St Nicholas Church

GROSMONT GROUP OF PARISHES

St Nicholas Church Grosmont, St Bridget Church Skenfrith, St Mary Llanfair and St Cadoc, Llangattock Lingoed

There is a lot of information going on to this page at the moment, ranging from links to various websites for updates, church opening, what is in place in lieu of services, access to the online Link and a Thought for the Week.
If you keep scrolling down hopefully you will find what you want.

CHURCH SERVICE VIA ZOOM

The Grosmont Group of Churches are now offering 2 online services each week

Sunday morning ‘Family Service’ at 10.00am  on Zoom

Tuesday morning ‘Morning Prayer’ at 9.30am on Zoom.

For more information, help, support and to receive the connection links to these please contact

marykmoore50emar@gmail.com

Friday Round up from the Diocese

https://mailchi.mp/f6c0e2206edb/upcoming-events-in-monmouth-diocese-6313941?e=1656de61b4

PLEASE CLICK BELOW FOR THE JULY EDITION OF THE CHURCH LINK,
WHICH IS ONLY AVAILABLE ON LINE AT THE MOMENT.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

THOUGHT FOR TRINITY 4 – 5 JULY 2020

Matthew 11:28-30

When times are challenging and uncertain it is natural for humans to grasp and hang on to things that are familiar, even if we don’t fully appreciate the extent of their meaning. I guess that it’s not very surprising that on reading today’s Gospel passage that the words that leapt off the page are words of loving invitation spoken by our Lord to the people, he was teaching in Galilee. Familiar and comforting words, yet also words of huge challenge that speak of turning our usual understanding of ‘the norm’ on it’s head, and embracing a different understanding and new practice.This is surely something we are all being expected to adapt to in current times.

28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

The idea of ‘yoke’ and ‘burden’ is not particularly positive! When we think of being yoked we think of freedom being removed, of being kept under control, of our desires to do as we wish being curtailed. We think of being bound by someone else’s code, even of being controlled!  Burden conjures up for us something that is heavy, unwieldy, something that makes life difficult. We might think of beasts of burden – animals crumbling under impossible loads they are expected to carry. Burden brings to mind something that is likely to break us physically, mentally and emotionally.  Many might see the challenges of Coronavirus in such terms. It has taken away our freedoms, our free will and choice. It has shackled us to a way of behaving that has demanded great resilience for survival, and for many the burden of this has been incredibly difficult to bear. That, of course, is for those who have not fallen ill with the virus. For those suffering and those treating the burden is on a much greater level!

So, given that our experience of yoke and burden can justifiably be so challenging, how can being a follower of Christ change this? In the midst of our experiences how can Jesus’ way make a difference? His words turn our experience upside down, but the reality is that our experience has actually turned God’s original intentions the wrong way up. We were created to be in harness with God. To live our lives yoked to our creator, not to restrict our freedoms but to ensure we never had to bear the burdens alone. We were created to follow God’s lead, to trust to his direction and to
allow him to help us through the challenges that life would bring. We were not created to carry these things alone, apart from our creator. It was human choice that prevented God from sharing the load. God had provided for us a beautiful and wonderful place to live, with an occupation, that was not too strenuous but very fulfilling. Then, in disobedience, a bad choice was made, and so began a way of life that was hard and strenuous. What became human ‘normal’ was actually in direct contrast to what God had intended for us.

So let us look again at those few verses. 28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

They begin with an invitation. An inviting to everyone who hears the words. An invitation without condition. Come. Although there is no condition, the invitation does ask something of the receiver. We have to make the movement towards our host. We have to receive that invitation and act upon it. It is our choice, but the reward is great. We are promised rest. Rest in the midst of our weariness. Then the gentle invitation to live as God intended. In harness with him, allowing him to ease our lives and to guide our path. Allowing him to bear the weight of all that is unbearable. We are being enticed once again into a deeper loving relationship. God is showing us his nature, gentleness and humility, and is wanting to nurture us within that. We are not shackling ourselves to a tyrant but choosing to harness ourselves in relationship to a loving father. God wants us to embrace relationship with him, and when we choose to allow him to be in control of our lives the weight and weariness of always trying to ‘go it alone’ is lifted! It doesn’t mean that life’s challenges disappear, but we are able to rest in the promise that God is there and that He is in control.

Rev Gaynor

THOUGHT FOR TRINITY 3 – 28 JUNE 2020

The Psalm given for this Sunday is Psalm 13, one of those written by David; it begins ‘How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?’  ‘How long?’ is a sentiment that chimes with us at present, although we need not worry that God will forget us.

David was the most successful of all the kings of Israel in the Old Testament, but he was prone to times of despair.  He well knew that he had not always behaved as God would have him behave, and he worried that, without God’s protection, his personal universe would crumble – as indeed in many ways it finally did.  But Psalm 13 verse 5 runs ‘I will trust in your unfailing love’ and it was that trust in God that carried David through his various tribulations.

Our situation in lockdown is frustrating rather than onerous in this beautiful part of the world, but we still can be forgiven for wondering ‘how long?’.  The PCC are trying to work out when and how the church might reopen for private prayer, but it will be months before we can meet and sing together as we worship.  But, with David, we can trust in God’s unfailing love, for we know that his love has no strings attached.  The grace of God means that we have simply to acknowledge his existence and turn to him in order to be filled with his love.  It really is that simple.

If, like David, we do things wrong – and some of the things David did were really wrong – we can still turn to God to apologise in the certain knowledge that we will be accepted as we are and loved as only God can.  It is this trust in his unfailing love that sustains all Christians and enables us to step out in faith and do things we never thought we could do.  We do not do them to earn God’s love, for that we have already; we do them because we have God’s love.

Monday of this week is the Feast of St Peter & St Paul, June 29th, which is one of the two dates on which deacons and priests are traditionally ordained into the Anglican church.  Our own Mary Moore would have been one of those stepping out in faith this time, but it has been locked-down out of the calendar until October 4th.  Her ordination will be a much quieter affair than usual with very limited numbers attending, but we will support her in prayer from afar.

The grace of God reaches far beyond such frustrations, which are relatively minor in the greater scheme of things, however irritating.  The church can never shout too loudly about this central truth to our faith – that God’s love is available to all people, whatever they may have done, if they will simply turn to him and put their trust him, as David did.

Revd Andrew Harter
27th June 2020

THOUGHT FOR FATHER’S DAY – 21 JUNE 2020

Fathers Day 2020

THOUGHT FOR TRINITY 1 – 14 JUNE 2020

Trinity 1 2020

THOUGHT FOR TRINITY SUNDAY – 7 JUNE 2020

Trinity Sunday

THOUGHT FOR PENTECOST – 31 MAY 2020

Pentecost 2020

THOUGHT FOR ASCENSION SUNDAY – 24 MAY 2020

THOUGHT FOR ASCENSION SUNDAY



If you would like to keep in touch with things happening in the Diocese and beyond, take a look at the Monmouth Diocese Twitter page. You don’t need to join Twitter to do this. The Church Times have a page of useful resources for worship which you can access from this site.

You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Rev Gaynor

CHURCH OPENING

It is with regret that St Nicholas Church will be closed until further notice to comply with the statement below. 

Church Buildings
We know that our churches have always been places of sanctuary, peace and wellbeing. However, it is now clear that health and healing are best served by church buildings being closed. All church buildings should therefore be closed until further notice.

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LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES AND BLOGS

Church in Wales – Updated 9 April 2020

https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/clergy-and-members/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/

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www.churchinwales.org.uk

monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk

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PRAYER CYCLE

Prayer_List_June_2020

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Rev Dr Lorraine Cavanagh, a member of our Ministry Team who regularly takes services for us, has a blog which you might be interested in.   https://lorrainecavanaghsblog.wordpress.com

https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/lorraine-cavanaghs-blog-lorraine-cavanagh-ap95HE-umU3/

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LINK ONLINE

TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE ON THE CHURCH IN WALES SITE.  SEE TOP OF THE PAGE

We now have the magazine available to view online. Link is https://parish.churchinwales.org.uk/m171/church-link/ 

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General Data Protection Regulation

To find out about the GDPR as it relates to St Nicholas Church, Grosmont please click here:
Data Protection Privacy Notice


Parochial Church Council Meetings

PCC Meeting 13 February 2020

PCC Meeting 7 November 2019
PCC Meeting 12 September 2019
PCC Meeting 25 July 2019
PCC Meeting 6 June 2019
PCC Meeting 24 April 2019
Easter Vestry Minutes
Minister’s Report Grosmont Easter Vestry 2019
2018 Parish Accounts for Vestry Meeting 2019
Notes from PCC Meeting 17 January 2019
Notes from PCC Meeting 28 March 2019

News from the PCC Meeting 2 February 2018

SERVICES

Please see the Church in Wales guidance at the top of the page.

Other Services:

Please see the Church in Wales guidance at the top of the page.


Bible Study Group:

MARCH

Please see the Church in Wales guidance at the top of the page.

Events in the Nave and Church

MARCH

Please see the Church in Wales guidance at the top of the page.

St Nicholas Church is a fine medieval building but, much more than that, it is also the people of the community who live and work in our beautiful parish. The church stands as a powerful reminder of what community life meant to the people of past centuries; today it remains a symbol for shared experience and the spirit of community.

St NicholasIn ancient times the church was an important community space; it was only much later that the building was reserved exclusively for ecclesiastical use. We are lucky still to have the dramatic original nave of St Nicholas with its fine acoustics. We are also fortunate to share with the parish community the vision of restoring the nave to its central and original community role.

We are an ecumenical congregation and welcome everyone who wants to meet and talk with us, question and challenge us, share our vision and join us.

For baptisms, weddings and funerals and other occasional services please contact:


Grosmont Ministry Team

Priest in Charge
Revd Gaynor Burrett

Lay Reader
Sandy Ireson LLM

Lay Eucharistic Assistants
Russell James
Louise Minford
Mary Moore
Pat Noakes

Church Wardens
Russell James
Mark Potter

Parochial Church Council
Louise Minford (Treasurer)
Andrew Harter (Secretary)
Jenny Harter

Ex officio
Russell James (Vicar’s Warden)
Mark Potter (People’s Warden)
Mary Moore (Ordinand)
Sandy Ireson (Lay Reader)

Safeguarding:  Contact Rev Gaynor Burrett
Health and Safety Officer:  To be confirmed

Information on the previous incumbents of the parishes can be found here.


Events that have taken place in the Nave
Village Suppers, Archery, Annual Produce Show, Musical Performances, Ceilidhs and Monthly Market etc.

For more information on the Quarterly Market click here.

NATIVITY LIVE 2019

Nativity Live
For the last 10 years on Christmas Eve, Mary and Joseph, a child and a donkey, shepherds and Wise Men have gathered at the top of the village to begin Nativity Live!

This is a special celebration for Christmas Eve which has become a very popular and colourful tradition in Grosmont. The procession pauses at the Angel Inn but finds “no room at the inn”, and continues on to the Nave of St. Nicholas Church.
All gather in the Nave for the familiar carols and a different presentation of the Christmas story.
Mince pies and mulled wine complete the special evening.

 


Archery in the Nave

Sandy Ireson runs her acclaimed Archery Lessons in the Nave on Friday evenings. These are suitable for all age groups (within reason!). All profits go to support St Nicholas, Grosmont. If you are interested in joining, further information is available from Sandy www.llangattockarchers.co.uk


Rent the Nave for your Event!

Grosmont Nave is one of the finest in all Wales. It makes a wonderful venue for all kinds of events. Do not overlook it!

Please contact Andrew Harter for information. Email: andrew@harter.co.uk