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 email@example.com
REPORTS FROM THE CHURCHES OF THE BENEFICE
St David’s, Llandewi: This month, when we hope the harvest is safely gathered in, we celebrate with our Harvest Thanksgiving Service at a United Benefice Service of Evensong on Sunday, 8th October at 4.00 pm, at St David’s Church, Llanddewi.
On the 5th Sunday of the month, 29th October, there will be a United Benefice Service at St Mary’s Church, Rhossili at 10.00am.
Our thanks to our Treasurer, Susan Hutson, and John Hutson, for looking after our accounts so ably, especially with all the extra work with grants, and overseeing the restoration of the interior west wall, with its medieval arch.
St George’s, Reynoldston: The news of Revd. Carol’s departure from South West Gower has been universally greeted with much regret and sadness. In the two years she has been here she has quickly established herself as a caring and committed spiritual and pastoral leader to us all. She leads her Services in a way which makes members and visitors feel comfortable and at the same time her messages are deeply thoughtful. The expected weekly time allocation for ministering to six different congregations was far exceeded since Revd Carol has worked hard to meet our individual needs. Her impact in a short time has been considerable and she will be very much missed. She leaves us with gratitude for having known her and takes our love and good wishes.
St Cattwg’s, Port Eynon: A village fete on August 12th, put on jointly by caravan holiday makers and villagers, was a huge success. The stall providing delicious tea and cake raised about £390 for the church, thanks to the efforts of the women working tirelessly on it and to all who provided the goodies.
It has been a sad surprise to us all that Revd Carol has decided to resign her position after what seems too short a term in the Benefice. We wish her all the luck in the world and a well-earned change from her strenuous routine here. God bless!
It was a pleasure to hear that Bishop John Davies, of Swansea and Brecon, has been elected the next Archbishop of Wales. God’s blessings on him also.
The first Seniors’ lunch of the season was held on September 4th, with delicious food and good company as always, including one or two welcome new faces. The next is planned for Thursday October 5th and is intended for any Port Eynon & Overton residents over 70 years of age. Please contact Mary on 391301 if you would like to be included but haven’t attended previously.
Cafe Cattwg has postponed its re-opening until September 23rd, as there is a Triathlon on September 16th which inevitably disrupts traffic and makes supplying the cafe difficult. We hope to see lots of customers old and new when we do re-open.
St Illtyd’s, Oxwich: It was with great disappointment that we heard, recently, that the Revd Carol is soon to leave us. We have much appreciated her time with us and enjoyed all aspects of her ministry. We know that she has had a heavy task to bear but has dedicated herself to making a cohesive parish of the six churches and at the same time getting to know each one of us.
Her friendly manner has ensured that she has been appreciated by those inside the church and also by people in the wider community. Her preaching has been very appealing with application to our daily lives and much relevance to the wider world, with its numerous and serious problems.
Carol has endeavoured to attend most meetings and special services at St. Illtyd’s and no doubt at the other churches of the parish. Her task has been immense. Under her leadership, we have been introduced to new patterns of worship and modern hymns which we will try to follow in the future. Our spiritual lives have been enriched by her presence among us and we are most grateful for her ministry. Sad as we are to see Carol leave us, we are sure her God-given talents will not be wasted and will benefit her new diocese of Llandaff. We have gained much from her short time among us and wish her every blessing and happiness in her new home in Cardiff.
Life goes on and we prepare for our Harvest Supper to be held in Oxwich village Hall, on Friday. September 29th. Everyone welcome and tickets available from church members.
St Mary’s, Rhossili: We are very sorry that Revd Carol will leave us in November but we recognise that her working conditions and other matters continue to be out of balance with the terms of her engagement. Carol has played a full part in the life of our Church and Benefice since arriving two years ago, and we wish her happiness and enjoyment in her new life in Llandaff.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Peter Venables as he recovers from a sudden spell in hospital, and we trust it won’t be too long before he and Jenny are back with us in Church.
It is a timely reminder that St Mary’s congregation numbers on Sundays are declining again despite summer visitors joining us lately: it would be wonderful to welcome back village friends whose attendance has perhaps lapsed over the years, and also to meet and greet several new people who have more recently come into Rhossili.
You may be interested to know that a vacancy has occurred on the flower rota so if that is your thing please consider helping the Church by providing flowers once or twice a year.
Congratulations to Bishop John Davies on his appointment as Archbishop of Wales. We appreciate the knowledge that the church in Wales is in a safe pair of hands.
Refreshing to see the latest incarnation of the magazine – well done!!!
St Andrew’s, Penrice: Our final event for this Summer was an illustrated talk on the artist Alfred Parkman given by Dr Ronald Austin. Despite the very wet and stormy weather, over 60 of our supporters attended and enjoyed a most interesting talk. Several of them brought along their own Parkman paintings which were displayed, showing the artist’s great skill in painting coastal and landscape scenes and also intricate scenes of cathedral and church interiors. Most of the audience stayed on for refreshments afterwards and enjoyed the social aspect of the evening.
We are very grateful to all our visiting speakers this Summer, and to all our supporters who have loyally attended our events.
We are all very sorry to hear that the Revd Carol is leaving in November and we wish her well in her new home in Cardiff. She has worked tirelessly to support each Church and her care and consideration for members of the congregation has been much appreciated. She will be greatly missed.
The United Benefice Service was at St. Andrew’s in September. Despite not very good weather the service was well attended and many of the congregation stayed for coffee afterwards.
The Harvest Festival Service is at 4 pm on Sunday, 15th October, followed by the Harvest Supper at The Britannia Inn.