"Blessing and honour, glory
and power be unto the ancient of days.."
"He is the Lord, and he
reigns on high - he is the Lord.."
"Be thou my vision, O Lord
of my heart..."
"I will offer up my life
in spirit and truth, pouring out the oil of love as my worship
"Sound the trumpet, strike
the drum, see the King of Glory come.."
"I will worship, with all
of my heart. I will praise you with all of my strength.."
"When the music fades, all is stripped away and
I simply come, longing just to bring something that's of worth
that will bless your heart"
"Who sees it all, before whose gaze is darkest
night bright as the day..."
Come, now is the time to
Question: What have well-known speakers such
as Gerald Coates, David Pawson, David Bracewell, Stuart Bell,
Peter Johnson, writer Gordon Bailey and TV Commentator
Gerald Williams got in common?
Answer: They've all spoken within the last twelve months
at the SixThirty fellowship which meets in St Johns Church, Priory
St. Carmarthen, South Wales every Sunday at 6-30 pm.
And why? Because they are excited about what
God is doing within our town!
Born as a result of a shared
vision of what God wants to do in Carmarthen, and leap-frogging
all the boundaries of denomination, the SixThirty has grown into
a worshipping fellowship where Christians from as diverse a background
as Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Baptist and Pentecostal can
meet together with a common aim - of offering worship to a
God who wants to meet needs within hearts and within this town.
The SixThirty is an ecumenical
fellowship of Christians belonging to many Churches and Chapels
within Carmarthen, surrounding villages and towns. It provides
an opportunity for all who love the Lord to gather together and
experience the freedom of worshipping a God who transcends all
There are many who can testify
to the wonderful blessings that they have experienced through
their involvement with the SixThirty. Gifts of music, preaching
and Ministry have been sown, nurtured and blossomed.
The SixThirty is not a large
fellowship - regular numbers vary between 25 - 50 of all ages,
although this obviously rises when a well-known speaker is present.
It is a warm and welcoming place for all who want to share worship
We are not a Church. There is
no membership as such. In fact we encourage those who belong
to other Churches and Chapels in the town to take back something
of what they have experienced to their home Church, that the
blessings that we have known might spread throughout the town.
When asked how the SixThirty
came into being, Gerald Williams replied:
"All 26 years of my Christian
life have been spent in charismatic/evangelical churches, but
when I returned to my family roots to live near Carmarthen I
could find nowhere in the centre of this significant town where
I could worship, and be taught, in the manner I had known and
More frustrating still, I sensed that I was not alone in this:
that there was a need for this expression of the church in the
After four years of waiting on the Lord about this, and taking
advice from leaders I respect, I thought the Lord might be saying
to me:"Well, do something about it."
So I looked up the Archbishop of Wales' phone number in the book
and rang him. His secretary, at first understandably sceptical,
advised me to phone him on the Thursday of the following week.
On the Monday of that eventful week, out of the blue, I had a
phone call from Rev Leigh Richardson, then a curate at the civic
church, St Peters. We had hardly spoken before, perhaps a perfunctory
word in the high street.
He wanted to talk to me about his concern for the spiritual state
of the town!!!
We met immediately at his house. I expressed my personal need
for a service where the complete gift of the Holy Spirit, and
the full range of His gifts and ministries, would be taught and
The very next day, on his own,Leigh was filled to overflowing
with this same Holy Spirit!
If we were to proceed, we would need somewhere to meet and test
the need. We didn't want to start a new church: we wanted merely
a weekly service in, ideally, an existing church. The next day,
Canon Randolph Thomas offered us the use on Sunday evenings of
St Peter's daughter church, St John's, in Priory St.
These four days were an extraordinary kairos time. Leigh and
I were reeling.
When I phoned the Archbishop on the Thursday - a man I knew only
by growing reputation - instead of wanted to know what he was
going to do about our town,I was able to tell Him what the Lord
Gently, he listened: and then he affirmed the work.
"The Six Thirty" was about to be born - of the Spirit."
An opportunity to explore the meaning of life
The Alpha course caters for people interested in investigating
Christianity, newcomers to the Church, new Christians, couples
preparing for marriage, those who wish to brush up on the basics.
To coincide with this Initiative there is an ITV Series
starting on the 29th July. The series, presented by Sir David
Frost, follows one small group all the way through their Alpha
Course at Holy Trinity Brompton.
We are going to start an ecumenical Alpha-Course at The
Church Hall at Christchurch, Lammas Street, Carmarthen, commencing
on Wednesday the 26th September 2001. The Course will be run
in a relaxed and non-threatening environment. It is low-key,
friendly and fun. The Course will begin with an Alpha Supper
commencing at 7p.m on the 26th September, followed by a Video
- 'Christianity: Boring, Untrue and Irrelevant and the evening
will end at 9.45p.m. Thereafter the Course will run on a Wednesday
evening at the same time starting with supper. The videos, which
we will be using, are all in English and feature talks by the
Rev.Nicky Gumbel. At the end of each video there will be discussion
groups when everyone has the opportunity to say what they want
and to ask questions.
In the middle of the Course we will organise a Saturday
probably November 10th, 2001, when we shall all go for the day
to a chosen venue to view the Holy Spirit Videos, discussion
and reflection. This is a key part of the Course, so please mark
the date in your diary now.
It will help us to prepare properly if we know the approximate
numbers coming, so please encourage people to fill in the relevant
section at the end of this letter and send it to me. But if someone
decides late that they wish to come, they will off course be
Details of the Programme are listed below.
26 September : Alpha Supper followed
by Christianity, Boring, Untrue and Irrelevant?
03 October : Who is Jesus?
10 October : Why did Jesus die?
17 October : How can I be sure of my faith?
24 October : Why and how should I read the Bible?
31 October : Why and how do I pray?
07 November : How does God lead us?
10 November : The Holy Spirit, who he is, what he does and how
he can come to me.
14 November : How can I resist evil?
21 November : Why and how should we tell others?
28 November : How does God heal today?
05 December : What about the Church?
12 December : How can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?