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.

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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!