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June: Mission & Parish Council Update

Missions, News & Prayer

Scripture Union & Bible Society In July, Mission of the Month giving is divided between Scripture Union and Bible Society. Just now, inspired by a ‘billboards on buses’ campaign in London, we are running a series of #QuoteJesus signs on our changeable church sign. The first says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” How timely are Jesus’…

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Thank you from 11am EEC!

Ministers' letters

11am Church would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone at St Michael’s. It has taken effort and sacrifice from the whole church for us to begin, and to begin so well. This would not have happened without so many from all over St Michaels helping in many ways; 8am now finish at…

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Term 2 – E for Evangelism

Ministers' letters

Term 2’s focus at St Michael’s is E for Evangelism. This week someone asked me how it was going. As it happened, he asked me at the WCCEB Coffee and Dessert Night, and it was so encouraging to hear that in 2017, our local high school Scripture board has been able to place a new…

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The Social Church: Using Facebook to share the Gospel

Ministers' letters, Missions, View from the pew

  I’m going to start with a couple of controversial statements:  It’s easier than ever to share the gospel. You can be a missionary in one of the world’s largest “countries”, today! Sometimes we use work or busyness as an excuse for not sharing the gospel. We even (embarrassingly) admit that because we spend so…

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Mission Update – CMS

Church Governance, Missions, News & Prayer

Mission Update – CMS In June, Mission of the Month giving is directed to CMS – the Church Missionary Society. Through CMS, we continue to support some wonderful link missionaries: Mal and Charissa Forrest in church pastoral work, Jordan; D & L, development work with students, East Asia. And we are entering a partnership with…

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Prayerful dependence

Ministers' letters

Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” In my Minister’s Letters throughout 2017, I am spending some time unpacking each of the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement….

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Conferences, KYCK and conversions…

Ministers' letters

The Christian calendar is full of varied yet wonderful conferences; perhaps too many to choose from. Sometimes we must be careful not to go to so many that we aren’t present locally for our own Church, mission and personal evangelism. St Michael’s youth are strong attenders of a few conferences, camps and events. And KYCK…

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Prayer: What is it?!

Prayer, View from the pew

What reactions are stirred within you when you hear the word “prayer”? Do you feel apathy, guilt, fear (especially of praying aloud), confusion, discouragement? Or do you feel comfort and assurance? I’ve experienced them all. Of that list, one major hindrance to my prayer is confusion. What exactly is prayer? How should I pray? Am…

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Minister’s Letter – The Public Reading

Bible Readings, Ministers' letters, News & Prayer

Facebook currently says it’s one year since my Long Service Leave in America. There I was privileged to attend 7 services and 3 Bible study groups at 5 churches. All were friendly and Bible-based, with the gospel of Jesus central. But, at least to my way of thinking, something was missing: Bible-reading in church! In my Minister’s…

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Why call it good?

Community, News & Prayer, People, Uncategorized, View from the pew

As we approach this Easter, which will be my 89th, I share some thoughts with you… When I was a lot younger, even though I realised the significance of Good Friday, I couldn’t understand why it was called ‘Good’. But this short poem put it very clearly: Good Friday, why call it good, When on…

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