Service in Support of those affected by the recent Town Marketplace Fire – Sunday 22 July

Churches Together in the Blyth Valley

Praying for the Halesworth Community especially those affected by the fire at Market Place. There will be a special service, with people from all the churches coming together to show solidarity and pray for the community:
Sunday 22 July – 3.00pm @ Halesworth URC, Quay Street
Please come and join with members of Churches together, and invite friends and neighbours. If you know people connected with or employed by the businesses affected, or living in the flats, please invite them: It is not only the premises directly affected but those all around the Square that may be affected. And the whole town aware of the emotional impact. So let’s gather together for mutual support. And let’s all look for opportunities to offer practical support and encouragement.

Revd Jon Sermons
Halesworth United Reformed Church

Praying Together

Praying Together
In our Friday morning prayer meetings we have recently been learning afresh the importance of
prayer in our corporate life as a church and in our individual lives.
We are finding that as we bring eour thanksgiving and requests to God and seek his will, we receive from him so much more than we ask. We gain a deep sense of being blessed by God’s meeting with us and of our meeting with each other. We are also growing in our understanding that our prayers release God’s power to act, that God needs our prayers to fulfil his purposes.
I expect we all believe this. We believe in prayer; we believe God answers prayer. Why then are we so reluctant to ask for prayer for ourselves? We have a prayer ministry team available to pray with anyone at the end of each Sunday morning service, but we are finding there is little uptake. Is this really because there is nothing any of us want to ask of God? No need of help or guidance or healing? No problems, no friends or family to pray for? Of course, we all bring these needs to God in our personal times of prayer, but we know that it is as the church comes together to pray that God comes amongst us more powerfully – even when the church is two
or three gathered in his name.
On a personal note, I have to say it hastaken me a while to learn to ask for prayer. Always happy to pray for others, but not always happy to reveal my personal needs; makes me feel somewhat exposed; vulnerable. But I am learning this is what is necessary for real fellowship; trusting each other; an interdependence that is real. This is the core of loving each other, and I believe this reaches the heart of God so his healing and restoring and guiding and blessing are experienced. So why not take time to join the two members of the prayer team in the back corner of the church at the end of the morning service and allow them to hold you in God’s presence? You don’t even have to give any reason for going – just to want to draw near to God is enough. For those who can’t get to the morning service, let us know and we could come and
pray with you at home.
Our desire is to have a prayer-soaked church where we are all interceding for each other and for all our activities. A church where Satan can have no foothold amongst us and where we are used to bring God’s blessings to our town and villages.

Prayer Ministry Team

Need a lift to Church? Volunteer Driver Roster Update

HURC – Church Sunday Driver Roster
April – May -June 2018
Note:- To enable volunteer drivers to participate in the prayer ministry
team the driver roster has been modified so that each driver will
volunteer on the same Sunday each month i.e. 1st , 2nd , 3rd or 4th . When
there is a five week month one of the volunteers will take turns to drive
on that Sunday.
The new roster will commence on the 6th May.
Martin Dominic 22nd April Angela Sutton Day 20th May
Doug Mizon 29th April Doug Mizon 27th May
Martin Dominic 6th May Martin Dominic 3rd June
Alan Furness 13th May Alan Furness 10th June

Now Live ‘Listening and Discernment Prayer Group’ Page

The ‘Listening and Discernment Prayer Group’ page is now live. You will find this under Church groups and associated activities.

What is ‘Listening Prayer’?
Well, in a listening prayer meeting we have no agenda and no lists of what wewant to pray about. We come before God and ask Him to lead us in prayer.
In church, we frequently pray “Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.”
That supposes God has plans for what His Kingdom looks like. And that He wants them to happen on earth. So … if we listen and ask the Holy Spirit to lead our prayers.

To find a fuller description of ‘Listening Prayer’ click on the ‘Listening and Discernment Prayer Group’ Page with notes on previous meeting (s).

Alpha Course – New Course starts Wednesday 7th February @ 7.00 p.m.

Explore the meaning of Life…

We will start a new Alpha course on Wednesday 7 February ~@ 7.00 p.m.
Please contact our Minister Revd Jon Sermon 01986 873761 for more information or to book a place on the course.
Alpha is structured to enable people to explore
Christianity, whether already a believer, a
sceptic, an enquirer or even a committed atheist. (An atheist who attended Alpha with
me in a previous Church is now a church
leader). Over 10 weeks or so we’ll look at issues such as ‘Who is Jesus?’ ‘Why did Jesus
Die?’ and ‘Does God Heal Today?’ The format will allow for small group discussion and questioning.
Whilst any of us may want to attend to deepen our understanding, or as a ‘refresher’ Alpha is at its best when the majority of the group are not yet committed Christians. Inviting our friends and offering to go with
them is often the best way to make this happen.

Available from The Sign of the Fish, Dorothy Stewart’s latest novel ‘Necklace of Lies’

As war in Europe comes ever closer, the small Scottish town of Wick appears a safe haven for Hannah Cormack and her family. But the appearance in their midst of the charming Argentinian, Jorge St Clair, soon disturbs their peace as daughter Joyce falls headlong in love with him.

Then war is declared. With brother Bobby called up to serve in France, Jorge becomes an invaluable part of the family business, but is he all that he appears?

When a company of Canadian Foresters arrives in the area with Hugh Mackay as one of their number, the scene is set.

Book 2 in the Mizpah Ring Trilogy introduces the second generation of Cormacks, Mackays, and St Clairs as their lives entwine and play out against the backdrop of Wick in wartime.

Must they follow in the footsteps of their parents, or can they strike out afresh and make new lives, new futures for themselves?

A Christmas Message from Bella

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
By Izabella Simpson (Aged 5)

I would like to share a few words about Christmas.

What is Christmas?

Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ. The Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

So Christmas is not all about food, drinks, presents and decorations. Its about the birth of Jesus Christ.

God love us so much that He has given us His only son to save us from our sin. So we have to open our heart for Jesus to be born-in.

If we have no presents on Christmas day, we shouldn’t be upset because God has already given us A big present, that is His only son.

We should also be grateful. Some people are very poor. They don’t have house to live, warm clothes to wear and food to eat. They have nothing like us but live on the street. That is why we have to be grateful for what we have and help those who are in need.

If we are the Children of God, lets obey what He says in the Bible. Let us make peace and love one another. We must tell about Jesus to the people who don’t know Him.

I wish everyone to have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Bella