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  • "I think all these comment miss-understand the nature of this particular church. I've have the privilege of speaking to Rev.David Parfitt on several occasions and have no doubt he and St Mary’s really are bringing the Gospel to the locale.

    My view is; while being part of the Anglican Church brings with it the ‘tea and sandwiches’ stereotype, this is still a very real and living church, albeit encumbered by a more traditional heritage and listed building to meet in.

    As someone who was brought up in and still a non-traditional church, meeting in modern buildings etc. I’ve learned to appreciate the need for these old churches, as they have stood as a testament to our heritage."
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Churches loss a great shame

First published in Letters

IT WAS sad to read of another traditional church, St Mary’s, Malpas, experiencing financial problems. Several weeks ago I wrote of the upsurge of the modern style Victory Church in Cwmbran, where money seems no problem. This Americanised showbiz, razzmatazz type of religion draws the people in, but I have found it rather superficial.

I recently paid several visits to a tiny rural Methodist church in Gwehelog, near Usk, well kept by local volunteers, here with a fully ordained minister a congregation of about 20 max (unlike 300 at Victory) we had a Cymanfa Ganu, a Whitsunday service with tea and cakes and there is a forthcoming Sankey hymn singing morning which attracts visitors from all over Britain, even America.

The simplicity of these services seem so right and sincere, no crowd hysteria, if we should ever lose these traditional chapels and churches it would be a terrible shame.

R. John Smith, Greenwood Ave, West Pontnewydd, Cwmbran

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