Activities This Month

Lord’s Day 3rd AM: Communion.

PM: Reuben Saywell preaching & giving report on the church-plant in Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines.

Saturday 9th 8:30am: Men’s Breakfast @ AP
Lord’s Day 10th 9:30am: [New] Bible-Craft-Club @ AP (see below for info)
Monday 11th 7:30pm: [Week of Prayer] Evening Hour of Prayer
Tuesday 12th 7:30pm: [Week of Prayer] Evening Hour of Prayer
Wednesday 13th 10:30am: [Week of Prayer] Mid-Morning Prayer-Meeting
Thursday 14th 7:30pm: [Week of Prayer] Evening Hour of Prayer
Lord’s Day 17th PM: Communion
Thursday 21st 8pm: Women’s Evening @ The Manse
Friday 22nd 6pm: Bible Club @ The Manse
Lord’s Day 24th Freshers’ Sunday (This is the Sunday when we expect to have a new batch of first-year students arriving.)
Thursday 28th 7:30pm: Church-Forum @ AP (Subject: Church Rules)
Friday 29th “Christian Union Grub-Crawl” (a way of introducing new students to the churches). APEglwys Efengylaidd are serving dessert @ AP from 6:40pm – 7:20pm (members, speak to the deacons if you’d like to contribute)

Other Notes

  • Note that we are celebrating the Lord’s Supper twice this month, this is in line with a sermon-series Rhodri will be preaching about Communion.
  • Whole-Church Prayer-Meetings: 12th & 26thSmall-Group Prayer-Meetings: 5th & 19th
    • Speak to Rhodri, Ian, or Eric if you are interested in joining one of the three small-groups, which meet during other months.
  • The weekly Women’s Fellowship meets on Wednesday mornings, in AP basement at 10:30am.
  • The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups’ Bible-book is has been 2 Chronicles for the summer. 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 Micah.
  • 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 Bible-Craft-Club which we plan to start at 9:30am on the morning of the Lord’s Day on the 10th of September. Elsbeth Loosley is heading-up this venture (with the oversight of the elders). The vision for it, is that it is a club for children and young-people which ties in with the monthly Bible-Reading-Group. We will complete a craft-activity based on a theme from the Bible-book we’ve been studying for that month. We also hope to have songs, snacks and memory-verses. All kids & young people welcome.
  • This September, we have planned a Week of Prayer for the Academic-Year Ahead. It is simply an opportunity for us to take some extra time to commit the months ahead of us to the our Father, especially seeking to discern the will of God for us as a church. The schedule for the Week of Prayer is planned to be as follows:
Monday 11th Evening Hour of Prayer (7:30pm)
Tuesday 12th Evening Hour of Prayer (7:30pm)
Wednesday 13th Mid-Morning Prayer-Meeting (10:30am)
Thursday 14th Evening Hour of Prayer (7:30pm)


  • Advance Notes:
    • Note, we plan to have a Freshers’ Tea on the 1st of October (Lord’s Day) after the Evening-Service. Members, speak to the Deacons if you would like to contribute or serve food and drink.
    • We hope to start a new club for 12-18 year-olds in October. Sarah Chalmers is leading this project (with the oversight of the elders). We plan to hold the club on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month in term-time, running from 7pm – 8:30pm. There will be games, snacks & Bible-teaching.
    • Could you fill a shoebox with items for a needy child or adult in Eastern Europe? There are leaflets in the porch with all the information you need. If you have any questions, please see Betty or Margaret. The deadline for shoeboxes is October 17th.

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WEAKNESS OUR STRENGTH: Learning from Christ Crucified – John Hindley (Union, 2023)

I am really appreciating the material that Union are putting out at the moment. What this book sets out to do is extremely helpful and biblical. The book’s central premise is that weakness is the way, and that there is good news for those who are weak. The book’s author tells us that he would have been happy to call the book A Weakling’s Guide to Weakness because he is not seeking to write a book as someone strong in order to help those who are weak, but rather he is writing the book from the perspective of someone who has come to see his own weakness and feels his own weakness, who wants to help those who are also weak. But more than that the book is one that revels in the mystery that our God became weak in the Lord Jesus Christ and specifically in his death on the cross.

THE SIAMESE KITTENS AND THE BREADCRUMBS – Michael A. G. Haykin (Reformation Lightning, 2023)

This is the first of three lovely little books written for 5 to 8 year olds, written by the church-historian Michael Haykin, and illustrated beautifully by our very own Chris Iliff! This particular story opens on a windy day in March and tells us of Mr Quinn who lives in an old country house near Dublin. He brings these three kittens into his house, and we’re told of their adventures. This will be a helpful book for children in the early years of primary-school to have read to them, or for them to read for themselves and enjoy. My understanding is that the vision for these stories is that they teach children important biblical-lessons through the eyes of these little kittens; this first story—as far as I can see—teaches children the importance of trusting the Lord Jesus Christ especially when things do not go according to plan. [Released on the 4th of September alongside two other books in the series.]

MICAH: EP Study Commentary – Dale Ralph Davis (EP, 2015)

With some authors it’s safe to have a policy in which you say “I will read everything that they write”, Dale Ralph Davis is one of those writers. He takes us to the world of Micah, which was a very dark world (similar to our own); and he takes us to the church that Micah ministered to (which—again—is a wider-church very similar to our own) a small and discouraged wider-church, seeking to live in a godless, corrupt and violent society, where we are vulnerable to being exploited. Dale Ralph Davis shows us that we and Micah, both live in a culture where we don’t have to look far to find church-leaders who fail to speak out against sin, where we have leaders who give the people the message that their itching-ears want to hear. And yet Micah is not like those church-leaders, and neither is Davis; they faithfully proclaim the word of the Lord as they warn of judgement, and yet they also preach the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. A very helpful accompaniment to the book of Micah.