Dear friends,
I’m performing rather a lot of swansongs at the moment. On Thursday I chair my final
meeting of the Governing Body of the Model Church in Wales School, and on Friday I give
my final ‘Weekend Word’ broadcast on Radio Wales.
I’ve been a school governor since 1985. Originally none of the schools with which I was
involved was a church school. Coming to the Model School in 2001 was therefore a new and
exciting experience, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to strengthen the links
between the school and the parish. Walking down Picton Terrace, I’d often hear young
voices shouting excitedly “Look, Mami, that’s Canon Patrick! He comes to our school!” I’m
particularly grateful to all those church members who have served as Foundation Governors
of the Model. In recent years I have been especially thankful to Mr Nigel Roberts, the Vice-
chair, for his wise counsel and support. When I was in hospital and later convalescing, he
kindly stepped into my shoes with characteristic skill and common sense. The school has
also been blessed by the wonderful leadership of Mrs Amanda Bowen-Thomas and her
colleagues, under whose guidance the Model can look forward to a flourishing future, as it
maintains its distinctive ethos as a caring and friendly church school with high standards.
I’ve been broadcasting (initially in Welsh, and then also in English) for almost as long as I
have been a school governor. In the early days it was from what seemed like a large
cupboard in Trinity College, and later from the BBC studio in Priory Street. Religious
broadcasting often involves getting up at an unearthly time in the morning. Sometimes
there would be a mix-up about opening the studio, and I’d be left on the doorstep either
soaked to the skin or frozen solid. Still, it was always quietly satisfying when someone
passed me in the street and said “I heard you on the radio this morning” – particularly if
they agreed with what I’d said.
The Reverend Kristie Godden-Griffiths, our curate, will be ordained priest on Saturday 26
June at St Davids Cathedral. Please keep Kristie and her family in your prayers. There will be
a chance for us as a church to give thanks for Kristie’s priesting when she celebrates the
Eucharist for the first time in Christ Church on Sunday 27 June at 9.15am.
SERVICES: Sunday 13 June (Trinity 2) 9am ZOOM EUCHARIST (p.160); 11yb CYMUN
BENDIGAID yn yr eglwys (t.160); 5pm ZOOM EVENING PRAYER; Wednesday 16 June (St
Richard) 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST in church (p.287); Sunday 20 June 9am HOLY
EUCHARIST in church (p.162); 5pm ZOOM EVENING PRAYER. Please contact ROSEMARY
BOWEN (English services) or MALCOLM JONES (gwasanaethau Cymraeg) to ensure a place
at services in church. The Reverend Delyth Richards can provide information about
Llangunnor services. I can let you know about services at Llannewydd/Newchurch.
Canon Patrick

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