Dear Friends Scripture tells us that holidays are good for us. Some porters were hired to carry a group’s possessions on a trip through the jungle. The pace quickly increased until the head porter called a halt: ‘We’ve come so far, so fast we need to take a break and allow our souls to catch up with our bodies!’ How often do we feel like this? July is a month when many of us take a break. Jesus and His disciples often took time to withdraw from the crowds: ‘because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, ‘Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ (Mark 6: 31,32). Jesus saw how tired and stressed His disciples were and wanted to give them a break from their busy lives. He loved them and cared about their wellbeing. He longs to do the same with us, so we can restore the balance of work, rest and play in our lives. Going on holiday or taking time off gives us an opportunity of letting go the burdens of everyday life and renewing our rest in Him. This enables us to entrust Jesus with our issues and concerns, as we take time aside declare a holy day or holiday! The story is told of the aged Apostle John playing with doves. A passing hunter expressed surprise at what a man as pious as John was doing. John pointed to the bow in the hunter’s hand and asked him why he carried it with a loosened string. The hunter replied, ‘it loses its strength unless it is given the chance to unbend’. John replied, ‘why are you surprised that a servant of Christ should not relax to keep himself stronger for his work?’ Holidays – a time to rest, to renew our batteries is an essential part of life, a necessary part of maintaining good mental health and general wellbeing. New experiences, fresh places that inspire us and make us more thoughtful of creation, the beauty of the world – of which we are one small part, that’s what holidays are all about. There are two thoughts I have about holidays. One is we need to pray for those who, for a variety of reasons, are not able to enjoy a time away. These could be financial constraints, social and mobility issues – and there are those who simply do not like being aware from their usual surroundings.
Secondly – don’t forget the church when you are away. Our churches still need to be open, bills still need to be paid, the work needs to continue, even though we are relaxing, enjoying ourselves somewhere else. Some use the Gift Direct scheme operated by the Church-in- Wales, this ensures regular payments are directly taken out of our bank accounts, no matter where we are, and no matter what we may be doing. To find out more about this scheme, either visit the Church-in-Wales website, or simply follow this link https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/resources/gift-direct/ Your Friend & Vicar Canon Phillip Killay and Tycoch 100 Club Winners for June A draw was made at St.Martin’s on Sunday 16 th June and the following winners numbers were pulled out – 1 st Prize – Sue Jenkins (No:20) All Souls – 2 nd Prize – Hazel Richards (No:32) All Souls. So what is 100 Club and how can you join? The Club is open to up to 100 members who agree to belong for a year at a time. Each member is allocated a number or numbers.  Each month, a draw takes place;  the owner of the first number drawn wins £35, the owner of the second number drawn wins £15.  At Christmas, an additional draw takes place for a prize of £100.  The cost to members is just £3 per month.  The simplest way to pay is to set up a standing order of £3 per month, either in the bank or with online banking.  As an alternative, members can pay by cheque (or cash); one annual payment of £36 or two half yearly payments of £18.  The PCC's agreed that each parish hosts the draw on alternate months.  The cost of prizes should be equally shared by the two parishes. The revenue for each parish simply depends on how many of their allocation of numbers they sell (Tycoch has been allocated 1-50 inclusive; Killay 51-100 inclusive). 100 Club organisers at your church have registration forms and standing order forms available for anyone who would like to join. To find out more contact a Churchwarden or Sub-warden in your church.
PARISH OF KILLAY
The Church in Wales in the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon
St Hilary & St Martin
PLWYF CILÂ
Dear Friends Scripture tells us that holidays are good for us. Some porters were hired to carry a group’s possessions on a trip through the jungle. The pace quickly increased until the head porter called a halt: ‘We’ve come so far, so fast we need to take a break and allow our souls to catch up with our bodies!’ How often do we feel like this? July is a month when many of us take a break. Jesus and His disciples often took time to withdraw from the crowds: ‘because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, ‘Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ (Mark 6: 31,32). Jesus saw how tired and stressed His disciples were and wanted to give them a break from their busy lives. He loved them and cared about their wellbeing. He longs to do the same with us, so we can restore the balance of work, rest and play in our lives. Going on holiday or taking time off gives us an opportunity of letting go the burdens of everyday life and renewing our rest in Him. This enables us to entrust Jesus with our issues and concerns, as we take time aside declare a holy day or holiday! The story is told of the aged Apostle John playing with doves. A passing hunter expressed surprise at what a man as pious as John was doing. John pointed to the bow in the hunter’s hand and asked him why he carried it with a loosened string. The hunter replied, ‘it loses its strength unless it is given the chance to unbend’. John replied, ‘why are you surprised that a servant of Christ should not relax to keep himself stronger for his work?’ Holidays – a time to rest, to renew our batteries is an essential part of life, a necessary part of maintaining good mental health and general wellbeing. New experiences, fresh places that inspire us and make us more thoughtful of creation, the beauty of the world – of which we are one small part, that’s what holidays are all about. There are two thoughts I have about holidays. One is we need to pray for those who, for a variety of reasons, are not able to enjoy a time away. These could be financial constraints, social and mobility issues – and there are those who simply do not like being aware from their usual surroundings.
Secondly – don’t forget the church when you are away. Our churches still need to be open, bills still need to be paid, the work needs to continue, even though we are relaxing, enjoying ourselves somewhere else. Some use the Gift Direct scheme operated by the Church-in-Wales, this ensures regular payments are directly taken out of our bank accounts, no matter where we are, and no matter what we may be doing. To find out more about this scheme, either visit the Church-in-Wales website, or simply follow this link https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/resources/gift-direct/ Your Friend & Vicar Canon Phillip Killay and Tycoch 100 Club Winners for June A draw was made at St.Martin’s on Sunday 16 th June and the following winners numbers were pulled out – 1 st Prize – Sue Jenkins (No:20) All Souls – 2 nd Prize – Hazel Richards (No:32) All Souls. So what is 100 Club and how can you join? The Club is open to up to 100 members who agree to belong for a year at a time. Each member is allocated a number or numbers.  Each month, a draw takes place;  the owner of the first number drawn wins £35, the owner of the second number drawn wins £15.  At Christmas, an additional draw takes place for a prize of £100.  The cost to members is just £3 per month.  The simplest way to pay is to set up a standing order of £3 per month, either in the bank or with online banking.  As an alternative, members can pay by cheque (or cash); one annual payment of £36 or two half yearly payments of £18.  The PCC's agreed that each parish hosts the draw on alternate months.  The cost of prizes should be equally shared by the two parishes. The revenue for each parish simply depends on how many of their allocation of numbers they sell (Tycoch has been allocated 1-50 inclusive; Killay 51-100 inclusive). 100 Club organisers at your church have registration forms and standing order forms available for anyone who would like to join. To find out more contact a Churchwarden or Sub-warden in your church.
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PARISH OF KILLAY
The Church in Wales in the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon
St Hilary & St Martin
PLWYF CILÂ