On Sunday, June 4, anniversary services were held at Pisgah Baptist Chapel, Cresswell Quay.

The afternoon service took on the theme of ‘The Circus’ with stunning ‘Big Top’ background scenery and bunting throughout the chapel, provided by the carpentry skills of the Adams/Palmer families.

Ring Master duties - complete with top hat - were shared by Louise and Rachel who had trained the children.

Members of the Sunday School performed various ‘acts’ based on the lessons they had learned during the year, complemented by some wonderful window displays of Bible stories.

During an exciting programme, the congregation were enthralled with the imaginative production the children gave. 

The opening act was a magic act involving cups of disappearing water with the magician and his assistant resembling former Pastor David and his wife Emma!

A solo, My God is so Big, was given by The Strongman (Arthur) who amazed with his weightlifting skills. This was followed by the choir with The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.

The ladies then sang Seek Ye First, followed by dancers Magi, Mya and Evie who charmed everyone with their interpretation of Rewrite the Stars, a lesson in using God-given talents to spread good news of the scriptures. 

Following the pathway with God is not always easy and needs determination and practice, displayed in a cleverly executed bicycle ride down the aisles by young cyclist, Maisey. The Choir followed, singing Go Anywhere.

Magi then revealed her horse-riding skills - which also take courage and determination. She looked very presentable in her riding outfit. 

Completing the children’s acts was George, who exhibited his cricketing skills, hurling some fine shots in to the congregation, which was to show how God teaches people to have faith in Him and in what they do. 

The Choir sang Fishers of Men before Rachel sang a beautiful solo, From Now On. The entertaining programme closed with a delightful rendering of Hwyl Fawr Ffrindiau by Evie, Mya and Maisey.

The accompanists were Jayne (piano) and Vanessa (guitar) assisted by Jenny who operated the backing tracks. The afternoon of fun-filled worship, giving God the glory, came to a close with a party popper or two!

The services continued at 6pm with the adult choir presenting a programme of praise, with a welcome and prayer from Elizabeth who invited Mr Deric Brock to preside for the evening. 

The congregation joined in singing Come Ye That Love The Lord, followed by a scripture reading from Terry and a prayer by Louise. The Choir, who were trained by Val, then opened the programme with the hymn tune Tenby. 

Solos were beautifully rendered by Rachel, Katrina and Robert, with a duet feelingly sung by Vanessa and Rachel. 

The harmonious male choir sang two pieces: There is a Balm in Gilead and I See the Sunrise (Myfanwy). Thoughtful readings were given by Elin and Monica with a contemplative recitation by Sarah.

The Choir also sang Peace Be Still and Bro-Aber with the Ladies Choir singing Soon and Very Soon. The congregation were able to join in raising their voices to Shine, Jesus, Shine and Come Let Us Sing the Song of Songs. 

The programme concluded with Elizabeth offering a vote of thanks before Deric invited the choir to sing the final piece – It Is Well.

The choir was accompanied and led by Val with Vanessa sharing the accompaniment on the guitar.

The congregation at Pisgah gives thanks for the blessings of another year in the life of the church and looks forward to continuing the witness and ministry in the year ahead.