Church News for October


Looking back into October we seem to have been celebrating the HARVEST FESTIVAL for most of the month. Following on from the highly enjoyable Scarecrow Festival, we began by giving thanks for the Harvest at St Mary’s on Sunday 29th September, when the “Pebbles “ children gave us a presentation of the colours of the rainbow, with fruit and vegetables to line up with the colours of the rainbow. They also brought to the altar the gifts of tinned goods and other foods for the foodbank in Barry, whilst the fresh vegetables were taken to the Salvation Army for use in their kitchen to feed the homeless in Cardiff. In addition the money we raised from the weekend’s activities and the morning collections in church came to £324.27 which was donated to Christian Aid for the East Africa Appeal. This amount was further increased by the giving in Church to the appeal over the past weeks.

The Harvest celebrations continued in St. Lythan’s and Sully churches over the weekend of October Ist, with beautifully decorated churches and more money donated to Christian Aid. On October 16th St. Lythan’s held a Harvest Lunch at Dyffryn Springs in aid of their church funds, and a goodly number settled down to a hot lunch and super desserts in the lovely surroundings of the fishing lakes.

To round off the harvest, Messy Church met in the Community Centre on October 21st to explore the theme of “Messy Harvest” and once again the response was good and the children and parents enjoyed the craft activities and joined in the worship and all appreciated the meal at the end of the session. Once again thanks are given to all who help to organise and arrange these afternoons for a different kind of worship which are arranged with members of the Vale Church in Wenvoe.

On Sunday 29th October, being the fifth Sunday of the month, the congregations of sully, St. Lythan’s and Wenvoe churches came to together to celebrate the Eucharist. The morning began with a Parish Breakfast in the church hall, followed by the service in church. In the evening a “Songs of Praise” service was held in Sully to sing the Ministry Area Six Favourite Hymns. The congregations have been voting during the month in each church for their favourite three hymns, and the highest votes were then sung with great gusto.


OBERAMMERGAU Germany 2020:-

In 1633, the residents of the beautiful Bavarian village of Oberammergau made a vow, that if God would spare them from the plague which was ravaging Europe, they would produce a play thereafter for all time depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ. True to their word the first Passion Play was performed in 1634 and now almost 300 hundred years later the play is still performed once every 10 years between May and September. 2020 marks the 42nd Passion Play and we are beginning

to explore the possibility of running a coach trip with Edwards Coaches. In the meantime we would like to know how many people from the Ministry Area would be interested in being part of this trip. Expressions of interest – which does not at this point commit you to anything- should be made to Howard Rees, churchwarden of St Bleddians’ church. St. Lythan’s c/o The Rectory, Port Rd, Wenvoe. CF56DF



In Memorium :- The village of Wenvoe was shocked to hear of the passing of Carole Moody, a long time member of St Mary’s Church, from almost the day when she and Ian moved into the village. Carole was involved in so many activities in Wenvoe, from Scouts, Church choir, Wenvoe Ladies choir, the Sunday School, Mother Union to name but a few and she made many, many friends during her time here. Her health had been a concern for a number of years but she soldiered on despite the pain, and Wenvoe will be a little greyer without her cheerful take on life. Her funeral was held on October 25th at St Mary’s with many gathered to pay their respects and to support Ian and Kim in their loss. She was remembered in our prayers in church on Sunday 15th October, and the Bible quotation came to mind. “Well done thou good and faithful servant” Rest in peace Carole, it has been a pleasure to have known you.

With every Blessing

Parry Edwards