Magazine - Adelphi (Winter)

Adelphi Winter 2012-13


Winter issue 2012

St. David’s & St. John’s Methodist Churches, Llandudno

A message from our Minister...

As you will know, Methodists hold an annual Covenant service, usually in January. It is a celebration of all that God has done and an affirmation that we give our lives and choices to God. It is also an invitation for people to renew their covenant relationship with God.

"The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant.... I will put my law within them and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be my people."
(Jeremiah 31:31)

The Covenant Service goes back to John Wesley’s time. He wanted a form of worship which would help people open themselves to God more fully. In 1755 Wesley created such a service, using material from the writings of the 17th century puritans Joseph and Richard Alleine. Since then the Methodist Church has continued to develop the service so that it remains relevant.

The aim of the service is to help people hear both God’s offer and God’s challenge; to provide a space for God to prompt and for people to respond. Yet the Covenant Service is not just a one-to-one transaction between individuals and God. It is an act of the whole faith community. What God offers through the Covenant is a loving relationship. It is not a business contract between God and humanity for the provision of certain goods and services. Rather, it is the means of grace by which we accept the relationship God offers and then seek to sustain it.

The focal point of the service is the Covenant Prayer:

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
Put me to doing, put me to suffering;
Let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
Exalted for you, or brought low for you;
Let me be full, let me be empty,
Let me have all things, let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine arid I am yours.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen

This prayer embraces the whole of life, in all its parts. Most people find it quite tough to say and really mean it. It is uncomfortable and challenging. It asks questions of our faith and demands that we examine our relationship with God. The prayer has been compared by some to a set of New Year resolutions, but ones that emphasise the importance of doing and being as much as believing. But more than that, the prayer represents a commitment to being a disciple and putting God first in our lives and in everything about our lives: what we do, what we say and who we are. It is both a surrender to, and a trust in, God.

The final few words are a gracious reminder of the heart of Covenant:

“You are mine and I am yours.”

What more could we want or hope for?
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Pastoral News from St David’s

We remember in our thoughts and prayers all who have been in hospital or ill in recent weeks and months. In particular we remember Nina Davis, Idwal Thomas, Thelma Owen, Muriel Adams, Olwen Collier, Kath Evans, Doreen Richards and Doreen Roberts Jones.

We have been saddened to learn of the deaths of the following church members:
Marian Pickwick(St David's) & Olive Robinson(St David's)

We welcome as a new member-Janet Creed into the church fellowship at St David's on Sunday 16th Dec and transferring their membership from Wolverhampton, David and Alison McKinlay.

Congratulations to Caroline and Roy Howgate on their Silver Wedding anniversary in January.
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Message from Janet (St. John’s)

By the time this magazine reaches you I shall be enjoying the first few days of my retirement and David McKinlay will be settling in as St John’s Community Worker.

Over the past 12+ years it has been a privilege to have walked alongside the church family at St John’s and also for the first 2 years at St David’s. There have been fun times, remember the church holiday to Spain when we danced in Malaga airport when the flight home was delayed; there have been sad times, and I will always remember with love all those whose time on earth is over; there have been party times, who remembers ‘nobody loves a fairy when she’s 40’ or the beach party in January; there has been food, food and more food and lots of laughter and music. Most importantly all these times have been underpinned by our Christian fellowship and worship.

For all this I thank you, and for your support, love and friendship as together we tried to do God’s work in this place. I shall miss you.
Janet
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A message from Gwyneth (St David’s) 

I am writing this at the beginning of Advent as we wait in anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. At school we call this time of 'waiting' and so we are prparing and waiting in a language that the children can understand.

Only today there are others in the news who are waiting in anticipation of a baby as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that Catherine Middleton is expecting next year.

I have visited someone today who is waiting and anticipating a Hip operation in the next couple of days in Bangor Hospital.

At the end of the month, Janet Hughes-St John's Llandudno and Ros Jones-St John's Conwy are waiting and anticipating there forthcoming retirement. I'm sure you would like to join me in wishing them every happiness in this new adventure and Thank them for all there work undertaken at St John's, Llandudno, St David's, Craig-y-Don and St John's Conwy. On a personal note, I would like to thank them for there support and friendship over the years.

We look forward to the many services and events which will be taking place over the Christmas period, and thank Bev for her ministry at this special time.

May I wish you all good wishes for the New Year.
Gwyneth
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Janet’s Farewell

On Sunday 16th December after morning service at St John’s, the church hall was packed for a “sit down lunch” and presentation to Janet Hughes, our church lay worker of the past twelve years. After the lunch we were reminded of some of the many ways in which Janet has served our church during that time, by starting or running or organising groups and meetings of all kinds. In the past, the “keep fit club” was formed, also the Sunday Seekers, and then the Breakfast Club, now superseded by “tea and toast” for all-comers at 10am. In more recent times, “Toddlers” and “Toddlers Singing”, “Who Let the Dads Out,” the Church Pastoral Secretary, annual collection for Christian Aid, chairman and steward for weekly male voice choir concerts, Christmas Day lunch at St David’s, Christmas singers and hand-bell ringers at St John’s, worship leader on Sundays, sandwiches for the homeless, countless hours of care and concern by visiting unwell church folk - these are but a sample of the multitude of tasks and duties that Janet has undertaken during her time as lay worker at St John’s. In recent weeks the word “irreplaceable” has commonly been found on people’s lips. For my part I have often thought of Janet as being the “heartbeat” of St John’s. Anyone wanting to know the “where, why or when” of anything is usually told to “ask Janet.” One of our elderly church lady members told me she thinks of Janet as an “angel of mercy.”

We say to you, Janet, thank you so much for all you’ve done in this place over the last twelve years. We trust you will have that which you so richly deserve - a long and happy and peaceful retirement. God bless you.
Roger Felwick
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Our Father ...

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
God, You are greater than anything this world has to offer.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I can’t wait for You to come back and get us. But until that time comes will You help me to live my life day after day as if I’m walking hand in hand with You.

Give us this day our daily bread
God, I have a lot of needs and l have a lot of wants. Sometimes I get the two confused. Help me to trust You to meet my needs and be thankful when You give me those other things I want.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
God, I’ve messed up so many times, even today, and I’m sorry. Thank You for Your forgiveness. I don’t take it for granted.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
And God, as I start this day, I’m reminded that this world is filled with so many spiritual potholes. Please help me to walk in such a way that I won’t stumble so much.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever.
And as I’m going through this day, God, help me to live my life in such a way that it would bring You glory and honour. May the life that I live be a life of worship to You.

Amen
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Dalit Solidarity
The caste system has been described as an injustice on the scale of apartheid. Dalits, approximately 300 million around the world, are those without caste.  They are discriminated against, abused, attacked and humiliated on a daily basis, although this is officially illegal.  Dalit is a word the Dailits themselves have chosen to describe their state; although the term ‘untouchable’ is still used.  Dalit women describe themselves as subject to three-fold discrimination, because they are poor, Dalit and female.  
The ‘Dalit Madonna’ has become a familiar image to many since its inclusion in the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art (2004).  Jyoti Sahi, the artist, was brought up as a Christian in India and studied art in England.  He writes, ‘the image of the Dalit Madonna has arisen out of an Indian folk symbol - the grinding stone… which consists of two stones, one fixed and stable, the ‘Mother Stone’ into which fits a smaller seed or egg-shaped stone, the ‘Baby Stone’’.  The stone is used for the production of food, and so can also be linked to the idea of breaking bread - a profound Christian theme, especially when we consider that ‘Dalit’ means ‘broken’ or ‘ground-down’.

As Methodist Women in Britain, we have pledged ourselves to combat this global injustice.  Taking advice from many existing groups and agencies who have been involved in this struggle for decades, we hope to produce worship and study materials to be used in groups and churches, to offer sustained prayer, and to offer funds where they can best be used for the support of the Dalit people.  
The proceeds of last Christmas’s band concert went to support work with Dalit people. Please keep these concerns in your prayers.  Frances.
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The One?

Is this the one?

A child of humble birth? Son of a carpenter?
Is this the one of whom the prophets spoke?
Who would lead the people into victory? Who would be born in Bethlehem?
Is this the one, God’s own Son?
Born to be Messiah, Emmanuel, God with us, God in human form?

Are you the one?

Or are we to expect another?
Are you the one for whom John prepared the way?
Was he right or were his hopes in vain?
Are you the one on whom our hope is founded?
The one through whom the victory is won?

This is the one

who walks our city streets today.
The one who shares our grief and sorry,
who heals and comforts those who are distressed,
the one whose actions show the love of God,
the one who brings justice and peace to our fragmented world.

You are the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God.

Found in Witney Methodist Church magazine Nov/Dec 2012, from Doreen Richards, St David’s
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Celebrating our 60 Years
1952-2012

Llandudno and District Trefoil Guild celebrated its 60th Birthday on 1st October 2012.

Trefoil Guild membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has been, or still is a member of Girlguiding UK or the Scout Association. Membership is also open to anyone who hasn’t been involved in Guiding or Scouting but who will subscribe to its aims and principles.

The Trefoil Guild aims are:
· To live in the spirit of Guiding
· To offer practical help to Girlguiding UK
· To support Guiding worldwide
· To carry the spirit of Guiding & Scouting into the communities where we live

The Trefoil Guild Promise:
I promise that I will do my best
To love my God
To serve the Queen and my country
To help other people and
To keep the Guide Law

There are Guilds all over the UK; each Guild is different due to size, where it is based and individual needs and interests of the members. We meet monthly at St David’s Church and have a varied programme with speakers, members sharing their skills and outings.  Guild members help out with the local Brownie, Guide and Ranger events when asked. Our meetings always open in prayer

In our own faith, to our own God,
We give thanks for all the joys of
the Trefoil Guild.
For acceptance and understanding of each other,
in the hope that this
tolerance will spread throughout the world,
and bring enduring peace to all.
Amen

If you are interested in joining Trefoil Guild or would like more information, please contact:
Sylvia Parry 01248 680767

Janet Creed
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Be Who You Were Meant To Be!

Be someone who listens, and you will be heard.  Be someone who cares, and you will be loved.  Be someone who gives, and you will be blessed.  Be someone who comforts, and you will know peace.

Be someone who genuinely seeks to understand, and you will be wise.  Be someone kind, someone considerate, and you will be admired.  Be someone who values truth, and you will be respected.  Be someone who takes action, and you will move life forward.

Be someone who lifts others higher, and your life will be rich.  Be someone filled with gratitude, and there will be no end to the things for which you’ll be thankful.

Be someone who lives with joy, with purpose, as your own light brightly shines.  Be, in every moment, the special someone you are truly meant to be! Anon.
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MY FAVOURITE HYMN

My favourite hymn is:-
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love.
The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above.

My first recollection of this hymn goes back to when I was a young child.  My father, who was a Plymouth Brethren, had a large collection of records (all hymns) - the old 78 type and a lot of which were only single sided.  Whenever he was at home he would play these records and the first one was always Blest Be the Tie That Binds.  Both mum and dad would sing along with the record - dad had a lovely singing voice but unfortunately mum didn't.  Dad used to say it sounded like a lot of tin cans rattling.  However it didn't stop mum who loved to sing.  Up in Scotland this hymn was always sung to the tune "Dennis" which was referred to as the "wavy" tune.  It was sung quite often in Church and was also sung at morning assembly at school on a regular basis.

In the early 1950's my half-sister Mary with her husband and daughters went to live in Australia and in the late 1950's my brother Jimmy with his wife and son also went to Australia.  About 1960 I purchased a tape recorder, as did my brother, and we started sending tapes (the reel to reel type, backwards and forwards and on the first tape to arrive from Australia all the family sang this hymn.

In the late 1960's I was working as a prison officer in Holloway and when working weekends quite often accompanied some of the women to the Church and this hymn was obviously a favourite with the vicar as he included it in his service nearly every month.
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When I moved to Wales in the 1970's this hymn didn't seem to be known here as it was never sung at any service I attended.

In 1992 when I got married at St. David’s in Craig-y-Don this was one of the hymns I chose because the verses

Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers.
Our hopes our aims our fears are one
Our comfort and our cares.
We share our mutual woes
Our mutual burdens bear.
And often for each other flows
The sympathising tear.

which seems to say what sharing your life with someone is all about.

I didn't hear this hymn again until in 1998 when my husband died and I had it at his funeral.  The verse

When we asunder part
It gives us inward pain.
But we shall still be joined in heart
And hope to meet again.

sums up my feelings at that time.

So this hymn sums up several milestones in my life

Firstly - a very happy childhood with loving parents - my schooldays.
Then my family in Australia,
My years as a prison officer.
My Wedding
And lastly the loss of my wonderful husband.

That's what makes it my most favourite hymn.

Lyn Brown

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Skyfall - A Tale of Two Sons
Skyfall may or may not be the best Bond film ever but it is certainly the most compelling psychologically, thematically and culturally. At its throbbing heart is the question of sacrifice for a cause. How do you respond when your leader allows you to be tortured, perhaps killed, for the sake of the nation?

In Skyfall, two agents respond in very different ways. Bond, sacrificed by M, looks as if he will abandon Queen and country; but in the end, like the good son in Jesus’ parable of the two sons (Matthew 21:28-32), does not. By contrast Silva, Skyfall’s chilling arch-villain, is turned viciously vengeful by what he sees as M’s heartless betrayal. ‘M’ is for ‘Mother’ in both cases. The thought: ‘If M cared about me, she wouldn’t have given that order’ is not that far from ‘If God really loved me, He wouldn’t have allowed that to happen ...’ Total commitment in military or divine service is no guarantee of physical protection - as the crucified Son and His followers know. There is a bigger picture.

In Skyfall the bigger picture is a mature patriotism, a curiously uncynical, realistic view of our country - not what it once was, but still worth something.

Similarly, there is a refreshingly realistic view of Bond himself. The stubble on his chin is grey, he is past his best, and perhaps past usefulness, like the once mighty, Trafalgar-winning The Fighting Temeraire ‘being ignominiously hauled away for scrap’ in the Turner masterpiece that Bond ponders.

Nevertheless, there is something to offer. In Bond’s case it comes from the heart. The Times (Friday 26 October) commented that Britain gets the ‘Bonds’ we deserve. But I’m not sure we deserve this one. Indeed, as he sprints to Westminster to try to save M - boss, mother - country - M is reading from Tennyson’s Ulysses:

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and face, but strong in will
To strive, to seek; to find, and not to yield.

Skyfall is not a film that appeals to some vapid fantasy of male invincibility, emotional indifference and sexual irresistibility; rather, it is a summons to offer every sinew to a noble cause.

And with the stubble grey on my own chin, I pray it might be so for me.

Mark Greene - Reprinted from the LICC’s Connecting with Culture e-mail. See www.licc.org.uk for more.
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CYTUN - WEEK OF PRAYER 2013

Friday January 18th Llandudno Baptist 10.30am
Saturday January 19th Emmanuel 10.30am
Sunday January 20th St Hilary’s Llanrhos 6.30pm (handover to new President, Canon Bob Griffiths)
Monday January 21st Gloddaeth United 10.30am
Tuesday January 22nd St John’s 10.30am
Wednesday January 23rd Our Lady Star of the Sea 10.30am
Thursday January 24th Holy Trinity 10.30am (communion service)
Friday January 25th Eglwys Unedig Gymraeg 10.30am

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New look website and apps
for Methodist Church…

Following feedback from members, a new look website has been launched. One new feature is the interactive web map of Methodist churches in Britain, combining data with information from the Office of National Statistics, the Church of England, and Action for Children.
A new app is also available free for smartphone and tablet users - the app offers users a daily Bible Study, prayer and Methodist news updates!
www.methodist.org.uk
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Trust in the Lord with all your
heart and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways
acknowledge him, and he will
make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

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The deadline for the next Adelphi is 10th March please
can you email me with any articles on h.horton@virgin.net

Thank you Helen
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