WELCOME!

April 19, 2011

Welcome to the website of the churches of
St Michael’s and St Barnabas, Devonport.

We meet for worship every Sunday,
10.30am at St Michael’s.

For details of our social activities and all other meetings, see the side bar … together with links to our Facebook pages and all sorts of online resources.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

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Praying around the World – Taiwan

September 20, 2017

Taiwan is an island nation formed when the Communist party took over China in 1949. China claims the islands of Taiwan as their own, and only a few countries give Taiwan international recognition. This is an ongoing source of tension in the region. Unlike mainland China, Taiwan has not seen much growth in the number of Christians, and there is often a low level of commitment among believers. Pray for the church to be revived and become a source of hope and peace in the nation.

Taiwan is a secular state with freedom of religion. The majority of the population follows a unique blend of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Christian growth has been slow, with an estimated 6% of the islander claiming to follow Christ. Prayer is needed to address nominalism and the great need for more pastors and Bible teachers, including adequate giving levels within the church to support them. (Prayercast)

• Pray for many more missionaries to share the Good News of Jesus in this politically open land.

• Pray for the chains of idol worship, superstition, and false religion to be broken by the power of Jesus.

• Pray for the Gospel to infiltrate and transform the working class that is less than .5% Christian.


Harvest

September 17, 2017

Our Harvest weekend this year is 29th September – 1st October.

On Friday, September 29th we have our Harvest Supper, 7pm for 7:30pm at St Michael’s … food provided, bring your own drinks.

We need help with setting up, serving and washing up … please speak to Tim. If you would like to contribute a Cottage Pie or fruit crumble, please speak to Lynda.

On Sunday October 1st, 10:30am at St Michael’s we have our Harvest All Age Worship, with guest speaker Richard Fisher from Tearfund. Donations of dry goods, tinned foods, cleaning materials and toiletries all welcome, for donation to Shekinah. Read their latest newsletter HERE


Praying around the World – catch-up

September 15, 2017

South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011 after a long and bitter civil war. It was however almost immediately plunged into chaos by civil war. Today violence and drought are threatening the future of the country. Pray for a just and fair government. Pray also for the Christian majority and give thanks for their strong faith in such terrible circumstances.

Swaziland is a small land-locked country between South Africa and Mozambique. It has one of the highest HIV rates in the world, which has led to one of the lowest life expectancies and many orphans. Most of the population lives in great poverty, but the king is famed for his wealth. Pray for the gospel to produce godly behaviour, compassion and concern, and justice for all.

Outwardly, Sweden is a highly prosperous and affluent society, but there are huge spiritual challenges. Less than a quarter of the population believe in a personal God. The state Lutheran church is declining fast. The prime minister recently said that priests who did not want to conduct same-sex marriages should consider getting another job. Pray for the whole country to be re-evanglised and revived.

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful and most prosperous countries in the world. It is divided into different cantons, different languages and traditionally into Catholic and Protestant areas. However as throughout the West religion is becoming far less important, especially for the younger generation. Pray for revival and give thanks that nonetheless churches are working together and seeking to reach out with the good news. 

Syria has been in the throes of a terrible civil war since 2011 with no clear end in sight. Around the half the Christian population has fled. Many have been killed for their faith, and those who remain are often displaced and in great need. Once a beacon of tolerance in the Middle East, it is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a believer. Cry out to the Lord to uphold and strengthen His church, and for Western governments to speak up about the persecution of believers.

 


Peter & Sally Bartlett – latest

September 14, 2017

Peter & Sally Bartlett are our link missionaries in Paraguay. Peter is diocesan bishop, pastor of the pastors, ordaining ministers and opening new paths for the kingdom to advance. Sally serves the church through teaching and discipling, encouraging others to enter God’s kingdom and develop their leadership skills … read their latest newsletter HERE


Coffee Morning

September 12, 2017

Tomorrow, Wednesday 13th September is our next coffee morning, this month in aid of Parkinsons UK … for home made cakes, good company and to support those in need, why not join us from 10:30am at St Michael’s Church … see you there 🙂


Term Card

September 2, 2017

Our current Term Card contains details of our services for a three month period (subject to change). Click on image for link.


All-Age Worship…

August 30, 2017

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…is back this Sunday! As it says on the tin, something for all ages. Plus there will be a bring and share lunch after the service. Who will you bring?

St Michael’s, September 3rd, 10.30am – newcomers welcome!