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 community by
sharing the good news of Jesus
Holy Trinity Church Parkway
The new Beacon is on sale. The Annual Reports
are also on the table for you to take one.
Vicar: Rev’d Robert Davies-
De la Beche Road, Sketty, SA2 9AR
Tel: 01792 202767
Sunday 17th February 2019
11:00.am MORNING PRAYER
In our Prayers, we pray for: :
Gower Ministry Area:Peter Brooks (Ministry Area Leader)
The Church of the Province of Central Africa
The Most Revd Albert Chama Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia
Wednesday 20th. February 2019
10.00 Eucharist Reader Ann Morgan Readings (1) 1John 4: v 11-
Sunday 17th. February 2019
3rd. Sunday before Lent.
Readings: Isaiah 6: 1-
1 Corinthians 15: 1-
9.30 FAMILY EUCHARIST
and Sunday School
Wed 11.00 EUCHARIST
Readings: Sirach 4: 11-
Psalm 119: 161-
12.30 SHARING TOGETHER
Fri. 12.30 : LUNCH CLUB
Sat 9.30 Graveyard Tidy
All requests for St Paul’s newsletter inclusions
by Wednesday morning, please.
Flowers at the Altar
of Eileen Greenwell
the memorial book
Jen Davies, Carol Edwards and Ennis
LAST WORDS FOR SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 17TH. 2019
On Thursday it was St Valentine’s day. Valentine was a bishop in the Christian church in the time of Claudius. The Emperor, believing his soldiers would perform better if they were not distracted by family life, apparently prohibited them to marry. Valentine felt that it was God’s purpose that couples should be joined in a matrimonial ceremony in the eyes of God and defied Claudius, marrying couples in secret.
The secret was soon exposed and Claudius, furious by this betrayal, imprisoned Valentine. While in prison, the jailer’s daughter became a frequent visitor, and soon she and Valentine fell in love.
The story goes that one day when she came to visit, all she found was an empty cell and a note, which said “from your Valentine X”. He had been executed.
Valentine ’s Day is now a large commercial investment, but interestingly this story of love and romance has spread outside of Christian western society, and is celebrated in Lebanon, Japan and even China.
Apparently, a chocolate company promoting Valentine’s Day in Japan, made an error in their translation. As a result, it is Japanese women who buy gifts for their sweethearts on Valentine’s Day. Japanese men return this favour by giving gifts on White Day, March 14th. The gifts given by Japanese men should be three times the value of the gift they received on Valentine’s Day. A gift of the same value would symbolise the courtship being cut. White was considered the colour of purity, it also resembles sweetness as it is the colour of sugar.
In Korea, single people who have not received a token of love on Valentine’s Day or White Day, meet on Black Day (April 14th) where they eat black noodles with black sauce, however not surprisingly, this is not a popular celebration and is not commercially supported.
On average a billion pounds will be spent on Valentine’s Day in the UK.
Every blessing, Vicar Robert
Sunday 24th. February 2019
2nd. Sunday before Lent.
Readings: Jeremiah 17: 5-
1 Corinthians 15: 12-
9.30 Family Eucharist and
Flowers – Donated by the Congregation.
2nd. Sunday before Lent.
We are having Messy Church here on 28th February it is a Thursday morning from 10:00am until 11:55am and the children will have a Buffet Lunch provided-
Mon. 9.00 OPEN THE BOOK!
1.30 PRAYER MEETING
Tues. 10.00 TOTS
3.00 MOTHERS’ UNION
Please note the start time this week.
Sunday 24th. February
6.30pm EVENSONG IN ST. PAUL’S
6:30pm Evensong at St Paul’s
Psalm 119: v 161-
Gospel Mark 9: v 38-
Reader Rita Ford
Readings (1) Sirach 4: v 11-
3rd. Sunday before Lent.
Messy Church will take place on Thursday 28th February at Holy Trinity at 10am. All help would be greatly appreciated.
Women's World Day of Prayer: :
T his year's meeting will be at 11am on4 Friday 1st March in St Hilary's Church,
Killay. Karen Williams.
We are compiling this year’s Parish Report in preparation for our Easter Vestry (11th April).
Could all organisations please send a short report to the Vicar.
Mothers Union This coming .Tuesday 19th
February we will meet in the Parish Centre
at 3pm please note the change of time the reason is we are having our Wave of Prayer Service after our Speaker. Mrs Carol Edwards is going to talk to us about her visit to Patagonia. I am sure that will be very interesting, then afterwards we will have light Refreshments and our Service will begin at 5:15pm-
Eco church meeting-
FOODBANK NEWS The anonymous donation given last Sunday was spent on foodstuffs at the Coop, thus generating ‘divvies’ which we can then spend on FOODBANK supplies. The depot are now going to let us know what they are short of from week to week. At present they are short of tinned tomatoes, custard powder(I would suggest the packets mixed with boiling water),pasta sauces, biscuits and always toilet rolls. At present they are well stocked with rice and pasta. Many thanks for the continuing support from both our churches. The Parish of Sketty is very warmly regarded at the Elim depot. Viv.