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

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

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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Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

New things are possible

The Teds sat on the welcome desk and watched as Kev made sure that all the seats in the church hall were at least two metres apart ready for our experimental afternoon Just Breath service.

We felt there was a need for people to come together for a simple service of bible readings and prayers and to hum along to some favourite hymns. So in keeping with all the Covid rules had the first of the gentle afternoon services yesterday.

It is possible it seems to be open and do new things even in these crazy days with a bit of thinking and planning.

Roll on 2021…………….

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Parish of Llanilid with Pencoed & Heol-Y-Cyw

Christmas ZOOM preparations

The ZOOM chair has been decorated for all the online activities that are on offer and the Teds are wondering who this new silent partner is who has joined them on the shelf.

However you are spending Jesus birthday a Merry Merry Christmas to you all from me and the boys!

Rev Ian

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

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.

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

Teds at chapter

This afternoon the Teds met the other boys and girls and Teds from across the Bridgend Deanery.

We normally meet once a month, as a chapter, to touch base with each other and to make sure that all is well in other parts of the Deanery. The Deanery stretches from Llanharan across to Laleston and then up the valleys to Glyncorwg and the Garw and Ogmore valleys.

We have three Teds in the Deanery as can be seen in the picture. Hopefully more will appear as times goes on and there will be many many more blogs of their exploits.