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Church-Vision:

MAKING MUCH OF CHRIST…
in Doctrine, Covenant-Fellowship, and Witness

Key Passage: Acts 2:42-47

Weekly Meetings

Lord’s Day, 11am & 5pm

Tuesday Whole-Church Prayer-Meetings, 7:30pm (every other week)

These are in-person, downstairs in the church-building. Facility to log-in via Google Meet also available.

meet.google.com/zoo-geko-utn

Small-Group Prayer-Meetings, 7:30pm (every other week)

Eric Taylor – meet.google.com/jti-hgwi-uth
Ian Jones – meet.google.com/waf-jtah-dbz
Rhodri Brady – in-person & online meet.google.com/zoo-geko-utn

Advance Dates

August

  • 11th — Stuart Olyott preaching @ AP (AM)
  • 11th – 16thEvangelical Movement of Wales Conference @ Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • 25th — Gareth Williams preaching @ AP (AM & PM)
  • 20th – 26th — Rhodri & family planning to be away

September

  • 26th — Officers’ Meeting
  • 22nd — Freshers’ Sunday
  • 29th— Freshers’ Welcome Tea

October

  • 8th — Rhodri attending AECW Coordinating Committee (Online)
  • 10th — Members’ Meeting

April 2024

Activities This Month

Friday 5th 7pm, Youth & Families Chill @ AP (downstairs)
Lords Day 7th Communion as part of Evening Service
Saturday 13th 8:30am, Men’s Breakfast @ AP (downstairs)
Lord’s Day 14th 9:30am, Craft Club @ AP (downstairs)
Thursday 18th 8pm, Women’s Evening @ The Manse
Friday 19th 7pm, Youth Club @ AP (downstairs)
Thursday 25th 7:30pm, Officers’ Meeting
Friday 26th 6pm, Bible Club @ Chris & Kate Iliff’s House, Capel Seion

Other Notes

  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meetings: 9th & 23rd | Small-Group Prayer-Meeting: 2nd, 16th & 30th.
    • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship meets on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am (TBC in Sunday notices).
  • Causeway also meets between 11 and 12:30 on a Wednesday, it is a time of worship organised by the staff of Plas Lluest (home for adults with learning disabilities set up by Alfred Place four decades ago). There is singing, reading, prayer, and sharing of the word, all geared at the Plas Lluest residents. It takes place in the Community Space in Tesco. All welcome. (No meeting on the 3rd of April).
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups’ are currently on Romans. All church-members have been encouraged to read that book and consider Christ as you do. Those attending the groups (Women’s Evening / Men’s Breakfast / Bible Club), do keep a note of observations and questions to share with/ask your group. The next Bible-Book-section will be Isaiah 1-20. 
  • When able to, those manning the Book-Table go out every Saturday (weather & personnel-permitting) 11am-12:30pm; members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.
  • The “Youth and Families Chill” is an evening that Sarah Chalmers is organising in lieu of Youth Club over the Easter Holidays. It is an opportunity for those who attend Youth Club (secondary school aged children) and families (including younger children) to come and hang out in the church-basement for some laid-back fun.
  • Pray for Sibyl as she attends and speaks at the EMW Pastors’ Wives Conference in Bryn-Y-Groes, Bala on the 19th and 20th.

Book News

Any book-orders or enquiries related to the bookshop should be emailed to info@apbookshop.co.uk

Visit the Bookshop Facebook Page for all the latest information, including opening hours (note: a Facebook account is not required to access that page).

Book of the Month

HALL OF FAITH: Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Dayspring Macleod (Christian Focus, 2023)

The seventy-ninth anniversary of the death Dietrich Bonhoeffer is on the 9th of this month, and in our small-group, we recently had some helpful testimonies from some who benefited from his writings. As is the case for every theologian, we will not agree with everything he says, but there is much good for us to glean from the writings of this great pastor-theologian and anti-Nazi dissident, who was executed by hanging under the rule of Hitler. This book is a short biography designed to be exciting to read and encouraging for those who are new to Bonhoeffer’s story. It’s full of sections of thrilling narrative as well as helpful historical information. But more importantly, we have some thoughts on Bonhoeffer’s theology, which points us to Christ, who we all need to look at afresh through the lenses of those brilliant glasses that are on the cover of the book.

Bible-Reading Groups Commentary Tie-In

ISAIAH BY THE DAY: A New Devotional Translation – Alec Motyer (Christian Focus, 2011)

I know one or two, at least, in our congregation who have known great help from Alec Motyer, some having read a similar edition of Motyer’s commentary on the Psalms, which takes the same approach, being a day-by-day devotional book. This one is Isaiah, which is the book we’re going to be reading for the next few months as a church. Isaiah is sixty-six chapters of some of the most gospel-filled content in the Old Testament, and Alec Motyer is my favourite commentator on the book. Motyer is not from our tribe (he was an Anglican), but what’s refreshing about his writing and preaching is that he shows the wonder of seeing the Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament (though we may wish he was less bogged down in the academic rigour expected of a writer of his standing). He is now with the Lord, but before his death, he contributed so much of worth to our thinking on this wonderful book of the Bible (and others). If nothing else, what reading this devotional commentary will do for you is give you a sense of awe and quietness in the face of the wonder that the Lord Jesus Christ has come to save us from our sins and that he’s done that through being the suffering servant. Magnificent!

March 2024

Activities This Month

Lord’s Day 3rd 11am, Lord’s Supper as part of Morning Service
Monday 4th 7:30pm, 3, 2, 1 Course, Final Session @ AP (downstairs)
Thursday 7th 7:30pm, Members’ Meeting @ AP (downstairs, online available)
Saturday 9th  8:30am, Men’s Breakfast @ AP (downstairs)
Lord’s Day 10th 9:30am, Craft Club @ AP (downstairs)
Wednesday 13th 7:30pm, The Christian Institute speaking @ AP (upstairs)
Friday 15th 7pm, Youth Club @ AP (downstairs)
Thursday 21st 8pm, Women’s Evening @ The Manse
Friday 22nd 6pm, Bible Club @ The Manse
Lord’s Day 24th Ian preaching AM, Eric preaching PM
Friday 29th (Good Friday) 10:30am, Joint bilingual service with Eglwys Efengylaidd Aberystwyth (Derrick preaching, Rhodri leading)

12pm, Walk up Constitution Hill with Eglwys Efengylaidd Aberystwyth (info below)

Other Notes

  • The walk up Constitution Hill begins at the Bandstand at 12:30pm, we will have packed-lunch at the top, and then leave it open to you what you want to do after that (some carried on on the path last year, others came back down). Those who aren’t able to walk up the Hillman go on the Cliff-Railway which runs every 10-15 minutes. Adults pay £7 for a single ticket up the hill, or £8 to go up and back down.
  • The 3, 2, 1 Course is an interactive evangelism course for those interested in the Christian faith. 3 stands for the fact that God is Trinity. The 2 covers the fact that the world is shaped by two representatives, Adam and Christ. The 1 stands for our one-ness, highlighting the fact that by default, we’re one with Adam, but that through faith, we can be united with Christ. There are four sessions which will take place every other week, finishing in early March. All welcome. Feel free to come on your own, or to bring a non-Christian friend, no sign-up needed.
  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meetings: 12th & 26th | Small-Group Prayer-Meeting: 5th & 19th
    • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship meets on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am (TBC in Sunday notices).
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups’ are currently on Genesis 36-50. All church-members have been encouraged to read that section and consider Christ as you do. Those attending the groups (Women’s Evening / Men’s Breakfast / Bible Club), do keep a note of observations and questions to share with/ask your group. The next Bible-Book-section will be Romans 1-16.
  • When able to, those manning the Book-Table go out every Saturday (weather & personnel-permitting) 11am-12:30pm, members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.
  • Rhodri plans to be in Llanymddyfri on Saturday the 2nd of March for the Call to the Hills Conference, a day of meetings organised by Simon Bowkett of Grace Rural Wales Partnership. 
  • Pray for Rhodri as he speaks at Aberystwyth University Christian Union (CU) on a Q&A panel on Thursday the 14th.
  • Rhodri is at the Mid-Wales & Borders Fraternal on the morning of the 19th, it is held in the building of Newtown Evangelical Church.

Book News

Any book-orders or enquiries related to the bookshop should be emailed to info@apbookshop.co.uk

Visit the Bookshop Facebook Page for all the latest information, including opening hours (note: a Facebook account is not required to access that page).

Book of the Month

LEARNING TO LAMENT: Our Heavenly Father’s Embrace When We Grieve – Paul Mallard (Union, 2023)

The wife of a Christian, who is a friend of ours on Facebook, died last month. As the death announcement was made on Facebook, it was interesting to read the different responses of Christians to this husband who had just lost his wife. On the one hand, there were some very helpful comments, telling this brother that they were grieving with him, and expressions of sadness and sympathy. However, there was another strain of comments which came from a very well-meaning and semi-biblical place, but they were comments that were short-sighted and did not give the whole picture of what the Bible teaches about how we should respond to death. The comments went along the lines of, “Your wife has died, but this is ultimately cause for rejoicing, because she is now in heaven and is no longer suffering and is with the Lord Jesus.” Now, all of those things are true. The sister who died was a Christian, and she is indeed no longer suffering and is with her Saviour. But the sense that I got with those more upbeat comments was that they had failed to see what Paul Mallard has seen and writes about in this very helpful little book, namely the need for lament and the fact that it is biblical and right to express sadness and to grieve, and even, in the right context, to wallow in that sadness for a time. Paul here is speaking from experience out of a life filled with suffering and bereavement. And yet, what he has learned is the need to ditch the mask that we tend to put on in our Christian circles, in favour of an acknowledgment that it is right for us, from time to time, to join in with the whole of creation, which is groaning as in the pains of childbirth. Honesty is what is needed, and grief, sorrow, regret, and disappointment have their place in the Christian life. This is something that the Lord Jesus was involved with, expressing sadness, crying out to God in pain, and acknowledging weakness. Paul shows us in this book that the Bible gives us language to use when we go through loss. He also shows us that we have someone who we can trust in the midst of grief. He uses the word “brokenness,” which has sometimes been used unhelpfully (if it is used as a substitute for sinful) but in the right context brokenness is the right word to use in reference to the fall. Best of all, Paul points us to the Lord Jesus who went through the darkest lament of all time and gives us reason to hope.

Bible-Reading Groups Commentary Tie-In

EXPOSITORY OUTLINES AND OBSERVATIONS ON ROMANS: Hints and Helps for Preachers and Teachers – Rob Ventura (Christian Focus, 2023)

I would not normally recommend a book aimed at preachers and teachers for our monthly commentary recommendation, however, this book has recently been released, we have it in the shop, and it is worth looking at, even if you have no intention of preaching or teaching from Paul’s letter to the Romans. What’s helpful about this book is that the author has gone through every verse of the letter and gives not only in-depth analysis of the language but also helpful application for what this should mean for us. The book is full of helpful observations and summaries of the different sections of the letter, and even though some may be put off by the footnotes and references to Greek-grammar, the book is actually quite simple in most of what it says. It is full of helpful comments; it quotes lots of other thinkers from the history of the church who have also read this letter of Paul to the Romans. So, if one of you does want to take a bit more of a deep dive into the book of Romans, this would be a good book to look at.

February 2024

Activities This Month

Thursday 1st 7:30pm, Officers’ Meeting
Friday 2nd 7pm, Youth Club @ AP (downstairs)
Lord’s Day 4th 5pm, Lord’s Supper as part of Evening Service
Saturday 10th  8:30am, Men’s Breakfast @ AP (downstairs)
Lord’s Day 11th 9:30am, Craft Club @ AP (downstairs)
Friday 16th No Youth Club (Half-Term)
Lord’s Day 18th Rhodri preaching in Penuel Baptist Church, Roch
Preaching & Leading in AP – TBA
Monday 19th 7:30pm, 3, 2, 1 Course, Third Session @ AP (downstairs)
Tuesday 20th Rhodri @ AECW Coordinating Committee Meeting (AM)
Thursday 22nd 7:30pm, Members’ Meeting @ AP (downstairs & online)

Members’ Meeting rescheduled to Thursday 7th March.

Friday 23rd 6pm, Bible Club @ The Manse
Thursday 29th 8pm, Women’s Evening @ The Manse

Other Notes

  • The 3, 2, 1 Course is an interactive evangelism course for those interested in the Christian faith. 3 stands for the fact that God is Trinity. The 2 covers the fact that the world is shaped by two representatives, Adam and Christ. The 1 stands for our one-ness, highlighting the fact that by default, we’re one with Adam, but that through faith, we can be united with Christ. There are four sessions which will take place every other week, finishing in early March. All welcome. Feel free to come on your own, or to bring a non-Christian friend, no sign-up needed.
  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meetings: 13th & 27th | Small-Group Prayer-Meeting: 6th & 20th
    • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship meets on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am (TBC in Sunday notices).
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups’ are currently on Genesis 21-35. All church-members have been encouraged to read that section and consider Christ as you do. Those attending the groups (Women’s Evening / Men’s Breakfast / Bible Club), do keep a note of observations and questions to share with/ask your group. The next Bible-Book-section will be Genesis 36-50.
  • When able to, those manning the Book-Table go out every Saturday (weather & personnel-permitting) 11am-12:30pm, members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.
  • Note that from the 12th – 16th, Rhodri and the family are away.

Book News

Any book-orders or enquiries related to the bookshop should be emailed to info@apbookshop.co.uk

Visit the Bookshop Facebook Page for all the latest information, including opening hours (note: a Facebook account is not required to access that page).

Book of the Month

CHRIST & CREED: The Early Church Creeds & their Value for Today – Nate Pickowicz (Christian Focus, 2023)

You will have noticed if you’ve been to any of our services that we do place an emphasis on the creeds—and especially the Apostles Creed—in our church-life and what this book seeks to do is to answer a question that you may have asked, which is “why so we do that?” Well, it comes from the Bible according to the author of this very helpful book. What I like about this book is the author says that knowing the creeds is actually a very biblical thing to do so that anyone who says “I don’t have any creed but Christ” actually doesn’t get it. Despite that statement “no creed but Christ” in itself being a creed, Nate also shows us that the Bible itself is full of creeds, and it encourages us to learn creeds. Nate takes us through The Apostles’ Creed; The Nicene Creed; The Definition of Chalcedon; The Athanasian Creed; the Protestant Confessions, and finishes off with a chapter on the Creeds for today.

Bible-Reading Groups Commentary Tie-In

THE BOOK OF ORIGINS: Genesis Simply Explained – Phillip Eveson (Evangelical Press, 2006)

My dad once jokingly introduced me to Phil Eveson, saying that “this was the man who taught me everything I know”. Despite the jesting, there is a great deal truth in those words, not just for my Dad, but for so many people all over Wales and the world. This is especially true in relation to his work as an Old Testament thinker, where he has been used greatly by the Lord (as well as in his interest in church history and his wonderful sense of humour). All of this comes across in his very helpful commentary on the first book of the Bible. I’d like him to place more emphasis on the Lord Jesus presence in Genesis (although there is plenty here), but either way, there is a lot for us to glean and benefit from in this book. The Book of Origins is such an apt title, because Genesis isn’t just the book about the origin of the universe, but it is the book which tells us about the origin of humanity, the origin of sin, and the origin of the church.

January 2024

Activities This Month

Monday 1st (New Year’s Day) 4-6pm, New Year’s Day Social @ Capel Seion Village Hall (SY23 4ED)
Wednesday 3rd 11:30am, Funeral of Christine Reynolds @ AP
Lord’s Day 7th 11am, Lord’s Supper as part of Morning Service
Saturday 13th  8:30am, Men’s Breakfast @ AP (downstairs)
Lord’s Day 14th 9:30am, Craft Club @ AP (downstairs)
5pm, Derrick Adams preaching @ AP (Rhodri preaching at Eglwys Efengylaidd Aberystwyth
Monday 15th  7:30pm, 3, 2, 1 Course, First Session @ AP (downstairs)
Tuesday 16th 10am, Rhodri in Mid-Wales & Borders Fraternal, @ Newtown Evangelical Church
Thursday 18th 8pm, Women’s Evening @ The Manse
Friday 19th 7pm, Youth Club @ AP (downstairs)
Monday 22nd 7:30pm, Vision-Week Meeting (1) @ AP (downstairs)
Tuesday 23rd 7:30pm, Vision-Week Meeting (2) @ AP (downstairs)
Thursday 25th 7:30pm, Vision-Week Meeting (3) @ AP (downstairs)
Friday 26th 6pm, Bible Club @ The Manse
Monday 29th 7:30pm, 3, 2, 1 Course, Second Session @ AP (downstairs)
Tuesday 30th 7:30pm, International Mission to Jewish People speaking in Prayer Meeting @ AP (downstairs)
Wednesday 31st 7:30pm, AGM (TBC) @ AP (downstairs)

Other Notes

  • Note the change of usual date location for the New Year’s Social. It’s usually on New Year’s Eve, this year it is on New Year’s Day; it’s usually @ AP, but this year it will be in Capel Seion Village Hall. Please contact the deacons if you need help finding where it is, or a lift to get there.
  • Note that we have gone back to celebrating the Lord’s Supper once a month.
  • The 3, 2, 1 Course is an interactive evangelism course for those interested in the Christian faith. 3 stands for the fact that God is Trinity. The 2 covers the fact that the world is shaped by two representatives, Adam and Christ. The 1 stands for our one-ness, highlighting the fact that by default, we’re one with Adam, but that through faith, we can be united with Christ. There are four sessions which will take place every other week, finishing in mid-February. All welcome. Feel free to come on your own, or to bring a non-Christian friend.
  • The Vision-Week is an opportunity to—over three evening-sessions—talk about the direction that we need to pursue as a church this year. Members should make every effort to be at all three sessions and to contribute to discussions… it’s going to be fun! All three meetings will start at 7:30pm and will be downstairs @ AP.
    • Session 1: Monday 22nd
    • Session 2: Tuesday 23rd
    • Session 3: Thursday 25th
  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meetings: 2nd, 16th & 30th | Small-Group Prayer-Meeting: 9th only
    • Note: 23rd is taken up with the second of our Vision-Week Meetings)
    • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship meets on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am (TBC in Sunday notices).
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups’ are currently on Genesis 1-20. All church-members have been encouraged to that section and consider Christ as you do. Those attending the groups (Women’s Evening / Men’s Breakfast / Bible Club) do keep a note of observations and questions to share with/ask your group. The next Bible-Book-section will be Genesis 21-40.
    • Note the slightly different system with the Bible-Reading Groups, that we are not just looking at one book, with some books, we are dividing them into sections. This is linked to the Home-Worship-Plans which are discussed below.
  • Home-Worship-Plans are A4 sheets that will be printed out weekly, ready to pick up at church, for those who request them. They will include a suggested hymn to sing in your home; a suggested prayer to pray; a catechism-question to learn; and a Bible-reading-guide.
  • When able to, those manning the Book-Table go out every Saturday (weather & personnel-permitting) 11am-12:30pm, members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.

Book News

Any book-orders or enquiries related to the bookshop should be emailed to info@apbookshop.co.uk

Visit the Bookshop Facebook Page for all the latest information, including opening hours (note: a Facebook account is not required to access that page).

The bookshop is now closed until Tuesday 30th January. Thank you for your support during 2023.
If there are any queries whilst we are shut please feel free to contact us on 07810108001 or 07761356282 or use the shop email.

Book of the Month

WANG MINGDAO: Christian Biographies for Young Readers – Simonetta Carr (Reformation Heritage Books, 2023)

Amazingly, it is now not unusual to come into contact with Christians who are connected to China, and in this book, Simonetta Carr introduces us to one of the fathers of the church in China, a pastor called Wang Mingdao. He was a wonderful man because he loved the Lord Jesus and the good news about the Lord Jesus. However, as a result of his love for the Lord Jesus, he was persecuted awfully, which is a reality that so many Christians all over the world go through. Yet, even in his weakness, Mingdao found his hope in the Lord Jesus and kept on trusting in Christ, even in prison (by the way, he was in prison for twenty-three years!). We need heroes like this especially as we face suffering. Heroes like this show us what it looks like to trust the Lord Jesus even when things are hard, and especially through times of persecution. My family has found other biographies in this series helpful, and I’m sure you will find this one helpful, whether you are young or old.

Bible-Reading Groups Commentary Tie-In

GOD’S RASCAL: The Jacob Narrative in Genesis 25-35 – Dale Ralph Davis (Christian Focus, 2022)

As mentioned last month, sometime around the early twenty-tens, there was a very special event where our own Derek Thomas contacted Dale Ralph Davis and asked him to help out with the preaching at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. The Davises ended up moving to the area, and Ralph preached every Sunday evening there for quite some years. That season is now over, and yet I (and several others) look back with fondness on the many wonderful addresses we heard from that pulpit (most of us listening online). Those sermons were tidied up and put into a few books, one of which was recommended last month, the collection of Ralph’s sermons from Genesis chapters 12 to 25. The recommendation this month is the next book in the series, and covers the next section. Sometimes, I would like Ralph to be more explicitly Christ-focused, and yet, nevertheless, his sermons always eventually point us to our Saviour with originality, humour, and excellent application.

December 2023

Activities This Month

Friday 1st 7pm, Youth-Club @ AP (downstairs)
7pm, CU Carol-Service (all welcome) @ Holy Trinity Church
Lord’s Day 3rd
  • Morning Service (11am):
    • Ian preaching
    • Lord’s Supper
  • Gerwyn preaching at Evening Service (5pm)
  • Rhodri preaching in Eglwys Efengylaidd Caron, Tregaron, PM
Wednesday 6th 7pm, Christmas-Card-Signing Session @ The Manse
Saturday 9th
  • 8:30am, Men’s Breakfast @ AP (downstairs)
  • Festivities @ AP
    • 4pm, Mince Pies & Light-Bites (downstairs)
    • 5pm, AP Christmas Celebration (upstairs)
    • 6:15pm, Bring Your Own Picnic (downstairs)
Lord’s Day 10th 5pm, Special Christmas Evening-Service (1)
Thursday 14th 7:30pm, Members’ Meeting @ AP
Friday 15th 7pm, Youth Club @ AP
Lord’s Day 17th 9:30am, Craft Club @ AP (downstairs)
11am, Lord’s Supper as part of Morning Service
5pm, Special Christmas Evening-Service (2)
Thursday 21st 8pm, Women’s Evening @ The Manse
Friday 23rd 6pm, Bible Club @ The Manse
Lord’s Day 24th (Christmas Eve) 5pm, Special Christmas Evening-Service (3)
Monday 25th (Christmas Day) 10:30am, Special Bilingual Service with Eglwys Efengylaidd Aberystwyth (Derrick Adams leading, Rhodri preaching)

Other Notes

  • Note that we are continuing to celebrate the Lord’s Supper twice this month.
  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meetings: 5th & 19th | Small-Group Prayer-Meeting: 12th
    • Note: No official prayer-meeting on the 26th of December.
    • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship meets on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am (TBC in Sunday notices).
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups’ are currently on Hebrews. All church-members have been encouraged to read it and consider Christ as you do. Those attending the groups (Women’s Evening / Men’s Breakfast / Bible Club) do keep a note of observations and questions to share with/ask your group. The next Bible-Book-section will be Genesis 1-20.
  • When able to, those manning the Book-Table go out every Saturday (weather & personnel-permitting) 11am-12:30pm, members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.
  • The Christmas Card Signing Session is to do with the Christmas Cards we plan on giving to all the shop-workers in town.
  • Rhodri and the family plan to be away from the 26th – 30th.
  • There will be a New Year’s Day Social on the 1st of January, 4-6pm, downstairs @ AP.

Book News

Any book-orders or enquiries related to the bookshop should be emailed to info@apbookshop.co.uk

Visit the Bookshop Facebook Page for all the latest information, including opening hours (note: a Facebook account is not required to access that page).

Reminder of Christmas Book Recommendation

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL: A Liturgy for Daily Worship from Advent to Epiphany – Jonathan Gibson (Crossway, 2023)

We’re more likely to hear the word and “advent” in reference to a chocolate-calendar nowadays (we are all for chocolate calendars in our house by the way!), however the word “advent” actually means “arrival” and in the church calendar it is most related to the second arrival of Christ (which is coming soon). And yet, advent season also leads up to the time where we remember the first arrival of Christ, Christmas. Advent season begins on the 28th of November, as does this book’s worship-guide. This would be an excellent book for you to purchase to accompany your private or family worship during these autumnal-days leading up to Christmastime. Jonathan Gibson has already released a companion for worship in the home which follows a similar format to this volume, we have found it very helpful in our house. This edition promises to be another helpful aid to worship, focusing our thoughts on what should be occupying our minds at this time of year—Christ come in the flesh, to save his people from their sins, and soon to return to bring resurrection-glory to his church!

Bible-Reading Groups Commentary Tie-In

FAITH OF OUR FATHER: Expositions of Genesis 12-25 – Dale Ralph Davis (Christian Focus, 2015)

Sometime around the early twenty-tens, there was a very special event where our own Derek Thomas contacted Dale Ralph Davis and asked him to help out with the preaching at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. The Davises ended up moving to the area, and Ralph preached every Sunday evening there for quite some years. That season is now over, and yet I (and several others) look back with fondness on the many wonderful addresses we heard from that pulpit (listening online). Those sermons were tidied up and put into a few books, one of which is this collection of sermons from Genesis chapters 12 to 25. Sometimes, I would like Ralph to be more explicitly Christ-focused, and yet, nevertheless, his sermons always eventually point us to our Saviour with originality, humour, and excellent application.

November 2023

Activities This Month

Friday 3rd No Youth-Club (Half-Term Break)
Lord’s Day 5th
  • Morning Service (11am):
    • Ian preaching
    • Lord’s Supper
  • Gerwyn preaching at Evening Service (5pm)
  • Rhodri preaching in Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Hilperton, AM & PM
Saturday 11th 8:30am, Men’s Breakfast @ AP
Lord’s Day 12th 9:30am, Bible-Craft-Club @ AP
Thursday 16th 8pm, Women’s Evening @ The Manse
Friday 17th 7pm, Youth Club @ AP
Lord’s Day 19th Lord’s Supper as part of Evening Service (5pm)
Friday 24th 6pm, Bible Club @ The Manse
Lord’s Day 26th Heather Nicholas’ Baptism at Evening Service (5pm)
Wednesday 29th 7pm, Christmas Card Signing Session @ The Manse
Thursday 30th Officers’ Meeting

Other Notes

  • Note that we are continuing to celebrate the Lord’s Supper twice this month, this is in line with the sermon-series Rhodri has preached about Communion.
  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meetings: 7th & 21st | Small-Group Prayer-Meetings: 14th & 28th
    • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship meets on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am.
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups’ are currently on Lamentations. All church-members have been encouraged to read it and consider Christ as you do. Those attending the groups (Women’s Evening / Men’s Breakfast / Bible Club) do keep a note of observations and questions to share with/ask your group. The next book will be Hebrews.
  • When able to, those manning the Book-Table go out every Saturday (weather & personnel-permitting) 11am-12:30pm, members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.
  • Rhodri and the family plan to be away until the 3rd.
  • Rhodri plans to be away for 24-hours at the AECW Ministers’ Consultation from Monday the 20th to Tuesday the 21st.

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Book of the Month

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL: A Liturgy for Daily Worship from Advent to Epiphany – Jonathan Gibson (Crossway, 2023)

We’re more likely to hear the word and “advent” in reference to a chocolate-calendar nowadays (we are all for chocolate calendars in our house by the way!), however the word “advent” actually means “arrival” and in the church calendar it is most related to the second arrival of Christ (which is coming soon). And yet, advent season also leads up to the time where we remember the first arrival of Christ, Christmas. Advent season begins on the 28th of November, as does this book’s worship-guide. This would be an excellent book for you to purchase to accompany your private or family worship during these autumnal-days leading up to Christmastime. Jonathan Gibson has already released a companion for worship in the home which follows a similar format to this volume, we have found it very helpful in our house. This edition promises to be another helpful aid to worship, focusing our thoughts on what should be occupying our minds at this time of year—Christ come in the flesh, to save his people from their sins, and soon to return to bring resurrection-glory to his church!

Bible-Reading Groups Commentary Tie-In

I WISH SOMEONE WOULD EXPLAIN HEBREWS TO ME! – Stuart Olyott (Banner of Truth, 2010)

The very funny title of this book explains where many people are at in terms of their attitude towards the book of Hebrews. They perhaps begin to read it (or worse read what others have said about it) and then they fear that they will never understand what’s going on in the book of Hebrews. Now, we know that the Bible is understandable for anyone who has the Holy Spirit, even a child. And yet, somehow we do manage to make it more complicated. Stuart, our good friend, addresses these issues head-on and shows us how much of an important book of the Bible this is. As Stuart explains, it’s an essential book of the Bible to help us understand more about the Old Testament. And it’s an essential book of the Bible to help us appreciate what the Lord Jesus Christ has done, what he is still doing, and what he will go on to do. There are plenty of books you can go to in order to get a more technical academic response to the book of Hebrews, but this is the best of the popular options for the everyday Christian. One helpful thing that Stuart does is to paraphrase the letter to really get to the purpose of what the writer to the Hebrews is saying. You will, Lord willing, leave the book of Hebrews more excited by the Lord Jesus Christ if you read this book.

October 2023

Activities This Month

Lord’s Day 1st AM: Communion
PM: Student Welcome Tea (After Evening Service) @ AP
Thursday 5th Officers’ Meeting
Friday 6th  [NEW] 7pm: Youth Club @ AP
Lord’s Day 8th 9.30am: Bible-Craft-Club @ AP
Thursday 12th 7.30pm: Members’ Meeting @ AP
Saturday 14th  8.30am: Men’s Breakfast @ AP
Lord’s Day 15th PM: Communion
Thursday 19th Women’s Evening @ The Manse
Friday 20th [NEW] 7pm: Youth Club @ AP
Friday 27th 6pm: Bible Club @ The Manse

 

Other Notes

  • Note that we are continuing to celebrate the Lord’s Supper twice this month, this is in line with the sermon-series Rhodri is preaching about Communion.
  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meetings: 10th & 24th | Small-Group Prayer-Meetings: 3rd & 17th
    • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship meets on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am.
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups’ are currently on Micah. All church-members have been encouraged to read it and consider Christ as you do. Those attending the groups (Women’s Evening / Men’s Breakfast / Bible Club) do keep a note of observations and questions to share with/ask your group. The next book will be Lamentations.
  • When able to, those manning the Book-Table go out every Saturday (weather & personnel-permitting) 11am-12:30pm, members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.
  • Note the new Youth Club, a group for secondary-school-aged young people starting this month. Sarah Chalmers is leading this project (with the oversight of the elders). As you can see it takes place on the first and third Friday of every month in term-time, running from 7pm – 8:30pm. There will be games, snacks & Bible-teaching.
  • Rhodri and the family plan to be away from October the 30th to November the 3rd.
  • Remember, the opportunity to fill a shoebox with items for a needy child or adult in Eastern Europe has October 17th as a deadline. There are leaflets in the porch with all the information you need. If you have any questions, please see Betty or Margaret.

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Book of the Month

ONE: Being United to Jesus Changes Everything – Clive Bowsher (Union, 2023)

As I said last month, I am really appreciating the material that Union are putting out at the moment. Clive tells us that this book is all about ‘me-in-you-and-you-in-me life with Jesus in the vine.’ The idea is that heaven is not just something we are waiting for, but that it is not an exaggeration to say that heaven breaks in now. Because every Christian is united to the Lord Jesus. Which leads Clive to say stuff like ‘I dare you to believe that God loves you so much that he actually wants to spend time with you.’ I like how much Clive has thought about this subject, and I like the implications that he draws from those thoughts. He asks us to think how we might feel if, for some bizarre or unimaginable reason, we could no longer pray. What’s the thing we’d miss most? Well, if union with Christ really is real, then ‘The thing I couldn’t get by without is communing with God in prayer. The thing I want to ask for more than anything else is more of him.’ It’s conclusions like that which make this a book well worth reading.

Bible-Reading Groups Commentary Tie-In

LAMENTATIONS: Great Is Your Faithfulness – Richard Brooks (EP, 1989)

Once you’ve read Lamentations and drawn your own Spirit-led conclusions from it, then you may well want to know how the church at other times have read this book. One place you can go to do do that is this book. Lamentations is about the church, now, the church is meant to be glorious, and yet Lamentations is all about weeping over losing that glory,  the author aims to bring that out very clearly. Richard has noticed how confused so much of our Christianity is nowadays. Which is why he believes that Lamentations is such an important book for us to read today. We need to examine ourselves, yes, but also we need to take encouragement from the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ’s great love means that we are not consumed; his faithfulness is great; his compassions never fail; his mercies are new every morning. Chew over these realities as you read this helpful commentary.