This year’s Concert for Africa, ‘Never Smile at a Crocodile‘, proved a resounding success, with a wonderful variety of acts offering something for everyone. As usual, the programme is given below so that anyone who couldn’t make it can see what they missed!
On Sunday 17th September, UK A Rocha Conservation Director, Andy Lester, presented the Silver Award to St Johns Church, Rownhams congregation in a special Celebration service. A small steering group have worked hard with the Vicar, the Reverend Julian Williams’ backing, to show that we as a congregation are doing what we can to look after Gods earth, just a little bit more
The Ichthian young people’s group performed a powerful drama depicting a forest fire and unhelpful animals that mocked a humming bird which was trying to extinguish the fire one drop of water at a time.
The message echoed throughout the service was that every action counts, in everyone doing what little we can, to look after God’s earth.
The congregation were given an acorn to hold as Andy Lester asked us to think what a hard journey it is for one to grow into an oak tree: only 1 in 10,000 grows to maturity and it takes 50 years before it produces acorns! He encouraged us to think how we could take the opportunity to flourish by doing one more thing as we ‘Go for Gold’.
To move from Bronze (gained last year) to Silver, we have grown food in the churchyard allotment with produce going to Basics Bank, promoted Eco Church, committed to pray for an A Rocha project, celebrated Earth Hour and held a sale of unwanted Christmas presents.
‘Going for Gold’ is a huge challenge. We have produced an Individual Lifestyle Eco Survey, asking the congregation to take part so we can all see how we’re doing and perhaps do 1 or 2 more actions to live more sustainably in our damaged and fragile world. This is for the sake of future generations and for those many people in the world who are suffering dreadfully from the effects of climate change. (The link is www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TQEH3 for those church members who haven’t done it yet and would like to).
After a wonderful service, led by Liz Roles, who recently completed her BCM course for leading services, we enjoyed some delicious cake, followed by a Bring and Share lunch.
The Ball, Bunce, Dance team of Andy, Jacob, Lois, Amanda, André and Mike completed 5 churches on Saturday 9th September – Rownhams, North Baddesley (2), Romsey & Nursling.
This year we had an ‘Adventure Cruise‘
on the High C’s with bible stories illustrating
choice courage call change commitment & challenge
ably led by our Captain Andy with his crew including Dan
and on Sunday morning feedback…………..
“The Turning” Evangelistic Outreach in Southampton – 9th – 21st October
Recently, in several towns and cities in southern England, people have been responding to the sharing of the Gospel, giving or rededicating their lives to Christ, on a scale that has not seen in this country for a great many years. It began in May when The Gate Baptist Church and its minister, Yinka Oyekan, started a mission on the streets of Reading. Three weeks later, 1,200 people had made a commitment to Christ.
Those involved at the heart of the events in Reading will be in Southampton from 9th – 21st October to lead an outreach entitled “The Turning”. Details are as follows:
Sunday 9th October: 6.30pm Launch Service, City Life Church, 286 Burgess Road.
We’re cancelling our 6.30 service on the 9th to encourage more of us to go. Lift-sharing strongly advised! St John’s will be open for prayer though.
Monday-Friday 10th-14th and 17th-21st EACH DAY:
10 – 11.30am Daily worship and training in outreach, Above Bar Church
11.30 – 1.00 Outreach in the city
2.00 onwards Further outreach, plus training in following-up those who respond
7.30pm Worship & Encounter meetings, Central Hall.
The feeling at our PCC Awayday was that we must understand how significant these 2 weeks could turn out to be. We should all really pray for The Turning, for all the outreach and training and those who may be reached. We should pray as individuals, home groups and congregations. More than that, if we are able, we should ask God what part of this he wants us to go and join in with, even if it’s just one daytime session or evening meeting.
LET’S NOT ALLOW A WORK OF GOD LIKE THIS TO PASS US BY.
Julian on behalf of all at the PCC Awayday