Thanks to those who prayed for us & perhaps joined in at home.
The church websites are improving, thanks go to Allen, Chris & Carly (Gill Housley’s daughter). Do have a look and make your suggestions and / or contributions, initially via the Church Office.
Following on from my Notes in the October Notices regarding St. Mary’s Church and Parish, on Saturday 15th November the church will be open for prayer from 10.00am to 4.00pm as we seek God and His way forward. There’ll be some guided prayer, prayer together and space for private prayer. Topics will be gifts and ministries, evangelism and giving. Please be strongly encouraged to come for all or part of the day whether you are members of either or both churches.
It was good to have Catherine Truman visit us at the beginning of September and we are going to follow this up on Sunday 30th November at Holy Trinity and Sunday 7th December at St Mary’s when Michael will be preaching on “Why Overseas Mission?” This will help us understand the importance of supporting missionary organizations and families who are called by God to work abroad or indeed with the home mission such as CPAS through a DVD about the Christian Medical College in Velore.
Mike and Jane Johnson were very good as they shared with us the work of Open Doors. There is a sign up form at the back of both churches to receive information on how to take action to support and encourage persecuted Christians as they endure rejection, arrest and torture.
Thanks for your prayers and well wishes for our holiday in Cyprus. We spent the first week in the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf Retreat House in Kapedes, a village 20 minutes south of Nicosia. The house is called Katafiyio which means place of rest. It was more of a retreat than a holiday, with time spent drawing close to the Lord in quiet or reading. This made the second week, more of a holiday, in the south of the island gentle and peaceful.
Gill Housley, of St. Mary’s, will have had her second knee replaced by the time you read this, we wish her peace and a swift recovery.
Please note that I will be at the Diocesan Clergy Conference at Swanwick from late morning on Monday 17th to mid afternoon on Wednesday 19th November. The theme this year is “People of Prayer”.