Sunday 4th October | Notices

”While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest and cold and heat and summer and winter and day and night shall not cease”.  Genesis 8 v 22

Sunday  Service  Today Andy and Rachel Mugford will be leading our YouTube service and the speaker is Richard Harknett.   The bible reading is Acts 13 vs 13-44.

Fullbridge Live

Please continue to pray for:
Those people who have ongoing health problems and those who live on their own. 
Also remember our government who are having to make very difficult decisions about our day to day lives.
Pray that a vaccine for Covid 19 will be available soon.

Virtual Coffee after the service  This week it will be in individual home groups.  Your group leader will send you the link.

Home Groups  The Wednesday group and Thursday groups will meet for prayer and bible study via Zoom.  

Alpha course
We plan to run a new course, starting with the initial 6 sessions, in early-mid October.  Please pray about inviting friends, family or colleagues about joining us.  We may be either online or physically together, depending on numbers.  More info is on the Alpha website page, including a trailer film clip.

“Care for the Family” events online
There are some excellent events online and for free over the next couple of months for families, parents and men and women. 

Do check out the website: https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/events/events-online.  

More details were included in last week’s notices.   Bookings are all online and free.

Job Club
Rachel and Andy had a first attempt at a JC café at the church this week.  

Plume Chaplaincy
Rachel and Andy have been given the green light to go back into Plume – Mill Road Campus.  It is really encouraging that the school are so keen to have them back.  They will be focusing on Year 7 to start with.  2 of the other chaplains have had to step down for work reasons, though they hope that another couple will be coming in with them later in the term. They’d value prayer for the Monday morning sessions as they meet new students and seek to offer them support.  

Echoes International – Engaging a broken World’ 
Echoes International Online Missionary Conference – Saturday 10 October.  EI are expecting listeners from all over the world and would love us (and our friends) to listen too. It is completely free to join on the website, but if you want to listen to the live panel discussion, you’ll need to register for a zoom password. For most of the programme, there are subtitles and they are also hoping to have a BSL interpreter. All the details can be found here: https://www.echoesinternational.org.uk/brokenworld/  The conference will include a children’s session, short reports from various countries and a talk by Michael Ramsden, (president of RZIM, and one of the founders of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics)

Vinjeru School Quiz – Saturday 10th October 
On-Line via Zoom and WhatsApp.  On-line from 7pm to start at 7.30pm. 
To book your place email Ross at quiz@vinjeruschooltrust.org

Looking for a new home
A young Christian couple with a dog are looking for a home to rent in the Maldon area.  They attend CGC Maldon.  If you are aware of any accommodation that is available, please contact Andy. 

The September missionary offering  will shortly be sent to Martin & Karolyn Simbeye in Zambia.

Operation Christmas Child 2020
Many things we were looking forward to in 2020 have been cancelled (from the Olympics to school graduation celebrations). Children around the world, especially those in contexts of poverty have struggled with isolation and not being with their friends. But Christmas isn’t cancelled (even though it is a long way off still) and together we can bring fresh joy, and hope of new life in Jesus to children through shoebox gifts.

Because of Covid-19 the shoebox campaign will have to follow strict guidance and plans are being made both in receiving countries and here at home:

The safety and health of children receiving Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts, our
volunteers, staff, and our ministry partners is our top priority.
At this time, Operation Christmas Child will continue to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, 9-16 November 2020.
We are risk assessing our shoebox drop off locations and potential processing centres and
looking at ways social distancing can be maintained.

It is also possible to pack a Shoebox Online: www.shoeboxonline.org.uk. That way you can still join in and have fun choosing items to go into a shoebox and we will buy the gifts, pack and send shoeboxes for them.