Sunday, 29 November 2015

Holy Land visit

A group of nine people including 6 from Western Way Chapel, visited Israel early in November. On arrival we stayed overnight in Tel Aviv. The next day we traveled to Galilee and stayed in Tiberias for five nights. We visited many sites around the Sea of Galilee, including a Kibutz where there is a 2,000 year old boat, and also had a boat trip across the lake which was lovely. Nazareth and Cana were places we visited to.

When it was time to leave for our four night stay in Jerusalem, we went to Bethlehem on our way to the city. Next on our list of things to do was to walk through the old city of Jerusalem and to visit the Wailing Wall. Other places we went to were the Israeli Museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are and there is a model of what Jerusalem would have been like back in the time of Jesus. Some of us had the experience of floating on the Dead Sea after visiting Qumran and Masada. a good time was had by all.

Rev Pat Phillips. November 2015

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Western Way Chapel now on Apple iTunes

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Martin Erwin at Share Lunch

Counties Evangelist Martin Erwin was the guest speaker at our Share Lunch recently and spoke about his work out and about in the County of Herefordshire. See our website to hear Martin's message.

Martin created the popular Dying to Meet You resource, a DVD pack which encourages churches to reach out to their communities through local mission. He also leads Challenge Community Church and provides pastoral care and teaching to local churches, as well as outreach at agricultural shows and youth events.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Anniversary Tea

Sunday 1st November 2015 saw the Chapel's annual Anniversary Tea, Ruth Newman was helped by the ladies to arrange the generous amount of food bought in and around 30 people arrived to share the food.

Vic Newman gave an update on the Chapel's events from the last 12 months with a photo show, the hymn singing was accompanied by John Frith on the piano and the epilogue was given by a good friend of the Chapel, Chris Over.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

90th Birthday celebration at Western Way Chapel

On 7th October Mabel McCulloch celebrated her 90th birthday anniversary at the chapel. Mabel invited her relatives and friends, some of whom had known her at school and in the Land Army. Everyone enjoyed the buffet meal and the time spent reminiscing.

Many Happy Returns Mabel!

‘What the Bible Teaches.’

Our next series of Bible Studies at the chapel begin on Tuesday 13th at 7.30pm at Western Way Chapel, e are going back to basics in a series called, ‘What the Bible Teaches.’

Mike Hencher will set the scene for the whole series using a presentation about the origins and the history of the Bible.

This is open to anyone who would like to do a “refresher course” about the Christian Faith. If your children are asking questions you are struggling to answer, maybe it’s time to brush up your knowledge. You'll be made very welcome if you'd like to join us as we review our understanding of the Bible. 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Pilgrims Summer Camp 2015

Six of our children from the Pilgrims group have just returned from a camp at the Tom Roberts Adventure Centre in Malswick.  They enjoyed brilliant weather for all but the last couple of hours.  The pedal Go-Karts were used for the first time and were a great success.

Other Pilgrim “graduates” are now on the Teens camp that carried straight on from TRAC Juniors.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Pilgrims BBQ

The Western Way Pilgrims group held their summer BBQ recently at the TRAC Centre in Malswick. The group were able to play on the new TRAC Centre assault course and then enjoy a BBQ cooked by Peter Newman. Afterwards, John Frith provided a selection of instruments for the group to play along with some choruses. Pilgrims starts again in September.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

John Frith, Western Way Chapel

John Frith

Western Way Chapel is pleased to announce John Frith has been asked to join the Chapel Leaders. John and his wife, Pam have been active in the Chapel for a while now and their music talents are greatly appreciated.

John has supplied his 'bio' below for those who've not had the chance to meet him yet.

John Frith grew up in Portsmouth and Newbury and developed a passion for music which was nurtured through singing with Anglican Church choirs and by playing the clarinet and the cornet in school bands during the 1960’s.

John then began his professional training as a French horn player and composer at Dartington College of Arts south Devon. He continued his musical education at the Guildhall School of Music, studying with Anthony Halstead (horn) and Edmund Rubbra (composition), winning the Brass and School Composition prizes in 1970 and 1971. Here he met Pamela (studying oboe) and they were married in 1971.

After a short career in orchestral horn playing John concentrated on writing music, teaching brass, conducting choir’s orchestras and bands at Abingdon School and later for Northampton Music Schools. By now composing had become an absorbing hobby as the need to earn money in order to support his wife Pam and their first daughter Tessa (1975) took president.

A bible-based American Church of Christ (not latter-day saints) campaign in Northampton targeted John and Pam’s district of Far Cotton in the Spring of 1980 resulting in their new life in Jesus which came about through the study of God’s word followed by confession and believer’s baptism, which took place in a fridge-freezer (no ice - only water) located in a hotel room in central Northampton….heady days!

Teaching in Oundle School (Nr. Peterborough) was followed by a move to beautiful Worcestershire which had captivated the couple since their first ‘Elgar pilgrimage’ (1978) which, subsequently, became an annual event up until they moved into their own home in Barnard’s Green, Great Malvern (1988).

During this period the Frith family became actively involved in Christian work in Malvern and Tessa was baptised in 1990. Their daughter Lydia was born in the same year as the direct result of God’s divine intervention. Pam had been unable to conceive for 15 years due to ‘endometriosis. She received a wonderful healing at a Christian meeting of the Zoe Faith Church where we were members. Ten years later the family relocated to Ledbury finding good fellowship at the Apostolic Church. Following the closure of the church they joined Ledbury Baptist Church where John became a deacon and Pam ran the ladies prayer group and both were involved in the church music group.

In 2001 John co-wrote a ‘Passion Play’ for Ledbury community Arts which was performed by approximately 200 singers, actors and instrumentalists for 3 nights in the parish church of St. Michael and all angels. In 2006 came the sequel -‘It’s a Mystery!’ - a mystery play involving even more local Christians and friends from the community which ran for 5 nights to full houses and is still spoken of in the community. The whole family got involved: Pam and Tessa played in the orchestra; Lydia acted and John conducted.

From 2006 -14 John provided the music at Newent Christian Fellowship. It was during this time that Pam studied for her Fine Art degree at Hereford Art College; Lydia was stricken with Anorexia nervosa and Tessa, having gained a music degree, developed bipolar disorder….not the best period for the Frith household!

Now at Western Way Chapel they are happy to report that both daughters are doing much better and able to get on with their lives thank the Lord. Both John and Pam are keen to see souls won for Jesus and to be involved in all the church’s activities which include youth work and playing piano for the worship services.

Until his retirement in December 2007, John worked for Worcestershire Youth Music, as brass teacher and ‘composer in residence’ in county primary schools, developing creative music projects with young children. He continues to compose and now has 57 published pieces with 6 different music publishers including the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.

The Frith Family

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Garden Share Lunch

Share Lunch in Kempley
Thursday 2nd July 2015 saw our  annual Garden Share Lunch hosted by Vic and Ruth Newman in Kempley and, after the heat of the previous day the conditions were perfect to eat outside. Around 24 people attended to share lunch and afterwards listen to the guest speaker Robbie Hall.

Robbie Hall was the speaker
Vic shared the good news of his 'all clear' from his consultant and thanks all those that prayed for and supported him at this difficult time.

Vic Newman

Thursday, 11 June 2015


Our Pilgrims group, who meet at 6.30pm on Monday's now have some new goals - next stop Manchester United!

Bible Study @ Western Way Chapel

Our Bible studies, every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, are going really well. We watch a short discussion starter about John's Gospel, then it's open for anyone to ask questions, make comments or just sit and listen.

This is a great way of finding out more about the Bible. We start at 7:30pm and if you would like to join us you will be made very welcome.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson once entered into his diary, as if he was recording something amazing, "I have been to Church today, and am not depressed."

You'll find a very warm welcome at Western Way Chapel and you will leave uplifted, maybe even inspired!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter Report

On Good Friday Newent and Area Churches did their Walk of Witness through the town. Firstly gathering for coffee and hot cross buns at the Roman Catholic Church on Ross Road. They then followed a large wooden cross being carried in front of the procession. At Glebe Chapel, the Health Centre, the United Reformed Church, the Market Square, and then St. Mary's Church they stopped. At each stopping place a song was sung, a reading from Scripture, prayer, and a reflection was given.

On Easter Day there was a Sunrise Service on May Hill, also organised by Newent and Area Churches. About fifty people gathered on top of the hill at 6am to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. During their time together an Easter firework blazed off into the sky. At the end of the service yellow helium balloons were released as the words Christ is risen, He is risen indeed were said. Then everyone shared the words of the Grace together, after which Easter eggs were shared.

Pat Phillips (Rev)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Cornerstone Christian Adoption and fostering Agency

Now available on the Western Way Chapel website, a challenging and inspiring talk by Jean Hasnip on the work of the UK's only Christian Adoption and Fostering Agency.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

50th Anniversary

The Share Lunch members at Western Way Chapel presented Mike Hencher and Janet his wife, a pair of rose bushes and card signed by all, on the celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Monday, 16 March 2015

The Gideons International

On Sunday 15th March 2015, John Cox from The Gideons International gave an update on the work of the Gideons in Gloucestershire to the congregation at Western Way Chapel. The talk is available on the Chapel website here - Western Way Chapel website.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Mike Curtis at Western Way Chapel Share Lunch

The share Lunch today was well attended, Mike Curtis (pictured) of the Gloucester City Mission recounted the work of the Mission over Christmas 2014 and introduced his 'replacement' Dave Kinghorn. Dave joined Gloucester City Mission in November 2014 and was a founder of Project Beacon, he has been working with our street friends in some form for almost 10 years now and takes over as Manager when Mike steps down later this year.

Mike Curtis also told us that one of the homeless people they had contacted was given a copy of the Missing Peace in Polish.  The man was so moved to see something in his own language, he wept when he read it,  Mike explained the gospel to him and he trusted Christ! A new batch of booklets in Polish are being printed and they are always available for download on the Missing Peace website in several languages.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Wes Ross, Hope Church, Lenox, MA

Wes Ross, Associate Minister of Worship and Music at Hope Church, Lenox, MA, a good friend of Western Way Chapel and a personal friend of Mike Hencher has recently sent an email of support for Vic Newman, the work of Western Way Chapel and an update on his own cancer battle:

Wes writes:
"That is wonderful news about Vic - we have been praying for him every day. We also pray for the work at Dymock and the camp, too. As to my own illness, the final diagnosis of the cancer is 'smouldering myeloma' which will not need any treatment unless it worsens to become multiple myeloma which was the original thinking. Actually, I have never really felt poorly throughout this entire ordeal. The only way that I know that I have cancer is because the blood tests and biopsies confirm it - not because of any feeling of weakness or illness - Praise The Lord!"

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Vic Newman update

As most of you know, Vic Newman has been ill recently, Vic has been back to see his surgeon who is pleased with how the operation went and is now not planning any further treatment, Vic will have a further checkup in 6 months time.

Vic is now home and resting, Ruth is making sure he doesn’t overdo it!

Vic and the family wish to thank all those for their prayers and messages of support over the past few very difficult weeks.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Share Lunch with Andrex Cox

Our Share Lunch this Thursday 15th January 2015 will include a talk from Andrew Cox on his visit to Prem Sewa hospital in India where he trained a team in Palliative Care over a 6 week period.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Billy Graham

Nobody in history has preached to more people than Billy Graham.  It may be that you have never heard him.  This Friday is your chance to see him in the presentation The Cross. 
Join us at the chapel at 7:30 for some New Year Nibbles and this amazing DVD.