The finale of St Cynfarch’s Festival was marked by Back to Church Sunday together with the annual Big Breakfast which was particularly well supported this year.
There was a warm and convivial atmosphere in the Church Hall as members of the local community sat down to enjoy a tasty meal. The cooks and waitresses (and of course those doing the washing up) were kept very busy for 4 hours, serving a total of about 130 breakfasts during which time the customers were able to enjoy a genial social occasion as well as their bacon and eggs.
Our thanks to those who donated the food, to all who helped on the day and of course to all those who came along to support the event.
Written by Claire Olsen
In organising such an event I had the usual nightmares of no one turning up but I am delighted to say that it was amazing success. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who, despite the weather, entered the competition and also those who came along to take a look and support the event. It was truly amazing to see so many entering their items and to see the sheer talent of those who live in our community. There were a lot of happy faces - young and older - with certificates and rosettes in hand. The level of the competition, even in its first year, certainly made the Judging - by Rector Adam Pawley, David & Gladys Healey - a difficult task. Thanks to the Judges taking the time to Judge and support the event.
The “Best in Show” Prize went to Sally Dardis (see picture) who was “really chuffed” that her ‘Under the Sea themed Birthday cake’ won the overall prize. Thanks to The Millstone, Penyffordd, for donating the meal voucher prize.
Thanks to all our local businesses: Pixie Lillie’s, Tech Heroes, The Hollybush, Honey’s Bakery, Outpost Paintballing and Penyffordd Running Club who donated vouchers for the raffle as well as members of the public who donated another voucher and other items. I am most grateful and the winners certainly enjoyed receiving their prizes.
Their were also outside craft stalls. Hats off to the ladies who ran those stalls despite what mother nature threw at them. It was lovely to see the community taking a look and buying from our local craft producers. Thank you also to the ladies from Church who provided the refreshments and family and friends who helped me set up and run the event.
I was delighted to see that the event was so well received by this community and can’t wait to build on that next year and in years to come. You all made our community proud well done.
St Cynfarch’s Festival was given a rousing launch on Sunday evening with a Variety Songs of Praise led by former Black & White Minstrel, Alan Birchall, and the Derek Harrison Trio supported by singer Miss Russ Latham.
The musicians led the congregation of nearly 100, in a selection of favourite hymns chosen by members of the local community and these were interspersed with some beautifully uplifting songs (including Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley numbers!) The finale included a potted version of the Last Night of the Proms with which the congregation joined in with great enthusiasm.
Our thanks to Alan for organising the evening and to his fellow performers and to those who provided the refreshments. It was a wonderful start to the Festival and we look forward to the rest of the events which continue next weekend.
It was a glorious summers day on 28th July, when the chink of best china could be heard in the church hall to accompany a delicious Strawberry Tea with home made cakes all served on beautifully embroidered table cloths.
The hall was packed with Strawberry Tea revellers who all enjoyed a friendly atmosphere along with their goodies. The sum of £285 was raised for church funds.
A big thank you to all who supported this very cheerful occasion, and who worked so hard on the day to make it such a success.
Our Palm Sunday celebrations started today in Hope, with everyone’s favourite Donkey, Max! With palm crosses in hand, Max was followed on a short walk around by some of our congregation while singing songs.
During the service, we were treated to a great story about how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. There was even a great donkey cake and crafts provided after the service, enjoyed by many!
The celebrations continued at Emmanuel with Messy Easter, with even more donkey rides and crafts. With over 100 people joining us during the afternoon, a lot of amazing Easter related fun was had.
We hope if you attended either of these events, that you thoroughly enjoyed yourself. We look forward to welcoming you next year!
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What a delight to be in the audience for Borderlands Mission Area’s production of “Moses the Pantomime”. This marvellous show presents the story of Moses in pantomime format with Hope Church’s worship leader and choir member, Chris Rees, in the cast. In fact he has a very important part … Pharaoh who, as the pantomime villain, gets lots of boos!
The show includes all you would expect in a pantomime … singing, dancing, comedy … and is marvellous family entertainment performed by people of all ages
The pantomime’s opening show was in Penyffordd and it now ‘goes on tour’ to Shotton and to Buckley.
Congratulations to all who have worked so hard to put on this production including of course Revd Gill Stanning who wrote, produced and directed the show. Proceeds from ticket sales are going to the Diocesan Charity of the Year, The Alzheimer’s Society.
Our new Hope.4.All service is now one month old, and with so much going on - you just have to be there to experience it!
Each service has been planned to suit all ages, in Hope Church at 4pm.
Every service starts with refreshments for everyone, and a chance to catch up on the week.
The services involves lots of interactive aspects, including where the congregation are able to share news from the week. The younger members of the congregation go and spend some time doing some fun activities while those remaining listen to a sermon.
We also now have a 3 piece band, who are playing more modern worship songs, including some we are able to dance too! With Claire on the keyboard, Nigel on the guitar and one of our younger members on a drum box. If you would like to take part, please speak to Claire.
The feedback has been fantastic so far, with many enjoying the relaxed feeling of the service.
Have you been to one of our Hope.4.All services? Let us know what you though!
If you would like any more details, please send us a message through the contact page.
The annual Cytûn Christian Unity Service was held at Hope Church this year.
It was planned by the Tuesday House Group, who decided to involve prayer stations as part of the service. The service was led by Sally-ann, and included some of the church's favourite hymns. Before being given time to focus on prayer, Pam gave a sermon about working together as Christians including a great analogy about a boat!
Refreshments were served as everyone arrived, and the feedback was that the service was both enjoyable and moving.
Below are some pictures of the prayer stations set up around the church.
Christmas started in Hope on Advent Sunday where a large congregation was greeted at the church by the life-size crib figures seen in this photo. They had been decorated by local schools and uniform groups.
The Wise Men (and their camel) can be seen in the next photo talking about the Big Epiphany Celebrations taking place on 7th January.
The Angel Gabriel and Roman Centurion played their parts in preparing Mary and Joseph for the journey to the stable.
The whole congregation followed them out of the church and across the road to the “Inn”. Mary and Joseph reached the stable as the Christmas lights were switched on and the church bells rang out.
The following Saturday afternoon Hope Church became a nativity grotto and visiting children were invited to follow the Stable Trail. Below you can see some of the characters that the children met .
At Emmanuel’s MMM Night (Music, Mince pies and Mulled wine) Elwyn Kirkham and his fellow band members provided the music and were joined by Alice for some of the songs. The evening was greatly enjoyed by the appreciative audience and the money raised will be divided between the church and Nightingale House.
At the Pop In Christmas party everyone enjoyed soup and mince pies, with carol singing, Christmas crackers and entertainment as you can see in the next photo.
Thank you to all who contributed to these events and thank you to Adam for reminding us all that “Christmas begins with Christ”.