Thursday, 18 April 2013

New Focus Conference 2013

DATE: Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2013
VENUE: Ebenezer Chapel, 21 Queen Street, Ossett, W. Yorks., WF5 8AS

Members of Ebenezer Chapel Ossett have kindly offered to host this gathering which will be held at their church (shown above) in Ossett town centre next door to the Christian Bookshop. Friends are warmly invited to gather for a weekend of preaching and fellowship together.
Address: Ebenezer Chapel, 21 Queen Street, Ossett, W. Yorks., WF5 8AS.
Contacts: Norman Roe Tel: 01924 272645; Peter Meney Tel: 01833 650797.
Participants include: Don Fortner, George Ella, Allan Jellett, Ian Potts, & Peter Meney.
Schedule & Start Times:
Friday 19th April
        7.00pm Sermon: Peter Meney
        8.00pm Sermon: Don Fortner

Saturday 20th April
        1.00pm Sermon: Don Fortner
        2.00pm Lecture: George Ella
        3.00pm Break for Tea & Coffee
        3:30pm Sermon: Ian Potts
        4:30pm Sermon: Allan Jellett
        5:30pm Dinner
        7.00pm Sermon: Don Fortner

Sunday 21st April
        11.00am Pastor Norman Roe will conduct Ebenezer Chapel morning worship as normal.
Conference goers are welcome to attend and we hope many will avail themselves of the opportunity to join the Lord’s people in worship.

In previous years these gatherings have been a great opportunity for believers in free grace to congregate from different parts of the country and meet like-minded friends. Part of the purpose of hosting the meetings in different venues is to make it more accessible for those who feel reluctant to make that initial journey, however, we hope that as well as new visitors, those who have benefitted from the preaching and fellowship in past years will join together again.
Visitors travelling from distance probably need to consider obtaining accommodation for both Friday and Saturday nights. Ossett town is very close to the M1 and situated between Dewsbury and Wakefield. This means there are plenty of hotels within a few miles of the church. In recent years a number of those attending have used Premier Inn and found them good value. Here are a few possible options:
Premier Inn Wakefield South - M1, Jct39 – tel: 0871 527 9118
Denby Dale Road | Calder Park, Wakefield WF4 3BB
Premier Inn Wakefield City North
Paragon Business Park, Herriot Way, Wakefield WF1 2UJ  – tel: 0871 527 9116
Premier Inn Wakefield Central
Denby Dale Road | Thornes Park, Wakefield WF2 8DY – tel: 0871 527 9114
Holiday Inn Wakefield M1, Jct. 40
Queens Drive, Ossett, Wakefield WF5 – tel: 0871 423 4876
BEST WESTERN Hotel St Pierre
733 Barnsley Road | Newmillerdam, Wakefield WF2 6QG – tel: 0345 025 4358

There are numerous small private hotels and B&Bs in the area, too. Prices begin at around £40 for a double room per night. 
Do consider coming to meet with together and being a part of this year’s event. There is no charge for the conference and meals will be provided. An opportunity will be available for those who are able to help defray costs.
We particularly recommend those attending to take advantage of one of the finest selections of new and secondhand reformed books in the country today. Ossett Christian Bookshop next door to Ebenezer Chapel will be open for browsing & buying on Friday and Saturday of the conference weekend.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Sundays 25th July and 1st August

Please note that there will be no meetings held in Awliscombe on the Sundays of 25th July and the 1st of August. Normal service to resume thereafter!

In the meantime you may listen to recent messages at

Monday, 30 November 2009

NEW FOCUS Sovereign Grace Conference 2010

God willing, Don Fortner is again hoping to pay a visit to the UK in 2010, but instead of preaching in multiple locations, it is hoped to have one combined conference at Eggleston Baptist Church, Egglesburn, near Barnard Castle in County Durham.

This means that we will have no Sovereign Grace Conference in Sidmouth, as we have done in past years, but we will be joining the brethren at Eggleston at the 'New Focus' conference.

The conference is expected to be held between Friday 9th April and Sunday 11th April, following a similar format to the previous 'New Focus' Magazine Conferences held in 2008 and 2009, but this time it is expected that there will be several preachers scheduled throughout the weekend.

Further details to follow - but in the meantime please add the dates to your diary!

Monday Meetings (Dec/Jan)

The latest times and dates for the Monday night meetings are as follows (again, please note the slightly later starting time of 8:15pm):

MONDAY December 7th 8:15pm
"When Christ Appears" Titus 3:1-7 (audio)
Darvin Pruitt (Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Taylor, Arkansas.)

Monday January 11th 8:15pm
"I Loved Jacob" Malachi 1:2-5 (audio)
Don Fortner (Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Danville, Kentucky.)

Monday, 12 October 2009

Monday Meetings

The latest times and dates for the Monday night meetings are as follows (please note the slightly later starting time of 8:15pm):

MONDAY October 19th 8:15pm
"The Burden of the Word of the LORD" Malachi 1:1 (audio)
Don Fortner (Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Danville, Kentucky.)

MONDAY November 9th 8:15pm
"When Christ Appears" Titus 3:1-7 (audio)
Darvin Pruitt (Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Taylor, Arkansas.)

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Awliscombe Sunday Morning Meetings

As friends, and regular visitors to our websites, will know we have held meetings in Honiton in our home since 1999, and since September 2008 have also held meetings in the village hall in the nearby village of Awliscombe on Sunday mornings at 10:45am.

With the Monday night meetings having gradually built up in number over the years to a regular group of between 8 and 12 usually being gathered, it was hoped at the commencement of Sunday mornings that a similar size group might, in due course, be gathered. However, despite occasional visitors, the Sunday mornings have continued to be very few in number in terms of who gather, and as such I do not feel that it can reasonably be described as a 'church' for the time being! So for now, I've revised the description on the Honiton SGC page and renamed the meetings as 'Honiton Sovereign Grace Meetings'.

Though our Sunday meetings are tiny in number (and now fewer than when we began) we still thank the Lord for His goodness towards us over the past year as we have looked to Him to bless the preaching of His word, to His glory alone. Whilst we cannot tell what the future holds, we nevertheless know that it is Christ alone who builds His church, that He uses His gospel to build it, and that wherever He sends forth His word it never returns unto Him void.

...And if you have a love for that gospel, or perhaps a desire to hear it for the first time, then we do of course extend a warm welcome to you to the meetings at Awliscome.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Sunday 27th September

There will be no meeting as usual in Awliscombe at 10:45am this coming Sunday (27th September) with the meeting being held at another time that day. Would any vistors who wish to attend please contact us by email at for further details.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Honiton Meetings

With September upon us it is now almost a year since we began to meet in the village of Awliscombe on Sunday mornings.

Are you looking for a place to hear the gospel? The truth? Then why not pay a visit. Details can be found here: Honiton Sovereign Grace Church

Or why not just have a listen to some of the messages from past meetings here: Honiton Meetings on

Monday, 13 July 2009

July 19th and 26th

Please note - for any who may wish to visit the meetings at Awliscombe, there will be no meetings held on Sunday 19th or Sunday 26th July. Back on the 2nd August!

Monday, 1 June 2009

A Tribute to Jim Gough

At our conference in April we again had opportunity to share fellowship with our brother Jim Gough and his wife Eileen, whom we had first met in Honiton when Don Fortner came to preach for us back in 2007. Jim had appreciated Don’s ministry for some time and was involved that year, as with this, in arranging meetings for Don in the Wolverhampton/Dudley area. The Gough’s appreciation for the faithful preaching of the gospel was further demonstrated by the fact that this year they first travelled north to the New Focus conference in Egglesburn, before driving the Fortners back to Wolverhampton, and then following those meetings, driving them all the way down to Sidmouth for our own conference.

Following the meetings in Sidmouth, however, Jim had to undergo heart surgery, following a period of poor health. Two days after the surgery the Lord was pleased to call Jim home. We heard of this with heavy hearts, being full of sorrow for Jim’s family and friends, whilst rejoicing with Jim himself who is now with the Lord he loves. We will miss his fellowship.

When he heard about Jim, our brother Don Fortner wrote the following tribute:

A Tribute to Jim Gough
(1942 – 2009)

Shelby and I met Jim and Eileen Gough two years ago in Wolverhampton, England. Our hearts were immediately welded together in the sweet fellowship of the gospel. The Lord took our friend home to Glory Friday night. Very few who read our bulletin will even know the name of this man; and you may be wondering why you are reading about him now. The reason is this: Our God teaches us to give “honour to whom honour” is due. Jim Gough is a cherished friend and was (while he lived on this earth) a faithful servant of God.

Jim was an elder at West Park Evangelical Church in Wolverhampton; but that hardly tells the story of his service to Christ and his people. The West Park Church was formed when Jim, Eileen and a few others saw the need to establish a gospel witness in Wolverhampton. He was devoted to the cause of Christ, frequently preaching the gospel at West Park and in other area chapels. Just last week, he and I spent some time discussing one of his new projects: translating and publishing good books in various Indian dialects.

Though my time with him was very limited, I never spent an hour in the company of Jim Gough that was not edifying and profitable to my soul. What higher compliment could one man give to another? Our mutual friend, Bro. Syd Buggins, wrote to me this morning, saying…

“His whole conversation, especially during the last few years, was all of Christ. He could not pray or preach, but it was full of his Saviour. May we be able to say truly, ‘the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.’ ………… but O the loss!”

Jim and Eileen opened their home, their hearts and their lives to two strangers from America two years ago. They followed us all over England, insatiably absorbing every word preached. When we arrived in Egglesburn this year, we were delightfully surprised to learn that they had (along with Syd and Joan Buggins) rented a van to drive us from meeting to meeting, making it possible for the six of us to spend many hours together discussing the things of God.

One of the last things we spoke of was the fact that so few who preach, preach Christ. Jim was a soft spoken man who hated conflict and went out of his way to avoid confrontation; but his heart was heavy as he spoke. Yet, he spoke with animated excitement as he encouraged me in the blessed work of the gospel. The very last thing he said to me, as we parted company one week ago was, “Bro. Don, be sure to thank your beloved congregation at home for sending you to preach Christ to us.” — Bless God, soon, we shall meet to part no more!

Don Fortner