Tuesday, 20 March 2012

When We Were Baptized
















We felt relief and happiness that we had taken that step in our faith or at least were given the chance to take that step (I was baptised at 10 even though I had been a believer since I was 4 and my brother was 8 when he was baptised even though he has been a believer since he was 4). I guess I also feel more reassured that I could freely consider myself a part of the church and a friend of Jesus. We would really like to thank all the members at Sunday club and church club for all their gifts, kindness and good wishes.

By Sali and Christian Goodwin

Friday, 16 March 2012

The People’s Passion – Music for Easter 2012


For Easter 2012, BBC Radio 4 has a series of dramas and features entitled ‘The People’s Passion’. For this project they have commissioned two choral works – an ‘Easter Anthem’ and a ‘People’s Passion Mass’. The poet Michael Symmons Roberts and composer Sasha Johnson Manning have collaborated to produce two beautiful pieces of music. The aim is to have as many choirs and groups of people across the country – and even the world – to sing and perform this music over Easter this year.
Our little singing group – Cantorion Gelliwastad – is busy learning one section of the Mass – the Agnus Dei. Our hope is to sing this at the united service on Good Friday with the help of three young instrumentalists to accompany us. The service will be held at St. David’s Uniting Church, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd at 10.30am on April 6th 2012 and everyone is welcome to come.

For more information about the People’s Passion project see its home page at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/peoples-passion/
For an update on what’s happening around the country, and a list of performances, follow the links below:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio4/2012/03/are_you_singing_the_peoples_pa.html
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/radio4/transcripts/peoplespassionchoirs.pdf

Friday, 9 March 2012

Celebrating St David

A good number of us gathered on March 1st to celebrate the Patron Saint of our nation, and of course of our church.

We enjoyed some delicious soup – my choice was leek and potato, as fitted the occasion – and bread and cheese, and of course the inevitable Welsh cakes and bara brith. As we ate and drank, we were treated to stories of Saint David and homespun entertainment in the true ‘noson lawen’ tradition of songs and poems, both serious and funny.

The evening was a heart-warming experience, reminding us that, while the Welsh language is beautiful and a heritage to be proud of, there is something special about being Welsh whether you speak the language or not – and it’s not just rugby! Long live our bilingual nation!

written by Ray Vincent