Beacon Cafe Closed

Welsh Government advice for Wales, in Level 4, means The Beacon is unable to open for the time being. We look forward to meeting you again for a socially distanced cuppa and chat when restrictions are lifted.
Blessings
Debbie and Cheryl

Action For Children

The committee is very pleased to report that the Christmas Appeal has just closed and the grand
total collected was….wait for it!!…. £1146.00! Our heartfelt thanks to all who helped us to raise
this magnificent total.
The need for help to families nationwide is as great, if not greater, than it was before the pandemic and this helps us to redress the balance due to our inability to hold any events over the past 9 months.
We hopefully plan to have a celebration of some kind when we can again hold functions…..more of this later.

Michael Bale and the AFC Committee

Christmas Services

Please see below for our Christmas Services.

Wednesday, the 9th December at 7:30pm – Circuit Blue Christmas Service via Zoom*.


Sunday 20th December 10:00am – Nativity video Presentation by Junior and Messy Church Families in Sunday Holy Communion Service on Zoom.


Sunday 20th December at 4:00pm – St. Mary’s Carols by Candlelight service, broadcast live on YouTube.


Christmas Eve at 11:30pm – ‘Midnight’ Holy Communion Service on Zoom


Christmas Day at 10:00am – Zoom Service for all!


*Details for all Zoom services will be made available closer to the date of the service.

Wales Lockdown

We must now go into this further lockdown in Wales. For us at Chepstow this means that we cannot offer ‘in church’ worship this Christmas. Our services will be held via Zoom with a live/recorded service from our homes. If you cannot join in via Zoom there will be recorded versions as YouTube links provided via email and on the website for later viewing.

Rev Gordon has written a further circuit letter for December giving advice to the church on lockdown.

Circuit Lockdown Letter December 2020

Advent Calendar

Please do share with friends and family

Advent Calendar

Here’s how it works:

The Advent Calendar is designed to be printed on one sheet front and back. Each day gives us three things to focus on:

  1. Photo prompt: This is a single word which is a prompt for reflection and for taking a picture of something inspired by that word. Then come and join the fun on social media! Use the hashtag #Godiswithus on your posts & to see what others are posting! I will be posting each day on the Monmouth Instagram account! (@monmmouthmethodistchurch) 
  2. Piece of music: I have chosen a piece of music for each day, trying for a variety of classic hymns/carols and newer music. If you would like to listen to the exact version I chose, you can check out the Spotify playlist linked on the calendar. (Spotify is free but does require an account.) If you don’t want to or can’t use Spotify, no worries! Just listen to your favorite version of the song listed (I left titles of carols/hymns generic) or Google for the song if it is a new or unfamiliar one. 
  3. Prayer: I have written a one-line prayer for each day. 

 The calendar will also pair with the daily worship sheets as both the word of the day and the prayer were each inspired by the lectionary readings for the day, which I expand on in the daily worship.

Blessings,

Bethany 

Great News!

Back to Worship in Church: we can now meet in Church as a group for services. 

A number of safety measures have been put in place. Please do read this carefully and follow the guidelines/instructions to keep everyone safe from Covid-19. 

There will be a maximum of 30 including the Minister/Lay Preacher, Musicians and Stewards allowed in church. To ensure we keep to this number there is a “booking system”. Please contact Debbie Cairns seatbooking@chepstowmethodist.org.uk at least two days before a service to indicate that you and, if appropriate, members of your family will be attending giving names and a contact phone number.

However, if you cannot be at a service you will still be able to be see the service via a Zoom link. Services will be available as podcasts later on a Sunday, on the the Church website in the usual way.

Welsh ‘Firebreak’

Hello Chepstow Methodist Friends,

Just when it seemed like things might be getting a little bit back to ‘normal’—or at least a ‘new normal’—we must now go into this ‘fire break’ lockdown in Wales for just over two weeks. What this means for us at Chepstow is that Worship will be held via Zoom at our normal worship time of 10:00am, but with a pre-recorded service being screened by Cliff at this time. If people are unable to attend that screening at 10:00am, there will still be a YouTube link provided for later viewing.

Obviously, this is a little disappointing for us, but we are hopeful that this will just be for the next three Sundays (the 25th October and the 1st and 8th November) and that we will be able to return to in-person Worship with pre-booked attendance on the 15th November. I want to thank Cliff Randall, especially, and all those who are involved in keeping us as connected as possible during these difficult and uncertain times. We hope to ‘see’ you in Worship on Zoom these next three weeks, or either on Zoom or in person on the 15th.

Blessings,

Rev. Rachel

Beacon Café

The Beacon, along with our Family Room, will be open each week from Monday-Wednesday 10am-1pm .  The Family Room is operating a pre-booking system, and we are limited to 2 households, each consisting of no more than 2 adults and 2 children under 5 yrs old.  Please book using the email beaconbookings@gmail.com We look forward to welcoming you back to a socially distanced cuppa and a chat!

Debbie and the team.

Counting Our Blessings

Just as we were beginning to get back to some sort of normality this Covid19 hits us once again! I would like to give thanks and count my blessings for the few weeks of respite that we have been able to enjoy, catching up with family members and friends and enjoying each other’s company once more. 

With campsites open, Dave and I have been able to get away in our motorhome and enjoy some wonderful coastal walks in Wales, North Cornwall and Devon.  We were walking the coastal path from Ladrum Bay into Sidmouth and I was reminiscing and bringing to mind the wonderful Church Family weekends we enjoyed at Sidholme and Brunel Manor, what fun and fellowship we shared! the great company, lovely food, the impromptu “talent shows” and the special times of worship, knitting us together as a Church Family.

Of course my memories were also tinged with sadness as many of those beloved ones are no longer with us physically today, but nevertheless  remain with us in our hearts and minds and I give thanks for sharing my life with so many wonderful people.

Our Church is now open once more and many of us are able to attend services, join in on Zoom or watch the Podcast recording in our own homes.  The shops and supermarkets are easier to negotiate and we can have a meal out and go to the pub (if we want to). Children are back to school and people are working again.  A lot to give thanks for.

However I am very much aware that so many of our Church Family members are not able to enjoy this liberation; those in Care Homes who are still only allowed visits in the garden, those with infirmities and underlying conditions that inhibit them from mixing outside of their “Bubble”.  We have many members who are waiting for hospital procedures and operations which will no doubt be delayed once again causing anxiousness and concern. 

We are so fortunate to have a very good handbook of our faith and we are reminded in Philippians 2: 4. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. And inGalations 6: 10. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  So as we go forward in the coming months and possibly into the New Year let us act on, 1 Thessalonians 5: 11  Encouraging one another, and building one another up, just as we are doing

Rev. Rachel, Elena, the Pastoral Team and myself are on the end of a phone and some us can do “Doorstep” visits and following Data Protection Protocol we can put you in touch with Church Family friends, so if you are feeling a bit low and want a chat or a visit please get in touch.

My number is 620870, love and blessings Kathy G.

Church Reopening

Happy New Year!
More than 10 years since leaving full-time education our three children still think of September as the start of a new year. This seems so appropriate when we think on the historical emphasis Methodists have placed on education and the scriptural and social transformation of society Methodism has been so involved in for well over 200 years. I say again; Happy New Connexional Year!

This year feels like no other. It feels ‘new’ in respect of new thinking that is required in growing our on-line presence, new measures in opening up our buildings for worship and community use. New arrivals in Rev Bethany and her husband, Joel, filling the gap left by our sister and brother, Ruth and Richard. We have a new way of a local Welcome Service in Monmouth, rather than a Circuit wide one. We have a new model of Circuit which feels old; Four Missional Hubs reflecting the drawing together of 3 Circuits in 2008/9 and new, experienced Ministers in the gracious offer of Revs Joe Rooney and Lin Healey to help out in the Caldicot and Rogiet part of the Chepstow Missional Hub.

We have new social distancing rules, new hand sanitiser dispensers in our Churches and we enter a new reality unsure of what the future holds. As a Circuit Leadership Team we are trying to lead in these strange times. We have booked a Circuit Meeting for the evening of Wednesday October 14th. This will be done electronically, and we will inform you how this is to take place when we have a clear idea. We hope to arrange a Local Preachers Meeting in a similar way, and we are to encourage local Churches to have Church Council’s for good governance and opportunity to pray together and to look ahead on how we continue to share the good news of God’s love shown to the world through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ and the continued active work of God through the Holy Spirit guiding us into all truth day-by-day.

May I say what a privilege it has been to be involved with so many detailed risk-assessments as regards opening our sacred and community spaces. The care and attention to people’s well-being has been a wonderful witness, and the practical solutions from so many gifted people has got us to a point of beginning to build people’s confidence up and allowing folk to enter sacred space and encounter God alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ with whom we have shared so much down the years.

Let us tread gently into this new year, and new beginning, and let us look forward to when we can all, as a Circuit, gather together to sing God’s praise; to say a big thank you to Local Preachers, one of whom has dedicated 60 years of ministry this year; to say a proper goodbye to Preben, Margaret, Ruth and Richard; to welcome Bethany and Joel and just to be together rejoicing that we can echo the words of the Psalmist: ‘I sought the Lord and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.’ [34:4]

Gordon