Newsletter

Reminder of what our Vision & Focus for 2023 was:

MAKING MUCH OF SERVING CHRIST

‘Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up….’ – Ephesians 4:11-12

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

April

  • 19th – 20th: Sibyl @ Pastor’s Wives Conference @ Bryn-Y-Groes, Bala.
  • 25th: Officers’ Meeting.

May

  • 11th (Saturday): AECW Conference, open to all @ Newtown Evangelical Church. Coffee @ 10:30am, conference begins @ 11am. Lifts available: Rhodri planning to drive there in his car.
  • 23rd: Members’ Meeting.

February 2023

Activities This Month

5th                         Communion as part of the Evening-Service.

6th                         Members’ Meeting @ AP (online also available).

11th                      Men’s Breakfast, 8:30am @ AP.
                               Saturday Morning Outreach, meet at 11am, outside The Christian Bookshop.

16th                      Women’s Evening, 8pm @ The Manse.

17th                       Bible Club, 6-7pm @ The Manse.

26th                       Ian Parry preaching @ AP (AM & PM)
                                Rhodri preaching @ Machynlleth Community Church (AM)

28th                       Misha Vayshengolts from International Mission to Jewish People speaking at Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting. (Meeting in-person & online, as usual, but Misha will be joining us via GoogleMeet.)

[Note: The book-table continues to go out every Saturday (weather-permitting), members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.]

Other Notes

  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting dates: 14th & 28th | Small-Group Prayer-Meeting: 7th & 21st.
  • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship continues to meet on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am.
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups Bible-book is 1 Peter this month. All church-members are 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 your group. Good questions to ask (these are questions the Bible asks about itself):
    1. What did you learn about the Lord Jesus?
    2. What did you learn about yourself?
    3. How were you corrected and rebuked?
    4. How do you feel you need to change?
    5. What did you learn from scripture that will help you endure (keep going) and be encouraged?
    6. What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the brothers and sisters in AP?
    7. What have you learned that helps you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind?
    8. What has helped you love your neighbour as yourself?
  • Rhodri and the family plan to be away for Half-Term from the 20th – 24th.

Book News & Recommendations

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.)

SHEPHERDING A CHILD’S HEART – Tedd Tripp (Shepherd Press, 1998)

One comedian says ‘I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: the getting up early, or acting like you know what you’re doing.’ Thankfully, Christians don’t have to pretend, they can confess that by nature, yes they don’t know what they’re doing, but that with the Holy Spirit’s help we can look at the Bible and find out what we should be doing. And that is exactly what I like about this book, Tedd Tripp is extremely thorough in taking parents through the sorts of challenges they are bound to face, and how to be proactive and intentional in facing them head-on. This book has been instrumental in my parenting. Definitely worth reading if you’re a parent, but also for non-parents who may be parents one day, and in the meantime can pray for parents as they face the real everyday struggles of training up a child in the way he or she should go!

 

THE DOCTRINE OF REPENTANCE – Thomas Watson (Banner of Truth [Reprint], 2022)

Most of us, when hearing Thomas Watson tell us that ‘Either sin must drown in the tears of repentance—or the soul must burn in hell’ would be too shocked to read another word, and yet—despite Watson’s frankness—we all need to believe the truths that Watson preaches.

Some of us don’t really know what repentance is, but Thomas Watson is on hand to leave us in no doubt as to exactly what the Bible teaches about repentance:

Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed […] repentance is a spiritual medicine made up of six special ingredients:

1. Sight of sin
2. Sorrow for sin
3. Confession of sin
4. Shame for sin
5. Hatred for sin
6. Turning from sin If any one is left out, it loses its virtue.

January 2023

Activities This Month

1st                         Communion as part of the Morning-Service.

12th                      Women’s Evening, 8pm @ The Manse.

14th                      Men’s Breakfast, 8:30am @ AP. | Saturday Morning Outreach, meet at 11am, outside The Christian Bookshop.

19th                      Church-Forum. Meeting in-person, downstairs in the church-building & via Google Meet [meet.google.com/zoo-geko-utn].

20th                       Bible Club, 6-7pm @ The Manse.

23rd – 26th            Week of Prayer for the Year Ahead:

Monday 23rd Evening Hour of Prayer (7:30pm)
Tuesday 24th Evening Hour of Prayer (7:30pm)
Wednesday 25th Mid-Morning Prayer-Meeting (10:30am)
Thursday 26th Evening Hour of Prayer (7:30pm)

29th                        Derrick leading and preaching @ AP Evening-Service (Rhodri preaching @ Eglwys Efengylaidd Aberystwyth)

30th                        Officers’ Meeting

[Note: The book-table continues to go out every Saturday (weather-permitting), members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.]

Other Notes

  • The Church-Forum is an opportunity for the Church Officers to share with the rest of the church what they have been discussing and planning. The purpose of the meeting is to better inform interested members of what’s going on behind the scenes so that they can pray and give better input into these ongoing conversations.
  • The Week of Prayer from the 23rd to the 26th of January is an opportunity to focus on the year ahead, and—most importantly—to pray about it. We will have three evening meetings (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 7:30pm), and one daytime meeting (Wednesday, 10:30am), members encouraged to make a special effort to come to as many of those meetings as possible.
  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting dates: 3rd, 17th & 31stSmall-Group Prayer-Meeting: 10th (24th: Week of Prayer Special)
  • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship continues to meet on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am. (Note: There will be no Women’s Fellowship on Wednesday the 25th, because of the week of Prayer).
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups Bible-book is Nehemiah this month. All church-members are encouraged to read it and consider Christ as you do, those attending the groups (Women’s Evening / Men’s Breakfast / Bible Club) keep a note of observations and questions to share with your group. Good questions to ask (these are questions the Bible asks about itself):
    1. What did you learn about the Lord Jesus?
    2. What did you learn about yourself?
    3. How were you corrected and rebuked?
    4. How do you feel you need to change?
    5. What did you learn from scripture that will help you endure (keep going) and be encouraged?
    6. What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the brothers and sisters in AP?
    7. What have you learned that helps you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind?
    8. What has helped you love your neighbour as yourself?
  • Advance Notice: Monday 6th of February — Members’ Meeting

Book News & Recommendations

Note: the bookshop will be closed until the 1st of February.

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.)

NEW YEAR: DEVOTIONAL-HELPS

SEASONS OF THE HEART: A Year of Devotions from One Generation of Women to Another – Donna Kelderman [ed.] (Reformation Heritage Books, 2013)

Perhaps some of the most challenging yet tender words ever penned come to us from the writings of godly women of the past. Selected by Donna Kelderman as daily readings, here is a collection of such writings. And who can tell what blessings may be in store for us with a year spent in the company of women like Ruth Bryan, Mary Winslow, Susannah Spurgeon, Frances Ridley Havergal, and many others?” — Faith Cook.

This devotional-collection is aimed at women, but the majority of the extracts I read were applicable to both men and women, and extremely helpful. When we look at the Bible, we meet some remarkable “church-mothers” like Deborah, Huldah and Mary, who have much to teach us, in their unique role as women of the word. The women quoted in this collection continue that tradition, and they are a blessing to read. This would be good for women to read in a private-worship setting, but would also be helpful for couples to read together.

365 DAYS WITH CALVIN: A Unique Collection of 365 Readings from the Writings of John Calvin – Joel R. Beeke [ed.] (Day One, 2008)

December 2022

Activities This Month

1st     Church-Forum. Meeting in-person, downstairs in the church-building & via Google Meet [meet.google.com/zoo-geko-utn].

4th     Communion as part of the evening-service.

15th    Women’s Evening, 8pm @ The Manse.

16th    Bible Club, 6-7pm @ The Manse.

17th     Men’s Breakfast, 8:30am @ AP. | Saturday Morning Outreach, meet at 11am, outside The Christian Bookshop.

25th     Lord’s Day / Christmas Day Morning Service, 11am. / Joint-Service with Eglwys Efengylaidd Aberystwyth, 5pm.

27th     No Prayer-Meetings, members (of course) still able to meet up informally for prayer!

31st     New-Year’s Eve Social, 4pm @ AP.

[Note: The book-table continues to go out every Saturday (weather-permitting), members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.]

Other Notes

  • The Church-Forum is an opportunity for the Church Officers to share with the rest of the church what they have been discussing and planning. The purpose of the meeting is to better inform interested members of what’s going on behind the scenes so that they can pray and give better input into these ongoing conversations.
  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting dates: 13th (no prayer-meeting on the 27th).  | Small-Group Prayer-Meeting dates: 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 continues to meet on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am.
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups Bible-book is 1 Timothy this month. All church-members are encouraged to read it and consider Christ as you do, those attending the groups (Women’s Evening / Bible Club / Men’s Breakfast) keep a note of observations and questions to share with your group. Good questions to ask (these are questions the Bible asks about itself):
    1. What did you learn about the Lord Jesus?
    2. What did you learn about yourself?
    3. How were you corrected and rebuked?
    4. How do you feel you need to change?
    5. What did you learn from scripture that will help you endure (keep going) and be encouraged?
    6. What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the brothers and sisters in AP?
    7. What have you learned that helps you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind?
    8. What has helped you love your neighbour as yourself?
  • Rhodri is away from the 26th to the 30th, for the Christmas break.

Book News & Recommendations

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

DECEMBER OPENING

LORD’S DAY…………….Closed All Day
MONDAY…………………Closed All Day
TUESDAY………………….11am – 3pm
WEDNESDAY…………….12pm – 3pm
THURSDAY……………….11am – 3pm
FRIDAY……………………..11am – 3pm
SATURDAY………………..11am – 3pm

The shop will close for the Christmas Break at 3pm on Friday 23rd of December.

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

GOD SHINES FORTH: How the Nature of God Shapes and Drives the Mission of the Church – Daniel Hames & Michael Reeves (Crossway, 2022)

Let’s get it out in the open right at the beginning. Doesn’t something about mission and evangelism just feel “off” to you? Every Christian knows we’re meant to share the gospel and look for opportunities to witness to Christ, yet almost all of us find it a genuine struggle, if not a gloomy discouragement. The vital, final thing Jesus left his followers to do—the Great Commission!—seems to be the one thing about the Christian life that, frankly, doesn’t feel so great.

The above quote is from the introduction to this book, however, far from discouraging us to evangelise, Hames & Reeves go on to explain to us that mission should not be a clunky add-on to our own delighting in the Living God, instead, they remind us that evangelism should be the natural overflow and expression of the enjoyment we have of him so that, like him, we gladly go out to fill the world with the word of his goodness.

WHAT FUELS THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH? – Daniel Hames & Michael Reeves (Crossway, 2022)

November 2022

Activities This Month

6th        Gareth Edwards leading and preaching @ AP, morning and evening. | Rhodri @ Penuel Baptist Church, Roch, Pembrokeshire.

11th     Bible Club, 6-7pm @ The Manse.

13th     Communion (one week later than scheduled).

17th     Women’s Evening, 8pm @ The Manse.

19th     Men’s Breakfast, 8:30am @ AP. | Saturday Morning Outreach, meet at 11am, outside The Christian Bookshop.

26th     Alfred Place Baptist Church 150th Anniversary Celebration, 2pm @ AP.

[Note: the book-table continues to go out every Saturday (weather-permitting), members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.]

Other Notes

  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting dates: 1st, 15th & 29th | Small-Group Prayer-Meeting dates: 8th & 22nd.
    • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship continues to meet on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am.
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups Bible-book is Ecclesiastes this month. All church-members are encouraged to read it and consider Christ as you do, those attending the groups (Bible Club / Men’s Breakfast / Women’s Evening) keep a note of observations and questions to share with your group. Good questions to ask (these are questions the Bible asks about itself):
    1. What did you learn about the Lord Jesus?
    2. What did you learn about yourself?
    3. How were you corrected and rebuked?
    4. How do you feel you need to change?
    5. What did you learn from scripture that will help you endure (keep going) and be encouraged?
    6. What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the brothers and sisters in AP?
    7. What have you learned that helps you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind?
    8. What has helped you love your neighbour as yourself?
  • Rhodri is away from October 31st to November the 4th, for half-term break.
  • Pray for the students who are in Bryn-Y-Groes, Bala, for their weekend away from November the 4th – 6th.
  • Pray for Rhodri at the Minister’s Consultation, a small 24-hour conference organised by Associating Evangelical Churches in Wales (AECW), on November 14th and 15th, in Dinas Powys.

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 will be open on Saturday 26th November 10am-1.30pm.

We will be having a special anniversary offer. For one day only (26th Nov) all non-Christmas stock will be selling at 20% off the RRP.

A MAN OF MANY NAMES: Oluadah Equiano (Trail Blazers) – Emily J. Maurits (Christian Focus, 2022)

We’re perhaps more used to hearing the stories of great British Christians who brought down the slave-trade, men like William Wilberforce, and Thomas Clarkson. However, there may be stories we are less familiar with, the stories of some of the slaves themselves. And none is more thrilling than the story of Equiano, who became a Christian, and later a freedman, and went on to join the abolitionist movement. He wrote his story down, and the Lord used that book as a catalyst for the collapse of the evil slave-trade.

These biographies are aimed at children, but I find that they are very accessible for adults too, as good introductions to great Christian heroes. Those of you who have influence over children (which is all of us to some extent or another) should know that they will be learning about abolitionism in school, and yet, may not be told of its Christian-roots. This book would be a good place to begin seeing that link.

BLESSED: Experiencing the Promise of the Book of Revelation – Nancy Guthrie (Crossway,  2022)

October 2022

Activities This Month

2nd        Communion as part of evening-service

10th        Officers’ Meeting

14th        Bible Club, 6pm at the Manse Postponed to Friday 21st

17th        Members’ Meeting

21st         Bible Club, 6pm at the Manse

22nd        Men’s Breakfast (one week later than usual), 8:30am in AP basement. Ask to join the WhatsApp-group to receive updates and give breakfast-order

                  Saturday Morning Outreach, meet at 11am outside The Christian Bookshop.

27th       Women’s Evening (one week later than usual), 8pm at the Manse.

[Note: the book-table continues to go out every Saturday (weather-permitting), members, speak to Eric if you are interested in joining the work.]

Other Notes

  • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups.
    • Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting dates: 4th & 18th / Small-Group Prayer-Meeting dates: 11th & 25th.
  • Pray for Rhodri, speaking at UCCF’s Team-Wales Day in Aber, on the 4th, and at Aber CU on the 20th.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship continues to meet on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am.
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups Bible-book is 1 Corinthians. All church-members are encouraged to read it and consider Christ as you do, those attending the groups (Bible Club / Men’s Breakfast / Women’s Evening) keep a note of observations and questions to share with your group.
    • Consider these questions that the Bible asks of itself, that you may want to ask too, as you read:

      1. What did you learn about the Lord Jesus?
      2. What did you learn about yourself?
      3. How were you corrected and rebuked?
      4. How do you feel you need to change?
      5. What did you learn from scripture that will help you endure (keep going) and be encouraged?
      6. What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up AP?
      7. What have you learned that helps you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind?
      8. What has helped you love your neighbour as yourself?

  • Rhodri is away from October 31st to November the 4th, for half-term break.

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 LORD’S PRAYER—EQUIPPING DISCIPLES TO SERVE: Learning from Jesus How to Talk to His Father  – Paul Blackham (Day One, 2018)

Rhodri is planning to preach through the Lord’s Prayer this term, and there could be no better modern book for you to read about the Lord’s Prayer than this one.

Slightly unusual since it is packaged as part of SASRA’s ministry, but those with no military connections will still know great benefit from reading this Christ-centred approach to the prayer we must pray every day.

ACROSTIC OF JESUS: A Rhyming Christology for Kids – Jonathan Gibson & Timothy Brindle (New Growth Press,  2022)

September 2022

 

Activities This Month

 

4th         Gareth Williams leading and preaching AM & PM. Rhodri in Hill Park Baptist Church, Haverfordwest

6th         Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting

9th         Bible Club (6pm at The Manse)

11th       Communion as part of morning-service (postponed one week)

13th        Small-Group Prayer-Meetings

15th        Women’s Evening (8pm at The Manse)

17th        Men’s Breakfast (8:30am at the church) / Saturday Morning Outreach (Meet 11am at the church)

20th        Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting

25th        Freshers’ First Sunday

26th        Members’ Meeting  *Members’ Meeting postponed until 17th of October*

27th       Wayne O’Leary of the Slavic Gospel Association speaking at Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting  Small-Groups Prayer-Meetings back on, as Wayne O’Leary has had a recent operation and is recovering. He hopes to come at a later date.

 [Note: the book-table continues to go out every Saturday, weather-permitting, speak to Eric if you are interested.]

Other Notes

  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship hopes to recommence this September, stand-by for details.
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups Bible-book is Ezekiel. All church-members are encouraged to read it and consider Christ as you do, keeping a note of observations and questions to share with the groups.

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 SMALL BOOKS SERIES – Edward T. Welch & Paul Tautges (New Growth Press, 2017-2021)

I love these little books. The format is, a small hardback-book covering a major issue that we all face to one degree or another.

A Small Book about a Big Problem is about anger; A Small Book for the Hurting Heart addresses loss and grief; A Small Book About Why we Hide is about tackling insecurity, shame and failure; and you can guess what the Small Book for the Anxious Heart is about!

One of the best things about these books is that they force you to go slowly. The books are divided into days, not chapters, and that’s intentional, because the authors know not only that we are designed to live out our lives in days, but they also know that in terms of our problems, even though we would prefer to sprint to a magical answer, our struggles are best engaged at a more deliberate pace.

Each day ends with suggestions that you can think, write, talk, and pray about; in other books, these kinds of exercises seem gimmicky, but here they are very helpful.

MISSIONARY STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD – Betty Swinford (Christian Focus,  2022 [Reprint])

August 2022

 

Activities This Month

 

2nd                Fortnightly Small-Group Prayer-Meetings return.

6th                Clean-Up Morning, arrive from 9am at AP for odd-jobs that need doing. Ask a deacon for more details.

7th                 Stuart Olyott preaching at Morning Service.

7th – 12th     Evangelical Movement of Wales Aberystwyth Conference (Main Meetings at the Great Hall) tickets via the Arts Centre.

9th                 No Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting, members encouraged to attend Aberystwyth Conference.

14th                    Geoff Thomas preaching Morning Service; Communion as part of Evening Service (one week later than usual).       

16th                    Small-Group Prayer-Meeting.

30th                Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting, Lydia Adams giving report on work in Slovenia. (No small-group prayer-meetings.)

[Note: the book-table continues to go out every Saturday, weather-permitting, speak to Eric if you are interested.]

Other Notes

  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship meeting is on a break for the summer and hopes to recommence in September.
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups are also on hiatus until September. The Summer-Bible-Book (usually a longer book we can spend more time over, as we have longer) is Ezekiel. All church-members are encouraged to read and consider Christ as you read, keeping a note of observations and questions.
  • Rhodri & family are away on holiday from the 15th – 19th of August. 

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.)