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Trialling Virtual Church

Tedi Su was super excited this morning when parishioners joined Rev Suz via Zoom for Holy Communion.  It was lovely being able to catch up and see that people were looking well.

The little ted was also delighted when Ariane allowed her to pose with the guitar briefly and thought it was lovely that we could also have music and singing.  She’s already looking forward to Palm Sunday – hopefully all the glitches will be sorted by then.

For once, the bears agreed that they felt sorry for the Vicarage Cat.  He howled outside Rev Suz’s study windows throughout the entire service.

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Teds embrace this new world

The Teds lend a hand to make sure that the technology is working properly ready for recording of the thought for the week for the church YouTube channel.

If you want to see the final results then this link to the video will give you the gospel reading for the appointed Sunday along with a thought for the day and a few questions to work through as homework.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUZ5ur3UfnY

And the full text and associated colouring sheets (who does not like a bit of colouring) can be found on the church website here:

http://www.lphparish.org.uk/29032020BTC.pdf

Enjoy

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Parish of Llansantffraid, Betws & Aberkenfig

Exploring the Vicarage under Lock-down

It’s been a strange time for Tedi Su what with all this talk of Lock-down and Rev’d Suz having been unwell.  The peace and quiet of the Vicarage has been replaced with family members having to work from home for a while.

So Tedi Su went to see what Dr Phil was up to, hoping she might be able to help him.  She soon discovered that the only way she could help was by leaving him alone to get on with his work.

Undeterred, the little bear went on to the next home office where she found a makeshift newsroom.  Could she help uncover some big news she wondered?  At least she hadn’t encountered the Vicarage Cat on her travels!

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Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Teds explore lock-down activities

Teds explore the possibilities of lock-down in the Rectory by playing NBA 2K17 on the Xbox games console with one of the floppy haired teenagers that has returned home early as their university has been closed due to this Coronavirus thing.

There is always a new skill to learn, even if you are a ted.

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Bridgend Deanery

CNB and C

Prayer can be very difficult in such a distressing and for some, frightening time. Penny was finding it hard to pray, so spent some time with Rev’d Maggie learning how to pray the Rosary. Sometimes using well-known prayers repetitively can help us offer the prayer of our hearts and let go. You don’t need a Rosary to do this though, just your 10 fingers. Begin and end by saying ‘Our Father, who art in heaven…..’ and use 10 Hail Marys in between: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
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Bridgend Deanery Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Teds do chapter at a distance

We gathered together as a deanery chapter, following the rules of sanitation and distance (this was before the Monday night lockdown rules), to discuss how it was going with the cessation of public worship and trying to be ministers to people when we cannot go near to them.

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Fresh expressions of Sunday worship

So the Fresh Expression of Sunday worship is to open the churches and see what happens…….Penny rejoiced that the Holy Spirit moved and others joined her for reflection and prayer through the help of some beautiful music, but everyone was very silent and respectful of keeping at a safe distance from one another. The building certainly ‘spoke’ this Sunday and was full of the prayers of the saints from across the centuries uniting with the saints of today in compassion and concern for others and asking for courage to endure whatever this week brings.
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The Pray-ers

Penny joined Rev’d Maggie and Rev’d Chris at the home of two stalwart parish pray-ers recently. Unfortunately, the prayers are now being said individually, but everyone knows that we’re all praying together in spirit.
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A candle in the window

Every evening at 7pm a candle is being lit in the Rectory window as prayers are said for the whole world and specifically for the people of Bridgend at this time. Penny observed that although the Psalmist says, ‘your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path’ Rev’d Maggie’s lantern would be more effective if she scraped the wax off it!

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Teds go to not public worship

The Teds followed me around on my usual Sunday church run but this time as there was no public worship just open churches it was weird to say the least.

A few folk came to each church for a sit and a chat and felt better. Lets hope the Big G kicks this C19 into touch quickly. I think we have all realised how free we are just at the suggestion of those freedoms being taken away.

Keep safe.