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 Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Teds at the Clergy Support group

It’s good to talk. It is really really good to talk. And so a handful of us gather together every few months to do just that under the wise guidance and care of retired Canon John Parkin and his wife Angie (The freeloader in the picture is the Area Dean of Margam who said she would cry if not allowed in the photo).

In one sense there is change all the time in church and in other ways there is nothing new really. So it’s good to chew the fat, so to speak, with other colleagues and retired colleagues who have been through all phases of life before you. There is nothing that does not seem better after a cup of coffee and a chat and a pray.

Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Teds go 2praymore

I believe that before you start anything in the real world you need to get down on your knees and pray to get God’s perspective and leading and insight and blessing. So we generally pray every time we gather as a church but also have other times of nothing but prayer. Once a month at each of the three churches in rotation we spend three hours praying.

The first hour we pray for the world, the second hour we pray for the United Kingdom and the third hour we pray for the locality. We stop on the hour for a cup of tea and a natter as I know I’d fall asleep otherwise – praying for long periods is not my forte.

The Teds came along with me to this months session which was in St Paul’s Heol-Y-Cyw. Three hours sounds such a long time but some people come for one hour others two and some for the whole session. It really does fly by faster than you think though. Maybe you could come give it a try?

Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Teds go to 2pray

This afternoon Teds’ joined the 2pray group. Every few weeks we gather together and have a cup of tea and a chat about whatever comes to mind. It is completely unstructured. Some people chat. Some people listen. Some people chat and listen.

Then after about an hour we have a little pray. Again some people pray out loud. Some people pray quietly. Some come and just enjoy the ambience. It’s amazing to share stories of what God is up to and share the answers to prayers prayed.

Teds’ were in a reflective mood this afternoon so did not say anything of note really. But then they did have a busy day at the 2020 launch service yesterday.

Keep an eye on the church diary for the next 2pray session :