Weekly News from the Diocese

Friday Update from Bishop Cherry

Alleluia, Christ is risen!
We continue to celebrate this Easter season and rejoice in the hope of new life that Christ’s resurrection proclaims.
Our Link Diocese
Bishop Charles and I have been in touch over Easter and I pass on his thanks for our continued support and prayers for the people of The Highveld. Needless to say, the situation out there is even more acute that the one we face here with, as always, the poorest of the poor suffering most. We will be sending the money remaining from our 2018 Lent Appeal to help support them in these extraordinarily challenging times.
+Charles appeared on National Television on Good Friday to share a message on behalf of the Anglican Church and the clergy are using the IT they have to send messages of encouragement and sermons via phones and Facebook pages. Please pray particularly for +Charles’ wife who is a nurse and is managing a local clinic.
Mothers’ Union
One of the privileges of becoming diocesan bishop is that I take on the role of Patron of the Mothers’ Union. As many of you will know, the MU is the largest Christian organisation in the world, with 4 million members in 51 countries. Their work in the areas of gender violence and the commercialisation and sexualisation of children have been really important in raising awareness and pushing for change. One of the highlights of my visit to Kerala in South India some years ago was to meet some members of the MU and to hear about the significant work they were doing to equip and empower women for discipleship and ministry in their local churches.
Here in Monmouth Diocese there are 480 members at present, all committed to praying, campaigning for social justice and enabling all kinds of projects to take place through the work of volunteers. Please remember them in your prayers;  giving thanks for their faithfulness, especially at this time of self-isolation and lockdown.
With my continuing prayers as we seek to support one another through these testing times and to serve our communities as best we can.
  Live-streamed Services & Reflections:  11am Easter 3 Eucharist from Bishopstow

Catch up on Bishop Cherry’s Tuesday reflection here.Updated Guidance on PCCs, Annual Vestry Meetings & Annual Returns

Click here to read the guidance issued earlier in the week. Diocese of Monmouth
Vocations Sunday – Easter 4
Sunday 3rd May 2020
  Please Pray for those:
to be ordained Priest in 2020;
Bronwen Summers
John Thorne
Lea Ryder
Lisa Taylor
Matt Sellers
Samuel Patterson
Heulwen Rees     

to be ordained Deacon 2020;
Liz Houghton
Kay Denley

Mary Moore

to be licensed for Reader in 2020;
Paul Stafford   

to continue in training for ordination;
Julia Durham
Mandy East
Ruth James
Tina Parry
Karin Pardoe

to continue in training for Licensed Ministry;
Andrew Nelmes

Hilary Williams
Paul Taylor     

to begin training for ordination;
Paul Dunning
Rachel Nelmes               

Upper Islwyn            
Newport North                     
Upper Islwyn

North Newport MA
Wentwood (Caerwent, St Stephen & St Tathan)
Abergavenny (Grosmont, St Nicholas)

Monmouth (Llandogo)

Newport North (Malpas, St Mary)
Caldicot (Rogiet, St Mary)
Magor (St Mary)
Rumney (St Augustine)
Cwmbran (Pontnewydd, Holy Trinity)

Upper Islwyn (New Tredegar, St Dingat)               
Wentloog (Marshfield, St Mary)
Upper Torfaen (Trevethin, St Cadoc)

Machen (Bedwas, St Barrwg)
Upper Islwyn (New Tredegar, St Dingat)
Please also pray for: those continuing in discernment and especially those Discernment Conferences are delayed because of Covid-19, and also for
the Diocesan Vocations Advisors
the St Padarn’s Theological Training Institute
Lord, as you called your disciples, call us now. Open our ears to listen to you calling; Open our eyes to see you; Open our hearts to your love. Help us to hear you, to experience your presence with us and to love you. And loving you, let us serve you, our servant King.  Amen.
  Click here to see the CofE Vocation Sunday resources.#goodnewsworthsharing Parishioners from Newport North Ministry Area have joined the thousands of people across the country  making scrubs out of sheets and duvet covers
Some Splendid School Stories

All of our schools are working tremendously hard during these difficult circumstances to ensure our children continue to grow into the beautiful people God calls them to be. Here are some highlights from this past week. Key Worker Gratitude – St David’s CiW Primary

St David’s CiW Primary kept things bright and colourful while thanking all our key workers this week. Check out some of the incredible signs the children have made! Job well done!
Keeping active with Hillsong Kids – Ponthir CiW Primary

Ponthir CiW Primary had everyone up and moving for their assembly this week. Pupils were challenged to learn the Hillsong Kids choreography to ‘My Redeemer Lives’. Give it a try yourself here: https://youtu.be/jooeMg0S48Y Positivity Boost – Usk CiW Primary

Usk CiW Primary encouraged positive thinking with two motivational activities. Combining maths skills with self-confidence, this fun dice game from ELSA Support is a definite winner! Later in the week, classes filled jars with all the things pupils are currently missing. The children were encouraged to keep their jars in a safe place until the end of quarantine. We look forward to seeing all your wishes come true!
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Please send anything you’ve been doing to debragoddard@churchinwales.org.uk or share on social media with #goodnewsworthsharing Children & Families Resources
It’s time to Move and Play, you’ll need a shaker, a bowl and two spoons. The link is available until 8th May 2020  https://vimeo.com/410005183/784ea033d9
or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-I57uI8a34&t=8s There are lots more amazing resources for children and families available on our website here. For a downloadable and printable version of this email please click here.

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