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For the service for Sunday 12th April 2020 click here

The Week Ahead - Holy Week

See attachment at the bottom of the page for Easter Activities.

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A word from Rev Bob:-                                                        Click for Earlier Corona Mail

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It feels as if I’m losing my grip – the fixed points around which my life ran pre-Corona are no longer operative – Sunday Worship, the Diary, conversation – I guess I’m fortunate to be able to tune in to Today, they’ll tell me what the date and the day is before telling me what’s going on. To be honest I enjoyed self-isolation and social distancing more when the sun was shining and I could picnic on the back step than I am at present. Little things seem to mean so much more these days.

We still live quite well, shopping periodically though not always finding what we seek, I joined a queue on Monday – I’m trying to do the shopping during the course of my daily walk – outside Tesco’s at two metre intervals for half an hour or so wasn’t so bad, what threw me was the redirection of shoppers to the tills – some of the aisles being closed at one end interfered with my more usual practice of aimless perambulation. It was okay but I don’t think you’ll find me outside Harrod’s any January soon.

There is much to smile at during the course of my excursions – one of the supermarkets has celery storks for sale as opposed to the usual variety – I guess they’re near enough the river if they come over hungry but they might find it awkward to negotiate the automatic doors. Passing a building site on the way back I realised they’d put the safety notices on the wrong way – as if those who were being told Do Not Enter were being advised not to leave the safety of the site to return to the world beyond – here be coronavirus . . . As we neared the park gate we stood aside to let a young lad sail through on his bike and loitered longer for his dad – struggling along behind with a scooter and cricket set as well as his own bike.

Would it seem strange to say how much I appreciate some of the changes that the coronavirus has brought? Is it just my imagination or are people more willing to stop and share a conversation – albeit at the appropriate distance – for all the social distancing that we practice unconsciously in more normal times the reminders that we are more intimately bound to each other than perhaps we would care to realise might be of benefit to us in the future. There are suggestions that certain behaviours are inappropriate in these times being rude to supermarket staff, failing to appreciate the contribution of the emergency services to the national health and well-being and such –suggestions that seem more than odd to those of us who try and hold our neighbours’ in respect at any time. I’d like to suggest that the truly appropriate time to hold such folk in respect is when they are denied appropriate salaries and necessary equipment to do their jobs properly, when they need special allowances so as to be able to feed themselves and their families – standing outside your door at eight o’clock on a Thursday night won’t butter no parsnips – however well-intentioned it is an ultimately meaningless gesture.

Cataclysmic events such as these awaken in all of us the longing for a better future – the land fit for heroes back in 1918, the end of The Troubles following the Remembrance Day bombing in Enniskillen serve to remind us that the hope is not always realised – disaster itself is not enough, changes of heart, mind and manners are also necessary – sometimes it’s just easier to go with the way things were. Such changes can be difficult, the refusal of such changes can be dangerous – some words of Rudyard Kipling by way of reminder, from his poem Tommy.


You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires an’ all:

We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.

Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face

The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.

   For it’s Tommy this an’ Tommy that, and “Chuck him out, the brute!”

   But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;

   An’ it’s Tommy this an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;

   An Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!

 A Gateway to Methodism in Mid Wales.
A warm welcome to the Welshpool and Bro Hafren Website. We cover a very large and beautiful geographical area stretching from Welshpool, in the north east of the Circuit and to Llawr Y Glyn in the south west.

Our Superintendent Minister is Rev Bob Thomas. He is supported by accredited local preachers and worship leaders, with the help of retired ministers and occasional visiting preachers; there are regular acts of worship in 7 chapels across the Circuit.

Information about each of our 7 chapels can be found by using the navigation bar on the left.

Rev Bob Thomas

Chair of Wales Synod
 Rev Dr Stephen Wigley 
 Rev Bob Thomas                        
Other Ministers resident in the Circuit
 Rev Michael Taylor
  Rev Penny Burkill
 Rev John Newbury
Local Preachers 
 Mr Terry Jobling OBE      
 Mrs Eileen Jobling 
 Mr Graham Smith
 Mrs Eleri Williams
 Mrs Doris McNulty
 Mrs Maureen Douglas
 Mrs Jenny Thomas
 Mr John Harbron
 On Trial 
 Andrea Davies 
On Trial
 Kat Bond 
 No longer taking services
 Worship Leaders
 Mr & Mrs Alan Bradburn
 Mr Derek Painter (in Training)
Chapels and attached
 Circuit Stewards
 Janice Rhodes (sub: Michael)
 Pentre Llifior
 Janice Rhodes  (Derek Painter)
 Stan Mountford (Anthea)
 Janice Rhodes (Stan)
 Anthea Bradburn (Alun)
 Michael Jones
 Llawr Y Glyn
 Michael Jones (Alun)



Forthcoming or Recent Events:-

Coronavirus - for the latest on this regarding the Methodist Church, please click here and resource

Rev Bob's Farewell Service - this will take place at Newtown at 6.00pm on Sunday 12th July.

Money Management Course - Click here CAP Poster for details of this free course.

Conference Business Digest:
follow this link to read about the report for local churches
about the business of the
2019 Methodist Conference

Circuit Meeting: the next meeting will be held at Newtown on Tuesday 10th March 2020, starting at 7.00pm.

Acknowledgement of Service.

At the end of an evening service at Newtown, on behalf of the Circuit, John Harbron acknowledged Graham Smith's huge contribution to the Circuit as a Local Preacher by presenting him with a certificate (signed by President, Rev Steve Wild and Vice-President Dr. Jill Bamber. Graham has  completed over 40 years in this role. More photographs can be seen by clicking here.

Time to Reflect - You are all welcome to contemplative prayer as part of your journey with God. "Waiting on God in the silence" will be a half hour of silent prayer held at the Manse, Newtown at 2.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.Ring Jenny on 01686625690 for more details.

Editors Marlow,
7 Apr 2020, 08:24