The Benefice of South West Gower
Comprising Port Eynon, Rhossili and Llanddewi with Oxwich and Reynoldston with Penrice
REPORTS FROM THE CHURCHES OF THE BENEFICE
St Cattwg’s, Port Eynon: As our Christmas-time news was somehow omitted from the February magazine, apart from one paragraph of appreciation for Madeleine’s Christmas decorations, here is a summary:
Mairwen Kirk’s pre-Christmas concert was a delight, featuring her own singing and contributions from her friends on piano and flute. Mairwen also backed up our Carol Service on December 17th and her trumpeter friend Alex lent a rousing backing to ‘Hark the Herald Angels’. The Llanddewi with Knelston W.I. Choir performed a medley of carols and several talented youngsters played glockenspiel and drums. On top of all that, Mairwen wrote and presented a charming Nativity play with the local children, straight after the Carol Service.
Richard Morris is now living in a care home; and Pat Davies is back at the Heatherslade Care Home where she would love to receive a visit from old friends. We were worried about David Attwell’s nasty accident in his garden & sent our prayers and best wishes.*
Now writing in February, the great news is the appointment of a new ‘curate’, Rev. Justin Davies, for our Benefice. Justin is already known to many of us as he has been living in Bishopston and helping take services locally for some time. We welcome him and his family to the Parish from 1st April and we look forward to the time when he and his wife Heather will be able to move into the refurbished Rectory at Knelston.
* Everyone is pleased to learn that David Attwell is home recovering, after his New Year fall in his garden resulting in a broken hip. He will have to take things slowly for several months.
Mary is currently rehearsing the W.I. choir fortnightly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., partly in preparation for the Women’s World Day of Prayer on March 2nd at Oxwich.
Caffi Cattwg resumed with a full house after the Christmas break and is in St.Cattwg’s every Saturday from 10.30 till 12.30. The first lunch in 2018 for Senior Residents was held on February 1st and was judged a success by the participants. The next is expected to be held on Monday February 26th, but would-be guests should look out for further details. The Seniors met up with their Horton counterparts for a traditional Christmas lunch at the Monksland on December 15th. Unfortunately there had been a power cut, so the venue was chilly but the welcome warm.
St David’s, Llanddewi: We were pleased to see all those who braved the wettest of mornings to come to the Coffee Morning. It was good to see old friends and new on this happy occasion. Our thanks to Marian and Leslie Tucker for allowing us to meet at their wonderful new Whitewell Cottages in Burry. Thank you also to Victoria for her help, on a visit from London.
On the 11th March (the 2nd Sunday) the United Benefice Service will take place in Rhossili at 10 a.m. Our thanks to Revd Nigel King for taking our services and caring for us so well. We look forward to seeing him in Llanddewi from time to time after the 1st April.
St George’s, Reynoldston: The Church was packed for the funeral of Tom Arthure and indicated how much he was liked and respected by so many – locally and from far afield. He had enjoyed a very successful career with British Steel and had lived in Reynoldston for many years – in Brynfield, the house where his wife, Jenny, had been born. They were both keen readers of the Gower Church (now Ministry Area) Magazine and always enjoyed a conversation. Our sympathy and condolences go out to Jenny and all the family in their sudden loss.
The Annual Quiz was again very successful in being a thoroughly enjoyable occasion as well as raising well over £1000 for the Church funds. Our thanks to The Social Committee, led by Angela Bending, and to the regular and rigorous quiz-masters, Hugh Jones and John Mahoney.
St Illtyd’s, Oxwich: This year it is the turn of Oxwich Church to host the Women’s World Day of Prayer Service on Friday 2 March at 2 p.m., for the churches and chapels of SW and NW Gower. This is a wonderful ecumenical occasion, with the opportunity to meet like-minded ladies and men. The word ’Women’ is likely to be dropped from the title next year. The services are always imaginative and joyous and are created by a different country each year. This year the women of Suriname in S. America have prepared the service which is entitled ‘God’s Creation is Very Good’. We will be urged to care for God’s creation, to pray for conservation and the protection of wildlife through an awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse. The protection of God’s world is in our hands.
There will be an estimated 5000 of these services taking place all over the world on this day, with an estimated 3 million people taking part speaking more than 95 languages and 1000 dialects.
Please come and support your local committee, drawn from more than a dozen churches and chapels. It is not very often that we gather together in such unity, either locally or in the world.
We were delighted to hear of the appointment of Rev. Justin Davies as our priest. We can assure him of a warm welcome in Oxwich and look forward to working with him to strengthen God’s kingdom in SW Gower.
St Mary’s, Rhossili: A quiet month in Rhossili, with time to reflect. The winter has been harsh, and we have lost several dear friends who have passed away here: three in December and three since, and of course we have mourned the passing of others in the wider area too. In church we welcomed families and friends of the deceased coming to services, especially those of Elvira Hinton, and trust they have found peace and reconciliation along the way. We also remember in our prayers our regular worshippers who are not at their peak of health just now: in particular Peter Venables, and also Roger Button who recently swapped his hip for a new one. We look forward to brighter days as spring emerges, and also to welcoming our newly appointed priest Revd Justin Davies to the Benefice of South West Gower.
There was opportunity this month to engage with church representatives across Gower who met together at Penclawdd to consider the future role and nature of the Church in our communities, looking forward 25-30 years, led by Revd Peter Brooks and facilitated by Richard Verge, Stewardship Officer at St Gabriel’s, Swansea. Lively discussion and team working was interspersed with a ‘bring and share’ lunch and feedback presentations. The current 5th Sunday arrangements were also reviewed, with pulpit exchanges and combined services, to consider their impact on regular worship, which is generally seen as positive although not all worshippers are willing to journey out to other venues.