' "Look, another man running alone," the king said, "He must be bringing good news." ' 2 Samuel 18:26
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.
New Zealand Mosque Massacre
A letter was sent from Caerphilly Council of Churches with prayers and support to the local Muslim community and a reply has now been received expressing their thanks.
Both letters are on the Notice Board
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.
March is HIP month
When two of our friends meet with the surgeon to have replacement hips.
Clive went under the knife on the 8th and Marjorie followed later on the 25th.
Our prayers go with them now that op is over and they are recovering at home. Ann Turley joined the group and had a hip op recently but hers was unscheduled and she is now recovering in the Gwent Hospital.
We pray that all friends have a speedy recovery and are soon among us again.
Renewal of the Tea Room Roof.
The Tea Room now has a new roof and a totally refurbished interior! Repaired several times over the years, the roof finally reached a state when a repair was not going to be sufficient.
All of you who are familiar with Baptist Churches will be aware of the importance of a fully-functioning tea room to the life and work of the Church.
For those of you not so familiar, the Tea Room is the focus of fellowship for many. After Sunday Morning Service, the majority of the congregation gravitate to the Tea Room. Indeed, visiting preachers who go to say farewell to the congregation at the front door, find very few leaving that way, most going in the other direction to the Tea Room.
However, that is just one instance of its use. Many internal groups make use of the tea but besides these, groups such as the Art Class, Spanish Class and the Retired Teachers Group of the area also make use of the facilities. Indeed, the provision of a Tea Room is an incentive for groups to use Mount Carmel Church building.
A decision was then made to replace it with a sloping roof as a permanent solution to its many problems. However, finance was a problem. The Church’s funds were low, intent on paying off a very expensive renovation of the Sanctuary which has given the Church a new roof, new flooring and insulated walls- at a cost well into six figures! Despite this, the Church decided to go ahead with the work. The Church and its members have been generous and raised roughly half of the funds, but there remained a gap in available funds.
On a separate track, our Church Secretary decided to seek financial help and he was successful. The local Town Council donated £400 to our Roof Fund while Allchurches Trust has come up trumps once again! We are pleased to confirm that they have awarded us a grant of £1500 towards the work of replacing the Tea Room Roof and the refurbishment of the interior.
We are 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.
SPARE A MOMENT TO VIEW THE BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS OF OUR REFURBISHMENT!!!
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 David 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.
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.