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Hybrid both-and church

The boys came with me virtually to Pontypridd, though we were actually in the living room, to watch the induction of Rev Charlotte as the new vicar person.

I was explaining to the Teds that I have known Charlotte for years and remember the time I asked her to read in church and she started crying. Now look at how far she has come with God!

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A Mass Gathering

The Teds came with me for the 1st Area Dean assignment for over a year that involved us getting in a car and actually driving somewhere outside out locality.

The three of us put on our Thursday Best and went to the big town for the Chrism Mass at Llandaff Cathedral. On the one hand it was really weird being with others who you have not seen in the flesh for ages but on the other hand it just felt so natural and normal.

Is this the beginning of the end maybe. You can watch again if you want here: https://youtu.be/xOkFI8d6Lh8

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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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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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Sabbath Rest

Penny enjoyed hearing Rev’d Mark’s Easter Eve sermon on the theme of Sabbath rest. After the battle with technology on Easter Day (most of it successful) Penny decided that she’d join Rev’d Maggie for a few days off to recharge her batteries and to be ever ready (sorry) to tell the joyful story of the Resurrection later in the week.

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Holy Week in CNB and C

Penny watched The Miracle Maker and got up close and friendly with Mary Magdalene. What a transformation in that woman’s life. She became the first to tell the wonderful news that Christ had risen.

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At the crematorium this morning with Rev’d Maggie. Ours was the only car in the car park……There’s a new rule that no more than 10 can attend a funeral. All very sad and sorry stuff.

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Palm Sunday

Penny looked at all the palm crosses that have been blessed for those who’d like them, when we meet again. Meanwhile, she’s abandoned her staff and opted to carry a cross for this week.

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Fresh Expressions

Like all of us, Penny is trying hard to get to grips with modern tech and following Rev’d Maggie’s services remotely.

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Teds Zoom with the Area Deans

Whilst many people I imagine think the clergy must be on holiday as the churches are closed and that no pastoral visiting can be done that is not the case. Where there is a will, and interesting technology, there will be a way.

The Teds joined me this morning, much to the amusement of the rest of the participants, when we had a virtual Area Deans meeting using Zoom. It was good to ‘see’ everyone and to hear of all the exciting new ways of doing church that are emerging all over the Diocese.