Quiz Night

November 22, 2017

Our next Quiz Night is on Friday, December 1st, 7pm at St Michael’s. Teams of six, nibbles provided, bring your own drinks, £1 a head, in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK …

the UK’s leading charity in the battle against Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Founded as a patients’ association in 1979, we now have 35,000 members across the UK. These aren’t just people who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – our members also include their families and friends, health professionals and others who support our work. They’ve helped us set up 50 Local Networks across the nation. These arrange educational meetings, generate publicity and organise fundraising.

We work to make life better for the 300,000 people in the UK with Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of IBD.

Raffle prizes welcome 🙂

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Praying around the World – Tunisia

November 16, 2017

Tunisia was the birthplace of “Arab Spring” in 2011, but although greater freedom came about, more militant Islam is on the rise. There are only a handful of native Tunisian Christians in an overwhelming Muslim land, and so many Tunisians have never heard the gospel. Pray that by any means possible the good news of Jesus Christ will be heard and those who have chosen to follow Him will know they are not alone.

There are an estimated 13,000 Christians in Tunisia, barely one quarter of one percent of the population, and most of these are non-Tunisian. Nearly a third do not congregate with other believers as they live far from one another. Christians face persecution from family and friends, and following Jesus risks their jobs, social stature, and pressure from authorities. Persecution has increased since the revolution, and several church leaders have left the nation due to threats. Without these leaders, evangelism and discipleship are becoming increasingly difficult. Of the 23 people groups in Tunisia, 14 have never heard the Good News. Christian literature cannot be openly distributed, but Christian media has been blossoming as a result of the press freedoms. (Prayercast)

• Pray for The Lord of the harvest to raise up workers to reach the millions of unevangelized in Tunisia.

• Pray for believers in Christ to have endurance as they live by faith.

• Pray for the government to officially recognise the Tunisian church.


REMINDER – Craft Day

November 15, 2017


Remembrance

November 12, 2017

Around 500 people gathered this morning at the War Memorial in Devonport Park for our annual Act of Remembrance

There were a number of groups on parade, from HMS Vivid to the Scouts and cadets

The Morice Town Salvation Army band accompanied the traditional hymns, assisted by the local community choir. As part of the service, Revd Tim read various scriptures, and also this poem:

Solomon in all his glory

Still I see them coming, coming,
In their ragged broken line,
Walking wounded in the sunlight,
Clothed in majesty divine.

For the fairest of the lilies,
That God’s summer ever sees,
Ne’er was clothed in royal beauty
Such as decks the least of these.

Tattered, torn, and bloody khaki,
Gleams of white flesh in the sun,
Raiment worthy of their beauty,
And the great things they have done.

Purple robes and snowy linen
Have for earthly kings sufficed,
But these bloody sweaty tatters
Were the robes of Jesus Christ.

By Geoffrey Anketell Studdart Kennedy aka “Woodbine Willie”

Many wreaths were laid, and following the service, as has become our local custom, individuals added their own tributes by laying their poppy, or a cross, in a personal act of remembrance.

Next year will, of course, be the centenary of the Armistice, on Sunday November 11th, 2018.


Craft Day – November

November 12, 2017


Lest we forget

November 11, 2017

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Join us tomorrow at St Michael’s at 9.30am for a service in church before we process to the War Memorial in Devonport Park for an Act of Remembrance at 10.50am.

We will remember them.

 


Praying around the World – Trinidad & Tobago

November 9, 2017

Trinidad and Tobago are part of the Caribbean yet lie just off the coast of Venezuela. The two islands are heavily dependent on oil and gas, but there are also major illegal activities such as cocaine smuggling. The church is heavily fragmented, and there is a need to reach out more to the large Hindu and smaller Muslim minority. Pray particularly for the Anglican church and its bishop, Claude Berkley.

Around one fourth of the population is identified as Protestant, while another fourth is Roman Catholic. The rest of the population is mainly Hindu and Muslim. The variety of religions results in syncretistic beliefs within the Christian Church, including witchcraft, which is accepted within the culture. Though the number of Evangelicals is growing rapidly as a result of cross cultural missionary efforts, an unintended consequence has been the creation of a culture of dependence on visiting foreign nationals. (Prayercast)

• Pray for strong theological training in this country with many churches but few disciples.

• Pray for greater utilization of the freedom to share the Gospel within the schools.

• Pray for bold witness from believers with Hindu and Muslim backgrounds.