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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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