On Sunday December 8th, during our service of Holy Communion, our vicar dedicated the gift of new hymn books given in memory of Michael and Alison Mason's dear son Robert who fell asleep in 1987, aged seven. Alison is our organist and it is very appropriate that hymn books have been donated in Robert's memory as he enjoyed singing hymns some of which we sang during the service. Below is a photograph of the dedication.
On Saturday evening December 7th Peter Karrie, West End star of musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, came again to sing in our Christmas concert with our own Junior Church choir. Guest singer was Graicie Jayne as well as our own church members Joyce who read an account of the nativity and Gary who sang with our young people. Again it was a most successful evening thoroughly enjoyed by all who came. We must all thank Kathleen, Emma, leaders parents and the young people themselves for all the hard work they put in to ensure the considerable achievement and enjoyment of the evening.
Emma introducing the evening
All I want for Christmas is you
Mulled wine and mince pies were very welcome.
Drawing the raffle
Aaaaaagh! My mic doesn't work!
Perhaps one of these is OK?
Is this one good to go now?
Whoops! Now what's happened?
Right, that's sorted. Off we go again.
November is SHOE BOX MONTH and this year for shoe box evening we were joined by two special guests, Spiderman and Unicorn Princess Una. The whole evening was a great success and 144 boxes were donated to Operation Christmas Child to be sent to different countries and given to underprivileged children at Christmas. There are more photographs on the Junior Church website.
Remembrance Day 2019 was on Sunday 10th November and after the service in church our young people marched down to the cenotaph to lay their wreath.
Junior Church laying their wreath We will remember them.
On the first Sunday in October we celebrated Harvest Thanksgiving and this year our theme was toilet twinning. The idea was to twin the toilets in our church hall with families in a third world country who had no running water or sanitary facilities in their homes or villages. We did this by setting out to raise £60 per toilet by asking people to give their loose change. We hoped to have enough money to provide for two families but in the event, with contributions from elsewhere, the young people collected up enough for four with another £20 to go towards a fifth! It was therefore decided to carry the Harvest Thanksgiving and Toilet Twinning theme over for a second week to give people who weren't at that service another chance to donate if they wished. Imagine our amazement when we reached enough for 6 and then 7 toilets!
The produce will be given to Homestart in Ammanford again this year for families in need.
Our toilets will be twinned with families in a third world country.
The children carrying dirty drinking water
Above, blessing and below, counting the money.
After a second week celebrating Harvest Thanksgiving continuing the theme of Toilet Twinning we have now raised enough money to provide 7 toilets for families in Africa or Asia who have none.. We then hope to be able to hang up twinning certificates in our church hall, the Black Mountain Centre and Brynamman Cinema.
Our young people (and one not so young) proudly holding up their seven certificates.
With the summer holidays not too far away Sunday July 7th was the last meeting of the term for Junior Church. So it was very fitting that they all took part in our Family Service the highlight of which was a short play describing the conversion of St. Paul on the Damascus Road. But first the younger members led us in an action song.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
There's nothing that He cannot do!
Happy birthday to Alison our organist.
On Pentecost Sunday we had a most enjoyable Family Service to commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples waiting in Jerusalem. The young people with their leaders acted out a short playlet which was enthusiastically received by the congregation.
PETER CARRIE CONCERT On Friday 10th May we enjoyed a wonderful concert with international star Peter Karrie, who sang the title role of Phantom of the Opera in the West End and many major capital cities of the world. He was joined by our own Junior Church young people as well as the choirs from Tairgwaith and Brynamman schools and soloist Lauren Williams seen here on the right. .
Peter Karrie will be with us again on Saturday 7th December when he will be singing more songs from the shows as well as carols and other Christmas items with our own young people and other guests.
We had a lovely service celebrating Palm Sunday today. The Sunday School took part in a short play. See the Sunday School page for more details.
Shrove Tuesday PANCAKE PARTY Our annual pancake afternoon on Shrove Tuesday was very well attended despite the weather and a varied assortment of delicious fillings were offered to accompany generous cups of tea and coffee.
What's on the menu?
Cup of tea anyone?
Getting the draw tickets ready.
On Sunday February 10th 2019, St. Catherine's marked the approaching St. Valentine's Day by celebrating the sanctity of Christian marriage in a special all age service. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers carefully chosen for the occasion and photographs of weddings dating from the 1920's to the present day were displayed on the window sills evoking many fond memories for the many people who were present.
PLEASE SEE OUR JUNIOR CHURCH PAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF OUR CELEBRATION OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE.
It's the third Sunday in Advent and Christmas celebrations at St. Catherine's are now well under way. We have just had our Christingle service and would like to share with you some of the joy we experienced together as God's family.
Lighting the Christingles
More tea, Vicar? Explaining the Christingle
With St. Nicholas aka Father Christmas
Giving out Christingles
We also enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies at our Carol Service
SHOE BOX TIME
November and it's shoe box time again! Since giving is a very important part of our life at St. Catherine's, this year we have packed over 60 boxes to send to Operation Christmas Child, part of Samaritan's Purse which spreads God's love to over 130 countries world wide. Since 1990, more than 157 million children have experienced this love through the power of simple shoe box gifts.
Some of those who gave shoe boxes to Samaritan's Purse.
Sky says, "Can you take my picture too"? Three little maids
Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
The Guides and Rainbows leading the parade down to the Cenotaph
The weather could have been
The Rev. Adrian Teale leading the Service of Remembrance.
Last Post and Reveille
From St. Catherine's Junior Church
On Sunday 28th October we welcomed Archdeacon Dorrien Davies who celebrated Holy Communion with us.
Harvest Thanksgiving Service Sunday October 14th
We had a very joyous Harvest Thanksgiving service praising the Lord for his goodness and generosity to us. Again we are donating our harvest offerings to Homestart and we welcomed Ferial Raine who gave us a very inspiring account of their work among needy families in our area. Our gifts will go towards making up Christmas hampers which will contain household products as well as items for personal use.
Our resident song bird joined in while Dewi was singing
Mary receiving gifts from the congregation to celebrate her 90th birthday.
We had a very successful afternoon at the Brynamman Music Festival on Saturday 14th July.
Many thanks to the many people who donated items to the stall and those who looked after the various activities. These were Bric a brac table Children's bran tub Welly wanging Tin can alley and water bottle bowling
Diolch yn fawr
Family Service - Sunday July 8th 2018 Jesus is my super hero
Palm Sunday March of Witness
Making friends with Julie
Julie took fright at the drain cover going across the road!
She preferred walking in the middle of the road on her own - never mind the traffic.
Destination St. Catherine's.
Reverend Adrian Teale, The Vicarage, 10 Bryn Road, Upper Brynamman, Ammanford, Carms. SA18 1AU (01269) 822275