St. Peter's Church, Llanbedr
During the Coronavirus outbreak we will be posting prayers and bible readings, for those who would like to worship at home. We hope this helps.
This Blog started with updates on the progress of the work repairing and improving the church building. This has now finished, and included repairs to the roof and stonework, photovoltaic panels on the roof, improved disabled access, updating the electrics and lighting, installing a sound system and an exciting project making textile panels to show the history of the church and the people who have lived around it.
By AE, Oct 14 2020 07:10PM
Only this morning I learnt, sadly, that this is National Chocolate Week - a whole half of the week lost already because I didn't know there was such a thing!
To make up for it, here is this offering:
What do you call a sheep covered in chocolate?
A Candy Baa!
By AE, Oct 13 2020 08:54PM
October 13th is the feast of St Edward, more usually known now as King Edward the Confessor, who died in January, 1066. His death without any clear heir led to the dispute of the throne between Harold and William of Normandy, and the beginning of the Norman era at Hastings in 1066.
Edward was, then, King when the first church was consecrated in Llanbedr, in 1063. During building work in 2015 footings dug around the outside edge of the church revealed remnants of a Norman apse, or bowed wall which was characteristic of Norman churches built around that time. This suggests that the first church on the site was built by Normans, even though this was still three years before William's victory at Hastings. It is known, though, that Norman parties of soldiers were busy in the Welsh borders at around that time, and built other churches in a similar way. Two nearby are at Kilpeck and at Craswall, but the site at Llanbedr is the only one known, so far, in Wales.
By AE, Oct 12 2020 08:50PM
This evening's lectionary reading from the Gospel of Mark 15: 1 - 15, brings us a familiar tale. We might remember from tellings of this story from our childhood how Pilate was always simplified into the bad guy, the villain of the piece who had Jesus crucified. Reading with an adult head, though, and perhaps a bit of sympathy for people stuck between a rock and a hard place, what would we have done in Pilate's shoes?
By AE, Oct 11 2020 09:10PM
Brilliant sunshine today, perfect for being outside, and today was also perfect for planting the mulberry tree you can see here. It marks this year's ordinations, especially the new curate, and was celebrated with a blessing, lots of tea and fruit cake.
Let's hope that both the new ministry and the mulberry tree thrive and are fruitful.
By AE, Oct 10 2020 08:55PM
World Mental Health Day is now celebrated around the globe on October 10th, and after the added stresses faced this year will be as significant as ever.
A friend posted the advice below on Facebook this time last year. This year it is even more relevant than last.
Those who suffer from mental health need our prayers as much as those with physical challenges to overcome, but as well as all the advice below, great comfort is to be found in the love of God, and, as luck would have it, one of the most comforting passages of all is in the lectionary readings for tomorrow: Psalm 23.
You will find it on the Weekly Readings page.