Parish News Summary
Previous Parish News articles can be viewed from the archive below.
Many Parish announcements about current events can also be seen in our Events Calendar or the Weekly Notice sheet.
The Parish of Radyr is working with Water Aid through Lent. We are asking you to collect Jars of Change, a jar of loose change in support of Water Aid. These jars will then be brought to church at Easter (or collected at the schools if the children cannot attend to be brought to the services).
Give something up for Lent, donate the money you save and give mothers and daughters an equal chance to be healthy and happy.
Collecting water is usually a women’s job. In countries like Ethiopia, where 6 in 10 people are denied access to clean water, women are forced to spend hours walking to and queueing at water sources to collect water that’s often dirty.
Day in and day out the endless cycle of walking, waiting and drinking dirty water robs women of so many opportunities in life. Girls miss vital lessons in school and women lose precious time to earn an income and be with their families. Whole communities suffer. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
By supporting our Jars of Change Appeal this Lent, you’ll be bringing clean water to communities for the first time – so women and girls will have the chance to stay safe, healthy, educated and financially secure.
Further details of the Charity and their Lent appeal for Jars of Change can be seen at: https://www.wateraid.org/uk/get-involved/fundraising/lent-appeal-jars-of-change
Other Lent activities in the Parish
- Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 26 February 2020, when there will be the 09:30am service plus a Sung Eucharist at 7.30pm, both in Christ Church and including imposition of Ashes.
- Each Friday during Lent we will be meeting at Christ Church at 12 noon for 30 minutes of meditation and prayer on the theme ‘All Creation sings God’s Glory’ followed by a soup lunch for Christian Aid.
- And each Monday we will meet at 7.00 pm at St John’s, Danescourt for a discussion group on the theme ‘The First Easter’ – an empty tomb, a missing body, four different stories. What really happened? The resurrection of the Son of God is crucial to our understanding of the Christian faith. Bring a bible and let’s do theology together.
Our Open the Book teams have been busy again visiting Radyr Primary, Bryn Deri Primary and Danescourt Primary Schools. This time they shared the story “Jesus is Baptised”.
This week Sunday Club told the story of Following in St Paul’s footsteps which is illustrated with figures holding hands in unity showing Joy, Peace and Love.
On joining the congregation in church, the young people very proudly showed off their work and explained the message before sharing in a pray. The photos were also taken by one of the group ready for sharing here on the website.
Find out more about Sunday Club at St John’s which meets each Sunday morning in Term Time at the Parish Hall adjacent to St John’s Church, Danescourt at 09.15
Are you interested in exploring taking your faith further? Do you think you would like to make a commitment of Faith through Confirmation into the Church?
The Parish are starting a new group to explore faith with the aim of preparing for Confirmation by the Bishop in April 2020. It will meet in Christ Church each Thursday, 19.15 – 20.30 from 9 February for 8 weeks and a further 2 sessions in April 2020 to complete the course.
This group is open to anyone wishing to explore the possibility of confirmation but please speak to Rev. Vicki first to express your interest in attending.
A huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make such a busy and vibrant celebration of the Christmas season across the Parish run smoothly. It was great to welcome new, returning and regular faces to Worship at the various occasions across the Christmas season.
A special thank you goes out to all those who invited a friend or neighbour to come to church for Christmas. New cards will be available shortly to invite someone for another occasion in the life of the church.
A huge thank you to all of the groups that presented trees for our Christmas Tree Festival at Christ Church, each based on the theme of a Christmas Carol. A marvellous display of the variety of community groups that we have across the Parish.
The festival was opened at our Christingle service and, as well as being open each day for everyone to have an opportunity to visit the trees, they also served as a perfect decoration to the church through our services for the Christmas season.
What a wonderful Christingle service at St John’s! Church was packed with families and we all had hot chocolate and cake afterwards in the parish Hall and raised lots of money for the Noah’s Ark Appeal. Thank you everyone!
The trees wlll remain in St John’s until after Chrtistmas so why not join us for one of our special services and take the opportunity to see our trees too.
The Christingle Service at Christ Church to mark their start of their Christmas Tree Festival will be this weekend (Sunday 15 December 2019 at 17.00)
Thank you to all who came to our annual Get Ready for Christmas at Christ Church, yesterday. It was great to see so many in church. The hot turkey rolls sold out in record time and Powerful Puppet Praise kept those of all ages entertained.
Thank you to all from across Radyr, Morganstown, Danescourt and beyond who filled a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. We blessed over 200 boxes on Shoebox Sunday and they have now been sent off for sorting ready to be palleted up and sent off around the world.
Read more about our work with Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to everyone who came and helped make the first in our series of Concerts@ChristChurch a success.
The combined orchestra from the Primary Schools sounded great as did our soloist, double bass player Connie Francis.
Overall we raised £225 for Bobath Wales.
The next concert, involving Radyr Comprehensive School pupils will be on Friday 13 March 2020.
In brilliant sunshine, the Community of Radyr & Morganstown turned out in their hundreds to commemorate Remembrance Sunday 2019. A wreath was laid on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen by Lt Col Guy Clarke, Deputy Lieutenant of South Glamorgan. This was followed by wreaths laid by Lady Helen Lloyd Jones on behalf of Radyr & Morganstown Community Council and Dr David Silver on behalf of the Radyr & Morganstown Association. Many further wreaths were then laid on behalf of many sectors of the Community including a wreath on behalf of the Parish.
The service at the War Memorial, organised by Ian Ogden, was conducted by the Reverend Vicki Burrows, Vicar of the Parish of Radyr. The City of Cardiff Melingriffith Brass Band accompanied the singing of the National anthems.
At the service in Christ Church which followed, Rev’d Burrows gave a moving sermon on the theme of sacrifice based on a past experience of conducting the funeral of an elderly brave airman who had been shot down during the war.
Overall, a fitting tribute by the local Community.
Mums, Dads and Carers with babies and toddlers met in Bumps a Daisy for the first time on Wednesday 6 November
The group will continue to meet weekly during Term Time from 10.00 until 11.30
Lots of toys for the little ones and plenty of tea and chat for the bigger ones. A warm welcome to anyone who wishes to join out future sessions, no pre-registration necessary.
For further information please contact the vicar, Rev’d Vicki Burrows.
A poem by John Emyr following this sight of a rainbow above Christ Church.
Though partly hidden
And almost out of sight,
Suddenly a light
In instant colours
Of ancient promise
Reveals a place
Of eternal treasure.
If you have some words to share please do send them through and we will consider them for publication on our site – Parish-Webmaster@radyr.org.uk
The Reverend Vicki Burrows, who was appointed as the new Vicar of the Parish of Radyr in February this year is bringing new energy and ideas to our Parish community. Having spoken at the Association General Meeting in June, she is now introducing a range of new services and activities including Baptisms (Christenings) in modern and accessible language, Christingle Services at both churches during their Christmas Tree Festivals, a new Baby and Toddler Group and a series of Concerts involving professional musicians and local schools. The Parish has also just appointed a new Director of Music and would love to see new members joining the Parish Choir. (Details of events can be found at /parish/events/).
Vicki is also organising a trip to the Holy Land in May 2020. So far over 40 people have booked – there are only a few places remaining.
The Rev’d Burrows will also be giving the address at the traditional Remembrance Sunday service in Christ Church on 10th November following the community act of remembrance at the war memorial in Heol Isaf.