Daily Reflection 27th July

Meet the Broadbent family

Exciting news! Andy Broadbent is joining Bro Celynnin for his ordination training. He has a three year placement here, ministering in our communities alongside his academic studies and full-time employment. Some of us met Andy yesterday at Zoom Coffee. Today he writes to introduce himself and the nature of his calling.

It is so wonderful to welcome Andy and his family. They are a gift from God. Please pray for each of them to be blessed, sustained and encouraged as they explore this vocation together. Please also pray for Dwylan, our neighbouring Ministry Area, where they will be much missed.

Greetings can be sent via the vicarage
or 5churchinfo@gmail.com

Broadbent FamilyLogan, Katy, Andy and Jenny (from left to right)

‘Y mae’r hwn sy’n eich galw yn ffyddlon, ac fe gyflawna ef hyn.’
1 Thesaloniaid 5: 24
‘The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.’
1 Thessalonians 5: 24
Andy Broadbent writes:
Hello, my name is Andy Broadbent. I have been sponsored by the Diocese to train as a ‘Distinctive Deacon’ in your Ministry Area in the beautiful Conwy valley.
I cannot wait to get to meet you all and join in as you worship, pray and live a Gospel-led life. A little about me: I am mid-thirties, married to Katy, and have two young children, Jenny and Logan. We live in Dwygyfylchi, just over the Sychnant Pass. My secular job is as an animal welfare inspector which I enjoy as it is very varied and constantly busy. My hobbies are reading, fishing and freediving.
The role of a Distinctive Deacon is both new in the church but is also very old. The Diocese is rediscovering this ordained role as it provides a bridge between the busy ministry of the priest inside the church and the outside community. It is a role on the edges, both of the church and society. I have no preconceptions of how this ministry would look in your area as it will be led by yourselves and the needs of your communities. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this shapes itself as my training continues.
Spiritually I find my home in the contemplative traditions, and I am very focussed on prayer and reflection. I am really looking forward to worshipping in the many beautiful churches you have and joining in with the song of prayer sung in the valley for centuries. I am a member of a religious order – the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis, and as a Franciscan tertiary I try to live a life of joy, simplicity and service.
I cannot wait to be with you all, to learn, train and praise God amongst you all. Please feel free to guide and correct me as you see fit, I have a tough shell and am so grateful for the opportunity to absorb the wisdom of you, your congregations and communities. Thank you.
Peace and all good wishes,

Dduw ein Tad, Arglwydd yr hollfyd,
trwy dy Fab gelwaist ni
i gymdeithas dy Eglwys fydeang:
gwrando ein gweddi dros dy bobl ffyddlon
fel y bo iddynt yn eu galwedigaeth a’u gweinidogaeth
fod yn gyfryngau dy gariad;
a dyro i dy weision
ddoniau angenrheidiol gras;
trwy Iesu Grist ein Harglwydd,
sydd yn fyw ac yn teyrnasu gyda thi
yn undod yr Ysbryd Glân,
yn un Duw, yn awr ac am byth. Amen.
Yr Eglwys yng Nghymru
God our Father, Lord of all the world,
through your Son you have called us
into the fellowship of your universal Church:
hear our prayer for your faithful people
that in their vocation and ministry
each may be an instrument of your love;
and give to your servants
the needful gifts of grace;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.
The Church in Wales

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