A supplement to our quarterly diocesan newspaper
Sadly, we are not always able to include everything we receive for publication. PD Extra provides an opportunity to:
- browse articles which got squeezed out but which we hope you agree deserve space
- include additional material for articles that did appear but in edited form
- translations into English of selected articles printed in Welsh
Page 3: Share Wars
Fact or fiction? Well, both actually. Mission Resources Officer Huw Anderson uses one – The Country Vicar by David Osborne – to make a salient point the other – the vexed question of Ministry Share.
Page 9: Adfer hen draddodiad / An ancient tradition making a comeback (translation)
Revd Lyn Dafis reveals a rekindled enthusiasm for Plygain, a form of church service that seemed to be dying out.
Page 13: Prayers for Peace in Penrhyncoch / Gweddi a chofi o ym Mhenrhyn-coch
Page 15: Marking the Old Pilgrim Way
An extended version of Revd John Powell’s article describing a project that re-established ancient links between two iconic churches on the pilgrim way to to Davids Cathedral
Page 20: Book review: Theologia Cambrensis Vol. 1
The appearance of a new book by Professor D. Densil Morgan, Lampeter, is a significant event.
The first volume of Theologia Cambrensis: Protestant religion and theology in Wales (University of Wales Press, 2018) studies the period from the publication of Bishop William Morgan’s Bible in 1588 until the first stage of the Evangelical Revival in 1760
Page 2 Cosmo & the LMA (Larger Mousing Area)
At the recent Carmarthen Archdeanconry clergy meeting, Canon Patrick Thomas
made a presentation on behalf of the proposed Bro Caerfyrddin LMA (Local Ministry Area) in his own inimitable style
Page 6: Cofio’r Cadoediad mewn cerddi / Remembering the Armistice in Poetry
One of the events during the Hay Festival this year was a session to remember the Armistice of 1918. Owen Sheers and Mererid Hopwood, representing Wales, read
their own poems reflecting on Wilfred Owen and Hedd Wyn, respectively. In another session, considering the effect of the Great War on the people of Wales, Mererid showed The King’s Penny or Great Penny, given to her
great-great-grandmother as ‘payment’ for the loss of her son in the last days of the war
Page 16: Gair i’r Gymru / A Word for the Welsh
A little over 450 years ago Welsh speakers were given the opportunity to hear and read the New Testament in their mother tongue for the first time.
Ainsley Griffiths reports from a conference held in May, which celebrated the work of the translators with a cycle of lectures
Page 18: Fun in the sun
St Peter’s Church, Little Newcastle, took full advantage of the fine weather to hold a number of different services over the summer. The first was a repeat, by popular demand, of the Pet Service which, this year, was held in June. The guest speaker was Georgie Pearson from Greenacres Animal Rescue, Talbenny who talked about the work of the charity and answered questions. The service was followed by a Strawberry Tea at the village hall, organised in conjunction with the Community Association.
On Sunday 5th August, the church de-camped to the beach! In glorious sunshine, over two dozen members went to Newport Sands (Traeth Mawr) and the only sadness was that a few families were unable to attend due to illness. Following a short service, the company built an impressive outline of a sand cathedral. Gothic in concept, the central tower was possibly inspired by the Lantern of Ely Cathedral!
There followed paddling and swimming in the sea, a picnic and several visits for ice-cream, before reluctantly heading for home. Such was the success of the venture, that there are requests to make it an annual feature. (photo attached)
We are now looking into the possibility of holding a cycling service in honour of Welshman Geraint Thomas’ recent victory in the Tour de France.
This programme of summer activities is designed to associate the church with fun; feedback from the events appears to be very positive in this respect.