WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SKETTY
ANNUAL REPORT and ACCOUNTS 2016
The Parish of Sketty forms part of Clyne Trinity Ministry Area within the Area Deanery of Greater Gower and part of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon within the Church in Wales
Registered Charity 1133995
Parish and Trustee’s Mission
“The parish of Sketty invites all to practise Christian faith, together serving God and our community by sharing the good news of Jesus”.
The Annual Vestry Meeting will take place on
Thursday 6th April 2016 at 7:30pm at St Paul’s Church, Sketty Swansea
This report is in six sections:
1. Introduction – Deputy Ministry Area’s Foreword, Structure, Governance and Responsibilities
2. Serving God and Our Community– Highlights Summary, Parish Performance and Reports, Ministry Area and Conference Reports
3. Prayer, Evangelism and Worship Leadership -
4. Baptisms, Awards, Marriages and In Memorandum
5. Looking Forward
6. Statement of Financial Activities and Financial Report
APPROVED by the Parochial Church Council on 14th March 2017
And signed on its behalf by Canon Reverend Peter Brooks Area Dean
VICAR’S FOREWORD ~ Dean’s Report
I commend this Annual Report as your account of a year in the life of St Paul's and Holy Trinity Churches working together to make the Kingdom of God a reality in your Parish.
2016 saw the appointment of your new Vicar with his Induction to be held on 2nd March 2017. It has taken a long time to find the right person to answer this call to serve with you (Vicarage notwithstanding), but now you can make your plans for the future. This report reveals a sound foundation of worship, prayer, study, children's and community work and many other things on which you can build, that make St Paul's and Holy Trinity the places they are today. Thanks, must be extended to the Officers and the PCC members who have been instrumental in governing and guiding your churches but thanks also to all the Lay Readers, Lay Worship Leaders Sister Marian and the clergy including your pro-
My thoughts and Prayers will be with you in this coming year and beyond.
Reverend Canon Peter Brooks Area Dean
The Phillipses in Sketty
When we came back to Swansea from Bristol over four years ago, we acquired our Permissions to Officiate, put word out that we were available for cover and waited to see what would happen. For the first two years, we spread ourselves across three dioceses, two provinces and twenty plus churches a year, eventually apparently settling among the rural delights of South West Gower.
But word came that our presence at Sketty would be appreciated, and we have since found ourselves spending most Sundays in a large urban parish, with two churches and a range of services, rather than traveling round the Archdeaconry. What follows is an attempt to summarise something of our experiences here over the last eighteen months.
It was only when we read last year’s Annual Report we realised how much was going on behind the scenes, and started to recognise the roles that members of the congregations play. A church needs to do many things, and developing itself as a worshipping community is a priority; a church that accepts that a range of worship styles is possible is rare and to be commended. Worship and teaching go side by side, and we enjoyed glimpses of the ministry to the young, with accounts of Open the Book and of welcoming schools for Christmas and Easter Experiences, not to mention Tots and lost sheep and baptising the grandson of a former colleague. We remember Bishop John and the cast of the Sunday School nativity play, a throng of assorted camels, angels, sheep, kings and shepherds helping him to light the Fourth Advent candle. But this is also a worshipping community which takes pastoral care seriously, in its involvement in the Night Shelter, and a community which prays and studies. Preaching to a congregation dotted with House Group members who offer informed comments and ask questions concentrates the mind rather, and helping the team at Bloomfield celebrate communion for Christmas and Easter was a privilege. No human institution is ever perfect; Paul’s letters to the church in Corinth are a salutary reminder of the problems faced by the very earliest Christians, but Sketty seems to manage its own affairs as a Christian church responsibly and competently.
Through all the various upheavals and uncertainties during our time, both for the congregations and for us, the team of churchwardens for us have been like rocks, answering our questions, providing people to read and people to pray, to bear elements and collection plates, to be servers and Eucharistic ministers. They have also supplied lifts for transport-
Peter and Judith
Statement of Trustees’ Responsibilities
The Trustees (The PCC) are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the Financial Statements in accordance with applicable law and United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Standards and Practice. The PCC is required to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the charity and of the incoming resources and application of resources of the charity for that period. They are responsible for safeguarding the assets of the charity and for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.
The Trustees acknowledge the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit set out in The Advancement of Religion for the Public Benefit. The Trustees refer to the guidance when reviewing the aims and objectives of the Charity and planning future activities and consider how activities will contribute to the aims and objectives they have set. The Trustees believe that by supporting the work of the Church in Wales, it promotes the whole mission of the Church, both in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon and in its individual parishes, providing a benefit to the public by:
promoting Christian values, and service by members of the Church in and to their communities, to the benefit of individuals and society as a whole; and
providing facilities for public worship, pastoral care, spiritual and moral development for its members and for all who wish to benefit from what the Church offers.
Structure, Governance and Membership
The Church in Wales is governed by its constitution, set up under section 13(1) of the Welsh Church Acts 1914, as amended from time to time by its Governing Body. Every PCC member must sign a declaration that he or she will be bound by the Constitution. The Parish of Sketty PCC met monthly during 2016. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has seven committees that assist in running of the parish – Buildings and Major Works; Families and Children (Spearhead); Fellowship; Finance, Investments and Accounts; Holy Trinity Church; Parish Centre; Prayer and World Mission – the PCC has delegated specific terms of reference and functions to each sub-
PCC Ex Officio Members:
Area Dean: Rev’d Canon Peter Brooks from 1st January to 30th June 2016
Ministry Area Leader: Rev’d Phillip Gwynn from 1st July to 1st March 2017
Vicar’s Warden: Mr Eifion Francis from April 2012
People’s Warden: Mr Kenneth Lewis Elected since April 2016
Vicar’s Sub Warden: Mrs Iris Jones Holy Trinity Church
People’s Sub Warden: Mrs Clare Hazell Holy Trinity Church, Elected
Employed Family Worker Mrs Sián Parkhouse since September 2009
Elected PCC Trustees:
Mrs Maureen Amner PCC Secretary Retired Pictured Right
Mrs Angela Ball
Mrs Elaine C Gale
Mr John Gilbody
Mrs Andrea Gould
Mr David James Chairman from May 2015
Mrs Sonia Jones Parish Treasurer from 2011
Mrs Anne Penton
Dr Jane Watkeys Assistant Vicar’s Warden
Mr Clive Williams Assistant People’s Warden
Mrs Karen Williams
Parochial Church Council 2016= 2017
Relief Clergy: Rev’d Judith Phillips and Rev’d Dr Peter Phillips from 3rd October 2015
Religious and Readers: Sister Marian Single Consecrated Life and Oblate (SCL), Sister of the Society of the Sacred Cross (SSC); and Mr Alan Griffiths -
Eucharist Assistants (Five of whom administer Home Communion (HC):
Mrs Elaine Gale (HC), Mr Clive Garrish, Mrs Sheila Green, Mrs Iris Jones (HC), Mrs Sonia Jones, Mrs Elizabeth Jowett (HC), Mr Kenneth Lewis (HC), Mrs Vivienne Lewis (HC), Mrs Biddy O’Kane, Mrs Karen Phillips, Ms Janet Vine, Mrs Karen Williams, Dr Jane Watkeys, Mr Graham Wattley; Server: Mr John Steele.
Intercessor Prayer Leaders:
Mr David James, Mrs Sonia Jones, Mrs Elizabeth Jowett, Mrs Anne Penton, Mrs Joyce Phillips, Mrs Karen Williams.
Lay Licensed Worship Leaders:
Mr Eifion Francis, Mrs Jillian Francis, Mrs Andrea Gould, Mrs Sonia Jones, Mrs Viv Lewis, Mrs Sián Parkhouse. During 2016 we have had three new worship leaders trained: Mrs Iris Jones; Ms Elizabeth Jowett and Ms Wendy Thomas.
Mr Fred and Mrs Maureen Amner (HT); Mrs Elizabeth Bachelor (HT), Mrs Fran Dickson, Ms Diane Dark, Mrs Deidre Davies, Mrs Mary and Ms Susan Davies, Mrs Elaine Gale, Mr John and Mrs Jude Gilbody, Mrs Ann Iles (HT), Mrs Sue and Mrs David James, Mrs Phyllis Leaker (HT), Mrs Julia Mitchell (HT), Ms Anne Morgan, Ms Philippa Nash, Mr Ken Owens (HT), Mr Roger and Mrs Thelma Pike, Mrs Jean Postlethwaite, Mrs Nell Pugh, (HT) David Rowlands.
PARISH EMPLOYED STAFF (paid for services):
Mrs Sián Parkhouse Full time Family Worker
Mrs Katrina Guntrip Part time Parish Centre Administrator until 30th August 216
Mrs Jayne Cooper Part time Parish Administrator from 15th August 2016
Mr Timothy Gale Part time Parish Centre Cleaner
Mr Chris Winstanley Part time Holy Trinity Cleaner
Annual Report and Accounts
Editor: Mr Clive Williams Compiler: Mrs Sonia Jones
Parish Consolidated and St Paul’s Church Mrs Sonia Jones
Holy Trinity Church Mr Kenneth Owens
Parish Centre Mr Michael Johns
Parish Records: Mrs Sonia Jones
Independent Examiner: Mrs Gillian Knight BA, FCA
St Paul’s Church and Parish Centre Charities Aid Foundation,
Holy Trinity Church Barclays, Llanelli
SERVING GOD AND OUR COMMUNITY
The year began with the Prayer Group continuing in prayer for ‘the gap, or more formally the interregnum and introducing some new ways of praying such as an on-
Our Music Group celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a special Easter-
As we approached autumn the annual Bonfire night was another huge success with over 1,000 visitors to St Paul’s Church grounds. The baton for this fundraising activity was passed from the choir to the 44th Sketty (Church) Scouts. 2016 ended by completing our year’s journey with our (knitted) Holy Family as they journeyed around the Parish and finally found room with us as they settled in the Sanctuary of St Pau’ls Church on Christmas Eve.
PARISH WARDEN’S REPORT
During the interregnum, many tasks and decisions which would be undertaken by the incumbent, have fallen to the Wardens. The tasks have ranged from finding records of previous marriages and funerals, to ensuring that the “locum” Cleric, or preacher knows what to expect. We have been fortunate to have had support, guidance and advice from Canon Peter Brooks and Reverend Phil Gwynn. We acknowledge with thanks the continuity afforded by the generous and committed services of Reverend Peter and Judith Phillips, which, along with that of
Sister Marian, Archdeacon Robert Williams, Reverend Sue Knight and others who have made our task easier. Their help, and that of the Assistant Wardens and countless Lay-
Mr Eifion Francis and Mr Ken Lewis
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH WARDEN’S REPORT
Holy Trinity PCC sub Committee
Members: Vicar (Chairperson): Mr Fred Amner, Mrs Sheila Green, Mrs Clare Hazell Mrs Iris Jones (Wardens), Mrs Audrey Milne, Mrs Julia Mitchell, Mr Ken Owens (Treasurer), Mrs Karen Williams.
Aims: To consider matters relating to Holy Trinity Church, including services, events and building matters or referring to the PCC as appropriate. The Committee meets quarterly.
Our church services continue to do well especially the Wednesday morning, joint Ministry Area Service. Not going so well is our extra service on a Sunday morning without communion. Some of St Paul’s congregation join us on each fourth Sunday, but without the choir whilst they are having their ‘gap rest’.
The Hot Cross Bun service went very well and we had a good number of adults and children enjoying tea and buns. The number attending this service is encouraging and more seem to come each year. Our Holy “T” service is also going well. A good number come each month when different church members take it in turn with the Theme. The children enjoy themselves answering some of the questions; it is well worth doing. Messy Harvest was a great success and was well attended with lots of children and parents. Carol Praise service was different as we had readings and sketches, we sang, the Hand-
We lost three dear members Betty Griffin, Muriel Lewis and Phyllis Lloyd who we miss. We thank all the clergy who have looked after us during the interregnum.
Mrs Iris Jones
OUR VISION AND AIM
We seek to be a Christ-
OBJECTIVES, PRIORITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
We value the freedom to experiment and try out new ideas. Members enjoy working together with ministers as a collaborative team, mutually supporting one another serving God. Men and Women’s ministry is a very important part of our life together. The church seeks to recognise everyone’s talents, and encourage them to take an active part.
SERVICES AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE
We have a range of services throughout the week. St Paul’s Church has a contemporary 9:30am service with a Sunday school every week; three 8am Said services as well as one Choral Matins, two Choral Eucharist and two Evensongs per month. Holy Trinity Church have three Sunday Eucharist morning service; one Evening Praise and Holy T per month. Lay people are involved in reading, leading intercessions, and in the Sunday school.
MEMBERSHIP, ATTENDANCE AND ELECTORAL ROLL
To avoid distortion of the figures, the 'special' services listed, have not been included in the averages for the regular services. The figure for Eucharistic Services are for attendance, which is slightly more than communicants alone.
Collecting the numbers attending out-
FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT
Finance, Accounting and Investment sub Committee
Members: Clergy, Mrs Angela Ball, Mr Peter Bowen, Mr David James, Mr Mike Johns (Parish Centre Treasurer), Mrs Sonia Jones (Parish Treasurer), Mr Ken Lewis, Mr Ken Owens (HT Treasurer), Mr Clive Williams (Chairperson).
Aims and Responsibility: Financial and Counting practices, procedures and policies. That they are in place and comply with all relevant legislation; Determines the investment strategy for the PCC; Responsible to Trustees for keeping them up to date on the financial situation; Preparing the Annual Budgets and Annual Accounts; Ad hoc duties as designated by PCC. The Committee meets quarterly.
Summary (More information can be found in the Parish of Sketty Annual Accounts 2016).
At Parish level the key figure to note, is an overall deficit of £26,111 which is made up of St Paul’s Church ~ minus £25,544; minus Holy Trinity Church ~ £3,775; surplus Parish Centre ~ £1,758 and Small Church Organisation ~ surplus £1,450. Parish Income was £14,530 and Expenditure £171,641. The Ministry (Parish) Share went up by £1,452 on 2015 to £80,815
(inclusive of 4% rebates in both years) and only moved by £860 when compared with 2010 at £81,674. Notably peaking in 2012 at £95,226.
In the autumn the PCC decided to move £75,000 from the Investment Fund into the Deposit Fund. The capital gain at 9th January 2017 . Thankfully the world markets have consistently increased our investment since 2010. However, we must be realistic to values falling as well as rising. This steady increase has helped offset the total Parish Assets value which has still reduced by £7,857 from 321,711 to £313,852.
St Paul’s Church In 2016 there was a planned deficit of £25,544. The main impact continues to be a downturn in planned giving. Down by 11% over the past year and down by 18% since 2013. The interregnum has taken its toll with some services cut and some merged, and weddings much reduced from 16 in 2015, 2014 down to just four in 2016.
Expenditure has had some reprieve. During the interregnum, the Church in Wales has picked up the payments relating to the vicarage. Not enough though to help significantly, because of increased costs of employing people (mainly Administration of payroll and HR). Mission costs have increase due to the procurement of a new printer, as well as ongoing work (into 2017) in the churchyard to fell trees for health and safety reasons.
Mrs Sonia Jones
Holy Trinity Church Due to known, planned expenditure and an anticipated decrease in income, Holy Trinity’s accounts have moved from a surplus of £6,707 in 2015 to a deficit of £3,775 in 2016.
Expenditure increased from £24,159 to £29,795 with Repairs and Renewals increasing from £4,063 to £10,014 due mainly to: roof repairs above the entrance porch; re-
Income, on the other hand, reduced from £30,866 to £26,020. This was due to receipts from Gift Direct being less as a consequence of members moving away from the area or, sadly, passing away and also a substantial drop in Hall Lettings. This was because the Seventh Day Adventist Church finally moved into their own building, after almost six years of using our facilities. During this time, we received £15,665 from them and this level of income will be well-
The outcome of all this saw our Current Assets reduce from £25,354 to £21,579, but I consider this to be a satisfactory outcome when everything is taken into account. To emerge with a relatively healthy Balance Sheet after undertaking the amount of work which we have during 2016 is very pleasing.
Mr Ken Owens
Parish Centre This year the Parish Centre made a profit of income over expenditure for the first time in three years viz £1,759 (2015 saw a loss of £1,106). Overall income was up by just over £2/000. One regular booking was secured half way through the year at £100 per month. The only area where bookings continue to decline is parties. Expenditure was marginally down with no capital works and only essential Repairs and Renewals being done. The rolling programme of refurbishment was put on hold this year and we continued to benefit from stable utility costs from our new supplier.
Mr Mike Johns
BUILDINGS COMMITTEE REPORT
Buildings sub Committee (BSC)
Members: Clergy, Mrs Rachel Bould, Mr Harold Grenfell (Chairman), Mr Noel Isherwood, Mr Ken Lewis (Secretary); Mr David Rowlands.
Aims: Responsibility for all three parish buildings and grounds. To keep the state of buildings, fabrics, walls and monuments, under review through the Church in Wales Faith in Maintenance Scheme. The Committee meets once a month.
Annual or periodic works have been overseen in each building, to include Heating Systems, Fire Risk Assessments, Health and Safety Audits, Lightning Conductor testing and sound system upgrading. Following identification of tasks a Faith in Maintenance Working Group has carried out works not requiring specialist attention.
St Paul’s Church: Following the decision of the City Council to end their public maintenance contract, the clock has been maintained by Eifion Francis assisted by Emyr Davies and Mark Anderson, (bell-
The North Porch has been redecorated, externally and stone cleaning carried out at the base of the tower to remove algae staining and graffiti. The boiler house was reordered to improve storage facilities and the boiler room was separated from the general area with a fire proof screen to meet the fire officer's advice.
A tree survey by Liz Phillips, TechArborA of RTAC identified trees which needed to be felled or have attention for health and safety reasons. The work is progressing in line with the degree of urgency identified. Where appropriate new trees are to be planted. The hedge to the church field boundary had been breached illegally in a number of places and restoration has been carried out and additional stock fencing has been introduced. The extensive grounds are faithfully attended to by the “Green Gym”; a small band of volunteers who would very much welcome additions to their ranks.
Holy Trinity Church: Repairs and renewals include – repairs to the roof above the entrance lobby to try and eliminate the problem of water penetration; internal decorations in the toilet and lobby; rewiring and renewing/improving lighting in the main body of the church; renewal of an under-
Parish Centre: In addition to day to day maintenance items the following works have been completed. Addressing faults in the heating system; sound system improvement; new car park lighting facility and overhauling the lighting in the halls.
Mr Kenneth Lewis (Secretary)
PARISH CENTRE REPORT
Parish Centre PCC sub Committee
Membership: Clergy (Chairperson), Mrs Jayne Cooper (Parish Administrator), Ms K Davies, Mr Wyndham Davies, Mrs Andrea Gould, Mrs Katrina Guntrip, Mr Mike Johns (Treasurer).
Aims: To consider practical matters relating to the Parish Centre and make policy recommendations about lettings, publicity and Centre use, including hire rates. The Committee meets twice a year.
The Parish Centre hosted approximately 12 Church Groups, 22 regular groups (such as The Gower Society, National Trust; National Osteoporosis Society) and 33 one-
The Buildings’ Committee have undertaken a Health and Safety review and much of the action plan has been achieved. A major improvement in printing and document production was introduced with a new machine which produces material in colour and a professional quality that will reflect well on the image of the Parish Mission work in our wider community. The purchase of this machine was thoroughly researched to ensure best value for money for users. Productions of the weekly Newsletter and bi-
Mrs Katrina Guntrip and Mrs Jayne Cooper(Administrators)
Provincial Safeguarding Committee: Dr Jane Watkeys
Every parish in the Church in Wales has adopted a policy on safeguarding to protect young people and vulnerable adults within our churches. The parish policy accords with the policy document of the Church in Wales and can be accessed on the provincial website under Safeguarding. In July 2016, four members attended a safeguarding conference at Brecon cathedral with speakers on internet grooming and modern day slavery. In addition to our volunteers who undergo police checks willingly to help with our parish groups, a duty of care rests with us all to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are and remain safe from harm.
Mrs Sue James Parish Safeguarding Officer
CLYNE TRINITY MINISTRY AREA STEERING GROUP (MASG)
Parish Representatives: Mr Eifion Francis; Mrs Sonia Jones; Dr Jane Watkeys
The steering group continued to meet approximately every month. It consists of three representatives from each Parish and now only one cleric Phillip Gwynn. Stephen Gardner from Killay chaired it initially and the group is now chaired by Jane Watkeys. The group worked hard to promote joint worship, Lent Groups, Flower Festival, extension of Messy church across three parishes, joint youth club and school worship. An audit of skills was undertaken so the expertise available is used to the full. The aim is to engage more fully with local people enabling the work of the church to be more visible within the community. There are moves to appoint a youth worker. Rev’d Robert Davies-
Dr Jane Watkeys (Chairperson)
GREATER GOWER DEANERY (Formerly CLYNE DEANERY)
Deanery Synod Representatives: Clergy, Mr Eifion Francis, Mrs Iris Jones, Mrs Sonia Jones, Mrs Siân Parkhouse, Mrs Alice Sullivan, Dr Jane Watkeys, Mrs Rose Wattley.
During the year, the eleven deaneries were reduced to four. Clyne Deanery became the Greater Gower Deanery and now includes more churches. From 1st January 2016 the Deaneries of Clyne, Gower and Llwchwr became one now known as the Deanery of Greater Gower with Canon Peter Brooks at the helm. There have been two meetings, of which one was on Safeguarding held in Gorseinon.
Mrs Iris Jones (Elected Member)
DIOCESAN CONFERENCE REPORT
Diocesan Conference: (2013-
Clergy, Dr Jane Watkeys, (Ms Janet Vine back-
Presentations were received from three different areas in which Christians are actively engaging in community and public life for the good of others: including community and outreach support through organisations such as Swansea Hope and the Cinnamon Network; the work of our Diocesan church schools; and the establishment of Family Centres in some of the challenging and deprived areas of the Diocese.
GOVERNING BODYOF CHURCH IN WALES -
Church in Wales Governing Body:
Dr Jane Watkeys (2013-
The latest meeting was held in Lampeter in September. The Archbishop of Wales announced his retirement and talked about same sex marriage. The Bench of Bishops decided “Anyone who has been Baptised will be able to receive Holy Communion in church under guidance effective from November 2016.
An attempt to remove the age limit of 75 for churchwardens failed and a motion was brought to enforce the six-
Mrs Sonia Jones (Elected Member)
PRAYER, EVANGELISM AND WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
THE RELIGIOUS LIFE
What is a Religious and what do they do in the parish?
Anglican Religious in Wales are few and the only remaining convent in South Wales in the Society of the Sacred Cross with its convent in Monmouth.
Due to my health issues, I could not join them although I had made promises to live a Rule of Life as an ‘Oblate’ of that Order. I have taken life vows of Chastity, Simplicity of life and Obedience before our own Bishop to live as a Religious in my own home as part of the network of those living what is called, ‘The Consecrated Single Life’. As a ‘Religious’ my main role is prayer and saying six daily Offices, spiritual counselling and direction, leading ‘Quiet Times’ and groups and pastoral care. I write for the parish magazine and news-
As my life is consecrated to God it means that He is my focus and I have the humble privilege to be able to pray for others when they are unable to pray for themselves. Some value that aspect of the Religious life and feel upheld by it. It is very important also to uphold the parish incumbent and the various other ministries in this way. Simply being ‘available’ for those who need a ‘safe place’ to talk and share their problems is a very humbling and important part of my role. Please visit my web-
Sister Marian SCL
Members: Mrs Elizabeth Jowett, Mr Ken Lewis, Sister Marian, Mrs Anne Penton (Chairperson), Mrs Karen Phillips, Mrs Siân Parkhouse, Mrs Karen Williams.
Aims: to promote the vision of the church; to support, with prayer, encouragement and exploration, different ways of communicating with God; to support existing study groups, house groups, Alpha groups and new initiatives from church members and to support Sister Marian in her ministry. The committee meets monthly for fellowship and prayers.
Prayer Group we meet monthly at the back of St Paul's Church; usually on a Monday afternoon between 1pm and 3.00pm. About eight people attend and we spend our time praying, talking and listening to God but we need to get better at listening. It has been a special time for us as we feel led to read Scripture, sing and pray about things on our hearts. It is a place where we can talk about the things which concern us.
On 24th September, we joined in the National Day of Prayer. We provided activities for children and various stations around the church for different kinds of prayer. We were pleased that people joined us to pray, for themselves, for the community and for the world. We hope this is something we can repeat. On Wednesday afternoon’s there has been a time of prayer 'for the gap' that is the interregnum, and prayer for Rev’d Robert and his family.
Open CHURCH we held an open Church ‘Quiet/Prayer Time’ on the last Friday of every month 1 -
Prayer CIRCLE We began leading a new Parish Prayer Circle with a list that is e-
Prayer CARDS sent to those unable to attend the Wednesday morning Eucharist in Holy Trinity Church have been greatly appreciated and I am hoping to extend this idea for all members of the parish who are ill or cannot join us in worship. People do not always know they are in our thoughts and prayers and that we care about them and I hope that we will have others from both churches who will support us by taking on the responsibility for these cards.
Mrs Anne Penton (Chairperson) and Sister Marian
LAY LICENSED WORSHIP LEADERS
Most of our nine lay Worship Leaders attended the Clergy Synod Day on the preparation of non-
Mrs Jill Francis Lay Worship Leader Co-
Four house groups met regularly with some changes in each of the groups as some groups disbanded and others started up. One of the great advantages is that you can change groups and pick out topics of particular interest to you at the time in the development of your faith. Sue Miles led one of our groups and her huge input, sensitivity and thoughtfulness is sadly missed. We thank Alan Griffiths (Reader Llwderw) for leading the new Maxime Court Group. Studying the ‘Parables of Jesus’ this group is having some very stimulating discussions. Other topics studied include Isaiah, Judges, Lesser known people of the Bible, Acts of the Apostles and the highly-
Sketty Church Bell Ringers
We would dearly love a few recruits to learn to ring at St Paul’s Church. We have eight fine bells but rarely ring more than six on Sunday mornings. Most of the Sunday ringers are over 70 and some of us over 80, so some younger learners would be very welcome. We are a friendly group and ringing becomes more and more interesting the further you progress.
Practise is on Tuesdays 7.30 -
We also ring for special occasions and before Evensong if we can get enough volunteers. If numbers increased we could, once again, ring regularly for Evensong.
We rang a special length of 2016 changes recently to mark the passing of Michael Rose, a member of St Paul's Church ringers since 1977.
Mrs Hilary Rose (Tower Captain)
Early in 2016 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, with a special Eastertide Service featuring Songs of Fellowship from across the last three decades. Our first Musical Director, Lynda Richards, chose some of the songs, and joined us to play the flute on that memorable day.
The Music group continues to lead the 9.30am Eucharist Service, and to introduce new songs to the congregation. We have supported the Worship Leaders in the varied themes for the All-
Mrs Jill Francis (Music Group Leader)
The choir has had an interesting year divided into two halves. The first half culminated with a happy Sunday in June when we sang Matins and Evensong in St. David’s Cathedral to mark my retirement as Choir Director, acknowledging 20 years of service to music at St Paul's Church. We were grateful to the visitor choristers who gave their time to help boost the numbers in our choir, as well as to John Davies who has faithfully accompanied us many times and for playing at St David’s. In July we joined in a Ministry Area choir to sing at the Flower Festival Service. During the latter part of 2016 the choir's participation in services has been erratic, partly due to a lack of leadership during the interregnum and being unable to secure a new director of music and organist.
In November, the 44th Sketty (Church) Scouts took over the fireworks display from the choir after an absence in 2015, everyone was delighted that the display was as successful as it had ever been, with over a thousand people in attendance.
The choir meet on Friday evenings and are now looking forward to singing and leading worship under the new Vicar guidance.
Mr Richard Burden (Choir Director ~ Retired)
MISSION IN THE PARISH AND PASTORAL CARE
FELLOWSHIP PCC SUB COMMITTEE
Membership: Mrs Margaret Cooke, Mrs Jennifer Davies, Mrs Carol Edwards (Chairperson), Mrs Elaine Gale, Mrs Clare Hazell, Mrs Cheryl Lewis, Mrs Thelma Pike, Mrs Barbara Pyott, Ms Janet Vine, Dr Jane Watkeys.
Aim: The promotion of friendship by helping with or organising social events within the Parish. The Committee meets six times a year depending on forthcoming events. Our main support this year was helping with refreshments during the Flower Festival in July.
Mrs Carol Edwards (Chairperson)
ST PAUL’S BREAKFAST AND LUNCH CLUB
We hold a breakfast in the Parish Centre on the ﬁrst Sunday of each month after the 8am Communion Service. An opportunity to share fellowship which is mainly supported by our early Christians who are joined by a few of the 9:30am congregation, but everyone is welcome.
On 42 Friday’s the Parish Centre has seen a hive of activity as the Lunch Club continued its ninth year. A happy band of hard working volunteers ensure that our members have a warm welcome to enjoy their two-
Ms Janet Vine
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH WOMEN’S GUILD
The Guild has been so few in membership that we just met to have a chat, tea and biscuits. We decided to finish meeting in July as it wasn’t worth heating the church for just a few. Since finishing some members have been poorly so I think we did the right thing. The Guild has been going since the church was opened in 196x but we have got older and young people are working. I thank all the committee for their hard work the ladies who made the tea and to Doris for taking our subscriptions.
Mrs Iris Jones
ALTAR FLOWER GUILD
Our main event was the successful Ministry Area Flower Festival, held at St Paul’s Church at the end of July. Barbara Pyott, acting Chairman, was head of operations organising members from St Hilary’s, All Soul’s and St Paul’s to represent “Swansea at Work”. The pillars and church entrances were decorated and the result was much praised by approximately 800 visitors. The event gave an excellent opportunity for members of the three parishes to work together. On the Sunday of the flower festival weekend a joint service was held at St Paul’s.
The profit was a total of £5,337. £3,000 was presented to Parkinson’s UK, £1,000 to Macmillan Nurses and £1,000 to Stepping Stones. Andrea Gould and Alayne Jenkins organised a Calendar made from photos taken at the event raising £398 which was shared between the three parishes. The financial success was also due to the hard work of Diane Dark and her team in arranging sponsorship.
Thanks, must be given to them and the teams who cleared the churchyard (a mammoth task), put up bunting, made and served refreshments, stewarded in the church, produced the programme and publicity material, ran a raffle, and held an Art Sale. It was a splendid Clyne Trinity Ministry Area Team effort.
The Altar Flower Guild has arranged and watered flowers at the altar and memorial book and decorated for church festivals. We are available to arrange flowers for weddings and funerals and we are keen to increase our number of flower arrangers. Beginners are most welcome and would be given guidance. Thanks also must go to Pam Brown and Jean Bills, who have retired from the Guild, for their contributions over the years.
Mrs Barbara Pyott (Chairperson)
Clyne Trinity Ministry Area Flower Festival
Despite being unable to undertake all the walks because of poor weather we enjoyed several really excellent walks. It was such a great pleasure and joy to be able to explore our beautiful Gower in fellowship with others who really appreciate and respect God’s creation.
The walks were split between three leaders, Ken Lewis, John Lewis and Liz Jowett and our thanks go to Graham Wattley for helping us out with the prior reconnoitre walks.
Particularly memorable was the Rhossilli Down walk in brilliant sunshine with opportunities for photographs and bird watching. Mumbles Hill with its war time defence history and the brilliant views out towards Langland using the new path was another fascinating walk. The beauty of Llanmadoc Hill, Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Point left us all marveling at God's creation and waiting eagerly for the new walking season in April.
Everyone is welcome and we often provide an alternative route for the more or less experienced walkers. It is an excellent opportunity to appreciate creation and discuss anything from faith to politics to birds to flowers.... If anyone is interested in Pen y Fan in the Spring, please contact me.
Mrs Elizabeth Jowett
WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES
REPORT FROM SPEARHEAD -
Membership: Vicar (Chairperson), Mr Eifion Francis, Mrs Ann Hill (4 months); Mrs Sián Parkhouse, Mrs Karen Phillips (6 months); Dr Jane Watkeys.
Aim: Spearhead is the name given to the group that was set up to give support to and monitor the work of the Family and Children's worker and evaluating the work of the church with young people within the Ministry Area. The Committee meets monthly.
Our work with children and young people has increased with more young people attending engaging with the church. Support has been given for the development of a Youth Club, Youth Alpha, attendance at Spree and for young families the links with Communities First. Each programme is analysed for its effectiveness with young people and changes made if necessary. The group has been able to support Sian Parkhouse and particularly work with vulnerable families.
ANNUAL FAMILY CHILDREN’S WORKER (FCW) REPORT
JIGSAW is a group for families meeting in Holy Trinity Church aiming to support and encourage the Sketty Park community by running holiday activities for all ages of children. For four years, we have been working in partnership with Communities First providing child care for parents that attend courses which enhance the community. This is achieved by providing families the opportunities to gain skills, experience new things, enhance their abilities, offer advice, guidance and support with budgeting, Curriculum Vitae writing, providing references and so on. Recent courses include food hygiene, first aid, healthy eating and well-
SUNDAY SCHOOL has 28 regular members that attend twice a month or more and often has visits from friends and families that are no longer able to come on a regular basis. It’s encouraging to welcome children of Grand-
SHARING TOGETHER (previously PATCHWORK) meet on Wednesday afternoon at 1.00-
Feedback received about the group are a testimony to its value -
Towards the end of 2016 we changed the meeting time to 12:30pm to share in a lunch and to finish at 2:30pm so mums can pick up children from school. Thank you to Anita Stock who has become a regular helper and has added another dimension to this group.
A new name was decided by the group – ‘Sharing Together’, because of the food sharing and the support the group members give through sharing faith, ideas, and problems solving. There is always a strong Christian focus to every session.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB We worked as a Ministry Area Team using the theme ‘With God all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26) looking at various Bible miracles where things seemed impossible but always worked out! We used the puppets and the Youth Club lead, doing sketches with Open the Book leaders reading the stories; all reinforced through, activities craft and games. What struck me was the number of children that recognised the adults, either through Open the Book, who are in all of the local primary schools or Messy Church and the other various outreach activities. This made for a relaxed confident atmosphere. It was lovely to have the youth club leading activities and supporting the younger members and also being with the children that were not quite old enough to help but too old for some of the craft.
Mrs Siân Parkhouse (Family/Children’s Worker)
The plan was to accommodate Mary, Joseph and their donkey (all knitted) every night on their long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Young families from Sunday School and TOTs readily volunteered to host the Holy Couple. A candle was lit while the handing over prayer was said and every host family was left with a sheep (also knitted) to remind them of their special guests. The sheep were then reunited with the Holy Family on Christmas Eve at our very successful Crib Service. (My own abiding memory will always be of that candle being lit at our gate and it being carried so reverently to our front door by a very sweet young Sunday School member. I felt the Light of the World coming into our home that evening). Thank you to all who took part. Please join me in knitting more sheep for an Advent Sunday start to that journey this year! Mrs Viv Lewis
ECUMENICAL AND OUTREACH
PARKLANDS PRIMARY AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
We have approximately 20 children and meet on a Tuesday afternoon from the end of the school day until 4:20pm. Parklands and Elim Churches along with members of our parish work to provide a programme of Bible stories, craft and games. The club is free and is for children from year one upwards. Attendance has been so great and of mixed ages that we have split the teaching in two age groups.
TOTS ON THURSDAY (IN HOLY TRINITY CHURCH)
TOTs takes place from 9:40 to-
Mrs Siân Parkhouse (Family/Children’s Worker)
TOTS ON TUESDAY (IN THE PARISH CENTRE)
It is good to report another successful year for TOTs -
Mrs Maureen Amner (on behalf of the TOTs Team)
CLYNE TRINITY MINISTRY AREA YOUTH CLUB meets at the Parish Centre on the first Thursday of the month 6:30 -
The main focus of the evening is a Bible based talk, activity or testimony which often stimulates discussion of the challenges facing young Christians and encourages attendance at our Youth Alpha Course which provides for discussion around the Bible and the Christian faith. Other activities include football, cricket, table top board games and craft. Whilst the focus is on healthy eating (fruit and other healthy foods are provided free of charge) there is a Tuck Shop which is used with great enthusiasm by the young people and is run on a non-
Mrs Elizabeth Jowett and Mrs Karen Phillips
CLYNE TRINITY MINISTRY AREA YOUTH ALPHA
A new group of young people meet at the Parish Centre on the third Thursday of the month 6:30 -
The number attending varies each month but averages at seven per session and whilst the majority have so far been regular church member’s, others in Youth Club are showing an interest.
The evening starts with the young people sharing a meal prepared by members of our House Groups. It provides an opportunity for them to discuss important issues with each other and with the adult leaders, it’s a very lively part of the evening as they talk through what has happened throughout their day.
The Youth Alpha sessions and games are led by Simon Gwynn of All Soul’s Church. The sessions are generally interactive and stimulate further lively discussion often following on from appropriate film clips. The aim is to encourage discussion and questions relevant to each of the young people and their views of life and faith. It can be difficult to manage but with sensitivity and enthusiasm and the help of the Holy Spirit the sessions are usually very productive. Thank you to Ann and Andrew Hill who have stepped in to join the adult team for the rest of the course.
Mrs Elizabeth Jowett
CLYNE TRINITY MINISTRY AREA OPEN THE BOOK
Open the Book continues to thrive as a Ministry Area initiative and is a good example of ecumenism in practice as some team members come from non-
In September, Hendrefoilan Primary School, was added to the six already visited. This means that we have a weekly term time contact with all the primary schools in the Ministry Area, plus we have our Welsh speaking team which visits Bryn-
We have twenty people who belong to Open the Book but with illness, holidays and family commitment, it is sometimes a struggle to make up our preferred number of four people for each school. We would welcome new recruits!
Not part of Open the Book but connected, a team of volunteers has welcomed all Bishop Gore Year 7 (first year) pupils into St Paul’s Church over the past few years for both the Easter and the Christmas Experiences at the relevant time of year [see The Beacon, February-
Clyne trinity ministry area Messy Church
We regularly hold Ministry Area Messy Church events and now do these during the school holidays as this seems to attract the most people.
The last session had 50 plus visitors of all ages. We provide various messy and not so messy activities and craft for all ages and abilities based around the chosen biblical theme and then have a time of interactive worship followed by refreshments offering food focusing on healthy eating and giving people the opportunity to try things they may not have tried before.
Our AGM in February was chaired by the Rev’d Philip Gwynn. Iris Jones became Branch Leader, Anita Stock Secretary, Joyce Phillips Programme Secretary and Clive Garrish Treasurer.
We had varied speakers, a nice afternoon trip to the Lamp-
Mrs Iris Jones
Women on Wednesday
We enjoyed a successful year, meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at the Parish Centre. The speakers have been enjoyable; as have been our social evenings when we have enjoyed chatting over refreshments at home or during our annual away trip or Christmas lunch at Sketty Hall. We had collections for some of our speakers’ charities as well as collecting throughout the year for the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, (to be repeated again this coming year) with a relaxed evening in November filling the boxes.
We welcome new members. Why not try out the experience as a guest? Ladies of all ages are very welcome to our meeting that is focused on friendship.
Mrs Ann Peregrine Davies (Chairperson)
“I was hungry and you fed me” Matthew 25:35. We have had a steady flow of contributions to the food bank, but always a need for more! We deliver to the depot at Elim Church where cheery volunteers welcome us and our offerings on a Wednesday morning between 10 and 12. There is an enormous amount of administration going on there and I am delighted that Steve Miles represents us. Thank you for your continuing kindness.
Mrs Viv Lewis
Swansea Night Shelter
The aim is to protect vulnerable adults from harm when they would otherwise be living on the streets. We opened for the fifth winter, for some volunteers it may have been the first. Working with other churches in Swansea we provided a friendly safe, essential service to vulnerable men and women who would otherwise have experienced long periods on the streets during inhospitable weather leading to worsened health. At All Saint’s Church, we had 53 volunteers on the Tuesday/Wednesday shifts. We spent £499.04 on food and provisions and received £158 which was donated to Swansea Hope towards transport, bedding.
Our guests were from a variety of backgrounds, but sadly, two had to go back on the streets as they were not allowed to claim benefits. If they cannot afford a home, unless they find employment, they are forced back onto the streets. Some sell copies of the Big Issue around the city centre, from which they make as little as £20 per week. I would encourage anyone to consider purchasing a magazine as often as they can to help them get back on their feet.
Mandy Harvey retired and we thank her for her massive input and wish her well. Paul Mort (Monty) from The Gorse Church picks up the role of co-
Mrs Sonia Jones (Tuesday Night Co-
Swansea street pastors
Street Pastors’ an inter-
At the beginning of 2016 St Paul's Church provided two Street Pastors, Karen Williams and myself and two Prayer Pastors, Sue Miles and Jean Guest. Sadly Sue died in April, she was involved in two prayer teams a month supporting on a Friday and Saturday team. We acknowledge with grateful thanks her prayer support and warm and faithful contribution.
The work is rewarding and challenging. We feel privileged to try to provide a witness to the love of Jesus hoping to change people's perceptions about what church is and does. We try our best knowing that He is with us.
Mr Ken Lewis
We continue to support companies that put Fairtrade principles into commercial practice. Our Tradecraft shop has been available every week in the Parish Centre, and in church on some Sundays. It was well supported at Harvest Festival when products were purchased directly into our Foodbank donation box.
I attended the Tradecraft travelling Roadshow and saw the complete range of products available. We were inspired by videos from staff members who were involved in paper making, wooden toys and cotton garments projects in developing countries. Our support at all Parish functions is invaluable to the future of vulnerable families and communities.
Mrs Jill Francis
GUIDING ~ 2nd Sketty Rainbows, Brownies, Guides
Unfortunately, we have had to close the Guide Unit, we ran out of Leaders – one had promotion and moved to Warwick and another went to work in France. All the girls have joined other Units in the area and seem to have settled in well. Their last meeting was spent putting up the Christmas tree in the Parish Centre. The Rainbows and Brownies continue to flourish, the Rainbow waiting list starts at one year old! Rainbows joined the rest of West Glamorgan in a Fun Day at our Centre in Parkmill and completed the Roundabout the World badge. Brownies completed their Science Investigator Badge so they can all now wash their hands clean after our session on how germs are spread.
Our two trainee leaders have nearly completed their Leadership Qualification with Rainbows and have agreed to work for their Brownie one. Hopefully both units are safe with Leaders, but if anyone wants to join us you will be most welcome. We look forward to sharing the fun and friendship that means Guiding to so many.
Ms Ann Morgan
SCOUTING ~ 44th Swansea Scout GROUP continued to provide a varied and enjoyable scouting experience for over 140 local children from 6 to 14. The Beaver Section for people aged between six and eight celebrated its 30th birthday, whilst the Cub Section for people aged between eight and ten + celebrated its centenary. The group ran the Summer Fete in July, and in collaboration with the Church choir revived the Bonfire night fireworks display. Both events were a success with the fireworks display being well received by the public.
Mr Alan Mone
MISSION IN THE WORLD
World Mission PCC sub Committee
Members: Mrs Clare Hazel (Chairperson), Ms Kathryn Helliwell, Mrs Iris Jones, Ms Susan Jones, Mrs Anne Penton, Dr Jane Watkeys.
Aim: To keep the Parish in touch with the World Church, monitoring our links with SAT-
The group actively supports SAT-
We support Tearfund one of the top ten emergency relief agencies commanding a respectful reputation built on helping people in some of the world’s most challenging places. Tearfund is driven by the unending compassion of Jesus, still determined to bring life in all its fullness in the most extreme poverty and deprivation.
Mrs Clare Hazell(Chairperson)
COMMUNICATION AND LEARNING MEDIUMS
We have four Facebook pages in use, the parish of Sketty: Holy Trinity TOTs, Sharing Together (Patchwork) and Jigsaw. All of the groups are closed groups, just for regular members that attend them. We use the sites to advertise events, start discussions, post biblical verses and for people to ‘talk’ or seek opinions of the group, such as, ‘’Is my child a fussy eater?’’ St Paul’s and Holy Trinity Group is open, and can be seen by anyone searching for it. This group is used for advertising and posting biblical messages. All posts have to be approved by the five strong Admin Team. Sharing Together (Patchwork) has 15 members, Holy Trinity TOTs has 16 members, Jigsaw has 29 members and Holy Trinity and St Paul’s site has 112 members.
Mrs Sián Parkhouse
bible reading fellowship
BRF encourages the daily study of the Bible and to help Christians stay focused on Jesus and his teaching. The Bible notes available through BRF to order in our Parish are currently New Daylight, Guidelines and Day by Day with God.
New Daylight affirms that the whole of the Bible is God’s revelation to us, and we should read, reflect on and learn from every part of both the Old and New Testaments. This publication is ideal for anybody wanting a daily accessible and stimulating aid to spending time with God each day. The Bible extract is included in the notes so this is an ideal pocket sized book. Each day’s section finishes with a short prayer or reflection -
Guidelines is more suited to those wanting deeper, more theologically challenging daily readings and requires the use of a Bible as the texts are not included. Go on -
Using the Day by Day with God as a basis of study and to build on the 2015 Unity and Love session held at Holy T (cafe church) Holy Trinity Church, a further session on this topic was held on Mothering Sunday linking love, unity and motherhood. More sessions are planned using the notes as a basis for study in 2017 probably at Holy T which is held on the first Sunday of the month at 4pm. Thanks for your support. Enjoy your reading and study. If you would like to subscribe or have a topic for future discussion please let me know The next issue of each publication will be available in April.
Mrs Elizabeth Jowett (BRF Co-
A library is located at the back of the church where you will find a range of Christian media.
In the last couple of issues of The Beacon, readers will have noticed the introduction of some colour photography in the magazine, now possible due to the quality of copy since acquisition of the new parish printer. I hope the inclusion of photographs will continue to improve and modernise the Beacon. The small team of helpers who bring the magazine to fruition continue to evaluate it and also consider its future within the Ministry Area. Feedback is always helpful together with contributions or suggestions.
Mrs Sue James (Editor)
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
As we strive to improve the worship-
Sketty Parish Website
Although the Ministry Area Team has talked about a single web site, so far this hasn’t happened although planning continues. Our parish web-
Sister Marian SCL, (Parish of Sketty Web-
Henry Bryan Daniel Jenkins Baptised on 3rd April
Ava Leigh Jones Baptised 24th April
Dexter Austin Rhys Owen Baptised on 24th July
Ella Rose Harrison Baptised on 21st August
We remember those joined to our Christian family: May they continue with is in faithful Christian living, until we worship together in heaven.
Vivian Mark Thomas married Emma Charlotte Brown on 25th July
Henry Edward Harding Bell married Catherine Ruth Henning on 20th August
Jason Dean Thomas married Rachel Francis Morris on 27th August
Richard James Phillips married Michelle Elizabeth Carr on 2nd September
We pray for those drawn together in love that God will help them encourage one another in faith, hope, endurance and all that is good.
IN MEMORIAM 2015
John Llewellyn February
Mildred Davies March
Mildred Harris March
Mary Molly Evans March
Jeanette James April
Susan Miles May
Beryl Pitt June
Pauline Edwina Thomas July
Violet Roche August
Michael Rose Month?
Graham Huggleston December/January?
George rhys davies decembere
Requested Robert Davies-
Prayer Vigils This will be starting in 2017 taking place after a service, hopefully on a monthly basis. We will be holding before God, those and others on our different prayer group and the needs of the parish.
Patchwork (Sharing Together) add this into Sians piece above
We are looking forward to include pancake making again -
The Youth Alpha Course will run throughout 2017 with a night away planned in the Spring.
Parish Administrator with wider responsibilities to come in 2017.
BRF linking love, unity and motherhood. More sessions are planned using the notes as a basis for study in 2017 probably at Holy T which is held on the first Sunday of the month at 4pm. Thanks for your support. Enjoy your reading