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Way Maker

The worship song, Way Maker, is both relevant and uplifting during the challenging times we have faced during 2020. So much so, we thought it would be good to share it with you. The recording below is from our Lockdown Band Worship, and was featured in our Connexion wide service on Sunday 22 November.

Click on the image below to view the recording of Way Maker with subtitles:

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Churches Together

Rosedale Community Church and Wormley Free Church joined forces on Sunday 15 November for a special joint service, delivered virtually for our whole Connexion community.

Click on the You Tube link below to join them.

 

 

And if you missed the brilliant Connexion wide service on Sunday 22 November, click on the You Tube link below to view. Enjoy!

 

Connexion Wide Service! - 22 November

Following the success of last week's brilliant Connexion wide virtual service, we look forward to this Sunday's service, which brings together our Connexion churches and their congregations for online worship.

The service contains news updates from our churches, a Connexion history of our churches in Sierra Leone, prayers, bible readings, an inspirational sermon and sung worship. Just click on the You Tube link below to join in and enjoy!

 

 

Other available recordings

  • The new Lockdown Band website is hosting songs, video and audio recordings put together during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Link: www.wormleylockdownband.com
  • Copthorne Chapel has begun posting a weekly services on their website. Link: www.copthornechapel.org.uk
  • Wormley Free Church is posting Sunday services each week, which can be accessed though their website. The services are followed by a Zoom get-together for a virtual cup of coffee and a chat. Link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk
  • Rosedale Community Church has a selection of Sunday messages available on their You Tube page. Link: Rosedale Community Church
  • Bolney Village Chapel is streaming Sunday services on their Facebook page. The services begin at 10.30am for approximately 45 mins and include worship, Bible readings and teaching. Link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel
  • South Street Free Church has also been posting Sunday services on their You Tube page, including Bible readings, hymns, songs and sermons. Link: South Street Free Church
  • Goring Free Church is streaming Sunday video recordings on their You Tube page. Each week there is a playlist of worship songs to accompany the series of sermons. Link: Goring Free Church
  • Sheppey Evangelical Church is posting recorded messages, including prayer and scripture readings each Sunday on their You Tube page. On the first Sunday of each month Communion is celebrated. Link: Sheppey Evangelical Church
  • The Countess Free Church, Ely meet together each Sunday via Zoom. During these gatherings members share how God is working in their lives and the community; there is a thought for both young and old, and a message is given. For details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Messages are also put out by podcast. To access these, go to their website: www.countessely.co.uk

 

Thanksgiving at Jerusalem Avenue

A special Thanksgiving Service was held over the weekend at Jerusalem Avenue School in Sierra Leone, to celebrate the completion of the building's extensive repair and refurbishment programme.

The service took place in the newly constructed second floor, complete with a brand new roof!

Thanks are conveyed to The Sierra Leone Mission and our UK Connexion churches for helping to raise funds to enable the works to take place. The building had been standing empty and ruined for almost 15 years, and will now be a huge asset for the community.

 

Donate

If you would like to contribute towards the important work of The Connexion in Sierra Leone and the UK, please click on Donations. All contributions, no matter how small, are of huge value to enable us to continue the legacy of the Countess of Huntingdon.

First Connexion Wide Service!

Welcome to the first Connexion wide virtual service, bringing together our Connexion churches and their congregations for online worship.

The service brings us news updates from our churches, a Connexion history of our churches in Sierra Leone, prayers, bible readings, an inspirational sermon and sung worship. Just click on the You Tube link below to join in and enjoy!

 

Other available recordings

  • The new Lockdown Band website is hosting songs, video and audio recordings put together during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Link: www.wormleylockdownband.com
  • Copthorne Chapel has begun posting a weekly services on their website. Link: www.copthornechapel.org.uk
  • Wormley Free Church is posting Sunday services each week, which can be accessed though their website. The services are followed by a Zoom get-together for a virtual cup of coffee and a chat. Link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk
  • Rosedale Community Church has a selection of Sunday messages available on their You Tube page. Link: Rosedale Community Church
  • Bolney Village Chapel is streaming Sunday services on their Facebook page. The services begin at 10.30am for approximately 45 mins and include worship, Bible readings and teaching. Link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel
  • South Street Free Church has also been posting Sunday services on their You Tube page, including Bible readings, hymns, songs and sermons. Link: South Street Free Church
  • Goring Free Church is streaming Sunday video recordings on their You Tube page. Each week there is a playlist of worship songs to accompany the series of sermons. Link: Goring Free Church
  • Sheppey Evangelical Church is posting recorded messages, including prayer and scripture readings each Sunday on their You Tube page. On the first Sunday of each month Communion is celebrated. Link: Sheppey Evangelical Church
  • The Countess Free Church, Ely meet together each Sunday via Zoom. During these gatherings members share how God is working in their lives and the community; there is a thought for both young and old, and a message is given. For details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Messages are also put out by podcast. To access these, go to their website: www.countessely.co.uk

 

New Lockdown Services

With a second national lockdown in place until December, churches have once again needed to close their doors for Sunday services.   

During the previous lockdown our congregations were invited to join in with a variety of brilliant virtual services and meetings, either live on Zoom or pre-recorded and released each Sunday morning. 

Many of these have continued, either as a supplement to resumed in-person services, or a temporary replacement. Several of these recordings have borne unexpected fruit, reaching an even larger number than our regular services. 

For the coming lockdown, we are planning to connect people and churches again with a variety of services, worship songs, prayers, bible readings and messages from throughout our network of Connexion churches.

We plan to include new recordings from Sunday 15 November, running through 22 and 29 November.

The first You Tube Connexion wide service is below.

 

Below is a list of the services that are being broadcasted. We will publish and update details of all available recordings with links for you to access. We look forward to reaching even more of our church members, some of whom do not currently have a service to join.

So watch this space and look forward to joining in with our growing Online Connexion Community!

 

Available online church broadcasts

  • The new Lockdown Band website is hosting songs, video and audio recordings put together during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Link: www.wormleylockdownband.com
  • Copthorne Chapel has begun posting a weekly services on their website. Link: www.copthornechapel.org.uk
  • Wormley Free Church is posting Sunday services each week, which can be accessed though their website. The services are followed by a Zoom get-together for a virtual cup of coffee and a chat. Link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk
  • Rosedale Community Church has a selection of Sunday messages available on their You Tube page. Link: Rosedale Community Church
  • Bolney Village Chapel is streaming Sunday services on their Facebook page. The services begin at 10.30am for approximately 45 mins and include worship, Bible readings and teaching. Link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel
  • South Street Free Church has also been posting Sunday services on their You Tube page, including Bible readings, hymns, songs and sermons. Link: South Street Free Church
  • Goring Free Church is streaming Sunday video recordings on their You Tube page. Each week there is a playlist of worship songs to accompany the series of sermons. Link: Goring Free Church
  • Sheppey Evangelical Church is posting recorded messages, including prayer and scripture readings each Sunday on their You Tube page. On the first Sunday of each month Communion is celebrated. Link: Sheppey Evangelical Church
  • The Countess Free Church, Ely meet together each Sunday via Zoom. During these gatherings members share how God is working in their lives and the community; there is a thought for both young and old, and a message is given. For details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Messages are also put out by podcast. To access these, go to their website: www.countessely.co.uk

It's a great way to keep our strong community together during these challenging times, and our churches welcome you to join in!

Alpha Online

Bolney Village Chapel is also running an online Alpha Course. The course started on Tuesday 29 September from 8pm to 9pm, and runs for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings, concluding on 1 December. On Saturday 7 November the online group will also meet for an additional session from 10.30am to 1pm.

Each week a link is sent out for a 25min video introducing that week's topic, together with a link to join the meeting via a Zoom call at 8pm for discussion and questions.

For further information, or to join the course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Help for the Health Centre

Work has temporarily halted on the construction and fitting of the new Health Centre in Sierra Leone, which will serve the urgent need for communities in Brama and Bethesda.

Two generous donations enabled the purchase of land for the Centre as well as the brick structure and roof. We give thanks for this fantastic answer to prayer and God's wonderful ability in prompting blessed people to contribute. 

Completion of the project, however, will require further funding, estimated in the region of £30,000. Windows have already been purchased, but they cannot be installed until money is raised to buy doors. The next stages would be to carry out works on the interior of the building: plastering, tiling, electrics and plumbing, followed by painting and decorating, and the installation of furniture and equipment.

An application has been made to Difid for a grant to cover the costs of the first two year's operation, including salaries for midwives, setting up visits to schools and villages, inoculations and general hygiene education.

A midwife is on 'stand-by' in readiness to go to Sierra Leone to implement everything needed to make the Health Centre available to the communities, but she is unable to take on this role until the building works are completed.

Prayer

We thank God for His amazing power to answer our prayers and ask that He will find a way for the necessary funds to be raised to complete this vital project, which has the potential to change so many lives within our Sierra Leone community.

Donate

If you would like to contribute towards the important work of The Connexion both in the UK and in Sierra Leone, please click on Donations. All contributions, no matter how small, are of huge value to enable us to continue the legacy of the Countess of Huntingdon.

 

Background to the need for a Health Centre

During their November visit to Sierra Leone, Janet O’Shea with Bethany and Esther Green were introduced to a church service congregation, where they noticed a young boy. Sitting next to his mother, he was in pain, whimpering quietly to himself, and it soon became obvious that there was something seriously wrong. His mother explained that two weeks earlier her son had been playing football when he fell and broke his leg - in two places. She could not afford medical help and could not raise the money for transport to reach a clinic where he could be treated.

At Mabang, the team met a young man with his two small children. He had just buried his wife because she had not been able to reach the hospital quickly enough.

In addition, at Brama School during a two-week visit in the summer, at least six children were taken ill with malaria, while at Bethesda two children needed treatment for malaria and one for typhoid.  

Help was given to those mentioned, but it left no doubt of a great need for improved health care facilities. 

 

Lockdown Band Worship

What the people of our Connexion community have in common is a sense of belonging, a shared faith in Jesus and a need to connect with and support each other.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, our churches have been sustaining these values with the creation of online Connexion services, readings, gatherings, prayer and worship. 

Lockdown Band

Over the past seven months the team at Wormley Free Church has also been creating video and audio recordings of worship music for congregations and friends to enjoy. Now these recordings have been brought together in a dedicated website The Official Site of Wormley Lockdown Band!  Click here to access the songs and videos created during these times.

God's provision

We are grateful for the innovation and dedication of so many individuals from the Connexion community in keeping us together online. It demonstrates and reminds us of God’s presence and provision for our lives, when we come together in worship and prayer. Whether our church buildings are open or closed, we are one body:

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to us. (Romans 12: 4-6)

We thank God for the ways in which He has enabled the many gifts evident within our church communities to join in praise and worship as members of one body.

Online services, gatherings, worship and prayer

During this period where many of our buildings have needed to remain closed, our Connexion churches have created new and effective ways to enable you to join together for services, gatherings, worship and prayer. These are available via church websites, Facebook, You Tube pages and Zoom meetings.

  • The new Lockdown Band website is hosting songs, video and audio recordings put together during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Link: www.wormleylockdownband.com
  • Wormley Free Church is posting Sunday services each week, which can be accessed though their website. The services are followed by a Zoom get-together for a virtual cup of coffee and a chat. Link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk
  • Rosedale Community Church has a selection of Sunday messages available on their You Tube page. Link: Rosedale Community Church
  • Bolney Village Chapel is streaming Sunday services on their Facebook page. The services begin at 10.30am for approximately 45 mins and include worship, Bible readings and teaching. Link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel
  • South Street Free Church has also been posting Sunday services on their You Tube page, including Bible readings, hymns, songs and sermons. Link: South Street Free Church
  • Goring Free Church is streaming Sunday video recordings on their You Tube page. Each week there is a playlist of worship songs to accompany the series of sermons. Link: Goring Free Church
  • Sheppey Evangelical Church is posting recorded messages, including prayer and scripture readings each Sunday on their You Tube page. On the first Sunday of each month Communion is celebrated. Link: Sheppey Evangelical Church
  • The Countess Free Church, Ely meet together each Sunday via Zoom. During these gatherings members share how God is working in their lives and the community; there is a thought for both young and old, and a message is given. For details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Messages are also put out by podcast. To access these, go to their website: www.countessely.co.uk

 

New trustees required

The Connexion is welcoming applications for new trustees to join our existing team. Due to recent retirements our numbers have been reduced to five, and we are looking to recruit four new trustees, from among our church members.

If you feel prompted to join us we would be delighted to hear from you for an informal chat about how you may become involved.

Our heritage

The Connexion includes 22 churches, spread across the UK as far afield as West Cornwall, Manchester, Gloucestershire, and Kent. Each has its own distinctive situation, personality, and ways of ‘being a church’, yet bound together, not only by a shared love of Jesus and desire to follow Him, but also by an extraordinary history and legacy inherited from one woman.

The Countess, Selina Hastings, established The Connexion in the 18th Century, using her resources to build new churches and train preachers to spread the Gospel as far and wide as possible. She was highly respected by people from every ‘level’ of society, from slaves to royalty, and she had the courage to challenge and break the rules of an intensely patriarchal and prejudiced social system. She was a good friend and confidante of John Wesley, Charles Wesley and George Whitfield, who were celebrated advocates of the Methodist Revival, and she dedicated her life to spreading Christ’s mission. 

The Connexion today

The Connexion today is a strong family community that is brought together with shared intention to continue and build on Selina’s faith and achievements. Our members forge deep and often lifelong relationships between entire families that may span several generations. And this emphasis on genuine friendship and caring becomes all apparent when there is a chance for the whole community to meet at the annual Connexion Conference. The Connexion’s aims to welcome, network and support are deeply embedded in our culture.

What's involved

Our trustees attend four formal trustee meetings a year, quite often held in London, but sometimes at one of our churches, and between formal meetings, we keep in touch by email, phone and online platforms. Agendas for discussion and decision-making are varied, but our main focus is to find ways to help our congregations and ministers to effectively share Jesus with their communities. Resources are limited, so a key role of trustees is to establish how best to apply our assets and modest income to help our churches to thrive.

It is extremely valuable for our trustees to regularly attend one of our Connexion churches, but apart from that no qualifications are necessary, other than a love of Jesus Christ and willingness to follow Him. All of our ministers and trustees accept The Connexion’s Articles of Faith. 

The amount of work you would be expected to contribute entirely depends on your personal circumstances. Our trustees are all volunteers and some have full-time professions. 

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about what’s involved in being a trustee please contact David Lockett, Chair of Trustees at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would prefer, get in touch with any of our trustees or your minister/church leader. 

We would be delighted to give you more details about our activities and hope to be able to welcome you to our team!

Join our churches online

For those who are unable to attend Sunday services by visiting our church buildings, you are warmly invited to join with us online to virtually attend a range of available services and gatherings. 

A number of our Connexion churches are participating in this initiative, and you are able to to join them through church websites, Facebook, You Tube pages and Zoom meetings.

Some of our churches have been able to open their doors, carefully following Covid-19 guidance for places of worship. Please contact individual churches for details. Safety guidelines are periodically updated on Gov.uk: Covid-19 Guidance

 

Virtual Sunday Church Services and Meetings

  • Wormley Free Church is posting Sunday services each week, which can be accessed though their website. The services are followed by a Zoom get-together for a virtual cup of coffee and a chat. Link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk
  • Rosedale Community Church has a selection of Sunday messages available on their You Tube page. Link: Rosedale Community Church
  • Bolney Village Chapel is streaming Sunday services on their Facebook page. The services begin at 10.30am for approximately 45 mins and include worship, Bible readings and teaching. Link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel
  • South Street Free Church has also been posting Sunday services on their You Tube page, including Bible readings, hymns, songs and sermons. Link: South Street Free Church
  • Goring Free Church is streaming Sunday video recordings on their You Tube page. Each week there is a playlist of worship songs to accompany the series of sermons. Link: Goring Free Church
  • Sheppey Evangelical Church is posting recorded messages, including prayer and scripture readings each Sunday on their You Tube page. On the first Sunday of each month Communion is celebrated. Link: Sheppey Evangelical Church
  • The Countess Free Church, Ely meet together each Sunday via Zoom. During these gatherings members share how God is working in their lives and the community; there is a thought for both young and old, and a message is given. For details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Messages are also put out by podcast. To access these, go to their website: www.countessely.co.uk

It's a great way to keep our strong community together during these challenging times, and our churches welcome you to join in!

Alpha Online

Bolney Village Chapel is also running an online Alpha Course. The course started on Tuesday 29 September from 8pm to 9pm, and runs for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings, concluding on 1 December. On Saturday 7 November the online group will also meet for an additional session from 10.30am to 1pm.

Each week a link is sent out for a 25min video introducing that week's topic, together with a link to join the meeting via a Zoom call at 8pm for discussion and questions.

For further information, or to join the course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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