Weekly News from the Diocese

Diocese of Monmouth Esgobaeth Mynwy

Live-streamed Services & Reflections: Watch Bishop Cherry’s Tuesday reflection here.

Join a Sunday Eucharist from the Cathedral here.Remembrance 2020

You can find the Diocesan Service of Remembrance here
Download the order of service here.
Download Bishop Cherry’s Homily here.
Llantrisant was authorised to hold a Service in the churchyard following the submission of a risk assessment and in compliance with the exemption for Acts of Remembrance limited to 30 adults. We had a full attendance notwithstanding the rain and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant, the village, the wider community, and the NHS and other essential workers. For this purpose the brass lectern which bears the village memorial was manhandled out of the church and placed on the Preaching Cross. The Service was led by the Reverend Graham Opperman. There was no singing but poems were read and music and hymns, together with the Last Post and Reveille were broadcast from recordings
A family in the village had the brilliant idea of making a ” Poppy Wall ” which was a wonderful opportunity to make our Church the focal point and get everyone together with this lovely idea through this lockdown.
The children, grandchildren and many people made poppies and brought them up .
On Sunday the Church bell was rung just before 11am, then after the two minutes silence a recording of the Last Post was played from the Church with loudspeakers. Most people were able to hear all this from their doorsteps or gardens.
Update on Ministry Areas

Those of you who were at the Diocesan Conference in October would have heard Bishop Cherry’s update on Ministry Areas. She explained that “Ministry Areas will establish the framework, within which we can develop and invest in our life and work, our mission and ministry, our witness and service.”Bishop Cherry’s full conference address can be found on our website herehttps://monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk/en/news-and-events/bishop-talks-future-hope-virtual-diocesan-conference/Healing and ReconciliationThe Reverend Dr Gilliane Straine
Director, The Guild of Health and St Raphael    www.gohealth.org.uk

The Healing, Wholeness and Reconciliation conference opened with worship led by Bishop Cherry Vann. Held via Zoom, hosted by Zoe Ward, we received a powerful keynote address and engaged with several workshops focussing on reconciliation.
Dr Gillian Straine highlighted that the ministry of healing is embodied within every disciple of Christ. Drawing on scripture, physics, liturgy, and history Gillian invited all 56 of us who had gathered for this event, to engage with the reconciliation of our true selves. That our body, mind, and spirit experience wellness on a continual day to day basis. “It is not about getting better” from a physical illness, as a “one off” as Gillian shared her encounter and recovery from cancer.   
Jesus, through his miracles teaches healing as a connectedness of our inner self with our soul, from deep within; then to be integrated into community by active forgiveness of self and other. Such living enables us to flourish as God desires us to live.
An opportunity has now been given to consider what we teach or preach especially around sin, as a means to blame sin for sickness. That the idea of sin and sickness have been too closely related. In the gospels Christ demonstrates that the ministry of healing, wholeness and reconciliation reaches out to affliction, fear, suffering and separation from God. The rite of Confession and Absolution from sin may perhaps be a refreshing contribution with healthful and healing outcomes; “To help all people to live their best life”. The activity of Reconciliation reaches out to loneliness, isolation, shame and to those areas of ourselves that experience trauma. This takes honesty and integrity from all disciples of Christ.
A plenary gave opportunity for Gillian to encourage participants to reach out to others during this time of the pandemic through social media, telephone, IT, and any way that would invite people to not suffer in silence but to be connected, integrated.  
A huge thank you to our workshop leaders who focussed on five areas:
Deliverance – Bishop Dominic Walker “giving good descriptions of the types of spiritual activity people could present” (Lay participant).
Mindfulness – Mandy East. “It was a very calm and peaceful experience, which I wanted to go on longer.” (Lay participant)
Bereavement – Rev Canon Alan Tyler. “A very worthwhile workshop…It helped me to know how to support the bereaved” (Lay participant)
Life of Prayer – Fr David Matthews. “The simplicity of prayer I learned today has been invaluable” (Participant)
Rebuilding Relationships – George Rendell “It was good to have some practical ideas to a group of believers”. (Participant)
“One thing I drew from one of the workshops is that people don’t remember that the clergy also have times that they need support and people tend to think “oh they’ve got God to talk to “, wrong they need human contact too which is very difficult because of confidentiality.”  (Lay participant)
The Diocesan Healing, Wholeness and Reconciliation Group meets with Bishop Cherry on a regular basis and looks forward to us all growing and developing in and with this ministry.
If anyone has any queries concerning the ministry of Healing, Wholeness and Reconciliation within their own parish or the Diocese or would like to become more involved then please contact Reverend Beverley Smith at: beverleyatciw@btinternet.com
Reverend Beverley Smith
Bishop Adviser for Healing, Wholeness and Reconciliation
Diocese of Monmouth

Attached here is an ‘Encouraging Vocations’ leaflet. This explains the new discernment process for the diocese alongside the vocational criteria. It can be used as a reference for those accompanying people on the vocational pathway and as a tool for discussing new vocations with potential candidates in your parish. Please do contact Revd Becca Stevens (Acting Diocesan Director of Vocations) if you have any questions.
 You can also find out more and view our series of #HereIAmLord blog posts and videos on the Diocesan Website here.Annual Returns
The final deadline for Annual Returns is the 30th of November, just over 2 week away.
This includes,
Membership Return
Finance Return
Churchwardens Fabric Report
A copy of your independently examined/audited 2019 Accounts
Diocesan Database Return

Please do not take any unnecessary health risks when completing the returns.

Please contact Libby if you have any questions or require any assistance.
07508 801511.

Thank-you to all the churches who have already completed their returns.For every day of National Maintenance Week (20th-27th November) we’re publishing videos and resources on our social media accounts on one aspect of church maintenance under the hashtag #MinistryMaintenance. We’re co-running the campaign alongside our friends at Llandaff Diocese, so be sure to follow both accounts to see all of the helpful tips and tricks you need to know to keep our special places thriving.Our churches are most than just buildings, they’re spaces where we worship, come together, reflect, praise, celebrate and find peace. Caring for them is one way we practice stewardship.We’re going to be showing you the small and simple steps we can all take better care of them, as well as highlighting issues for you to check. Make sure to be following us on socials and check on the website next weekend for the resources!Use the #MinistryMaintenance hashtag to show us how you’re caring for churches.Advent Resource – Jesse Tree Family Pack

Newport North Ministry Area have created an amazing Jesse Tree Family pack to give out which they’re happy to share.
Download it here.Fundraising in a Box is the latest addition to Ecclesiastical’s range of fundraising resources. Printed material designed to provide churches with clear guidance and steps to take to make the fundraising journey easier and more successful.
In the box you will find:
•    Step-by-step guides to help you navigate the uniquely complex world of church fundraising
•    Clear guidance and steps to make your churches fundraising journey easier and more successful
•    Support for you and your church volunteers whether experienced in fundraising or learning on the go.

The toolkit ‘Fundraising in a Box’ can be pre ordered by Ecclesiastical customers by visiting www.ecclesiastical.com/fundraisingbox. Once ordered, the toolkit will be posted to the churches within the next couple of months.
 Ecclesiastical are donating £1,000 to 10 charities each weekday from 7 – 22 December. That’s £120,000 to 120 charities over 12 days.
Churches are once eligible to enter – you just need to tick the registration exempt box on the nomination form.

To nominate, all you need to do is visit movementforgood.com/12days and enter your details.
Each draw will close at midnight the day before, with all nominations rolled over to the next available draw unless the church or charity is drawn.
The more nominations a church or charity gets, the greater its chance of receiving a £1,000 donation.St Padarn’s Christmas WebinarsSt Padarn’s are pleased to share that there will be a Christmas Webinar Series in November to help us prepare for the upcoming Christmas season.
The second part of this series will be on the 16th November at 2pm and is called ‘Christmas Reimagined’. As churches right across Wales are having to re-imagine what their traditional Christmas services and ministry will look like this year, we will be looking to share many more practical ideas to encourage and inspire us as we prepare for this very special season.  
You can register for your place as well as view any previous webinars you may have missed (including handouts) at: https://www.stpadarns.ac.uk/en/ministry/ministerial-support-hub/digital-ministry-webinars/.For more information and to get the link find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/monmouthpioneers
or email matt@cyncoedministryarea.org.uk

Open to all pioneers or those exploring what that may mean to them. St David’s Hospice Care – Light Up a Lifestdavidshospicecare.orgCollection for Archdeacon Ambrose

Archdeacon Ambrose’s final service will be on the 6th of December.
If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Ambrose, please call Libby on 07508 801511 for bank details.
Donations need to be received by the 1st of December.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.