When God spoke to Abraham, he said ‘I will bless you’, he then goes on to say that he will be a blessing. In fact, God says ‘all the nations of the world will be blessed through you’.
As Christians, from the promises in Zachariah, to the work of Jesus and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, that is true for us.
God, because he loves us, chooses to bless us, to give us peace, strength, grace, hope and joy, to enable us to be faithful and fruitful in uncertain times.
Now, having passed my 6th anniversary as Vicar here, I see and am grateful for how God has been so faithful in Christ Church and how his people have born faithful witness to Him throughout the generations, for the blessing that they have received and that we now enjoy.
As we have been looking at the book of Nehemiah we see that we are at another time of receiving His favour, with the faculty now granted to renovate, renew and re-equip the church buildings. It gives us an opportunity of giving thanks for all that has gone before and passing on that blessing to the next generation and the generations yet to be born. Ps78. You will see further details later on in the magazine.
As well as buildings we also have had a number of people coming to and exploring their faith and on Nov 5th in the evening we have another opportunity for people to celebrate their faith to be baptised and/or confirmed. Do contact Caz or Christian if you are interested.
Do save the date of the 14th of October as we all gather together for our church awayday with our guest speaker Chris Fox. Further details will follow. In September we also have Jessie Dipper arriving as our worship intern to help resource our worship, alongside so many that faithfully serve in so many ways.
As followers of Jesus and as the church together, we need to continue to be open to receive God’s blessing. We need to give thanks and enjoy it when we receive it and we need always to be willing to pass it on, so that this community and nation, even to the ends of the earth might be transformed.
With my prayers for you all.
Jigsaws with God
I was recently talking with my friend Martin about his holiday in America. He said he’d met some interesting people and in conversation had learnt a bit about them, but had not got the full picture, just a few bits of the jigsaw of their lives.
That got me thinking (dangerous! Lol). Do we play at jigsaws with God? Continue reading
So we thought the Champagne trip would be a welcome bolt hole in the middle of a busy spring for us as a family. A little time away without the children to spend time with each other and experience some culture. It did just that and more.
It was an excellent excuse to be contributing to the building fund, spend time with the Church family and drink before midday! I must say whilst I know my wife easily fits in to more refined company I was a little concerned that I might unwittingly lower the tone beyond the tolerance of others. I was a little anxious that I wouldn’t be able to meet the cultural expectations of such delightful company. However I was pleased to discover that my brothers Martin Rich and Mark Hallett served me by making me look sophisticated in comparison. Continue reading
Today was our ‘Gifting Day’, and as I write this, I am filled with expectation as we wait to hear the results. STOP PRESS – I have just heard from the Treasurer that we raised £165,000 on June 11th. I am sure we will find that more pledges and gifts come in over the next few weeks. This means we are well on the way to achieving our target for this second phase of £700,000.
I have really enjoyed the stories John has been sharing over the past weeks and months of the Vision the early Founders of Christ Church had and the quotes from past vicars encouraging the congregation to support the town of Ware and those in need. There was no doubt in the minds of the clergy and congregation that Christ Church had a significant role to play in the community supporting those in need in the town and wider missionary work. Continue reading
As I don’t know who you are to write individually, I decided I would write more generally to say thank you for your faithful giving to the ministry of Christ Church. I hope you have had the opportunity to see something of what God has been doing in Ware, and beyond, through the many and varied ministries of Christ Church and that you have also experienced the blessing of being in partnership with God in this way.
God has, quite literally, been changing lives in and around our community as we journey together as His disciples. He continues to provide all that we need through the generosity of His people. We stand today on a legacy of generosity and we look to the future with a vision to leave a legacy for the generations who will continue to meet and worship and journey together here.
Thank you for being willing and responding to God’s prompting to support His work. I give thanks to God for you and your commitment and your generosity and would ask that you pray for the PCC as together we work to implement the ambitious vision we believe God has given for the future.
Yours, in Christ,
What a blessed few weeks we have had since Easter with regards to the building project.
Work started on phase one of the project, being the building of the offices in the Memorial Hall in April and has raced along. As the builders peeled back the building to reveal its shell we were given an opportunity to see what the halls had looked like when they were first built and how they had been modified and adapted over the intervening 120 years. I have more photos showing high plastered ceilings, a long blocked up window, large chunky joinery, the like of which we don’t see these days.
As I write this article the major demolition work is completed and the shape and feel of the new rooms are emerging with the roof windows in place, new floor and internal walls completed and the plumbing and wiring underway. The new windows are being built which will make the memorial hall and offices light, bright and airy.
The good news is that the project is currently on time and on budget and we look forward to welcoming you to the new offices at the end of the summer.
I know that a lot of prayer was offered whilst we submitted our faculty application to the diocese to undertake the works within the church. After a nervous wait whilst the legal consultations where carried out, we were delighted to be granted the faculty permission at the start of June to enable the works to church to start. Continue reading
When you left school, was that the point you felt that you had become an adult? For some, leaving school marks the end of adolescence and the beginning of adult life. Perhaps it wasn’t until you got married, or had children, or stepped into your first home. Some “grown-ups” don’t feel like adults at 40!
What about your faith, when did you feel like a Christian? Can you name the date and hour that it happened or is it a long journey that you are still on? Continue reading
When Louise and I stepped in to help with the week to week running of crèche we came with a vision to see crèche as just a further place for biblical teaching and getting to know God. While crèche enables parents to focus on the sermon we felt it is equally, if not more, important as a place for babies and toddlers to hear the name of Jesus.
Crèche has a dedicated team of volunteers who embrace the activities that go on within crèche, and we’ve been excited to see them continuing to share and get involved in this ministry. We would like to say a huge thank you for all their hard work, and for sticking with us as we’ve brought in new activities, taken time to teach us how things run, as well as embracing things like the room changes for the development works. Continue reading
The Dust Project: Building Hope, Changing Lives.
Founded by three friends, The Dust Project operates out of a desire to see lives changes, and a passion to make a difference across the nation of Sri Lanka after years of civil unrest. The tough existence of all generations across the country made it an easy choice to begin the work in this beautiful nation. Behind the tea, the beaches and the elephants, lies poverty, destruction and chains that bind citizens; all of which The Dust Project work towards eradicating.
When it rains it pours in Sri Lanka; lives are put on hold as soon as the heavens open. I have experienced it first-hand – stranded in a tuk-tuk (or Trishaw), alone with a driver who spoke only Tamil. The engines are switched off, no-one leaves their house and every single person vanishes from view. It rains non-stop for a lengthy period of time, and if you are lucky enough to be caught in it, is a marvellous experience. The land, which five minutes ago was pure dust finally has a glimmer of life. Soon though, the rain stops, the sun appears and the only hope for life vanishes.
‘Getting into’ the greatest story
During the last week of term before Easter, Christ Church stepped back in time and underwent a transformation. If you’d have walked in that week all your five senses would have been taken on quite an adventure! Almost 1000 people, adults and children alike, took part in that adventure, and engaged with the Easter story as if they were in it. The church was transformed into Jerusalem in the year 30 AD, with seven different scenes depicting stages of Jesus’ last week. Continue reading
CHURCH AWAY DAY
Saturday 14th October 9am to 3.30pm, Presdales School
As a church we have so many connections with the community: Oasis (single parents ministry), Toddlers every day of the week, a baby group, CAP debt centre, LoveWare:LiveWare, Christ Church School and 3 other schools in our parish, a church football team, older peoples ministry, heart for business, Alpha etc…. While we are a growing church, we believe that one of the next stages for us is to see more people come to faith. By using the opportunities and situations that God has placed us in, we want to use our lives to be witnesses to others. Are you up to the challenge? Come and be equipped, encouraged, enthused and energised.
Our Speaker for the day is Chris Fox. He is the Assistant Pastor St Paul’s Ealing, a vibrant and lively church.
He is also looks after the New Wine Discipleship Year, which is for young people aged 18 -24, seeking to explore and develop their calling to work within churches. With a well-established track record of enabling seekers to find Christ, he has a particular desire to make church relevant and accessible in today’s culture.
There will be a full programme of children’s and young people’s activities available on the day.
The away day is a key priority for us as a church family, so please do keep the date free; booking will open soon.
BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION
Sunday 5th November 7pm
Bishop Michael will be leading our service of baptism & confirmation.
We will be holding sessions for those who wish to explore confirmation and what it means and or baptism in readiness for the 5th November. At that service there will be an opportunity to be baptised by full immersion as well as to be confirmed. If you would like to know more then please do speak to Caz, Christian or John.
We are exploring the possibility of holding a series of lectures at Degree or similar level aimed at mature Christian looking to develop a deeper understanding.
The idea is that we would host visiting academics and experienced bible teachers who would deliver degree level teaching on a variety of topics such as
• Origins of the names of God
• Exploring God’s purposes in sending Christ
• What do the first five books of the Old Testament teach about God and his purposes?
• The symbolism of the Last Supper explained
• Understanding Christian apologetics
• “Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain?”
If this is likely to be of interest to you could you let Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) know.
CARE FOR THE FAMILY
20th September 2017 7.30pm
For over 25 years Care for the Family has been working throughout the UK. They provide parenting, relationship and bereavement support through events, resources, courses, training and a volunteer networks. Their work is motivated by Christian compassion, and their resources and support are available to everyone, of any faith or none.
We are delight to partner with Care for the Family by hosting an evening entitled- Always leave a light on.
Always leave a light on explores the pain many parents and families have experienced when a prodigal walks away from faith. Discover how we can stem the tide, avoid some pitfalls that create prodigals in the first place, and cultivate a culture where churches are filled with the Father’s love.
We are sure that this evening will appeal too many, will be challenging, encouraging, affirming and equipping. Booking details will be available soon but please do reserve the date now.
I’m Jessie and I love God, music and people. As well as climbing trees and writing songs, I’m passionate about playing guitar, singing and making music, being as creative as can be and going on adventures.
Growing up, I lived in quite a few different places, travelling from Afghanistan to London, Essex, Oxford and beyond, but was actually born near by, when my parents were studying at All Nations Christian College, just up the road (where my family are now based). By the time you read this, I will have nearly completed two years of living away from home, in ‘deepest, darkest Birmingham’ where I have been studying Singer-songwriting at Music College- from which I’ve been developing my career as a solo singer-songwriter, gigging, writing and recording as much as I can in the secular environments around me- writing songs for that audience, but with biblical truths and a Christian perspective.
But why on earth am I telling you this? Well, as well as being an over enthusiastic 18 year old, lover of the light, I’m going to be part of your church family starting from this coming September, on the New Wine Discipleship year as a Worship Intern at Christ Church(!). The bottom line of all that I am and do, is that I am a Worshipper. My music is one of the ways in which I worship and on stage is where, for me, heaven touches earth. So I’m really looking forward to hopefully meeting you all in person, having a chat over a cup of tea (I love tea) and also getting excited about what God’s doing together! I feel very called into Music Ministry and the idea of light breaking into the dark places of the world around us using music as a vessel to draw near to God, and hope that you can come on that journey with me as we worship and grow together this coming year.
See you soon!
In spirit and Truth,
“Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs around yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. Give thanks for everything to God the Father.” Ephesians 5:18-20
Christ Church has now been in partnership with Christians Against Poverty for three and a half years and we have seen 70 households in our local community during that time. Around a third of those are now debt free and have received a fresh start, free of the chains of debt.
CAP is not the only charity offering a professional and free debt counselling service but we do offer something unique. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only debt counselling charity who meet our clients in their own homes and obviously we are motivated to provide this service in the first place out of love for Jesus and so we go out in his name. Continue reading
The name’s Bond.
Shaken not stirred.
Licensed to kill.
I could go on.
Last week, Roger Moore, who graced the screen as the iconic British spy during the 1970s and 80s, passed away aged 89. With a film and TV career spanning six decades, he exuded glamour and subdued good humour, his raised eyebrow perhaps his most defining motif.
So what did we love about Roger Moore’s Bond? Continue reading
I went along to the Transformed Lives course more out of curiosity than feeling the need for any transformation in my own life. There has been plenty of upset in my past, but I felt that this had all been dealt with, so I was going along to see what I could learn to help others. It was quite a commitment – giving up five Saturdays with a busy work schedule and other obligations, but it was well worth it.
SESSION ONE – SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES. We looked at practising the presence of God – focussing on Jesus, knowing that he knows each one of us by name and if we are still enough for long enough and if we seek his face, he will call us by name, because that’s what happens when we are in relationship with him. We spent some time reflecting on listening prayer and that we all hear God differently; but that listening isn’t enough, we then need to follow if he has asked us to do something. Lastly, we looked at receiving forgiveness, how sin and guilt hinder our relationship with God; but he longs for us to come before him and receive his forgiveness, forgiveness freely given to us by grace that we may fully enter into fellowship with him. We talked about the need to be childlike in our speaking to God and in our expectation of hearing from God. Our homework was to try and practise the presence of God in our daily lives – this I find hard, firstly because I generally do my bible study, pray and dash off to work without giving time to listen to God, and secondly I tend to leave God at the door when I arrive at work, but I’m trying to create space to be still before God during the day. Continue reading
Lent is a time of waiting, of change, a time of refinement. It follows winter when all seems to have died but in spring there starts to be the hint of something new, a bud here or there, a bulb starting to poke through. In John 7:33 Jesus said that he was here for a short while later but he promised that when he went to heaven he would leave his Spirit.
John 7:37-38: ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’
He told us that his death, like winter, had to come, but then his resurrection welcomed in a new season, just like spring. In fact, he said that streams of living water would come up from within you. Not just something that touched the outside but something that brought inward transformation, life and flourishing. He said stop, come to him and drink deeply.
One of things that is always so noticeable about spring is the warmth of the sun on your face. In one of the earliest blessings, it is about the Lord shining on us.
Numbers 6:24-26 ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.’
In a world that is fast, let us take moments to stop, on the train, as we walk, as we pray, to allow the Lord to shine on us. To receive from him and be transformed by him. As we see the bud of a flower, as we see the days lengthening, as we feel the sun on our face. As we see spring coming let’s recognise that the night is over and the day lies open before us. As we travel through Good Friday, let us remember what it cost Jesus for us to be able to know forgiveness, no more guilt and shame, and as we see remember the resurrection let us see the smile and experience the hope and joy that the Lord gives. May we always be expectant for his living water of the Holy Spirit, to flow through us transforming us from the inside out, bringing new buds, in our lives, in the church and world around us. If you wish for more of the Lord, just ask Him!
Let us always give thanks for the buds that the Lord is bringing and that we are seeing.
With our prayers for you.
Hello!!! I’m John. John Bell. Many of you will have seen me around over the last few months, with my wife Rebecca, and our two children – Sophie (8) and Daniel (5). I have spoken to quite a few of you but I know there are still many others I haven’t yet had the chance to talk to. We live in Stevenage and started coming to Christ Church at the end of September last year.
Originally from Durham, I spent five years in and around Farnborough, Hampshire obtaining a degree in Aerospace Engineering. It was there I met a friend who led (dragged?) me to Christ. In 2001, work brought me to Hertfordshire, and God led me to St Paul’s in St Albans where I met Rebecca. In 2010, we felt called to move to Stevenage (back to Stevenage in my case), and began worshipping at St Peter’s Church, in the Broadwater area.
So how did we end up here at Christ Church? Well in 2013, after a number of years trying desperately hard to ignore God’s prompting, I started exploring a call into ordained ministry. I embarked on this journey of discernment, learning more about the Church of England, more about myself, and more about what it would mean to be ordained as a Priest, all the while listening for God’s direction through
In March last year, I went to a Bishop’s Advisory Panel and was recommended for training. I looked into the options and courses and opted to train through the Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC). Some call this a part-time course (although often it feels more than full-time), some call it non-residential (yet we have 6 residential weekends and a full week too each year). Studying on a Regional Course, such as ERMC, means that I continue with my full-time paid employment in Aerospace Engineering, while I work and study towards ordination in my ‘spare’ time. Normally, with these Regional Courses, I would stay under the supervision of the incumbent at my home church (i.e. St Peter’s). Unfortunately (or fortunately?), my incumbent (Tim Horlock, some of you may know him!) moved to St Andrew’s Chorleywood leaving our church in vacancy, and left me needing to look for somewhere willing to take on an Ordinand (cue Christ Church, and a certain Revd Hookway).
Before Christmas I spent a bit of time finding out more about some of the activities Christ Church do, getting along to Seven, Messy Church, Encounter, and even PCC!! I hope to see more of what we do here at Christ Church over the coming weeks and months, as work, studying, residentials and life in general allows.
When I have time (not often with all that’s going on), I love spending time on my allotment growing (or trying to grow) a variety of fruit and veg – some of which have proven to be much more successful than others so there may be an abundant supply of courgettes at the back of church in the summer, and Brussel sprouts in the winter. I enjoy reading – anything fantasy, sci-fi, or crime based but Lee Child novels are a particular favourite. I also love walking/hiking when I get the chance (real hills only please) and I’m an avid fan of Sunderland Football Club (someone has to be and at the time of writing we’re still in the Premier League!!).
So, here I am, with Rebecca and the children, and for the next two and a half years we hope to be here worshipping with you at Christ Church, where I will be leading, preaching, and doing my best to be a general nuisance. If we haven’t had the chance to speak to you yet then please come and say hello.
All the best,
On Saturday March 4, as part of our expression of Christ Church as an Eco Church, we organised a Litter Pick in conjunction with The Great British Spring Clean run by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.
It allowed us as a church to make both a contribution to the Town community and to support the principle of environmental responsibility. Nine volunteers collected twenty bags of rubbish from the streets and walkways around Ware. Our photo shows four of us with some of our efforts, a bit tired but grateful for public encouragements of car horn blasts and thanks from passers-by!
This reflection was written during the Holy Week retreat at Launde Abbey last year, when we were invited on Maundy Thursday to focus on one of the ‘characters’ in the gospel narrative and to try and see the events from their perspective. So these are Nicodemus’ reflections after the trial before Caiaphas (which Nicodemus, as a member of the Sanhedrin, would have attended) and before Jesus’ crucifixion.
What I have written is based on John 3:1-21 (in verse 14, Jesus refers to Numbers 21:8-90). The only other reference to Nicodemus comes after the crucifixion, when he brings burial spices as he and Joseph of Arimathea prepare Jesus’ body for the tomb. John 19:38-42
‘The wind blows wherever it wants’,
that’s what you said-
that night, after dark.
It’s blowing now,
gusting across the court of the Gentiles,
Can you hear it?
howling for your death.
But you know why it blows, this wind,
indeed, you turn to face it –
You knew it then,
you warned me.
All that talk about Moses
and his bronze snake.
I just didn’t think it would be so soon.
And I, ever the cautious sceptic
with my academic questions
and my wanting to remain in good standing with my peers –
I am come but lately to believe
your heavenly truths
in this, my earthly heart,
to stop the priestly juggernaut,
its greedy game
of cat and mouse with Rome.
You will be lifted up….
But if I’ve heard you right,
will somehow be redemptive…
So not a tragedy?
the cost will be brutal.
Everything shouts to me now
that you’re indeed God’s Son –
So how will the Father tolerate
what’s coming – (too soon)
to his beloved child?
(Still the one with the questions, you notice).
Yes, my mind reels
but now my heart reels too –
my ‘newly born’ heart.
My helplessness to make a difference
as is my shame
at my withholding
to the so-called ‘King of the Jews’.
I give it to you now –
too late perhaps I walk in the light,
praying that the memory of that unwavering illumination
will sustain us both in the hideous darkness ahead…
Christ Church, Ware
For supporting Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child at Harlow during the 2016/17 campaign.
Ware Drill Hall, Amwell End
Saturday June 17th at 7pm
A selection of popular, classical and
original music, with guest appearances by:
BARBARA MANNING (violin) and
LIZ KIRKWOOD (cello)
FEATURING MORE THAN 30 RINGERS WITH
OVER 300 BELLS AND CHIMES
Tickets: £12, £10 and £3 from 01992 504991 or on the door
Burns Night Supper – Saturday 4th February 2017
“your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions“. Joel 2:28
With the vision of our Church Development looking as though it is about to come to become a reality – firstly we give thanks and praise!! Those of us who have been supporting this project over many years with coach trips to other Churches who had successfully carried out work to their premises to visits from architects, etc. are breathing a sigh of relief. We have all ‘hung in there’ knowing that in God’s time (which is not ours!!) all would be revealed. Continue reading
Do you know the connection between polio and purple croci? (Classical scholars tell me that is the correct plural for ‘crocus’!
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease which Rotarians the world over have been working hard to eradicate globally since 1985.
Now for a few statistics:-
In 1985 there were 125 polio epidemic countries. Last year just two remained – Palestine and Afghanistan. In 1985 350,000 cases were reported. In 2015 it was reduced to 74. (A reduction of 99.96% for any mathematician.) In that time 2.5 billion children have been immunised at a cost of 20p per child. I must mention the outstanding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who contribute £2 for every £1 which Rotary has raised.
At several locations throughout Ware, including Wodson Park, The Priory, Fire Station and the garden in the front of Christ Church, a colourful display of over 6,000 crocus plants will be on display. (Thanks to Heather for her planting skills on our behalf}.
So why purple?
Those involved in the process of immunising children found it impossible to decide which child had been treated because they received a small sweet after treatment and proceeded to re-join the queue! The solution was to dip one of their fingers in purple dye. Hence the colour ‘purple’ has become the worldwide emblem for our campaign. The Crocus has the potential to become the instantly recognisable symbol of Rotary, representing their greatest achievement, conquering Polio.
Two thoughts for you. We are now 32 years into the campaign. Many, many people have both practically and financially supported this project. The ‘finishing line’ is in sight.
Are there any clues here for the challenge of refurbishing our facilities for future generations?
Mike – Rotary Club of Ware
When there were only a couple of billion of us, it wasn’t too much of a problem to assume that resources were infinite and the planet was more than capable of coping with our activities. Unfortunately, that is no longer true with over 7 billion of us on this rock floating through space. There is no umbilical cord; we get a (very useful) daily allowance of fresh sunlight, but the physical resources we have are, well, all we have.
Why does all of this matter? As the above headlines show, we’re trashing the planet at a frightening rate and causing all sorts of irreversible damage (but at least we’ll have High Definition pictures of rainforests and wildlife to show our grandchildren what they looked like). Climate change is wreaking havoc on communities around the globe with increasingly unpredictable weather patterns ruining crops and livelihoods and steadily rising sea levels threatening coastal settlements. Many predict that the wars of the coming decades will be fought over fresh water – even the current carnage in Syria was substantially triggered by severe droughts. And through all of this it’s the poor who will suffer the most. Continue reading
14th February; Valentine’s Day. It’s the day when every seat in every restaurant is full and when couples who don’t care for restaurants will be preparing nice meals for one another. Flowers will be delivered to offices, gifts will show up in mailboxes, cards will be exchanged, supermarkets sell copious boxes of chocolates and petrol station flowers run out.
I am something of a sceptic when it comes to fabricated days that tell us to tell someone they are special and I feel for all those who for whatever reason are excluded on the 14th. I am very fortunate to have been married to Jane for more than 25 years now and it is so easy to take her for granted so I embrace Valentine’s Day, not for the commercialisation but as a time to say thank you and that I do still love you. Continue reading
I have gradually been working my way through a huge pile of shredding which landed on my desk at the start of January. The minutes of old meetings didn’t capture my imagination, however, there was an old envelope full of bills paid by the church in 1929/30 which caught my eye.
All the bills were handwritten, onto printed letter head paper, but on much smaller sheets of paper than we currently use. Mostly the church shopped locally, only one supplier was from Hertford (the piano tuner) and only two were from London – for Commercial Stationery 1,000 envelopes and from a separate printer a new account book, presumably not available locally.
So what did the church pay for 86 years ago? Continue reading
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. Although it is the smallest of seeds, yet it grows into the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree so that all the birds of the air come and nest in its branches” (Matthew 13:31-32)
As with all of Jesus’s use of images and parables, there are many things that we can understand from this! I believe it has a fairly direct application to the work that we do through our CAP Debt Centre, here at Christ Church both in what we do on a local level and also the impact we can have on a national level.
Locally, we have the immense privilege of meeting people, face to face, in their homes. It’s all about the importance of one life, one person, in God’s economy where each and every person has immense value. After all, we were created for eternity! The blessings we receive (yes, really) through being able to spend time with anyone who is burdened by debt are difficult to describe. The amount of debt doesn’t matter as the worry, stress and pressure it causes is often the same. The joy of being able to bring hope and light into the darkness of worry, fear or despair is immensely rewarding. And the greatest joy of all is seeing someone grasp the truth that Jesus is the real source of that hope and light and that we were made for a relationship with Him, with each other, and for eternal life. Wow!
So I think the local work is our mustard seed. Continue reading
Litaniae de venerabili altaris
sacramento in E flat (K243) Mozart
Choral Fantasia Beethoven
Conductor: Julian Williamson
Piano soloist: Barbara Manning
and other soloists
Saturday 10 June 7.30pm
The Drill Hall, Amwell End, Ware SG12 9HP
Tickets: £15 reserved £13 unreserved
available from Cannon Travel, Society Members,
at the door or phone 01920 462346
Book the date now! Come as a group.
Paul Watson and Diana Perkins will be happy to get tickets for you.
A fundraising concert will be going ahead at CCW during the evening of September 23rd 2017. A choir is needed to perform with rock band Redeeming Feature. Chris Peirce reckons it is too long to wait for Christmas for the next performance of the CCW Choir, so how about members airing their lungs at this really worthwhile event. If you are interested in being involved in this Flashmob type choir please let Chris know or send him an email.
Advertising material and tickets will be available for the concert in the near future. As well as Redeeming Feature and the CCW Choir there will be other musically talented people including a youth band, an organ slot and solo artists. Book the date now in your diary, this should be a great Musical Extravaganza.
This will be a MADD Production!