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In the final battle scene from the World War II film, Saving Private Ryan, mortally wounded Captain John H. Miller whispers his last words into Private James Ryan’s ears: “Earn this,” he says between dying breaths before he slumps his head, his task complete. His task was to find Private Ryan and bring him home, a mission of mercy planned to give his mother some solace after she hears that three of her four sons died on the field. Miller and his specially picked squad end up completing their task, at the cost of most of their own lives; yet they successfully complete their mission, to bring Private Ryan home alive. Continue reading

Wanted! Dynamic…

Wanted! Dynamic, growing church seeks inspired individual to build on the fantastic work of our team and develop and lead into the vision for discipleship and evangelism.

Caught your attention? If you’ve attended the APCM or the prayer meeting for children’s ministry, the opening statement may not come as a big surprise. If not, then this article is for you!


Where has this come from?

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The importance of being a friend

CAP logoFor I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:35-36

Do you feel challenged by those verses?  Do you wonder what they might mean for you in your life and how you might live them out? Or perhaps you already know and would like more opportunities to provide this kind of practical help and support? If you answered yes to any of those question, or even if I just made you a bit curious, then read on!

Do it! Sam and Heather are lovely; you can contact them, the training was very helpful. Just have a go.

Here at Christ Church, we run a local branch of the national debt counselling charity: Christians Against Poverty.  In the 18 months we’ve been open, we’ve seen 23 clients in total and so far 9 are debt free – praise God for release from the prison of debt and the fear that goes with it and for a fresh start!  Jesus is all about offering a fresh start and that is what we try to do too as we work with our clients to bring them freedom from debt in the best way for them. There is always hope and a solution! Continue reading

East Herts Christian Aid Sponsored Walk

2016 will be the 50th anniversary of the marathon length East Herts Christian Aid Walk which, with support from local churches of many denominations, has raised in total over £458,000, amounting recently to approximately £13,000 per year for Christian Aid.

Christian Aid Walk-1But society is changing and numbers of walkers have been declining while those involved in helping have been getting older.  The committee is trying to involve runners and increase publicity to reverse this trend so are asking all local churches to raise the Walk’s profile and ask for help. Specifically, some of our committee members have had to retire this year so we need to recruit at least 4 new people to help with a variety of roles.  The committee meets about 4 or 5 times per year.  Some jobs involve organizing throughout the year and some will be more focused towards and on the walk date (14 May 2016).  Helpers will need good organization skills and be able (if applicable) to recruit and brief others to help marshal either on the route or in a checkpoint.  Someone with a good eye for detail who likes numbers is needed to track walkers on the day.

So, this is an appeal to anyone in our congregation or church community, to prayerfully consider whether they would be able to volunteer.  The tasks are not difficult and full training and support is available from a very friendly group of people.

Liz Horner or Mike Dawson will be able to give more information on what each job involves and we would be delighted to welcome  new people to our next Committee Meeting at the hall of St Mary the Virgin, Ware, on Thursday 3 September at 8pm, when we will make the decision as to whether next year’s event will take place. We sincerely hope the support we need, will be offered so that we can celebrate our 50th anniversary and keep this very happy and enjoyable event going into the future.

Thank you,
Mike Dawson
On behalf of the Christian Aid Walk committee

Rachel’s Licensing Service

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Three years of study and training culminated in my licensing service on Sunday 28 June at All Saints Church, Hertford.  It was a lovely evening and the service was conducted by the Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans.  Although nervous, I thoroughly enjoyed the service and I felt so privileged to have so many people supporting me both from Christ Church and my family (one aunt came down from near Derby and another came up from Beckenham). Continue reading

Porter’s Ponderings

The light shines in the darkness…

This was the theme of a sermon which Richard gave in May.  While listening to it, I had thoughts rattling around in my head thinking back to my Sunday School days when we sang ‘Jesus bids us shine …. like a candle burning in the night.’  I still believe Jesus bids us shine, but not like little candles!  He IS THE LIGHT, His light shines through us into the darkness and the darkness CANNOT overcome it! Continue reading

Holy Week on Iona: A Tale of Four Crosses

Cross1The first cross is for me the most beautiful of the remaining standing Celtic crosses on the island of Iona as well as being the sole intact survivor.  Sculpted some time between 750 and 800 AD from a single slab of stone imported from the mainland, it stands outside the lovely 13th century Abbey which was restored in the 20th century and is home to the Iona Community founded by George MacLeod. It is an enduring witness to the vision of St Columba and his followers who arrived from Ireland in 563 AD, and has survived the depredations of both Viking raids and Scottish weather!

The next, made of wood, was the one carried from the landing quay to the Abbey on Good Friday as we followed the Stations of the Cross. As a Protestant, I have never been quite sure about what I have only encountered in a Roman Catholic setting, but when Ali, from the Iona Community, came to the Bishop’s House where we were staying, and shared her understanding of the Stations, we became less suspicious. Would our group like to be responsible for the final Station, that of the crucifixion? What materials and /or media might we want to employ? Continue reading

Selfie with Welby

What an incredible experience & an honour to meet The Archbishop of Canterbury – Justin Welby on Friday 19 June 2015 @ the Love Herts Event.  I was invited to attend the event by the brilliant Christian Cole.  Prior to attending the event, I spent several hours listening to sermons & reading about the work Justin is involved, because I wanted to connect as much as possible with this incredible man knowing I would be in a blessed situation of being in the same room as him. What commenced within a very short time of arriving at the event was not what I was expecting! Continue reading

Baptism and Confirmation

BishopOn the 4th October, our Bishop is leading a service of Baptism and confirmation at Christ Church. Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. If you haven’t been baptised already there will be an opportunity to have baptism by full immersion. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.

Christian is running a series of workshops over the summer for our young people, exploring the questions of faith and preparing those who want to be confirmed.

If there is anyone else who would like to consider either being baptised or confirmed, please speak to Keith by the end of July so he can discuss this more with you. Keith can be contacted on 487022 or email curate@christchurchware.co.uk