StAR Thursday 28th May 2020

28th May 2020

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Thursday 28 May 2020


Dydd Iau 28 Mai 2020

Tourism Training for Churches

The Experiencing Sacred Wales project has created four free online zoom training courses relating to how tourism can help your historic place of worship. It will be led by the Tourism Team at the National Churches Trust, exploring how visitors can benefit your place of worship. Details are available in Cymraeg and English or register on Eventbrite to book your free place. You will be sent an invite to Zoom nearer the time and you can join us from wherever you are. The sessions will comprise around 1 hour of presentation followed by 30 minutes of open questions, and our presentations will be emailed to all attendees afterwards.The 4 Zoom sessions are:

Welcoming Visitors- Tuesday 9 June 2020, 10.30am-12noon
Finding and Sharing your Stories- Thursday 11 June 2020, 2pm-3.30pm
Making Publicity Work for You- Tuesday 16 June 2020, 10.30am-12noon
Raising Income from Bookable ‘Experiences’- Thursday 18 June 2020, 2pm-3.30pm

Praying for Caia Park during the Coronavirus outbreak

Monday 1 June, 7:30pm- 8:30pm: St Mark's in Wrexham is holding its second monthly Zoom prayer meeting from our homes, linked by the internet and the Holy Spirit. But of course you can set aside this time to join us in prayer from your own home, even if you are not using Zoom. If you want to join us using Zoom, you need to load ZOOM software on your computer and please email Jonathan Smith to be given a link password which enables you to hear and see others who are attending using Zoom.

Christ in the Crisis

Tuesdays in June: 7:20pm- 8:30pm: A Series of Talks and Discussions on Zoom hosted by the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales, details via the EFCW Facebook page or on flyer attached. The first speaker is Canon Stuart Bell on 'Don't waste a good crisis' and our own Archdeacon Andy Grimwood is the last speaker on 'Is the Church fit for purpose?'.

Pentecost Worship from Esgobty

Bishop Gregory and the Borderlands Mission Area have filmed a virtual service for Pentecost. It will be available on Youtube via the diocesan website. All the Worship from Esgobty services are available on the website, including a virtual Eucharist service and there's a section with contemporary worship from youth and children's chaplains, Jon and Esther Andrews.

Stations of the Resurrection by Zoom: Pentecost
Sunday 31 May, 7pm: St Beuno’s Outreach team warmly invite you to join them through Zoom for the Stations of the Resurrection, sometimes known as the Via Lucis ('Way of Light'). This is a journey with the risen Christ through to Pentecost, where we move from the experience of suffering to the hope of joy, peace and liberation. The Stations will last about 45 minutes. For the Zoom link and further information, please contact

Thy Kingdom Come 2020: 21 May - 31 May

This great worldwide wave of prayer that, in God’s grace, has grown across the world into 172 countries and spread through over 60 denominations is underway. Resources to help with Thy Kingdom Come are at

Thy Kingdom Come from Wrexham

As part of Thy Kingdom Come, St Margaret's Church is Wrexham is posting a short video every day, based on the Lord's Prayer. All the films will be available via the church's Facebook page.
Diocesan and Provincial Elections – we need your nominations
The closing date for nominations for the diocesan and provincial elections is Sunday 31 May. We’re looking for new members to shape the strategic direction of the diocese through its Board of Finance and its Property Board. Provincially we need nominations to represent St Asaph on Governing Body, the Representative Body and the Disciplinary Tribunal. Information and nomination forms for all the elections are on our website.

New Teulu Asaph

The Summer edition of our diocesan magazine, Teulu Asaph, is available to read online. It features stories of hope in lock-down, encouragement to be generous at this time and an opportunity to journey with God in pilgrimage around your home. Plus, it includes plenty of Rainbows of Hope provided by pupils in our wonderful Church in Wales Schools. Limited numbers of hard copies will be available in June, so the best way to keep up to date with diocesan news is to read it online, via our website.
Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief in Wales – 2020-21
The Representative Body has been taking advice from a Business Rates specialist and, for local churches which operate church halls used for the assembly of visiting members of the public and where non domestic rates are paid to the local authority for the hall, it should be possible to seek relief from rates under the scheme called Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief in Wales – 2020-21. This would also apply to any shops or cafes operated by churches where rates are paid. You should contact your Local Authority rating department to make the claim. More details of this scheme can be found at the following link. Please note that places of worship are exempt from rates so this does not apply. The Small Business Rate Relief scheme may be applicable in some circumstances and it is worth reviewing the guidance on their website. Please contact Michael Plane in the Diocesan Property Team if you wish to discuss further and he will endeavour to assist.

Arthur Rank Centre Rural Mission Sunday Materials

Materials for use on Rural Mission Sunday are now available from the Arthur Rank Centre, via their website. The materials been developed with COVID19 circumstances in mind, and can hopefully be used whatever the isolation/social distancing situation is by 19 July.
Enabling Outreach and Ministry: Financial Support for Mission Areas
A package of measures worth over half a million pounds to support the work of Mission Areas in this time of crisis has been announced by the Diocesan Board of Finance. All Mission Area Treasurers, Leaders and Administrators along with clergy have received an email with full details. You can find out more on the diocesan website.

Public Notices for faculties

Due to current difficulties that churches are facing concerning the posting of Public Notices advising members of the public about proposed changes to churches requiring a Faculty, all current Public Notices can now be found on the Diocesan Website within the Property pages (churches). Any comments, objections or requests for sight of plans and documentation can, for the time being, be emailed to the Churches Conservation and Development Officer.

COVID 19 Emergency funding

In response to the current situation, funds have been made available to help charities and organisations cover costs for those providing essential services and supporting vulnerable people. If your church is involved in any of this work, then please email Martyn Schlangen funding administrator who can assist with eligibility and applications.

The National Churches Trusts Foundation Grant is open until Oct 2020
The Foundation Grant Programme will offer grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should be up to £10,000 excl. VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis from the start of 2020. The following criteria has to be reached before a grant will be considered:
Match funding of at least 50% is required
Work must not have started
Have 2 quotes in place and necessary permissions at time of applying
Led by conservation accredited professional if the building is listed
Faculty must be in place
For more information see their website.

Voices of the Province

We are living in extraordinary times, and Christians from all walks of life have had to rapidly reimagine their work and ministries over the past few weeks.In a bid to try and capture a snapshot of how the Church and its people have adapted to life in lockdown, St Padarn's have collected a series of short videos (most just 3 or 4 minutes long) from every corner of Wales, and brought them together under the heading of Voices from the Province. They provide a fascinating insight to the new normal for many people, and we would really encourage you to take a look. Just follow this link for more information.

Theology for Life Course

Theology for Life is the course used for all our candidates for licensed ministry but it is open to everyone. If you are not training for a licensed ministry you will need to pay a course fee, details of which are outlined on the leaflet in Cymraeg or English. Further information from Revd Pam Powell.
Vacancies on the Grants Committee
The St Asaph Grants Committee is seeking new members. The Grants Committee meets four times a year (in person or virtually) to allocate diocesan funds for projects relating to mission, ministry, buildings, work with young people and other aspects of church life. It’s looking for new members with experience in managing funds and/or an understanding of how churches can work to make a difference in their communities. Find out more on our website and to apply, please email Diane McCarthy.
If you want something included in the St Asaph Round up, please send it to Dwynwen Williams.
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