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.
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Debbie’s full breakfast is becoming a legend
Covid-19 restrictions are further eased in Wales and the wearing of masks will no longer be mandatory in indoor settings. This means that those who wish will no longer have to wear a mask in church services.
You can still attend most services on Zoom, see the link in the Notice Sheet found on the home page.
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.
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.
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.
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 Café – a 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.
Housegroups – fellowship, 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 Fellowship – interesting speakers and demonstrations for men and ladies. Every two weeks in the afternoon at 2.30pm.
Boys (and Girls) Brigade – activities, fun and fellowship.
Bible Study – on Zoom every Thursday 9.30-10.30am. A time to learn and discuss.
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.