It appears that the information in the Autumn issue of Guild News about the AGM decision to work towards reuniting with the Guild of Health has
left some members feeling uncertain about the current situation of the Guild of St Raphael. For the sake of clarity, the situation is that for current year
we are continuing as previously, while representatives of both Guilds meet to plan our merger. Those discussions are progressing in a very positive way,
and the Spring issue of Guild News, due out in May 2015, will contain an update on progress, together with information about the Guild of St Raphael's
Centenary Festival in October this year.
Subscriptions for Guild of St Raphael membership and Chrism are due now, and subscriptions to the merged Guild will become due in January 2106. Both Chrism and Guild News will be produced as usual this year, with Chrism having a "Centenary" theme bringing together some inspiring insights from past issues and also looking towards the future, based on Jesus' summary of the commandments: to love God and to love our neighbours as we love ourselves.
Holy Trinity, the Parish Church of Llandudno on the beautiful North Wales coast, is the setting for our Guild of St Raphael Festival 2014.
An account of the Festival and of the Annual General Meeting of the Guild may be found in the current issue of Guild News: please click
Holy Trinity church was proposed in 1860 when Llandudno was developing as a fashionable tourist centre, to be built on land given by the Mostyn Estate. George Felton, Architect to the Mostyn Estate, was the designer. The original part of the church was completed in 1872 and consecrated in 1874. Today Holy Trinity is the Parish Church for Llandudno, ministering to the local residents and to the annual surge of seasonal visitors alike. Christ's Ministry of Healing is embedded in the life of this church, which is home to a thriving and active Branch of the Guild of St Raphael. The Guild is most grateful to have been invited to celebrate the 2014 Festival in this beautiful location. It is worth visiting the Holy Trinity website for further information:
At 11.00am the Guild of St Raphael held its Annual Festival, which included a Healing Eucharist as well as the inevitable Annual General Meeting.
The venue was the historic surroundings of Lichfield Cathedral, thanks to the generosity of the Dean and Chapter.
Lichfield is readily accessible from all parts of the country and a good number of folk were able to join with us in this important act of worship.
The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely and Warden of the Guild, gave the thought-provoking address. The event was appropriately concluded
with a service of Benediction.
A hundred or so members and friends gathered in the Lady Chapel of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, at 10.30am on a cold and very breezy autumn day.
Proceedings began with an entertaining but very thought-provoking talk by the Guild's Roving Ambassador, Revd. Canon Paul Nener. Under the title
Do You want to be Healed?
He focused on the concept of a sacramentally-based healing ministry and its implications for the individual and for the church itself. Delivered with his unquenchable cheerfulness and down-to-earth wisdom, this talk was an opportunity not to be missed! Whether or not you were able to be present, you may wish to know that we are now able to offer you the text of his excellent talk as a 1.5MB download - please click here. Our thanks to Canon Paul for his kindness in making this text available.
The brief and (fairly) painless AGM started promptly at 11.30am. Revd. Robin Pettitt presented the accounts for the year ending March 2012, which continued the sobering story of declining financial reserves, and Revd. Rodney Middleton in his Sub-Warden's Review spoke of how Council had put in place some important measures to contain costs and to make faithful use of the funds entrusted to the Guild by its members. Part of the picture was a plan to make increasing use of electronic communication means to distribute our publications and to give better support to the Branches. To this end, members and friends are asked to contribute their email addresses to our electronic mailing list so we can keep everyone informed about the Guild and its activities. Please email David.Martlew@gmail.com.
The Eucharist itself began at 12.05pm and as in previous years the service incorporated the
Ministry of Healing and the laying on of hands. The Guild's Warden, The Rt Revd Nicholas Reade Bishop of Blackburn, presided at the Eucharist and gave a brief
but very thought-provoking address. He has very kindly provided his notes, so if you'd like to read his homily, please click
Lunch as always provided a time and space for a chat with the members of the Guild Council and with members from other Branches. It was a good opportunity to share some of the joys and frustrations experienced in the Branches, and to comment on what the Guild could do to support the Branches better. Tea and coffee are good social lubricants!