Weekly News from the Diocese

In the past few weeks as well as sharing services online we’ve seen churches coming together to support their communities. Here are a few of the things we’ve seen. Please send anything you’ve been doing to debragoddard@churchinwales.org.uk or share on social media with #goodnewsworthsharing
The Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston- Y-Fedw & Rudry group of parishes are working with organisations and individuals in the area to “be Good News at this concerning time to all people without exception. Our mission is to help.” They’re signing up volunteers and taking requests for help on their website here.
It has been the custom over many years in Caerleon Ministry Area to give a potted primula or posy of flowers to mothers attending services on Mothering Sunday. The plants were delivered around the parishes, this brief ‘contact’ was warmly appreciated at a time of uncertainty and concern, and a reminder that the church family is there to offer support in these difficult times.
The combined parishes of St Arvans, Penterry, Itton, Devauden and Kilgwrrwg have compiled an email and phone list to ensure no one in the parish is left feeling isolated. And they’ve developed an on-line electronic bulletin comprising of information, prayers and readings and links to other resources. Paper copies of all the material will be delivered to those without access to the internet.
Upper Islwyn have many of their congregation who don’t really do IT so went put together packs of prayers, a homily, reading sheets and a pastoral letter. They delivered the packs with a colourful flower in honour of Mothering Sunday and received some lovely feedback. “I feel so grateful and privileged to be part of such a caring community”