Weekly News from the Diocese

Diocese of Monmouth Esgobaeth Mynwy

 
NewsAdvent CourseI am delighted to commend a short, three session course for study groups to use during the season of Advent. Exploring the bible and sharing our faith, our doubts, our experience and our questions together is a wonderful way to grow in our Christian discipleship.Our Director of Ministry, Archdeacon Ian says, “Pre-empting the Church in Wales’ year of biblical literacy in 2022, this 3 session Advent course is being produced in the diocese. Resources will be available early in November from the website or can be emailed out and the discussions for each session can be held in person or online. The sessions will look at biblical passages relating to ‘Waiting for Jesus’, ‘Trusting in Jesus’ and ‘Committing to Jesus’”.This is an excellent way for us to prepare our hearts and minds for the season of Christmas. Do use this resource as part of your journey through Advent.Conference 2021

We are pleased to announce this year’s Conference will be held digitally. Papers for Conference have been posted out to members this week. If you wish to attend Conference as an observer, a YouTube link be sent out by email and social media in the coming weeks.Together for Our PlanetThe National Lottery are offering from £1,000 to £10,000 of funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change.Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like:foodtransportenergywaste and consumptionthe natural environment.You do notneed to be an expert in any of these areas to apply. They’re particularly interested to hear from people starting to think about taking action on climate change in their communities.

Application Deadline: 5pm on 18th of NovemberTo help answer any questions you may have about the Together for Our Planet funding programme, including the criteria and what they are hoping to fund a webinar is being held on Tuesday 21st of September at 11am. Sign p for the webinar and find out more about the grant here.Training and EventsAre you attending the Abergavenny Food Festival this weekend?A warm welcome awaits you at St Mary’s Priory Church in the heart of Abergavenny! 
 
Over the Food Festival Weekend St Mary’s will be open to welcome visitors and pilgrims from across the Diocese and beyond. 

Come and see the world-famous 15th century Jesse carving, featured recently on BBC 2’s History of Art in Wales,  the exquisitely restored medieval monuments in the Herbert Chapel and the wonderful art of our Artist-in-Residence Jeremy Thomas, portraying over twenty-five different scenes from the gospels and copies of the art are on sale in Jeremy’s studio in the Tithe Barn.
 
Explore the peace and quiet of the Abbot’s Garden and enjoy fresh Fair Trade coffee and homemade cakes in our pop-up coffee shop in the medieval Tithe Barn.  Here you can also see our Millennium Tapestry and visit our exhibition about the history of the Priory and the community that once lived, worked and prayed here.
 
Outside in the Priory Courtyard, Made in Monmouthshire are running an Art Village with exquisite work by local artists and craftspeople for sale.
 
On Sunday 19th, the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity the following services take place at St Mary’s
 
8.00am Holy Eucharist
11.00am The Priory Eucharist, with St Mary’s Priory Choir, featuring Mozart’s Missa Brevis;  ‘Day by Day’ by Martin How and ‘From all that dwell’ by Walmisley.
5.00pm Choral Evensong, sung by the renowned choir Academia Musica from Hereford.  Responses, Gibbons; Canticles, Brewer in D; Anthem, Rejoice in the Lord always, anon.
We look forward to welcoming you! 
 
Fr John Connell SCP, Rector of AbergavennyRSCM International Chorister Day Event

Sunday 19th September, Newport Cathedral, 2-6pm
 
The Royal School of Church Music is organising “International Chorister Day” as a way of celebrating the opportunities that being a chorister provides.  
The official event for SE Wales will be at Newport Cathedral: come and “be a chorister for an afternoon”!  
An afternoon of singing, musical activities and games and refreshments, ending with a service (which parents are welcome to attend) 
 
Start time – 2pm
Closing act of worship – 5pm
Contact for more details – Emma Gibbins   07952 514117 / emmagibbins1978@gmail.com
 
You can register for a place here: 
https://www.rscm.org.uk/courses/icd-wales/Diocesan Healing ServiceWe’re pleased to announce the next Diocesan Healing Services on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm.

This service will be led by Bishop Cherry and Rev. James Henley with Bishop Cherry delivering the sermon. Healing and Reconciliation lie at the heart of our Christian faith and we invite you to join us in drawing nearer to Christ and opening ourselves to the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Book you place here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diocesan-healing-service-registration-169638245559Why should Christians Campaign?’ event happening during the Great Big Green Week

A Rocha are looking forward to joining communities across the UK and contributing ourselves to the Great Big Green Week (18 – 26 September). The week is organised by The Climate Coalition, of which A Rocha UK is a member. It will have a particular focus on the links between climate change and nature and be the biggest event for climate and nature ever in the UK. The week will be an opportunity to raise the profile of climate change and how it is affecting nature and people, and the places we love, right here in the UK and across the world. You can sign up here to receive notifications for events happening near you. 

On 24 September,  A Rocha UK are inviting their supporters to meet online for a first pilot ‘Campaign Friday’ event. Experienced campaigner (and also CEO of A Rocha UK), Andy Atkins will speak on why Christians should campaign; they’ll point towards some key nature related campaigns; and – for those who want – take part in them right there and then! More info and event sign up can be found on the Eventbrite page here.Calling ConversationsThe next session is about Vocations in the Workplace and is on the 28th of September.
Join the session here.The St Deiniol Lectures – Monday October 4, 7pm
 Professor John Clarke, Professor Emeritus in the History of Ideas, Kingston University, London, on:
  “Mysticism: its Relevance Today” 
followed by open discussion
 
at Itton Village Hall, NP16 6BP
Itton Road, Chepstow (B4293)
 
 
To allow for Covid safety measures, please pre-book with Anne Octon (01291 641918; anneocton@gmail.com)
 
NB: Please wear masks on entry to the hall – you can remove them once seated.Email SarahRobinson@churchinwales.org.uk for more details.Services and Resources
Join a Service from the Cathedral on Sunday at 10:30am here.
 Nations’ Climate Sunday Service: Churches Prepare for COP26 – Live Stream Recording Available

The Nations’ Climate Sunday Service was held on 5 September 2021 at Glasgow Cathedral. The service was a partnership between Climate Sunday (an initiative of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland), Glasgow Cathedral and Glasgow Churches Together. 
You can now watch a recording of the livestream on the Climate Sunday website here

It’s not too late to hold a Climate Sunday service!

Monmouth Diocese is designating October 3rd as our Climate Sunday. We have chosen the Sunday closest to the Feast of St Francis of Assisi and the end of Creationtide that runs through September. There are some excellent resources on the website at www.climatesunday.org to help you to plan for worship and other activities.

Make sure you register your service on the Climate Sunday website. This will ensure that your church can be counted in the total commitment from churches across the UK, which will be presented at COP26 to the UK government. 
 Esgobaeth MynwyGwasanaethau Cymraeg Medi 2021 – Awst 2022 Date
DyddiadTime
AmserVenue
LleoliaethService & Theme
Gwasanaeth & ThemaMedi
September 11th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas
MonmouthEucharist
EwcharistHydref
October 12th
Tuesday / Dydd Mawrth7pm / y.h.St Mary,
MagorHarvest Festival
Diolchgarwch am y CynhaeafTachwedd
November 13th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas
MonmouthEucharist: Remembrance
Ewcharist:  Sul y GofioRhagfyr
December 14th
Tuesday / Dydd Mawrth10.30 am /y.b.St John, Maindee, NewportEucharist: Advent
Ewcharist: AdfentIonawr
January 8th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn5 pm /y.h.Cathedral
CadeirlanPlygainChwefror
February 8th
Tuesday / Dydd Mawrth7 pm / y.h.St Mary,
MagorEucharist
EwcharistMawrth
March 12th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas,
MonmouthEucharist
EwcharistEbrill
April 26th
Tuesday / Dydd Mawrth10.30 am / y.b.St John, Maindee, NewportEucharist
EwcharistMai
May 8th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am / y.b.St Thomas,
MonmouthEucharist
EwcharistMehefin
June 15th
Wednesday / Deydd Mercher6.30pm / y.h.Cathedral
CadeirlanChoral Evensong
Hwyrol WeddiGorfennaf
July 9th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas,
MonmouthEucharist 
EwcharistAwst
August 9thtbcIslwyn Ministry Area
 tbcGymanfa GanuMedi
September 10th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas,
MonmouthEucharist 
EwcharistSight Loss SundayFind out more at sightlossfriendlychurch.org.uk/slsundayVacanciesHouse for Duty Priest – Monmouth Ministry Area
 Monmouth Ministry Area are looking for a collaborative and caring priest with a genuine passion for working with others, lay and ordained in a beautiful part of Wales.Based in the lovely village of Llanishen and primarily working with 4 churches around that area, you will also be part of the Ministry Team covering the new Ministry Area of Monmouth which has 19 churches.They hope for a Priest who will be:Caring – has a strong pastoral heart and passion for encouraging the members of each of the congregations in discipleshipCollaborative in nature – working well with the Ministry Team, lay and ordained, within the Ministry Area and is a good team playerCommunity focused – being a visible presence in the Ministry AreaEngaging – has energy and commitment to engage with the local communities and is sympathetic to the needs of rural communities
For an informal conversation please contact The Venerable Ian Rees, Archdeacon of Monmouth on 07983 684151  or archdeacon.monmouth@churchinwales.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 18th October 2021
Interviews will be held early in November

Click here for more details and the application form.Ministry Team – East Cardiff (3 Posts)
 East Cardiff Ministry Area are forming a new creative and collaborative Ministry Team, who will help us to grow in our united mission to serve the communities of East Cardiff. Our goal is for each member of our team to work to their strengths, bring their own complementary gifts and skills and, we pray, to flourish in their own ministry and vocation.
 Post 1: Vicar for Liturgy and WorshipAre you someone who:Has a deep and mature spirituality rooted in the sacraments?Values the breadth of worshipping traditions across the Anglican Church?Has relevant experience developing vibrant liturgy which draws on sources both ancient and modern?Our new Vicar for Liturgy and Worship will help us to develop a vibrant and diverse worship and prayer life, taking full responsibility for coordinating public worship across the Ministry Area.
 Post 2: Vicar for Belonging and Pastoral CareAre you someone who:Has a pastoral heart, sensitive to the needs of others?Is passionate about the occasional offices as an opportunity for hospitality, mission and faith formation?Has experience providing one-to-one pastoral care and developing a team of pastoral visitors?Our new Vicar for Belonging and Pastoral Care will help us to develop our inclusive welcome, ensuring all are able to belong fully to the life of the Church. They will take full responsibility for co-ordinating pastoral care across the Ministry Area.
 Post 3: Priest for Children, Families and CommunityAre you someone who:Has a servant’s heart, with a community focused and strengths-based outlook?Believes in the profound goodness of children, even the most challenging, and has experience of youth and/or schools ministry?Is deeply loving, inclusive and affirming with a highly effective understanding of the challenges and opportunities in urban communities?St Teilo’s, the largest Anglican school in the Province of Wales, is at the heart of the new East Cardiff Ministry Area. Together, we are seeking to develop creative and deeply Christian partnerships within and between St Teilo’s and the East Cardiff Ministry Area, our Church in Wales primary schools and other local schools.Our new Priest for Children, Families and Community will help us to create projects and initiatives focused on wholeness and wellbeing in our schools and local communities, with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable. They will explore and encourage discipleship by growing opportunities for prayer, hospitality and service.The salary for the post will be a little over £38,000 and will increase with inflation in line with JNC pay awards. The post is subject to membership of the national Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

For an informal conversation on any of these posts,
please contact Reverend James Henley, Ministry Area Leader on
02920 752138 or james.henley@gmail.com

For the recruitment pack and applications forms please click here.

Applications should be submitted by email to: james.henley@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: Friday 15th October 2021Canon ResidentiaryThe Dean in consultation with the Bishop wishes to appoint a full-time Residentiary Canon for Newport Cathedral.This is an exciting time to join Newport Cathedral as a new team is being formed.The role is both pastor and missioner: to develop the life and faith of the congregation as well as look beyond to draw in new people and broaden the demographic balance. This will also involve nurturing a rich combination of the existing and new styles of worship that will underpin the Cathedral’s life and witness.We are looking for a mission-minded, open, relational and engaging person, someone who can think beyond the established, while working within it.Newport is the gateway to South Wales with excellent road and rail links.Closing date for applications is 12noon Friday 24th September 2021.Interviews over Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st October 2021 (both days).For further details and application form: www.newportcathedral.org.uk/vacanciesVerger and Sacristan (full-time)

Applications are invited for the Cathedral Verger and Sacristan. This is a key position in the functioning of the Cathedral. The verger holds the space and is an ambassador to all who come.

Salary package: 23,000 plus 10% to the approved pension scheme.

Newport is the gateway to South Wales with excellent road and rail links.

Closing date for applications is 12noon Friday 8th October 2021.

Application is by submitting the completed application form which includes a confidential declaration – a CV substitute is not sufficient. In addition please write a letter of application stating how you meet the requirements of the post.

Completed applications by email to deanofnewport@churchinwales.org.uk by 12noon on 8th October 2021.

Interviews will be on Friday 5th November 2021.

Further details and application form can be downloaded here.For a downloadable and printable version of this email please click here.

You can find the one-stop-shop for all you need to know and this week’s updates here.
Diocese of Monmouth Esgobaeth Mynwy

 
NewsConference 2021

We are pleased to announce this year’s Conference will be held digitally. Papers for Conference will be posted out to members next week. If you wish to attend Conference as an observer, a YouTube link be sent out by email and social media in the coming weeks.Church approves blessing service for same-sex partnerships Same-sex couples will be able to have their civil partnership or marriage blessed in Church in Wales churches for the first time after new legislation was passed this week.A Bill to authorise a service of blessing was approved by members of the Church’s Governing Body at its meeting. It was passed by the necessary two-thirds majority in each order of the three orders – Bishops, clergy and laity.The service will be used experimentally for five years and it will be up to individual clergy to decide whether or not they wish to lead it.The service is for a blessing only as same-sex couples are unable to marry in church.The Bill was introduced by the Bishops, following an indication from Governing Body members that it was “pastorally unsustainable” for the Church to make no formal provision for those in committed same-sex relationships.

Responding to the vote, the Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, who introduced the Bill, said, “I come out of this debate with no sense of triumph but believing that the Church in Wales has done the right thing under God for the LGBTQIA+ community. The Church has spoken decisively today in favour of blessings.“There is a journey still to be taken but I hope that we can do it together with all the wings of the Church.”
 The Bishops passed the Bill unanimously, the clergy by 28 to 12 with two abstentions and the laity by 49 to 10 with one abstention.The discussion and vote was held on the first day of the Governing Body meeting at the International Convention Centre Wales in Newport.Watch the live stream of the meetingDownload the agenda and reportsMore information about the meetingSenior Bishop urges church to respond to new challengesThe Covid pandemic had changed the “landscape of life” and raised questions about what was essential in a way hardly seen before, the Senior Bishop of the Church in Wales said this week.In his keynote address as President of the Church’s Governing Body, at the start of its two-day meeting, Bishop Andy John urged the Church to look for God in the changing world and respond to new challenges.The impact of Covid on the economy and our national well-being had been profound, he said. He thanked all those who had cared for others in nursing and care homes and hospitals, and praised churches for being “light on their feet”, discovering new, online ways of being church and finding innovative ways to serve the community.External events had always shaped Christian purpose, he said, stressing,

“What is significant has never been the size of the challenge but the scale of the faithful response.”Bishop Andy, who is also the Bishop of Bangor, warned that organisations failing to adapt to changes ran the risk of “fossilization”.He said, “Being incapable of responding to new challenges means a lack of freedom to discover what God is doing all around us. We can imagine what kind of church we would have been had our forebears remained ambivalent about slavery and not developed a fuller understanding of the value of humanity made in the image of God. Or what would we have been had we not grasped the matter of women being called to the priesthood and episcopate?”Addressing members concerned about a Bill being debated at the Governing Body meeting to authorise a service of blessing for same-sex partnerships, Bishop Andy acknowledged a change would be painful for those who regarded it a departure from Christ’s word.He said, “But every development is to some degree a departure; something changes whenever there is a new expression of practice. And even when such a change appears consonant with a stated position, it is nevertheless a change. When the church changed its position on forbidding meat with blood in it or saw that slavery in all and any form was wicked, there was change.“The ‘authority of the eternal yesterday’ must not be a millstone around our necks but provide a basis for a courageous embrace of what God is doing in the world around us. Mission always lies at the heart of faith. And being alive to God, to what might happen next, is part of remaining curious and open to new opportunity.”The Bishops, he said, were in the process of addressing deep issues of the future of the Church – both its structure and mission – to ensure it was mission focused and fit for purpose.He praised the Church in Wales’ transformation of its traditional parish system into Ministry and Mission Areas. The new platforms kept what was good about parishes while also allowing new expressions of church to be embraced, he said.“As diverse expressions of church become more normal, there will be new questions still about how we grow vocations – to the priesthood, and also lay leaders who will offer the support and direction needed. But we ought to be in no doubt that the hybrid, mixed ecology (or economy) of church life is here to stay and is across the whole of Wales.”Urging members to look for God through the changes happening around them, Bishop Andy concluded, “To see our task like this is to be open to what God has prepared for those who love him. It is to see the task through Christ’s eyes and to be set free to do what is truly important.”

Read the full Presidential address here.Vice-Chancellor is new chair of Church’s trusteesA university vice-chancellor is to take up a senior role in the Church in Wales.Professor Medwin Hughes, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), is to be the new chair of the Church’s trustees, its Representative Body (the RB).Wales’ longest serving university vice-chancellor, Prof Hughes will take over the role from James Turner who is retiring in December after nine years.Announcing the news at a meeting of the Church’s Governing Body this week, Mr Turner described Professor Hughes as a “man of enormous ability”. He said, “Medwin’s career accomplishments are very impressive indeed and just summarising them here would do him a disservice. Suffice it to say he is a man of enormous ability and with a wealth of professional experience that will be tremendously useful to both the RB and the Church in Wales more generally.”Welcoming the news, the Senior Bishop, Andy John, said, “This is an excellent appointment. Medwin brings a wealth of academic and institutional experience but with a track record of management change. A hopeful, radical [MA1] agenda for this next period of our life is wholly welcome and I am sure Medwin will help lead us forward as a church. The bishops look forward to working with him closely in the near future.”Professor Hughes, a former member of the Church’s Governing Body, said, “I am delighted to be chosen as chair of the RB. This is an exciting time of transformation within the Church in Wales. I look forward to working with key stakeholders across the Church as we continue to ensure that resources are available for the benefit of the Church across Wales.”Simon Lloyd, chief executive of the Church, added, “Medwin will bring a wealth of experience to the role as well as the benefit of his long involvement in the life of the Church in Wales. I very much look forward to working with him.”Passing on the baton, Mr Turner warned that membership of the RB was not for the faint-hearted. He said, “I wish Medwin all the very best and assure him of my prayers as he takes on this extremely interesting role, which I’m sure he will enjoy very much. I would also like to thank all the members of the RB and its committees with whom I’ve served – being a member of the RB is not for the faint-hearted and their commitment and diligence over the years has been much appreciated. I have also enjoyed the support and wisdom of many members of staff and I extend my thanks to all of them.”

Read more here.Ministry Team Training Day – 5th October

Ministry Area Leaders are coordinating attendance for our upcoming Ministry Team Training Day. This is an important formation opportunity for ministry teams that will help equip and resource you for working together in ways that will release the gifts and skills of each of the members. Its aim is to support the team in working as well as it can and modelling something that is complimentary, collaborative and fruitful.Free trees for churchesIf you want to help Wales reach its net zero carbon targets, you could branch out and plant some trees. From a hedge to a working wood, Llinos Humphreys, from Coed Cadw – the Woodland Trust in Wales – describes what’s on offer for churches in a free tree scheme.Coed Cadw wants to see trees and green spaces close to everyone, and to that end, wants to give everybody in Wales the chance to plant a tree. That’s why it gives away thousands of trees every year to schools, colleges, universities, community groups and churches through its Free Trees For Schools and Communities scheme.The UK needs millions more trees to reach its carbon net-zero target by 2050. And as churches often have plenty of publicly accessible land, they are the perfect place to start. The good news is, it couldn’t be easier to get involved.Coed Cadw’s Free Trees for Schools and Communities scheme offers Free Trees packs in a variety of sizes from 15 to 420 trees; these include mixed species packs with different options to suit your specific site needs. For instance, you could pick an ‘urban’ tree pack, designed for residential areas with limited communal space; a ‘wildlife’ pack, to help provide food and shelter for wildlife and create a living legacy for future generations; or a ‘hedge’ pack to create a natural screen, or connect with existing woodland to help wildlife stay on the move. Other options include a ‘wild harvest’ pack, to provide an array of fruits and nuts for making your own jams, jellies, or wines; and even a ‘working wood’ pack which could provide fuel for a log burner in 7-10 years.Read more and find out how to apply here.Training and EventsOpen Doors – Newport Cathedral – tomorrow!Visit Newport Cathedral on the 11th of September as part of the Cadw Open Doors event.
The Cathedral will be open 10am – 4pm with a free concert at midday and a talk about the history of the magnificent Norman building.
Refreshments will be available and the shop will be open.
Find out more here.RSCM International Chorister Day Event

Sunday 19th September, Newport Cathedral, 2-6pm
 
The Royal School of Church Music is organising “International Chorister Day” as a way of celebrating the opportunities that being a chorister provides.  
The official event for SE Wales will be at Newport Cathedral: come and “be a chorister for an afternoon”!  
An afternoon of singing, musical activities and games and refreshments, ending with a service (which parents are welcome to attend) 
 
Start time – 2pm
Closing act of worship – 5pm
Contact for more details – Emma Gibbins   07952 514117 / emmagibbins1978@gmail.com
 
You can register for a place here: 
https://www.rscm.org.uk/courses/icd-wales/Diocesan Healing ServiceWe’re pleased to announce the next Diocesan Healing Services on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm.

This service will be led by Bishop Cherry and Rev. James Henley with Bishop Cherry delivering the sermon. Healing and Reconciliation lie at the heart of our Christian faith and we invite you to join us in drawing nearer to Christ and opening ourselves to the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Book you place here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diocesan-healing-service-registration-169638245559Calling ConversationsThe next session is about Vocations in the Workplace and is on the 28th of September.
Join the session here.Email SarahRobinson@churchinwales.org.uk for more details.Certificate in Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice

Gloucestershire Spiritual Direction Trust is inviting interest from spiritual directors, clergy and pastoral workers in the surrounding area for an exciting programme of learning newly available in this area starting in November 2021. The venue in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, has good road (M4 & M5) and rail links with Bristol at Yate railway station.
 Module 1:
3 days
29 Nov –  1 Dec 2021Introduction to Pastoral Supervision & Reflective PracticeModule 2:
3 days
7 – 9 Feb 2022Behind the Words – beneath the surface: theoretical Frameworks and PracticeModule 3:
3 days
4 – 6 April 2022Integrating Learning and Practice
The certificate is validated by The Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice (https://www.ipsrp.org.uk/) and comprises 3 modules delivered face to face over a 6 month period:
Individual practical learning is achieved through offering supervision to at least twosupervisees or a group during the course.
The course will be led by two experienced tutors in this field, Fr Tony Nolan and Revd. Bob Whorton
The combined course fee for the modules and practical supervision will be £1098.00. A number of bursaries are available to successful applicants for up to 50% of course fees.

INTERESTED? Contact Chris Mason on 07749 903 658 or revd.chris.mason@gmail.com  for further information and/or an application form. The deadline for receiving completed applications is Friday 17th September 2021
 Services and Resources
Join a Service from the Cathedral on Sunday at 10:30am here.
 Esgobaeth MynwyGwasanaethau Cymraeg Medi 2021 – Awst 2022 Date
DyddiadTime
AmserVenue
LleoliaethService & Theme
Gwasanaeth & ThemaMedi
September 11th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas
MonmouthEucharist
EwcharistHydref
October 12th
Tuesday / Dydd Mawrth7pm / y.h.St Mary,
MagorHarvest Festival
Diolchgarwch am y CynhaeafTachwedd
November 13th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas
MonmouthEucharist: Remembrance
Ewcharist:  Sul y GofioRhagfyr
December 14th
Tuesday / Dydd Mawrth10.30 am /y.b.St John, Maindee, NewportEucharist: Advent
Ewcharist: AdfentIonawr
January 8th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn5 pm /y.h.Cathedral
CadeirlanPlygainChwefror
February 8th
Tuesday / Dydd Mawrth7 pm / y.h.St Mary,
MagorEucharist
EwcharistMawrth
March 12th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas,
MonmouthEucharist
EwcharistEbrill
April 26th
Tuesday / Dydd Mawrth10.30 am / y.b.St John, Maindee, NewportEucharist
EwcharistMai
May 8th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am / y.b.St Thomas,
MonmouthEucharist
EwcharistMehefin
June 15th
Wednesday / Deydd Mercher6.30pm / y.h.Cathedral
CadeirlanChoral Evensong
Hwyrol WeddiGorfennaf
July 9th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas,
MonmouthEucharist 
EwcharistAwst
August 9thtbcIslwyn Ministry Area
 tbcGymanfa GanuMedi
September 10th
Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn9.30 am /y.b.St Thomas,
MonmouthEucharist 
EwcharistSight Loss SundayFind out more at sightlossfriendlychurch.org.uk/slsundayKneelers Available! St Grwst’s Church in Llanrwst in the Diocese of St Asaph completed a major £1.2m restoration and reordering project last year, part of which involved removing the pews and replacing them with chairs.
 
Previously they had had kneelers in church, which feature tapestry designs of the six Welsh diocese, and they have 22 Diocese of Monmouth kneelers left which we are looking for a home for.
If you would be interested please contact Jon Richmond – saintgrwstchurch@gmail.com / 07936 973476VacanciesMinistry Team – East Cardiff (3 Posts)
 East Cardiff Ministry Area are forming a new creative and collaborative Ministry Team, who will help us to grow in our united mission to serve the communities of East Cardiff. Our goal is for each member of our team to work to their strengths, bring their own complementary gifts and skills and, we pray, to flourish in their own ministry and vocation.
 Post 1: Vicar for Liturgy and WorshipAre you someone who:Has a deep and mature spirituality rooted in the sacraments?Values the breadth of worshipping traditions across the Anglican Church?Has relevant experience developing vibrant liturgy which draws on sources both ancient and modern?Our new Vicar for Liturgy and Worship will help us to develop a vibrant and diverse worship and prayer life, taking full responsibility for coordinating public worship across the Ministry Area.
 Post 2: Vicar for Belonging and Pastoral CareAre you someone who:Has a pastoral heart, sensitive to the needs of others?Is passionate about the occasional offices as an opportunity for hospitality, mission and faith formation?Has experience providing one-to-one pastoral care and developing a team of pastoral visitors?Our new Vicar for Belonging and Pastoral Care will help us to develop our inclusive welcome, ensuring all are able to belong fully to the life of the Church. They will take full responsibility for co-ordinating pastoral care across the Ministry Area.
 Post 3: Priest for Children, Families and CommunityAre you someone who:Has a servant’s heart, with a community focused and strengths-based outlook?Believes in the profound goodness of children, even the most challenging, and has experience of youth and/or schools ministry?Is deeply loving, inclusive and affirming with a highly effective understanding of the challenges and opportunities in urban communities?St Teilo’s, the largest Anglican school in the Province of Wales, is at the heart of the new East Cardiff Ministry Area. Together, we are seeking to develop creative and deeply Christian partnerships within and between St Teilo’s and the East Cardiff Ministry Area, our Church in Wales primary schools and other local schools.Our new Priest for Children, Families and Community will help us to create projects and initiatives focused on wholeness and wellbeing in our schools and local communities, with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable. They will explore and encourage discipleship by growing opportunities for prayer, hospitality and service.The salary for the post will be a little over £38,000 and will increase with inflation in line with JNC pay awards. The post is subject to membership of the national Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

For an informal conversation on any of these posts,
please contact Reverend James Henley, Ministry Area Leader on
02920 752138 or james.henley@gmail.com

For the recruitment pack and applications forms please click here.

Applications should be submitted by email to: james.henley@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: Friday 15th October 2021Canon ResidentiaryThe Dean in consultation with the Bishop wishes to appoint a full-time Residentiary Canon for Newport Cathedral.This is an exciting time to join Newport Cathedral as a new team is being formed.The role is both pastor and missioner: to develop the life and faith of the congregation as well as look beyond to draw in new people and broaden the demographic balance. This will also involve nurturing a rich combination of the existing and new styles of worship that will underpin the Cathedral’s life and witness.We are looking for a mission-minded, open, relational and engaging person, someone who can think beyond the established, while working within it.Newport is the gateway to South Wales with excellent road and rail links.Closing date for applications is 12noon Friday 24th September 2021.Interviews over Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st October 2021 (both days).For further details and application form: www.newportcathedral.org.uk/vacanciesVerger and Sacristan (full-time)

Applications are invited for the Cathedral Verger and Sacristan. This is a key position in the functioning of the Cathedral. The verger holds the space and is an ambassador to all who come.

Salary package: 23,000 plus 10% to the approved pension scheme.

Newport is the gateway to South Wales with excellent road and rail links.

Closing date for applications is 12noon Friday 8th October 2021.

Application is by submitting the completed application form which includes a confidential declaration – a CV substitute is not sufficient. In addition please write a letter of application stating how you meet the requirements of the post.

Completed applications by email to deanofnewport@churchinwales.org.uk by 12noon on 8th October 2021.

Interviews will be on Friday 5th November 2021.

Further details and application form can be downloaded here.Diocese of Llandaff Church Buildings Officer
 As first point of contact in the Church Buildings team you’ll be working with a variety of people with different needs and you’ll be someone who thrives on helping others develop their ideas and achieve their plans. We’re developing our work around environmental issues and achieving carbon net-zero so you’ll be involved with projects centred around Eco-church, churchyards and energy audits.You’ll be working with churches to encourage them to be open to visitors and the local community, and if you enjoy using social media there’ll be opportunities for you to promote the beautiful buildings.You will need to be good at admin as you’ll be running the systems for church inspections, energy audits and online faculty applications (training will be given in specific systems) and you’ll be someone who’s at ease using MS Office suite and Zoom.This is a full-time permanent post 37.5 hours per week (with occasional need to attend evening or weekend events). Currently mainly working from home. Going forward likely to be working on a hybrid model of home/office working.Salary: £25,800 per annum
Closing date: Thursday 16th September

Find out more here.For a downloadable and printable version of this email please click here.

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Diocese of Monmouth Esgobaeth Mynwy

 
NewsCollege to elect new bishop ends with no decision The next Bishop of Swansea and Brecon Diocese will be chosen by the Bishops after the Church’s Electoral College ended today (Friday) without a result.No candidate was able to secure the necessary two-thirds majority vote of the College during its full three-day meeting at St Mary’s Church in Swansea.The decision will now be taken by the Bench of Bishops in due course.The President of the Electoral College, Bishop Andy John, said the appointment would be high on the Bishops’ agenda.He said, “Whenever we have engagements like this and there is rigorous debate and close engagement, a decision is a very difficult thing to achieve. As the College hasn’t come to one mind, it has asked the Bench of Bishops to take responsibility for the next appointment. So that is now very high on our agenda. We will be consulting together, both with the diocese and amongst ourselves, in the hope we can provide for the diocese someone who can take it forward. I am really confident that we will be able to do that soon.”

Read more here.Coronavirus (Covid-19) GuidanceUpdate: 3 September 2021Following the recent announcement by the Welsh Government concerning face masks at weddings, we have amended our guidance accordingly:Covid 19 Guidance Marriages and Funerals Alert Level 0 3SEPT20 (PDF)Covid 19 Churches Risk Assessment Guidance Alert Level 0 – 3SEPT20 (PDF)Governing Body Meeting – September 6-8Same-sex couples will be able to have their civil partnership or marriage blessed in Church in Wales churches for the first time if new legislation is passed next week.A Bill to authorise a service of blessing will be considered by members of the Church’s Governing Body at its meeting on September 6.It proposes that the service be used experimentally for five years and that it will be up to individual clergy to decide whether or not they wish to lead it.The service is for a blessing only as same-sex couples are unable to marry in church.The Bill is being introduced by the Bishops, following an indication from Governing Body members that it was now “pastorally unsustainable” for the Church to make no formal provision for those in committed same-sex relationships.In the Explanatory Memoradum they say, “Approval of this rite would be stating that the Church in Wales accepts that the loving and faithful commitment of two persons of the same sex, aspiring to life-long fidelity and mutual comfort, and who have made a commitment in civil partnership or marriage, is worthy of acceptance by the Church by asking God’s blessing upon their commitment.”While recognising that the Bill is controversial, they describe it as a “step on the way towards repentance of a history in the Church which has demonised and persecuted gay and lesbian people, forcing them into fear, dishonesty and sometimes even hypocrisy, and which has precluded them from living publicly and honestly lives of committed partnership.”The bishops are urging Governing Body members to debate the Bill in a respectful and dignified way, acknowledging that it will raise difficult issues of faith and belief. They have issued a set of ‘Pastoral Principles’ intended to guide people towards thoughtful and considerate discussions.Introducing them they say, “There can be no room for seeking to undermine sincerely held views. Neither should we seek to walk away from each other. Our union in Christ is at the heart of our life and the bonds and character of our baptism hold us together; sharing a commitment to each other as together we seek the Kingdom of God. We hope these materials will stimulate this quality of engagement.”The Bill will be voted on in all three orders of the Governing Body – the Bishops, the clergy and the laity. It will need to achieve a two-thirds majority in each order for it to be passed.The discussion and vote will be held on the first day of the Governing Body meeting which takes place on September 6 at the International Convention Centre Wales in Newport and will be live-streamed via a link on the Church in Wales website and Youtube channel. The second day of the meeting will take place online only, via Zoom, on Wednesday, September 8 and will also be live-streamed.Other items on the agenda include:An address by the President, the Bishop of Bangor Andy JohnAn update on the Church’s progress to its carbon zero targetA plenary discussion on how the Church should emerge from Covid-19A presentation on resources for ‘life events’, such as christenings, weddings and funerals, with Canon Dr Sandra Millar, head of life events for the Church of EnglandAn update on plans for a Year of Biblical Literacy in 2022The meeting will be live-streamed via a link on the Church in Wales website and YouTube channel

Please keep all the members of Governing Body in your prayers.Training and EventsOpen Doors – Newport CathedralVisit Newport Cathedral on the 11th of September as part of the Cadw Open Doors event.
The Cathedral will be open 10am – 4pm with a free concert at midday and a talk about the history of the magnificent Norman building.
Refreshments will be available and the shop will be open.
Find out more here.RSCM International Chorister Day Event

Sunday 19th September, Newport Cathedral, 2-6pm
 
The Royal School of Church Music is organising “International Chorister Day” as a way of celebrating the opportunities that being a chorister provides.  
The official event for SE Wales will be at Newport Cathedral: come and “be a chorister for an afternoon”!  
An afternoon of singing, musical activities and games and refreshments, ending with a service (which parents are welcome to attend) 
 
Start time – 2pm
Closing act of worship – 5pm
Contact for more details – Emma Gibbins   07952 514117 / emmagibbins1978@gmail.com
 
You can register for a place here: 
https://www.rscm.org.uk/courses/icd-wales/Diocesan Healing ServiceWe’re pleased to announce the next Diocesan Healing Services on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm.

This service will be led by Bishop Cherry and Rev. James Henley with Bishop Cherry delivering the sermon. Healing and Reconciliation lie at the heart of our Christian faith and we invite you to join us in drawing nearer to Christ and opening ourselves to the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Book you place here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diocesan-healing-service-registration-169638245559Calling ConversationsThe next session is about Vocations in the Workplace and is on the 28th of September.
Join the session here.Email SarahRobinson@churchinwales.org.uk for more details.Certificate in Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice

Gloucestershire Spiritual Direction Trust is inviting interest from spiritual directors, clergy and pastoral workers in the surrounding area for an exciting programme of learning newly available in this area starting in November 2021. The venue in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, has good road (M4 & M5) and rail links with Bristol at Yate railway station.
 Module 1:
3 days
29 Nov –  1 Dec 2021Introduction to Pastoral Supervision & Reflective PracticeModule 2:
3 days
7 – 9 Feb 2022Behind the Words – beneath the surface: theoretical Frameworks and PracticeModule 3:
3 days
4 – 6 April 2022Integrating Learning and Practice
The certificate is validated by The Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice (https://www.ipsrp.org.uk/) and comprises 3 modules delivered face to face over a 6 month period:
Individual practical learning is achieved through offering supervision to at least twosupervisees or a group during the course.
The course will be led by two experienced tutors in this field, Fr Tony Nolan and Revd. Bob Whorton
The combined course fee for the modules and practical supervision will be £1098.00. A number of bursaries are available to successful applicants for up to 50% of course fees.

INTERESTED? Contact Chris Mason on 07749 903 658 or revd.chris.mason@gmail.com  for further information and/or an application form. The deadline for receiving completed applications is Friday 17th September 2021
 Services and Resources
Join a Service from the Cathedral on Sunday at 10:30am here.
 Sight Loss SundayFind out more at sightlossfriendlychurch.org.uk/slsundayKneelers Available! St Grwst’s Church in Llanrwst in the Diocese of St Asaph completed a major £1.2m restoration and reordering project last year, part of which involved removing the pews and replacing them with chairs.
 
Previously they had had kneelers in church, which feature tapestry designs of the six Welsh diocese, and they have 22 Diocese of Monmouth kneelers left which we are looking for a home for.
If you would be interested please contact Jon Richmond – saintgrwstchurch@gmail.com / 07936 973476VacanciesCanon ResidentiaryThe Dean in consultation with the Bishop wishes to appoint a full-time Residentiary Canon for Newport Cathedral.This is an exciting time to join Newport Cathedral as a new team is being formed.The role is both pastor and missioner: to develop the life and faith of the congregation as well as look beyond to draw in new people and broaden the demographic balance. This will also involve nurturing a rich combination of the existing and new styles of worship that will underpin the Cathedral’s life and witness.We are looking for a mission-minded, open, relational and engaging person, someone who can think beyond the established, while working within it.Newport is the gateway to South Wales with excellent road and rail links.Closing date for applications is 12noon Friday 24th September 2021.Interviews over Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st October 2021 (both days).For further details and application form: www.newportcathedral.org.uk/vacanciesVerger and Sacristan (full-time)

Applications are invited for the Cathedral Verger and Sacristan. This is a key position in the functioning of the Cathedral. The verger holds the space and is an ambassador to all who come.

Salary package: 23,000 plus 10% to the approved pension scheme.

Newport is the gateway to South Wales with excellent road and rail links.

Closing date for applications is 12noon Friday 8th October 2021.

Application is by submitting the completed application form which includes a confidential declaration – a CV substitute is not sufficient. In addition please write a letter of application stating how you meet the requirements of the post.

Completed applications by email to deanofnewport@churchinwales.org.uk by 12noon on 8th October 2021.

Interviews will be on Friday 5th November 2021.

Further details and application form can be downloaded here.Diocese of Llandaff Church Buildings Officer
 As first point of contact in the Church Buildings team you’ll be working with a variety of people with different needs and you’ll be someone who thrives on helping others develop their ideas and achieve their plans. We’re developing our work around environmental issues and achieving carbon net-zero so you’ll be involved with projects centred around Eco-church, churchyards and energy audits.You’ll be working with churches to encourage them to be open to visitors and the local community, and if you enjoy using social media there’ll be opportunities for you to promote the beautiful buildings.You will need to be good at admin as you’ll be running the systems for church inspections, energy audits and online faculty applications (training will be given in specific systems) and you’ll be someone who’s at ease using MS Office suite and Zoom.This is a full-time permanent post 37.5 hours per week (with occasional need to attend evening or weekend events). Currently mainly working from home. Going forward likely to be working on a hybrid model of home/office working.Salary: £25,800 per annum

Find out more here.For a downloadable and printable version of this email please click here.

You can find the one-stop-shop for all you need to know and this week’s updates here.