Church Service on 6 February 2016 at 11am 

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

2016-02-06 George Henderson gives announcements in WatfordThe Opening Prayer was given by Keith Stevenson

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Jack Stokes Funeral will be on Thursday 11 February at West Herts. Crematorium
*We welcome Chris & Mary Cottee to our Service (in their Church!) and after the Service please join us in the Church Hall for refreshments and a presentation.
*Churches Together is holding a Ceilidh and welcomes everyone to join the fun 13th February at 8:30pm in St. Lukes. Tickets are £5 from office@watfordtcc.org There will also be a ‘skills auction’ with prizes of such things as 2 canal boat trips and a family portrait including one print!

2016-02-06 David Silcox leads worship in WatfordHymns were led by David Silcox:
Hymn 1. King of Kings, Majesty
Hymn 2. Crown Him with Many Crowns
Hymn 3. Blessed Be The Lord God Almighty! 

We watched a Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life video clip entitled Birthday Candles 

Hymn 4. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Hymn 5. Ancient Words

Bill Wilson leads Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by Bill Wilson who began by commenting on the passing of Terry Wogan, who raised millions for Children in Need and in his last broadcast thanked all his listeners for being his friends! We have a friend in heaven that we come to talk to now in our Intercessory Prayer:
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Thank you for giving you all for us so that we can have a future. We remember persecuted Christians around the world and pray that you would encourage and protect them.
*Each of the refugees and migrants are precious to you—help us to open our hearts to them.
*We pray for the sick, the poor and needy, as well as our governments as they deal with the issues and task of helping the people in their nations.
*Thank you for Rebecca and we pray for her continuing recovery
*George Campbell is very ill and we pray for him. Take away his pain and heal him
*As we approach the funeral of Jack Stokes, we pray that you will strengthen and comfort his family and bring them peace with a hope for the future.
*Thank you for Chris and Mary Cottee and their 25 years of Service in this Church, St. Peters, in whose facilities we meet each week. We pray your blessing on their continued ministry

2016-02-06 David Stirk gives the Sermon in WatfordHymn 6. You Are My All In All

The Sermon was given by David Stirk, Pastor over our congregations in Ireland. David spoke about the Prodigal Son. He began by reading a humourous version of the Prodigal Son in the key of ‘F’ before looking more closely at the parable to draw out several lessons sometimes overlooked. The Father, who represents God, is eagerly looking for the return of the wayward son regardless of his repentance or not. If we look in the Old Testament we could find a type of this parable in the story of Esau receiving Jacob back after years apart, even though Jacob had tricked him and stolen his birthright.

The final Hymn was Amazing Grace, after which the Closing Prayer was led by James Esom.
2016-02-06 Watford Church toasts Chris Cottee

Everyone went through to the Church Hall following the Service, where Irene Wilson made a presentation to Chris & Mary Cottee. Chris has pastured the St. Peter’s Church of England, in whose hall we meet, for 25 years and we marked the occasion with a gift, sparkling wine and cakes. Our congratulations to Chris & Mary and best wishes for the future.
2016-02-06 Watford Children's Church with Jean Sole

Children’s/Young People’s Church took place during the Sermon time. Our dedicated staff do a wonderful job of preparing materials to engage ages from 3 years to teenagers. This week the subject of belief was discussed. Specifically the young people looked at John 3:16 and considered the following: For God (the greatest giver) so loved (the greatest motive) the world (the greatest need), that he gave (the greatest act) his only begotten Son (the greatest gift), that whosoever (the greatest invitation) believes (the greatest decision) in him (the greatest person) should not perish (the greatest deliverance), but (the greatest difference) have (the greatest certainty) everlasting life (the greatest possession).

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Bricket Wood Bible Study Nov 2014Friday night 5th February the Bricket Wood Bible Study continued in the book of Ephesians.   They meet every other Friday night in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre at 7:30pm and enjoy refreshments and fellowship following the study. Anyone is welcome to join them anytime. The next study will be 19 February.

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