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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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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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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!

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Discussing Lockdown

Lockdown boredom

Lock-down boredom has really begun to set in for Tedi Su and Sandy Lou.  They miss seeing all the people that once came to and from the Vicarage.  They miss going out and about too.  No more assemblies nor hospital visits; no more going to visit people in their homes; no Tea and Toast and no All Age services where they used to have fun joining in.

The teds were caught conspiring with Rev. Obadiah Elation, after another virtual service, about how they might get together for an All-Age.  Poor Rev. Elation didn’t quite understand the concept of Virtual Church though.  As you can see, Tedi Su takes a moment out of the discussion.  Was that the Vicarage Cat she’d heard?

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A different sort of Palm Cross

Palm Sunday congregation

Tedi Su and Sandy Lou thoroughly enjoyed joining in the Palm Sunday services.  The two teds sat quietly with Luke (Rev Suz’s puppet) and didn’t even mind not helping with the guitar this week.

One of the highlights for the bears was the making of the alternative palm crosses and they were sorry they didn’t decorate their cross.  Rev Suz loved seeing the decorated crosses posted up in response.

They were also secretly glad that the Vicarage cat did not join them for the service and at least this time, he didn’t sit outside howling.

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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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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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Keeping a safe distance

Social distancing

The Vicarage Cat is glad to be just that.  He is used to Tedi Su and Sandy Lou ganging up on him and was startled to find one either side with the two teds at an appropriate distance from one another.  (Covid 19 doesn’t affect cats).

The bears are missing their adventures with Rev Suz but recognise the need for everyone to stay safe.

Take care and stay safe everyone.  God bless.

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Meeting Mr Gwillim

Tedi Su and Mr Gwillym

Tedi Su was excited today to find that she and Rev Suz were going to meet a teacher from Brynmenyn Primary School.  Rev Suz is going to help with some of the RE curriculum and so met with Mr Gwillim to plan a mock baptism for the children to take part in.  Tedi Su can’t wait!

In the meantime – it’s hospital visiting this afternoon.