“you have not, because you ask not” – James 4:2
This week we are setting aside time to ask the Lord Almighty for his guidance and provision in our week of prayer.
Last year, many of the people praying were themselves the answer to prayers prayed two years before. So we – in our weakness – look to the Lord, in his Almightiness.
We are currently running a Christianity Explored course for people interested in finding out about Christian faith. It takes place on a Thursday evening at 18:45 and there is a meal provided.
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Please contact Chris Fry or Ben Alltimes.
On 28th April 2018 we had a celebration to mark 55 years of Christian service rendered by Ray Wingate.
Ray had served on the Railway Mission Advisory Committee, then, following Pastor Les Hill’s teaching on Church Government as a Deacon. He served as Youth Coordinator, then as Church Secretary, then additionally as Church Treasurer.
The value of service is not always seen “up front” in the church of Jesus Christ, but often “behind the scenes”. Thank you to Ray for such sterling service.
Many old friends came along to the afternoon. A framed print was presented to Ray in appreciation. It was a lovely time for which we thank God in very many ways.
We spent a very useful morning reviewing how God had led us and the previous congregations going back to 1872.
Chris Fry gave a conducted tour of the buildings, and pointed out the effort initiative and gospel motivation of the original builders and inhabitants of the premises. He showed how enlargements had taken place to make space for the people God had brought in.
We also visited the rooms currently leased by the Brighton and Hove City Mission, in their service for God.
Philip Wells brought a session of teaching on church membership and reflection on the recent history of the church.
We spent the past week in prayer to the Almighty to bring our desires, hopes, aspirations, uncertainties, and burdens to him in prayer.
We met for about an hour each morning, and for more than an hour each evening of the week.
The meetings were well attended. At one meeting half the people there were, in person, answers to prayers prayed last time we had such a week – in 2014.
May God go on to answer more prayers in 2017 and 2018, for his glory!
A time of young people volunteering to give time with the United Beach Missions (UBM) organisation spent a week in Brighton based at Calvary Church, and Ebenezer Church.
They went out each day to befriend internationals and others and to seek opportunities to talk about Jesus. There were many interesting conversations. People from this country often overlook how radical and amazing is the Christian message. It says that the God who made all things and us came to earth and died a horrible death to atone for our sins and remove our shame and disgrace.
This morning’s service was very special in many ways. During this meeting we witnessed the baptism of Penny Armstrong and Maciek “Mat” Kawczak in the name of Jesus.
We heard moving testimony of how Penny turned to the Lord after suffering much bullying at school, and – in contrast – security and understanding among the fellowship of God’s people.
Matt told us about the witness he had received from good Polish friends – including some people who were present at the meeting.
We heard an explanation of the meaning of Baptism, and a some challenging preaching on the topic of “What is a Christian? Answer – a follower of Jesus”
We had a bring and share lunch. Afterwards people were invited to tell everyone their response to the baptism. Polish friends gave warm words of encouragement to Matt.
We thank God for his work in these dear people’s lives.
Please note – this will replace the evening meeting of Calvary Church on June 4th 2017.
NO 18:30 Meeting at Calvary Church, Viaduct Road – June 4th
The 2017 church weekend away took place at Dalesdown this year April 7,8,9th.
The conference centre is located deep in the countryside, north of the south Downs. The weather was truly wonderful – bright sunshine and record high temperatures.
Hello from Dalesdown!
An opportunity to sit and chat
The programme was fairly relaxed, inlcuing bible studies. walks, games, prayer, delicious food and just sitting and chatting in the sun. The theme of the bible and prayer sessions was “Fruitfulness”, and the Sunday morning meeting was for all ages and took the subject of “Introducing Jesus” from John chapter 1.
All ages enjoy a walk together
Even the young men grow weary … but not just yet.
Hemsby in November is a curious beach front ghost town with its amusement arcades and fish and chip shops locked up for the winter. The grey sea hammers against the long beach of sand and dunes. This is the venue for the FIEC leaders’ conference.
the wild and windy beach at Hemsby must be beautiful in summer
Some 500 delegates met together to hear talks and attend seminars on the topic of “Evangelism”.
main meetings in the Starlight ballroom
The key-note speaker was Ed Stetzer from USA. His main point was that churches should be always involved in the “seeking the lost” ministry of Jesus. Jesus went to people where they were – e.g. Jesus meeting Levi at his tax-collection booth. He also made loads of jokes.
There were several seminar streams with helpful topics. For exampe we were able hear about the following topics and ask questions: How to help churches to think evangelistically, ministry on an “estate” (= scottish “scheme”), how to support single mums in the church etc.
seminar leader tells us how “middle class” Christians can actually be useful ministering to people with a very different background
The preaching on Wednesday evening opened up how Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem was particularly breathtaking. We were humbled and inspired to worship God.
It was good to meet with other Christians on the same mission, facing many of the same problesm, and enouraging one another to press on in serving Jesus Christ.