Bridgend Deanery Parish of Coity, Nolton and Brackla with Coychurch Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Teds meet Rev Chris the little miracle

Big celebrations in Coity for the licensing of Rev Chris as an associate priest in the parish of Coity, Nolton & Brackla with Coychurch. Archdeacon Mike was there on behalf of bishop June to bring Rev Chris formally into the team.

A few months ago we had no idea who Rev Chris was but he felt led to come and offer himself to share the load in this area and here he is!

You never know what God is truly up to and what that blessing or miracle that next phone call or email may bring. Don’t stop believing. (Sorry could not resist.)

Parish of Coity, Nolton and Brackla with Coychurch

Pastoral care in Nolton

Our lovely administrator at CNB with C, Allie, was in need of some pastoral care this morning. Penny was more than happy to offer an emergency hug and managed to restore Allie’s smile. Rev’d Maggie is always ready with a listening ear should anyone have a concern or problem too.

Parish of Coity, Nolton and Brackla with Coychurch Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Teds get to I.T.

“I cannot find my work on my laptop and the internet has stopped working!” was the message I got from L one of the church wardens of a neighbouring parish. As I used to have a proper job in the I.T. Industry (and she knew it) I offered to pop around and see what was what.

Turns out the wireless driver had failed on the one laptop and so needed reinstalling and the lost file was not really lost if you looked at ‘recent items’ in file explorer, it was just saved in an obscure place.

While I was there I also solved a ‘logon service’ problem (just needed a restart to get the service going again) and downloaded an adware cleaner to speed up another laptop that was running slow.

We then had a chat about life the universe and training for the church and had a cup of coffee and a pray for a shoulder problem.

Then I said “Right time for a photo with the Teds as they are following me everywhere I go.” which was met with a scream as apparently you cannot have your photo taken unless you have washed your hair! Hence the boys got a photo with K, L’s dutiful daughter. Hmmmmmm.

Computer or laptop running slowly? Try this :

Parish of Coity, Nolton and Brackla with Coychurch

Penny Pere’s sad day

Penny had been very cross that Rev’d Maggie hadn’t taken her to a very interesting meeting, especially when she learned that Rev’d Dyfrig’s bear, Tedi, had turned up. She enjoyed meeting Tedi Su and lots of lady clergy, but today the reality of her pilgrimage began to kick in as Rev’d Maggie had to plan three funerals of lovely faithful parishioners. She thought long and hard about the verse from Ps.23 ‘Although I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death I will fear no evil; your rod and your staff they comfort me,’ and came to understand how humans sometimes have leaky eyes.
Parish of Coity, Nolton and Brackla with Coychurch

More Penny Pere

Rev’d Maggie was at a Standing Liturgical Advisory Committee meeting today in Shrewsbury and left Penny Pere at home. She was totally miffed when Maggie returned with this photo!! Tedi Pererin came with his friend, Rev’d Dyfrig. The day was spend discussing new liturgies and listening to a presentation by the Venerable Mones Farah on ‘Informal Liturgy’. It was all stimulating material and good thinking matter for how the clergy can bring the liturgy to life and effect a sense of God’s presence through Word and Sacrament.
Here’s Penny looking at the documents (huffily, because she could see that it was a very interesting meeting).
‘It’s not fair,’ said Penny. ‘I hope something interesting happens at the Rectory this evening to make up for this. ‘

Yay, it did:-) Penny met lovely Sadie and her fiance, Ashley, who came to discuss having their banns read.

Parish of Coity, Nolton and Brackla with Coychurch

Last week with Penny Pere

Another busy day, and Penny was at St Crallo’s, Coychurch, rehearsing with the REInspired team for their session on Noah. An ark, lots of felt and much laughter! Children’s ministry is truly good fun and Penny reflected that if the team is having fun together, then the session itself will reflect that our story is indeed a joyful one.

Parish of Coity, Nolton and Brackla with Coychurch

Penny Pere in Bridgend

Penny’s pilgrim adventure began with us before Christmas. Here she is with her Vicar, Rev’d Maggie, helping her to judge the Christmas Tree Festival held at St Mary’s, Nolton. She chose this tree because it was created with plastic bottles and it made a powerful statement about how we need to do our best to refuse, reduce, re-use, recycle or rot our waste. Penny suggests that this year’s must read should be ‘Zero Waste Home’ by Bea Johnson.
Penny visited our Healing Service one Monday morning. As she has very wonky eyes (and also needed some surgery on her legs, poor love), she prayed for herself as well as all the sick in the Benefice. Come and join us every Monday at St Mary’s, Nolton at 10am for the Eucharist and laying on of hands with anointing.
Penny also came to the Pilgrim course, as she herself is a pilgrim. We meet on Sunday afternoons for gentle Bible study and the sharing of our collective wisdom as we journey together. There is always tea and biscuits for fellow travellers. Penny wonders how far she’ll have to walk to burn off the chocolate and toffee digestives!