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.

Welcome Letter

We have all been living through very troubling and difficult times and continue to do so for the foreseeable future. 

At Chepstow Methodist Church we seek to be a worshiping community dedicated to serving God and sharing His love with the community.  We have a range of services and activities to suit all ages and tastes. At the present time we do not have our own Minister but the Church is continuing to function as a caring community for the people of Chepstow.

Our worship and service is based on and surrounded by Prayer and there are several opportunities to meet together in large and small groups to pray.  We also have confidential prayer chains to pray about personal, urgent matters and several ‘home groups’ where we support and pray for individual members.

As well as caring for each other we believe it is important to share our faith with others in practical ways through the food bank, debt counselling, supporting local events and personal hospitality.  We support local and national charities and projects in Zambia.

You could sum up our aims as:  Chepstow Methodist Church exists to Celebrate the love of God by Worship, Caring for each other, Cultivating personal growth by prayer and reading the Bible and Communicating the Good News of Jesus in words and actions .

May the Lord bless you.

A Sample of our regular weekly activities

Sunday Service 10am in Church, zoom and on the website.

Beacon Caféa café with a caring heart.  Open Monday. Tuesday & Wednesday. 9.30am-1pm.

Toddlers fun for the children and fellowship for the carers.  Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. 10-11.30am.

Housegroupsfellowship, friendship, support.  A time to pray and learn together. Available face-to-face and on Zoom at various times and places.

Food Co–op fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables at a reasonable price.  Tuesday 10.30-11.30am.

Wednesday Fellowshipinteresting speakers and demonstrations for men and ladies.  Every two weeks in the afternoon at 2.30pm.

Boys (and Girls) Brigadeactivities, fun and fellowship.

Bible Studyon Zoom every Thursday 9.30-10.30am. A time to learn and discuss.

Photo by Sandra Seitamaa on Unsplash

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

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:

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

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

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!