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The Aber Conference - ABERLITE

Be refreshed by the word


Welcome to ABER LITE!

We warmly invite you to come to the 2020 Aberystwyth Conference online!

We are all deeply disappointed that we won’t be able to gather together in Aberystwyth this year for our annual conference. The organising team have prayerfully considered what we can do instead and have come up with Aber Lite. Its not Lite in the sense of fewer spiritual calories, as we trust that the Lord will feed our faith by his word, but it is Lite in the sense of limited. There will be just three main preaching meetings on Tuesday to Thursday evenings, each released at 7 p.m. on our YouTube channel. These will be the focus of our conference and the preachers are Phil Swann (Llanelli), Stephen Clark (Bridgend) and Ian Parry (Cardiff). In the mornings there will be additional videos for all ages from Tiny Tots to extratime. Sadly, one central feature of our annual conferences will be missing: the prayer meetings. Since we depend upon the Lord for grace and mercy in all we do, can I urge you to pray before, during and after Aber Lite that the Lord will be pleased to meet with us and to save those who, as yet, have not turned to Christ for salvation? We will be pleased to have your feedback this year, and we trust, in God’s will, that we will be able to see you next year back in Aberystwyth.

Jeremy Bailey (Conference Chair)

The details

  • 11-14 August 2020
  • Speakers: (Evening) Phil Swann, Stephen Clark & Ian Parry
  • Children and Youth Clubs (mornings)
  • ExtraTime youth sessions
  • Free to all online via website, Youtube, Facebook or Vimeo



Tuesday (11 August)

  • Kids club videos released at 9.00am (Tiny Tots, Mini Marvels, Holiday Heros & JAber) – Watch here
  • Evening Service (Phil Swann) released at 7.00pm – Watch here
  • Pride, Prejudice and Pandemic 1 – Seminar released at 9.00pm – Watch here

Wednesday (12 August)

  • Kids club videos released at 9.00am (Tiny Tots, Mini Marvels, Holiday Heros & JAber) – Watch here
  • Evening Service (Stephen Clark) released at 7.00pm – Watch here
  • Pride, Prejudice and Pandemic 2 – Seminar released at 9.00pm – Watch here, handout here

Thursday (13 August)

  • Kids club videos released at 9.00am (Tiny Tots, Mini Marvels, Holiday Heros & JAber) – Watch here
  • Evening Service (Ian Parry) released at 7.00pm – Watch here
  • Pride, Prejudice and Pandemic 3 – Seminar released at 9:00pm – Watch here

Friday (14 August)

  • Pride, Prejudice and Pandemic – Q&A, 5pm

5 ways to watch or listen:

  • YouTube – Subscribe to the Evangelical Movement of Wales channel (here)
  • Vimeo – Subscribe to the EMW/MEC channel (here)
  • Website – Watch all services and meetings on our website (here)
  • Facebook – Like our Aber Conference page
  • Phone – We’ll be providing a number to listen to the service over the phone (UK only) – 01656 336604 (local rates apply)

Staying Connected

  • Website – keep looking at our website for updates
  • Newsletter – signup for the EMW Conferences email newsletter (here)
  • Social Media – Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter accounts (@aberconference)


Phil Swann – After a career as a Chartered Physiotherapist working primarily with Mental Health, Phil began in ministry as an Assistant Minister in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Following this he was as Associate Minister in Bridgend and in 1998 he became Pastor of Llanelli Free Evangelical Church, where he still is today. Phil has been teaching Pastoral theology on the TTC (the EMW Theological Training Course) and is also a Trustee of the EMW with responsibility for its minister’s work in Wales, he also chairs the EMW Pastoral Team. To relax he enjoys seeing his wife cheer him on at events where he swims until he sinks, rides his bike until he’s cross eyed and runs until he falls over. Phil will be speaking on Tuesday evening.

Ian Parry – Ian was born in Cardiff in 1969. He is married to Liz and they have four children. Since April 2018 Ian has been the pastor of Grangetown Baptist Church in Cardiff. In the past he has pastored Mount Elim Evangelical Church in Pontardawe (1995-2003) and The Bay Church in Cardiff (2003-2016). He was also, for a short while, Director of the European Mission Fellowship. Ian is speaking on Thursday evening.



Stephen Clark – After practising as a solicitor for some years, Stephen trained for the ministry on the Evangelical Movement of Wales’ Theological Training Course. He pastored a new church in Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales, then in his home church at Abersychan, South Wales before becoming pastor of Freeschool Court Evangelical Church, Bridgend. He is also a faculty member for Systematic Theology at London Seminary. He serves as chairman of Affinity’s Theological Study Conference and has contributed to and edited Tale of Two Cities: Christianity and Politics (IVP/Apollos, 2005) and The Forgotten Christ (IVP/Apollos, 2007). Stephen has also written Putting Asunder: Divorce and Remarriage in biblical and pastoral perspective (Bryntirion Press, 1999). Stephen is speaking in Wednesday evening.