Tomorrow we are having a joint grouped parishes all age service in Ffynnogroyw at 10 am. All are welcome
Don’t miss out on the Christmas fair run by the Belles of Llanasa today.
Llanasa Church 11 am- 3 pm.
Cake stall, Jams, Bric a brac table, Tombola, Children’s books, Children’s games to play. Carols by local school children at 1.30. Refreshments available. Entry free. All are welcome
Sun 29th Jan 2017 we are having a joint grouped parishes all age service in Ffynnogroyw at 10 am. All are welcome
Friday 11th November – 7:30 pm
Chester Cathedral Nave Choir
Stories from The Somme
Graham Eccles Organist
All Saints Church – Ffynnongroyw nr Prestatyn
Tickets £5 in advance
£7.50 on the night
Children (with supervising adult) free (prebooked)
£2.50 on the night
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tel Claire/David 01745 560 820
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!
Please note that during the winter months, the Wednesday Eucharist will be at the Vicarage 11 am, however there will be no Eucharist Wednesday 18th January due to a course that Dot is attending.
Sunday 22nd January 2017
Ffynnongroyw 10 am Morning Prayer
Llanasa 11 am Eucharist
Gronant 4 pm Evening Prayer
Sunday 29th January 2017
Ffynnongroyw 10 am All age Joint service
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.
“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
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)