There was a Church Service on 20 February 2016

The Opening Prayer was given by Joy Barlow

Hymns were led by Sueann Henderson
Hymn 1 – Name of all Majesty
Hymn 2 – Trust and Obey

2016-02-06 George Henderson gives announcements in WatfordAnnouncements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Bill and Irene Wilson are not here today. Bill is waiting for an operation on his gall bladder. He is in a lot of pain and Irene is getting very tired caring for him.
*Peter Beardsmore and Phillip Halford are also feeling unwell today.
*Application forms are now ready for this years S.E.P. July 24th-August 6th. You can apply on-line to Jackie Mill. Please pray for all of the planning team.
*Next Saturday is the Luton Quiz Night. The service will begin at 3p.m. and the meal will be served at 6p.m. Please give your names to Dorothy Beardsmore or Daria Fowler.
*There is to be a Harvest Festival in Galway Ireland, 7th-11th September.
*One of our long time church members in Norwich, Victor Faulkner, died on February 15th aged 95. Please pray for his family.

Hymn 3 – I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

2015-03-14 Winston Bothwell gives Announcements-trimmedIntercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:
*Thankyou for your many blessings, and that we can meet here when so many can’t meet as we do. There are many problems facing the world, but we have a sure hope of the future.
*We remember those people in the Middle East driven from their homes because of violence. Please help them as they are not always made welcome in their new countries. Please help our National Leaders as they try to solve the many problems before them. Help our own Prime Minister with his plans for this country. We need to be able to continue to preach the gospel. Our Queen is soon to reach 90 years of age. She has brought great stability to this country.  We all need the return of Christ.
*We thank you for our church leaders, Mr.Tkach and James Henderson and our Pastoral Council here in Watford. Please bless all the work of Christians Across Watford.
*Please heal Bill, Peter and Phillip so that they can return to church.
Give Irene strength to care for Bill. Please relieve his pain and help
him get his operation soon.
*We ask your help for George Campbell and all our senior members who may have health problems.
*Please comfort those bereaved and give support to the family of Victor Faulkner.
*S.E.P. takes a lot of planning and we pray for all those involved.
*We have heard on the news about all the mental health problems now.  People need much better advice and treatment to avoid suicides. Please let them not keep their worries to themselves especially the young. All these issues we now leave before you, and thank you that we can be here today.

Hymn 4 – Change my Heart O God
Hymn 5 – Purify my Heart

2015-03-07 Cliff Neill gives the SermonThe Sermon was given by Cliff Neill.  Before Cliff began, we listened to a song on a CD called “The Potter’s Hand”. He then took out of a bag a terra-cotta pot. Terra-cotta means
burnt earth. This pot was once a lump of clay. This is how we are when we come to Christ, without shape or purpose. The great Master Potter begins to shape us into what he wants us to become, which is the fullness of the stature of Jesus Christ. God is a creative God and gives us the gift of creating. Art, music, writing or building. Our hands can bring something that we visualise into existance. It can take some time to get it just right and finished. God made man.
Genesis 2:7. A potter has to plan ahead what his clay will become. Could it be a vase, pot, pie dish or a mug? The clay first becomes soft and pliable and is kneaded to remove air bubbles. The potter assesses what it will be on its strength and quality. God is the potter and we are the clay. We are all unique and have different life experiences. We should trust him totally. Isaiah 64:8.
The clay next needs centring and forms a perfect circle. The potter then reaches inside the clay to the very centre. We need God’s Holy Spirit at the very centre of our being. The potter then pulls and stretches us into shape, removes us from the wheel and writes his name on the bottom of the pot.
For pots to be strong, beautiful and functional, they have to be fired in a kiln. We have to go through trials, but will then become a new creation. Romans 8:28-29. Philippians 1:6. Cliff then took out of his bag a lovely decorated pot. When God our potter has finished his work, then we must be used for our purpose. To contain his glory and let our light shine in the darkness.

The Final Hymn was Blessed Assurance after which the  Closing prayer was given by Mike Barlow.

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the Church Hall.

Winston & Jill serving teas

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Bricket Wood Bible Study Nov 2014The Bricket Wood Bible Study was held at 7:30pm on Friday 19 February 2016 in the St. Stephens Parish Centre upstairs hall.  Everyone is welcome to join us in looking into the Word of God together.  Refreshments follow the Bible Study.

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