What's on in the Parish of South West Gower

 

        

 

Services in March 2020

 

Penrice

Sunday 1st March            08.30    Morning Worship

Sunday 15th March          08.30    Eucharist

Sunday 22nd March         08.30    Eucharist

 

Oxwich

Sunday 1st March            10.00     Morning Worship

Sunday 15th March          10.00    Eucharist

Sunday 22nd March         10.00    Eucharist

 

Port Eynon

Sunday 1st March            10.15    Eucharist

Sunday 15th March          10.15    Morning Worship

Saturday 21st March        4.30      Iona/Taize Service with music

 

Rhossili

Sunday 1st March            10.00     Morning Worship

Sunday 8th March            10.00    United Parish Eucharist

Sunday 15th March          10.00    Morning Worship

Sunday 22nd March         10.00    Morning Worship

Sunday 29th March          10.00    United Parish Eucharist

 

Llandewi 

Sunday 1st March             08.30    Eucharist

Wednesday    4th March   09.30    Midweek Eucharist

Wednesday   11th March  09.30    Midweek Eucharist

Wednesday   18th March  09.30    Midweek Eucharist

Wednesday   25th March  09.30    Midweek Eucharist

 

Reynoldston

Sunday 1st March            10.00     Eucharist

Sunday 15th March          10.00     Eucharist

Sunday 22nd March         10.00    Morning Worship

 

MARCH UNITED MEETINGS

 

Sunday 8th March United Parish Service at Rhossili at 10 am.

 

Saturday 14th March  4.30pm, Iona Community Worship with music at Port Eynon.

 

Midweek Eucharist every Wednesday 9.30am at Llanddewi.

 

Bible Study Group each Wednesday, 10.15 for 10.30am in Overton

Contact Penny Henderson (390119) or Richard Herbert (390300).

 

Lent Study Group This year’s 5 session ecumenical course Superstar began on 26th February but it is not too late to join on Wednesdays at 10.45am and 7.30pm in the Rectory.  All are welcome.

 

St David’s Day  South West Gower is looking forward to hosting the Cymanfa Ganu at 3pm on 1st March in Reynoldston Village Hall. Alan Tregelles Williams will conduct and the Salvation Army band accompany our singing. The Collection will be for the Salvation Army and for the Welsh Schools in Patagonia. Please come along for a good sing to celebrate a special Welsh day.

 

PARISH  NEWS

The Oxwich, Penrice and Rhossili entries have described our Candlemas Service on 9th February when Rev. Steve Bunting described the work of the church in the St Thomas community.  As a parish we are delighted to have established a partnership which has been backed up with gifts of money and of vegetables (thanks to Roger Button) to provide  Christmas dinner not only for the homeless but also really struggling families.

We plan to build on this together, developing closer links and more support for this essential social outreach in a community so near to us.

  

REPORTS FROM THE CHURCHES                                               
St David’s, Llanddewi           
The Coffee morning on February 8th was a great success.  As last year, Marion Tucker welcomed us to her beautifully restored B & B accommodation. We made over £400, a very good sum.  We had support from other parishes and there were quite a few new faces. Everyone enjoyed themselves with lots of chatter. A big thank you to all who made cakes, provided raffle prizes and helped in any way.

 The date of our Annual Congregational Meeting is Thursday 26th March at 2pm in the Rectory. 

Susan Hutson

 

St  Illtyd’s, Oxwich

St Illtyd’s was very happy to host the Parish service for Candlemas and it was gratifying to have a full church. Rev Justin led a very appropriate service and the parish choir sang three short anthems which enhanced the service too.
It was good to meet the Rev Steven Bunting and his family from the Parish of St Thomas. We have been aware of some of the work going on there but heard so much more from Rev Steven when he spoke, so amusingly of the way in which the church is serving the community there. The church is being completely revamped and redeveloped so that it will become the hub of St Thomas.
They are already providing a food bank, baby equipment, a night shelter for the homeless and a non - profit making community cafe, among other things. This is costing a tremendous amount of money to which our parish has been contributing, in a small way for some time.
The aim is to serve the community through social outreach and to create a community partnership and in so doing, follow Christ’s teaching, to love our neighbours. The congregation was full of admiration for the work of Rev Steven and his family and felt that we must support this work in whatever way we are able.


Advance  notice- May 13th at 2.30pm- a memorial service for Mavis Quick.

Rosemary Wigley

 

St Andrew’s, Penrice
It has been a quiet few weeks at St. Andrew’s but the carpet of snowdrops in the churchyard remind us that Spring is on the way.

The Candlemas Service at Oxwich was a thought provoking occasion as the address given by the Rev Steve Bunting of St. Thomas was a timely reminder of how fortunate the majority of us are in our warm and comfortable homes.   Hearing how the cycle of deprivation still affects so many, particularly young families was shocking and I hope that as a small congregation we can do our bit to help with our prayers and practical help.

To those who have been recently bereaved our deepest sympathy and to those ill in hospital or a home all good wishes for a speedy recovery.

Angela Barnett

             

St Catwgs

For the time being, we have embarked on a trial pattern of services which differs from the previous arrangement. Every third Saturday there will be a Celtic (Iona) service of prayer, singing and addresses at 4.30 p.m., while on the following day there will not be the customary morning service led by a Worship Leader. The latest Celtic worship service was taken by Rev. Mike Ellor from Penclawdd, complete with guitar. Throughout February, we have had fewer services than we are used to while the new regime is trialled.

 The usual happy clientele has met in Caffi Cattwg on Saturdays and the WI Choir is getting going on Friday afternoons.

 On January 5th we enjoyed a breakfast of croissants and rolls with local honey, before Eucharist. Look out for a repeat of this very pleasant occasion.

 Pledges of grants towards the repair and redecoration of the church interior have been made by the Gower Society and the Churches and Pastoral Committee of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. An acceptable quotation for the work is awaited. David & Hugh’s sponsored cycle ride is on hold for the present as both have been indisposed. We wish them a speedy recovery.

Susan Morris

 

St George’s,  Reynoldston   

The church and village are mourning the loss of three well known and much liked members of our community, two from families whose names are synonymous with Reynoldston, having lived here for generations. After training as a doctor Helen Jefford worked abroad and then in Brighton before returning here some years ago to help support her parents, especially her mother Hazel who passed away in November. A very committed Christian who greeted everyone with a warm caring smile, Helen gave much time to Reynoldston Chapel, the work at Nicholaston House and the recently established Filling Station group. Her final illness brought friends from abroad and several parts of the UK to nurse her, showing how much she was loved.

 

The funeral of 93year old Colin Davies brought people from all corners of Gower and beyond to say ‘goodbye’ and both the Church and Hall were packed. Colin was a remarkable man who loved to talk (with many local expressions) about Gower and its people, most of whom he knew! A farmer and respected undertaker (the last funeral was in January) he was also very well known as a breeder of champion Welsh Cobs, which won at national and international level. He judged the competitions at both Royal and Royal Welsh shows and was President for some years of the Welsh Cob Society Class C.  Always friendly and helpful he will be much missed by many but will remain in the village’s history.

Valerie Beynon

 

St Mary the Virgin, Rhossili                                                                      

Lent is a Christian tradition observed by many denominations that celebrates the period of sacrifice leading up to Jesus’ death, during which those of faith fast, pray, and spend their time reconciling with the Lord.  To many, Lent means giving something up, a sacrifice; time to evaluate lifestyle and one’s spiritual journey, or to reflect on our current situation.   

Our community outreach started well in January with two dozen people joining St Mary’s first Coffee Morning at the Lookout café in Rhossili. We especially invite those living alone to come and enjoy an

                                         

 

 

 

 

 

Rev Justin Davies, The Rectory, Knelston, Reynoldston,Swansea SA3 1AR  Tel 01792 391384

Contact :

Rev Justin Davies

01792 391384

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