Daily Updates

This page has been added to enable us to give up to date advise and status regarding the affects of the Coronavirus. We will hopefully include messages from the fathers and the Bishop when ever possible as well as details of what is happening around the community

Note regarding the Outreach Program

Judith Climer, who runs the Outreach program supplying weekly food help to 25 Ystrad Mynach families, has asked that the following be posted for the information of our members!

Nationally Lidl Stores have launched their annual Christmas Campaign and this year it is called Teaming Up to Tackle Hunger. Lidl Ystrad Mynach has chosen Holy Trinity Outreach to be the charity benefitting from their campaign.
The campaign will be promoted in the store from 12/11/20. Throughout the four-week campaign shoppers will be encouraged to pick up a flyer to donate one of five products, rice UHT milk muesli chopped tomatoes or tinned tuna and scan it at the till to donate to Holy Trinity. Early next year all donations will be added up and the products will be matched in quantity by Lidl. They will then contact Judith to arrange collection of the items and she will distribute them over a period of weeks to our families in addition to their usual groceries.

Holy Trinity Church, Ystrad Mynach : Weekly Notes 01 November 2020

 Online Services: I know that many of you have been grateful for the contact made with the recorded services on-line during the past few months.  I am grateful to Harry and Karen Cribbes for all the hard work which goes into ensuring that they are available each week.  The services during the present lockdown have all bee pre-recorded, including the Act of Remembrance you can see on 8 November, so you may be assured that the regulations have been maintained.

Sunday Services:   Services have resumed from Sunday 15 November, with a Eucharist at 9.0am and 10.30am.  This will be by PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY through Kevin Morgan on  K.Morgan@cardiff.gov.uk or 029 2088 1587.  Booking will be open from Monday 9 November for these services.  We hope that there will be music in the Services by that time (but congregational singing will not be permitted).  I will also review the situation regarding weekday services, perhaps beginning in Advent.

Christmass: there will be a change to the normal pattern of Christmass worship, and the times of those services will be announced in due course.

Christmass Appeal: Holy Trinity Outreach Programme has been delivering fresh and ambient food to families and others in our parish since January of this year. We started in a small way, delivering to ten families, and have seen this increase since the start of the first lockdown in March to twenty-five. Our food is gratefully received, and we are often told that it is good to be able to rely on our weekly call as it makes budget planning easier. Over the year we have got to know many of our recipients well and have been able to offer advice on other matters and supply contact numbers to them where appropriate.

At this time of year church members are aware that we ask for “shoe box” donations, putting a small box of gift items together to be sent overseas. This year in the current climate that is not possible and so it has been suggested that parishioners that would wish to be involved in a similar project could put together some items as a gift for our families to be delivered with their food on the Monday before Christmas. We would intend delivering more than one parcel where we have several family members. In that way we could have boxes suitable for children, teenagers, young parents, pensioners and in fact we have two babies due to be born before the end of December!  Single items could also be donated or several different items for inclusion in suitable boxes.  Already we have crafters offering to make small toys, compliant with the regulations, others have offered suitable boxes and we are to be donated ten rolls of Christmas wrapping paper to enable us to create an enjoyable surprise for each one.

When we have all the items together, I will add an olive wood cross made in Bethlehem, one per household, that my family brought back from their last visit to the Holy Land.  Father Steven has kindly offered to write a letter to be included in each box.

Items may be deposited in Church during the first two weeks of December or can be collected during that time by arrangement with me.  Anyone who would like more information or would wish to pledge support can contact me on 07716 821695 or via WhatsApp (other contact details in the Parish Directory). Christmas this year is going to be a different experience for all of us, if we can bring some extra smiles in our Community with our gifts which I know will be appreciated then of course that helps us to smile too.  Judith Climer

 Ministry Areas: the Bishop and her Senior Staff have announced that Ministry Areas will be created in every part of the Diocese and have laid down their expectations in a policy document “A Handbook for Ministry Areas” which sets out the required form the Ministry Area or Rectorial Benefice will take.  We shall form a Benefice with Treharris and Llanfabon, Gelligaer, Bargoed and Pontlottyn which will have one Parochial Church Council and one set of accounts, with a team of clergy working collaboratively with the lay people in the Benefice.  To answer the most frequently asked questions first.  Each Church or Parish will still retain money contributed to that Church or Parish: one account does not mean that there is one “pot”, as legally money given for a specific purpose (e.g. for Holy Trinity Church) must be spent on that purpose.  Whilst the PCC will have executive authority (they will be the trustees of the Charity), there will be local District Committees to run local events, fundraising and social activities, as well as specific Committees to deal with, for example, children’s work, outreach or mission.  The Bishop has asked me to lead the new Benefice, and there will need to be further discussions to ensure that the details of our own Benefice will suit our needs.  Our own PCC were incredibly supportive of this move when it met but were aware of the challenges which lay ahead.  Most importantly, it is vital that you, the people of this parish, take an active part in the new Benefice in order for your voice to be heard – you cannot rely on others doing that for you.

Church Hall: at present, the Hall remains closed until 31 December, when the situation will be reviewed by the PCC.

Finances: we have inevitably experienced a loss of income during the pandemic and need to keep a strict control on expenditure. We have been particularly fortunate that so many of you make your contributions to the Church by Gift Direct, without which we would have faced a more serious financial situation.  If anyone would else like to join this scheme, Sue Mills (01443 813627) can provide a short and simple form to fill in.  Thank you.

Intercession List: this is now being renewed each week, and has, so far been rather shorter than usual; please send all prayer requests to Father Keith, but please be clear whether we are praying for them as sick or departed.

Stay safe, and care for each other.

With our prayers and may God bless you all.

Father Steven and the Ministry Team


Daily prayer.

Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours as ourselves; open our eyes to the wonders of your glory around us, may it be within us that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace to our lives’ end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Previous daily prayers

Today and all days embrace us in a love that knows no end.
Today and all days fill us with a power that overcomes.
Today and all days encourage us with a word that nourishes.
Today and all days inspire us with a hope that sustains.
Today and all days comfort us with a peace that endures.
Today and all days bring wholeness of body, mind and spirit
Today and all days grant forgiveness that heals all wounds

Loving God, Breathe peace like a gentle breeze into my life; dispel the gloom of unease and fear, bring release and freedom to live in your name AMEN.

Merciful God, your Son came to save us and bore our sins on the cross: may we trust in your mercy and know your love, rejoicing in the righteousness that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 Lord God, the source of truth and love, keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, united in prayer and forgiveness, one in joy and simplicity of heart, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Give thanks to God for His goodness and the wisdom that he has nurtured in you……. Offer Him your life and allow Him to lead you in the areas where change is possible……. Ask for His grace to cover you, in the areas where you feel things are too difficult for you right now…….

As we go through life, we are often bombarded on every side with all kinds of troubles. Sometimes, the challenges of life maybe so difficult that it seems that there is no way out, – but there is.

“God, grant me the grace to accept with serenity the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

A Personal Act of Spiritual Communion

If any person desires to receive the Sacrament and is faithful and penitent, but is otherwise unable to do so, that person is assured that all the benefits of Holy Communion are received.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.  Body of Christ, save me.  Blood of Christ, refresh me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.  Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O Good Jesus, hear me.  Within your wounds, hide me.  Suffer me not to be separated from you.  From the malicious enemy defend me.

In the hour of my death call me, and bid me come to you, that with all your Saints I may praise you forever and ever. Amen.


 O Lord Jesus Christ,

since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,

I humbly pray that you will come spiritually to my soul.

Come Lord Jesus, come and cleanse me, heal me, strengthen me,

and unite me to you, now and for evermore. Amen

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Give thanks to God for His goodness and the wisdom that he has nurtured in you.

Offer Him your life and allow Him to lead you in the areas where change is possible.

Ask for His grace to cover you, in the areas where you feel things are too difficult for you right now.

Just as this prayer has three elements yet is one prayer, so the Lord is three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and yet is one God – perfectly unified in love.


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As we go through life, we are often bombarded on every side with all kinds of troubles. Sometimes, the challenges of life maybe so difficult that it seems that there is no way out, – but there is.

“God, grant me the grace to accept with serenity the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”

Parish News – Wednesday 2 September 2020

 The Church is still open for prayer on Wednesdays and Sunday but there is very little news or updates at this time. No further news on Communion Services at the moment. Please return the questionnaire as soon as possible.

I understand that many of you are concerned about the maintenance of the Churchyard. As the church has experienced a loss of income during the pandemic we can only afford a partial cut of the hall grounds and churchyard pathways scheduled for next week, with a full cut in the autumn if finance is available. If you are able to contribute to these expenses, please pass any donations to the wardens and treasurer. We are grateful to those who have already done so.

ur intercession list is now out of date and has to be renewed. Please send all prayer requests to Father Keith and stay safe and care for each other.

With our prayers and may God bless you all.

 Open Church

At present, the Church is open for private prayer only on Sundays and Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12 noon.  Social distancing is required in Church and there is a “one way” system to enter and leave the Church (although arrangements can be made for anyone unable to negotiate the Vestry door steps). The chancel, the Lady Chapel, the All Saints’ Room and the toilet are not available for use.  Everybody is very welcome to spend some time in Church during these times, but we must urge that anyone in a vulnerable category should not try to join us.  Although we are unable to make available any books we have in Church, why not bring your own Prayer Book, Hymn Book or Bible to help with your devotions during your time of silent prayer.

If we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Vicar and Parish Priest          Father Steven Kirk                           01443 813246

Assistant Priest                      Father Keith Hemmings                 01443 830662

Reader                                     Sarah Steadman                               01443 816276

Church Wardens                    Edward Williams-Price                    07715 103273

Fiona Silverthorn                             07593 858305

 Our Life Together

Whilst the Church building is closed, it is quite clear that the community of the Church is very much alive and active. The Pastoral Team are keeping in touch with our parishioners and letting me know of any matters which need my attention. Please let me know directly if anyone has been missed out, or if there are any pastoral needs which have not been identified.

The Prayer life of the parish continues with Morning Prayers (at 8.0am) and Evening Prayers (at 6.0pm) daily and everyone is invited to join in at those times. In addition, the Holy Eucharist is celebrated every day on behalf of the whole parish, offered for the Parish, the Church and the world, with a blessing for the whole of our community. The Blessed Sacrament is still continually present in the Parish Church.

Remember to pray for our Church community and for the whole of our parish. Father Keith continues to offer Friday Parish Prayers and he is always pleased to hear of any particular needs for prayer.


Our finances have suffered somewhat since the Church has been closed to worship and at the moment we are paying only essential bills. Whilst we have a good number of people who give to the Church through “Gift Direct”, this will not be sufficient to keep us going indefinitely. If you would like to make a direct payment to Church funds, please speak to Lorraine or Fiona; otherwise, please save your weekly giving until we return to Church. We shall have to make an urgent appeal for funds when that day comes.

On a brighter note, we have paid all the bills for the work on the Church relating to the installation of the new organ, although our appeal fell about £5000 short. Although the organ has not yet been installed – the ‘lockdown’ came just as it was to be delivered – it will be in place before we are able to return to Church for worship.

 Reader’s Service

The annual Reader’s Service was to have taken place in Holy Trinity on Thursday when Sarah Steadman was to have been licensed by the Bishop. This will now take place at a later date, yet to be arranged, and will enable us to celebrate Sarah’s ministry in style. In the meantime, please continue to pray for her as she begins this ministry among us.

 Annual Vestry Meeting

The Church in Wales has extended the deadline for this to take place until 31 October, so if we are able to gather before then, the meeting will take place in the usual way. Until then, you Wardens have had their term of office extended.


All pilgrimages planned for this year have been cancelled, and will take place next year.

Church Buildings

Both the Church and Church Hall are closed to everyone, including those who are key holders, until further notice. However, a close watch is being kept on the building to ensure that they are problem free and, of course, the insurances are being payed and kept up to date. I have taken the opportunity of tidying all the cupboards and drawers during this time!!!

Foodbank and Fareshare

Whilst our contributions to the Foodbank have stopped for the time being, the Fareshare distribution has continued throughout the lockdown and a number of people locally receive weekly parcels of foodstuffs. Please pray for those who distribute and those who receive these parcels.

 Mothers’ Union

Attached with these notice are two documents addressed to members of the Mothers’ Union. There is a letter from Sue Rivers, the Diocesan President, and some prayers for members and others to use in place of the Deanery Festivals which cannot now take place. Our Deanery Festival would have taken place on Monday of next week, 18 May in S John’s, Nelson.

 Return to Church

There is, as yet, no news about when we shall be able to return to worship and although much comment is being made at diocesan and provincial level, this is merely speculation at this time.

The life of the wider Church continues and there are many “zoom” meetings taking place at many levels, so your clergy are not idle!

Father Ben Andrews

Many of you will know Father Ben, especially from Walsingham and CBS, but you may not have heard that he is moving from Barry to become Vicar of S Theodore’s, Port Talbot in the Rectorial Parish of Aberavon. We wish him well with his move which, if present restrictions are eased, will take place in August.

Pastoral Contacts

The ministry team and the pastoral team, are seeking to keep in contact with all parishioners by telephone and to respond to any spiritual or pastoral needs. If anyone has not been contacted for whatever reason, please let me or Father Keith or Reader Sarah know and we will follow this up immediately.

With my continued prayers,

Father Steven

Holy Trinity Church – Friday Parish Prayers

For those of you that would like to join us we are continuing, in our minds eye, to meeting at 12 noon for our usual parish prayers using the Yellow Midday prayer Booklet that we all received a little while ago. You can of course use the Green Prayer Book if you prefer.

We will also continue with our intercessions and if you would like to commend someone then please email me with the details of their name, intention etc. We are of course continuing to remember the recently departed and the “Years Mind” each week.

If you are aware of any church member that are not receiving these emails and would like to do so please let me have the names and email address and we will amend our lists.

The Psalms.

A number of people have said how important the psalms are to them, and how the psalms seem to articulate so many of our feelings, both sorrowful and joyful, at times like this. Read them slowly and prayerfully:

at times of worry: Psalms 22, 27, 130

of longing: Psalms 42 and 43

of hope: Psalms 46, 121, 123

of faith and confidence: Psalms 16, 18, 23, 84, 90, 91, 113

of praise, faith and love: Psalm 8, 19, 24, 40, 47, 100, 103

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