Posts by Simon Large (Page 4)

The First Evangelist

On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descends on the Apostles like ‘tongues of fire’ and they begin to speak in other languages. The people are amazed at this miracle and about 3000 are baptised that day. Wait, no. That’s not what it says in Acts 2. They began to speak in other languages and the people were confused. Some were ‘amazed and perplexed’ and others thought the Apostles were drunk. So what happened to turn confusion into conversion?… [Continue Reading]

Mission Together 2018 in Pictures

It’s been a fabulous ten days and the weather could not have been better. The churches in the Ministry Area came together for a family ceilidh on the first Saturday, a huge success with many people coming in from the town and further afield. The Lee Abbey team joined us for Open the Book, with the launch of Prayer Spaces in Schools and at a wedding party at Llanbedr School, making contact with over 600 children in our Ministry Area…. [Continue Reading]

Breakfast on the Beach

Our Messy Church service this month was on the theme of Jesus encounter with his disciples on the beach after his resurrection. There was plenty of fishy fun as you can see in these photos.

Lent Lecture No 1

On Saturday 24th March we heard this year’s Lent Lecture, the first in a series of annual lectures towards the end of Lent. His Honour Anthony Seys Llewellyn QC presented a talk entitled ‘Jesus of Nazareth – guilty or not guilty?‘ It was good to see so many people from around the Ministry Area and from the town. You can listen to the entire talk, read the transcript and see a short video clip here.


This poem by Gideon Heugh appears in Tearfund’s Lent Devotional for 2018, a poignant picture of the hope which children bring to the harshness of life. She looks at the arid earth beneath her dusty, bare feet, then up at the heat-squirming horizon. Rain prayers leak from her soul, but do not touch her cracked lips. She balances the heavy urn on her strong, proud head and begins the long journey home, hoping the water won’t harm her children, knowing… [Continue Reading]

Mothering Sunday 2018

Mothers posing with their posies after our Mothering Sunday service this year. May the Lord who brought us all to birth, strengthen us for daily life. May the Lord who provides for all our needs sustain us day by day. May the Lord whose steadfast love is for all, send us out to live and work for others. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you always.

Prayer Chains

In prison in Philippi, Paul and Silas were in chains having been severely beaten for preaching the gospel, yet were singing hymns to God. You can read about what happened and their miraculous escape in Acts 16:16-40 We made paper ‘prayer’ chains in our family service today, which you can see in the alcove by the altar. There were several prayers for the leaky church roof which started draining melting snow down onto the AV equipment during the service!

New Year, New Vision

Tradition has it that the the month of January is named for the Roman god Janus, usually depicted with two faces, looking both to the future and to the past. And New Year is traditionally a time when we look back at the year just past and forward to the year to come, a time for new beginnings and resolutions for future action. This year we face a major challenge in the maintenance of our church building as we look… [Continue Reading]

Nowhere to hide

Sometimes there is just nowhere to hide. If God is calling you, there can be no excuses because he knows you through and through and he knows what he wants from you. If you feel you haven’t the gifts, he will shower them upon you. If you haven’t the courage, he will hold you up. If you don’t know what to say, he will put the words in your mouth. As Bishop David Jenkins said, ‘if you feel you are… [Continue Reading]

Ringing in Christmas at Nevill Hall

St Edmund’s young bell ringers attended the Carol Service at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny on 19th December 2017. The service was well attended led by Revd Michael Marsden.

Lee Abbey Mission Team Visit

We look forward to welcoming the Lee Abbey mission team for the first time on Sunday 26th November. Mission Chaplain Nick Haigh will be preaching at the 8.15 and 10.45 services and we will hear a testimony from another member of the team at 10.45. This is an exciting time as we look forward to working with the team between Ascension and Pentecost next year. Find out more on the Ministry Area website.

Seven Days – A Pyrenean Adventure

Author Nathan Munday discusses his new book ‘Seven Days’ with Eric Gower and talks about his experiences on the trek, how he came to write the book and how it links in with his own Christian faith. William Blake once said that great things are done when men and mountains meet. I say that greater things happen when somebody stays in the mountains for seven days or more. New worlds are formed, dreams merge with reality; those things which are impossible,… [Continue Reading]