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                                   July 2019

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Parish of Llantrisant Church Services
                      Sunday Services
Parish Church of Sts. Illtyd, Gwynno & Dyfodwg,
9.00am      Holy Communion
11.00am Family Service, alternating communion and
        non– communion
6.00pm      Evensong and Sermon
St. Michael’s, Beddau
9.15am      Holy Communion
St. David’s, Miskin
11.00am The first Sunday of the month—All Age Worship
        (no communion)
        Subsequent Sundays—Holy Communion

                    Weekday Services
Tuesdays        10.00am Holy Communion at St. Michael’s,
Thursdays       10.00am Holy Communion at St. David’s,
           Vicar : The Reverend Vivian Parkinson

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                     Tel: 01443 223356
      Email: vivparkinson@parishofllantrisant.org.uk
                  Curate : Mr Steven Brett
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         Email : stevenbrett@parishofllantrisant.org.uk
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Curate’s Corner
My brothers and sisters,
I’d like to begin, on behalf of myself, Karin,
and Primrose, by thanking all of you for your
prayers, cards, presents and best wishes.
We have been overwhelmed by all that we
have received and are incredibly grateful.
Thank you!

Obviously adjusting to life with a newborn is a challenge for
anyone, and whilst there have been some moments that have
been difficult, I often think that we have been very lucky to have
such a contented baby, and am almost embarrassed when I am
asked the question ‘How are you sleeping?’ Because thanks to
Primrose and Karin, the answer, usually is ‘pretty well, thanks.’
I am aware though how difficult it can be to be a parent,
especially if you are a lone parent, which is why I commend to
you once again the Mother’s Union caravan in Porthcawl, which
provides a opportunity for families to have a holiday, especially
those who have limited means. There is an opportunity to see
the caravan, at Trecco Bay, during the open week, from the 9th
July to the 12th July.
The lectionary readings for the month are from chapter 10 of
the gospel of Luke. I’ve had a read through them, and I can’t
help but think that there is a message in these readings
especially for us as a parish.
There is at the start of chapter 10 the story of the Mission of the
Seventy, who Jesus ‘sent ahead of him’ to the places he
intended to visit himself. In verse 2 there is that famous line
‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few.’
Next we have the parable of the Good Samaritan, a story with
which we are all familiar, which concludes with Jesus telling the
lawyer who had asked the question to go and show the same
mercy as the Samaritan, to the people who he meets.
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And finally, we have the story of Jesus meeting Mary and
Martha, where Martha is like a busy bee, rushing around,
distracted by her tasks, not focused on the presence of Jesus;
But, Mary is sat at his feet, rapt, listening to his words. Jesus
offers Martha a rebuke, for being distracted, but tells us that
Mary ‘has chosen the better part’.
How does this apply to us, the Body of Christ, in the parish of
Llantrisant? Firstly, we are the labourers, the people sent
ahead of Jesus, to share the gospel message of salvation.
Unlike the seventy, we have no need to undertake a peripatetic
ministry, there are people in this parish who have not heard the
Good News, or maybe have forgotten it. We can all play a part
in bringing the gospel to them. With the interregnum drawing
ever closer, the opportunity to use our skills to help grow the
Kingdom here, in this place, has never been more urgent.
Maybe we could take the opportunity to contact someone who
used to worship in the parish, but maybe we haven’t seen for
some time?
Next we need to ‘show mercy’ to those who we have
interactions with. I think there are many ways we can do this,
from just listening to someone who needs to be heard, to the
practical help of something like Rainbow of Hope, or our
Dementia Support Group. We need to enact the love of Christ
with the people who we meet, as the words of Matthew’s
gospel, adopted by Llantrisant town trust says, we need to be
‘the city on the hill, that cannot be hidden’. By our fruits we shall
be known, and if we can help those in need, and live lives
pleasing to God we will be effective evangelists.
And finally, we need to be aware of what distracts us from
listening to Jesus and living our lives as he calls us, and make
the changes necessary. All of us, myself and Viv included, can
look at our diaries and consider where we should be making
time for God and leaving behind the distractions. It is vitally
important that we spend time in prayer, reading our Bibles, and

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worshipping together. That last part is really as important as the
other two. Coming together to worship and in fellowship through
the Spirit is what binds us, The Body of Christ together.
                        With every blessing,

    Holy Days - 27th July The Seven Sleepers of
     Ephesus – proving a nap is good for you!
Do you tend to avoid conflict? When you feel stressed, do you
crave sleep? Then the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus would be
good patron saints for you. But – you may find it hard to copy
their successful method of avoiding trouble! Legend has it that
The Seven Sleepers were third century Christians who lived in
Ephesus during the persecutions of the Roman Emperor
Decius. When things got very bad, the Seven Sleepers decid-
ed to ‘go to ground’. Literally. They found a cave on the out-
skirts of the city and walled themselves in. The story goes that
then God simply put them to sleep.
200 years later they woke up and peeped out of the cave
again. Things had changed: Ephesus had converted to
Christianity. Unfortunately, the Seven Sleepers did not get much
time to enjoy the new freedoms, because within a short time
they all died – of extreme old age.
The story was popularised in the 6th century by Gregory of
Tours and Jacob of Sarugh, who venerated the Seven Sleepers
as saints. But it was challenged by Baronius and many schol-
ars since. It is sometimes called a Christianised pagan or Jew-
ish legend akin to Rip Van Winkle.
A possible moral for anyone today is that when you find yourself
in a storm of conflict, you don’t have to fight all the battles
yourself. You can indeed seek refuge in God. He may not put
you to sleep for 200 years, but He will be a safe hiding place for
your soul.
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Churches Corner - Llantrisant

      Silent Prayer and Compline

  The next Silent Prayer and Compline will be on
            Thursday the 18h of July
        at 7.30p.m. in Llantrisant Church

                  Partners in Prayer

               Will meet again on
          Thursday the 11th of July
       at 7.30p.m. in Llantrisant Church.
         (Please note the change of date)

                     Men’s Prayer Group

We meet once a month to have a chat about life and to pray
together. This group is open to any men to
join us and you are very welcome. We will
meet again on

        Thursday 25th of July at 7.30p.m.
            (Venue to be decided)

         The next meeting will be held on

          Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm

              in the Church Hall.
Llantrisant Parish Support Group

This group is for those living with Dementia and their
(Carers are very welcome to come on their own if they
need some time out and have understanding friends to talk

   We meet from 11.00a.m. to 2.30p.m. in Llantrisant
       Church Hall, Swan Street, Llantrisant.

                      Next dates are:
                     3rd and 17th July
                    8th and 21st August
                 4th and 18th September
                   2nd and 16th October
                  6th and 20th November
                  4th and 18th December
                1st and 8th January 2020
                5th and 19th February 2020
                   4th and 18th of March
                    1st and 15th of April

And then on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month

 Refreshments are always provided but please bring
 your own packed lunch if you intend staying for the
                     whole session
(New volunteer/ helpers always welcome – please ring Viv
                (The Vicar) on 223356 or
     email vivparkinson@parishofllantrisant.org.uk

Memorial Service
Many of you will have fond memories of Richard David who was
a long time member of Llantrisant Church and
attended our evening service in Llantrisant on
most Sunday evenings. Several years ago his
health deteriorated and that meant that he had
to move to be closer to his family in Reading.
Sadly Richard died at the end of February. We
will be holding a memorial service in Llantrisant
Church to celebrate Richard’s life. This will take
place on Friday the 23rd of August at 3.00p.m.
That service is open to anyone to join us. Come
and help us give thanks for the life of a lovely man of faith.

It was my intention to put a form of skills audit in this issue of
the magazine. Unfortunately I’ve not had the time to complete it
so it will now appear in the August / September magazine.
Please do be thinking and praying about how you can offer
your gifts and skills in God’s service during the Vacancy when I
have retired, at the end of October.
                          Many thanks

It was 65 years ago, on 5th July 1954 that
the BBC launched the first daily TV news
programme in the UK .

St David’s, Miskin

               Parish Communion
There will be another next mid week Parish
Communion on
            Tuesday the 30th of July
at 10.00a.m. in St Michael’s, Beddau

                    St David’s, Miskin

           Bi-Lingual Communion Service
   The next Bi-lingual Communion Service will be held at St
                  David’s Church, Miskin on
               Sunday 28th July at 6.00p.m.

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Some More Good News
I often write and ask you to pray for persecuted Christians
across the world. That persecution is a problem in many parts of
China but this prayer of Sunday 16th of June gave real hope
and is an answer to prayer in itself…..
We praise you heavenly Father, for the wonderful growth of the
church in China. We thank you, that in many parts of that vast
country, Christians are given considerable freedom by the
communist authorities. We bless you for the Christ like lives of
our Chinese brothers and sisters which have brought the church
favour, especially for their care of the poor and needy in society.
We rejoice in the paradox that the Chinese authorities welcome
Christian theology as a bulwark against extreme sects. We ask
that you will continue to nurture and nourish Chinese followers
of Christ, in whose name we pray.
This made me recall where Jesus is presented with a coin with
Caesar’s head on it and he tells people, ’render unto Caesar
that which is Caesar’s and unto the God which are the things of
God.’ He was telling his questioners to be good citizens so that
people would have no complaint against them and would
actually see them as an asset. That’s exactly what’s been
happening in parts of China. The Chinese Christians are seen
as an asset to their society because of the way that they live, in
line with the way Jesus lived.

                     Magazine Deadline

   The deadline for the August / September magazine will be
                     Friday 19th July 2019
                          Thank you

From the Parish Registers
May 2019

Holy Baptism/ Thanksgiving
19th- Hiro Frankie Howells, son of Andrew and Samantha.

Christian Burial/Cremation
9th – Fred Bryant aged 83 formerly of Llantrisant
22nd - Brenda John of Llantrisant

Holy Matrimony
3rd – Adam Cavender and Kim Hughes.
3rd – Patrick Chichester and Paula Haley.
4th – Barry Ravwerda and Kathryn Thomas
18th – Gavin Engelhardt and Jessica Philpott
26th – Daniel sparrow and Victoria Hibbert
31st – Matthew Foster and Michelle Morgan

Please do pray for the families of all who have died recently that
they may be comforted by our Lord. Also please pray for those
recently Baptised that they may be brought up in the Christian
faith and come to know the Lord Jesus for themselves.

                   Britain is Sobering up
    We are drinking less alcohol. In fact, one in four adults
    in the UK does not drink at all. That is the finding of a
    recent study by the Lancet. The trend is noticeable
    among millennials, with baby-boomers far more likely to
    drink alcohol – and consume it at higher levels.

Please remember in your prayers :
Please remember in your prayers the families of all
who have recently died including:
Betty Pope, Gwynne Ferris, Trevor Evans, David
Phillips, Keighley Old, John Aston, Yvonne Kokkinos,
Lorna Margetson, Leonard inker, Rowena Ollis, Tony
Willis, Clive Burr, Gwen Payne, Dot Willan, Pam Harman,
Anthony Maitland, Leighton Holcombe, Carole Powell, Roy
Bennett and Ceri Roberts. .

Please Pray For:
Alex Morgan, Peggy Utting, Phillip Williams, Pat
Parkinson, Margaret Hocking, Stan David, Ron
Havard, , Susan Saunders and Lindsay,
Beverley Duddridge, Peter James, Phyllis
Williams, Noel Jothan and Barry, Chris Clark,
Linda Rigby, Kitty Evans and Betty France, Viv’s
Aunty who was 99 on Saturday the 23rd of June
but was admitted to hospital. We also pray for those living with
dementia and their carers.

                           What’s On?
If you are in charge of a group within the Parish, or are
organising an event in the Parish, there is an EASY way to
make sure that everybody knows about it. If you send and email
to whatson@parishofLlantrisant.org.uk it will be seen by:
     The newsletter editor,
     The website calendar updater
     The parish secretary,
     The clergy
And will therefore end up on the website, newsletter and on the
radar of the secretary and clergy.
Let us know ‘what is on’ - send an email to :

Our Friends Across the Pond
July 4th is a special day in the USA and has been for 343 years.
It is Independence Day, when they celebrate the Second
Continental Council which declared the 13 American colonies
were free of English rule. They were later joined by others,
eventually forming the nation we now know as the ‘United
States of America.’
In those 343 years America has changed, of course, from a vast
land sparsely inhabited, entirely dependent on agriculture for
survival, to becoming the richest, most powerful nation in the
world. Its economic enterprise and cultural dominance are
universally recognised. The Americans kept the English
language of their colonial founders and have used it to
dominate the world-wide film industry, popular music and
Perhaps because of this British people tend to be ambivalent
about the USA. Yes, they have been our closest allies, and
comrades in arms in two world wars. But in that ‘special’
relationship there is often a touch of envy. We may sing
‘Britannia Rules the waves’ but it is actually America that calls
the tune.
Perhaps on their national day we can be grateful for all the good
and generous things that have come to us from the USA – the
Marshall Plan that helped to rebuild Europe after World War II
and all the pleasure we have had from great American films,
singers and drama. Let’s recognise too how warm and positive
                             individual Americans tend to be. Of
                             course, we shall disagree with them
                             from time to time, as friends often do.
                             But in so many ways we need each
                             other, especially when times are
                                   ‘God bless America!’

We have space for new adverts in our parish magazine.
We print 10 editions a year that are distributed by our members
in Llantrisant, Miskin and Beddau. Magazines are also
placed in doctors and dentist surgeries, libraries etc. It will also
be placed on our website.
If you are a local business or you know of any local trades
people who would like to place an advert in our magazine,
please email magazine@parishofllantrisant.org.uk
Costs are:
Quarter page      £20
Half page        £30
Full page        £60
Shirley Evans
Tel 01443 226006

                        Change of Date!
The next ‘Click and Chatter’ meeting has had to be
rescheduled to Friday July 19th at 2.p.m.in Llantrisant Church
This is a "one off" change and we will continue afterwards to
meet on the second Friday of the month.

                           Thank you Anne Howells.

Parish Church Hall Diary
Weds 3rd        11.00am Dementia Support
                6.30pm Swan Street Stitchers
Thurs 4th       6.00pm Brownies
Tues 9th        7.30pm PCC Meeting
Weds 10th       6.30pm Swan Street Stitchers
Thurs 11th      6.00pm Brownies
Fri 12th and Sat 13th Pop up Cinema in aid of Llantrisant Guild
Weds 17th       11.00am Dementia Support
                6.30pm Swan Street Stitchers
Thurs 18th      6.00pm Brownies
Fri 19th        2.00pm Click & Chatter Knitting Group
Tues 23rd       7.30pm Christmas Tree Festival Meeting
Weds 24th       1.30pm Mother’s Union
                6:30pm Swan Street Stitchers
Thurs 25th      6.00pm Brownies

Weds 7th        11.00am Dementia Support.

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                     MANY THANKS
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me
around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled
with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section
and said, 'This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to
God said in prayer are received. I looked around in this area,
and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions
written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all
over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the
second section. The angel then said to me, "This is the
Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings
the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living
persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was
there. There were many angels working hard at that station,
since so many blessings had been requested and were being
packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the
door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one
angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the
Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to
me. He seemed embarrassed. "How is it that there is no work
going on here? I asked."
"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings
that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments."
"How does one acknowledge God's blessings? "I asked.
"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."
"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.
"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this
world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare
change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's
wealthy, and if you own a computer, you are part of the 1% in
the world who has that opportunity."
"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you
are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this
"If you have never experienced the fear of battle, the loneliness
of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of
starvation, you are ahead of 700 million people in the world."
"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment,
arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed
than, three billion people in the world."
"If your parents are still alive and still married.... you are very
"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm,
you're unique to all those in doubt and despair......."
"Ok," I said. "What now? How can I start?"
The Angel said, "If you can read this message, you just received
a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very
special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in
the world who cannot read at all."

Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass
this on to remind everyone else how blessed we all are..........
                           Author unknown. Submitted by Annette Quick

A Word for today

           ‘He gives grace to the humble.’ 1 Peter 5:5
There are two kinds of humility mentioned in the scriptures:

1. False humility. Paul writes, ’Do not let anyone who delights
in false humility disqualify you.’ Colossians 2:18.
Whether it’s in your manner of dress, your speech, or your
behaviour, anything that draws attention to you and away from
Christ is displeasing to God.
2. True humility. Truly humble people don’t take offence eas-
ily or fight back; they turn the other cheek and yet their humility
is not cowardice, for true humility requires courage. It makes
you willing to take a lower place than you deserve, to keep quiet
about your merits, and bear slights, insults and false
accusations for the sake of a higher purpose. True humility
doesn’t make you think less of yourself, it just makes you think
of yourself less. Peter addressed the subject in these words:
‘ God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. So
humble yourselves under the mighty power of god, and at the
right time he will lift you up in honour.’ (1 Peter 5:5-6)
The story’s told of a guy who entered a contest to see who was
most humble. When he won he was given a badge of
merit – but when he wore it he was disqualified!
Seriously, pride disqualifies you from enjoying the favour of
God. That’s why you need to remind yourself regularly:
     ‘Everything I am, I owe to God; Everything I have,
           came from God. To him be all glory.’

Dear Father
       Dear Father our Lord in heaven above
      Pray help us reach out in thy purest love
       Teach us thy will of patience and kind
      Care and compassion no matter the find

  Teach us forgiveness for wrongs we've received
 Understanding and hope for those that may grieve
   May thy light shine upon us in glory and love
    That we may find Beauty in all that's above

  Trust in the knowing that you'll always be there
    No matter our problems you ask us to share
  We praise thee and love thee and live in thy light
  In sadness and sorrows that come in the night

   We Love thee Dear Father thy spirit of peace
  For the suffering and sinners we ask thy release
We hold thee and praise thee from deep in our hearts
 Always feeling thy presence that shall never apart
                      Annette Quick

            Vicarage House Group
      The next House Group Meeting will be on
          Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 7.30pm

 Dates for your diary
 Mon 1st        6.45pm To Ponder
 Tues 2nd       7.30pm Vicarage House Group
 Sat 6th        10.00am - 1.00pm Llantrisant Church open
 Mon 8th        6.45pm To Ponder
 Thurs 11th     7.30pm Partners in Prayer in Llantrisant
 Sun 14th       1.00pm Parish Picnic Bryngarw Park
 Mon 15th       6.45pm To Ponder
 Thurs 18th     7.30pm Silent Prayer and Compline
                Llantrisant Church
 Fri 19th       End of Summer School Term
 Sat 20th       9.00am Men’s Breakfast
                11.00am - 1.00pm Llantrisant Church open
 Mon 22nd       6.45pm To Ponder
 Weds 24th      7.30pm Rainbow of Hope
 Thurs 25th     7.30pm Men’s Prayer Group Venue to be
 Mon 29th       6.45pm To Ponder
 Tues 30th      10.00am St Michael’s Beddau, Mid Week
                Parish Communion

 Mon 5th        7.30pm Suzanne’s Licensing Aberkenfig
 Fri 23rd       3.00pm Memorial Service, Llantrisant Church
 Sat 24th       Grand opening of the refurbished Guild Hall.

It was 100 years ago, on 20th July 1919 that Sir Edmund Hillary
was born. This New Zealand mountaineer and Antarctic
explorer, along with the Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay,
were the first two people to conquer Mount Everest. (Died 2008.)
‘Beach Scene’ by Degas

‘Mindfulness’ seems to be the ‘in’ word at the moment. In a
world where people are moving faster and faster, we are called
to slow down, to attend to the present moment and enjoy it for
its own sake, whatever the pressures of work and family
around. For Christians it is a call to live a simple and
sacramental life, and an invitation to attend to what is holy
there in front of us: it might be a meal, the countryside, a piece
of music, family and friends, a pet or a painting. They are all
avenues for God’s refreshing grace to touch us.
In this month of July we are probably planning our holidays. It
may be in this country or abroad. Sometimes a holiday can be
a frenetic rush of journeying and queues, or it can be a ‘mindful’
time, when we can relax and allow the days to refresh and
renew us. Degas has captured that sense of rest and
enjoyment in his painting of 1870 which is in the National
Gallery, London: ‘Beach Scene.’
He is famous for his studies of ballerinas and racehorses, but
he was also fascinated by the advent of the snapshot camera.
This painting is like a holiday photograph. We see a maid
combing the hair of a young girl. Her hat and swimming
costume are nearby, and we can see bathers in the distance
where the shore meets the sea. Families and a dog, yachts and
a steamer: they are all captured in this moment.
The sky looks misty but warm, and for those on the beach, it is
a time to lie and relax, to bathe and swim – to live simply,
enjoying the sun above and the sand beneath. The ordinariness
of a restful day calls us to be patient and enjoy the good gifts of
God’s creation.
Wherever we are on holiday this summer, I hope we find time to
savour the delights of the world around, as we see young and
old doing exactly that in this painting.
                                                Rev Michael Burgess

                  For Peat’s Sake STOP!

Are you a gardener? Then please consider this: the gardeners
of Britain are continuing to use up the country’s endangered
peat supplies, despite repeated warnings from
Now Plantlife, the campaign group, warns that commercial
extraction of peat from our peat bogs can remove more than
500 years’ worth of peat growth in a single year. But despite
alternatives being available for use as compost, British
gardeners continue to buy peat. Sales are at three billion litres
a year – and rising.
As one environmentalist said: “In the fight against climate
change, the peatlands of the British Isles are one of our
greatest assets – we cannot underestimate their importance for
carbon capture. In the UK they hold more carbon than forests.
Governments across the UK need to act immediately to end the
use of peat for horticulture and other commercial purposes.”
                     Peat extraction in the UK is estimated to
                     release a million tonnes of carbon dioxide
                     into the atmosphere every year. The
                     National Trust has been peat-free for
                     several years and the Royal Horticultural
                     Society’s gardens are 97 per cent peat-free.

St James the Least of All (second time around)

The Rectory
St. James the Least

My dear Nephew Darren
The estimate for re-hanging the bells in our church tower came
as a great shock. The church council discussed fund-raising at
length. Someone suggested selling part of the Rectory garden
for building, another for getting 200 parishioners to loan £1,000
each, interest-free. Then Mrs Ffrench suggested holding a
jumble sale. The jumble sale won – mainly because it was
achievable without a great fight, and also gave everyone an
opportunity to see what their neighbours think of as junk.
Expensive articles were brought with an ostentatious show of
modesty when everyone was sorting donations. Genuine
jumble, such as odd plates, old blankets and mysterious
kitchen gadgets, were left at the church door in the dead of
On the day of the jumble sale, our helpers were ready behind
wobbly tables stacked high with stuff. Had the tables collapsed,
half the congregation would have been smothered. Little Miss
Faversham was having a wonderful time flitting from table to
table like a woolly bumble bee, kitting herself out for another
When the doors opened and the customers poured in, I
realised how the Italians must have felt when they saw
Hannibal with his elephants pouring down the sides of the Alps.
That is when the mettle of our ladies really showed. They were
tremendous – haggling at great length over whether something
worth £10 should go for 10p or 11p. I noticed that those who
are used to riding with hounds seem best able to control the
crowds – even if they occasionally tended to regard the
customers as the fox.
As it happened, the youth club were going pot-holing that day,
so most of the teenagers bought complete sets of clothing for
10p which could then be discarded afterwards. But I wondered
what their caving instructor would think of teenagers arriving
dressed in dinner jackets and tweed skirts.
Two days of preparation yielded a battle that was over in less
than an hour. We emerged bloodied but unbowed, with only
scraps of jumble left. Then it was home for a bath and a strong
restorative, in the knowledge that the first step to saving the
bells has been taken. Only another 2,500 jumble sales and we
shall have reached our target.
Indeed, the only jarring note of the
day was to discover someone with
a peculiar sense of humour had
put a note on my car: “Sold – to be
collected later”.

Your loving uncle,


    More of us are ‘going out’ to popular music.
  Hymns are on the decline at funerals. A recent survey by
  the Co-Op found that not a single one has made this
  year’s top 10 most popular pieces of music for funerals. It
  is the first time ever that no hymns have appeared on the
  list, which was last compiled in 2016. Then the list
  included ‘The Lord is My Shepherd,’ ‘All Things Bright
  and Beautiful’, and ‘Abide with Me’.

  This year the top three funeral songs are ‘My Way’ by
  Frank Sinatra, ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ by Andrea Bocelli,
  and ‘Over the Rainbow’ by Sarah Brightman and Eva
  Cassidy. Other popular requests include ‘Supermarket
  Flowers’ by Ed Sheeran and ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera
  Lynn. It is thought that the results mirror the decline in
  religious funeral services.

Date       Day               Eucharist              Evensong
                             Isaiah 66:10-14,
                             Psalm 66:1-9,          Readings as Morning
 Sun       3rd after         Galatians 6:1-16,      Communion
 7th       Trinity           Luke 10:1-11,16-20

                             Deuteronomy 30:9-      Psalm 77:1-12,
                             14, Psalm 25:1-10,     Genesis 32: 9-30,
 Sun       4th after         Colossians 1:1-14,     Mark 7:1-23.
 14th      Trinity           Luke 10:25-37.

                             Genesis 18:1-10(a),    Psalm 81,
                             Psalm 15,              Genesis 41:1-16,
 Sun       5th after         Colossians 1:15-28,    25-37,
 21st      Trinity           Luke 10:38-42.         1 Corinthians 4:8-13.

                             Genesis 18:20-32,      Psalm 88:1-9,
                             Psalm 138,             Genesis 42:1-25,
 Sun       6th after         Colossians 2:6-19,     1 Corinthians 10:1-24
 28th      Trinity           Luke 11:1-13.

                 Pattern of Services for July

Parish                 7th       14th        21st        28th
9.00a.m.               Alt       Lay Led     1984        Alt

11.00am                All Age   All Age     All Age     Family
                       Comm      Worship     Comm        Service
6.00p.m.               1984      Evening     Evening     No Service
                                 Prayer      Prayer

St David’s             Family    Lay Led     1984        Lay Led

Take a Break………..
Solutions to June’s puzzles
          Wordsearch:                     Crossword:

Suduko        Easy:                        Intermediate:

How did you get on? Fancy another go? Grab a cup of tea /
coffee and a couple of biscuits, settle down in a comfortable
chair and take a few minutes out of your hectic schedule to get
your brain cells firing…..

Wordsearch (answers in   August’s Magazine)

St Swithun
St. Swithun is the saint you can blame for rainy
summers. It is said that if it rains on his special
day, 15th July, it will then rain for 40 days after that. Swithun
was Bishop of Winchester in the 9th century, and famous for his
charitable gifts and for building churches. When he was dying in
862, he asked to be buried in the cemetery of the Old Minster,
just outside the west door. But on 15th July 971 Swithun was
dug up and moved into the cathedral itself. That same day many
people claimed miraculous cures, but the heavens opened.
The unusually heavy rain that day, and for days following, was
attributed to the power of St. Swithun. Swithun was moved
again in 1093, into the new Winchester

              Easy Grid                                 Intermediate Grid

Across: 1.‘I pray that out of his glorious — he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit
in your inner being’ (Ephesians 3:16) (6) 4.‘Saul’s father Kish and — father Ner were sons of
Abiel’ (1 Samuel 14:51) (6) 7.‘Praise the Lord, O my — ’ (Psalm 103:1) (4) 8. See 5 Down
9. Laws (1 Kings 11:33) (8) 13.‘Who of you by worrying can — a single hour to his life?’ (Luke
12:25) (3) 16. Artistry (Exodus 31:5) (13) 17.‘Your young men will see visions, your — men will
dream dreams’ (Acts 2:17) (3) 19. How David described his Lord (Psalm 19:14) (8) 24.‘If this city
is built and its — — restored, you will be left with nothing in Trans-Euphrates’ (Ezra 4:16) (5,3)
25.‘The holy Scriptures, which are able to make you — for salvation through faith in Christ
Jesus’ (2 Timothy 3:15) (4) 26. Intended destination of arrows (Lamentations 3:12) (6)
27. Eve hit (anag.) (6) Down: 1.‘For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find — for your
souls’ (Matthew 11:29) (4) 2. Where Peter was when he denied Christ three times (Luke 22:55)
(9) 3. Remarkable early 20th-century Indian evangelist, a convert from Hinduism, —
Sundar Singh (5) 4.‘Now the king had put
the officer on whose — — leaned in charge
of the gate’ (2 Kings 7:17) (3,2) 5. and 8.
Across The Lover describes this facial
feature of the Beloved thus: ‘Your — is like
the tower of Lebanon looking towards ___’
(Song of Songs 7:4) (4,8) 6.‘Stand firm then,
with the belt of truth buckled — your waist’
(Ephesians 6:14) (5) 10. Trout (anag.) (5)
11. Easily frightened (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
(5) 12. The ability to perceive (Ecclesiastes
10:3) (5) 13. One of the clans descended
from Benjamin (Numbers 26:38) (9) 14.“It is
one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who —
bread into the bowl with me”’ (Mark 14:20)
(4) 15. Resound (Zephaniah 2:14) (4)
18. Traditional seat of the Dalai Lama (5)
20. Precise (John 4:53) (5) 21. Build
(Ezekiel 4:2) (5) 22. Beat harshly (Acts
22:25) (4) 23. Darius, who succeeded
Belshazzar as king of the Babylonians, was
one (Daniel 5:31) (4)
Children’s Area

Bible Bites


I so need your help!
The magazine is getting thinner and thinner.
Viv contributes most of the articles that you find
in here and the Autumn and his retirement are
now not that far away! It has been quite a
struggle this month to fill the 40 pages—I could
have easily dropped 4 pages—which is so sad when not too
many months ago this magazine was a regular 48– 56 pages
                YOUR EDITOR NEEDS YOU!!!!
Over this summer please could you think about some news /
interesting local facts / funny stories / articles that you could
send in to keep the magazine pages full, etc. etc. And then keep
them coming! Next month is a double magazine……. Can we
double the size?????
Plead over! I hope that July shines o us asJune has not and that
all of youwho are off on holiday, or just relaxing at home, have a
pleasant and safe time.
Til next time
Ceri :)

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