Thursday, 18 December 2014

The wall comes down!

Our new kitchen expansion is under way, the wall is down and being made good with  new kitchen units going in soon.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Candlelight Carol Service at Western Way Chapel

Our Candlelight Service on Sunday was well attended by local people from Dymock. Vic Newman led the Service, several people from the congregation read the Christmas story from the Bible and the Chapel looked very attractive with a Christmas tree and all the candles.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Western Way Chapel Pilgrims

Monday saw a rehearsal for "A Star is Born" written and directed by local composer John Frith, to be performed by the Pilgrims group at Western Way Chapel, Dymock on Sunday 21st December 2014.


Monday, 1 December 2014

Advent Carol Service





Sunday 30th November was our Advent Carol Service with St Mary's Church Dymock. The Rev Tony Lomas lit the first Candle, Mike Hencher gave the message and the Posada began it's journey round the village of Dymock.


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Glebe Choir at Western Way Chapel

Our 41st Anniversary Service with the Glebe Choir from Newent, video on our website HERE


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Christian Life and Witness Course

The Christian Life and Witness Course helps Christians grasp key biblical principles that form a solid foundation for their faith. Using Scripture to answer common questions, the training team leaders show how to build a victorious Christian life and share the abundance of that life with others. Full details on our website - HERE


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Martin Erwin at Western Way Shared Lunch

At the second of our Autumn lunches we enjoyed our usual soup and lunch which was well attended including 2 visitors from Shropshire. After an enjoyable time we adjourned to the main Chapel to listen to our speaker for the afternoon. Martin Erwin works for Counties Organisation as an evangelist for Herefordshire. He is also Pastor to a church plant in the city of Hereford, now a thriving church community with new premises in Belmont Road.

He enthralled us with his talk about people he had met on his travels, including a distressed woman in need of help and words of comfort on a train journey,  at the Three Counties Christian Witness tent where he was a team leader and lastly, through the Church Community provision of a local office for Christians against Poverty (CAP is a national financial advice service run by Christians). His talk was most interesting, his experiences of God answering prayer and our responsibility to witness and spread the Christian faith was both encouraging and challenging. To listen to Martin Click HERE

We look forward to our next lunch on November 6th at 12.30pm, come along and join with us, you'll be made most welcome.

(Vic Newman, Oct 2014)



Thursday, 9 October 2014

Coffee & Harvest at Western Way Flats

We were able to share a Coffee and Harvest celebration with our friends at Western Way Flats on Sunday morning.





Monday, 29 September 2014

Thursday, 4 September 2014

TRAC Camp



TRAC camp was really fun. We went for a walk on Mayhill on Saturday night, went to Barn Church on Sunday and afterwards we went to Wenchford in the Forest of Dean. Monday was the ‘fun day’ to go to Cattle Country, everyone was excited, Tuesday we did raft building and then went swimming. On Wednesday we packed our stuff and came home, it was a great time and all the meals were lovely and scrummy to eat. (Alicia Newman, 12 year old camper)


Monday, 11 August 2014

Sunday 17th August - No morning service at Western Way

There will be no services this coming Sunday, 17th August 2014 - We will be sharing the Morning Service at Tom Roberts Adventure Centre Malswick, with many of the young people from Dymock for their Summer Camp - Please come along, you'll be made most welcome.

Monday, 28 July 2014

August 2014 Diary

If you're on holiday in the Dymock, Newent, Ledbury or Forest of Dean area and looking for a small, friendly country Chapel you'll be made most welcome.

See our webpage for details and directions - http://westernwaychapel.org


Monday, 14 July 2014

New Western Way Chapel sign

Our new sign at the end of the walkway from Western Way being installed by Mike Hencher.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Pilgrims BBQ



The final evening of Pilgrims Monday Night Club was held at Tom Roberts Adventure Centre Malswick, just outside Newent. 22 young people plus an equal amount of leaders and parents made up the group. A great time was had by all exploring the 22 acre site and trying out many of the outdoor facilities the centre has to offer including the very popular zip wire, the stream rope jump, the tyre swing and the football pitch.




After the magnificent barbecue everyone settled down in the late evening sunshine to listen to Michael Bennett as he told stories of Abraham before teaching the youngsters an action song about Abraham and his long black beard which every one enjoyed. A wonderful evening was had by all and many stayed on into the evening to enjoy chatting and playing, the team finally managed to clear up at 8.30pm. Our thanks to all those parents and leaders for their help in cooking, serving and providing much of the food, crisps, fruit, cakes, hot dogs and burgers galore. Pilgrims will start up again after the school summer holidays.


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Garden Share Lunch

Our annual Garden Share Lunch took place on the last Thursday in June and was a very enjoyable event for the 25 people who came, lunch was provided by the ladies with many varied dishes of tempting food available. The weather was warm and sunny so we were able to sit out and enjoy our lunch. The guest speaker was Richard Geary, Project Manager and Field Director from The Peace and Hope Trust UK, whose motto is ‘Faith in Action”.



Richard explained how the Trust, who operate in Nicaragua, help with health, education and humanitarian aid in general, he also told us about some of the people whose lives had been transformed by the Trust,  these changes this not only apply to the people of Nicaragua who receive aid from the Trust, but also to many of the young and older volunteers who go out for two or three weeks with Richard every year.


The talk was sympathetically received by a responsive audience and £100 was given to the Trust in spontaneous donations. Following Richard’s talk, many people wanted to ask questions and know more, however due to the limited time available, we intend to focus on the work of the Peace and Hope Trust again at the first Share Lunch in the Autumn (October 2nd 2014) at Western Way Chapel.

(Vi Newman, July 2014)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Christian Witness Team, Three Counties Show 2014



The preparation meeting at Western Way Chapel was a good time of training and fellowship before the Three Counties Show 2014. 16 volunteers turned up at the Show on the Wednesday to help with preparations and a good number again on Thursday, helping set up tables, chairs, an attractive water feature, a children’s corner and several displays including a Christian bookstall supplied by the Good News Bookshop in Newent.



Friday saw the start of the the Three Counties Show under a clear blue and sunny sky, it took a while for the public to turn up but soon the the tent was humming to conversations around the tables as the free tea, coffee and biscuits were consumed.

The free literature was readily accepted by a wide range of people, the most popular being a replica St John’s Gospel from World War 1. This struck a chord with the older population who told stories of their grandparents being gassed, shot and wounded in that dreadful conflict. Many soldiers would have carried this little comforting booklet in their pockets when they went into battle and the grandchildren, now grandparents themselves were grateful for the gift of the Gospel.



A group of young men from the army display team behind our tent came in regularly for drinks and they too related to the Gospel of Saint John given to troops in the First World War, as they could find themselves in war zones and several took a copy away to read later.



The bookstall was busy and several people were attracted by the titles of the books and shared with me how they might help them. One lady, Ruth purchased a Hannah Dunnett painting which was based on Psalm 139, the opening verse “Oh Lord you have searched me and you know me” along with others were attractively woven into the picture. 


She shared her Christian story with me explaining that 8 years ago she was helping a Christian teacher friend prepare some Easter material for her class at school, this led to a discussion on life, death, heaven and hell and, as a result she accepted an invitation to Bethesda church in Hay on Wye. The Pastor preached on this verse which challenged and convicted her and this soon led to her conversion and a commitment to serve and follow Jesus. She said the Psalm now brings her great comfort and helped turn her life around. She now lives just outside Hay and runs a successful honey business, not only is it a good natural food but she attaches verses of scripture to the jars to help other people think about the Christian faith!


This and many other encounters had by the team, as they talked to people over coffee were shared at the prayer time the team held at the beginning and end of each day. These prayer times would often end in praise to our God for his goodness to us all and for the privilege we had being at the Three Counties Christian Witness tent last weekend.

(Vic Newman June 2014)



Monday, 9 June 2014

Three Counties Show Malvern


Western Way Chapel members will be in the ’Show Jesus’ marquee at the Three Counties Show in Malvern from 13th to 15th June 2014, if you’re visiting the Show come and have a chat or a cup of tea or coffee, there’ll also be a selection of leaflets available including a specially printed copy of 'The Gospel of Saint John' as issued to British servicemen in 1914 - we’d love to see you.



Thursday, 3 April 2014

Cinderford Street Pastor scheme



At our Share Lunch on Thursday (3rd April),  Katrina Cracknell gave an informative, amusing and challenging talk about her role as a Street Pastor in Cindeford. This service is provided by members of four different churches in the town every Saturday night from 8.00pm to 1.00am, it's now been operating for two years and, is widely accepted by the local community.

Essentially they are taking the message of the Church to the streets in a very practical way and showing the love of God to individuals by providing such things as flip flops for girls unsteady in high heels, water for those dehydrated by excess alcohol, website addresses for troubled teenagers and literally lending a helping hand by walking people home who are frightened or incapable of finding their own way.

Katrina told us the training provided by a national Christian organization, is very thorough and spread over several months, members of the team have to be recommended by church leaders or ministers and have CRB checks. It takes a lot of commitment & stamina, especially on cold, wet winter nights, a backup team of people praying for them at home or in a local church is an important part of the work.

Street Pastors in their distinctive clothing, can now be found in over 200 towns and cities countrywide, even the police have noticed that the streets are safer places there are less disturbances, and crime levels are down.

(Vic Newman)

Monday, 31 March 2014

Share Lunch - 3rd April 2014

Following our Share Lunch this Thursday 3rd April, Katrina Cracknell will give a fascinating into the challenging work of a Street Pastor, you won't want to miss this!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Share Lunch with TRAC update









This Thursday, 20th March 2014 at 12.30pm is our Share Lunch followed by a developments update from Mike Hencher about the work at the Tom Roberts Adventure Centre - not to be missed!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014



Pat Phillips was our speaker after the Share Lunch on March 6th. The subject was Plants and Trees of Israel. We heard about fruit trees, trees in the desert and forests. Also herbs, olives, wheat and barley, grapes, dates, flowers and weeds. There are 25 trees mentioned in the Bible, and 26 plants and flowers. Many of them are used in stories, others are used as symbols. Ever since the dove of Genesis 8:11 brought a freshly picked olive branch to Noah,and he therefore knew that the flood waters had receded. The olive branch has become a symbol for peace and reconciliation.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Home Group Bible Study


Our Home Group Bible Study starts again this Thursday at 2.30pm, we'd love to see you, call Vic Newman or email for full details.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Share Lunch - 6th March 2014


Thursday 6th March - Join us for our Share Lunch at 12.30 followed by an illustrated talk from Rev Pat Phillips on "The Flowers and Trees of Israel"


Saturday, 22 February 2014

Share Lunch - Gideons


After the Share Lunch at the chapel on Thursday February 20th our speaker was Andrew Tyrell. He gave a very interesting talk on the Gideons. They take Bibles to many places and leave them for people to read. Andrew's visual presentation included two amazing testimonies of people who had been really helped when reading the Bible that had been distributed by the Gideons. Their lives had been changed and they became believers. To listen to or download Andrew's talk visit our Messages webpage on the western Way Chapel main website.


The Pilgrim group, ages 7 to 11 have not met  this week and will not meet next week because of half term. The next sessions begin on Monday March 3rd at 6.30 when we will be having a Pancake Party. It will be great fun and visitors are always welcome to come and see what we do.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Want to know more about The Gideons International?


Come along to our Share Lunch this Thursday, 20th February when Andrew Tyrell from the Gloucester Branch of The Gideons International will be giving a talk about their work.