Prayer Focus
 

Praying for churches across the South Wales Baptist Association

Prayer Focus 42 Cwmmera Baptist Church, Llanvetherine

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Cwmmera Baptist Church is to be found on the Old Ross Road in Llanvetherine, near Abergavenny. 

Llanvetherine is also near Whitecastle, one of three important border castles built by the Marcher Lords after the Norman invasion, to control this sector of the Welsh Marches.

Offa's Dyke long distance footpath passes through the village, which is a very rural location, but has some camping and caravanning sites in the vicinity. 

The church has a small congregation made up of mostly older people. They are always glad to welcome visitors. 

Give thanks for a recent visit from a Cardiff Baptist College student to lead the worship - the church were delighted to share fellowship and hear from God's word together.

Please pray that others from the village would join them, especially some younger families.

They send a warm invitation to their Sankey evening on 13th June at 7pm, and best wishes to all in the South Wales Baptist Association.

Prayer Focus 41 Belmont Tremorfa Family Church 

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We are a church in the heart of Tremorfa, an estate in Cardiff. We are a family of people from all ages (0-101) and from diverse backgrounds.  
 
We are called to embrace our name as a 'family church' by being a loving community for those within and outside the church. We have a heart for the lonely, lost and least and want to share the good news of Jesus in word and in deed through the power of the Spirit. 
 
We are currently led by a team of 3 elders (Ken Bell, Geraint Probert & Matt Nicholas), with support from deacons and ministry leaders. We are blessed to have Matt as our Youth and Community Pastor who is employed full time by the church. We also have many dedicated members who serve the church and the people of Tremorfa with faithfulness and love. 
 
We are grateful to God that he has been growing our church family, especially amongst children. God has been sending us these children and we pray that whole families would come to know the Lord and become a part of our church family. What a privilege it is to share Jesus with these little ones and their families. 
 
To give you a flavour, regular ministries include: 

  • Girls' Brigade and Boys' Brigade. The girls have recently celebrated their 40th anniversary!

  • A toddler group connecting with local parents; 

  • A bible-based youth session that reaches local unchurched young people; 

  • Summer Holiday Bible Club; 

  • Men and women's groups; 

  • Prayer ministry, including a monthly whole-church prayer meeting 

  • Weekly chaplaincy in a local High school and regular assemblies in a local primary school

 

We are entering a season of desperate prayer for God to break through and provide for his kingdom to take root and flourish in Tremorfa. As we reach the end of ourselves, he has shown us that Christ is enough. 


Please give thanks for: 

  • Baptisms: 2 people baptised on Easter Sunday, as we celebrated the risen Jesus. It was a wonderful occasion hearing stories of lives changed by God. 

  • God's faithfulness to us. We have had difficult seasons, but we are seeing God move amongst his people and in our area of Tremorfa. We take the opposition we encounter as encouragement that we are doing something right! 

  • Growth: in numbers and in loving community. 

Please pray for: 

  • Workers for the harvest field: As we see the church grow, we ask that the Lord of the harvest call more people to serve shoulder to shoulder with us for the Gospel. 

  • Partnerships for the Gospel: the blessing of unity for the churches of our area, our city and beyond, with spiritual and practical support. 

  • Finance: we are not called to self-sufficiency, but to God-sufficiency. The Lord will provide for all our needs as we seek, in faith, to advance the light and life of the Gospel of Jesus the King. 

  • Power: an increase in spiritual gifting, boldness and breakthrough. 


Thank you and be blessed in the name of Jesus. Peace, grace and love from your brothers and sisters at Belmont Tremorfa Family Church.

Prayer Focus 40 Ararat Baptist Church, Cardiff

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Ararat Baptist Church is in the large village of Whitchurch, to the north of Cardiff.

The church family is made up of a good range of ages, from young families and children to more elderly people. Some live in Whitchurch itself and have attended the church for a long time, others travel in or have only recently arrived in the Cardiff area.

Gethin Russell-Jones is the minister and has been at the church since 2018. Rachel Powell is the children and families worker in the church.

The church has many  spaces into which the community are invited throughout the week. In 2018 the Ark Community Cafe was opened which offers hospitality and friendship to hundreds of local people every day of the week. This is the site of a Renew Wellbeing cafe where 'It's Ok not to be OK' . Many local groups use the facilities in the Ark on their way to health, hobby and craft groups in other parts of the church building.

Story telling sessions are held here, where local people can explore life and faith through shared stories, songs and creativity. The recently launched 'Common Men' and 'Common Ground' groups share faith and activities together.

Parent and toddler groups are very busy, along with a thriving Messy Church programme, Brigades and holiday clubs.

Older folk are invited to a midweek meal preceded by a short message and time of worship.

The church is seeking to reach out into the community in many different ways, and give a warm welcome to all, whoever they are and wherever they come from.

Please give thanks for

  • A healthy children's ministry at the centre of the church, where children and young families feel welcome and can grow in faith

  • The Ark, which gives space and hospitality to so many throughout the week


Please pray for

  • Conversations around the use of 'the sanctuary' and how it can become more accessible for worship and prayer for a wider group of people

  • The development of a ministry for youth and young adults

Prayer Focus 39 Ainon Baptist Church, Cardiff

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Ainon Baptist Church is located in the village of Tongwynlais, on the northern edge of Cardiff. Tongwynlais is close to the old villages of Whitchurch, Rhiwbina, Radyr, Morganstown and Gwaelod y Garth, which all form part of the wider North Cardiff area.  

The Church attracts around 80 people on a Sunday, with a balance of ages and mix of families and our Sunday and mid-week ministries reflect this diverse age range.  

Our minister, Phillip Lloyd, has been here since July 2019. In 2021, in pursuing God’s call on the Church, we embarked upon a building project to extend and refurbish the building, giving us more space and better facilities to engage with our community. After meeting on Sundays in the local village hall for nine months, we finally re-opened the building in February 2022.  

Our vision is to impact our community, declaring the gospel in word and deed, speaking about Jesus and showing what He is like. Our heart is to be an ‘inside out’ church, or a ‘church without walls’, removing barriers so that broken people can be made new and whole again through the power of the Holy Spirit at work amongst us.  

Currently, our Ainon community hub runs a Foodbank Centre, Lunch Club for Seniors, Parent/Toddler Group, Youth Club, a Wellbeing Session, a Children’s work and in partnership with Cardiff Council, a range of advice and support services accessed in the Church Building throughout the week. 

For Prayer 

  • Give thanks to God for the new building and facilities, enabling us to extend existing and offer new ministries 

  • Give thanks for the impact the outreach and ministries are already having; we see God at work! 

  • Pray for souls to be saved and lives to be transformed, all for the glory and honour of His Name  

  • Pray for wisdom and guidance from the Lord, that we only do what He wants us to do! 

Prayer Focus 38 Ainon Baptist Church, Bryncoch

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Ainon Baptist is located in the heart of Bryncoch, a small village on the outskirts of Neath. It is a relatively affluent area and most of the congregation commute from areas outside the immediate village. The village has two primary schools but is not too far from a large comprehensive and the areas further education college.

Since Covid the Church has looked afresh at what, how and when it does things. This has resulted in the mid-week Bible study remaining online and the decision to hold only a morning service (previously we met in the morning and the evening). This has freed up space and time to move the youth fellowship from a Friday to Sunday evening. 

For Prayer

  • Give thanks for the new youngsters coming on a Sunday evening

  • For the existing links Ainon has with the wider community through its Wednesday night men’s group and the Knitters and Natters outreach activity

  • That the right person would become available to help lead the youth and outreach activities of the Church

  • For those that have found it difficult or have lost the desire to return to Church and other activities following the pandemic 

Prayer Focus 37 - Aenon Baptist Church, Morriston

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Refurbished worship area / new welcome area / new hall

Aenon is situated in Morriston, a bustling town of approx 17,000 people, steeped in industrial history, and is about four miles north of the city of Swansea. The Church premises have recently undergone a huge building transformation, with the demolition of the old hall, and rebuilding with a new fit for purpose hall, kitchen and welcome area, and a refurbishment of the worship area.

 

The Congregation has 37 members, and a number of regular additional attenders . The congregation is mostly female, and the ages range from late teens to much older. We also have some young children who attend regularly, and participate in Sunday School activities.

 

The Minister is Rev Phil Denyer, who was inducted on March 5th this year (2022). The previous minister, Keith Evans, retired from Aenon at the end of January, having served 11 years, and overseeing the new build project.

The Church runs a weekly Toddlers group, and also a weekly Bible study, and from the first Sunday in April will be returning to two services on a Sunday (since the pandemic only morning services have usually been held).

There is a Prayer Station held in the mornings during the week when the building is in use, and this welcomes people passing by to receive prayer, or to come in and reflect, or just enjoy a cup of tea.

 

The premises are also used by outside Community organisations, as well as the Local Indian Church (Pentecostal).

For Prayer

Something to give thanks for:

  • The New building;

  • That the congregation is being blessed in the early stages of a new Pastorate.

  • That people have returned following the pandemic, and they are excited to be worshipping.

 

Something to pray for

  • A number have recently contracted Covid (including the Pastor and his wife Elaine), so please pray that God will bring swift healing and restoration in Jesus’ name;

  • That those who have not yet returned will be encouraged and moved in the Spirit to return;

  • That God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon Morriston and open doors of opportunity for us to bless Him.

Prayer Focus 36 - Mount Zion Baptist Church, Glascoed

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Mount Zion Baptist Chapel is the oldest surviving place of Christian worship in Glascoed, having been built in 1810. The minister here is Rev Bev Morgan who has served Mount Zion and Merchant's Hill Baptist Church in Pontnewynydd for well over 20 years. Derek Crump has been the secretary since 2007.

 

The fellowship meet together for worship at 3pm on Sunday afternoons. They are a small rural congregation of 10+ people, who are always keen to welcome new friends, and be inclusive and accessible. They also hold a monthly coffee morning. Until recently this welcomed  a completely different group of people to those who attended on Sunday,  but they have since seen people from the coffee group coming along to worship too, which has been a great encouragement.

Please give thanks for 

  • New people coming to worship

  • Answered prayers for healing for friends in the fellowship

  • Good relations with the nearby Anglican Church

  • Fun family services once a month

  • The life of a well-loved member, Roger, of 90 years of age, sadly missed

 

Please pray for 

  • The message of new life in Jesus to be clearly shared

  • Health and strength for Bev and Derek as they serve the church

  • Good connections with local people


Glascoed is a village in Monmouthshire. It is 3 miles east of Pontypool and 3 miles west of Usk. It is mostly associated with the former Royal Ordnance Factory, now BAE Systems, Glascoed. This factory provides employment for around 500 people, largely from the local area and produces approximately 80 per cent of the ‘general munitions’ consumed by UK Armed Forces for training and for front line operations.

Prayer Focus 35 - Elkington Road Baptist Church, Burry Port

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We are based in the seaside towns of Burry Port and Pembrey, 5 miles from Llanelli, 12 miles from Carmarthen in West Wales. The growing population of 7000 residents is served by a number of Christian churches going back to the 5th Century. We were established over 120 years ago by the Welsh Baptists.
 
Most of the congregation are over 55 and determined to ensure the future witness in this lovely place. We rely on faithful lay preachers to ensure that the Word of God is preached publicly every Sunday.

A Prayer Group, a Ladies (BWL) group and ‘The Sunbeams’ (7-11yr olds) meet regularly having survived the lockdowns and our monthly ‘Family Services’ involve every group in worshipping and having fun.
 
The Sunbeams group has been serving 7 – 11yr old children for nearly 20 years and a reunion is planned.

For Prayer 

  • The faithfulness of our older prayer warriors that they may continue and be valued.

  • The future plans for young people’s work and linking with our local high school

  • Clarity on the effective use of our Church and Hall

  • That our local streets will be touched by the love of Jesus

  • That our praise and worship will be free and unhindered by the restrictions of age.

Prayer Focus 34 - High Street Baptist Church, Abersychan

High Street Baptist Church, Abersychan was founded in 1827, and has use of a Grade 2 listed building, in well-kept grounds. Abersychan is to the north of Pontypool, in Torfaen.

Mrs Barbara Tucker has been church secretary for over 20 years, and the church does not have a minister.  A small ageing congregation meet together on Thursday afternoons and the 2nd Sunday of the month.

The church gives thanks for support from local preachers who have helped them to be spiritually well-fed, and they are very faithful in prayer for the world, the local community and their fellowship.

They hope to improve disability access to the church with the installation of a ramp in the near future.

 

Please pray

  • Give thanks for faithful service over many years

  • Pray for the future. They would love to see new people with appropriate gifts become leaders in the church

  • Pray for the town of Abersychan - it's comprehensive and primary schools, and the witness of the other Baptist and Methodist churches in the town.