Newtown

Serve the Lord with Gladness.

Minister: Rev Bob Thomas.

Safeguarding Officer: Shan Calvert -

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Sunday Service Times: 10.30am and 6.00pm

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Wesley Newtown Church:
Back Lane,
Newtown,
Powys,
SY16 2NH.

 

Grid Ref.
SO 107917

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Onward Christian Soldiers
 

A very warm welcome awaits everyone to our lovely modern bright Church.

The story which explains our background is beautifully documented by one of our long-standing members and Steward, Margaret Griffith:

“It was with mixed emotions that on a warm July Sunday morning in 1983, our congregation with the Sunday School, closed the large doors of our old Church, built in 1835, for the last time. Our spiritual home, which had stood proud, bearing witness for countless Christians, following the Methodist tradition in Newtown since the early 18th Century was to be demolished. After much prayerful deliberation and planning (and encouragement and cajoling from our minister Rev Derek Bedford!) we were to build a new church, on the original site, which would better serve the needs of the present congregation and community. With a quiet dignity we walked across the bridge to our new refuge. For the next year, through the generosity of the Church in Wales, our morning services would be held at All Saints Church. The rector Rev Brian Jones and his congregation stood that morning at the door of the Church to welcome us and extend the hand of friendship. Our evening service was held at Capel Coffa, Milford Road and all social events held at the Roman Catholic Church.

The whole project required personal sacrificial giving and each week we held fund raising events, which were well supported by the people of Newtown. Whenever money was raised, however small the amount, we gave thanks by singing our Chapel hymn:

This is the God we adore
Our faithful unchangeable friend
Whose love is as great as His power
And neither knows measure nor end.

In April 1984 – Easter time – our dream was realised and we officially opened our new Church with a service of Dedication led by the Rev Ralph Fennel. His apt text for his sermon, “Wheat that withereth Green” will be remembered by all who were present.”

Our lovely bright and modern church has been further enhanced in recent years with a large kitchen extension; full disabled facilities have also been added. This enables us to provide for the many activities which take place each day of the week. We are pleased that the church is extremely well used by the community of Newtown. The range of activities using the church is diverse, covering groups for youngsters and older members of the local community.

Every Tuesday the church holds a coffee morning which is very well attended by both church members and the local community. It is a time for fellowship and friendship in a relaxed atmosphere.

Every Wednesday morning the church hosts a Community Café, which is an initiative started by the churches in Newtown, to support people from the local community who might benefit from a meal in a welcoming and friendly environment. The Community Café uses food donated by local businesses and hence has the added benefit of dealing with the issue of surplus food which these businesses have.

“O worship the King in the beauty of holiness” was painted on the wall behind the pulpit in the old 1835 building and we believe this still holds true for our present congregation and we shall continue to Serve the Lord with Gladness on into the future.

August 2019

Forthcoming or Recent Events:


Doreen's 90th Birthday Party - a selection of photographs can be viewed here.


Candlelight Carol Service on Sunday 22nd December 2019 at 6.00pm.

Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday 24th December at 11.30pm to be taken by John Harbron

Christmas Day - no service in this chapel

New Year Lunch - after the morning Service, see May for tickets.

Next Church Council Meeting will be on Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 7.00pm.

Strawberry Tea - a selection of photographs can be viewed by clicking here.

Pentecost in the Park: A delightful lunchtime gathering, with Rev Dr Stephen Wigley also attending.


Chapel Hall and Kitchen available for Hire to the Community - click here for further details.

Regular Activities:

BIBLE GROUP will be meeting at Church on the first and third Monday of each month at the later time of 2.30pm.


Time to Reflect - You are all welcome to contemplative prayer as part of your journey with God. "Waiting on God in the silence" will be a half hour of silent prayer held at the Manse, Newtown at 2.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.
Next meting is on Tuesday 13th August (time tbc); ring Jenny on 01686625690 for more details.

Weekly Coffee Morning on Tuesdays, starting at 10.00am.

Community Cafe - every Wednesday morning.

Friendship Club - 3rd Thursday in month (unless stated otherwise) at 7.00pm - click here for programme.