WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SKETTY
God welcomes weeds into the garden of His church and acceptance and the addition of the Holy Spirit, plenty of love, prayer, Bible Study, protection, and continual support and nurture, weeds in God’s garden become the wonderful blossoms that draw others to them to find out what changed them.
Lent is the time to nurture the weeds that we are to enable us to blossom for God at Easter.
HOLY ‘T’ MARCH 2017
NEWS LETTER ALTERNATIVE FORMAT
Sketty Parish invites all to practise Christian faith,
together serving God and our communityby
sharing the good news of Jesus
Sunday 17th December 2017
The Third Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isiah 61: 1-
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-
9.30 Family Eucharist and Nativity Play
6.30 Carol Service
Mon 1.30 Prayer meeting in the vestry
2.00 CAROL PRAISE IN HOLY TRINITY
Tues 10.00 TOTS
Wed 10.00 Holy Trinity Eucharist
Isaiah 7: 10-
12.30 Sharing Together
Thurs. 2.00 Wedding of Lucy Jayne Williams and Peter James David Griffiths
Sunday 24th December 2017
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings: 2 Samuel 7: 1-
(Luke 1: 47-
11.00 Joint Service Holy Trinity
5.00 Christmas Crib Service
11.30 Midnight Eucharist
Isiah 9: 2-
9.30 Family Service and Eucharist
at Holy Trinity
11.00 Eucharist at St Paul’s
Holy Trinity Church Parkway
17th December 2017
11:00am Morning Prayer
6.30 Carol Service in St. Paul’s
at Holy Trinity.
In our Prayers:We pray for:
The Governing Body of the Church in Wales
The Representative Body The Provincial Secretary: Simon Lloyd
Wyoming (The Episcopal Church):
The Rt Revd John Smylie.
:Flowers. NO FLOWERS IN ADVENT
Wednesday 13th December 2017
Reader Chris Williams
Reading (1) Isaiah 7: v 10-
Psalm : 24:
Gospel Luke 1: v 26-
Sunday 24th December 2017
Please note the change of time
10:30am not 11:00am.
Midnight Service at St Paul’s
Bill Ward has now been moved from Morriston to Gorseinon Hospital.
The Christmas Experience went very well and the children were very receptive. Iris.
ADVENT JOY 3 GIVING
Acts 20: 35
You should remember these words of the Lord Jesus:
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Which do you enjoy the most at Christmas, giving, or receiving?
Graham Twelftree in his book, ‘Drive The Point Home’, tells the story about Richard Wurmbrand who was in prison for being a Christian and became seriously ill. He received an illicit gift of two lumps of sugar. He didn’t eat the sugar, but passed it on to someone who was in a worse state. Again the sugar wasn’t eaten. Apparently it lasted for some two years, passed from one prisoner to another, as a symbol of self-
What lies behind our giving at Christmas and what do we get out of receiving?
We receive presents and we give them back. Do we give them because someone first gives us something and we think we ought to return the gesture? Do we give in order to get something back and does its cost depend on the value of what we received? Do we give because it is expected of us? I am sure if we are honest some of these will apply to us!
Do we ever give out of love regardless of whether we get anything back? I like to believe that there are many of us who do.
We can find joy in the look on a child’s face as he or she fids the wanted present waiting for him or her on Christmas morning. Men and women wait eagerly for a much loved partner to open their gifts which express how much they appreciate each other and the love they share. Sometimes the giving of such gifts has been costly for us because we have had to do without things for ourselves in order to save up for them. We simply want to make the sacrifice out of love.
What about how we receive our gifts? Perhaps this depends on if we like what we are given! It would be best if we accepted everything with the same attitude of gratitude and appreciation. There will be long cues in stores after Christmas of people returning and exchanging unwanted presents.
In all the above talking about materialistic gifts but they all have a spiritual dimension.
The story with which I began this meditation expresses what
Christian giving should be about and is a reflection of God’s gift of His Son to His children. Christ is a gift of Love and hope and of great sacrifice and is given to help and to save us. Jesus was not the Messiah that the Jews were expecting or wanting but He cannot be exchanged whether we like what He teaches or not!
All that God expects in return is our love expressed in a change of behaviour and attitude and for it to be shared with others and continually passed on. This means that at Christmas instead of spending our money on many things for each other we could have one thing for ourselves and then use our money for something that will benefit many. An example of what I mean is sending food parcels to places in the world where Christmas day is just another day of starvation and sorrow.
Christmas is the time to give to each other the most
precious gift of all and that is spiritual love as personified
in Jesus, and it cannot be bought. It is to be freely given,
accepted and shared, so that many benefit.
With whom will we share our gifts this Christmas?
After our candle lit carol service in St. Paul's this evening, we have our
Carol Praise service tomorrow,
Monday, 18th. December
at 2 p.m. in Holy Trinity Church.
Carol Praise is a Carol service that is made up of
readings biblical and secular, anecdotal stories,
sketches, musical items including hand-
The Travelling Crib is well on its way around the
Parish. Last Sunday representatives of the Sunday
School delivered Mary, Joseph and their donkey to
The residents welcomed the couple warmly and were pleased to host them until the next day. I am sure you would all have been proud of the way our children engaged with the ladies and gentlemen there, happy to crouch at the feet of the elderly and listen and chat. For all of us it was a most worthwhile experience. Please remember that the Holy Family will arrive in ‘Bethlehem’ at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 5pm at St Paul’s, when all the ‘hosts’ will bring along the sheep they were left with. Sian has spare sheep should anyone come without one. ”Come, let us adore Him” Viv.
Swansea Night Shelter 2018 There are Gift Day Envelopes in both churches should you want to make a donation. The Night Shelter starts in Early January across nine churches. We will as usual join with All Saint’s Oystermouth to cover Tuesday nights. Sonia
Contributions for Annual Report 2018
Can I have any contributions for the 2017 Annual Report by 14th January. We are working on a new format which may mean consolidating some updates. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Organisation Accounts for Parish Accounts 2017 Please can these be with the Parish Treasurer by 14th January
or please contact Sonia Jones 01792 524409 if you envisage
any delay. Thank you Sonia
This month SAT-
Father Christmas is coming To St. Paul's Church
5pm Christmas eve.
There will be a short family interactive service, followed by a Christmas party with santa.
Present for every child who comes.
Children are welcome to dress up in nativity costumes to take part in theservice.
We have lots if you don't have any.
* Wanted to borrow,
soft toy sheep for Christmas eve service.
If you have one you could lend please could
you bring it or leave it for Sian. Thanks
Flowers at the Memorial Book
this week donated by Ann Mullins
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by Wednesday morning, please.
Vicar: Rev’d Robert Davies-
De la Beche Road, Sketty, SA2 9AR
Tel: 01792 202767