The Benefice of South West Gower
Comprising Port Eynon, Rhossili and Llanddewi with Oxwich and Reynoldston with Penrice
Cleric with Pastoral Responsibility for South West Gower: Revd Carol Davies
The Rectory, Knelston SA3 1AR; Tel 01792 390 456; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
REPORTS FROM THE CHURCHES OF THE BENEFICE
St David’s, Llandewi: The 2nd Sunday of April, 9th April, the United Benefice Service will be at St George’s Church, Reynoldston at 10.00 am. On Good Friday, 14th April, St David’s Church, Llanddewi, will be open for prayer and quiet reflection from 2.00-4.00 pm.
On Easter Sunday, 16th April, the Holy Eucharist service at Llanddewi will be at the usual time of 8.30 am.
It is with sadness that we must report that Mrs Avril Tucker, of Knelston Hall Farm, died in hospital on Saturday, 11th March. We send our condolences to all her family at this time.
St George’s, Reynoldston: The funeral took place on February 23rd of Godfrey Jefford of Bryn View Close, followed by burial in the churchyard. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hazel and the family at this time.
On the first Sunday in March we welcomed Father Andrew Pearce to St George’s, on a rare visit, as part of the MA “pulpit swap”. It is always refreshing to listen to a different voice. He spoke on the meaning of the beginning of Lent, and amused us with an account of having farmer James haul his car out of Llandewi’s car park mud by tractor to enable his arrival in Reynoldston!
April 13th sees the Maundy Thursday vigil in St George’s from 7 pm until 9 pm, following the stripping of the altar.
On Good Friday there will be a Walk of Witness starting on the Green in Reynoldston at 11am, carrying the cross up Cefn Bryn, and culminating in a short service there.
Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on April 2nd, following Morning Eucharist.
The Annual Vestry Meeting will be held in St George’s this year, on Wednesday 26 April at 7 pm.
St Cattwg’s, Port Eynon: The village Senior Citizens had lunch together in the Caffi premises on February 23rd- roast lamb and all the trimmings, followed by apple pie and lashings of custard.
Caffi Cattwg, a welcome support to church funds, is enjoying a surge in attendance by both regulars and new visitors. There is to be a coffee morning in Reynoldston on Saturday April 1st, supporting Christian Aid, if anyone feels they can go there as well as to Caffi Cattwg.
On February 25th, representatives from the whole South West Benefice came to St. Cattwg’s for a service in memory of Rev. Roger Bowen, who died on February 10th. The service reflected in content and timing the one taking place in Sheffield including the hymns. The readings chosen acknowledged Roger’s missionary work. Reminiscences of Roger were collated and presented by Hugh Dunthorne; many stayed for tea and biscuits afterwards. Margot Attwell performed a charming tribute song she had composed, which we hope she will forward to Miranda in due course. bereavement. A collection was taken, raising £215 to be divided between Amnesty International and a Burundi project that had been close to Roger’s heart. A few of our villagers went to Sheffield to support the Bowen family there and convey all our sympathy and love to them. They reported later on Miranda’s composure and the way the whole family was coping valiantly with their
On April 2nd, there is to be an afternoon concert in the church featuring combined choirs from Llanddewi with Knelston Women’s Institute and local children, with additional instrumentalists. Details from Mary Attwell on 391301.
St Mary’s, Rhossili: We were delighted to welcome Rev Glyn Austin on Sunday March 5th. Thank you Glyn for a lovely service and an interesting and informative sermon albeit without notes.
Our eldest regular congregation member, Mrs Elvira Hinton, reaches her 95th birthday on April 8th Congratulations and well done! Despite being quite frail, Elvira attends most Sundays with help from daughter, Chris.
The Benefice service on Sunday 12th at Rhossili was very well attended. Olive Hopkirk played the Recorder as accompaniment for the organ. Although the recorder may seem to be fairly uncomplicated, like any other instrument, playing it does require considerable skill. Thanks to Olive who has been playing recorder for only just over a year.
St Illtyd’s, Oxwich: At this time of Lent, we are preparing ourselves for the horrendous day of Crucifixion of our Lord followed by the joyous day of Resurrection. Our services will reflect all of these varying emotions.
Thursday, April 13th, Maundy Thursday at 6.00 pm in Oxwich Church: This will be a Benefice service of quiet reflection at which the altar will be stripped.
Good Friday, April 14th at 11 am: meet on the Upper Green , Reynoldston, for a walk of witness to the Bryn. This is a Ministry Area occasion.
Saturday, April 15th from 2.30 pm: Tea and Homemade cake will be served in the Village Hall, where there will also be stalls and children’s activities.
Sunday, April 16th at 9.45 am: Holy Eucharist for Easter Day.
St Andrew’s, Penrice: March has been a quiet month for us. We were pleased to welcome Alan Glass as the Worship Leader the first Sunday in the month and always enjoy his reflections.
We have been meeting to discuss events for the Summer and we start our lecture season on Tuesday, April 25th at 7pm with a talk by Andrew Dulley who is Assistant County Archivist at the West Glamorgan Archive Service. The title of Andrew’s talk is ‘The Story of William Crach – Murder in Gower’ which sounds as though there is a good story involved.
We have been low in numbers recently and with Easter approaching we look forward to visitors who are old friends returning to Penrice.