Sunday 06th March 2022 – 1st Sunday of Lent

The Parish Church is open for public worship. You can just turn up now as there is no need to book in. A warm welcome awaits you at your Parish Church!

The Cathedral service will still be live-streamed and can be accessed via the Cathedral website: http://www.stasaphcathedral.org.uk

Here is the readings sheet  for Sunday which also contains the notices for the coming week. Please click on the link:

Yr C 06 03 2022 Lent 1 Parish Church

St Asaph Parish Church Awarded the Eco Church Silver Award

The St Asaph Parish Church (The Church of St Kentigern and St Asaph) is proud to have been awarded the Eco Church Silver Award.

It is the aim of Eco church to provide the link between environmental issues and Christian faith and to encourage us to be more aware of how our actions may impact on God’s earth. We are reminded of our responsibility and privilege to care for His creation.

In a time of unprecedented environmental stresses, the Eco Church programme provided us with a strong motivation and structure against which to critically assess our lifestyles and their impact on the environment. Once we accept the enormity of the challenges of climate change, we are encouraged to be more aware of and change our lifestyle choices.

The recent complete reordering of the church building allowed time for a full assessment of its energy requirements and use, and decisions were made for fitting the most energy efficient components. This ensured that it could still retain appropriate facilities to cater flexibly for its diverse uses as a parish church and a centre for community use, in the “greenest” possible way.

Making a medieval building energy efficient will always challenge any keen environmentalist, but the following fitments and actions assist in reducing waste and energy without devaluing the church’s future sustainability and character. For example, LED lighting has been fitted throughout with zoned and dimming facilities; applying insulation to all areas as far as is acceptable within a listed building; the fitting of water and waste efficient components with pressure reducing valves; draught-proofing throughout; zoned thermostatically controlled heating areas, and a rolling maintenance programme to reduce wastage, cost, and energy. The recycling of all relevant materials and food waste (from regular use of the kitchen) is common practice.

Moving forward – the Eco Church survey was an excellent resource, not only to allow an evaluation of what the church was already doing well and how it could and should improve, but its life-style audit also provided each of the congregation with a gentle reminder of how each and every one of us can contribute in our own way to help to reduce waste and improve sustainability. It has equipped the church with a commitment to greater action in addressing environmental issues and climate change; and to dedicate a programme of action through worship, prayer, and mission.

 

The “T Club”- a new opportunity!

If the time of pandemic has left you feeling low and especially if you live alone or find that Sunday afternoons drag and seem to last a long time, you are warmly invited to join us for afternoon tea and friendly chat on Sunday 21st November, between 3-5pm at St Asaph Parish Church. If you are unable to make your own way there, we may be able to arrange transport by approved drivers – ring 01745 590960 or 07841 160430 for more details. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

The “T Club” will take place on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

The next date will be 19th December 2021

Messy Church Holiday Club 26th October 2021

Last Tuesday, the 26th October, Messy Church Holiday Club was blessed with lovely sunny weather for our sponsored walk along the river bank, made more exciting with a scavenger hunt! We realised on Climate Sunday that though we can’t help people affected by climate change directly, we can raise money to give to people who can help them for us. An enormous thank you to everyone as we have so far raised £140, and there may be more to come. If you would like to donate, please contact Marion on the Messy Church Facebook page phone number to arrange it. All money raised will be sent to Christian Aid for their work in Africa.

St Asaph Parish Church – A glimpse into its reordering journey.

We welcome you to view this video link The Journey to very briefly experience the church’s transformation that has come about by the recent reordering project.

The church is very gradually returning to a form of normality, with Sunday (9.30am) and Thursday (10.00am) services having resumed. The church is also open on Thursday afternoon 12.00pm to 4.30pm for private prayer and for visiting. The pandemic restrictions and guidance remain in place, in accordance with the current Welsh Government guidelines.

St Asaph Parish Church has been restructured and renovated internally thanks to the vision of our architect Mr Graham Holland (Graham Holland Associated) and the attention to detail of the contractor Grosvenor Construction Ltd.

All this has been possible thanks to the generosity of the Welsh Government; National Churches Trust; Gwynt-y-Mor Wind farms, and Church Fields Trust (Buckley). St Asaph community also generously supported the amazing transformation of a medieval building into a practical, modern facility to be celebrated and enjoyed.

There has been universal welcome and approval of the changes to this sacred building, which have contributed positively to the atmosphere for worship and community use alike.

Call in; it will be our privilege to welcome you.

Return of Messy Church to the ‘new’ transformed church building

On Sunday 13th June, we welcomed back into the “new” church building five family groups for Messy Church. It was great to once again be able to meet in person, even if socially distanced and of course with the necessary  ‘Covid’ precautions. We shared the story of Pentecost, with music and with crafts; and following the service hot food and drinks were prepared and served from the  new kitchen.   What a lovely morning!

Baptism 9th May 2021

The first Baptism ceremony following the reordering of the church was recently held on the 09th May 2021, when the church welcomed baby Albie Thomas into God’s family.

The intimate atmosphere of the ceremony proved a thoroughly joyous occasion for all, despite the limited number allowed to attend due to the current pandemic restriction.

Albie, we welcome you; may God’s joy, love and peace fill you through all tomorrows.

Organisations Supporting ‘Reduction in the Lonely and the Isolated’.

A link to the many organisations supporting the ‘Reduction in Lonely and Isolated’ can be found in the LINKS page within the EXTRAS dropdown menu, or by clicking here.

These organisations and charities can provide excellent direct support, advice, or training on very many issues, including support for those living with dementia. It may be that you need to use one of them for yourself or a relative, or you might like to volunteer your services with them.

Please do not hesitate to contact them; they will really welcome your direct approach, either on their web site, or by the telephone numbers which are listed in the link.

If you have difficulty contacting any of the organisations, please telephone our church on 01745 535957, and we will try to help you in contacting the services. If there is no reply, please leave your details and we will return your call.

Messy Church 2021 – Epiphany

Messy Church began 2021 with Epiphany, and the story of the wise men visiting the baby Jesus. King Herod made a pantomime style appearance (he’s behind you!!). We made 3 wise men and a star to help us remember the story.

We will be meeting every 2 weeks during lockdown, so if anyone else would like to join us, please WhatsApp or text 07841 160430 for a zoom link. Links are issued individually, and should not be shared to help maintain a secure “room”.