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Church News & Events

A very big thank you to Hardwicke Church for hosting such an enjoyable Licensing Service. It was a truly “united” benefice service with all the parishes taking part and fabulous singing from our local choirs. It was a glorious summer’s evening so everyone could enjoy the delicious food inside or outside and there was an opportunity for people to meet Luci and Alistair. We congratulate Luci on her appointment as Rural Pioneer Priest in the Abbeydore Deanery. She will be joining a team of four priests and we look forward to being part of this exciting new approach to ministry.

It’s been a very eventful summer and I don’t just mean the heatwave! At the end of July, over sixty members of SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) came for a tour of Cusop. As well as having guided tours of some houses (which involved a huge amount of tidying up!), they visited Cusop Church. The group consisted of some very knowledgeable people so it was two-way-traffic when exchanging ideas about the church and some fascinating suggestions were made about the history of the roof timbers and other aspects of the church. It was perfect timing as John (Wilks) has recently made some exciting discoveries from the Woolhope Club papers which are quoted below under “Cusop History Group”. The visit from SPAB was a great motivator and a memorable day. We are very grateful for their generous donation of £100 towards Cusop Church.

The following afternoon, our Songs of Praise took place and we welcomed the fantastic Open Door Band. We had a packed church and it was an incredibly uplifting service enjoyed by all ages. We’d like to thank Jo and all the Open Door Band for giving up their time and coming to play for us. Their aim is to spread the Christian message and teach new worship songs. Revd Jane was certainly impressed and thought it would be great to have them at a Group Service and we agreed! Members of the band also work as Street Pastors in Brecon. As a result of our retiring collection, we were able to donate £236.47 to Brecon Street Pastors. Thank you everyone who supported the service and contributed towards the refreshments and retiring collection.

Everyone is very welcome to join us at these special events coming up:

Sunday 16th September at 10.30am: Group Service at Cusop led by Revd Luci Morriss and followed by refreshments. This is an opportunity to meet Revd Luci and fellow parishioners in the United Benefice.

Friday 21st September at 7.30pm: Harvest Supper at Cusop Village Hall. Last year, this was a huge success so make sure you buy a ticket before it’s sold out! 

Sunday 23rd September at 4.00pm: An informal, family- friendly Harvest Festival led by Revd Luci Morriss. This will be a short service celebrating Harvest in our beautifully decorated church and followed by refreshments. All ages are very welcome!

Church Book Stall

The book stall is proving a huge success and is providing our local community and visitors with a fantastic range of books. I’m regularly updating it and it’s evident that people are regularly buying books and this is providing a steady flow of cash in the donation box. There have been numerous anonymous donations of books left up at the church and on my doorstep. Whoever you are – thank you! It’s greatly appreciated and the book stall is another way of sharing the church building with the community. We often have visitors who just like to sit and enjoy the stillness and tranquillity inside the church and I like to think that the book stall is an extension of this peacefulness.  There have been several occasions when I have arrived at church and found someone sitting in a pew quietly reading a book from the book stall.

Flowers in Cusop Churchyard

According to Diocesan regulations, please note the following:

Fresh flowers are encouraged as the symbol of the gift of creation and the brevity of life.  Artificial flowers, e.g. silk or plastic flowers, are inappropriate.  Exceptionally, Remembrance Day poppies and Christmas wreaths may be placed on graves. After one month, the PCC may remove dead and artificial flowers to keep the graveyard tidy.

Thank you for helping to keep our churchyard beautiful and for being kind to nature.

For any further information about church activities  please contact the Churchwarden, Celia Cundale at celiacundale@aol.com or phone 01497-820396.

Neighbours socialising at our Community Picnic. Neighbours socialising at our Community Picnic.
Taking part in the Treasure Hunt at our Community Picnic. Taking part in the Treasure Hunt at our Community Picnic.
Taking a rubbing of a headstone at our Community Picnic. Taking a rubbing of a headstone at our Community Picnic.
Our Caring for God's Acre volunteers having lunch. Our Caring for God's Acre volunteers having lunch.
The rare Earthstar fungus found in Cusop Churchyard! The rare Earthstar fungus found in Cusop Churchyard!
The meadow area with wild flowers The meadow area with wild flowers
A re-discovered memorial A re-discovered memorial