Weekly News from the Diocese

Diocese of Monmouth Esgobaeth Mynwy

 
Live-streamed Services & Reflections:  There was no Tuesday reflection this week.
Reflections will resume on Tuesday 3rd November.
Watch Bishop Cherry’s previous Tuesday reflections here.

Join a Sunday Eucharist from the Cathedral here.Updated Guidance – Fire Break Lockdown
Guidance from the Church in Wales about the closure of churches over the firebreak lockdown can be found here.
Collection 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.

Church Furniture Available
 
St Stephen’s church in Pill is about to start a major re ordering and consequently would like to  know if any other churches in the diocese could be blessed by the relocation of  a number of items of  an ecclesiastical nature.
Please contact the church office on 01633 266076 or email office@stpaulsnewport.org.uk if  any of the items listed on the enclosed document  would be a blessing to your church.
Please click here for the list. Defibrillators

If you have a defibrillator at your church or hall make sure it’s registered with The Circuit so the emergency services can find it.
https://www.thecircuit.uk Eco Church Survey

Monmouth Diocese is committed to becoming an Eco Diocese, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Please click on the image to enlargePlease complete the survey.

Contact archdeacon.gwentvalleys@cinw.org.uk for more information about the Diocesan Eco Group. Fire Break Ministry Highlights

Share yours with us by tagging Monmouth Diocese on Facebook or @MonmouthDCO on Twitter.

Online Compline – Monmouth MA
Revds Karen and Tim Dack introduce the series: https://youtu.be/Ql9hIoQeitk
Compline with Bishop Dominic: https://youtu.be/i6FV-D943Zk
 
 
Six Sayings from Desert Fathers and Mothers – St Julians, Newport
Episode 1: https://youtu.be/QcQSDCOKhA0
Episode 2: https://youtu.be/JXTdtKhEmeo
 
 
Life Groups – Cyncoed MA
Especially with Covid-19 cases rising once again, and the next few months looking more and more challenging, Life Groups are a space to support one another and discuss together how our faith can help us to keep going.
Cyncoed MA are running two groups:
– A daytime group on Tuesdays at 2pm
– An evening group on Thursdays at 7.30pm
 
For more details: https://www.facebook.com/cyncoedma/

Click on the images to enlarge Last Session in our Autumn CMD SeriesPlease click on the image to enlarge Being Ministers in the New Normal An Autumn series of webinars from Diocese of Monmouth,  for clergy, lay ministers and any others involved in ministry. Each webinar will be repeated on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm-3pm, and on Thursday evenings 7.30pm-8.30pm. They will only last an hour, but include reflections from speakers within the Diocese, the opportunity for small group discussion, and to bring together feedback and ideas with the Diocesan Team.  Virtual worship and online presidency — 3rd / 5th November Speaker: James Henley Book a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-virtual-worship-and-online-presidency-registration-120527287361  St Padarn’s Safeguarding Training Fully Booked

The November trainings are now all full, new December dates will be announced shortly.
 Healing and Reconciliation Conference – 7th NovPlease click on the image to enlarge.Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/healing-reconciliation-conference-registration-125542796885St 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 first webinar of the series will be on the 9th November at 2pm and is called ‘Christmas in your community: bringing comfort and joy’. Sandra Millar is back with us and she will share creative and practical ideas about how to make Christmas memorable in and beyond the church, with a focus on the possible, looking at how social media, digital, domestic and church spaces can work together.  
 
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/.Evangelism & Discipleship Webinar
Christmas in your Community: Bringing Comfort and Joy
Thursday November 12th, 9.30-10.30 amSandra Millar (Life Events and Welcome) and Emma Buchan (Thy Kingdom Come) will share creative and practical ideas about how to make Christmas memorable in and beyond the church, with a focus on the possible, working alongside the national digital campaign and resources. There will be space to share your ideas too.
Please click here to reserve your place

To find out more about this and other Evangelism and Discipleship webinars,
please click hereFor 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. November Programme

‘In What Do We Trust? Autumn Lecture Series’ 

Monday 2 November, 19:00 (GMT), with Paula Gooder – one of today’s best-known New Testament theologians, a scholar, teacher, writer, and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. For information and to register – visit here.

‘Being Interrupted: Re-imagining the Church’s Mission from the Outside, In’Thursday 5 November, 16:30 GMT, via Zoom. Hosted by Ruth Harley, Al Barrett and Sharon Prentis. Session 3: ‘Jesus, Interrupted’ with Augustine Tanner-Ihm and Dr Jennifer Harvey. Exploring gospel encounters between Jesus and his ‘others’, how they shape our imaginations of the church-in-mission. Where do we recognise our own experiences of being gifts and challenges to others, and receiving gifts and challenges from others? Register here.Monday 9 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), via Zoom. Explore an ‘alternative economy’ for the Church’s life and mission, which begins with transformative encounters with neighbours and strangers at the edges of our churches, our neighbourhoods, and our imaginations. ‘Life at the edges’ sees Paul Wright plus Clare McLean and Sahra Farah (two of the Street Connecting team at Hodge Hill) in conversation with Sharon Prentis, Ruth Harley and Al Barrett. Register here. Monday 16 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), via Zoom. Explore an ‘alternative economy’ for the Church’s life and mission, which begins with transformative encounters with neighbours and strangers at the edges of our churches, our neighbourhoods, and our imaginations. ‘What would the Roman centurian do …?’ sees Azariah France-Williams and Rachel Mann in conversation with Sharon Prentis, Ruth Harley and Al Barrett. Register here.Monday 23 November 16.00 – 18.30 GMT, via Zoom. Explore an ‘alternative economy’ for the Church’s life and mission, which begins with transformative encounters with neighbours and strangers at the edges of our churches, our neighbourhoods, and our imaginations. ‘Resurrection from the compost heap’ with guests in conversation with Sharon Prentis, Ruth Harley and Al Barrett. Details here soon
Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up 
Since 2012 the Living Edge conferences have held space for disabled and neurodivergent people to gather, to resource each other and the church. Here we share some of this experience, exploring issues and ideas across current practice and systemic barriers, outmoded belief and cutting edge thinking.
 Friday 6 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), via Zoom. Join the conversation with Fiona MacMillan, Emily Richardson and Katie Tupling on disabled people & coronavirus: post-pandemic church. Register here.Friday 13 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), via Zoom. Come and join the conversation with Fiona MacMillan, Ann Memmott and Bingo Allison discussing Neurodiversity & church: intersectionality. Register here.Friday 20 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), via Zoom. Come and join the conversation with Fiona MacMillan, Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Krysia Waldock discussing Disability, social justice and the church. Register here
 
‘Living God’s Future Now’ – HeartEdge monthly dialogue
Thursday 12 November, 18:00 (GMT), via Zoom. Sam Wells in dialogue on improvising the kingdom with the Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas. Dean Douglas is widely published in national and international journals and other publications. Register here.
 

With love to guide us, nothing can divide us: Religious faith and LGBTI+ Alliances
Monday 16 November, 18:00 – 19:30 (GMT) via Zoom. With both a religious and general challenge to LGBTI+ people and even to their alliances, is conflict between religion and LGBTI+ people inevitable? A lecture and Q&A with Revd Dr Christina (Tina) Beardsley. Part of the St Brides, Liverpool series of lectures, with HeartEdge. Register here.

Learning a Missional Practice: Dwelling in the Word 
Wednesday 18 November, 14:00-15:30 (GMT), via Zoom. Follow-up Session to ‘Learning a Missional Practice: Dwelling in the Word’ with Nigel Rooms and Frauke Eicker from the Church Mission Society. Details here

God in Exile: Interfaith perspectives on welcoming refugees 
Thursday 19 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), via Zoom. First of 4, exploring themes of Migration, Theology and Community. In this interactive session, panelists Mohamed Omar, Yvonne Green, Julie Khovacs and Lia Shimada (chair) share insights into theologies and practicalities of welcoming refugees – of welcoming God in Exile. Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community (published by Jessica Kingsley, 2020) brings together over 35 writers, poets, artists and practitioners, from primarily Jewish, Muslim and Christian backgrounds. Register here.
 

Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story 
Sunday 29 November, 2.00 pm (GMT), via Zoom. ‘The Advent Wreath’ exploring the Patriarchs, the Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary. ‘Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story’ helps people explore the Christian faith, using paintings and Biblical story as the starting points. The course uses fine art paintings in the National Gallery’s collection as a spring board for exploring questions of faith. Register here.
 Annual Returns
 
The final deadline for Annual Returns is now the 30th of November.
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.
libbymorgan-owen@churchinwales.org.uk
07508 801511.

Thank-you to all the churches who have already completed their returns.Children, Families & Young Peoples Resources
 Cyncoed Ministry Area have Sunday School activities available here.St Teilos High School are providing weekly services for young people, you can catch up with previous services and watch this week’s here.Charles Williams Church in Wales Primary School have lots of child friendly services available here.Care for the Family
Care for the Family’s Kitchen Table Project is supporting churches and their work with families, watch their video here.
And find more of their resources here.Scripture Union
Scripture Union have a variety of resources available for children and young people, including daily craft and prayer activities and mental health resources. Check them out here.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.

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