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.

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.

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.

Logo of all churches trust

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.





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.