‘Living His Story’ this Easter Today we begin a short series of weekly videos featuring the stories of some of those who worship with us in Bro Celynnin. We hope you will find them a real encouragement as they share their faith in the risen Lord Jesus.
Zoom For the past 11 months we’ve been meeting at least once a week on zoom. Worshipping together, growing closer and learning in this way has been an unexpected bonus of this time. Join us on Tuesday at 10.30am to explore how we should zoom into the future! Contact us for a zoom link here
Annual Vestry Meeting: 4.30pm Monday 26th April A chance to hear what’s happening in Bro Celynnin (It’s also where we appoint our Ministry Area Wardens.) All welcome. Contact us to get a zoom link here
Prayer This week, we were sorry to hear of the death of HRH Duke of Edinburgh. Also, closer to home, the funeral of Carl McGrath, the skipper of the missing fishing vessel the ‘Nicola Faith’ took place in St Mary’s Conwy. For all who mourn this day, we pray they may know the hope and consolation of Christ’s risen life.
A prayer from the Church in Wales:
Drugarog Arglwydd, bydd yn agos at bawb sy’ngalaru, yn enwedig y Frenhines a phob aelod o’r Teulu Brenhinol. Boed iddynt ymdeimlo â chysur dy gariad, trwy Iesu Grist ein Harglwydd. Amen.
Merciful God, be close to all who mourn, especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family. May they know the comfort of your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! That is the anthem that begins today’s video as we celebrate Easter, composed this year by Chris Roberts who is also one of our singers in the concluding famous Welsh resurrection hymn ‘Pan oedd Iesu dan yr hoelion’.
Click here for details of our Easter Day services in the church buildings and the Celebration broadcast from St Marys Conwy on Radio Wales.
May you know the peace, joy and hope of Christ’s risen life, today and always.
Today Hazel Sturt brings us a beautiful arrangement of ‘O Waly, Waly’ with the words of Isaac Watts’ hymn ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’, which is followed by a reflection for Good Friday by Rev Eryl Parry.
There will be a reflective service ‘At the cross’ in St Benedict’s Gyffin at 3.00pm. Details here.
Today we are delighted to release the first of three short films, each with a piece of music recorded in St Mary’s Conwy, followed by a reflection.
For Maundy Thursday we hear the hauntingly beautiful ‘Ubi Caritas’, a plainsong melody played on cor anglais by Melanie Cross and accompanied by Chris Roberts – fittingly set in front of the ‘Last Supper’ window of St Mary’s Conwy.
Rev David Parry then reflects on John 13:1-7 from the chancel in St Benedict’s Gyffin, with its stunning 15th century mural of the saints.
Click here for details of our joint Maundy Thursday service with St John’s Methodist Church, Conwy.
We are so pleased to be able to offer ‘Waiting for the Light’ as a joint Taize service with St James Fergus, Ontario with participation from those from Bro Celynnin. You can download the service sheet, with all the words and music on the link below. Why not light a candle and bring it to your screen?
You can also follow all the words and the music on this service sheet:
Palm Sunday11am Zoom Service, all welcome – please get in touch if you don’t have the link[and don’t forget that British Summer Time starts on Palm Sunday so UK clocks go forward 1 hour]
The shared Lent course with St James’ Church Fergus, Ontario Canada comes to an end on Tuesday (and we will be joined by Bishop Andy of Bangor). We have also contributed to St James’ latest Taizéservice, which will be available to watch on WednesdayLink to follow.
Maundy Thursday(1st April) 7pm – a warm invitation to join St John’s Methodist Church, Conwy for this joint service on Zoom. Link to follow.
On Easter Sunday, the 7:30amBBC Radio Wales Celebration Service comes from St Mary’s Conwy (with choir and congregational singing which was recorded last year).
As well as sending Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter videos, we are resuming services in buildings:
Everyone attending must wear a mask (unless medically exempt) observe social distancingand comply with track and trace, even if already vaccinated. Please stay away if you have any Covid-like symptoms or are in quarantine.
Follow the family Easter Trailaround Conwy & Gyffin with QR codes to find which tell the story of Holy Week – and look out for Easter Gardens at St Mary’s & St Benedict’s
Here is the last video in our Lent series in which Rev David Parry reflects on a time to change, drawn from the story of Zaccaeus. Beautiful music, by Cass Meurig, makes the perfect bridge between all we have been learning and the approaching Easter story.
This week, in the fifth of our Lent series of videos, Andy Broadbent reflects on Jesus’s teaching about prayer in the Sermon on the Mount – and how timely that is this Lent.
Also, this weekend marks a year since we had the last services in our church buildings before the first ‘lockdown’. As we approach all of these first anniversaries, we thank God for bringing us through this time, for all we have learned together and how our life continues in so many ways, including on-line. Many of us have experienced a deepened, inner life of prayer – so fitting for today’s video.