Faure’s Requiem 11.11.2016

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Fauré’s Requiem
Friday 11th November – 7:30 pm
Chester Cathedral Nave Choir

Stories from The Somme
Graham Eccles Organist
Post-Concert drinks
All Saints Church – Ffynnongroyw nr Prestatyn
CH8 9SN
Tickets £5 in advance
£7.50 on the night
Children (with supervising adult) free (prebooked)
£2.50 on the night
Contact davidkbridge@yahoo.com or tel Claire/David 01745 560 820

Who we are:

171712f Vicar: Revd. Dot Gosling email:dotchka@me.com  Phone 01745 888797

Church Wardens:
Llanasa – Sharon Ellmore & Ann Johnson
Ffynnongroyw – John Dawson & David Bridge

Worship Leaders: Fred Gilmore, Sharon Ellmore, David Bridge, Claire Bridge, Kathryn Elsmore

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Changes and why!!

So dear reader, why have there been changes!  As those who attend the church whether in Llanasa, Ffynnongroyw or Gronant will know, I arrived in April and quickly realised that were I to ever get to know the congregation members in Ffynnongroyw as well as I was getting to know the congregations in Llanasa and Gronant, something needed to change.  So I spoke to the PCC members who voted on the 2 options I gave and BOTH PCC’s voted for the option that meant the Eucharist would be held every other week, but still retaining the Joint Eucharists that had already been happening long before I arrived.

This wasn’t a complete 100% yes vote, but yes it was a majority and we agreed to trial until October.  This we have done and then on 2nd October an anonymous questionnaire was given out and also for the following 2 Sundays to ask for people’s opinions on that trial as well as a few other things.

The results were not really as conclusive as perhaps some would have liked and so the church wardens and I need to pray about the services now the results have been looked at, so that a good pattern of worship might be found.

One thing to remember and really reinforce is that the Eucharist is not something that every church has every week now, unlike past years.  However, God is God, no matter what the form of service is taking place.  Morning prayer is as valid a form of worship as is the Eucharist and if you only come for the Eucharist, my question is what is your understanding of the worship of God, and if you are so convinced that the Eucharist is the only way to worship God, then you have a choice in the group as we have either 1 or 2 Eucharists per Sunday and also one on a Wednesday, unless I am in a meeting on Wednesday.

This morning Sunday 30th October, we had a family service, where 40 adults and 2 children, heard about Zacchaeus, that well known story from the Gospel.  They were challenged to ask themselves whether they were going to let Jesus make a difference in their lives as Zacchaeus allowed Him to make a difference in his life.

If you weren’t there this morning, I wonder if you might accept the challenge and realise that God is God all the time, regardless of day, time, month, year, in church or out of church and that He wants to make a difference to your life, transforming it to one of following Him, whatever He asks of you!

Services November 2016

Please note that during the winter months, the Wednesday Eucharist will be at the Vicarage 11 am, however there will be no Eucharist Wednesday 2nd November due to a meeting that Dot is attending.

Sunday 6th November 2016
Joint Eucharist at All Saints Ffynnongroyw 10 am

Sunday 13th November 2016
Remembrance Sunday Services
Ffynnongroyw 10 am
Llanasa 10:55
Gronant 3 pm at the memorial, followed by refreshments in Gronant Institute.

Sunday 20th November 2016
Ffynnongroyw Eucharist 10 am
Llanasa Morning  Prayer 11 am
Gronant family centre  Eucharist 4 pm

Sunday 27th November 2016
Ffynnongroyw Morning prayer 10 am
Llanasa Eucharist 11 am
Gronant Family Centre Evening Prayer 4pm

SUNDAY 7 FEBRUARY                    

9.30 am – Joint Holy Eucharist Service at All Saints, Ffynnongroyw will be taken by Canon John Glover.

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY – ASH WEDNESDAY

11:00 am – Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes St Winifred’s Gronant will be taken by Canon Clive Southerton.

SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY

4 pm – St Winifred’s Gronant, Service of Thanksgiving for the years of Worship at the building.

SUNDAY 6 MARCH

11 am – Mothering Sunday. Joint Holy Eucharist Service at Llanasa.

St Winifred’s Church, Gronant

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” Matthew 18:20

We are sure that many of you will have already heard that the Parochial Church Council (PCC) have been holding discussions regarding St Winifred’s Church building.

Gronant is in the parish of Llanasa, and in years gone by worshippers from the other villages of the parish would travel, probably on foot, to worship at the Parish Church in Llanasa. Worship in Gronant started in a small way, meeting at Anwyl Cottage, Lower Gronant. Alternative accommodation for the services was required as the congregation grew. The first service in the present Church building was held on 28th November 1948, and the building was dedicated to St Winifred on 28th January 1949. It was hoped that the building would accommodate worship for the next 20 years. This hope was surpassed, worship having been held in the building now for almost 70 years. Unfortunately, we have now reached a point where the fabric of the building is in need of a great deal of work at huge cost, and the difficult decision to close the building has been taken by the PCC.

However, St Winifred’s Church will continue to worship in Gronant.

Looking to the future, the PCC has agreed that they apply to the County Council to look at Stage 1 – Expression of Interest, regarding Community Asset Transfer of Gronant Youth and Community Centre building in Pentre Lane. Stage 1 will enable the PCC to visit the building to assess its suitability.

For the present, St Winifred’s services will be held at the Rural North Flintshire Family Centre, Gronant, on Sundays at 4 pm. The Midweek Services will return to Llanasa on Wednesdays, as in Spring/Summer of previous years.

The final service to be held at St Winifred’s Church building will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the years of Worship at the Building, on 28th February at 4 pm.

Our usual joint service will be in Llanasa on Mothering Sunday, 6th March at 11 am.

The first service to be held at the Family Centre will be Sunday 13th March at 4 pm.

Sharon Ellmore and Ann Johnson, Church Wardens, Llanasa Parish

BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA HAPPY NEW YEAR

A new year. Fresh beginnings, looking forward with hope.

Just before Christmas we finally received the good news we had all been waiting for. We will be getting a new vicar.

The Rev Dot Gosling will be joining us just after Easter. Dot has two daughters and enjoys singing and plays guitar and keyboard.

Dot was ordained in Chester in 2010, and has been working as a pioneer priest for the Dyffryn Clwyd Mission Area for the last year and a half, working across all the parishes in the Mission Area with a special responsibility for engagement with families and young people.

Dot’s life experiences have been varied, she has been a caterer, night nurse, parish administrator, night shelter coordinator, youth worker, mentor, family support worker, Diocesan Youth Officer, and senior lecturer and chaplain at Chester University.

With her experience with mission areas, and her energy and passion for life, we are sure that Dot will ably lead us into this new era of the church.

We would like to thank everyone working to keep the Parishes running through this interregnum, and look forward to Dot taking up her Post in April.

Ann and Sharon (Wardens of Llanasa Parish)

David and John (Wardens of Ffynnongroyw Parish)

Christmas Services 2015

SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER
4 pm Advent Carol Service at St Winifred’s Gronant

SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER
9.30 Holy Eucharist at Ffynnongroyw
11:00 Holy Eucharist at Llanasa
4:00 Evening Prayers at Gronant

SUNDAY 20 DECEMBER
10.30 9 Lessons and Carols at Ffynnongroyw
18:00 Carols at Llanasa

MONDAY 21 DECEMBER
16:00 Christingle Service at Llanasa

THURSDAY 24 DECEMBER
16:00 Crib Service at Gronant
23:00 Holy Eucharist at Llanasa

SUNDAY 27 DECEMBER
9.30 Holy Eucharist at Ffynnongroyw
11:00 Holy Eucharist at Llanasa
4:00 Evening Prayers at Gronant

SUNDAY 3 JANUARY
11:00 Joint Service – Holy Eucharist at Llanasa