Churches in Newport – September Bulletin

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E-Bulletin September 2017

This monthly Bulletin is sent out to help all the churches be more aware of our shared activities, and to keep people informed of news and events.


Exciting developments at Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a faith-based project that has been supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Newport since 2008. Based on Stow Hill, the project is undergoing a transformation. We are welcoming Mark Seymour to our staff on a part-time basis, alongside existing staff Sarah Croft and Dylan Moore. The Sanctuary is also moving out from the wing of Bethel Community Church Trust to be a part of a new CIO called the Gap Wales – please see and also We are always looking for new volunteers and can visit church groups to speak about refugees.


Newport Nightshelter 2017/18 will open on Monday 20th November

This winter will mark 9 years of Newport Nightshelter. During this time we have provided 7886 emergency bed spaces to those who find themselves homeless during the cold winter months. We couldn’t do this without our partnering churches / volunteers – we are grateful to everyone who has been involved with the project. This year we will partner with 17 churches to provide emergency winter accommodation to those who find themselves homeless during the cold, winter months. We have now confirmed opening dates for this winter’s Nightshelter which will be an 18 week project. Our opening night will be Monday 20th November 2017 and we will close on Sunday 25th March 2018. If you would like to volunteer at one of the participating churches please contact Tanya Lawrence on 01633 243235.


And another Eden Gate project with the opportunity to get involved

Street Contact is a 12 month pilot operating in 3 neighbourhoods, Pill, Bettws and Ty Sign. Using a mobile exhibition trailer the project will be manned by volunteers sourced from local churches. The project has community development and outreach at the core of what it aims to achieve. Other aims are to reach out to those who are trapped in the cycle of addiction to encourage recovery and rehabilitation. Anyone who would like to view the trailer and who may be interested in participating with the project is encouraged to attend an Open Evening which will be hosted by Christchurch Centre on Malpas Rd (behind Hotel Ibis) on Tuesday 26th September at 7.30pm.  For more information contact Marc Hepton on 01633 243235.


News from The Bridge (Christian Counselling Centre)

We are so grateful for answers to prayer! We have taken on another couple of receptionists, we will have 2 students on counselling placement from Uni of SW, and we have received enquiries from qualified counsellors. Thanks be to God, and to the churches! We are making moves towards having evening counselling sessions, having been offered excellent premises by a local church. We will need receptionists and counsellors with evening availability who can’t make the daytime. Please ring us on 01633 258729 or email

Newport Cathedral Choir has vacancies for altos (male or female), tenors and basses. Commitment: Friday evenings and Sundays. Informal audition. For more details, please contact Emma Gibbins: 07952 514117 or


Forthcoming events – September

Wednesday 6th September  7.00pm  Welcome Service for Rev Les Jones + refreshments

at St Julian’s Methodist Church, Caerleon Rd, NP19 7JT..


Friday 8th September  7.00pm  Induction of Becca Stevens as Ministry Area Leader

for the Newport North Ministry area (Church In Wales parishes of Bettws, Brynglas, Malpas).

at Newport High School, Bettws Lane, Bettws, Newport NP20 7YB.  All welcome.


Saturday 9th September  9.30am – 4.30pm  Open Doors event

at Newport Cathedral (St.Woolos), Stow Hill, NP20 4EA


Saturday 9th September  7.00pm  Cherished Ladies Evening

at Crindau Community Church, 2 Malpas Road, NP20 5PA

A wonderful evening of worship, ministry, fellowship… and cake! All ladies welcome.


Tuesday 12th September  7.15–8.30 pm  Prayer Meeting for Newport

at Penylan Baptist Church, 202 Christchurch Road, NP19 8BD.


Saturday 16th September  3.00pm  Induction Service of new pastor, Raf de Lima

at Castleton Baptist Church, Gateway Christian Centre, St Mellons Rd, Marshfield CF3 2TX


Wednesday 20th September 7.00-9.15pm Alpha Course starts (through to 29th November)

at St Paul’s Church, Bridge Street, NP20 4AL.  Feel free to come the first week just to try it! The format for each evening will start with a meal, a video and then group chats.  If there is enough interest we will run a daytime course. For further info 01633 266076.

Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th September  Flower Festival (275th Church Anniversary)

at Bethesda Baptist Church, Cefn Rd, Rogerstone, NP10 9AS

Open Thursday/Friday 10.30am-8.00pm/ Saturday 10.30am-6.00pm/ Sunday 2.30-5.00pm

Theme: “Acts of Kindness”.  Light refreshments available.  Group bookings: 01633 895662.

Saturday 23rd September  10.30am – 1.00pm  Community Information Fair

at St.Julian’s Baptist Church, 35 Beaufort Rd, NP19 7PS

For residents of the St Julians’s and Beechwood area local councillors and community police will be on hand to answer questions and concerns, plus a broad range of exhibitors offering services and support which will be of interest to visitors from all across the city.  These include Citizens Advice Bureau, Careers Wales, Trading Standards, the Family Information Service, Age Cymru, Care and Repair etc. Tea/coffee available + cake, cards and craft stalls.

Thursday 28th September  7.30pm  Street Pastors Annual Fundraising Concert

at St.Julian’s Parish Church, 41 St.Julian’s Ave, NP19 7JT

City of Newport Male Choir  Tickets £6  Contact Tomi  07759 159260

Saturday 30th September  2.00-5.00pm  Annual Peace Day Celebration

at Community House (PCW), Eton Rd, Maindee, NP19 0BL

A celebration of peace & of the diversity of the local people who use our Community Centre.

Saturday 14th October 10am – 4.30pmWalk Through The Bible – The New Testament  at Magor Baptist Church, NP26 3HY. Put this date in your diaries, and don’t miss it!

All welcome to what will be an informative and fun-filled day. Please contact Keith Arnold for more information:


Deadline for the October Bulletin  Monday 25 Sept. 2.00pm.

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