Christian Aid Week

Coffee Afternoon at Caldicot Methodist Church with board games for all ages on Saturday 21st May from 2pm-4pm. Come and join us for lovely cakes and play some board games. Donations to Christian Aid at the event or direct to Christian Aid using this link.

New Season of Pilgrims

My mother was brought up in a strict Catholic home. My dad was brought up in an atheistic home. We didn’t have ‘religion’ as children, nor as adults. I have not inherited faith but have been blessed by discovering it. An encounter with God some 22 years ago has wrought a mighty transformation within me. My mum now has occasional Communion and my dad describes himself, now, as agnostic. This is progress!

I invite you to join us at Chepstow Methodist Church on the Saturday mornings of March 5th; 12th; 19th and April 2nd to discuss faith through the eyes of a book. We will explore what it means to ask questions of ‘our’ faith, to explore together, to disagree in love and to learn more of being a human being in 21st century Britain.

The theme revolves around a statement that changed my dad’s thinking; ‘It is better to have a living doubt than a dead certainty.’ Book to be revealed on the day, a gift for you to take away and read. Please do put on the alarm clock and join us in The Beacon for a 9.30 AM start, with light breakfast provided.
Gordon

Let me know if you want to join us,
Pam Horne

Shoeboxes Update

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal 2021. 16 Boxes were completed by members of our Church Family and friends and then donated items and money meant we were able to put together another 45 Boxes, along with 23 crocheted/knitted Blankets and a lovely lot of Knitted Bears. As Area Receivers, we are the base for other groups to bring their contributions and so, on 16th November, the lovely Link to Hope Volunteer Van Drivers collected 248 boxes from our garage! Hilary Collins

Christmas Tree Festival

We hope you managed to visit our church during the festival and that you enjoyed the peaceful experience. It was interesting to see all the trees as they would traditionally be decorated in different countries around the world.

If you missed the festival, the trees will be displayed in church until Christmas and you can visit when the Beacon café is open on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesdays, 9:30 to 1pm.

Pilgrims Book Club

We had a great time in our first series of meetings reading Humankind, a Hopeful History, by Rutger Bregman. This book started some interesting discussions.

Gordon hopes to lead a further series of meetings looking at a different book after Christmas.

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Vision Launch Event

This joint Hub event in the Beacon café on Saturday 18th September went very well, with a comfortable number of people coming to find out what the Vision Group have been up to, and to offer their support for some new initiatives.

We had 4 stalls set up, run by Alison, Rachel, Beryl and Pam. The stalls were promoting Chillout Church, Café Church, Traditional Church and Small Groups. We were busy talking to people and taking names.

The Vision Group is meeting again early in October to bring together all the information gathered.

Click here for the information brochure

Action for Children Garden Party

Keith & Margaret organised a very pleasant ‘CHURCH AFTERNOON GARDEN TEA PARTY’ on Saturday (21st August) and this was well attended in spite of a VERY WET MORNING preceding it …however, the weather cleared after lunch and we all (about 45 of us) sat down for a nice chat followed by scones, cakes and cups of tea! It stayed dry ALL afternoon!

At the conclusion a BUCKET COLLECTION was taken for ‘ACTION FOR CHILDREN’ and this raised £210!!
Many thanks to Keith and Margaret for their hospitality and for being able to enjoy their lovely garden!

Michael Bale – on behalf of all who attended!

Rev Andrew’s Wales Spartan Challenge

Amazing job! Andrew & Jonathan completed the Spartan Challenge in Chepstow today, 20th June. They managed the 10 km run and various strength & endurance tests. Great thanks to the many supporters who turned out to cheer on our “dynamic duo” – Andrew & John were so encouraged.

An absolutely wonderful  £6449 has been raised for Hope in Christ School, Zambia up until today, which will enable them to build a NEW school classroom and will help towards refurbishing the school kitchen & dining room. Along with all at Hope in Christ we give grateful thanks to God and to all of you who have so very kindly and generously supported this project. 

It’s not too late to sponsor them. You can still do so online using your credit/debit card through the link below

Link to give.net

Hope In Christ Grade 8 Class