Pastors Note

March 2020

You Are Not Alone“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 During this unprecedented time as we face many unknowns, it is reassuring for us to know that we are not alone. I believe God can speak to us in deeper and more meaningful ways during times of uncertainty, especially when we find ourselves having to take time to step back, think, pray and listen. We know from the life of Jesus that…

February 2020

Church Home Groups Warm greetings to you all from Lisvane Baptist Church! One of the aspects of church life we have been looking into in more detail during January and into February is the area of Home Groups – or, as some call it, ‘church from house to house’. The more I read the bible and understand the message of God through it, the more apparent, and yet simple, it is to me that ‘church’ is very much more about…

Pastors Note June

Have you ever had a work colleague who made going into work ‘that’ much better? Someone you worked well with, someone who made you laugh? Someone who ‘got you’? Someone who when you worked together, made the working feel less like work and more like joy? I have had the privilege of working alongside many brilliant people, but one of my favourites was named Lynda – we were church children’s workers together for several years. We had the same sense…

Pastors Note May

“To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be.” Fyodor Dostoevsky In 1997, American journalist Philip Yancey published a book called What’s so Amazing about Grace?’and it was a number one hit in both the Christian and secular world – selling 16 million copies by 2006. It is rumoured that the author was inspired to write the book after Bill Clinton asked him ‘Why do Christians hate so much?’ I am sat here planning a…

Pastors Note March 2018

With Easter fast approaching I was recently thinking about our Community Easter Egg Hunt, followed by our Easter Café Church and all the planning needed. I messaged our Café Church Team and set a date to meet and plan, dug out the plans from last year, set our graphic designer to task in designing our flyer and then I stopped and thought “Café Church is so different to conventional church – but what is church? Will people see ‘church’ in…

Pastors Note February 2018

“A person with a Primark bag in their hands always has a smile on their face”.  So, said, a good friend of mine in Lisvane. This made me laugh and made me think about what might be in my Primark bag – probably new shoes and new bags! But then I thought, what are we carrying in our bags that would make a difference and bring a smile not just to our faces, but to those of others? My friend’s…

Pastors Note January 2018

There have been many famous catchphrases, I wonder how you will get on with some of these. ‘I don’t believe it!’… ‘Shut that door’ … ‘Nice to see you, to see you … nice’ … ‘Ooh you are awful but I like you … ‘Lovely jubbly’ ‘Listen very carefully I will say this only once!’ and probably my favourite of all … ‘It’s good night from me’ … and … ‘It’s good night from him.’ How did you get on?…

Pastors Note September

The Big Tent Event 29th October to 5th November Hopefully you read the article in last month’s Link explaining that St Denys Church and Lisvane Baptist Church (LBC) are holding a ‘Big Tent Event’ here in Lisvane this coming Autumn. With summer ebbing away and the nights drawing in quite quickly now, it’s rapidly approaching and our excitement is continuing to mount! Since the last article we’ve had quite lots of people asking more about it … so we thought…

Pastors Note July – August

If I was to say the word ‘tent’ what would come to mind? Holidays Family Friends Fun Rain Baked Beans Personally I am not a fan of camping or tents, even though I subject myself to a tent every year for a Christian Festival called New Wine. Indeed, I recently stumbled across a most fitting quote that explains my experience of camping through and through. It’s written by an American author by the name of Dave Barry and reads: “It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel…

Pastors Note June

It’s festival time again. I wonder if it will be sun cream or wellies! It’s wonderful to see so many people from the community, gathering to have some fun and quality family time together. I’m looking forward to having a nose around the different stalls, especially the second hand charity  corner.  My daughters, no doubt along with many of your children, will be making full use of the inflatable slides and ice cream van. As a church we will be…