Thursday, 17 January 2019

The Hippopotamus Song

The Hippopotamus Song, as performed at the 2018 Christmas Party by John Harris, Adrian Evans and Roger Mullock, accompanied by Kath Mitchell-Dawson, and supported in the chorus by all present!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Organ Recital St Asaph Cathedral

Meririon Wynn Jones of Carmarthen will give the final recital in this year's series on the organ of St Asaph Cathedral on Wednesday September 6th at 7:30pm. Programme as follows:

  • Toccata in A major Johann Kuhnau
  • Partita on Penparc  Meirion Wynn Jones
  • Meditation Meirion Wynn Jones
  • Offertoire in F L.J.A. Lefébure-Wély
  • Romance sans Paroles L.J.A. Lefébure-Wély
  • Elevation in A minor L.J.A. Lefébure-Wély
  • Offertoire in D minor L.J.A. Lefébure-Wély
  • Benedictus, Op.59, No.9 Max Reger
  • Toccata & Fugue in D minor, Op.129 Max Reger

Adnission £6.00 including programme and refreshments after the recital.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Mission Area Pilgrimage

On Sunday 2nd July Denbigh Mission Area joined with Aled Mission Area for a pilgrimage from Llannefydd to Llansannan. The Pilgrimage started with a time of prayer in St Nefydd’s Church before beginning the five-mile walk along the Pilgrim’s Way to Llansannan. The walk began from the back of the Church and after the initial steep climb the route levelled out along the Pilgrim’s Way. The views of Coast and Country were stunning. The walk took a couple of hours and cup of tea and a piece of cake was most welcome when the walkers finally arrived at St Sannan’s Church.  Llannefydd’s Mission Area Candle was carried from Llannefydd to Llansannan and lit at the start of the closing service as a sign of fellowship and unity. The walkers were joined by members of both Mission Areas for the refreshments and a service of Sung Evensong. Everyone enjoyed the day, the stunning scenery along the way, the company of fellow travellers and time to worship together at the close of day. 

Our thanks to Roger Mullock for arranging the day. Val Rowlands

Sunday, 12 March 2017

From the vicar - March 2017

February encompassed almost every type of winter weather imaginable, from warm spring like sunshine to raging storms we saw all manner of weather conditions, we even finished the month with a flurry of snow. The damage caused by Storm Doris was immense and it was a sober reminder of the power of nature.

Storms are frequently mentioned in the Bible and are often used to demonstrate Jesus’ command over the forces of nature. The Calming of the Storm is a story we know well and Jesus’ response reminds us that he is ultimately in control.

The weather on Lake Galilee can change very quickly, a boat can set off from the shore in fine calm weather but by the time it is half way across the lake the weather can change and the once peaceful waters become the raging waters of the storm. For those looking down on the lake from the mountains which surround Lake Galilee the dramatic picture of the storm unfolding is something they can only watch and hope that those caught up in it can make it safely to shore.

The disciples were seasoned fisherman and yet the storm still caused them to panic, you can almost hear Jesus sighing “Don’t panic” as he says to them “Why are you afraid? Don’t you trust me?” Jesus hears the fear in their shouts and rebukes the wind and the rain, “Peace, be still”, and the storm subsides.

When an earthquake happens survivors are desperate to find those who have been trapped in the rubble, pulling and tugging at the fallen masonry. But when the trained rescuers come along the first thing they do is to pause, to listen and try and locate where the people are trapped. And then again from time to time, asking for complete silence so they know where to search using their skills for the very best results. And we too need to be willing to pause, to stop the frantic search, to pause our random busyness, in order to listen and to act wisely. To seek the things God really wants to do in our lives, and not the million and one things we think he wants us to do.

Lent is a time for stillness and reflection, to pause and journey with Jesus into the wilderness. We may think Lent is just a good time to give up chocolate, but it primarily it is a time of prayer and repentance as we watch and wait with Jesus, in preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

This Lent we will once again be collecting our change for WaterAid. Last year St Dyfnog’s sent £343 to WaterAid and through your generosity lives have been changed as we have helped to bring clean, safe water to more and more villages in areas of the world where water is in short supply. Thank you.

This Lent may we know Christ’s peace and stillness as we reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for each and every one of us.

Val Rowlands

Friday, 30 December 2016

Carol singing around the village

During the evening of December 16th, about twenty of us spent a couple of hours carol-singing around Llanrhaeadr. This was an idea from Pam Evans - it wasn’t to raise money for anything, and we didn’t make a collection, it was just to spread a little seasonal cheer in the run up to Christmas. Choirmaster John Roberts organised our singing, and we made about a dozen stops at different points around the village, singing two or three carols each time. We’d checked out the route beforehand, so we knew where we could stop under street lights, in order to be able to see our carol sheets! Predictably enough, we ended up at the King’s Head …

After we’d sung ourselves hoarse, we returned to Church Walk, and a splendid supper at Pam and Adrian’s, provided by some of the singers who’d produced a number of variations on shepherd’s pie. Must have been good, ‘cos Alan had four helpings (no doubt to fortify himself for his role as Santa’s Little Helper - see pic!) Pam had also organised entertainment of various sorts, and a visit from Santa himself!

Very many thanks to Pam and Adrian for their hospitality, and for having had the idea in the first place. A good time was had by all. Repeat next year, please!


Thursday, 8 September 2016

from the Vicar - September 2016

For several years Denbigh Deanery have hosted a Hospitality Tent at the Denbigh and Flint Show. It is a wonderful opportunity to show the Church’s hospitality through teas, cake and coffee and a chance for people to sit down and have a rest after all the walking round. Through Messy Church activities we welcome the children whilst their parents enjoy a cup of tea. My first involvement was last year and I was delighted to see how busy the tent was throughout the day. This year fine weather blessed the day and once again we were able to offer hospitality and a warm welcome to all who stopped by.

The gift of hospitality is a wonderful gift. Hospitality comes in many forms, it is not just about the physical giving of sustenance it is also about the welcome, time to listen, time to care, to enjoy each other’s company and provide a place of peace in our busy world.

In Paul’s letter to the Hebrews, he speaks of entertaining angels unaware it is a well-known expression: “Some have entertained angels without knowing it”. When I think of it I am always reminded of a line from a sketch: “Angels, I didn’t see any angels”. In the sketch the story is told of a man who tells God he wants angels to come and visit him. God promises he will send some, so the man goes home and waits for the angels to come. In the story, a lonely man, an elderly visitor, a young mother and a person in need all call at his door, but as each visitor comes to his house he turns them all away; he doesn’t want random callers, he is waiting for the angels. You can guess what comes next: as the sketch draws to a close, God asks him why when he has sent angels has the man sent them away. The man replies with the line that has stayed with me: “Angels, I didn’t see any angels”.  Gradually, of course, the light dawns and he realises the people who called were indeed angels sent by God, and instead of showing them hospitality he had sent them away.

As September begins we return to the routine of daily life after the holiday period. The new school year is just beginning and we wish all those moving to a new class, a new school or going off to university every blessing as they settle in their new environment.

With every blessing

Val Rowlands

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

From the vicar - May 2016

‘Thinking outside the box’, ‘blue sky thinking’, ‘straplines’, ‘vision statements’ are all expressions used in today’s business world. They conjures up an image of high fliers seeking to bring about new ways to energise a business.

Businesses have been doing similar things for decades, some of the expressions may be new but the need for renewed vision remains the same. Vision is essential and it is something that is steeped in scripture. God spoke to many people through visions, very often calling them to a complete change of direction and to seek the Lord’s will.

Where there is no vision the people perish Proverbs 29:18

The vision is yet for the appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and will not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come. Habakkuk 2:3

2020 Vision came about as a result of the Church in Wales review of 2012. It challenges the Church to become a Church for the twenty first century. In 2020 the Church in Wales will mark the hundredth anniversary of disestablishment from the Church of England. One of the initiatives of 2020 Vision is that all of the present Deaneries in the Diocese of St Asaph will cease to exist and become Mission Areas by the end of 2016. It is not simply a change of name, it encourages us all to prayerfully seek what it means to be the Church today.

On 16th April Denbigh Deanery held a Vision Meeting in St Mary’s Denbigh to consider how our Mission Area may look. The Area Dean, Colin Mansley, challenged us to do some ‘blue sky thinking’ for the future of the Church in this area. It was an informative and positive meeting. The new Mission Area will still consist of the same Parishes as the present Deanery but with a greater emphasis on mission and working together, sharing our gifts and talents, resourcing and supporting one another.

In many ways this has already begun taking place as we have begun to look wider than our own parish and with a greater emphasis on lay ministry. Our Grouped Parishes have all enjoyed getting to know one another and sharing in innovative styles of Worship such as Taizé.  The Mission Area will encourage us to look even wider and to seek to support and encourage one another across the whole Mission Area.

As part of the discussions we were asked to consider the Five Marks of Mission, which briefly break down to five words beginning with the letter T: Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure.  Tell - to proclaim the Gospel, Teach - to teach the faith, Tend – to care for others, Transform - to seek justice, and Treasure - to care for our environment.

We were asked to think of things we did in each of our parishes that bore the five marks of mission. There were many things already taking place but also things that we could grow and develop. There is much still to do but we have made a good start and the Mission Area will evolve as we seek to live out the Five Marks of Mission. No date has been set for the official commissioning of the Denbigh Mission Area but a service will be held and it is hoped that as many people as possible will attend.

The Parishes in our Mission Area are:
Llanrhaeadr, Nantglyn, Llandyrnog and Llangwyfan
St Mary’s & St Marcella Denbigh, Henllan, Llannefydd and Bylchau
Caerwys and Bodfari
Trefnant, Tremeirchion, Cefn and Sinan

A Mission Statement for our Mission Area is still being formulated but there is none better than the commandment Jesus gave:

Jesus said:  “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

With every blessing
Val Rowlands