The next Forget Me Not tea party is on Thursday 09th August 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Come and enjoy afternoon tea; and yes with china cups, home-made cakes, and rather good table service. Meet old friends and make new ones; and have a good natter about anything and everything. Absolutely no charge.
HELP – We are planning a Memory Walk to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. The ‘walk’ will take place on Saturday 15th September, the time to be confirmed. We’re in the early stages of planning, so if you have any interesting ideas, wish to take part, or if you are able to help in any way whatsoever, please come along to find out more.
Come and enjoy an evening of Baroque Splendour at the parish church on Friday 20th July. The celebrated organist, John Hosking, who is shortly to release yet another CD with soprano Olivia Hunt, will entertain in his own formidable entertaining style. John, who is the Assistant Director of Music at St Asaph Cathedral, will perform a musical selection from the Baroque era within the historical setting of this Medieval church.
Light refreshments will be served.
Start at 7.30pm. Admission is £5.00, payable at the door.
St Asaph was abuzz on Saturday 26th May between 10am and 5pm, as the first ever abseil down the St Asaph Cathedral tower took place at the top of the hill, and an exciting Spring Fair in and around the Parish Church was in full swing at the bottom of the hill. The theme of the day was “Looking after our Environment”, so the children of the VP Infants school and Esgob Morgan Junior school had made delightful bunting, depicting their anxieties about the state of our planet and wish to save our resources by acting responsibly.
35 daredevils abseiled, ages ranging between 12 and 83, while a number of supporters and well-wishers sat on the grass, in the sun, encouraging and applauding each “landing”. We are very grateful to the Dean of the Cathedral for allowing us access to the tower for this venture.
Meanwhile, in the churchyard, the Rotary club barbequed “Neil the butcher’s homemade burgers and sausages to perfection to feed the large number of visitors. Vale Scale Model Club encouraged the inner child in dads with the chance to drive their model lorries and tractors. The birdbox construction stall soon sold out as did the cake stall. Craft-making, face-painting, plant sales, other charity stalls, and the St Asaph Community Association plied a good trade, while raffle tickets and lucky dips offered the element of chance! The Bridge restaurant supplied ice creams to those feeling the heat!
Two local Police Community Support Officers were ‘in attendance’ to offer excellent advice on cycling, road safety, and crime prevention; and to security-mark bikes.
The weather was very kind, enabling all our visitors and abseilers to have a wonderful time. It was a great pleasure to be able to welcome so many of our local community and visitors alike to the church and its grounds, and to demonstrate the even greater potential for community use in our planned fully renovated building. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported this dual event, your generosity will now enable us to make a sizable donation to Tŷ Gobaith and will also boost the church’s renovation project fund.
On Friday 25th May, Techniquest brought their Stardome Key stage 1 and 2 programmes to the Parish Church. Years 1 and 2 from St Asaph VP Infants school and all the children from Esgob Morgan Junior school were able to attend through the day. This was a great experience of discovery for them; their excitement was palpable, and they all enjoyed the presentation and learnt about the solar system, at the same time.
Being in a church was a first for Techniquest and also for the parish church, but we hope to see them again!
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We had a great time in Holiday Club today! As it was Valentine’s day, we learnt about how God loves us so much, that He will forgive us even when we make mistakes and don’t live by His rules, so long as we come to Him and say sorry. We heard the story of the Prodigal Son, and then made Valentine cards and iced yummy biscuits. We wrote our names in a big heart to remind ourselves that God loves us and that we are safe in Him.
This is the Rainbow Big Heart of Names.
At today’s Messy Church, on Creation Sunday, we enjoyed singing, painting and glueing. We created decorated worlds held in hands (see photo below). Accompanied by a duo of guitars we sang ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’, and we learnt that GOD uses our hands to help us to look after this wonderful world that HE created for all of us.
We listened to stories about how we can help to look after what GOD has given us, and when we had finished all our creations and prayers there were lots of really tasty cakes, cheese sticks, quiches and drinks for all of us to enjoy. There were many here today, really looking forward to seeing everyone next time.
There is a Messy Church Holiday Club at 10.30 am on Wednesday 14th February. Come along, everyone is welcome.
Wednesday 24th January 2018
Today, year 2 from the VP Infants school came to the Parish church to learn about prayer. We learnt different ways to help us to pray using prayer cubes, buttons, a waste paper bin for our sorry prayers and popping bubble wrap for forgiving others prayers.
The children learnt more about the Lord’s Prayer and that Jesus loves little children talking to him, telling Him their concerns and giving thanks. They all took part in the activities really well, and we hope to see them again this term.
A delightful and enjoyable Christingle service was held today, attended by a large number of young ones and not so young ones. It always creates a wonderful atmosphere when lighting the candles, and to hold them proudly high to celebrate Jesus Christ as the Light of the World’.
It was great to see so many new faces. It was also lovely to welcome the St Asaph Brownies to the service, especially as they were able to parade their flag for the first time in the Parish church.
Images of today’s Christingle service.
Holiday Club this morning had a party feel! We started with party games before settling down to hear about the star gazers, or wise men that followed an unusually bright star in the sky for a long time before it arrived over Bethlehem. There they found the baby Jesus, and recognised him as a future king and gave him expensive gifts of gold, frankincense and myhrr. We learned that we can follow Jesus too.
After some lovely food, we made paper treasure chests and put gold, frankincense and myhrr inside, and iced a gingerbread star to remind us of the star that the three wise men followed.
The next event in the Parish Church is the Christingle service on Sunday 7th January at 11am. We would love you to come and join us as we make our Christingles.”