There was a Church Service on 31 October 2015 

The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore

2015-10-31 George Henderson gives announcementsAnnouncements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Next Saturday we will have our annual Remembrance Service and it will begin at 10:45 so we can hold a 2 minute silence at 11am.  We will take up an offering for the British Royal Legion.
*Cathy Rankin had her operation last night and prayer are requested for her recovery
*St. Albans Food Bank thank you for your generous donations at our Harvest Service
*Gill & Vivian Wigan thank us for our prayers and cards during their health problems
*Pam Maylin is seriously ill and on life support in hospital.  Please pray for her and sign the card at the front
*The UK Board is meeting today and prayers would be appreciated *There is no UK Denominational Conference tomorrow.  For the past few years it has taken place the last weekend of October but this time has been postponed to the first weekend in September 2016.
*Dr. John McKenna has had a stroke and your prayers are requested.

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Hymn 2.  You Are My Anchor 

Nancy showed a Dr. Tkach Speaking of Life video entitled ‘What Are You Afraid Of?’ 

Hymn 3.  Be Not Afraid My People
Hymn 4.  The Lord’s My Shepherd (Crimond)

Geoff Sole introducing Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole  who began by telling us about the Christian Living class at Adventure Camp where Anthony and Alison Dady asked the children to write out a prayer.  He read out one that thanked God for his great faithfulness.  God is faithful to hear our prayers
*We thank you so much, Father, for your faithfulness as our shepherd who gives us faith to live for you
*Thank you for your Spirit to teach and guide us and that we can be here, meeting together in peace and safety to learn and worship
*Thank you for the treasures that your Bible contains
*Thank you for the beauties in nature and the autumn leaves
*We pray for those who do not know you, living in a dark world.  We pray that they will come to know you
*We pray for the leadership of our Church and ask for your guidance and blessing on the Board Meeting
*There are many who need your help and healing.  We think of Rebecca Gentil in hospital, Pam Maylin, Cathy, Gill & Vivian, John McKenna and Graham Mitchell.  They are all trusting in you, so we ask that you be with them and help them to make a full recovery:
*We pray for the families of the two ladies mentioned in Dr. Tkach’s update who died recently.
*In the news this morning we read of a Russian Plane which crashed in the Sinai Desert, killing all aboard and we ask that you comfort their relatives
*The migrants fleeing oppression and poverty are constantly in the news and we know that you watch with a heavy heart as well.  Please help them to find a way to peace and safety.
*The civil war in Syria continues to cause heartache and pain and we pray for your return to bring a lasting peace and end to all war.

Hymn 5.  In Christ Alone

2015-10-31 David Silcox preachingThe Message was given by David Silcox, who asked WAre you mature?  What is a mature Christian?  Perhaps how many years you have been in the church or how many times you have read the Bible?  Looking into the bible, Colossians addresses Christian maturity. Chapter 1:14-22 addresses the role of Jesus Christ in bringing us to maturity, speaking of the pre-immanence of Jesus in our christian lives to reconcile us from wickedness to present us holy and perfect in Jesus Christ, who works in us mightily, vs. 29 In chapters 2 & 3 he goes on to show we put to death the old man and put on the new man to live a new life in Christian maturity. 1-How we see one another and our care & concern for each other 2-How we put to death the old as we are buried with Christ in baptism and become dead to sin with our life hidden in Christ till 3-We are raised with Christ to new life.  A new age has dawned where we seek those things which are above.  We come up from the waters of baptism to new life, born again to Christ, who is our life. 4 Col 3:17 whatever you do now, do it in the name of Jesus because he lives in you.WWJD

The final Hymn was Standing on the Promises after which the Closing Prayer was led by James Esom

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.
2015-10-31 Young People's Church

At the Young People’s Church on the 31st of October we discussed DD and LL. Halloween focuses on Darkness and Death (DD) but Hallow’s Eve focuses on Light and Life (LL). The young people read some scriptures about darkness and experienced darkness when blindfolded to play ‘pin the tail on the donkey’. The young people also read several scriptures about light including: ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (John 8:12) and ‘For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light’ (Ephesians 5:8). They also learnt some interesting facts about light and lightning, saw a demonstration showing how light can bend (through water) and saw some pictures of glow worms, fire flies and deep underwater creatures which all create their own light. At the end of the lesson they made some toy candles and played with some glow sticks and balloons with little lights inside each one.

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Bricket Wood Bible Study-John Stettaford & David SilcoxThe Bricket Wood Bible Study continued in the book of Colossians on Friday night 30th October.  Anyone is welcome to join us looking into the Word of God fortnightly at the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre at 7:30pm, with refreshments afterwards.

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