Our church has had links with Sri Lanka going back more than 25 years. Students who came from Sri Lanka to study returned home to serve the Christian faith, found churches, and – in one case – found a theological college.
The visit paid by Philip Wells during February on behalf of the church was for the sake of maintaining and developing those bonds of fellowship.
Last Sunday evening he reported back on his trip.
There was a week of sessions at Baldaeus Theological College, founded by Dr. Charles Hoole. This is in the north east of the island.
There was a week’s visit to see friends in Mannar district (north west)
There are other associate churches at Keeri, and on Mannar Mainland.
The final days of the visit were spent in Colombo visiting and encouraging other old friends.
We were delighted to be part of another wedding celebration – that of Jonathan Bickley (Ebenezer Baptist Church, Brighton) and Lindsay Debach (Calvary Church, Brighton – but who has been living in her home country, the USA).
The wedding took place at Holland Road Baptist Church, the reception was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and members of Calvary Church were fully involved in setting up, helping out, and washing up.
The service included some very beautiful music played by a string Trio, sung by the Bride’s sister, and a piano piece played by the Bride’s brother. Adam Englebright accompanied the singing of the hymns. The service was conducted by Pastor Philip Wells.
We wish the happy couple all good things for their future together.
Thanks to Steve Ellacott for producing the newsletter for January 2015.
You can read or download it here.
At our first members’ meeting of the year the Elders set out an ambitious agenda. To make plans for the increase and continuity of word-ministry, to add more labourers into the harvest, to graft new members into the body of the church, to recognise new men and women Deacons, and to progress the remodelling of the interior of the building.
– but we had a great time thinking about the coming of the Lord to earth as a baby.
We were pleased to welcome a good number of visitors and new faces.
On the evening of 21st December we sang *both* “While shepherds watched” to the tune Cranbrook AND “Shepherds Arise” to the tune from the Copper family of Rottingdean. To the glory of God we rocked!
The Autumn months were marked by a succession of goodbyes.
The funerals were held of
– Dr Martin Warburton, husband of Rosemary Warburton, and former member of Montpelier Place Baptist Church.
– Jenny Long, member of Holland Road Baptist Church, previously dear and longstanding member of Brighton Railway Mission – Jenny had just reached retirement.
– Mike Benwell, father of Argie. Had been coming along to our church, and others, prior to becoming ill with cancer.
– John Wells (aged 95, resident of the Isle of Wight) – father of Pastor Philip Wells.
Our condolences to the bereaved and prayer that God will be the God of all comfort to them. For the believer to depart and be with the Lord is far better (Philippians 1:23)
We are thankful to God that we can report that as at 17.00 on our gift day 28th September 2014 the shortfall on our planned total (i.e. to clear the purchase and estimated associated expenses) is £475.47.
A year ago our most ambitious plan was that at this stage we should be looking to take on a loan of £70k. For us to arrive at this stage with what is – by comparison with our plan – a tiny shortfall is simply miraculous.
God is faithful.
“Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into the harvest” Matthew 9:38
We are told to pray for workers in the harvest, and during our week of prayer we have been praying about this matter and others.
Each day we have focused on one aspect – though, of course, there is a lot of overlap. Monday – ministry of the word, Tuesday – workers, Wednesday – fruitful ventures, Thursday – people, Friday – the future.
Each weekday 10.00-11.00 in the morning, and 8.00-9.00 in the evening. Do join us in person if you can come along to pray, or join us in spirit wherever you are.
We often – but not always – begin the Autumn term coming to God in prayer. Without God’s help and guidance we are dried up and useless – we pray that he would guide us and make us fruitful. We believe in the Holy Spirit! without him we can do nothing.
The sessions will be held 10.00 – 11.00 in the mornings, and 8.00 – 9.00 each evening – with guided texts and topics for each session. (Details to follow)
Please feel free to come along as you are able – or at least to be praying along with us day by day.
We are rather amazed to report, as of 11 September 2014 15:50:34 BST the purchase of our building has been completed.
While we are still doing the sums we can be confident that this has been achieved without having to borrow any money, nor take out any loans nor mortgages.
All rather amazing – we thank God.
(Apologies for not posting it sooner!)