UGANDA CONCERN Steve and Bridget are in Uganda on their annual January visit but this year they are accompanied by our pastor Jim Ransom, as well as Bridget’s sister Barbara. On the 8th-11th of January they were at a children’s conference with the theme ‘Be strong and courageous’. Seventy four young people attended and five of these gave their lives to Christ.
After the conference they visited another project funded by Uganda Concern – ‘Prayer and Porridge’. To see lots of photos and to find out more please read the blog at www.ugandaconcernuk.org
TALK ABOUT OLD FAVERSHAM On Friday 18th January at 7.30pm, Peter Kennett will be showing some slides of old Faversham, including some of the Gospel Mission. Pete Bingley will also briefly show us the renovation work he has done on the church.
Sunday 16th December, 3.30 – Carol Service with Faversham Mission Brass
Friday 21st December, 8-10pm – Folk in Church
Tuesday 25th December – 10.30 Joint service in the Baptist Church
Other Sundays in December – 10.30 Worship as usual
November Coffee Morning News This month our craft was to make hedgehogs and trees out of books! On the table you can see our creations as well as a picture of our new twinned toilet in Africa which we paid for with our tea and coffee contributions and the proceeds of our weekly bring and buy sale. Everyone is welcome to come to the coffee morning at 10am on the first Thursday of each month.
Church Sewing Day in aid of Uganda Concern – Saturday 20th October Two hundred pounds was raised for Uganda Concern at the church sewing day. The day started at 10am when everyone arrived with their sewing machines. After a cup of tea or coffee, the machines were set up and the materials were chosen from a wide variety displayed at the front of the church. Jody then demonstrated how to make a reversible shopping bag. There was a choice of different sizes but the overall pattern was the same. Soon everyone had cut and pinned their bags and the machines were gently humming. By lunch time the bags were well on their way to completion and everyone enjoyed a chat whilst eating their packed lunches. These were followed by homemade cakes made by Bridget. By 4 o’clock, everyone had managed to complete their bags – a very enjoyable way to raise much needed funds for Uganda Concern! http://www.ugandaconcern.com/index.asp
Church Coffee Morning – First Thursday of the Month from 10am Did you know that 2.3 billion people (roughly 40% of the world’s population) don’t have access to a toilet? Around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes. Luckily, toilets are proven to be a great solution—they provide dignity, health and an improved quality of life. At our September coffee morning, Jody explained how we can help to provide them!
Jody displayed toilet rolls, tissues and paper towels for sale. WhoGivesaCrap.org are a toilet paper company who donate 50% of their profits to provide toilets and sanitation in developing countries, partnering with charities such as WaterAid. They don’t use any plastic in their packaging, which is a plus, and it’s reasonably priced too! 48 double length 3-ply rolls are £36, which is only 19p per 100 sheets! They also do kitchen roll and tissues too. Profits from these go towards building much needed toilets in 3rd world countries. To find out more see their web page uk.whogivesacrap.org/pages/our-impact The Gospel Mission also supports Toilet Twinning. Both out toilets are twinned and you can twin your own toilet at home with one in a developing country. You will receive a picture of the toilet you have helped to provide to proudly display in your own loo. To see how to do this follow this link: www.toilettwinning.org
Church Picnic – Sunday August 26th after church at Bridget and Steve’s – All welcome including those from Baptist church – Bring and share your lunch. You will need to get directions to their lovely country garden in Stalisfield and you will need a car. Please bring others if you have space in your vehicle.
Ladies’ Quiet Day at Bridget and Steve’s – Saturday July 14th – Cost £10 in aid of Uganda Concern – This was a lovely day of quiet meditation, prayer and fellowship.
Fellowship (Bring and Share Lunch) at Geoff and Jeanie’s – July 1st 2018
We had beautiful weather for the Fellowship lunch. About 25 people came. Janelle made a strawberry birthday cake for Jim and Elizabeth. We also thought of Kay who was celebrating her birthday with her family. Thanks to everyone who provided such delicious food!
Coffee Morning – June 7th 2018
We celebrated baby Theo’s 1st birthday and Deana talked about her experiences. Theo was born with only one side of his heart functioning properly. He had heart surgery when just a few days old and then again a few months later. His remarkable recovery and good health is an answer to prayer!
Uganda Concern Evening – 28th April 2018
A great evening was had, with fantastic food, a quiz, some African songs from Faversham Community Choir and a display of African crafts – some for sale. Bridget gave a very informative talk about the work of this small charity and showed a set of interesting slides and wonderful film clips. For more information about the charity see the link below.
The Wedding of Amanda and Ian – 21st April 2018
Ian’s Baptism – 25.3.18
Unfortunately, the lining of the baptism pool leaked so Ian could not be baptised by full immersion, as he would have liked.
Do join us for a cup of tea and coffee and a chat. This month – How to make your own ‘no knead’ bread. Including tasting!
Something to think about – from Julie
Our Hope is Found in Jesus
It seems like every time we hear the news a new catastrophe is taking place. These events can be stressful and if allowed, they can steal the love and joy from your life. When we take our eyes off Jesus and focus on the evil of this world and our circumstances, little by little, the layers of negativity harden around our hearts, and the love for God and others waxes cold. Here are the steps you can take to stay positive in this negative world:
- Be strong and of good courage–Don’t let fear get the best of you! You can resist discouragement by reading God’s promises for your life and find encouragement in God’s Word.
- Stand firm and patient on God’s Word–You might be thinking, “Well, how long am I supposed to stand?” The answer is simple. You stand on the Word of God and His promises until you’re encouraged and it works. Don’t quit!
- Keep your eyes on Jesus–Don’t focus on the circumstances around you. If you can maintain your focus on Jesus and His Word in the midst of a storm, you can walk on the water of circumstance!
Learn more about how to live a positive life with the help of the free teaching located via the link below.
Craft Day at the Mission – Saturday 25th November – for Uganda Concern
Basic sewing machine skills needed to make a table centre etc. Starts 10am until 4pm. Bring a packed lunch. Cost: £10 inc tea/coffee and cake. All funds will go towards next January’s children’s camp in Uganda. To book a place contact Bridget 01795 892125. Uganda Concern is a small charity which aims to help those in need who have been widowed and orphaned by Aids.
Skate Boys fundraiser – for Food Bank & Tear Fund – 17th November 7.30
This event was very successful with over 100 people attending. £567 has been raised which will be split between the Food Bank and Tear Fund. Local artist, Hugh Ribbans, also made a lino cut for the event which can be purchased from The Hat Shop for £45. He is kindly donating all the proceeds from the 25 prints to the 2 charities. Many thanks to all those who helped and who came along to support the event.
A verse to ponder on:
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:20-21 NIV
There is so much to meditate on in this verse! Shared by Julie.
The Shoe Box Appeal
Whitstable Christian Book Shop Newly reopened – but only for 2 days a week. They need volunteers in order for it to open more. Can you help? Contact Robin 07872024364 or email Godoyster@aol.com for offers of help, or any other enquiries.
Baptisms – Sunday November 13th 2016
It was wonderful to witness the baptisms of Tim and Pavla. We warmly welcome them into the church and pray that God will richly bless them!