LATEST NEWS – 17 November 2019:
Yvonne Davies has been in hospital this week and is now home. Spencer Crossman has also been in hospital and is now home. Linda Payne was admitted to hospital last week and has also been discharged.
A service of thanksgiving of the life of Mr Alan Evans will be held at Greenfield next Thursday 21st November at 1.45pm follow by a committal service at Llanelli Crematorium at 3pm..
The Christmas invitations were incorrectly printed and the printer is reprinting this week The two sided invites will be available next Sunday. The Christmas programme is on the church website and Facebook page.
Tomorrow evening in the schoolroom at 7pm there will be a concert with the choir of St John’s Church Gowerton. Tickets are £5 in aid of ‘Bloodwise’ (leaukemea research) and available from Carol
The Mother’s and Daughters choir of the Llanelli Salvation Army are performing in the schoolroom in aid of Parkinsons Llanelli branch on Monday 25th November at 7pm. Tickets £5 to include coffee/tea and biscuits. Available from Mandy Howells (also payable at the door)
Mrs Carol Jones would be glad to hear from anyone who would like to come along to the Pantomime ‘Aladdin’ at Y Ffwrness on Satrday18th January at 2pm. Children of the church go free of charge all others £11.
Annette has received the following from recent Communion and Harvest offerings:
• MAF £400 We really appreciate the kind gift of £400 from Greenfield Baptist Church, which allows us to bring help, hope and healing to those living in remote and isolated areas. Please pass on our thanks to the fellowship. In the waterways of southern Bangladesh lies Bhola Island, with a population of roughly two million. The island is plagued by devastating flooding and its people often have to repair or rebuild their homes. It’s an inhospitable area, lacking the basic necessities of life. In 1991, the charity Co-Operation in Development (Co-ID) began to provide basic education for the children of Bhola Island. It’s leader, Fred Hyde, had been helping in the region for some years and realised that one of the things the local people needed most was the opportunity to obtain an education.Since 1991, the NGO has helped educate more than 100.000 children in local schools. Co-ID team member Professor Olav Muurlink says that the MAF floatplane ‘is literally the only way to fly to Bhola Island which has no landing strip, let alone an airport. MAF’s plane takes us straight from the domestic terminal in Dhaka through to the river off Bhola. The journey saves Co-ID about ten hours of travel time. Thank you for enabling us to bring help in this way.
• Bible Society – £350. Thank you for your gift of £350 from Greenfield and thank you for helping us to provide the Bible across the globe and here at home. Your donation will help provide the Bible to people, families and whole communities who are waiting for it. We believe that when people engage with the Bible, their lives can change, for good, and your gift is an important part of that.
• BMS – Junior Church monthly contribution to Hope Home – Thank you for your gift to the work in Thailand – Hope Home. Without your prayerful support, they would not be able to do the work they do, so on behalf of all of us at BMS World Mission, thank you.
• BMS Family Standing Orders and Birthday Scheme£2500 – Mothers cry tears of joy as they hold their healthy, newborn babies close in Afghanistan. Children with disabilities career around their garden on tricycles in Thailand, laughing their heads off. Uganda are pumping clean water for their families, and Christians in India are preaching the gospel and seeing thousands come to Christ, despite persecution. A man with a life-threatening tumour gets the surgery he desperately needs in Chad. All of this is possible because of the amazing support from churches like yours. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude to your whole church for their generosity.
SUNDAY STUDY SOCIAL:
On the 1st of December we hope to start a weekly Study Social session, for an hour on Sunday afternoons (2:30p.m.-3:30p.m.), for young people aged 11-17 years old. These will be informal sessions where we will study Bible stories and their relevance to the young people today. There will be a time at the end for the young people to socialise with each other, to enjoy each other’s company and discuss anything that has arisen during the session. For more information see Lisa Isaac
Testimonies of Lynda, Howard and Tom
I have been a Christian all my life. I was brought up in a Christian home and attended St Catherine’s Church Gorseinon where I was confirmed and a Sunday school teacher for many years. My faith wavered later in my life due to a time of great sadness in my life and did not attend for many years. It was six years ago that I started to attending Greenfield with Mike who had been coming to Greenfield for a year or so before . We have been greatly blessed in the services of worship and the friendship of so many in the church. I have also recently started attending on Tuesday mornings and have made even more friends! I have found my faith re-kindled and my walk with God to be now on a much firmer footing. I became a member of Greenfield some years ago on profession of faith and from that time I have always felt the leading of God to be baptised. I have spoken to David many times over the years about being baptised and I feel that now the time is right to fulfil my profession by following Jesus through the waters of baptism.
I must admit that my journey of faith has been varied to say the least. I have always believed in God, but for most of that time I was indifferent to the claims of Jesus. My wife Linzi has been a Christian for many years and was baptised at Elkington Road Baptist Church in 2004, and I would often ask her questions about the Bible when we were courting, as I did have a hunger to know more. I saw an ‘Alpha’ course advertised at Mumbles Baptist Church in Swansea and so we took the course together and I found this to be of great help especially in strengthening my faith. The people of Mumbles were so very welcoming and supportive of us both, but work commitments and the distance proved difficult for us to keep going there.
We came to Greenfield because it’s nearer to our home and we felt led here. We have attended special services such as the carols by candlelight at Greenfield for a few years in a row, and we greatly appreciated the warmth of welcome we received from everyone – so much so that we decided to make a commitment to attend more regularly. We have now been attending services at Greenfield since January this year and it has been good to share in worship and the fellowship of the church family in different ways. I have recently joined the church choir and enjoy coming on Thursday evenings to spend time amongst friends – it has also boosted my confidence. I have helped out at the ‘Soup Station’ too, and we have made so many friends and encountered nothing but support during the time we have been here, and for that we are very grateful – it’s great to feel part of the Greenfield family.
This year has been a challenging one, and I have had my eyes opened to the truth of the Gospel. What I learned from the Alpha course came to life to me in a very real way as I heard the word of God preached, and my personal relationship with Jesus continues to go from strength to strength. I have now come to faith in Jesus and trust him in all ways. That’s why I’m being baptised today. I appreciated the support and help of David and of Steve Tucker who have been instrumental in helping and supporting me in coming to this decision.
I have had faith in Jesus for many years. I began to realise that Jesus was special while at school and involved in an Easter art project which depicted the three crosses. I wanted to know more of him and so began what has been a life long quest. During that time I have often crossed the boundaries of looking at different faiths and the various sects that I soon realised were not been true to Biblical teachings. I looked at various philosophies which left me even more unsure of where I was actually going. I then began attending church and have come to Greenfield many times over the years. I have not been able to attended as frequently as I would have liked due to my shift work patterns which means I more often than not have to work most weekends. When I attended some weeks ago I read in the church Newsletter of a Baptismal service which was to be held in November. I have come along to the Bible studies and I have come now to a faith in Jesus that is certain and assures me of salvation and of the heaven to come. I was spiritual lost but Jesus spoke of the Shepherd who left the 99 sheep and came to search for the lost sheep. That was me! – I have come home. Thanks for the welcome and to my new friends in Christ. I am grateful.