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Youth Reunion

The teenagers from our Connexion Community not only enjoy the Youth Conference, which takes place at High Leigh each year around Easter, they also have a chance to get together for a special reunion event over the autumn half-term weekend. 

This year’s reunion was held at Wormley Free Church and attended by young people from St Ives, Ely, Turner’s Hill, Wormley and Rosedale Community Church, Cheshunt.

The weekend encouraged the group to take time to reflect on topics relating to friendship and evangelism, combined with a programme of activities and fun. They played crazy golf, pitched their knowledge against the congregation at a Quiz Night, ate fish and chips, watched a pop-up-cinema screening of Jumanji, and led the Sunday morning church service.

Needless to say a good time was had by all and everyone is looking forward to meeting up again at the Easter Conference! (Dates for your diary: 14-16 April 2020.)

The image shows some group members at the crazy golf course, before the rain set in!

Reminder: Ministers' Gathering November

A reminder that the next Ministers’ Gathering will take place from Thursday 14 to Friday 15 November at High Leigh in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, which is also the venue for The Connexion Annual Conference.

Trustees will join Ministers from Connexion churches to meet together for 24 hours, in order to share information and pray for one another.

The retreat offers an excellent opportunity for our Connexion network to get to know each other better in the relaxed and beautiful setting at High Leigh. Providing valuable time for leaders to come together for worship, prayer and discussion, to deepen relationships and learn more about their individual churches.

Reminder: Youth Conference Reunion

A quick reminder that The Countess of Huntingdon’s Youth Conference Reunion is set to take place from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 October at Wormley Free Church, Slipe Lane, Wormley, Broxbourne, Herts EN10 6AA

The event is for all members of The Connexion community aged 13 to 18, providing an opportunity for our teenagers to get together for worship, friendship, food and fun.

Everybody is welcome. You can book a place through your own Connexion church or get in touch with Ben Quant at Wormley Free Church by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01992 410217.

It promises to be a great event, so book your places now! 

Induction to the Ministry

St Stephen’s Church in Middleton, Manchester is delighted to announce the forthcoming Induction to the Ministry of Mark Robinson. The induction service will take place on Saturday 12 October at 2pm, followed by a reception in the schoolroom.

Mark is a Mancunian, born and bred. He lived in Hulme until he was four years old, before moving to one of the country’s most needy estates in Benchill. He came to the Christian faith as a young teenager when attending a Sunday School Camp.

For more than a decade in the 1990s, Mark worked as a ‘City Missionary’ with the Manchester City Mission going on to hold positions of Elder and Assistant Pastor with three churches.

Married for two years to Katie, who plays a vital role in the ministry at St Stephen’s Church, Mark has three daughters from a previous marriage as well as four lovely granddaughters.

Mark says, “I have found that God is working all things together for good even when going through tough times, including a divorce and a near-fatal illness. I have been the Pastor of St Stephens for a year now and Katie and I dearly love both its congregation and the wider population of Middleton.”

Ministers' Gathering at High Leigh

The next Ministers’ Gathering will take place from Thursday 14 to Friday 15 November at High Leigh in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, which is also the venue for The Connexion Annual Conference.

Trustees will join Ministers from Connexion churches to meet together for 24 hours, in order to share information and pray for one another.

The retreat offers an excellent opportunity for our Connexion network to get to know each other better in the relaxed and beautiful setting at High Leigh. Providing valuable time for leaders to come together for worship, prayer and discussion, to deepen relationships and learn more about their individual churches.

New Sunday Evening!

From August Wormley Free Church has launched a new event for Sunday evenings - entitled Sunday Evening!

"The doors open at 6pm. Guests walk into the welcoming noise of contemporary music in the background, a variety of refreshments being served, people milling around, catching up or playing games - last week we had table hockey, football and tennis out, it might be something else another time. A poster is on the desk on the way in for people to sign to say they were there (a guest poster rather than a guest book). Eddie wanders around saying hello and gathering items of news to share with everyone later. Half an hour or so later a countdown on the big screen reaches zero and folks gather in the main area.

The news is shared before we are led by the 'house band' in a 'karaoke' number, a well known song, which although not explicitly Christian resonates with the themes and stories of our faith, for example 'Stand by Me'. The collected news is shared, items of celebration, significant events, invitations to other activities, before one of us comes forward to talk. They might tell the tale of their coming to faith, or talk about what following Jesus means to them in their context today, the key is that it is personal, something experienced or felt rather than theoretical. 

This Sunday Bill talked of how the love of a local youth work, 'Young Life', impacted his life with a decorating flash mob, leading to him becoming a Christian, and what that means for him now he is serving in the army, seeking to demonstrate love to others himself. Rather than finishing with a prayer and walking away, they are invited to sit and a question and answer session begins, providing a chance to explore together what has been shared. This has proved very popular, deepening our engagement with what is being said and giving a higher opportunity for it to connect with those listening and their lives. A worship song is sung, and for those that want to 'hang out' for longer, their tarrying is welcome. 

At the moment 'Sunday Evening' is an experiment, who knows where it will take us, but we can see the potential in the format to do all sorts of things. We want to try and rethink the service so it resonates with the lives of non-church folk today, or those that are on our fringe, for whom the church environment is alien. By trying to develop more of a festival vibe, or magazine format, we hope that this will make an easier way in.

We are also very aware of the desire for authentic faith and relationships today, hence the focus on testimony and personal examples, in an attempt to create community and show-and-tell what happens when Jesus is at the heart of them. We've only just started, but the response has been very pleasing with a good number of non-church guests of all ages. We've still got a lot to learn and develop, but we can't help but feel that something exciting is happening."

Ben Quant

Wormley Free Church

What's on at Mortimer West End

Encounter Praise and Worship

Guy Willcock will be leading an Encounter Evening of Praise and Worship this evening, 14 August, at Mortimer West End Chapel with Daniel Crook, who is a gifted musician and anointed worship leader from Milton Keynes. 

The event provides a wonderful opportunity for The Chapel community to meet with God and join with one another in lifting up our voices to honour Jesus.

Power Up!

On Sunday 18 August Guy will be concluding his mini-series from 1 Samuel 30:1-6 entitled Power Up - When.

By focusing on the life of David, Guy will look at some practical tips to enable each of us to Power Up and strengthen ourselves in the Lord.

At the end of July, Guy began this series by looking at 'What we all have in common with King David and how the struggles he faced in his life are common to all of mankind'.

Click on the link below to hear a recording of Guy’s message:

https://www.thechapel.org.uk/media_category/sermon/

Life Group Workshops

On Saturday 14 September Guy will also be leading us in a workshop on Life Groups. 

This is the third in our series of workshops, and the day will include the following topics:

Life groups - a biblical based definition
The purpose of groups
Group dynamics

With every blessing and love in Jesus

Mortimer West End Chapel

The perseverance of Ralph O'Shea

Dear Friends of Zion,

Ralph O'Shea: 12 April 1950 - 24 July 2019

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Ralph O’Shea, who died at home on 24 July. Ralph was a much-loved member of our church, and will be sorely missed.

For the last 30 years Ralph has struggled with various health issues, but more recently he took a significant downturn. At the beginning of this year he spent five weeks in hospital, and since then has been on oxygen 24 hours a day and struggling with various other health complications. 

Finally, in God’s kindness, the Lord took him home, surrounded by his wife Janet, daughters Hannah and Ruth, and sister Sandra.

Finishing the race

If Ralph was known for anything it was resilience and perseverance. He simply kept on going, trusting in the Lord, in the face of often severe personal struggles. 

Ralph was a great example to us all, in how to fight the good fight and to keep the faith. Personally, if ever I thought I had reason to complain, I just needed to think of Ralph to put everything into perspective again. I will miss his example.

Hope-filled grief

In the midst of the sadness, we are encouraged by the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:14:

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus
those who have fallen asleep in him.

Which means that we do not have to grieve like those who have no hope, because God has given us a sure resurrection hope. In the end it is a tremendous mercy that Ralph is with Jesus, is no longer struggling, and that one day he will get a new resurrected body which will work better than his earthly one ever did.

Thanksgiving service

A special thanksgiving service for Ralph was held on Wednesday 7th August at Zion Community Church followed by a tea at the Fore Street Methodist Church.

I am sure the family would appreciate your prayers at this time.

With love

Tim Dennick

Zion Community Church, St Ives

A Multiplicity of Food!

One of the wonderful benefits of having such a diverse congregation at Rosedale Community Church is the quite amazing variety of meals that one can enjoy. At Rosedale we actively celebrate our church of many colours by holding an annual Multi-cultural Meal. On Saturday 20thJuly we came together for a fundraising event for Lord’s work in Sierra Leone.

Greek salad, Jollof rice, spicy chicken noodles, vegetable lasagne, chocolate brownies, cinnamon buns, Gypsy tart, and many more dishes provided an amazing feast. With the donations of food and a charge of £3 per plate, we hoped to both raise money and make the celebration accessible to as many of our congregation and their guests as possible.

David, a retired concert pianist provided back ground music whilst Becky, Deborah and Hannah entertained with some solos. In the church foyer the kids were taking selfies in the pop-up photo booth. Donated gifts, including a mountain bike, were auctioned by John to raise further funds.

Bethany provided an updated account of what God is currently doing in Sierra Leone under the ministry of Magnus and the wonderful school that work Janet O’Shea has just completed. She also reminded people of the opportunity to go salvaging at Reading Festival at the end of August.

By 9pm everyone was full of food and clutching their auction pieces. Over £300 was raised and everyone had thoroughly enjoyed the evening of fellowship.

Talks from Conference 2019

We are pleased to be able to provide you with a link to recordings of the main talks from our 2019 Annual Conference. Offering the Connexion Community a chance to hear them again - or listen in for the first time.

The talks include the President's Address, by our new President, Ken Hart, who opened the Conference asking, 'What is a missional church?'

This is followed by three teaching sessions from our Keynote Speaker, Dr Michael Quicke, who reflects on the important subjects of Welcoming, Supporting and Networking in missional churches.

Click on the link below, which will take you to the selection of four recordings. Please note that there is some variation in the quality of sound in Talks 3 and 4, but we didn't want this to prevent you from hearing them!

 

Main Talks from Conference 2019

 

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