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Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Teds make a new friend

The big plan for this 2020 year was the Teds would get to meet new people every week or even every day but when lock down came in March that all changed and now the bears are lucky if they meet somebody new each month!

However today Zaria came along to say a prayer and met Ted1 and Ted2 for the first time. The Teds shared their rations with her in exchange for a photo.

If you want to come say a prayer check out our website to see when we are open – its all changing every week now: http://www.lphparish.org.uk/index.html

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Parish of Llansantffraid, Betws & Aberkenfig

Masked and ready

Tedi Su with mask 1

Following her first Sunday back in Church last week, Tedi Su and her new friend Bridget Bear have decided to better prepare themselves to be out and about during this global pandemic.

It has been a sad time for the Vicarage bears – they’ve missed all the visitors that used to come and spend time with them (and Rev Suz of course).  And whilst they’ve enjoyed the Sunday worship, it’s just not the same as physically being with people.

The little teds know that they are fundamentally people bears.  They’ve been thoroughly miserable not to have seen anyone and haven’t had any adventures at all throughout the Lockdown.  Worst still they’ve had to keep out of the Vicarage Cat’s way!

Tedi Su felt guiltily triumphant on Sunday as she drove off with Rev Suz and the family – particularly when she looked back to see the Vicarage Cat scowling on the drive.  No more miaowing to announce his arrival during the Eucharist!  He’d just have to be content at home and watch the service back later.  After all, it’s not the end of Online Church and perhaps that’s not a bad thing, she reflected.

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Bridgend Deanery Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Meeting Humans

When you consider that back in January February the Teds were meeting new people every day it does seem surreal that come the summer its become such a rare occurrence. But the Teds did get to meet Alex and Kim who had to come personally (albeit socially distanced) to fulfill the requirements so they could have a Common License to enable them to marry in Bridgend in the near future.

All the best Alex and Kim. Make sure you decide before the big day whose job it is to put the bins out – we don’t want any arguments.

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Sunny but sad

The sun is out (sometimes) and the Teds have got their sunglasses on for a summer of meeting people but they are sad as the social distancing means that only a handful of folks can be in the church at any one time.

How long will this apocalypse drag on?

Answers on the back of a £51 note to The Teds, The Rectory, Penoced.

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Observing the Reconciling Mission course

Tedi Su on Zoom

Tedi Su was fascinated at the Zoom Reconciling Mission course that Rev Suz is attending – all from her own study.  She particularly enjoyed the mapping exercise and reflected that until the green spaces were included, the parish roads actually looked a bit like a lion but then Rev Suz was never very good at art!

As ever, the Vicarage Cat had to join for a while too and Tedi Su noted that he seemed particularly grumpy today.  Best keep out of his way she decided whilst she figured out how the conflict between the cat and the teds might eventually be reconciled.

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Bridgend Deanery Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Teds become parish reps

Due to social distancing (anybody else finding this annoying now?) I was not able to be at the cathedral where Rev Glenda was ordained and welcomed into the fold as our curate but I sent along two woolly parish reps to stand in for the rest of us.

Welcome aboard Rev Glenda!!!

Glenda is happy to be contacted on 07592 149538 or
revglenda@lphparish.org.uk

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Hats off to the Teds

It’s been so hot over the last few weeks that the Ted’s have officially removed their headgear now the Spring has arrived in this Pilgrimage 2020 year – which is not going as anyone thought.

Hey ho. Keep safe.

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Teds on parade

Teds came to the ATC squadron with me again in what is being the new normal of virtual meetings. They sat and watched as the squadron got to grips with a quiz I had found on Covid-19.

Why a clergyman doing a quiz and not talking about God? Well I was interested in what ‘truths’ the teenagers had picked up from the media about Covid-19 and wanted to make sure they were informed and not scared.

We then had a discussion about highs and lows of lock down of which there were thoughts from both sides of the equation.

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Thinking about VE Day 75

The Vicarage may have been decked with home-made bunting but Tedi Su and Sandy Lou were sad.  Sad because VE Day 75 was meant to be a big weekend in the Parish.

They had been looking forward to going along to a wedding that was meant to take place at St Bride’s and then spending the rest of the weekend remembering the sacrifices that so many had made.

The little bears thought too about all of the brave key workers still going to work in the midst of the pandemic and felt that perhaps those who gave up so much during the war years would be proud of them.

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Planning All Age

Another All Age planning session

Rev’d Suz, her teddy friends and Jack get together to work out the craft activity based on today’s Bible passage.  The cotton wool balls will come in handy given that today is Good Shepherd Sunday.  You can find out more by watching the service on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Parish-of-Llansantffraid-Bettws-Aberkenfig-102769031250016/

Let’s hope the Vicarage Cat doesn’t get in the way!