Messages from around the Benefice

Spring greetings from Caldicot Food Bank. We are continuing to operate as usual but face two main challenges as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

Simply put – demand has increased – tripled in 3 weeks, whilst donations are down.

Please donate at Asda, Co-op or Waitrose collection points in Caldicot.

If you have several items to donate and you feel uncomfortable about leaving them in our collection points then contact us using the details below.

Anyone needing a Food Parcel should contact caldicotfoodbank@yahoo.co.uk or via Facebook Messenger.

Thank you for your continued support – and stay safe.

Lyndon’s Message 4-4-2020 In theological college, whilst preparing for ordination, we students, were told that when we would find ourselves as priests in a parish, the first thing that disappears from our lives is quality time for ourselves, we would be thrown into the deep end of a large pool, into the life of a new parish, and for us a life in a new and scary world.
I was ordained, as a deacon, on a Saturday, in a packed to capacity, St. Woolo’s Cathedral, surrounded by family and friends, then after the service, we returned to our home parish, in Aberbargoed, for a party, to thank all our friends who had supported us. then we drove to our new home, our new life, in Ebbw Vale. On the Sunday, I attended my new church St. David’s and met, what would be, our new church family. The following day, someone came to see me, a lady with a problem, that was troubling her. “Why come to me, I thought, how can I possibly help you, I have no experience, go to someone else” She looked at me but instead of seeing Lyndon, she saw a clerical collar, she saw a clergyman. Within 48 hours of ministry, I was thrown in the deep end, it was sink or swim time. This encounter, was my first, but it certainly would not be my last, into the lives of others.. All of a sudden. I was being catapulted into a different universe, where real people, facing real problems, would come for help to people like me. It was life in the raw. Looking back, it felt like I was a celebrity wandering around in the jungle, hoping someone would come to my rescue. It took sometime to realise that the one who had called me, was with me, and holding was my hand.

The life of a parish priest, is the life of living on an emotional roller coaster, we face joys, sadness, laughter and tears and sometimes all these emotions in one day. However, if the parish can bring problems, it call also bring lots of happiness.
There were many times that I thanked God for calling me into His service, there were times, I confess, mainly difficult times, when I asked God if He realised the difficulty I was going through.

It was then I would remember that the one who had called me, had been, beaten, whipped, was given a crown of thorns for His head, suffered death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. He was the one who had carried the can for us, He would show us eternal life.

Of course God knew what I was going through, He was on the journey with me.

Tomorrow, is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week, the most important time not only for Christians, but also the great game changer for the world.

As we travel through this dark and dangerous time, we are not travelling alone, we are being accompanied by God.

Keep on praying, keep on trusting, and keep on being safe.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”. John 3:16