There was a Church Service on Saturday 14 October 2017


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

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Roland and Janie Gadsden are both progressing & recovering
*Reg & Pat thank people for their prayers—Reg is recovering
*Prayerrs are requested for Street Angels Administrator Steve Leonard
*Dr. Tkach writes on forgiveness his week—see the notice board
*GCI reports member in the West Indies sustained damage and need supplies
*Don & Sue Lawson are both very unwell, please pray for them

Worship was led by Nancy Silcox
Hymn 1 – For The Beauty Of The Earth
Hymn 2 – Amazing Grace

Nancy Silcox went through a Slide Show of SEP 2017 photos and video clips—see report summary at the end of this post

Hymn 3 – The Power Of Your Love

Intercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:
*We come humbly before you at this time of year when your beautiful creation is clothed with reds and gold. Thank you for your calling and wonderful plan for mankind. Thank you for the freedom to meet and worship. Thank you for the wonderful Festival time where we look forward to your second coming to bring in a time when suffering and sorrow will be no more.
*We think of the people in South Africa affected by floods, those in California suffering from fires; others suffering from hurricanes and volcanoes. Our hearts go out to those paople affected and we ask that you comfort, heal and be with them. Many have stepped forward in compassion and helped—thank you for them and bless them. Be with those who are grieving the loss of loved ones.
*There is much political uncertainty in this country with leaders trying to solve the great problems of ouor age—disunity and dissatisfaction. Lead and guide our leaders and give them a heart fo the people.
*Thank you for our Christian, dedicated Queen and bless her as she celebrates her platinum wedding anniversary—a first in history for a national leader. Thank you for their example of stability and morality
*Thank you for our Church Leadership, the Watford Council and the many leaders who work so hard to lead and serve your people in all our congregations.
*There are so many ill like Don & Sue Lawson and we ask you in your mercy to look down and comfort them, to relieve their pain. Duncan McLean, Len Maylin and Elizabeth Newton (Simon’s wife) need your healing. The Gadsden family going through sever health trials and Billy Kepple from Ireland is suffering and in respite care. Be with his wife as she nurses him through his final hours.
* Steve Leonard of Street Angels has health problems—restore health and energy and be with Street Angels as the nights get longer.
*Many suffer in silence—please help them as they look to you for help with depression, illness, unemployment and the many stresses of this life
*Be with the bereaved both in our congregations and those affected by the disasterrs and terrorism in this world. One family tragically died on their way to the Festival
*We know we can’t live forever in this physical life, so we look forward to our future and thank you for this knowledge. Help us support others and be a light and beacon of hope.

Hymn 4 – Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

The Sermon was given by David Silcox. The Theme of the Festivals and Conferences this year is John 1 John 4:11 We love because He first loved us. In everything God is FIRST—he is first and last, Alpha and Omega lived from the beginning eternally. He takes the initiative in every aspect of our life. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 about love which is patient, kind. Are we patient until…? Are we following God in being patient? Are we kind until…? Is God like that? If he were, we would all be in great trouble! Keeps no record of wrongs. Do we keep a record of wongs and we say ‘well, not very often’? We aspire to Godly love. God is love and become God loved us we love one another. Phil. 2:3 let each esteem other, and verse 5 let this mind of Jesus be in you. 1 John 4:9 this is what the love of god looks like—that he sent his son to die for us and bring salvation for ALL. He loves us sacrificially, unconditionally and undeservedly

The Final Hymn was By This Shall All Men Know after which the Closing Prayer was given by Sue Ann Henderson.

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the Church Hall.

Young People’s Church took place during the Sermon time.

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SEP UK just celebrated its 50th year. The majority of those years were held in a sheep field on the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland. Some may say why have it here when the weather is often wet, the field muddy and the midges hungry? The beauty that points to God is one reason—it is a spectacularly beautiful location. Another reason is that it is remote and gets you away from the pulls of everyday life like TV and school and work so that you can focus on relationships and worship God. Another reason is the opportunity to experience Christian community in action—learning how to handle adversity to grow in Christian character. Another is the opportunity to try new things and learn new skills. SEP is one of the Churches outreach programmes that touches the lives of young people, it changes them and gives them new strengths and confidence, and hopefully stronger faith in God. Whatever their reasons, 50 years show us that people gain from and enjoy the SEP experience and keep coming back for more!

This year the first week contained a number of problems—besides the wet and muddy weather, we had to tackle an issue with electricity, water supply and then a few cases of tummy bug, which unfortunately meant that the Saturday celebrations of the 50th Anniversary had to be postponed until Sunday, which was our normal scheduled visitors day .Our dedicated volunteer crew work day and night to overcome any problems if necessary and we appreciate water and light all the more afterwards! None of the 100 plus staff get paid, including Camp Director, Jackie Mill and her Husband, Pete, who is the Camp Chaplain. They all provide a wonderful service and contribute to the outreach aspect of camp with their brilliant Christian examples. The children of staff under the age of 11 are looked after in ‘Mini-Camp’ and Creche. Staff are extremely important and valued, and none more so that the ‘Dorm Leaders’ who have the care of 12-15 campers 24/7—the hardest job on camp! Another essential job for SEP to run is that of Kitchen Supervisor and Chef. At the moment we desperately need someone to volunteer for this job in order for SEP 2018 to operate. If you think you or someone you know might be qualified and willing to do this vital job, who would like the opportunity and challenge of serving and giving of their time and skills, please encourage them to consider what an impact SEP has on so many lives and email admin@sepuk.org Our theme this year was ‘We love because he first loved us’ and SEP is indeed a work and true expression of LOVE!

Camper activities include Archery, Art, Canoeing, Ceilidh, Christian-Living Class, Code-Breaking, Cycling, Cheesy Disco, a Film night, Fitness, Football, Hill-Walking, ITC (Initiative Training course), Leatherwork, Netball, Salsa Dancing, Sailing, Singalong, Talent Show, Team Building and Volleyball. There are awards at the end of each week, and at the end of camp, for dorms and campers, as well as Staff Awards.

This is truly a Christian Camp and besides the Christian Living Classes, each dorm takes a turn at leading a Morning Worship Service. It is safe to say that the majority of the 250 or so people, young and old, who come to SEP go away changed in many ways. The beauty and community of SEP is conducive to people seeing God in their lives and making the personal commitment expressed in baptism, and every year there are a few baptisms in the Loch. SEP is truly a blessed place and a blessing to so very many.

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