin.
Treasurers details are on the Church Officers list on this page.
As I come before you now I pray for wisdom, the wisdom of a God that knows me so well and the wisdom to be generous to others. As I come before you now I pray for an understanding of God’s Word tome and the wisdom to discover something new. God of generosity and love. You Accept me as I am when I can give little and when I can give much. I seek to always give willingly and cheerfully. Open my heart to the needs of others And to give to them what I can. In Jesus Name…Amen
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
What can I bring Him poor as I am…lines from a Christmas Carol that we have only just been singing and who would have thought three months ago we would find ourselves in the situation we find ourselves in this week. However in the light of the situation we find ourselves the words of Mark’s Gospel and the words of the hymn are so appropriate this Mothering Sunday. For those of us who today remember our Mothers living and departed it is a special day. For the departed we honour their memory and give thanks for them. For those living (especially the over 70’s) we likewise give thanks, but this year we are nurturing, caring for them and yes even bossing them some more! This week we have seen Supermarket shelves stripped of the basics by those who can afford too, get there earlier and have cars to carry it away. Then Supermarkets have put in place arrangements for those to shop who are vulnerable but even that is being flaunted in some places. Again we see the difference between rich and poor, those who have and those who have not.
This reading is not about class. wealth or ability it is about the equality of all in the eyes of God and the honouring by God of everything we bring to him in our lives of service no matter who we are. However in these tough times look out for the widow and her mite, support the local shopkeepers, support the foodbanks and support one another.! You are all in my prayers.
A Message from the Archbishop of Wales“ Mothering Sunday is a day when people will want to focus with thanksgiving on what their mothers have done for them in their lives. If your plans for the day have been disrupted, if you’ve got some time that you might have been using to do other things, don’t waste that time. Whether you’re absent from university or college, whether you’re not at work – whatever may be the case- use the time that you have to do something positive. “In my local community in Brecon groups are springing up, people getting together to make plans to put their time to good use to help others. So why not see if there is something you can do with such groups to bring help to other people.” There will be no Mothering Sunday services in churches this weekend as all public worship has been suspended for the foreseeable future. However, people are being invited to share prayers online and some services are being streamed on social media. Churches are being encouraged to stay open during the day to offer space for people to pray in their own time, to find spiritual refreshment and reflection.
Community Support Groups within Three Cliffs Parish
Pennard: Lynda James 07789 816374
Bishopston Lamplighter Hub 01792 232012
Ilston/Penmaen/Nicholaston 07494421468 or 07494421656
Community Prayers in a time of Emergency Week beginning March 22nd
We pray for Morriston Hospital, SingletonHospital, and For local surgeries and clinics: and for doctors, nurses, and all working within our National Health Service.
We pray for all who live in Brandy Cove Road,
Hareslade, Headland Close and Headland Road.
We pray for the peoples of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia and Taiwan.
We pray for scientists, medical researchers and
epidemiologists: for all researching the coronavirus, and for the work of the World Health Organisation.
We pray for all who live in Caswell Bay Court, Caswell Bay Road and Caswell Road.
We pray for the peoples of Japan, North Korea and South Korea.
We pray, for the armed forces and for the emergency Services, police, ambulance and fire services.
We pray for all who live in Espalone, Holts Field, Mansel Drive and Reigit Lane.
We pray for the peoples of Southeast Asia: Brunei,
Cambodia, EastTimor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
Myanmar (formerly Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
We pray for those working in
Broadcasting and the media: and for responsible and accurate news
reporting, especially via social media.
We pray for all who live in Bendrick’s Drive, The Drive, Meadow Croft and PobblesClose.
We pray for the peoples of South Asia Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan,and Sri Lanka.
We pray for the elderly, the disabled and those with underlying health conditions making them more susceptible to COVID-19 and other diseases.
We pray for all who livein Gerretts Close, PyleRoad, RidleyWay,andWoodsideClose.
We pray for the peoples of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
We pray for those laid off , or on furlough in the current crisis: and for effective and ongoing support for Individuals and businesses in greatest financial need.
We pray for all who live in Canisland Park, Kittle Hill Lane, Pennard Road, and Vennaway Lane.
We pray for the peoples of Arabia and the Gulf: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
We pray for public health planners, civil servants, and those in government, both national and local: and for our Prime Minister, and the First Ministers of Scotland,
Wales and Northern Ireland.
We pray for all who live in the Glebe, NorthwayCourt, Northlands Park, and Portway.
We pray for the peoples of the Levant: Cyprus, Israel & Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey