Mission Sunday 7th July 2019
Mission Sunday will be on Sunday 7th July. Please bring in your Mission Boxes on that Sunday.
Let’s all try to remember to collect up as many as possible. We only had a few returned at the service in January.
If you would like a box please let me know.
In the evening of the 12th May, Ruth led the annual Churches Together Christian Aid special service. People came to support us from many local churches. Ruth led the service extremely well and Robert organized for Neil to come and tell us about the current project in Sierra Leone as seen in the DVD we had watched during the morning service too. Apparently, following the dreadful Ebola Crisis which devasted people in Sierra Leone, they are now crippled by debt due to the help provided to try to eradicate the disease. Christian Aid are appealing to the government to wipe that debt clean. Neil was well informed and pleasant to speak to later on in the Parlour when we had refreshments. Many of us signed the petition re this debt.
We sang some wonderful hymns, especially closing with “I have a Voice”, which we first heard last year at St. John’s URC New Barnet. Alison Bond, a member of that church, read the lesson as did Helen from St. John’s Friern Barnet. Our own Sara and Pennie led us in prayers.
Thank you, Val, Lynda and Sara for arranging the refreshments. Many commented on the smooth operation of the digital sound system during the service. Thank you, Robert and finally to Roger who came along to play the piano to accompany the hymns.
It was great to see so many of our own congregation there and to see old friends from other churches around.
I hope we can host the event again in a few years’ time.
Yours in Christ,
(Please also see the letter to join the mass lobby at Westminster re. climate change and action on 26th June – See further information at www.christianaid.org.uk under the drop down menu “Campaigns”.)
Well blessed by warm, dry weather, our wonderful collectors, who gave up one or two nights to do the Annual Christian Aid street collections, were out in teams of 6, 4 and 5 people over three nights.
Thank you everyone and a special massive thank you to Sara for organizing a rota and map of all the local streets. She is just amazing and so well organized.
Along with Sunday service collections and the street collections we were able to send £816.83 to Christian Aid directly. Thanks to Jane and Tanya who were able to count the monies which Chris and I then took to the Bank – What a relief!
We hope and pray that our Lord and Saviour will be with those in Sierra Leone who are hoping to build a new clinic for pregnant mothers who have been suffering so much.
Christian Aid have been collecting to help refugees and those in dire need for 71 years. As a Church, Pennie and I recall having one road each to deliver envelopes and collect on other evenings, in the days of Roger Scopes and that’s in the 1970’s and ‘80’s. We always had Beaconsfield Road, always a tricky one with steps up there and flats down there! This year Pennie told me they had such a laugh and just shows what camaraderie was encouraging them all to carry on.
On Sunday morning 12th May, Ruth showed the moving DVD of young mothers in Sierra Leone such as Jebbeh, working in the fields with one baby strapped to her back while eight months pregnant! We also saw Judith, a qualified nurse who works round the clock to help young women give birth safely but with no electricity and delivering by torch light at night, it seems unimaginable to us. Judith is a driving force and being supported by Christian Aid to build a new clinic.