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Best Laid Plans…

Best Laid Plans…

So I'm sure by now you will have heard. It is officially official - the much-feared, but much-rumoured "fire-breaker lockdown" will come into effect as on 6pm on this coming Friday (23rd Oct). After a whole weekend of meetings, Mark Drakeford emerged at 12:15pm on...

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The Dress Rehearsal

The Dress Rehearsal

Behind the scenes at Bethel right now, is a real flurry of activity. Don't get me wrong, we're all masked-up, hands-washed and socially-distanced... but we've been busy none the less. As you're all hopefully now aware, (if not, you can read our latest letter here:...

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Signing His Wonders…

Signing His Wonders…

As churches, we're all aware right now of the things that we can't do... but I wonder if that might open up fresh ideas about what we could possibly do instead. A while back, I heard of someone leading prayers online by encouraging everyone to use some simple phrases...

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Things I wish I’d done 200 times now

Things I wish I’d done 200 times now

Believe it or not, last Friday (the 9th of October) marked Day 200 since the announcement of official UK lockdown(!)... For some of us, that may well come as a surprise, while others of us are probably feeling like it's seems a lot longer even than that! Either way,...

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Armed and ready?

Armed and ready?

There have been three or four headlines that have caught my attention from across the world over the past few weeks... In amongst all the other "big" stories vying for our attention, was the amazing announcement from the Wycliffe Bible Translators that the Bible had...

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Trusting Vs Testing…

Trusting Vs Testing…

For worshippers all over the world, hearing that the religious groups are not allowed to meet for public services was always going to cause a huge range of reactions. For one pastor in Virginia, his response was clear - he publicly vowed that he would never stop...

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Who’s going to save us now?

Who’s going to save us now?

It's been another strange week in Coronaville... And no, I'm not referring to the news that not even James Bond can escape the effects of the global pandemic, or that even Batman has fallen prey to this invisible enemy... but now Donald Trump, the leader of the free...

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Surrounded…

Surrounded…

Well... it's official, as the boyband Blue prophesied back in 2002, as of 6pm last night they've "got the city on lockdown!". Cardiff is the latest Welsh borough to get caught in the rapidly spreading lockdown net taking the percentage up to nearly 60% of Wales living...

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Coronavirus… get me out of here!!!

Coronavirus… get me out of here!!!

Love it or hate it, the "reality" TV show - "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here!" has announced that it is planning to go ahead this autumn despite current travel restrictions. Since they couldn't take the latest group of celebrities to an unfriendly and dangerous...

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