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Welcome to this morning’s service The service leader is Richard Little and we welcome Gareth Tuckwell from Tunbridge Wells as our speaker today. Tea and coffee will be served in the back hall after the service.

A prayer meeting, to which everyone is invited, is held every Sunday morning from approx 10.00 am -10.15 am in the upstairs room. We would encourage all who are taking part in the service and youth activities to attend.

Prayer If you would like someone to pray with you after the service Rachel and Andy Mugford will be available.

Advance notice On the Sunday of the weekend away there will be no children’s groups at Fullbridge as most of the children and leaders will be away in Suffolk.

The home groups will be meeting at the following homes

Anne and Phil’s group at Anne and Phil’s.

Jeremy and Philippa’s group at Richard and Sarah’s.

Shirley’s group at James and Michelle’s.

Friday group – see Peter and Val for details.

Ross Power – Ross would be grateful for our prayers as he speaks at City Hall, West Mersea this evening.

Home group questions

1. Any encounter with prayer for healing has to hold together a strange paradox. The paradox that some are cured and some are not. Although we look to healing of the whole person, and recognise there is a time to die, it is sometimes physical cure that is our focus and certainly it seemed that way in many New Testament accounts. Please discuss this statement. Does it resonate with our own experience?

2. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert. He was in the wilderness for 40 days, tempted by Satan and He was with the wild beasts and the angels waited on him. Have you had a desert experience in your life and if so, was it in any way a healing experience? It has been said (by Belden Lane in The solace of Fierce Landscapes) that ‘the plain unadorned desert is always sufficient for unravelling and redefining our lives. Its inattentiveness to human anxiety provides inexplicable healing’. Share something from your desert experiences and any sense of God at work through that time in your life. We heard it said that “It is in the desert that we are brought face to face with wild beasts within and without, and we are made aware of the miraculous resources of heaven”.   Was this true for you?

3. “Prayer for healing is not about us moving in from a place of strength and distributing mighty healing power. It is about being filled with compassion and to some extent sharing in the suffering of the person who is seeking healing, as we seek to hear God speak into their situation”. Please discuss with reference to Mark chapters 1-3.

  1. In response to God’s promises we are to: Know the promises of God – read God’s word or listen to God’s word and take note of God’s promises for us Apply the promises of God – Respond in faith stretch out a hand, pray for someone, take a step of faith, be generous, love. Have confidence in our God whose promises are for real – Hold on to God – He is not slow in keeping his promises (2 Peter 3:9) Is this a challenge for us? Are we ready to go deeper with God?
At the prayer meeting on Thursday evening we prayed for Fullbridge’s children and young people. Some of us committed to praying regularly for a child or a grown up who helps with the work.At the end of the evening there were 5 names left.If you would like to commit to praying for one of them, please see Helen Chambers.

CAP Course Don’t forget to speak to Sarah Reynolds or Phil Reeve if you are interested in signing up for the CAP (Christians against poverty) Course. The dates are 16th June, 7th July and 14th July.

Southwold Beach Mission: 26 July – 9 August (one or 2 week-long option available)

If you would like to come as part of the team but haven’t applied yet, Andy Mugford would encourage you to do this as soon as possible (website link is http://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/southwoldteam). ;

At the moment we still need team members in all the age groups to help us run a successful mission.

The application online is very easy and the experience on the team second-to-none!  Please catch a Mugford if you are interested – the younger ones will be there this summer, along with Jack and maybe you too.  

 The June Missionary offering   amounted to £561. This has been rounded up to £800 and £400 has been sent to Tim and Jenny and £400 to Operation Brother Love. 

Children and Young People’s Groups on Sunday mornings.

On the first Sunday of the month we all stay together in Church. On the remaining Sundays the children join the first part of the service, then go to separate parts of the building for their activities. We have three groups:

 Mustard: an Early Years group, with crèche, downstairs in the Back Hall.

Pepper: a Junior group, for up to secondary school age, upstairs in the Green Room.

Salt: a group for School Years 7 to 11, upstairs in the Youth Room on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.