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.

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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.