' "Look, another man running alone," the king said, "He must be bringing good news." ' 2 Samuel 18:26
Update April 19 th.
The service on Sunday 4th April went ahead with 14 persons present and an inspiring sermon from Patrick Thomas. Operating in a restrictive mode as required under the Covid regulations the deacons considered it a success and decided that we will remain open for Sunday services from now on. The preacher on Sunday 26 th (10.30 start) will then be The Rev. Howard Jones who is well known to Mount Carmelites being our last full time minister and we look forward to seeing you there. But please remember to book a place by ringing Terry Beal on the Thursday before the service in order that an appropriate spacing of the chairs can be done by the deacons.
It is planned that until instructed not to we will continue to hold services at 10.30am each Sunday.
With no singing allowed a Cd will be played for the music and the words will be projected on the screen for the congregation to hum along to or silently mouth. No restriction on swaying or foot tapping.
Bethel wil also continue to hold a zoom service at 4pm for the immediate future which will be led by the Rev Andy Ralph the link is:-
The radio 4 services have continued at 8.10am.
One of the unfortunate casualties of the Virus lockdown was the postponing of the Church AGM and that in turn meant that the deacons election could not take place as usual. The deacons decided that instead a postal ballot would be held. This has now taken place and the result is that all three candidates secured the necessary votes to succeed. This means that Andrea Bridgeman will continue on the diaconate. That Kate Foad after a gap of some years returns to the diaconate where her experience is welcomed and Judith Palmer is welcomed to the diaconate for the first time. Your prayers are requested for these sisters.
As an aside more votes were cast in this election than we usually get at an AGM.
The diaconate are meeting when decisions are required. Not face to face but by means of the video conferencing app 'ZOOM'. Currently we are considering how and when we might meet again in the Church. As envisaged at present it will be be constrained considerably from what we were used before lockdown. Jenny is drawing up some proposals which will be included in the pastoral roundup that is circulated at weekends. If you have any comments to make about these proposals or other matters related to the Church please do not hesitate to contact on of the deacons.
The pastoral roundup is put together by Anne and besides its use to spread information from Jenny it depends on the readers to supply information, news,thoughts and a few funnies. It goes out to all on our email circulation plus physical distribution in paper form by Jenny, Mike and Anne. The aim is to reach all regular attendees. Contributions are always welcome.
UPDATE: The pandemic put all our plans in disarray and not just ours the government as well. They have now put the deadline for adopting the constitution back by 10 years! Pressure off.
The new envelopes are pale green in colour and will start to be used from May 3rd 2021. Please do not use the old pink envelopes from that date.
The election of deacons will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the church when it can be held. Please consider prayerfully who you think might usefully serve the church and give it serious prayerful thought if asked yourself.
Disaster after all of Marjorie's dogged efforts had borne fruit we had permission to park in the car park by the Domino Pizza shop on Sunday Mornings between 10am and 1pm. They have now installed a number plate recognition system that is unable to tell whether you go to Mount Carmel on a Sunday morning. We need it to be upgraded to a truly intelligent system that can detect Mount Carmelites!
GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION COMES TO THE RESCUE YET AGAIN!
Do you believe the old wives’ tale that lightning never strikes twice in the same place? Well, experiences at Mount Carmel prove the converse! Allow me to explain in 2013 after a costly roof repair (£49, 000), an internal survey of the Church Sanctuary revealed dry rot, wet rot and rising damp necessitating a complete refurbishment of the Sanctuary at a further cost of £150, 000!!
This massive sum was addressed via a Pledges Scheme involving members of the Church Fellowship in addition to generous donations from the Caerphilly Town Council, Allchurches Trust and a most generous donation from the Garfield Weston Foundation (£10, 000) without which the Church would have struggled financially for a much longer period. Lightning strike one!
Fast forward to August 2018 and lightning strike two materialises!
A late-August deluge (torrential rain!) exposed the weaknesses in the Tea Room roof and, before a repair could be implemented further, inclement weather resulted in the need for a replacement roof and the total refurbishment of the interior of the Tea Room, a room intrinsic to our worship, particularly the Children’s Ministry flourishing in the Church at this time. Total cost of the necessary remedial work: £33,000, funds which the Church did not have at its disposal. Once again, generous donations from Caerphilly Town Council, Allchurches Trust, and the members of the Mount Carmel Church Fellowship, but none more so than the massive £10,000 donation from the Garfield Weston Foundation, (our knights in shining armour!), allowing our worship and community missional work to proceed apace. As a Diaconate and Church Fellowship we are so grateful for all donations received!
You must also be aware of another saying: every picture tells a story! In this respect, I have included a series of pictures which narrate the whole story of the Refurbished Tea Room Roof from the August deluge to the refurbished Tea Room in full swing.
All that remains is to remember, too, that God is Good all the time, and all the time God is Good!
Tea room before leakTea time at Messy Church
Food prepared for Messy Church
Somebody is enjoying the food
Crafting at Messy Church
Buckets to collect rain water
Leaky roof from above
Repair from above
Tea after the repair on a Sunday
We are also extremely grateful to this organisation as they have supported us at a very difficult time and enabled us to go forward in our mission to the local community.
IF YOU ARE IMPRESSED, AND WOULD LIKE TO HIRE THAT ROOM, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH SECRETARY.
Kids’ Club: (Carmel Kidz)
Already we are seeing the results of employing Alyson with a club for young children being started on Wednesdays in term time. It runs from 5.45 pm to 7.00 pm, Alyson already has a team of four, but would welcome other helpers simply being there!
Sunday Morning Worship:
If anyone would like in-house training for the following: computer (SongPro), use of Clavinova during services, or provision of sound, please see Terry or Anne for the computer and Beth for the Clavinova as soon as possible.
The two regulars would also appreciate some reinforcements in the sound room for services (this role does give a certain amount of power)
Gaps exist in the Communion Rota (foyer wall). If you can fill a gap, please see Lynne as soon as possible.
Pastoral Visiting Team:
Everyone is invited to join the team in support of the Diaconate. If you are interested, please see Jenny as soon as possible.
If you would like to join the Church Choir, please
see Marjorie or simply join us after Morning Service on Sundays. You do not have to be solo standard, as long as you can reasonably sing in tune, Marjorie will be pleased to see you.