200th Issue of PRAXIS Jan.2022

200 ISSUES of PRAXIS since the first edition in February 2004.

Colin Richards the Editor,  writes:-

‘ When Dyserth was linked with Tynewydd Road URC in Rhyl, under the ministry of Henry Gordon, we had for a time, a joint magazine called Nexus. This had replaced an earlier Dyserth Newsletter. 

In January, 2004 the then North Wales District Council agreed to dissolve that partnership. as it hoped that Tynewydd Road Church would unite with Christchurch, and Dyserth could instead have ministry provided by a Training Officer to be based in North Wales. So we needed a new magazine. I decided that we would have one which had a new name and was a different shape, to emphasise the change. PRAXIS sounded a bit like NEXUS and seemed to be appropriate. It means Action, what has been done and is closely linked to the Greek word Praxeis:  The New Testament book we call the Acts of the Apostles, or just Acts, uses the word for acts. So PRAXIS is about what Horeb is doing, has done and will do.

Nexus was A4 size; the former Dyserth Newsletter was A5, so PRAXIS was different, the A5 length in both directions, sometimes called Mag.

The first issue, February 2004, pictured below, contained family news, lectionary reading, a report of a Church Meeting, news from North Wales churches, a Fairtrade recipe and news, and a page contributed by Pam Jones entitled How do you live your dash? The dash being the one between the dates of birth and death.

Of that first edition 90 copies were printed and went to all members, adherents and friends of the church. (The name Horeb was not readopted until several years later,)

Over the years we have been able to include many pictures, as digital photography has become common.

Almost from the beginning PRAXIS was not only available in printed form, but was also sent by email to former Horeb members now living far away, members of the Synod and other churches in the district.

Has the printed version of PRAXIS outlived its usefulness, now that so much can be communicated by email and other electronic media? We would be glad to know, since there is a lot of  labour involved and printing relatively few copies would be very expensive if the equipment and know-how that we have relied on were no longer available. The amount of labour needed is the same, whether copies are printed or just emailed.’