The Church of Tesco

For two years I have had the undeserved privilege of serving our little Valley town. I have met all sorts of people and have invited them to the church.

We have known real blessing over this time. Members have been encouraged by the Word preached and we have witnessed a huge growth in numbers and ministry’s exercised. By God’s Grace Noddfa is once again part of the community!

But for every new face we get through our chapel doors there are hundreds of conversations with people that do not feel like church (as they understand it) is for them.

I can of course understand why they feel like this, it was not so long ago that I would have agreed with them!

1. People are weary of the church, it is thought of as a man-made institution that seeks to make money. 

2. Nobody wants to miss out on a ‘lie in’ to spend a Sunday morning in a big, cold building surrounded by lots of strangers, eager to earn moral brownie points. 

3. People believe church is not child friendly and that the parking is a nightmare. 

4. They have no time for church on a Sunday morning, the in-laws are over for dinner!!!

I of course disagree profoundly with this perception of what church is. But I do accept that this is the view of many in our post-Christian Valley.


The other Sunday morning I was driving to another church down in Chepstow to preach. 

I was surprised to see so much traffic on the road, the queue was much the same as a weekday rush hour. As I crawled through I eventually saw where everyone was going……..the church of Tesco.

I was saddened to see the car park so full on a Sunday morning and wished our church would receive such enthusiasm. I could see families battling for a car parking space all in a mad rush to buy buy buy!

Inside this big grey cold building were hundreds of strangers who gave up a ‘lie-in’ to scramble around for worthless bargains so they can give their hard earned money over to a man-made intuition all in a bid to gain loyalty points. (You can see where I am going with this). 

The people were struggling to find what they “need” under the screams of wild toddlers, it is not a child friendly place. 

I can imagine that they all arrived home stressed and exhausted, regretting how much they had spent. But they will no doubt religiously return next week to go through the same process.

The point I am trying to make is clear, many of the reasons why people in our community do not come to church on a Sunday morning are the very same reasons why they are happy to go to our local Tesco. But what is more frustrating is that their view of church in the first place is way off!

Church is not like a supermarket on a Sunday morning. 

Church is just like visiting your closest family, relations of all ages and backgrounds that come together for an hour to escape from the world, recharge and thank their Father for all He has done for them. 

Church is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners who do not judge anyone who comes through the door, but are keen to welcome newcommers into the family.  

We start at 11am, so you can still have that all important ‘lie in’. All are welcome, there is no dress code (unlike Tesco), you can come in your Sunday best or in your pyjamas! 

We have a Sunday school during the message, so the children are entertained. 

Like Tesco the church is a big building, but it is heated, with comfortable seats and fantastic facilities for all.

The messages given each week will teach you about the profound truths of the Gospel that is far better than any promotional offer. 

By God’s Grace you will know peace with Him and eternal life – and it is all for free! All you have to do is trust that Jesus paid the price for you on the cross (no clubcard points required).

After the service (which takes about an hour), people are welcome to stay for tea and coffee (and of course cake) and turn strangers into family and gain a support network within the community.

After the service you go home refreshed, revived in Spirit and Soul ready to take on the world, or at least battle the inlaws!

We do have a collection plate at the beginning of the service, nothing is expected from non-members, we ask people to give a donation as the Lord allows. 

Our church is totally independent, so the money does not get lost in any hierarchical system, so every penny goes directly into the community through our various ministries. (Including Mothers and Toddlers Groups, Primary School clubs, Youth groups, charity services, family support, working with the poor, sick and elderly).

I understand that we are in are in a “post-christian” nation and that some in our valley have no choice but to work on the Lords day. Sunday may be the only time you can get to the shops, but I plead with you not to miss out on the many benefits of church for the chance of a reduced cabbage in the bargain bin, or a BOGOF offer on Daz.

If you can’t make our Sunday morning service, we understand and we do accommodated for such difficulties (just as they did in Acts) and we run services at different times on different days that maybe more convenient for those who wish to come. To find out more click here – Noddfa . We’d love to welcome you!

New Term and we are Open for Business.

“Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Ezekiel 37:3

The new academic year has begun and after a long summer break our various meetings are now back!!!! We are open for Business!

All are welcome, you do not have to be a Christian to come to any of the below!

Please take just a few minutes to watch our “Year in Picture” at the bottom of the page to see what you missed last year, and hopefully we can welcome you to join in the fun over the coming weeks.

Noddfa’s week.

Sunday

11am- 12:30pm – Morning service and Sunday School

Take a break from the world, recharge your batteries and enjoy time with you maker. We sing hymns, pray and share a message from the Scriptures. The children are taken to Sunday School during the service, to have a story and craft. Tea, coffee and biscuits after the service for us to chat and meet new people.

5pm (when advertised) “Look Up”

A monthly Family Friendly service, where we sing hymns, share a short message followed by a seasonal activity. (Fireworks, Christmas Party, Valentines Craft, seed planting etc).

Monday

6-7pm Monday Club

For Primary School aged children. A story, quizzes, games and refreshments. Prizes at the end of term and special “cinema nights”. Children”Graduate” after six meetings and receive a Bible of their own.

Tuesday

10am- 12 noon Mothers and Toddlers

Pre-school age meeting for the community, includes lots of fun toys to play with, games and activities, refreshments including toast and fresh fruit for the children, a short story (and a good opportunity to catchup with friends and meet new people from the community). We ask for a £1 donation per child to cover some of the cost.

Wednesday

11:30am-12:30pm Prayer meeting

The engine room of the church, where we meet to hear a short message and to share prayer points, concerns and encouragements. We then set aside quiet time to be with God and pray for the work and the community we serve. All are welcome.

Thursday

10am- 12 noon Mothers and Toddlers

Pre-school age meeting for the community, includes lots of fun toys to play with, games and activities, refreshments including toast and fresh fruit for the children, a short story (and a good opportunity to catchup with friends and meet new people from the community). We ask for a £1 donation per child to cover some of the cost.

Coming Soon……

Friday 9am – Clinic, held at local cafe for people that want to chat over a cup of tea in neutral surroundings.

Friday 7:30pm – Youth group (name TBC) – Teenagers welcome, a safe place to discuss topical issues with of course games (we have a pool table), been bags to sit in and refreshments (probably chips….i like chips).

Sunday 5pm – An informal evening service, Bible Study or DVD and discussion.

And a half term Holiday Club!