From the Minister:
Faith on the Frontline
There are many examples of Christians who demonstrate an active faith; indeed, I hope that you and I are numbered among them. Nevertheless, there are times when we struggle to find a voice for the faith we have received, and so professing the faith – talking about our Jesus – comes as a bit of a challenge.
Some of us may feel that it is enough to identify as a Christian through regular Sunday worship, which of itself is important, and that to articulate one’s faith in the hum drum of daily living poses a greater challenge. We may be the first to exclaim: “I can’t find the words to describe what I believe, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to share it with others!”
The church is founded upon witnesses to the good news, which therefore meant sharing, proclaiming, and preaching. This led to numerical growth and the establishment of myriad congregations around the then known world which was all an activity of the Holy Spirit. If we think about it, it was probably because of that early expansion which led to the formation of the church in the British Isles and subsequently in this part of our world in Essex. It is, though, for us to find ways in which we can faithfully continue that work. How can we do it? Might I suggest a small group activity called ‘Fruitfulness on the Frontline’.
Fruitfulness on the Frontline is a discovery group that encourages us to find ways in which we can be fruitful for God just where we are. Are you interested? If so, it is my hope to set up groups this autumn, so please lookout for further information. There is no cost, except finding the time if you are available.
Fruitfulness on the Frontline has been devised by London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and you can find out more by viewing a short video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyMMfyy3FDE
Did you know that there are Christian Radio stations to listen to on the digital platforms on TV and radio? They can also be listened to via smart phone apps. These offer music, prayer, Bible teaching, and much encouragement. Take time to search the following:
TWR UK UCB 1 UCB 2
Harvest Thanksgiving – Sunday 6th October
Following discussion at the Church Meeting, it was decided that this year our Appeal would be two- fold. In addition to requesting gifts of food, personal items, etc. in response to the local urgent need at Harlow, we would also support the appeal for cash donations made by the International Seafarers Mission, operating worldwide, who are dealing with ever-increasing problems being met internationally – involving appalling dangerous and violent conditions for young men and women struggling to earn money to support their families. They are so grateful for all the items of knitting we have sent over the past 2-3 years – thanks to the nimble fingers of ladies at Open House, Frank Bretton House and in their own homes. So far this year we have sent four large parcels, and a fifth is almost ready to go. In June Jean St.Pierre and Jean Easter accepted the invitation to attend their Annual Thanksgiving Service held in their East London Church Head Quarters. Knitters from all over the country were present. Please do keep up this vital work. More knitters urgently needed. Patterns available.
Required: double knitting wool any colour and
Please make your donations in the special envelopes which will be available early September. Grateful thanks in anticipation.
Friday 1st November 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
Tables of 8 £6.00 per person
Bring your own drinks & nibbles (tea and coffee provided)
Book your tables with Sandra on 01277 363927
This is always a popular and fun evening and will be our first in the revamped hall. DON'T MISS IT!! Presentation at Love Lane
You may all remember the Ongar Town Festival? Last May Brenda and I represented our Church at the Festival, Brenda running Teas/Coffees, cakes and tours of the Church while I was at the Library Car Park running the Tombola stall. The Festival is a not-for-profit event and the organisers share out the surplus funds. They have kindly awarded us £250 which Brenda and I will receive at a presentation evening on 6th September at Love Lane Sports Pavilion. We will probably use it for the Taylor Gallery Museum but that is still to be decided.
COME AND LET YOURSELVES BE BUILT AS
LIVING STONES INTO A SPIRITUAL TEMPLE
1 Peter Ch.2 v5 (New English Bible)