Author Archives: Jonny Raine

Hustings 2017

coffee cakeHaving held a couple of hustings events before, and with a general election round the corner, we thought we’d do another!

All are invited along on Saturday 3rd June, 7-10pm, to hear from the available parliamentary candidates for Torfaen. There will be a selection of questions addressed to the candidates to see how they respond in order to help you consider how you vote. There may be an opportunity for questions from those in attendance as well, time permitting.

And if nothing else, we will be serving complimentary tea, coffee and cake halfway through.

photo credit: Infomastern Cake and coffe via photopin (license)

Sermon Series for the Summer

Why not let you know everything that is planned for the summer in terms of the preaching? We can’t think of a good reason not to. So here are the four sermons series planned incorporating both morning and evening. (And just in case you’re wondering, summer starts now!)

Messy Church Conclusion: Messy Grace (1 Corinthians)

Messy Church Conclusion

Sunday mornings as follows:

30 Apr 1 Cor. 16:1-24 The Gift of Grace

Find the Leader (1 Samuel)

1 Samuel Sermon Series

Sunday evenings, as follows:

30 Apr 1 Sam. 20:1-42 BFFs (Best Friends Forever)
7 May 1 Sam. 21:1-23:29 Life on the Run
14 May 1 Sam. 24:1-22 Revenge is Bitter
21 May 1 Sam. 25:1-44 Revenge is Sweet
28 May 1 Sam. 26:1-28:2 Twice Bitten Once Shy
4 June 1 Sam. 28:3-25 Desperate Times
18 June 1 Sam. 29:1-30:31 Stranger Times
2 July 1 Sam. 31:1-13 The King is Dead…

When Bad Stuff Happens (Job)

Sermon Series: Job

Sunday mornings as follows:

7 May Job 1:1-2:10 Knowing When Bad Stuff Happens
14 May Job 2:11-3:26 Responding When Bad Stuff Happens
21 May Job 4:1-27:23 Discouraging When Bad Stuff Happens
4 June Job 4:1-27:23 Coping When Bad Stuff Happens
18 June Job 28:1-31:40 Despairing When Bad Stuff Happens
2 July Job 32:1-37:24 Reasoning When Bad Stuff Happens
9 July Job 38:1-41:34 Focussing When Bad Stuff Happens
16 July Job 42:1-17 Resolving When Bad Stuff Happens

Summer Songs (Psalms)

Psalms Sermon Series

Both mornings and evenings as follows:

9 July (AM) Psalm 32 Confession
16 July (AM) Psalm 33 Seven Nation Army
6 Aug (AM) Psalm 34 What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
6 Aug (PM) Psalm 35 Aha!
13 Aug (AM) Psalm 36 Love is the Most High
13 Aug (PM) Psalm 37 I Will Wait
20 Aug (AM) Psalm 38 Healthy Body
20 Aug (PM) Psalm 39 The Sound of Silence
27 Aug (AM) Psalm 40 Lifted
27 Aug (PM) Psalm 41 The Dirt Whispered

Joint Good Friday Service


Our annual Good Friday service this year will be at Usk Baptist Church at 7pm. We’ll join with other churches for communion and remember Christ’s death. Our guest preacher will be our own former minister, Bert Weenink.

You’ll find Usk Baptist Church on Old Market Street, Usk NP15 1UA. If you need a lift, please do not hesitate to ask. Here’s a map:

photo credit: György Soponyai Calvary of Tihany via photopin (license)

Life Explored

There’s a new course that we’re going to run called Life Explored. It’s a bit like the other course we’ve run, Christianity Explored, except it’s just a little different.

It’s especially designed for people who are interested in considering Christianity and the message of the Bible. So if you wouldn’t call yourself a Christian, or if you’d even call yourself an agnostic, or atheist, or if you don’t know what you’d call yourself, then this is for you! Or maybe you are a Christian and want to explore your faith a bit more, if so then this is for you as well.

From Sunday 7th May at 6pm, over seven weeks we’ll be running the course alongside our Sunday evening service, in our upstairs hall. The course consists of video content alongside discussion groups and short Bible studies. You don’t need any previous knowledge and you won’t be put on the spot or asked to do anything you’re not comfortable doing.

The course provides a relaxed environment to be informed and to raise whatever questions you would like to ask about the Christian faith. And it is of course free of charge! Here’s a trailer to entice you:

All are invited to come along. Contact us if you’d like any further details.