It was great to have CYO join us on Sunday morning to share what God has been doing in the schools in Colchester!
We live in such privileged times to be able to have so many open doors and oppertunities to reach out into our communities.
We need to agree together that opportunities that Gof gives us are never missed due to lack of resources or willing hearts.
The harvest is truly ripe and ready for harvest.
Here are some great passages from this morning:
16Then Jesus£ came to Nazareth, where he had been raised. As was his custom, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. When he stood up to read, 17the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to tell the good news to the poor.
He has sent me to announce release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set oppressed people free, 19 and to announce the year of the Lord’s favor.”£
20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Continue to pray for Ben, Stanway School, CYO, Tim Abbot and all the others working with CYO.
here is a link to their website: http://www.cyocolchester.org.uk/
Please note that in the event of severe weather it is likely that
our Sunday Morning Services may be cancelled
do check this website or text 07710617677 before travelling
to any of our meetings at Little Hands in Winstree rd.
Jesus came proclaiming the “acceptable year of the Lord” or the “year of jubilee”.( Luke chapter 4) The year of jubilee meant release for slaves and an end to debt. Loans were cancelled and property restored to the original owner. So an initiative to help people get out of debt or escape the clutches of those who would exploit them, is in the same vein of what Jesus announced. Just as the church was at the forefront of the provision of schools and hospitals when our society needed them, I believe now is the time for us to serve the poor and vulnerable with money management advice, help with budgeting and, where necessary, one to one support when the debt has become unmanageable.
CAP money courses have been run by Colchester churches for several years, but we want to offer more to those in greatest need. The government is making big changes to the benefit system this year which will result in less income for many poorer families. The local authorities are aware of the hardship this is likely to cause and welcome of our offer to work in partnership with the church in order to help people who are affected.
Some churches and individuals have already made a commitment towards funding the CAP Centre in Colchester. A Cap Centre is not a building but means that a centre manager visits people in their homes backed up by specialist support from CAP staff in Bradford. For the “customers” the service is and always will be completely free of charge.
Cap Centre Opened in May 2013 in Colchester. The church has a great opportunity to serve our town in a relevant and practical way, bringing the message of Jubilee to people in great need of hope.
Are you ready for 2013? its going to be a year of opportunity, open doors & new adventures. time to listen, be bold, Intentional & obedient
We are very pleased to be able to invite Peter Farmer to Bethel on Sunday morning the 18th of November.
Some of us are spending the weekend with Peter learning and discovering some of his inovative strategies to church planting.
This will be a fabulous morning which unboubtably will challenge us and montivate us to step out in new ways .
He has founded a number of initiatives and companies including:
Through these initiatives he has pioneered change in a variety of settings with a variety of people!
As an entrepreneur He is passionate about helping people to start up and develop new ideas and innovative ways of thinking.
Whether you are involved with a business, charity, organisation or group he loves to connect with you and see if there are ways that we can work together to pioneer change.
We are in the town centre tomorrow to join with others for the remembrance day Service. Do come and join us for this at 10:45 am by the memorial in front of the entrance to the Castle Park.
We are at the Care home this week and Little Hands will be open for prayer and worship too
As well as Ruth Ridge this week we also have some of our young people leading us in worship, We’d love you to join us for this special time