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Lockdown Church Service Sunday 31 May

This Sunday 31 May there will be an opportunity to virtually meet up with The Countess Free Church, Ely, for a Pentecost gathering via Zoom.

The start time will be 10.30am with Zoom lines open from 10.15am to allow for a chat beforehand.

If you would like to join in, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the end of Friday 29 May with your request for inclusion.

This is part of the initiative during the Lockdown period, for Connexion church services and messages to be made available online for members of our community to join if their own church is unable to offer a weekly service virtually.

 

Other church services

Last Sunday 24 May, Sheppey Evangelical Church shared a recorded message and prayer. Click on their You Tube page Sheppey Evangelical Church to access.

Goring Free Church have been streaming video messages and worship. Click on their You Tube page Goring Free Church to access their church playlists.

Ben Quant at Wormley Free Church is also continuing to post up Sunday services on their website each week. To access the services click on the website link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk.

Bethany Green's weekly messages from Rosedale Community Church can be viewed on their You Tube link: Rosedale Community Church.

Simon Allaby at Bolney Village Chapel is also streaming their Sunday morning worship on their Facebook page. Click on the link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel.

David Batchelor at South Street Free Church has also been streaming Sunday services on You Tube. Click on the link: South Street Free Church.

Retiring Trustees

The Trustees express deep thanks and gratitude to Noel Vallely and Glynn Phillips for their dedicated service to the important work of the Connexion. Noel and Glynn have reached the point of retirement from the Board of Trustees having collectively served the legacy of the Countess of Huntingdon for more than 28 years. 

Noel has worked as a Trustee for 18 years, including service as Chairman for 12 years. 

‘After a number of attempts, I was persuaded to become a Trustee in 2002. Dr Brian Baldwin was Chairman at that time, and I followed him into the Chair when he retired in 2008. 

‘It has been my greatest privilege and blessing to visit our Connexion churches and see something of their life and worship. These have been years of new beginnings. Nearly every church experienced their minister leaving and new appointments made. It was a joy to watch each one as they settled in, grew in stature, and developed fruitful ministries. 

‘Regulations around charities developed significantly during this time, and this led to greater adjustment, tighter controls and ultimately the highly significant move towards Connexion churches becoming Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) which in turn has drawn our ministers and Trustees towards a focus on mission and new, exciting ways of coming together, to concentrate more intently on networking, outreach and promotion of the Gospel in communities. 

‘Much has changed, but what never changed are the friendships made, the life of faith, fellowship, prayer and sound bible teaching across Connexion churches. It was God’s gift and my pleasure to be a part of this progression.’

Glynn joined the Board of Trustees in 2009.

‘Some 10 years ago someone said to me: "Have you ever thought about…?” and it was not long before I became a Connexion Trustee. During the time thereafter, and through many conferences and visits to the churches, the ongoing list of tasks was never totally completed, but many friends were made. 

‘Buildings became my speciality in the Trustee team and some "interesting projects" came along over those years - perhaps I could write a book on them! Trustee life has changed considerably during my time in office. We have seen the introduction of more regulation and with it a need for everyone to apply wisdom concerning Health and Safety. Perhaps my closing remark would be to continue to read the advice given to you and follow it through!’

We wish Noel and Glynn a very happy, healthy and peaceful retirement, and thank them on behalf of the entire Connexion Community for their exemplary service to our churches and the organisation as a whole. 

Noel’s immense contribution to the Connexion will secure its future for years to come, maintaining its integrity as one fellowship, a movement of missional churches, while releasing individual churches to take full control of their legal structures and finances.  

A very visible aspect of Glynn’s ministry was seen through his work on the legal and technical aspects of land and building management which has been a Godsend as so many of our churches have benefited from Glynn’s support and guidance on building development as well as maintenance issues. 

We also pleased to announce that Trustee David Lockett, has been appointed as Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. We thank him for agreeing to take on this responsibility, which is supported by our encouragement and prayers. 

Containers: Praise the Lord!

We are delighted to be able to inform you that the Director of Finance at Freetown port, Sierra Leone has signed off the containers bound for Bethesda.  Praise the Lord!

The next hurdle is to negotiate potential dock charges. These are based on daily fees and the containers have been held at the docks since 5 December. Further prayer is requested that this will be kept to a minimum (or even better, zero!) bearing in mind this delay is through no fault of our own.

The containers should now been on their way to Bethesda and we greatly look forward to receiving photographs of their arrival, which will be accompanied by many happy faces!

 

Inside the containers is a whole range of items, eagerly awaited by the Bethesda community:

  • Shoe bags from Zion Community Church, St.Ives, Cradley Chapel, Ebley Chapel and Woodmancote Church
  • Sleeping bags, blankets, sheets, towels, curtains 
  • Table cloths, crockery and cutlery
  • Clothes and shoes for adults and children
  • At least 60 boxes of new school uniforms
  • 100s of school text books - children's story books, adult Christian books, and some new books that have been donated for the Evangelical library
  • Assorted toys, as well as balls for football and netting for goals
  • Furniture, bunk beds, cots, settees, and desks for Magnus and Daniel
  • Sewing machines and manual typewriter for blind folk

On behalf of The Connexion and Sierra Leone Mission, please may we thank you for your continued prayer. God listens!

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.


Lockdown Church Service Sunday 24 May

This Sunday 24 May, we are being welcomed by Joe Gregory to join Sheppey Evangelical Church for a recorded message and prayer. Click on their You Tube page Sheppey Evangelical Church to access. The recording is scheduled to begin at 11am on Sunday morning.

This is part of the initiative during the Lockdown period, for Connexion church services and messages to be made available online for members of our community to join if their own church is unable to offer a weekly service virtually.

Other church services

Last Sunday 17 May, Goring Free Church streamed a video message and worship. Click on their You Tube page Goring Free Church to access their church playlists. Last week's message is 'Victory - then, now and forever!'

Ben Quant at Wormley Free Church is also continuing to post up Sunday services on their website each week. To access the services click on the website link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk.

Bethany Green's weekly messages from Rosedale Community Church can be viewed on their You Tube link: Rosedale Community Church.

Simon Allaby at Bolney Village Chapel is also streaming their Sunday morning worship on their Facebook page. Click on the link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel.

David Batchelor at South Street Free Church has also been streaming Sunday services on You Tube. Click on the link: South Street Free Church.

Lockdown Church Service Sunday 17 May

This Sunday 17 May, Goring Free Church will be streaming a video message and worship. Click on their You Tube page Goring Free Church to access their church playlists. This week's message reflects on Psalm 21 and is entitled 'Victory - then, now and forever!'

This is part of the initiative during the Lockdown period, for Connexion church services and messages to be made available online for members of our community to join if their own church is unable to offer a weekly service virtually.

Other church services

Ben Quant at Wormley Free Church is also continuing to post up Sunday services on their website each week. To access the services click on the website link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk.

They are pre-recorded so can be viewed at any time. Details are featured on Wormley's Homepage and in the Virtual Church section. Each service is also followed by a chance for the congregation members to 'virtually' join together via Zoom for a shared cup of tea and chat.

Bethany Green's weekly messages from Rosedale Community Church can be viewed on their You Tube link: Rosedale Community Church.

Simon Allaby at Bolney Village Chapel is also streaming their Sunday morning worship on their Facebook page. Click on the link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel.

David Batchelor at South Street Free Church has also been streaming Sunday services on You Tube. Click on the link: South Street Free Church.

Lockdown Church Service Sunday 10 May

This Sunday 10 May, South Street Free Church, Eastbourne, will be streaming their Sunday Service through You Tube.

This is part of the initiative during the Lockdown period, for Connexion church services and messages to be made available online for members of our community to join if their own church is unable to offer a weekly service virtually.

To join David Batchelor at South Street on Sunday 10 May, for bible readings, sermon, prayers and worship, click on the link: South Street Free Church. The service will start at 10.30am.

 

 

Other church services

Ben Quant at Wormley Free Church is also continuing to post up Sunday services on their website each week. To access the services click on the website link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk.

They are pre-recorded so can be viewed at any time. Details are featured on Wormley's Homepage and in the Virtual Church section. Each service is also followed by a chance for the congregation members to 'virtually' join together via Zoom for a shared cup of tea and chat.

Bethany Green's weekly messages from Rosedale Community Church, can be viewed on their You Tube link: Rosedale Community Church.

Simon Allaby at Bolney Village Chapel is also streaming their Sunday morning worship on their Facebook page. Click on the link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel.

Next week we will be bringing you a link for Goring Free Church.

 

Lockdown Church Service Sunday 3 May

This Sunday 3 May, Bolney Village Chapel will be streaming their Sunday Service through their Facebook page.  

This is part of the initiative during the Lockdown period, for Connexion church services and messages to be made available online for members of our community to join if their own church is unable to offer a weekly service virtually.

To join Simon Allaby at Bolney Village Chapel on Sunday 3 May, click on the link: www.facebook.com/bolneyvillagechapel. The service will start at 10.30am.

Ben Quant at Wormley Free Church is also continuing to post up Sunday services on their website each week. To access the services click on the website link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk.

They are pre-recorded so can be viewed at any time. Details are featured on Wormley's Homepage and in the Virtual Church section. Each service is also followed by a chance for the congregation members to 'virtually' join together via Zoom for a shared cup of tea and chat.

In addition Bethany Green's weekly messages from Rosedale Community Church, can be viewed on their You Tube link: Rosedale Community Church.

 

Containers - Please Pray!

Please will you continue to pray for the two containers that left St Ives for Bethesda last November, and have remained in Freetown Port since 5 December.

The delay is due to a request from the authorities for a payment of £15,000 in duty. This has resulted from a controversy regarding the NGO status of the goods. 

The authorities dispute that Duty Free for organisations, such as Bethesda, is only applicable to ‘purely religious items’ for example, bibles, and to qualify for Duty Free, Bethesda would need to have NGO status, rather than community-based NGO, which is the Bethesda category. 

The delivery cost for the containers to reach Bethesda has already been paid and the request for such a high, additional duty payment is both unprecedented and completely unaffordable.

Adding to the difficulties, is the current state of emergency due to Coronavirus, which hampers communication with the authorities to appeal for the necessary correction. 

Inside the containers is a whole range of  items, eagerly awaited by the Bethesda community:

  • Shoe bags from Zion Community Church, St.Ives, Cradley Chapel, Ebley Chapel and Woodmancote Church
  • Sleeping bags, blankets, sheets, towels, curtains 
  • Table cloths, crockery and cutlery
  • Clothes and shoes for adults and children
  • At least 60 boxes of new school uniforms
  • 100s of school text books - children's story books, adult Christian books, and some new books that have been donated for the Evangelical library
  • Assorted toys, as well as balls for football and netting for goals
  • Furniture, bunk beds, cots, settees, and desks for Magnus and Daniel
  • Sewing machines and manual typewriter for blind folk

Prayer is welcomed from the whole Connexion Community for the issue to be resolved swiftly, and at minimum cost (or none!) and that the containers will safely reach Bethesda as soon as they possibly can.

 

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.

Lockdown Church Service Sunday 26 April

This Sunday, 26 April, Rosedale Community Church will be broadcasting a Sunday Message on their You Tube page, for the Connexion Community to access.

This is part of the initiative during the Lockdown period, for Connexion church services and messages to be made available online for members of our community to join if their own church is unable to offer a weekly service virtually.

To join this Sunday's message by Bethany Green click on the You Tube link: Rosedale Community Church which is planned to be available from Saturday evening onwards.

Ben Quant, who broadcast last Sunday's service from Wormley Free Church, says: 'It was lovely on Sunday to have visitors to our service from our churches at Middleton and Hailsham, and likely from other churches as well!'

Wormley will continue to post up Sunday services on their website each week. To access them click on the website link: www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk. Details will be featured on their Homepage and in the Virtual Church section.

All of the services are pre-recorded, so can be viewed at any time, but there will also be a chance to join together with the Wormley congregation after the 10.30am service on Sunday via Zoom for a virtual cup of tea and a chat!

Forthcoming online services/messages

Sunday 26 April: Rosedale Community Church with Bethany Green

Sunday 3 May: Bolney Village Chapel with Simon Allaby

Ebley Chapel will also be making their Sunday Meeting on 26 April available to members of the community via Zoom from 10.20am. To access visit their website www.ebleychapel.co.uk and go to the Services section for a link to the Zoom meeting. Terry Gillard has asked if you would like to join in to please email him beforehand at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lockdown Church Services

Each Sunday during the Lockdown period, a Connexion church service will be available online for members of our community to join if their own church is unable to offer a weekly service virtually.

The first service, a video broadcast from Wormley Free Church, will take place Sunday 19 April at 10.30am.

To join this Sunday’s service click on the website link: http://www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk

Details will be featured on their Homepage and in the Virtual Church section.

The service will be pre-recorded, but there will also be a chance to join together after the service via Zoom for a virtual cup of tea and a chat!

The link to the Wormley service will also remain on the website for those who would like to watch it at another time.

The schedule for Connexion online church services for the next three weeks is as follows:

Sunday 19 April: Wormley Free Church with Ben Quant

Sunday 26 April: Rosedale Community Church with Bethany Green

Sunday 3 May: Bolney Village Chapel with Simon Allaby

Sunday 10 May: South Street Free Church with David Batchelor

Sunday 17 May: Goring Free Church with Nigel Gordon-Potts

Sunday 24 May: Sheppey Evangelical Church with Joe Gregory

We will be posting up reminders and links to the services on The Connexion website for you each week, to easily enable you to access them. 

It’s a great way to keep our strong community together in these strange and difficult times. We do hope you can join us!

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