There was a Church Service on 3 September 2016 

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The Service this Saturday was a Special combined Service celebrating 60 years of our Denomination in the UK. The Service was held at Allum Hall in Borehamwood beginning 3pm and was followed by a dance in the evening. Because numbers were limited in the hall both of these events were ticketed. Over 350 people attended. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Birmingham Pastor, David Gibbs, a long-time member.

A variety of Hymns, old and new were led by James Henderson. Julie Dickson from Scotland sang Special Music and the Choir, led by long-time member, Duncan McLean, sang two pieces. Pioneer members Mrs. Retinella Daley, Mrs. Maureen Bass, Stanley Olsen from Sweden with his wife Birgitta, and David Silcox were called up to the front where Joe and Tammy joined them to cut a special Anniversary cake. Announcements were short and an offering was taken up before James introduced our Denominational President, Joseph Tkach, for the Sermon. Dr. Tkach spoke about our Identity in Christ.

The Closing Prayer was led by another long-time member, David Stirk, a Pastor from Northern Ireland.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the hall, where tables were set up at the back. Sandwich bags with fruit & a cake were distributed along with punch, tea and coffee.

The hall was cleared and set-up for the Dance which began at 7:30pm. Music was provided by DJs from the North London area. The North London Congregation organised and ran the event including the Service, refreshments and the dance. Our thanks go to them for a very successful and enjoyable day.

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Sunday 4th September was the date of the UK & European Denominational Conference, which was held at Allum Hall in Borehamwood. There were around 200 present including delegates from Portugal, Spain, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and guest speakers from the USA. The schedule was as follows:

10.30 Praise session
11.00 Greg Williams – Presentation
12.00 Gary Deddo – Jesus Christ, Hope of the Church: Its Formation and Identity.
13.00 Lunch
14.30 Cathy Deddo – Becoming in Christ – Living in Hope
15.30 Gary Deddo – Jesus Christ, Hope of the World: The Church’s Vocation in a Multicultural Context.
16.30 END

David Silcox led the morning Worship with a selection of old and new hymns. There was a Scripture Reading by Linda Halford and the Choir, led by Duncan McLean, sang for Special Music. The final Hymn was led by Julie Dickson from Scotland.

Audio files of the presentations should be available on the UK Church Website in due course. Check at http://gracecom.church/ under the ‘Media’ tab.

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memorial-groupADVENTURE CAMP 2016

The 43rd Adventure Camp took place from the 26th─30th August at the Sir John Lowther County Scout Activity Centre near Kettering. 26 young people, 2 trainee staff, 7 crèche children and about 20 staff attended.

The theme was John Wycliffe. Through his leadership the Bible was translated into English in the 14th century. On Saturday the young people visited St Mary’s church in Lutterworth where John Wycliffe was rector john-wycliffe-paintingfrom 1374 to 1384. It was explained to the young people that the work of John Wycliffe has motivated many to continue the work of translating the Bible into other languages. Several Bible translating organisations use ‘Wycliffe’ as part of their name. Here are some Bible translation and language facts according to the Wycliffe Alliance: ‘● Languages currently spoken in the world: 7,097. ● Languages that currently have Scripture: 2,932 (of these, 555 have an adequate Bible, 1,333 have an adequate New Testament and 1,045 have at least one book of the Bible). ● Total number of languages in which Bible translation is in progress: 2,771. ● Languages that need a Bible translation project started: 3,771.’ On Saturday the young people also visited Gideons International; one of the reasons the Gideons decided to make their UK headquarters in Lutterworth was because of John Wycliffe. (Gideons International have given away over 2 billion Bibles and New Testaments since 1908!) At the conclusion of Adventure Camp each young person received a Ladybird book entitled The History of our Bible, as it has a John Wycliffe section. (The group photograph was taken on the steps of the John Wycliffe Memorial in Lutterworth.)

On Sunday the young people had an enjoyable time at Wicksteed Park. It has 147 acres of beautiful, rolling parkland, 30 exciting rides and activities and Europe’s longest zipwire!

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Day activities this year included: Archery, Bouldering Wall, Campcraft, Christian Living, Drums, Fitness, Leatherwork, Obstacle Course, Orienteering, Pedalkarts, Swimming, Tower Climbing and Tunnel. Evening activities included: Balloons Challenge, Bedtime Stories, Camp Fire, Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday, Messy Games, Newspaper Towers, Olympic Games, Quizzes, Team Building, Team Monopoly and a Video of the 2015 Adventure Camp.

At the end of Adventure Camp Chinelo Ozumba was presented with the best junior camper certificate and Ria Morar was presented with the best senior camper certificate. It is planned that the theme of Adventure Camp 2017 will be John Newton.

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