Penrallt News What's on at Penrallt Baptist Church, Bangor http://www.penrallt.org/news Magnus Forrester-Barker webmaster@penrallt.org © 2009 Penrallt Baptist Church 2020-08-28T14:04:19+02:00 Farewell to the Penrallt news feed http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/farewell.20200827.txt 2020-08-28T14:04:19+02:00

If you are reading this you are probably one of a very select (or at least small) group of people who are subscribed to the Penrallt news feed. As far as I can make out there are only two subscribers, and I'm one of them!

As you've doubtless picked up by now, our website is undergoing a major overhaul. Sadly the news feed doesn't feature in the revised version of the news page so the time has come to say goodbye.

I trust you have found this feature useful in the years it has been running. Please feel free to drop me an email to office@penrallt.org to let me know who you are (and if it turns out that there were actually more subscribers, I may be able to bring the news feed back at some point).

All previous news items have been written anonymously but it feels appropriate to sign off on this one.

Magnus Forrester-Barker (Administrator, Penrallt Baptist Church)

Building Update http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/reopening.20200720.txt 2020-07-22T16:22:56+02:00

Activities at our church premises remain suspended because of the current coronavirus situation. As lockdown eases, we are reviewing new government guidance, alongside advice from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, to decide when it is safe and practical to restart some activities at the church. At the moment we don't know when that will be, and in what form that will take, as it is unlikely that we will be able to return to 'normal' for a while yet.

Sunday Services continue online.

The Church Office remains closed, but you can still contact the Church Administrator by e-mail: office@penrallt.org, or by mobile phone: 07934 231788 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm only).

Mission Prayer Meeting http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/missionPrayer.20200715.txt 2020-07-22T16:22:56+02:00

We will be holding our quarterly mission prayer meeting at 8pm on Monday 27th July via Zoom. This is an opportunity to hear news of our mission partners around the world and to pray for them. Please contact the church office if you would like to join the meeting.

Midweek Prayer Meeting http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/prayerMeeting.20200710.txt 2020-07-22T16:22:56+02:00

While we are unable to meet together in our building for prayer meetings, we are holding a short prayer meeting via Zoom on Wednesdays at noon, for around half an hour. Please contact the church office if you would like to join the meeting.

Induction http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/induction.20200707.txt 2020-07-22T16:22:56+02:00

We held the induction of our new Minister, Rev. John Thompson via Zoom on Saturday 4th July. A video of the service is available to watch at John's YouTube channel.

Christian Aid Week: 10 - 16 May 2020 http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/ChristianAidWeek.20200507.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. The week of 10th – 16th May is Christian Aid Week.

Cytûn Bangor are hosting a Zoom-based worship service on Monday 11th May at noon. Please contact the church office if you would like details of how to join the meeting.

Our online service on Sunday 3rd May was focused on Christian Aid. Please see that page for more information about the work of Christian Aid and how you can support them.

Prayer and Panad http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/panad.20200311.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

Once a month, the men of Penrallt have a chance to meet together to pray for one another. The meeting usually takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30am in the Twrgwyn Room. It lasts for about an hour. After we have prayed, we go across the road for a cup of coffee.

The next Prayer & Panad meeting will be on Wednesday 1st April 2020.

Care Home Services http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/haulfre.20200223.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

Once a month, a team from Penrallt visits Haulfre, a care home in Llangoed (near Beaumaris), to take a short service for the residents. The services are usually on the first Sunday afternoon of the month. You are very welcome to join us. We are particularly in need of musicians and Welsh speakers.

There will be no service in March. The next service is due to be on Sunday 5th April. From now on we will be starting slightly earlier than previously, at 2pm; the service usually lasts around half an hour. Please contact the church office to confirm the date or or if you would like more information or would like to join the team.

Alpha http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/alphaCourse.20200128.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith. It is free and runs over a period of about 10 weeks. Alpha is a great place to relax, make friends, have fun, and learn, in a non-threatening environment. Each session begins with a meal together, followed by a talk and group discussions. All (people and questions) are welcome.

We currently have an Alpha Course running at Penrallt on Monday evenings in our church building, starting at 7pm. The course began on Monday 27th January and will run weekly until just before Easter. It is possible to join (or to come and try it out) any time in the first few weeks. If you would like to know more about Alpha, please email the Alpha team or visit our Facebook Alpha page.

Christmas Services http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/christmasServicesUpdate.20191217.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

On the evening of Sunday 22nd December, at 6pm, there will be an informal service in the rear hall, entitled Music, musings and (maybe) mince pies. This will include some slightly more unusual Christmas carols as well as seasonal poetry, and there should indeed be mince pies and a panad.

As usual, there will be a short family service on Christmas morning, starting at 10:30am. This year, the offering will be given to Digartref, who provide support and assistance to those affected by homelessness.

Please note that there will be no evening service on Sunday 29th December.

General Election Hustings http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/hustings.20191127.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

In preparation for the General Election on 12th December, Cytûn Bangor will be hosting a Hustings at 7:30pm on Sunday 8th December in Eglwys Emaus. This is an opportunity to hear candidates for the Arfon constituency. All are welcome!

The Right Reverend Andy John, Bishop of Bangor, will chair the meeting. Please submit any questions for the candidates, with your name, to cytunbangorhustings@gmail.com by 5pm on 6th December.

Christmas Services http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/christmasServices.20191119.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

Our Sunday School Nativity Service will be on Sunday 15th December at 10:30am. That evening, at 6pm, we will have a (mostly) traditional service of lessons and carols, with several presentation items from a choir assembled especially for the occasion.

On the evening of Sunday 22nd December, at 6pm, there will be an informal service in the rear hall, entitled Music, musings and (maybe) mince pies. This will include some slightly more unusual Christmas carols.

As usual, there will be a short family service on Christmas morning, starting at 10:30am. This year, the offering will be given to Digartref, who provide support and assistance to those affected by homelessness.

Please note that there will be no evening service on Sunday 29th December.

Bible Unzipped http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/bibleUnzipped.20191022.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

Back after a 2 year break, Bible Unzipped is a free, monthly seminar that aims to unpack Scripture in greater depth than can be achieved in a Sunday sermon and to equip those leading in the church with some tools for studying and teaching from the Bible, teaching theology in an accessible way which both challenges and stretches us. It is led by several local ministers, including Peter Cousins, retired Minister of Penrallt.

The meetings usually happen on the third Saturday of the month at Rhos-on-Sea United Reformed Church, from 9:30am to 12pm. There are two sessions each morning, on different subjects, with a break for coffee and cookies between them. The next meeting, the final one of the year, will be on Saturday 16th November.

You are welcome to contact the church office for further information.

Experiencing God http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/experiencingGod.20190301.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

Our Experiencing God course continues, with group sessions in the chapel on the fourth Tuesday evening of the month and the Thursday morning and evening of the same week. Evening sessions start at 7:30pm and morning ones at 10am. Homegroups do not normally meet on the week that the course sessions are taking place. By this stage it is too late to sign up for the current course if you have not already done so, but if you would like more information about it please contact the church office.

The dates of the remaining sessions are due to be:

  • Tuesday 26th / Thursday 28th March
  • Tuesday 23rd / Thursday 25th April
  • Tuesday 28th / Thursday 30th May
  • Tuesday 25th / Thursday 27th June
It is possible that the pattern, or individual dates, may change, so please check back here for dates of future sessions.

Cytûn AGM http://www.penrallt.org/news/archive/cytun.20190129.txt 2020-07-02T00:04:26+02:00

Bangor Cytûn (Bangor Churches Together) are holding their AGM on Wednesday 13th February from 7:30pm at Penrallt.

After a short business meeting in which reports will be heard and officers appointed, there will be a talk from Amy Burrows of Gobaith Môn and Tim Gough of Llandudno Youth For Christ on the subject of developing youth work in schools.

All are welcome.