Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Caerphilly

Serving God and the community

Church News

' "Look, another man running alone," the king said,  "He must be bringing good news." ' 2 Samuel 18:26

 Job Opportunity

Club 707 who are active in Christian youth work in the Caerphilly area and with which Mount Carmel has good connections are seeking to employ a Youth Development Worker. Initially this would be for  9 hours per week over the 43 weeks of the school year.

A job description will be posted on the Church Notice board in the Vestry but further information can be obtained from Alyson Godfrey at 07979189324.

Applications should be in by July 31st with the aim of starting in post by September 1st 2019.

Christine Howarth

We have had a message from Nigel with the sad news that Christine recently passed away after a period of illness. When Nigel was our minister Christine was active in the church leading Ladies Fellowship from time to time and helping out in the background. She was also noted for being an excellent cook with the annual 'at home at the Manse' eagerly awaited.

The funeral will be on the 18th at 3pm. Nigel and family will be in our prayers at that time.

Ken Bridgeman

We also had sad news that Ken passed away on Thursday (July 11th). Ken was in hospital and had been ill for some time with his attendance at Mount Carmel becoming more infrequent. Our prayers and sympathy go to Andrea and family at this time.

Ken's funeral will take place on August 5th with a service at Mount Carmel at 11.15 followed by cremation at Thornhill at 12.15.

It's Hip time again.

It is Elsie's turn now with a visit to the surgeon on Wednesday the 17th. The operation went well and she is expected home on Saturday 20th. We hope that recovery continues to be swift and we soon see her running around again.

Anne Turley

Her funeral  took place on July 9th with a service at Mount Carmel at 1.45pm. This was very well attended by her friends from various of her spheres of activity and was followed by Cremation at Thornhill at 3pm.

Collection Envelopes

The current envelopes are pink in colour. Please do not use the old green envelopes after May 1st.


The election of deacons took place at the Annual General Meeting of the church on March 21st. Phil Black was re-elected and Helen Morgan was elected to the diaconate for the first time. We thank and congratulate these loyal members of the church for taking on the responsibilities of the diaconate.

In addition Phil Black and Jenny Benjamin agreed to continue to serve as Church Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer respectively.

At this point David Gray announced that due to health issues he was reluctantly resigning as Church Secretary. The church meeting expressed their thanks to David for the sterling work he has done as Secretary over the past 7 years a period that has seen major renovation of the church and an extended period without a Minister.


At the Church meeting it was confirmed that Jenny Benjamin will take over as Church Secretary (but also continue to help Phil with some of her previous treasurer tasks). To lighten the Church Secretary load Helen Morgan will be minutes secretary and Anne Beal will produce the weekly notice sheets.


Many thanks to Marjorie for her dogged efforts which have now borne fruit. We now have permission to park in the car park by the Domino Pizza shop on Sunday Mornings  between 10am and 1pm. However to do so you will need a Parking permit explaining that you are attending Mount Carmel. These can be obtained from Terry Beal.



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!

EMPTY TEA ROOM BEFORE LEAKTea room before leakBUSY MESSY IN TRTea time at Messy Church

Food prepared for Messy churchFood prepared for Messy Church

GIRL EATING IN TRSomebody is enjoying the food


Buckets 2Buckets to collect rain water

LEAKLeaky ceiling

LEAK FROM TOPLeaky roof from above

REPAIR FROM TOPRepair from above

SUNDAY MORNING TEASTea after the repair on Sunday

..Logo of all churches trust

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.




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 for the computer and Beth for the Clavinova as soon as possible.

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 David as soon as possible.

Church Choir:

If you would like to join the Church Choir, please see Marjorie (when she is fully mobile again) 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.