Churches of the Wye Valley Group
From Rev David Thomas
Vicar of the Wye Valley Grouping
My Dear People,
At this difficult time I continue to hold you all in my thoughts and prayers. We pray for all who suffer as a result of the Coronavirus, those who have died, their families and for all hospital and frontline workers and those involved in research.
So we pray, Dear Father, who created us, and redeemed us, and who has promised us your love, be with us in a time of danger and of worry. May those who suffer, or who are ill, know the blessing of your grace, while we who are well be inspired by your Spirit To be wise and to be servants, working for the healing and wholeness of all, each in our own way. Keep us calm and cautious, strong and open to service, So that we take care of those around us, and also ourselves.We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
In line with guidance from the Government and the Church in Wales Bishops, all regular church services, groups and other gatherings and events have been cancelled until further notice. Please contact me on 01497847156, for advice on any other matters.
All church buildings will remained locked until further notice.
At this testing time for all of us I am putting into place plans to provide pastoral care in our parishes that are appropriate within present limitations:
- I will put regular reflections, devotions and prayers online through my wife’s Facebook page – search for Davina Thomas and also on the Parish website – https://swanseaandbrecon.churchinwales.org.uk/greater-brecon-parish-websites/ – Glasbury, Llowes and Clyro
(If you are having trouble accessing the Facebook page, we can email the links – you will obviously have to provide us with your email address)
Also, I intend to offer prayers at home each day for our parishes and communities, medical and caring professions, the sick, anxious and bereaved and for our national and world wide situation. You may wish to keep a time each day as an opportunity to join me with your own prayers to help maintain a spirit of corporate worship whilst church services and meetings are suspended.
For further information please see the Church in Wales website:
Bishop’s Lenten appeal
A reminder of the Bishop’s Lenten appeal. His chosen charities are:
- Hearing dogs for deaf people
- Faith in Families (Family centres in the Diocese)
- Helping our homeless Wales
- St. Madoc Christian Centre, Gower
For further details on how to make a donation or information about these charities please contact the vicar.
Luke Ch.24 v18 – ‘Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” – From the Gospel account for Easter we see how Cleopas and his friend had clearly taken their eyes off Jesus and were focusing on the problem of the empty tomb and not on what might be the solution of the Resurrection truth. However, Jesus redirected their hearts with such joy that gave them courage to return straightaway to Jerusalem.
This poses the question for us all, have we got our eyes on Jesus today? Or, on something else entirely? Perhaps we should ask our Heavenly Father, in our prayers, to redirect us. One thing is sure, He will do this and so lead us on.
Risen Lord, who on the first Easter day drew near to your two disciples on the Emmaus Road, and at evening stayed with them in their village home; Be our unseen companion along the daily journey of our lives, and at the end of the day come and abide with us; For your love’s sake. Amen.
From the Registers
28th March – Elwyn Edward John Price – Interment – St. Michael & All Angels, Clyro
1st April – John Reginald Smith – Cremation
7th April – Glenys Margaret May Stephens – Interment – St. Peter’s, Glasbury
“May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and rise in glory”
The Vicar Revd David Thomas may be contacted on 01497 847156