New Small Group

October 3, 2017

Small groups that read and study the Bible together and who pray for each other and the needs of the wider church are the engine house of church life and growth. Everyone can take part, and everyone is welcome …

This Thursday, October 5th, 1:30pm at St Michael’s sees the start of our new, day time, small group, led by Sue and Val. Lots of you have shown interest in coming along, so this is just a reminder – we look forward to seeing you there! 🙂


Coffee Morning – RNLI

October 3, 2017

Hidden Treasure

October 1, 2017

We had a very special time last Saturday, when we met at Marjon’s chapel for our women’s quiet day. Led by Suzanne Dugmore, we began by looking at Matthew 13:44-46,

44 ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Suzanne encouraged us to make use of silence to spend time with God. She also brought along some craft for us to use in worship, as well as some of her own artwork to encourage and inspire us. The chapel itself added to the inspiration:

Those who went will be sharing more of their blessings with us in our service next Sunday, October 8th.

Thank you!

September 30, 2017

Thank you to everyone who made our Harvest Supper possible … the cooks, those who set up and laid tables, those who cleared and washed up … as well as those who came and contributed to the fun and conversation 🙂

Don’t forget our all-age Harvest Service on Sunday, 10:30am at St Michael’s … where the fun is sure to continue!

Praying around the World – Tajikistan

September 27, 2017

Tajikistan is a former Soviet republic that borders Afghanistan and Pakistan. Fear of radical Islam has led the government to severely restrict religious freedom for all, including the very small Christian minority in the country. Pray for the gospel to impact on the many unreached areas in the nation, and on the many Tajiks who work abroad because of the lack of jobs at home.

Fear of radical Islam has led to many religious restrictions. Preaching, distribution of religious materials, and registration of churches is very difficult, if not illegal. With over 93% claiming Islam, few have had the opportunity to hear the Gospel (61.7% unreached). Despite these setbacks, a Tajik church is rising, with roughly 1,000 believers. The Bible has been translated into Tajik, and the JESUS film is available in most local languages. Economic hardship has led many to look for religious answers, providing greater opportunities for the Gospel. (Prayercast)

• Pray for many who are still impoverished from civil war.

• Pray for Muslims to meet Christ in miraculous dreams and visions.

• Pray for protected growth of the infant indigenous Tajik Church.

Harvest 2017

September 25, 2017

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.