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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, Cadoxton, Barry,
Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 2HE.
To know Jesus better and to make Him better known.
Our vision is to be a Christ-centred church family, seeking to deepen our personal and corporate spiritual lives in order to serve our Heavenly Father who is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In serving Him we also serve one another and those outside our own church.
We are committed to the various Biblical means of discipleship and seek to learn how we can be relevant to the society we live in today.
Our main focus for the foreseeable future is to build relationships with children, youth and families, thereby extending the Kingdom of God in our community.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We are a Christian Church: We believe in one God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who has revealed himself supremely through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. To know God the Father, we must put our trust in his Son and his death on a cross for our sins. We believe that Jesus rose from the dead, ascended to heaven where He now reigns. We believe in the future visible and personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ. "Surely I am coming quickly". Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
We are an Evangelical Church: We believe that the Bible is God’s word which speaks clearly and with relevance to our life and modern world. The Bible is the definitive guide for us in all matters of faith and conduct. We seek to apply the Word of God to every aspect of our lives. In order to do this we place a high value on preaching, teaching and studying God’s word together.
We are a Missionary Church: Because we believe that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life” and that no-one can come to the Father except through him, we place a high value on sharing our faith both in Cadoxton and throughout the rest of the world. Our desire is to see people come to know Jesus and put their trust and faith in him.
We are a Charismatic Church: We believe in the person, the power, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We believe that God still works miracles, signs, and wonders today and we believe that the Holy Spirit gives his gifts to the church to help us in our Christian lives and in our purpose to know Jesus better and to make Him better known.
We are a Contemporary Church: We try and do everything in ways which communicate to our contemporary culture. Because of this we use a modern version of the Bible in our services and make use of modern music styles as well as traditional hymns in our worship. Most of our worship is led by a worship group with guitar, drums and keyboard. We usually do not use hymn books, but use a projector to display the song-words for our worship. The worship leader generally prepares the service in advance but we try to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and aspire to be more spontaneous in our worship.
We are a Praying church: We encourage personal and corporate prayer. The early church, our example, met together frequently to pray and seek God for direction. We place great value therefore in including times of prayer whenever we meet together and also organise specific prayer times that are relevant and dynamic.
We are a Welcoming Church: Although Mount Pleasant is a Baptist Church, we have members from many different backgrounds and traditions. Some people have been members of a church all of their lives, whilst others have become believers in recent years - everyone is welcome!
We are a Family Church: Everybody, from the youngest to the oldest, is welcome and can feel at home. During most services the younger children meet in the adjoining hall and the youth leave the service after the initial worship time for their own lesson. Every few months we all join together for a family service.
We are a Baptist Church: We are members of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the South Wales Baptist Association. We subscribe to the Baptist Union Declaration of Principle: The Basis of the Baptist Union is:
1. That our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.
2 That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who 'died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again the third day'.
3 That it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.
We are part of the commonwealth of Israel: We believe that the Wild Olive Branch (The Church) is grafted into the Olive Tree (Israel) and that we both abide in the True Vine (Jesus Christ). In view of this we actively support and pray for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people to see them come into their full calling in these last days.
The leadership team is composed of Elders and Deacons who together form the church trustees and are responsible for the general oversight of the fellowship. Currently there are three elders and six deacons. The elders are charged with the spiritual leadership and direction of the church whilst the deacons oversee practical matters including financial and administrative needs. We currently also employ a part-time youth worker.
A team leadership pattern is followed wherever possible so that ministry is not confined to the few. It is also our strong desire to promote a culture of every-member ministry so that members are encouraged and enabled to grow in maturity and gifting to fulfil their own individual calling both in the church and in the wider society.
The church is served by a Pastoral Care Team who are trained to respond to more urgent pastoral needs amongst members and friends. Day by day pastoral care of all members is generally undertaken in a small group setting. All church members are encouraged to be part of at least one small group that meets weekly. A Ministry Team comprises all those who are recognised by the leadership as having gifts of preaching and teaching and a Sunday preaching rota is overseen by one of the elders.
We have fully implemented the child protection measures as outlined in Safe to Grow and we have a comprehensive Safeguarding Children policy in line with the CCPAS guidelines.
Church members meet usually on a three monthly basis to prayerfully consider business and other issues.
The Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30am and is followed by refreshments. It usually lasts about an hour and a quarter including a time of worship and prayer with about 30 minutes for preaching/teaching. The service is generally led by one of our elders and preaching is usually undertaken by a member of our Ministry Team or sometimes a guest preacher or missionary. The sermon can be thematic or expository and the service style is contemporary and largely non-formal. The elders are always available for prayer ministry after the service.
While the service is taking place, the ‘Whizz Kids’ (all age children’s group) meet in the church hall for teaching, art and craft, games and refreshments.
The evening worship service begins at 6:00pm and is followed by refreshments.
Communion is served twice monthly (usually second evening / fourth morning)
The church building and adjacent community hall have both been recently refurbished to a very high standard and allow excellent accommodation for all of the church’s varied weekly activities.
Descriptions of the various meetings can be obtained from our website - http://mountpleasantbaptist.org.uk/calendar/
GROUPS, OUTREACH AND SUPPORT
Alpha Courses and Marriage Courses are run at various times throughout the year as well as the Freedom in Christ discipleship course and The Grace Course.
All members and friends are encouraged to attend at least one of the weekly small groups. Currently two house groups meet in people’s homes for fellowship, prayer and Bible study. Also, WOW is a home-based Bible study group for ladies in the church and other friends. Lyfe Connect One is a formal Bible study which uses the same weekly study material as the house groups.
Seeking to Serve is a discipleship and baptismal preparation group for newer believers. Wednesday Fellowship is a long-established group of mostly older members that meets in the church hall for fun, fellowship, food and a Bible message.
The Life Recovery Group that meets on a Friday evening is for folk wanting to be set free from life-controlling issues such as addiction.
Covenant Keepers is a group for those interested in exploring the Hebraic roots of our faith and their relevance to us today.
Primary age children (Whizz Kids) and older teens (Teen Total) have their own meetings during the week. We have a developing ministry to schools through the Easter Cracked and Christmas Wrapped Up programmes.
The Caleb Leadership Development Course is a 22 module course for all who want to develop their leadership potential. It is held monthly in the church hall.
Through the year some special events are held specifically to invite friends, family and neighbours to – these include a Valentine’s supper, Passover and Feast of Tabernacles celebration meals, Christmas, Easter and Harvest family celebrations.
As a fellowship we actively seek to connect with folk in our community. For the past 6 years we have held an annual free Fun Day in the local Victoria Park which has seen thousands of folk from the local community attending.
Mount Pleasant Baptist is one of the member churches of the Vale Partnership, a group of local churches seeking to work more closely together to impact the Vale of Glamorgan. Each summer we host a mission team from North Fort Worth Baptist, Texas for a week’s mission. This has proved to be very successful and we have now entered into a formal relationship with the American church to develop this annual mission and other outreaches.
We are affiliated to the Baptist Union of Great Britain and also the South Wales Baptist Association. Through our involvement with these national bodies we support and contribute to the BU Home Mission Fund and also support Baptist missionaries working overseas.
We are affiliated to the Evangelical Alliance, Baptists for Israel and our leaders and members regularly attend meetings of the New Wine Cymru network.
We also enjoy warm fellowship with Christian Vision for Men, Vale Foodbank and Healthcare Christian Fellowship International.
The church supports children in the orphanages of Romania; people living in the Ukraine; also people living in the Favelas of Belo Horizonte, Brazil and the church working to share Jesus in that area. Prayerful and financial support is also given to individuals known to us who are working to further God’s Kingdom in various countries such as Vietnam, Israel, Nepal and India. We also support our local charity Ty Hafan.
FUTURE DIRECTION OF THE CHURCH
The fellowship at Mount Pleasant are a warm, faith-filled and committed group of believers with a longing to see the church grow and the surrounding community be impacted for Christ. Although we already have a significant and growing work with children and young people, we long to see younger people and their families become fully integrated into the life of the fellowship.
At recent leadership and church meetings we have affirmed that our priority in years to come is to focus time and resources on building meaningful relationships with children and families in our community. To this end we are seeking to employ a person or couple that are particularly gifted in, and have a proven track record of, working effectively with this section of society. We would expect them to have a passionate love for God that overspills into every aspect of life and to have an ability to model a walk with God that will attract others to follow.
The person(s) appointed would be fully supported by the leadership to develop an effective and fruitful ministry amongst younger people and families.
The church is situated in the heart of Cadoxton, Barry. Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan, is the largest town in Wales and ranked as the seventh largest locality. Located along the northern coast of the Bristol Channel it is less than 7 miles (11km) south-west of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.
Barry is a long-standing seaside resort with attractions including several beaches. Once a small village, Barry has absorbed the larger neighbouring villages of Cadoxton and Barry Island. Although still a port, Barry is now more of a manufacturing town with Barry docks and the adjoining industrial area forming the largest employment centre in the town. Barry now boasts a new Waterfront development that forms an integral part of exciting new regeneration plans for the town. The Waterfront is home to a new shopping area and has also become popular for its annual Waterfront Tall Ships Festival.
BRIEF HISTORICAL NOTES
The first Baptist Church to be built in Barry was Philadelphia Chapel, which was built on a plot of land in the middle of Cadoxton Village in 1813. The services were conducted in Welsh, which suited the congregation.
However, with the opening of the docks in Barry there was an influx of English speaking believers who were not able to fully participate in the worship at Philadelphia, so in 1886 thirty members left to meet in a local school building, holding their services entirely in English. In 1887 the first pastor was appointed and the church became Mount Pleasant Baptist, work beginning on our present building in 1889.
Many changes have taken place over the past decades including the building of a spacious community hall adjacent to the church. In the past few years both buildings have been extensively renovated making them fit for purpose for a growing 21st Century church.