In 2019 we are celebrating 150 years of St Catherine’s being opened.
The Breathing Space group that meets on Thursday afternoons are creating panels of art to commemorate the year in an inclusive way. the artwork is nearly complete, and folk work on it on Thursday afternoons.
We’ve not had a flag at the flagpole for many years and at the celebration service on 7th Sept we repaired the flagpole and now fly our new logo for the diocesan vision.
The church opened on 7th Sept 1869 and we had our service in church at 3pm on the 7th Sept. It involved lots of people connected to St Cath’s in various ways, looking at where God is leading us. The bishop is attended and weteamed up with Sainsbury’s who are also 150 years old, who are provided the tea afterwards. Interestingly, the bishop at the original opening encouraged the new church to reach the poor with the gospel of grace, something we take seriously today.
4. We are buying shares in our local wood at Graigwen to celebrate our environment, donating a chair to represent us.
This is a local initiative to prevent development of the forest and to allow better use for the community.. We have a silver Eco Church award and will continue to encourage stewardship of Creation. We have raised £1,250
5. Old Parish boundary prayers
It has proved rather difficult to determine the exact outline of the original parish boundary, but there are several good vantage points from Graigwen woods to see the original parish, so we had a time of prayer up there in the summer.
6. Messy Church 150 celebration
7. A service of blessing for those connected through marriages and christenings at St Catherine
On Sunday 1st December at 4pm we invited back anyone who has had a special service at the church for themselves or family members.
8. The bible in 40 steps
We are using the Bible Society plan to read key passages about God’s great plan for the world. you can download it here. We used it on weekdays from Mon Sept 30th for 8 weeks up to St Catherine’s Day on Nov 25th. Every Sunday night we have a gathering at 6pm in church to ponder on what we’ve read and what God is saying to us. This ended in a time of prayer on St Catherine’s Day 25th November in church.
9. St. Cath’s historical guide smartphone app
We are creating an interactive guide to the church with images and soundbites created with help from Ponty Museum and Ponty high School. WE hope to launch before the end of 2019.
11 Llandaff Diocesan emblem stained glass window
The emblems of the 4 original Welsh dioceses are in round windows in church, but Llandaff was removed for the new entrance and never reinstated due to problems with the architects drawing in the foyer. This project to be started in 2020 will reinstate this stained glass.