ST GEORGE’S CHURCH
Rev. Carol Davies (Tel. 01792 390456)
The Annual Congregational Meeting takes place on Sunday 2nd April immediately following Holy Eucharist.
The next meeting of St George’s Church Committee will be on Tuesday 11th April at 7.00 pm in the Upper Room, Village Hall.
|ANNUAL REPORT, YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 2015
Thanks to our dedicated Lay Worship Leaders and Lay Readers, supported by Gower resident and visiting clerics, with overall direction from Acting Ministry Area Leader Rev Peter Brooks, the interregnum period was managed. Nevertheless we welcomed Ministry Area Assistant Priest, the Rev’d Carol Davies, into the Rectory at Knelston with great pleasure and relief in October 2015. We extend our warmest good wishes to her, and look forward to her spiritual guidance and long-term presence in our midst.
Health and Safety requirements assumed a higher profile in 2015. Our designated officer, Val Fuller, attended a Diocesan Health and Safety seminar in September and presented her report on it to us and the PCC. Claire Blackshaw, a professional health and safety risk assessor, conducted a gratis comprehensive building and churchyard risk assessment for us in collaboration with Val. Claire’s report enabled the drawing of our own Health and Safety Policy, as is now mandatory for each church.
Like this year’s rain, financial worry and concern over our aging congregation persisted! We thank Peter Davies sincerely for his diligent accounting work, and our Social and Fundraising Committee for Herculean efforts to entertain villagers from within and beyond Reynoldston during 2015 to raise over £4,300 for the church and donating an additional £206 to the children’s cancer trust, “Latch” from Harvest Festival produce sales; also, they orchestrated the annual “Carols on the Green” evening, which collected £278 for the Salvation Army Swansea. One pleasant surprise lurked in our vestry safe – redeemable World War1 Bonds! Inevitably, their value was low. We hope to reduce our inordinately heavy 2015 Churchyard maintenance costs during 2016; and we look to the Diocese for a revised formula for Ministry Share allocation. We close our financial year with a £955 deficit, forecast to increase to £3000 in 2016.
The first two tablets in our new memorial garden were placed in September. Late delivery of the central Memorial Celtic Cross is delaying the dedication ceremony.
The exceptional and extended service to St George’s by Warden Sheila Williams and lay chair Peter Bowen-Simpkins, demands our particular thanks. This in no way diminishes the high value we place on long service by others and invaluable contributions made in 2015 by all who bore administrative, management, maintenance, cleaning and floral office; and who provided beautiful music, reading and alter service: we thank them all most sincerely.
We must also thank our secretary, Heather Laurie, for her excellent record keeping, her diligence and hard work on behalf of the committee.
2015 marked our transition into a Ministry Area: we pray for its leadership strength.
The History of St. George’s Church
The Patronal dedication name of Reynoldston’s Church, St. George, reminds us of the Norman and English influences which predominated in this part of Wales for much of the last Millennium.
For many centuries a church has stood on this site now occupied by the current building, which dates from the mid-1860’s and is a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture and includes many examples of 20thcentury stained glass, including a three-light east window designed by Nathaniel Westlake.
One of the early Christian monuments in Gower is a pillar cross near the chancel arch and another feature of the church is the Norman font that is carved from a single block of stalagmite
(Taken from the leaflet in The Steps of the Saints. A Trail of Gower Churches, written by Ryan Griffiths, Phil & Anne King).
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The Church Choir…. this mixed Choir, under the direction of Olivia Craddock, meets every Wednesday evening for practice. New members are most welcome.
Sunday School… The Sunday School meets on the first and third Sunday of the month, at 9.30am, in the Village Hall.
The Church Social Committee…. this group organizes a number of fundraising events during the year.
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