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Hailsham Care and Community

Hailsham Gospel Mission, East Sussex, are making plans to hold monthly services in 2019 for the residents at Marshview Care Home, in addition to the services they already provide for Hailsham House Nursing Home.

Other activities currently running at Hailsham Gospel include a Coffee Morning on the first Saturday of each month to encourage the community to get together for hot drinks, some cake and a chat, and ‘Time Together’ which provides a monthly opportunity for fun and fellowship on Monday afternoon.

Ups and Downs at St Ives

May we wish you all a very Happy New Year, and may the Lord be with you as you venture into another year. We thought you might appreciate an update from December, so please find our latest news below.

Super Saturday

On Saturday 1st December a team of us made the most of our town centre location to give away about 400 Christmas booklets and invitations to our Christmas services. Plus, about 200 hot chocolates were also given away. It was a delight to have a team of young people helping us and to be supported by friends from Truro Evangelical Church and Scorrier Christian Fellowship. The response to the give-aways was almost entirely positive, and it was a joy to be serving the Lord together.

St Martins Care Home

On Monday 17th December we led a Carol service in a local care home with a mixture of carols, readings and nativity scenes acted out by the young people. We were warmly received by the staff and residents and had some good conversations with people afterwards. This is the third time we have been into St. Martins this year and give thanks to God for the opening. There are also Christians in the home who are grateful to be reminded of the gospel.

Carols and Christingle

On Sunday 23rd December we held our annual Carols & Christingle service, which in previous years has been very well attended. Thankfully this year we did have a number of visitors, both Christian and non-Christian, but sadly not as many as we had hoped for given the amount of effort we put in. We will shortly be reviewing our Christmas outreach to help in the planning for next Christmas.

Sadness at St Ives

Christmas was also a sad time in St Ives since a 14-year-old local boy who used to come to our Tuesday Club took his own life. We had the opportunity of supporting the family, and also taking the funeral and cremation. It was a privilege to be able to point people to Jesus at Christmastime as someone who entered our dark world, was acquainted with grief, and who came to bring us hope.

Furthermore, the church is facing various challenges with people getting older, people getting sick, some people leaving, and so we are keenly aware of our dependence on the Lord and praying that his strength would be displayed in our weakness.

Getting fit in 2019

As we begin a New Year we are going through a 4-week mini-series, as follows:

  • How to read the Bible, which is like eating
  • How to pray, which is like breathing
  • How to serve, which is like exercising
  • How to give, which is like investing

The goal is to help us get up-and-running as we seek to follow Jesus in 2019.

We hope to see you if you are visiting this year, and in the meantime we would appreciate you prayers.

With our love

Tim and the members of Zion

Thank God for sending help

Message from Zion Free Church, St Ives

Dear Friends,
 For the last few years we have been praying Matthew 9:37-38:

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, 
to send out workers into his harvest field.”

And one of the ways in which the Lord has answered our prayers is by sending us Tinoda Mlalazi.

Tino was one of our neighbours from St. Albans, and was part of a youth group which we used to lead. She is currently on a gap year between school and university and decided to come and spend 3 months serving the Lord with us.

To give you an idea of how she has been involved, let me give you a snapshot:

Anchored - helping lead our 10-15s youth group on a Sunday evening, leading Bible studies and befriending the young people

Monday Group - helping Janet with these older teens, including hosting the group whilst Janet was in Sierra Leone

Tuesday Club - leading Bible studies, prayer times and games

Bookshop - serving all day on Mondays and on Saturdays

Sunday school - leading the children and young people during the services

Meeting up - visiting and getting know some older ladies from the church

From our perspective it has been great to have a younger person to be an example to our young people - someone who has survived school as a Christian, someone who thinks about wise interaction with social media, someone who can give #5 lessons for surviving teenage years as a Christian.

Tino also benefitted greatly from the regional Peninsula Gospel Partnership conference which was focussed on tools for getting the most out of God’s word and teaching it to others.

Sadly, Tino has to head back to St. Albans next week. But we are hugely thankful to the Lord for sending her, and indeed to her parents and Ridgeway Church for raising such a godly young woman.

On a personal note, it has been a huge encouragement to see how much Tino has grown in the short time she has been here. It has been wonderful to see her grow in teaching the young people, in living on her own for the first time, in getting to know a host of new people, and most of all getting stuck into serve in the everyday life of a local church.

We’re very thankful to the generosity of people who made her time here possible, and indeed to a local couple who reconfigured their living arrangements to accommodate her.

Building on the work that Tino has started, we hope to appoint another longer-term trainee to start in September 2019.

Please join us in giving thanks to God for Tino.

Wishing you all a Christ-centered and joyful Christmas.

Tim Dennick & the members of Zion

The Voice - Winter Edition

The winter edition of The Voice celebrates the 10th Birthday of New Connexions Free Church in High Barns, Ely, and news from the Golf Day, Connexion Trustees and Broad Oak Chapel.

This edition's Bible Study is kindly provided by Keith Waters from New Connexions Free Chuch, and the 'Focus On' series features information about Jui in Sierra Leone.

Thanks to everybody for your prayers and fellowships across the UK and Sierra Leone.

Please click on the link below to read the full edition of The Voice

The Voice - Winter Edition

Rosedale trip to Sierra Leone

Janet O'Shea, Bethany and Esther Green from Rosedale Community Church in Cheshunt set off for Sierra Leone on Tuesday 27 November for a 13 day visit.

They will be staying at the Bethesda Orphanage and visiting a number of churches and schools in the local area.

Church members at Rosedale are supporting the mission with a daily prayer diary:

Monday 26 November

  • For last minute preparations and some. sleep.

Tuesday 27 November

  • For a safe flight to Freetown and a safe journey to Bethesda Orphanage
  • That Janet, Bethany and Esther will have opportunities to witness to individuals throughout the trip

Wednesday 28 November

  • For good relations, team spirit and unity
  • For a clearer understanding of the mission ahead
  • For stamina and coping with the 32C degrees heat

Thursday 29 November

  • For blessing upon Daniel, Magnus and the Sierra Leone team
  • That Janet, Bethany and Esther will be a blessing to everyone they meet

Friday 30 November

  • For travelling mercies as they visit. schools and churches
  • That Jesus, not man, will be glorified and worshipped

Saturday 1 December

  • For clear lines of communication and bridging the cultural gap
  • For the blessing of many as the contents of the containers are distributed

Sunday 2 December

  • For good sleep
  • For God's anointing on Janet and Bethany to speak with power and authority

Monday 3 December

  • For blessings on the ministry of Bethesda Orphanage
  • That Janet, Bethany and Esther would be worthy ambassadors of Christ

Tuesday 4 December

  • For the O'Shea and Green families back home
  • That Janet, Bethany and Esther would not miss anything that the Lord would have them say or do

Wednesday 5 December

  • For Janet, Bethany and Esther's health and safety
  • That lives will be transformed during any meeting

Thursday 6 December

  • For 'fruit' to be generated from the entire trip
  • That the Holy Spirit will have freedom to work in and through Janet. Bethany and Esther

Friday 7 December

  • That God will be pleased by all that the team have done
  • For a safe car trip back to Freetown
  • That God would speak clearly to Janet, Bethany and Esther about future commitments

Saturday 8 December

  • For a safe flight home
  • For easy adjustments returning to the families
  • Give thanks to God for all that He has done

Janet, Bethany and Esther will be grateful for all of your prayers during and following the trip.

God's hand on Ezra

At Zion Community Church, St Ives, we are focusing on the OT Books Ezra and Nehemiah, this autumn. Considering how God led the return of his people from exile back to Jerusalem, how he led the rebuilding of the temple, and how he led the renewal of his people in their worship according to his word. As we consider the word, we are praying for God to build us up as a church, and that we might be renewed ourselves.

Discerning the challenge As we look to the Lord for our town and country, we are seeking to better understand the task ahead of us, we are also looking at John Stevens' book, Knowing our Times, and considering what lessons we can glean from it. It is sobering to learn that “The best statistics would suggest that little more than 3% of the population as a whole are born-again believers who are meaningfully associated with a local church”. We do indeed have a missionary task ahead of us!

Seeking renewal Once we have thought through the task ahead of us, we will be devoting our mid-week Bible studies to applying the lessons from Ezra & Nehemiah to see what God's word has to teach us, in our situation, in our day. We also have a visit from a representative from Elam, to learn about God's work in the Iran region, along with support from friends preaching for us.

Open house It has come to our attention that there are quite a few lonely people in our community, so following 1 Peter: 4 we want to love, pray, offer hospitality, serve and speak to them. Once a month, as a community church, we will be hosting local non-Christians for dinner in a gesture of love and friendship and inviting them to join us at our Christmas outreach services.

Mission work at Ely

The Countess Free Church in Ely continues to engage with the local community in diverse ways. Whether it is parent n toddler, local Foodbank, or working with people at the margins, our hope is that regardless of who we meet, the person in front of us might discover Jesus through us and our work.

We pray for connections - people connecting with God, discovering that Jesus saves and restores.

Our newest venture is taking a chaplaincy into the local secondary school, enabling us to engage with local pupils.

Spreading the gospel in St Ives

Zion Community Church seeks to be active in sharing the gospel through personal evangelism. Reaching out to young people through our youth groups, giving away books and invitations at local events, welcoming visitors to church, having invitational services at Christmas and Easter, and supporting United Beach Missions in their work on the beaches and streets of the town during the summer.

The Voice - Summer Edition

Welcome to the Summer edition of The Voice

This edition looks back to conference only a few weeks ago, and it was lovely to see many of you there this year. Do enjoy reading about conference and youth conference in this edition, and do consider coming along if you haven’t before. We would love for you to join us in 2019.

Thank you to everybody who sent in articles for this edition, they are very much appreciated and it makes for fantastic reading. Particular thanks to those who have sent in articles for the first time, as well as those who consistently send in brilliant articles, we very much appreciate it.

Don’t miss this edition’s Bible study and reflexion kindly provided this time by Ben Quant, Pastor at Wormley.

This edition we’re also focusing on Tombo in Sierra Leone as part of our ‘Focus On’ series. Please do use the information you read in this article, and all of the articles to prompt your prayers for fellowships across the UK and Sierra Leone.

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