The Church family at Conway Road Methodist enjoyed an action packed afternoon on Sunday 7th November looking at the story of Noah.
During the afternoon we made exploding bees out of balloons, origami frogs that refused to jump and bread dough hedgehogs. We installed an incredible bug mansion in the garden where all sorts of bugs will be able to live – definitely a five star residence! We heard the story of Noah and his Ark and during the afternoon finger painted a rainbow to go on the hall notice board to remind us all of God’s promise.
This was all followed by a sumptuous tea – all in all a great afternoon!
As of January 18th I shall be on sabbatical for three months. It is a requirement of the Methodist Church that ministers should have such a sabbatical in the tenth year of their ministry and every seven years thereafter. This represents an opportunity for study and reflection as well as being an opportunity to chill away from the demands of normal ministry. I hope to chill by reading some decent literature and history whilst cheering Manchester United all the way to winning the Premier league. I hope to engage with a few organisations that bring hope to our communities although the extent of that will at least in part be dependent on what happens regarding the pandemic. My main activity will be to produce a piece of work looking at hope in a time when the world is traumatised. That will be shared with you on my return in April.
As I am going to be local I may bump into some of you and have a chat, However, I am expected to keep away from church activities and considerations. I shall be posting on the sabbatical from time to time through videos at https://www.facebook.com/reverendpaulmartin/videos/ ,
In the meantime, my colleagues Alexis Mahoney and Alana Lawrence will be kindly attending to any needs in our church whilst of course caring for their own churches.
On Sunday afternoon, 15th March, Conway Road Church family got together for a fun filled afternoon of activities, stories and songs. There were sunflowers to plant, flowers to make, seeds to collect and plant at home and bread to bake – great fun for all.
We then all went up into the church to put our beautifully constructed flowers in the Church for all to enjoy, followed by a grand rendition of the parable of the sower from our minister, Rev. Paul Martin. We then sang an action packed version of ‘this little guiding light of mine’ to finish.
Then downstairs for the usual afternoon tea – which was fabulous as ever.
A brilliant afternoon enjoyed by all ages – many thanks to all who helped to make it such a lovely event.
Conway Road Church celebrated its 150th birthday on 1st December 2019. A fabulous year ended with a family party for all ages in the Church hall. Younger members enjoyed energetic family games while others took time to chat and catch up.
The afternoon ended with an afternoon tea and a special celebration cake – cut by some of our longest serving members, one of which has actually been coming to the Church for over eighty years – awesome!
On Saturday 13th July Conway Road Methodist Church went to Barry Island. Attended by 13 children and 17 adults.
We hired a large beach hut with electricity and all arrived
in the morning for lunch. It was a
lovely warm day, with plenty of tea, sandwiches and home baked cakes.
There were two groups of the people, those who were sat in close proximity to the kettle in the beach hut and those who set up camp on the beach with the kids.
The children decided it was important to rid the area of all stones, so they all set about digging and filling buckets full of rocks. They had a system and everyone had a job to do – very inventive to watch.
There were quite a few swimmers amongst us who braved the
water and of course commented on how it was ‘not that bad once your in.’
Then there was rounders.
Some of those from the beach hut left their teacups and came to join us
on the beach. Gracie took position of
bowler and we all had 3 bats each, at first it was a little chaotic with many
children not clear on the rules. Coco
wanted to run from 1st to 4th base missing out 2nd
and 3rd base. While Morgan wanted
to keep on batting & just running, when he should have been fielding. Once we had got into the swing of it, we all
enjoyed the game, but we weren’t quite sure which team won.
Some of the children found the spraying jets and boulders,
they jumped from one to the next trying not to get too wet from the spray,
which was to no avail. This warranted
another costume change, it was a good job all the parents seemed to have
brought their children at least 3 outfits to wear.
There was a lot of laughter and everyone enjoyed themselves,
and of course at the end of a long day of fun in the sun a cold ice cream was
enjoyed by all. Lets hope the church
Barry Island trip becomes an annual event.
On Sunday 30th June Conway Road Methodist Church hit the park.
There we had a wonderful bring and share picnic, played a hard fought game of rounders, (goodness you’re a competitive bunch). followed by a vast array of races – everything from the sack race to wearing a bean bag on your head.
Congratulations to all the winners and hope you’ve warmed up now Heulwen.
On Friday 21st June, we opened the doors for our Festival of Flowers and Crafts. Members of the community had created floral arrangements and craft items on a theme of celebration and celebrate, we did! Exhibits of all kinds of arts and crafts from posies, 5 foot tall tropical-looking arrangements, quilts, cross-stitch and paintings to handmade dresses (to name just a few of the items on show) delighted the two to three hundred people who flocked in to share in the festivities.
The Glamorgan Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers joined us with their spinning wheels and looms with members gamely teaching complete beginners how to spin their own yarn or try their hand at a little bit of weaving. There were colouring and bracelet-making activities for children to try and a knitting/crochet corner for anyone willing to make a square for charity. Our dedicated organist was kind enough to provide music on and off throughout the festival so that visitors could enjoy our magnificent 99 year old organ while they looked at the exhibits and of course, the obligatory tea and cake were served from the hatch throughout the festival so no one went thirsty despite the blazing sun which was kind enough to appear for the first two days of the festival.
The festival continued until 4:30pm on Sunday 23rd
when we finally closed the doors just before the evening service. Everyone had
their own favourites and thankfully, it wasn’t a competition; if it had been,
no one could possibly have chosen a winner from all of the inventive and
beautiful offerings on show!