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.

Beacon Café

The Beacon, along with our Family Room, is open each week from Monday-Wednesday 9:30am-1pm.  Debbie and the team look forward to welcoming you to a cuppa and a chat! If you’re feeling hungry there are delicious cakes and a range of light meals.

For more information click here.

Debbie’s full breakfast is becoming a legend

Easter Services

Sunday 17th April at 8.30am
Easter Breakfast in the Beacon – please book on the notice board in the Beacon

Sunday 17th April at 10am
Easter Sunday Celebration Worship

Thursday, 21st April at 11.45am
Easter Celebration Praise and Meal £5 – see Debbie to book

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

New Year Message

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.’ Acts 2:28-32

We begin a new year with the spectre of Coronavirus, once again, causing us to carefully review worship opportunities. Restrictions have been tightened and some of our churches have decided to sit tight, wait for the storm to pass and then to re-open doors. Others continue with social-distancing and other measures in place. A difficult start to the year.

The words of Simeon, perhaps, resonate for some of us after the past two years. ‘Lord, we have met you and know you; thank you; now let me go in peace.’ It is tempting to ‘give-up’, to stop meeting in church all together, or even to leave the house and rely on Ocado and Amazon. We have seen the light of Christ and that is enough.

Yet, we have the follow-on story of Anna. A faithful woman in the midst of tragedy. No ‘giving-up’ with Anna. Patiently she had waited, rewarded by God, and her response is not one of; ‘great, I have met the Saviour of the world, release me Lord.’ No, Anna gives thanks to God and then goes and finds people to tell. Anna, in her old-age, wants life to carry on and for the world to know about Jesus.

The past year was challenging for us all and especially for myself. Yes, Circuit and Church provided specific difficulties, and I am grateful for all of the prayers, wisdom and support from so many, but, from a family perspective, this has been a journey of discovery. An aunt who lost her third and final son suddenly whilst in hospital. She has no grandchildren and it has been given to me the task of picking up the pieces for her. Both of my parents have been in hospital for weeks on end and changes in circumstances for our children have meant lots of mileage on my battered old Skoda.

My mum was fading away. I saw her in the hospital. We spoke about perseverance, (one of the words of the year for 2021) and spoke about life; how precious it is. She asked for a prayer. The result was my ‘old’ mum returned. She has always had a feisty streak in her; she has had a difficult life, and her determination to get better, to get out of hospital, to be useful again, came to the fore. She has got stronger week-by-week and she has encouraged my dad to do the same. Praise God.

There is something indomitable in the human spirit. God created us to be tough, to live life in all it’s fullness, to embrace change, sorrow, joy and to live in relationship with God and with others. God has given us family, he has given us brothers and sisters in Christ, she has given us neighbours to care for and be cared for by. Created in the divine image we are created for relationship, for love and for being receivers and givers of this love. In Christ we are more than conquerors through him that loves us; and in Christ we are assured that nothing can separate us from the love of God revealed in Christ Jesus.

So, as we prepare for new opportunities and challenges in 2022, let us know, like Simeon, that we have seen the Light of the world, and like Anna, let us be thankful, persevere, and continue to meet in the different temples we have been given by God to worship the blessed Trinity in….yes, church buildings, and yes, our dining rooms, community spaces, cafes and wherever we can gather to meet with others and give thanks to God, and to speak about the child whose birth we have just celebrated.

Gordon

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Christmas Services

In the middle of the Christmas chaos, take some time to breathe and remember what a wonderful world we live in. Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus with us. Reflect on how Jesus came to show us how to be fully alive while we praise our divine Creator and seek healing and justice for our world and all mankind.

Although Christmas can be joyful, we know that for many people Christmas is a painful time, but we believe God hears our cries and gently holds us in our time of need.

God bless you this Christmas.

We hope you managed to visit our church during the Christmas Tree 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 the church until Christmas and you can visit when the Beacon café is open on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesdays, 9:30 to 1pm.

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