Vision Launch Event

Drop in at the Beacon café on Saturday 18th September between 10 and 12 to find out the results of the Vision Survey and to see if you can be a part of going forward in our church.

It will have the feel of a ‘Freshers Fair’ with stands laid out so you can take your coffee and sit and chat at each stand. Maybe even sign up to help at one of our new events.

All to broaden what we offer as a one of the churches in the Lower Wye South Hub and hopefully appeal to more people so they can experience Christ in their lives.

Click here for the information brochure

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

Link to Hope Shoeboxes

Even with the difficulties caused by the Pandemic last year, we were delighted to be able to contribute 71 Shoeboxes to the Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal. In total, the small Christian charity which offers help to people of all backgrounds regardless of race, colour or creed with no qualifying criteria other than that they are poor and marginalised, was able to distribute 20.678 boxes to families and elderly people in Eastern Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine).

Of those 71 boxes, 10 were put together by individuals and the incredible generosity of monetary donations, handmade crafts and other gifts meant that Russell and I were able to put together the other 61 boxes.

We hope that people would like to get involved again this year. If you feel able to pack a box yourself, then that would be great – thank you. But, if you like to join in but would rather not/are unable to go to the shops and would be happy to give a donation, Russell and I are willing to do the shopping and packing for you! We will do some ‘bulk’ online ordering – using the ‘Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal 2020’ Wishlist on Amazon, local Charity Shops & other online suppliers similar to those we used last year.

A shoebox for a Family means that everyone receives a gift. A scarf for the mum, a tape measure for the dad, toys and games for the children as well as stationery and coloured pens. Also, toiletries, toothpaste, shampoo and soap to keep
everyone clean and free from the germs that make them ill. And, of course, sweets and chocolates for everyone.

Due to the number of elderly people that are now being left alone due to their families leaving to work away, Elderly shoeboxes are also vital. The boxes are similar to the Family Shoeboxes; however, the children’s games and education materials are replaced with a hot water bottle, sensory items, candle and holder etc.
We have the leaflets which give you all the information – let us know if you want 1 (or more); or you can download them from the Link to Hope website, where there is also a lot of extra information, including a video showing the gifts being distributed and the love that is shown to all:
https://linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal-2021/

The website also gives ideas for handmade items – for the crafty ones amongst you!
If you want to find out about Link to Hope’s story and visual information on what to put in the boxes, watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nzA5SYWf4Q

An important date – All shoeboxes MUST be in Church/with Hilary & Russell by Sunday 31st October.
If you need any more information, please contact us. Thanking you, in anticipation! Hilary & Russell Collins.

Forest Church

Church for people who feel closer to God outdoors.

Sunday 19th September at 3pm at The Gaer Hillfort, Newport.

Start at the entrance to the hillfort on Gaer Park Road, NP20 3NU.

We will be celebrating the autumnal equinox. Prepare for any weather.

Bring a picnic if you want to stay around afterwards.

For further information email Tim Crahart at timcrahart@yahoo.co.uk

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!

Action for Children Service

There will be a special service next Sunday 8th August, led by the Church Stewards and members of the Action for Children Committee. This will be to celebrate the work of Action for Children and to give thanks for the amazing amount collected this year. An Envelope Collection for Action for Children will be taken at this service.

Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash

Sweet Peas

During my early teens one summer evening I remember going with some ladies from the Baptist church I attended to a little village chapel in  Nempnett (near Chew Magna) Somerset, to share in an evening service.  Growing up on a council estate in Southmead, Bristol not many households attended their gardens and if they did, like my own grandparents they only grew vegetables. 

On entering the little chapel at Nempnett I encountered my first site and smell of sweet peas which were on display on the communion table and since then this delightful, delicate flower has remained a favourite of mine.  I have managed to successfully grow Sweet Peas myself and due to having to cut them regularly they have become a ‘give away’ flower and sharing them with others has become a delight and joy.  

Kathy Griffin.

Photo by Raimond Klavins of Unsplash

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