JUNE 2021
6th 10:30am Mr John Price (C)  
13th 10:30am Mr Dilwyn Biles    
20th 10:30am Rev Huw Stephens    
27th 10:30am Rev Ray Lewis    
(C) denotes communion will be held as part of the worship service

Weekday Meetings
    Sadly Covid is still with us, so for now there are no Mid-Week Meetings  



This is a notice under section 121(2) of the Charities Act 2011.

The trustee of the Charity (the Welsh Baptist Union Corporation Limited) is required to give public notice of a proposed disposition of the Charity's property, identified below (and hereinafter referred to as the "Manse"):

School Lane
Monmouthshire, NP7 9NT

The Manse is held on trust by the trustee for the purpose of providing a place of accommodation for the Church Minister of Llanwenarth Baptist Church. There is no Church Minister at present. The trustee proposes to sell the Manse freehold and use the proceeds of sale to promote the Welsh Baptist denomination.

Method of sale

The Manse is being marketed on sale by auction by 14th July 2021


If you wish to make any representations about the proposed disposition of the Chapel, please send them to the following email address within one month of the Date of Notice:

Email: asahadevan@pwwsolicitors.co.uk

The trustee is required to take into account any relevant representations.

Date of Notice: 2nd June 2021

Christian Aid Week
Thank you so much for your support this Christian Aid Week. Once more our activities were restricted by Covid, but the Sponsored Walk with the others from Abergavenny went well, and included an opportunity to meet the new Christian Aid Wales Churches Coordinator, Nathan Mundy. This raised 484. On line giving proved a big success, with 205 raised this way. Add to this the envelopes from the congregation and the necessarily restricted door to door collection figure of 640 and the annual donation of 100 from the church funds, this gave a total of 1329.Thank you all so much for your support.
As we move away from this week, please still pray for and work towards COP26 in Glasgow in autumn this year. It is essential that flesh is put on the fine words that have so often been made about working to ameliorate the effects of the climate catastrophe, and this meeting is central to that effort.

Gardener's Corner    

June is the month of the rose they say! Hedges bright with pink and white dog roses together with wild honeysuckle and elderflower. In the garden climbers and ramblers cover walls and fences or wander their way through trees. Old roses give off a wonderful perfume such as Maiden's Blush or Rosa Mundi. Water features also are looking their best just now with irises and water lily foliage among the first flowers to open. Watch out for dragonflies if you're lucky enough to have a pond.
May blossom (Hawthorn) are now in full bloom and really stand out in hedgerows everywhere.
It is now time to prune spring shrubs such as forsythia once they have finished flowering. Vegetables will need thinning out, but please still be aware of the chance of frosts. Now is a good time to look at your borders and see if you are satisfied with how they are or perhaps they need a change in some way.
Tomatoes are doing well now in the greenhouse, first trusses on early plants. Remember to pinch out side shoots and make sure the plants are well supported. Ventilation is also essential and the glass may well need shading as we reach the time of the summer equinox. Protect soft fruit with netting to keep birds away.
Any spring perennials such as poppies, lupins and campanulas can be cut back now. Don't be too gentle and you will be rewarded by a second flowering later in the summer. Take them down to ground level and water with a dilute liquid feed.
Remember to keep deadheading and re-supporting plants that need it.
Enjoy your gardens now after all your hard work earlier in the year!

Minister's Musings

For the next few m nths, while we are without a minister, our musings will be shared by the Deacons. We begin this month with some thoughts from Nansi - thank you.

At this time of Pentecost some of us can look back to the Whit Mondays of our childhood. It (in retrospect) was always sunny; members of Churches and Chapels marched along the main streets of towns and villages to a focal point where they congregated to sing hymns, and have a short service. Money was short at this time, but on Whit Monday all the girls had new dresses and the boys new white shirts. It was a special day. After the service everyone trooped back to their individual church or chapel hall to have a Whit Monday tea, sandwiches, madeira cake, tinned fruit and ideal milk. This was the religious festival which we waited eagerly for every spring. This ritual, along with others formally reflected our values and beliefs, investing them with solemnity and spiritual presence.
Access to family gatherings and religious services have sadly been limited during lockdown. Many thousands of families mourn the loss of loved ones, the sparse funerals to bury the dead have grieved people deeply. Even our sovereign the Queen could not break the rules at the funeral of Prince Phillip. It was so very poignant to see her, a lonely, solitary figure sitting quietly in St. George's Chapel. The funeral was transformed by the beautiful anthems sung by a very small group, set away from the body of the Chapel.
Wedding plans had to be put on hold during this past year - including two in my own family. Hopefully, now that things look a lot better due to the vaccination programme, they can go ahead. Adding sensory beauty to a wedding with the clothes, flowers, music and photographs entrenches the special day in memories. The element of ritual validates a ceremony for which the couple prepare and rehearse. There may be a personal attachment to the place where the vows are taken, couples may follow in the footsteps of others. They are doing something that feels right and joyous, committing for better or worse in front of friends and family.
This past year we have had time to reflect on what matters to us, and what sort of world we want to live in post-pandemic. The shared ritual and community of restored Sunday services offer an anchor. During the communion service the words from the Bible spoken by the Minister are familiar, and taking the bread and wine together also reminds us of our unity, which is strengthened by the knowledge that Jesus died for each one of us. In our communal services, as well as in weddings and funerals music plays an important part. It brings dignity and joy and sometimes brings back memories. It is part of who we are. These days, our hymns are from tapes but we can dwell on the words. However, there is a longing - a longing to raise our voices in praise, thanksgiving and blessing - hope that happens soon.



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