February 2018
Services
4th 10:30am Welcome Service - Welcome to Love    
  6:00pm The Joyful Letter - Contentment Philippians 4:11 (C)
11th 10:30am Rev Prescilla Pearson    
6:00pm Rev Prescilla Pearson  
18th 10:30am Mr Peter Hodge   (C)
6:00pm Mr Peter Hodge    
25th 10:30am South Wales Baptist College Student    
6:00pm South Wales Baptist College Student    
         
       
(C) denotes communion will be held as part of the worship service

Weekday Meetings
Monday Craft Group 2:00pm 12th and 26th
Wednesday Luncheon Club 11:30am for 12:00 noon 7th and 21st
Thursday Mums and Toddlers 9.15 to 11.30 Except Half Term - 2nd
Ladies' Meeting 3.00pm

8th - Bring a Hymn

22nd - Pancake and Poem

Bible Study 3.00pm 15th - Easter People -
Simon of Cyrene
     

Fellowship Evening - St David's Eve, Wednesday 28th at 7
All those who heard my Sermon on New Year's Eve will be aware of my desire that we become a tighter knit fellowship. My theme was from John's Gospel - 15:12-14:
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
This all stemmed from discussions we had one Welcome Back Sunday, when we considered whether each of us as Brothers and Sisters in Christ uplifted each other as we went through life. Some of us know each other quite well and others not so well, but our over-all conclusion was that we did not know each other well enough as friends to uplift or help each other as much Jesus would like us to. How can we empathise with and show love to each other when we don't know each other as Friends? Don't know where people live, perhaps, or what their family set up is, or where they go on holiday, or if they have any illnesses or other needs.
One way to make deeper friendships is to meet socially and find out more about each other, and so become a fellowship that looks after each other, and where a friend becomes a Sister or Brother in Christ. Where we become a unified family that seeks the same goal, a goal that brings honour and glory to our Heavenly Father. Our first fellowship evening is on St David's Eve - February 28th. One or two Brothers or sisters will show a few holiday slides to give us a well needed glimpse of sunshine. Then, in line with our Welsh theme, we will share a bowl of Potato and Leek Soup, or even some Cawl.
Please come along if you are able - for yourself, for the fellowship and for the love you bear for Jesus our Friend and Master.
Thank you - Andrew, on behalf of the Minister and all the Deacons.


Gardener's Corner    

Snow transforms the neighbourhood in a way you may not welcome, but gives a good excuse for sitting indoors in the warm and enjoying the view!
After all the recent rain the gardens are very soggy this year, making outdoor work difficult. On a fine day it is good to get outside and tidy up ready for the spring.
Repairs can also be dealt with now, check fences, paths and outdoor structures. Crocuses should now be peeping through and even the odd daffodil or two. Snowdrops are at their best during this month and can always cheer us up - such brave little flowers I always think!
Enjoy your gardens when the weather permits.


Minister's Musings
Spring is just around the corner. You get that feeling in the air, as the days get longer and the sun begins to have some warmth when it shines. And you see it on the roadsides, as the snowdrops come to full bloom, and remind us of the floral feast that is to come. Such new life brings new hope with it - the dark days will soon be in the past, and once more we will enjoy the sunshine.
Of course, in other area things do not look so bright. The NHS is still chronically underfun ded, Government plans to reduce the consumption of plastics seem so slow they look glacial, and a new phase has begun in Syria as Turkey takes on the Kurdish forces in the area - both our allies in the struggle against the twin evils of Assad and ISIS. One wonders how it will all end.
And then, like the Psalmist, we come to the house of worship, and remember. Remember in that in the midst of all that changes - and all that stays the same, but you wish would change - there is One who is both constant and faithful to the purposes of his creation. So Psalm 73 tells us:
Truly God is good to the upright,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped…
until I went into the sanctuary of God…
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion.

It is not that faith suddenly makes all things better or puts all things right. Nor that enough faith will ensure that we avoid the pain and the suffering in the world. But faith will give us another perspective on what is happening. And faith will help us to continue even through the hardest and darkest of times. For in faith we know that God is with us, and that in Jesus Christ he has prevailed even through death to new life.
So we continue to hope as we rejoice in the signs of spring. And our will not prove vain, for though the spring will pass and winter will come again, and there will be places where the darkness never seems to fade, yet we know God will bring in his kingdom of justice and joy - through Jesus Christ, his Son and our risen Lord.

 

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