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    Everyone is welcome to join in the activities of Castleton Baptist Church.

   We are a Fairtrade Church.



 BMS
The Church prayerfully supports the work of the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS.) Our link missionaries are Ian and Cynthia Chadwell currently in Katmandu, Nepal. They keep the church informed of their work by regular newsletters, e mails, and visits when on furlough. The use of monthly envelopes, the Birthday Scheme, and the donation of used stamps raises money for the BMS. Our Harvest appeal also supports missionary work through Operation Agri which is part of the Baptist Men's Movement. Our Christmas appeal supports the work of Tearfund.

Care and Share

As the name suggests the ladies meet for fellowship and for caring for one another, the community and the world at large. They enjoy a varied programme meeting  with either a guest speaker or an 'in house' time of fellowship.
 
Chat and Craft
 A time of fellowship and craft e.g. knitting, crochet and card making, is enjoyed on alternate Monday mornings from 10.00 - 12 noon. Items made are sold at the annual Village fete with monies raised being donated to charity.


 Coffee Club 
A 'pop-in' time of fellowship for all ages with coffee/tea and light refreshments from 10.00a.m. - 12.00pm. on alternate Monday mornings.

Home Mission
Home Mission raises money, amongst other things, for smaller churches,who cannot otherwise support a Minister, to have leadership.
All members of our Fellowship are encouraged to have a home mission collection box for individual giving. This money is forwarded twice yearly to continue the work
. Christmas greetings in the Gateway Matters Magazine also raise money for Home Mission as does the annual Christmas Bazaar.


House Groups
There are several Housegroups....Wednesday afternoon and evening, Thursday evening,  Monday afternoon (monthly). 
A really good time of fellowship takes place at these fortnightly meetings, as well as much insight into the Scriptures and how they relate to us in our daily lives. These  groups are open to all.                

Junior Church and Sunday School
Children and young people are very welcome to our Sunday morning services; we have Sunday School for children up to 11years old, and our Junior Church for young people aged between 11 and 16. Generally both groups attend the first part of the morning service and then leave for their own activities. We would be very happy if you could join us as a family but you can also leave your children and young people in our care.
Our aim at Sunday School is to teach the Bible and Christian values in a fun way which will enthuse the children and encourage them to find out more. Our groups are small and this allows us to treat each child individually. In the Junior Church the young people will have their own discussions, where they seek to explore the meaning and relevance of Biblical stories and events to their lives. In addition to the Sunday morning groups our two high points of the year are the Christmas Nativity and our Summer Prizegiving. On both occassions the children and young people are in charge of the morning service and everyone is given an opportunity to take part.

Jigsaw and Monsoon
All children from 4 -10 years of age are welcome at Jigsaw on Wednesday evenings. 
The hour is Bible based and includes singing, Bible stories, games and craft
activities. All children in the area are encouraged to share a fun time together.
 
An older group ..Monsoon.. meet as arranged on a Friday evening - see
Gateway Matters for times etc.

Ladies Fellowship 
For those ladies who find an afternoon get together more convenient the
Ladies Fellowship meets every other Tuesday afternoon at 2.30p.m...... 
and has done so for the past 75+ years!
The ladies enjoy fellowship together, and have an interesting and varied
programme of
speakers and events. Local charities are supported, as is the Sailor's Society with woolly hats and Christmas parcels being donated for the seafarers in Cardiff and other South Wales ports.
 
Luncheon Club. 
A monthly 'get together' for our church and the community where God's love is shown in a practical and loving way. Everyone is very welcome.

Men's Breakfast
An 8.30a.m. start for all the men - a time of fellowship is enjoyed several times during the year with breakfast and guest speakers. A warm welcome to men of all ages.

Mingles
Mingles is an informal group for ladies, designed to establish and develop friendships. It is also a good place to meet people who may be new to the area or to our church. The evening is very relaxed with a lot of chat and good food. Mingles meets about every six weeks (except in the summer) in various homes and a warm welcome is guarenteed.

 Nursing Home Service.
This is held at Pentwyn Nursing Home on the 3rd Sunday afternoon of
each month at 2.30p.m.
Everyone welcome to a short time of fellowship with the residents.

 Prayer
It goes without saying that prayer is one of the most important activities in the life of any church. One hymn writer described prayer as 'the Christian's native air' - it is vital for our spiritual life and growth.
Consequently prayer takes place in many ways and in many places. We have a church prayer meeting every other Thursday (alternating with Housegroups, which are also important places for prayer.) Other prayer groups meet on Tuesday mornings;Wednesday mornings; and at a monthly prayer breakfast in local homes at 7.30a.m.  when breakfast is followed by an hour of prayer for matters of concern within the Fellowship, the Community, our country and the world at large - a good way to start the weekend. As a Fellowship we have committed ourselves to a time of individual prayer at 6.00p.m. every Tuesday evening. At the beginning of each year we have an extended prayer evening where we bring many needs to God - individual, local, national and international needs. Prayer is vital to the life and work of our church.
We also have a group, who, on a confidential basis, will pray for individuals with specific needs or problems, and a prayer box has been installed in the local village stores where people can post their prayer requests.
 
 
                 For further information on any group meeting  -
                please contact  our 'Calendar' page.