About

What We Believe

If we’re putting it basically, we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, i.e. we believe exactly what the Bible—all sixty-six books; Old and New Testaments—teaches. However we Christians disagree from church to church about some secondary and tertiary-issues in terms of understanding the Bible, and so, in AP we have decided to agree on a summary of the Bible as it is found in a Confession written in the year 1689, sometimes called The Second London Baptist Confession.

Meetings

Sunday Services

We meet every Lord’s Day (Sunday) in our church-building. Please click here for more details on attending one of our services.

When?
Sundays at 11am & 5pm.

Prayer Meetings

At the moment we are alternating between Whole-Church Prayer and Small-Group Prayer.

When?
Tuesdays at 7:30pm

More Details

­Tuesday-nights at 7:30pm are what one of our favourite preachers calls ‘the engine-room’ of the church. What we mean when we say that, is that without prayer-meetings, the church is not going to make any progress, because we’re completely reliant on our Father in heaven!

In other words, we love prayer-meetings because this is where it all happens; it’s where we ask for the Lord to bless us and visit us as a church; it’s where we talk about where the Lord is taking us as a church and lay that all out before him; it’s where we seek to experience the presence of Christ; it’s where we ask the Lord to save those who are not believers; it’s where we ask for people to be healed. And so, we come to him regularly together in prayer, and especially public-prayer.

Small-Group Prayer takes place in one of three groups which are each led by one of our three elders. These groups make for more conducive chats and prayer-times about personal struggles and victories. It really is an “iron-sharpening-iron” zone. Each group has its own ethos, and so, if you’d like to join one of these groups or to know more about them, get in touch with us and we’ll chat.

Whole-Church-Prayer is sometimes simply called The Prayer-Meeting, we meet downstairs in our church-building. We also use Google’s version of Zoom which is called Google Meet for elderly and vulnerable members who are not able to get out in-person. (Get in touch with us if you’d like the link; it can also be found on the church-bulletin.)

Bible-Reading Groups

Every month we read through a different book of the bible then meet to discuss it.

When?
The men’s, women’s & young-people’s Bible-Reading Groups meet monthly.

More Details
  • Monthly Men’s Group: Usually the Third Saturday at 8am downstairs at AP. (Ask if you’d like to be added to the WhatsApp-group.)
  • Monthly Women’s Group: Usually on the Third Thursday at 8pm in The Manse. (Ask if you’d like to be added to the WhatsApp-group.)
  • Monthly Children & Young People’s Group: Usually the second Friday at 6pm in The Manse.

Other Meetings

The Women’s Fellowship meets weekly on Wednesdays at 10.30am at AP (downstairs) during term- time. (Ask if you’d like to be added to the WhatsApp group)

Meet Our Officers

Rhodri Brady

Elder

Ian Jones

Elder

Eric Taylor

Elder

Gerwyn Loosely

Deacon and Secretary

Gareth Noble

Deacon and Treasurer

Terry Loosley

Deacon

Chris Iliff

Deacon

Concerns

As you may have picked up already, our obsession and central-conviction as a church is that it is all about Jesus. He is Lord God. We never graduate from him. There is nothing we do in church or in life which is separated from him. He is the absolute, complete and utter foundation of all of our church-life, no exception, it really is all about him.

With Jesus at the centre of our theology and church-life there are a few major concerns flowing out of our making much of him:

The Gospel (Good News) of Jesus

We try to make it our aim in every single one of our services to remind each other of how amazing the good news (or gospel) of the Lord Jesus Christ really is. That…

  • We have all done wrong (or sinned) and fallen short of where we should be before the glorious Living God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • He rightly displays his anger towards us through what he says in the Bible and through his other acts of justice.
  • Jesus came down as the door into a restored-relationship with the Living God, and died on the cross so that not only the church’s sins could be placed on him and we would not suffer God’s wrath for them, but also that his good-deeds would all be credited to his church too. Some of us like to call this “The Great Swap”.
  • Therefore we plead with everyone everywhere to leave their sins behind and trust only in Jesus, as we have had the privilege of doing.
  • Not only does Jesus tell us in John 6:37 that he will never turn us away if we come to him, but more than that, we are invited to come to him in our weariness and burden under our own guilt (Matthew 11:28-30), and he will give us rest for our weary souls.

Knowing Jesus

This was a particular emphasis in our church in 2021. We’re convinced that there is a difference between knowing about Christ and actually knowing him. And so we have an emphasis on experiencing his presence through the Holy Spirit, and on stepping out in faith—despite fear—knowing that he is helping us.

Jesus in the Old Testament

We thought this was worth mentioning as some people aren’t used to hearing Jesus spoken of anywhere other than the four-gospels and some of the other books at the very end of the Bible. Our conviction that the Living God can only be known through the Lord Jesus means that we know that even for the Old Testament believers, the only object of faith was Jesus himself. We follow New Testament writers like Jude therefore, who are happy to use the name Jesus even to refer to God the Son before he became a human (see Jude 5).

Telling Unbelievers about Jesus

We know that part of our mission as a church is to make disciples of every nation, and so we take that calling very seriously and seek to evangelise in the Aberystwyth area. This is one of the central aims of our church-bookshop, as well as the reason why we go out on a regular basis to give our literature to folk in town, and why we seek to make our Sunday Services accessible to all.

Books about Jesus

We love books about Jesus in AP, which is why our bookshop is not just for unbelievers, but is full of books that speak of Jesus and his love. As we mentioned above, knowing about Jesus is no substitute for knowing Jesus, but we aim to allow our knowledge about Jesus to feed into our relationship with him.

Every Member Reading about Jesus in the Bible Together

There’s a common view amongst some Christians that the Bible is only to be read by academics or those with a specially-trained theological brain. However, we know the truth is that the Bible is clear. As Moses reminds the church in Deuteronomy,

the commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. […] The word is very near you. It is in your mouth an in your heart, so that you can do it.

One of our responses to this truth is our Bible-Reading Groups. As shown above, we have one for men, one for women, and one for children and young people. We all therefore—men, women, children—have an opportunity to look at one book of the bible a month, and read it together as a church, and then come together once a month to talk some more about how the Holy Spirit has helped us to see the truth in that book. We may also have some questions we want to work through. Either way, church is the best context to be reading the Bible in.

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