Benefice of Cwmbran
The Bishop of Monmouth, following consultaion with the PCC has agreed that there would be two Stipendiary priests and a 'House for Duty' priest to cover the vacancies in the Benefice created by the departure of Rev Victoria and Rev Becca..
It was considered that a post of Ministry Area Leader would co-ordiate the Ministry of the Benefice. The post to be filled as soon as a suitable applicant became available. A new post of secretary of the Central Benefice Office would created as soon as the co-ordinator was in post.
In the meantime, Archdeacon Jonathon and the Area Dean will be responsible for cover during the interregnum.
Rector of the Benefice of Cwmbran -
The Rev Victoria Ashley resigned from her post as Rector of the Benefice of Cwmbran to take up a post in Cowbridge in the Diocese of Llandaff, Her final service was held at St Gabriel's Church on the 3rd September. The Rev Becca, Priest in Charge at Henllys, has left to take up an appointment at Malpas.
The Pontypool and District Floral Arts Society held a Flower Festival in the Church on Thursday 25th September to Sunday 28th September 2014. The theme chosen was 'Love, Life and Faith' in rememberance of Sheila Morgan who passed away earlier this year. The design of the Festival celebrated the life of Sheila Morgan whose love, faith and pursuits in life were represented in some of the arrangements.
The Festival raised over £2,000 in aid of Church funds. A CD of the the arrangements has been produced by Roger Alma and is available for sale. Thanks and appreciation go the Pontypool & District Floral Art Society, the Pontypool Ladies Choir and all the sponsors who have kindly made donations. Thanks also to all those who have worked so hard in planning, organising and publicising this special event.
A quiet day was held at Llantarnam Abbey on Friday 6th February 2015 led by Sr Susan.
Back to Church Sunday
Each September we hold a special service to encourage new and old friends to join us as we welcome them back to church or perhaps, to church for the first time. All can be assured of a very warm welcome as we work to build up God's Church and His people here at St Michael's..
The Service is usually held on the last Sunday in September, make a note and we look forward to seeing many new and old friends at our celebrations
Coffee mornings are held regularly on the third Thursday once a month throughout the year with funds being raised for church funds one month and for a chosen charitable cause on the alternate month.
It would be wonderful to share our hospitality with faces old and new. Please come and join us for a cuppa and a cake.
Annual Vestry Meeting
The Annual Vestry Meeting was held on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. The wardens and officers were re-elected.
The Taize Services at St Michael's have been suspended until further notice.
These services have been a regular feature and held on the evening of the fourth Sunday of each month at 6.0 pm. Notice will be given when this service will be resumed.
Time for Prayer
St Michael's Church will be open to anyone for individual prayer, silence, meditation or reflection each first Monday of the month between 2.0 pm and 4.0 pm (except for Bank Holidays when the Church will be open a week later). At the same time, a group will be praying corporately in the Lady Chapel. All are welcome to attend for the whole or part of the time.If you have a request for prayer that you wish to be included in our corporate prayers, please click on this link Prayer Request that will take you to the 'Prayer Request' section and then 'click' on the 'Praying Hands' that are a direct link for your prayer to be forwarded to the Vicar.
The Bible Group meets in the Church Hall on Mondays from 2.0 pm to 4.0 pm. All are welcome to join us for informal Bible discussion, tea and a chat.
Electoral Roll 2012
The electoral roll was completely re-newed in 2010. The total on the Roll for 2012 at St Michael's is 110.
The opportunity was taken at the May Fayre to officially open the re-furbished Meeting Room (formerly the Guild Room) that was performed by Terrie Smith, Church Warden. (see Picture below)
The team of volunteers who worked on upgrading the rooms at the rear of the Hall, were all present and received the grateful thanks of all present. Their wives were all presented with a bouquet of flowerers to mark the occasion.
The picture above shows from left to right John with Diane, Malcom, Stuart, Anne with Willis, Trish and Marjorie.
Embroidery" by Mair DeGare Pitt
The St Michael's Players performed "The
Embroidery", a play written by Mair, one of our Church members about the experiences of a Second World War Veteran . The performance was held in the Church Hall on Saturday 20th June 2009 to a packed audience.
Alan McGill playing the role of the 'old soldier'.
Rev'd Tony Turner in the uniform of an American Officer with the
'Embroidery' projected on the wall behind him.
On Saturday 16th August 2008 the newly painted garden path was unveiled. With many of those present braving
the rain to see the 'floor painting' on the garden path
at the Vicarage. The design for the painting was by David Everett,
a member of the congregation, and the painting was carried out
by the young people of the Church who enjoyed the opportunity
to be 'pavement artists' for the day.
Artists at Work
Path painted in the style of a stained glass window
by the young people of the church under the guidance of David Everett.
Rev'd Frieda Evans NSM has been appointed to the Benefice with specific responsibility for St Michael's Church. She took up duties in mid-June 2013. Rev'd Frieda Evans continues to live in her family home in Malpas, Newport, In the meantime the Vicarage is to be rented with the rental income being placed in a Trust Fund to meet any costs of maintaining the Vicarage, pending the possible appointment of a full-time vicar to the post in Llantarnam at some time in the future.
St Michael's Church supports Fair Trade and has urged members to purchase Fair Trade items. Samples of Fair Trade coffee have been made available and a list of local suppliers has been circulated.
Look for this 'Fair Trade' mark when you shop
At St Michael's we support the Fair Trade initiative and have asked the congregation to remember this when they shop.