Church Newsletters

Newsletters and notices from Friends of St James Devauden.

We are holding a service this month on Sunday 22nd at 9am. It will be a Morning Prayer service, and as the Church in Wales is still advising we abide by all the social distancing guidelines, we have room for 7 households (or bubbles, if you are 'bubbling'!), and a maximum of 21 people, (not including Fr Michael) can be seated.

If you would like to attend, you need to reserve your place with Daniel, his email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you can phone him on (01291) 650258.

From September we are planning 2 services a month:
Sunday 5th September, 4pm Family Service in Church led by Gay
Sunday 19th September, 9am Morning Prayer led by Fr Michael

The  COVID risk assessment forms for St James Church have approved by the archdeacon.  There is space for 7 households (max 3 people) inside St James and 11 households (max 4 people) outside the church. As ever, if there is a service, the congregation will need to be socially distanced and wear masks. A list of who attended and how to contact them will also be required.  Attendees will need to book by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by calling Gay Kenington. Your safety and health is the most important thing, so please don't feel you have to attend, and if you have COVID symptoms you must NOT attend!.

There will be an informal prayer meeting on Sunday 27th June at 4pm for the Ministry Area.

A service is scheduled for Sunday 24th July (St James day) at 9am.

The May 2021 Newsletter has been circulated to the community.

The Annual Vestry Meeting will be held on Thursday 27th May at 7:45 pm. It will be an on-line meeting and gives you the chance to hear what is happening (despite the building being closed!).

The Ministry Area meeting on 22nd April was an interesting discussion, and there is a need for people to be part of the transition team, so if you have experience of change management and are interested in helping our previously disparate parishes and groupings become one, please contact Fr Michael ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Rev Philip Avery (Designated Chepstow Ministry Area Lead - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

During May we remember the Ascension and Pentecost. This year the diocese is recommending Thy Kingdom Come - where in the 11 day period between Ascension (13th May) and Pentecost (23rd May) we each pick 5 people to pray for. You don't need to tell them, but you do need to pray for them regularly - one suggestion is that if there are things you do regularly throughout the day (such as boil the kettle for a cuppa) you use that to remind you to pray. You can find more information here https://www.thykingdomcome.global/, and there is a "Cheeky Pandas" section aimed at families with primary school aged children too - https://www.thykingdomcome.global/cheekypandas - the films will, I think, be on YouTube.

St Arvans church is open for services but you do have to book in as only 30 people are allowed in, but the services are streamed on Facebook - and are available on this link https://www.facebook.com/pg/vicaragecello1/videos (you don't need a facebook account to watch). To attend in person, please contact Maureen Stephens on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The local church diocese has been re-organising individual parishes and parish groups into Ministry Areas for some years now. A Ministry Area is a group of parishes and their clergy that work together at a larger level than our current group of 5 parishes. Existing Ministry Areas in the diocese have been working successfully for a number of years. The finances, staffing, training etc. are handled at an area level rather than at a parish or parish group level . The current St Arvans group (Devauden, Itton, Kilgwrrwg, Penterry & St Arvans) will be joining the Chepstow Ministry Area, along with Shirenewton, Newchurch, Mounton, Mathern, St Pierre and the two churches in Chepstow - St Marys and St Christophers. There is information about this on the diocesan website here https://monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk/en/clergy-and-members/ministry-areas

There is a Zoom meeting planned with Bishop Cherry to talk through the plans for the ministry area and the transition period - it will probably be a year or more before the MA (as it's known) will be fully functional.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday 22nd April, at 7:30pm.  If you would like to attend the meeting, there are a number of spaces available so contact Fr. Michael on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St James Church will not be open for Easter, but these are the services at St Arvans:

  • Monday & Tuesday: live-streamed only celebrations of the Eucharist from the Lady Chapel at 9.30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Night Prayer & reflection at 8 p.m.
  • Maundy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7.30 p.m. - Watch until 9 p.m.
  • Good Friday. The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at 3 p.m.
  • Easter Eve/ Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil beginning at 7.30 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.

If you want to reserve a place at any starred service, you need to contact Maureen Stephens - her details are:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.