Activities This Month

2nd                      Communion as part of the Morning-Service

4th                       Fiona Earnest of Albanian Evangelical Mission speaking @ Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting, 7:30pm

8th                       Men’s Breakfast, 8:30am @ AP

13th                     Women’s Evening, 8pm @ The Manse

21st                      Bible Club, 6-7pm @ The Manse

27th                      Church Forum, subject: Church Rules, 7:30pm Next scheduled Church Forum: September 28th.

30th                      Robert Strivens (Bradford-On-Avon) preaching @ AP, AM & PM
                               Rhodri preaching @ Ebenezer Baptist Church, Swansea, AM & PM

Other Notes

  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meeting dates: 4th & 18th | Small-Group Prayer-Meeting: 11th & 25th
    • 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 Amos 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?
  • 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 is in the AECW Coordinating-Committee meeting on the 4th.
  • We usually have our AGM in July, however, since this is our first year preparing for it as a registered-charity, things are taking longer than expected, a totally new process is required, so we won’t have our AGM before Autumn. Do pray for Gareth & Rhian who are taking the lion’s share of this work.
  • Rhodri & the family hope to go away for six days from the 31st.
  • Advance Notice: On Monday August the 14th at 11am, Keith Underhill is coming to Alfred Place to speak about his book, as a sort of “Book Launch”, that’s during conference-week.

Book News

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WHEN PEOPLE ARE BIG AND GOD IS SMALL: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man -Edward T. Welch (P&R, [Reprint] 2023)

Jim Newheiser says that “When People are Big and God is Small” is the best book title ever, presumably because it summarises exactly what our most significant problem as fallen-humans is… we have a big view of people, and a small view of God, (of course it should be the other way round!). This book that has been a big influence on lots Christians over the years, addressing the struggles many of us face on a day to day basis. This is a revised edition and it covers some of the more modern temptations we face today too. The best thing about the book is how scriptural it is, how we all need to see the greatness and sufficiency of the living God!

PLANTED BY THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD – Keith Underhill (Broken Wharfe, 2023)

[Note: the order of these books has not arrived yet.] This book is a missionary-autobiography spanning the life and efforts of Keith Underhill in church-planting, according to the providence of God, in Kenya. Keith was a church planter in Kenya from 1975 to 2015 having been sent out by the members here at Alfred Place. This book is Keith and Priscilla’s story, however it also doubles-up as a manual for church-planting and missionary-work which will be helpful to equip us all to better fulfil our service to the Lord, whether that be at home or abroad. The books are available in the shop for the discounted price of £18.99, (the price is due to the fact that the book is a high-quality hardback, and is 528 pages). [See above for details of Book Launch in AP on August the 14th.]

COULD IT BE DEMENTIA?: Losing Your Mind Doesn’t Mean Losing Your Soul – Louise Morse & Roger Hitchings (Monarch Books, 2008)

The idea with this book is that dementia needs to be interpreted in a Christian context, showing us that just because someone has lost their mind or their memories, it doesn’t mean they are worthless, on the contrary those with dementia show us marvellous things about the Lord’s work. ‘Perhaps the greatest encouragement, for residents and carers alike, is seeing the Holy Spirit at work in His people,’ say Louise and Roger, ‘in a worship meeting, someone [with dementia] who normally does not speak will unexpectedly pray the most cogent, appropriate prayer. In countless other ways the Holy Spirit is seen to be present with God’s precious ‘aged pilgrims’’. Very helpful stuff.  [Mike has also ordered two other helpful books about dementia Dementia from the Inside by Jennifer Bute and Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia by John Dunlop.]

THE MESSAGE OF AMOS: The Day Of The Lion – Alec Motyer (IVP, 1974)

A few of us in AP are fans of Alec Motyer. He has the rare gift of being totally biblical whilst at the same time being very accessible. Here’s a quote from the blurb:

Alec Motyer has clearly got the spirit of Amos in his blood. He loves the prophet from Tekoa, and takes endless pains to give full weight to every syllable of the prophecy. He is, of course, a distinguished scholar, and we are given full value on that front; but you will find here none of the dreary academic deadness which all too often comes through in commentary work.