The method God chose to communicate his truth to men in our time was through people reading the Bible and then explaining it. At New Road, we believe the Bible is truly the word of God, and we consider the preaching of it to be at the core of our worship.
Supplementing the preaching of God's word is the time of group study that we have. Still centred around the Bible, this meeting is more informal. We sit around a table, and everyone can offer their thoughts or ask questions, with the pastor leading the meeting.
As well as listening to God through what he has revealed in the Bible, we also talk to him through prayer, and He loves the whole congregation to come together for that purpose. Therefore once a week we meet in order to pray. We thank God for the blessings he gives, and we ask him to help us live more like Jesus and lead others to him.
Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh
Breaking of bread
This act of remembrance has also been known as "The Lord's Table", "The Lord's Supper" and "Holy Communion". In obedience to Jesus, we remember his sacrificial death, in the way he instructed us to. We "tear and share" a loaf of bread, which is a visual representation of his body that he offered up. We also drink wine, this typifying the blood he spilled in dying for his people.
It is a fundamental duty of all Christians to be a witness for Jesus--that is, to "give evidence" to others about why you believe on him. At New Road, we attempt to reach our local community with God's truth in different ways, such as handing out leaflets, posting material through letterboxes, sharing the gospel with people face to face and even using social media.
Some people have a particular burden to get the gospel out to people in other countries, and the British Isles has a long history of sending missionaries around the globe. As a church, we support several such groups. They send representatives to update us on their activities, and we then support them through more focused prayer and, as we are able, by donations.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord
The pastor is involved in taking the gospel into local prisons, and the church supports this in prayer. Working with prison ministries such as Daylight, meetings are run and Bible studies held. Although we still believe in punishment for crime being essential to a properly functioning society, we also acknowledge that criminals are no less in need of the gospel than anyone else. We also maintain that they are no more in need of it. All people have sinned and need salvation.
Our pastor is involved with youth work, in particular through the Evangelical Movement of Wales Youth Camps. The church supports this endeavour in prayer, a work that involves ministering to young people each summer. The camps include lots of activities but each day is centred around God's word, and many young people have come to know Jesus as their saviour through these efforts.
It isn't uncommon these days to find very small congregations using very old buildings. Being old, they require more maintenance, and ours is well over 100 years old. During the week, a couple of people carry out small repairs and cleaning. We need many thousands of pounds, but the income from such a small congregation isn't enough. We therefore carry on, knowing that if the Lord wants us here, he will provide what's needed--in every way.