Notices for Sunday 19th May

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him.” Matthew 8 verse 27

Welcome to our Service at 10.30. Our speaker today is Paul Gymer and the service leader is Phil Reeve. The subject is “What kind of Man is this?” based on Matthew chapter 8 verse 14 to Chapter 9 verse 1.

Tea and coffee will be served in the back hall after the service. Robyn and Grant are responsible for tea and coffee today.

Please join us at 10.10 in the upstairs youth room for prayer. If you would like someone to pray with you after the service Ann and Terry will be available.

Home Groups will meet at
Wednesday group – Shirley Murphy’s.
Thursday group – Ann and Terry’s.
Friday group – Paul and Lucy’s.

April Missionary Offering – the missionary offering at the end of April amounted to £670 and this was sent to the Postal Bible School (Gareth & Margaret McMeekin).

The Prayer Course in Homegroups Over the next few weeks we will be running “The Prayer Course”. Whether we are confident in prayer or learning, this course helpfully and practically unpacks what prayer is and introduces creative ways to pray in a meaningful way. Resources for the course are at Prayer Course The “Toolshed” section is well worth looking at as it introduces a range of prayer ideas that will refresh our church, home group and personal prayer life.

Mid-week children’s club In the light of the very positive “Space Academy” holiday club event over Easter, we believe that the next step for our outreach among younger families is to run a mid-week club, probably aimed at children aged 7 – 11. It will be a club catering for our own children; for those who came to Space Academy and also for those we do not yet have contact with.

We would like the church to pray about this. For any who have a sense that this area of service is something that God’s is calling them to be involved in, to come to a meeting on Tuesday June 4th, 8pm at the church to pray and plan the next steps. It would be helpful if you can let Andy and Matt know beforehand if you are planning to come to the meeting as it will help with our planning.

This is a step of faith for us as a church – and we are very conscious of the need for us all to persist in praying for this opportunity.

A prayer initiative is being run from Ascension 30th May to Pentecost (9th June) encouraging us to pray for 5 not-yet Christian friends, family members, neighbours or colleagues. There is a Prayer app available. A helpful way to pray is by using the BLESS acrostic to focus on all of the needs we are praying for:

Body – health, protection, energy
Labour – employment/unemployment, retirement, adequate income’
Emotional – inner peace, joy, wisdom, insight, patience
Social – healthy relationships between spouses, parents, children, friends, reconciliation; love
Spiritual – repentance, salvation, obedience, faith

For your diaries the prayer events week that was mentioned last Sunday will run from 14-19th July. More details of the programme will be shared nearer the time.

Food Bank – If you have any items for the food bank please put them in the box in the entrance hall.

Pentecost 2019 The churches across the town are running a “Family Fun Pop up on the Hythe” event for the local community on Sunday 9th June 2019, 2-4pm. After the more reflective Good Friday march of silent witness, we want to use the birthday of the church – Pentecost Sunday – to bless the local community with a free experience and to show that being a Christian is a positive experience.

On the raised platform in front of the Jolly Sailor and beside the Kings Head, we will have an area for face painting and craft; a cake give-away and a band with some dance competition running. Harambee will be performing from their recent musical. We will have a prayer space too with the opportunity to talk and pray if requested. Throughout the programme, individuals from the churches will briefly share the difference following Jesus has made in their lives.

Volunteers are needed to help with the face painting and craft – DBSs are required as we are working with children.
Give-away cakes – like cupcakes, flapjack and shortbread-style are needed please. “Big cakes” like sponges are delicious but are not so easy to give away. “Pray-ers and welcomers” to give out fliers and encourage folks to join in.

And a crowd – please come along and invite your friends to pop along.

And throughout all the planning and running – please pray that we have the opportunity to show in word and action the hope we have in our risen Lord Jesus Christ.
Clergy-church leaders are collating volunteers – so please let them know if you can help

Paul and Ralph are responsible for locking up during May.

Date for your diary – Church weekend Away 21st June – 23rd Leaflets are available – please put your name on the sheet in the back hall if you will be joining us at Vauxhall Farm.

Sunday morning children’s activities – On the first Sunday of the month there is a family time together service at 10.30. On the remaining Sundays the children join the first part of the service, then go to separate parts of the building for their activities.