Weekly News from the Diocese

Esgobaeth Mynwy Diocese of Monmouth
From Bishop CherryPraying for the Lambeth Conference

The Lambeth Conference is a meeting of all the Bishops of the worldwide Anglican Communion and has been taking place roughly every 10 years since 1867. This year it is being convened and hosted once again by the Archbishop of Canterbury between 26th July and 8th August.

I am writing to ask for your prayers over the coming weeks as the Anglican bishops from Wales and over 160 other countries gather for retreat and prayer, for bible study on the First Letter of Peter and for mutual support and encouragement.  The following is from The Brotherhood of St Gregory in the Episcopal Church of the USA. Please use it in your daily prayers.

O God, by your grace and Spirit you have raised up witnesses and servants in many lands and cultures: pour out your blessing upon the churches and provinces of the Anglican Communion and upon their leaders as they prepare to gather for fellowship in the Lambeth Conference, that their diversity may enrich their common witness and service to the honor and glory of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.News from the Lambeth ConferenceLambeth Call on Human Dignity – Archbishop’s statementThe Archbishop of Wales yesterday (August 2) welcomed the Lambeth Conference Call affirming the dignity of all people.In a statement, Archbishop Andrew John, said he would never shy away from opposing discrimination against people on the basis of their sexualities and gender identities but remained committed to listening and walking together with those in the Anglican Communion who disagreed with him.The full statement is available here.Archbishop Andrew also commended a letter issued to all bishops by the Archbishop of Canterbury ahead of the discussion for having a “unifying effect” on the Conference.More information about the discussion and the text of Archbishop Justin’s letterThe Archbishop, the Bishop of Monmouth, Cherry Vann, and the Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, also signed the Inclusive Bishops’ Statement which you can read here.Inclusive Bishops’ Statement
 Bishops demand cancellation of debts for poorer countriesThe Archbishop of Wales and the Bishop of St Davids joined bishops from around the world this week calling for the cancellation of debts for low income countries.They want the UK Government to lead the way in compelling lenders to cancel debts that are plunging communities into hunger and poverty.In a symbolic act, organised by the charities, Christian Aid and Action for Southern Africa at the Lambeth Conference, the bishops ripped up a cheque representing the debt payments that lower income countries like Zambia are making every year.Zambia is the first country to seek debt restructuring under the G20’s new Common Framework, launched in 2020. The country is negotiating a debt restructuring with creditors, including the UK-based asset management firm BlackRock. Debt Justice has estimated that BlackRock could make $180 million profit if the debts are paid in full.Rocketing food and fuel prices, in part due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in the context of a continuing pandemic and lack of access to vaccines, are intensifying the debt crisis facing lower income countries.The Archbishop of Wales, Andrew John, said, “You don’t knock someone when they are down. Our poorest countries are already on their knees as a result of the pandemic, climate change and conflict. Debt repayments on top of that are the killer blow for so many. It’s time for lenders and governments to show moral and just leadership and offer the hand of compassion by cancelling debts.”Archbishop Albert Chama, the Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, said, “Zambia is in a debt crisis, with spending on social services falling by over a fifth between 2019 and 2021 alone.“Because of this, ordinary Zambians lose out on healthcare, education and development projects which would give them a fair chance to thrive and build futures, like people in the UK, Europe and the USA.“For too long, by chasing excess profits on loans, private capital in wealthy countries has put the lives of people in low-income countries in jeopardy. It has to stop now.”

Read more here.NewsSummer Break

Please note we’ll be taking a short break in sending the Midweek Mailing, there will be no email for the rest of August. We will still email you with any important updates. 
The email will return on the 7th September.Join the Net Zero Carbon journey Churches are being encouraged to begin their journey to net zero carbon emissions and take key actions to help tackle climate change.The Church in Wales’ Net Zero Carbon Framework is now available online and provides a comprehensive toolkit to help churches take their first steps to net zero.The Framework was produced in response to the Governing Body’s April 2021 climate emergency declaration and the net zero carbon target by 2030. It was presented and approved unanimously at the April 2022 meeting of the Governing Body.There are four main sections to the report: relevant background information and current situation; key findings and challenges; immediate recommendations; and key actions that different levels of the church can undertake.It acknowledges that decarbonising the Church will be a “considerable challenge” but says doing nothing is “not an option”.It says, “We hope that by setting out in this document, gradual and manageable steps, the net zero goal will be less daunting and more attainable. What we do know is that we are all called to care for God’s creation, to see the wonder that surrounds us, love our neighbour near and far by living in just and loving relationships with all people. We can help resolve climate injustice in the world by demonstrating our concern for the planet and our sensitivity and care for the most vulnerable in society now and in the future. This means taking immediate and ambitious climate action now.”
 To start along the net zero journey, at the local level churches are encouraged to work through the recommendations contained within the action-plan tables and arrange to have an energy audit of the church building undertaken.
 Further practical support can be found in the newly-updated A Practical Path to Net Zero for our Churches document that offers tailored advice suitable for: all churches; churches with medium energy use; and, those large, busy churches wishing to under more complex projects that would involve the adoption of low-carbon heating technologies.Download the reports hereNew Calendar and Collects book updatedThe Revised New Calendar and The Contemporary Collects is an updated version of the 2003 book, The New Calendar and the Collects.The liturgy within the book is the same except for a few minor errors within the text, additional texts that has been added since the original book was published, alterations made to celebration dates and showing the Contemporary Collect only. The Hagiography of some of the Saints has been updated to help give a greater understanding of the Saint.An example of the additional text is the celebration for Bridget of Sweden on 23rd July or an example of where the dates have changed for a celebration would be Cadoc, moved from 24 January to 25 September.The book is published as a downloadable PDF which has links throughout the book to help with the navigation.

Download the book from the Church in Wales website here.£1K Challenge Re-launch

Housing Justice are launching a revamped version of the £1K Challenge for Tackling Homelessness!The Challenge is a great way to have lots of fun whilst working towards raising £1000 over one year to support our work. The revamped Challenge now also includes the ‘Mini Challenge’ for those who feel that raising £500 over the course of a year is more manageable.You can sign-up as an individual or as a team and you have a whole year to hit your target. How you raise money is up to you (here are a few ideas to get you started)
 For example, you could raise £1K or £500 by…‣ Hosting a quiz (£1 donated for each wrong answer!)
‣ Doing a sponsored walk or run
‣ And hosting a virtual coffee morningBut you can do whatever you like! The Challenge is designed to be completely flexible and we will support you along the way.
You can find out more information or sign up to the £1K Challenge for Tackling Homelessness here: The £1K Challenge for Tackling Homelessness – Housing Justice or you can email j.whitney@housingjustice.org.ukTraining and EventsCathedral Organ Open Afternoon – 20th AugustRural Clergy Refreshment Day – 29th SeptemberPlease email rlamonmouth@churchinwales.org.uk to book.Services and ResourcesJoin the Service from the Cathedral on Sunday at 10:30am here.Celtic at the CathedralFor three evening services over the ‘summer season’ the cathedral will offering a Celtic style service, with folky hymns, and all are welcome. The dates are:14th August, preacher The Rev’d Canon Becca Stevens21st August, preacher The Rev’d Justin GrovesThe services will start at 5 p.m.In these services there will be a specific focus on praying for the City of Newport and for the mission of the Monmouth Diocese.All are very welcome, and refreshments will be available after the service.Esgobaeth Mynwy Gwasanaethau Cymraeg Awst 2022 

Awst 9 / August 9
Dydd Mawrth / Tuesday
Ardal Weinidogaeth Islwyn / Islwyn Ministry Area
Manylion i’w cadarnhau / tbc
Cymanfa Ganu / Singing Festival
 Welsh language services that are held regularly across our diocese are a great way to embrace the Welsh identity of our diocese.VacanciesVicar – Heart of Monmouthshire Ministry Area

We are looking for a priest to be based in the lovely village of Goetre and primarily working with churches around that area, however, they will also be part of a new Ministry Team covering the Heart of Monmouthshire Ministry Area which has 20 church buildings and distinct communities.Caring – has a strong pastoral heart and passion for encouraging the members of each of the congregations in discipleship.Collaborative in nature – working well with the Ministry Team, lay and ordained, within the Ministry Area and is a good team playerCommitted to and understanding of the special nature of rural ministry with a desire to serve these communities and farming networks.Creative and imaginative in their approach to working with children, young people and families in schools and across the Ministry Area.We are striving to be an inclusive diocese and would welcome applications from all suitably qualified clerics.If you think this could be you then we would very much like to hear from you.

For an informal conversation please contact – The Revd Kevin Hasler, Rector and Ministry Area Leader on 078 3679 5753

Application form and full profile available at https://monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk/en/about-us/jobs/

Applications should be submitted by email to the Archdeacon of Monmouth: archdeacon.monmouth@churchinwales.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 26th August
Interviews to take place early/mid SeptemberNewport Cathedral has vacancies for altos, tenors and basses
from September 2022
Be part of a traditional cathedral choir
Enjoy singing in a friendly and sociable environment
Sing a wide range of choral repertoire from the 17th – 21st century
For further details please contact the Director of Music, Emma Gibbins:
07952 514117
emmagibbins1978@gmail.comOrganist needed at The Priory Church of St.Mary, UskOrganist needed at The Priory Church of St.Mary, Uskfor Sunday services, where a mix of traditional and modern hymns/songs are sung and the Malcom Archer Mass setting is used.
The role would also involve accompanying the church choir in services, the occasional Monday evening rehearsal, and playing for weddings and  funerals.
For further details please contact Judith Lee (Director of Music) on 01291 675404 or musicalee@aol.com.
A part time role may be considered.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.
New Vicar in Netherwent Ministry Area

The Bishop of Monmouth is delighted to announce that Revd Peter Letson has been appointed as a Vicar in the Netherwent Ministry Area.