Ministry Area News – Issue 8

Just like buses, you wait ages for one and along come two one after the other!

Hot on the heels of issue 7 here is more MA News. We were particularly keen to share with as many people as possible the chance to contribute to the consultation about our next bishop.

Our New Bishop – Your Say…

It is hoped that the new Bishop of Llandaff will be appointed early next year. The appointment is made by an Electoral College made up of elected clergy and lay members of the diocese, along with those of the other Welsh diocese.
As part of this process, the Llandaff Electors wish to consult widely about what the diocese is looking for in our next Bishop. Opinions are invited on 4 questions (see below) and each Ministry Area is invited to send in a collective response of views expressed within the MA.
If you would like to contribute your thoughts, please be as concise as possible and send your responses to the questions to me ( by Wednesday 9th Nov at the latest. I apologise for the very short deadline but our collective response needs to be in by next Friday.

The questions are:

  1. As the diocese of Llandaff enters the next phase of its life and mission, what priorities should the new Bishop have?
  2. What leadership style and qualities are needed by the new Bishop?
  3. What spiritual gifts do you hope would underpin the new Bishop’s ministry?
  4. Is there anything else you wish to add? (Eg: church tradition, familiarity with Welsh language and culture, etc.)

There is a dedicated area on the diocesan website relating to the election of the next Bishop of Llandaff – see under NEWS | EVENTS | BLOGS. There are prayers that we encourage people to use, and also regular updates on where we are in the process leading up to the Electoral College.

Meaty Topics for Advent

Those who have enjoyed Rev’d. Lindsay Ford’s previous Lent Courses will be delighted to know that in the run up to Advent Lindsay is running four sessions on the big topics of ‘The Problem of Suffering, Evil, Forgiveness and Hope.’ These will be presented in the Lady Chapel at Christ Church, Radyr, from 10.30am until 12noon on Tuesdays November 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th. All are welcome and each session will stand alone, so it doesn’t matter if you can’t make them all. The first session on 8th November is the one all of us struggle with at some point in life, The Problem of Suffering.

Cathedral opportunities…

You are warmly invited to Llandaff Cathedral for two particular things in the next couple of weeks. Each week the Cathedral prays for one or two of the MA’s in the diocese as part of their evening service. On November 13th they will be praying for The Garth MA and extend a warm welcome for us to join them at their 4pm Evening Service as they do so.

The following Sunday, 20th November, the new Dean of Llandaff, The Very Rev’d Richards Peers, will be installed at a special service at 3pm and again you are invited to the Cathedral for that special service.

Forthcoming Services

Details of Remembrance Services across the Ministry Area were included in the last issue of MA News but are included again here in case you missed them:

These are mostly contained within the main Sunday service on 13th Nov except for:

Saturday 12 November

  • 10.45am War Memorial in Taffs Well Park

Sunday 13 November

  • 10.15am St Fagans church and then to War Memorial
  • 11am Radyr War Memorial and then to Christ Church
  • 1pm Groesfaen Memorial Shelter
  • 3pm Pentyrch War Memorial

Details of all our Christmas Services will be in the next edition along with exciting news about our new MA website and revamped church sites. Watch this space…

Best wishes, as always,