There was a Church Service on 14 April 2018 

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:
*The US Headquarters Office is in the middle of their move from Glendora, California to North Carolina and so the server has been down for a week, hence no update last week, and also Day by Day did not go out for a few days. That is the emailed version handled by the office. The Day by Day studies are always available on the website and you can find the ones you may have missed, in the archives there. It would be a good idea to go to the website and in the right hand column enter your email address and click on the ‘Subscribe’ button. You will get an email asking you to confirm follow and then you will receive the automated day by Day email sent out by the website each morning at 3am. You can then reply to the one Gavin emails out asking you to take you off his list so you don’t get two every day. (You can’t reply to the automated email).
Here is a photo of the new Church Office building in North Carolina:
*John Stettaford reports that his cancer is all clear presently and thanks everyone for their cards and prayers
*Ray Blackburn of the Blean Congregation who has been unwell for some time, has died. Please remember his family in your prayers
*Irene Tibbenham’s relative, Camilla, died on Good Friday. Please remember the family in your prayers. Cards of sympathy can be send to the address on the Bulletin Board.
*Eric Jay of the Camberwell Congregation has died, as well as Paul, also of the Camberwell. Please pray for God to comfort and strengthen their families.
*The annual Churches Together Cemetery Clean-up that Irene Wilson organises, went very well yesterday. There was a very good turn out and she thanks everyone for their help.
*The Board of Trustees met on Sunday 8 April. Thank you for your prayers for guidance and wisdom, and you can read a report from the Board Chairman, David Silcox at the end of this report.

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. Thine Is The Glory
Hymn 2. O come And Let Us Worship Him

We saw a Video with Greg Williams, Grace Communion International Vice President and President Elect for January 2019, Speaking of Life, entitled The Story Of Jacob. 

Hymn 3. I Am Thine, O Lord
Hymn 4. We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sue Ann Henderson and included:
*We come before your Throne, our Great God, who provides everything for us, to offer thanks, praise and bring petitions for intercession.
*We ask your blessing on thos who serve on our Church Board and ask you to guide and bless them
*We look around and are appalled by the evil and violence of this nationa and around theis world. We ask you to be with, not just those who suffer, but with the leaders of this world, to give them wisdom and a desire to serve as well as a conscience to do right
*Give us the faith and courage to stand up against evil and wrong, to be counted, and to put aside those things that divide us. May the Holy Spirit guide your body in knowledge and truth.
*Prepare this earth for your return that we yearn for as we see the atrocities in Syria. Let Christians there stand up and share your gospel in that nation.
*Thank you for the remission in John Stettaford’s cancer. So many of our friends are ill and we ask that your healing power with touch your people. Especially remembering Elizabeth Newton at this time. Be with those missing today because of sickness and we ask you to be with and heal them, and indeed, those who are here also suffering.
*Be with those bereaved—we have heard of a number today: Linda Marsh’s family, the families of Ray Blackwell, Eric Jay, Camilla and Paul in Camberwell. You have destroyed and conquered death. Comfort and strengthen these families in their faithfulness. We thank you so much for our hope and understanding.
*Help us to reach and proclaim and share the Good News of the gospel with this hurting world.

Hymn 3. Rejoice, The Lord Is King

The Sermon was given by David Silcox. Many Christians observe Lent or take time in study and prayer and repentance to prepare for our yearly recommitment at this time of year. Have we considered preparing ourselves between Passover/Easter/wave sheaf and Pentecost? Just prior to his death, Jesus spent time with his disciples teaching and preparing them for the future. He told them he was going away and that he would send the Comforter/helper/advocate to be with them, to help them follow his commands, to bring things to their remembrance, to convict them of sin, righteousness and judgment and to lead them to truth. Jesus is now our High Priest and lives in us through the Holy Spirit. Reading a number of passages in John 14-16, David went through many aspects of the Holy Spirit that can encourage and prepare us for the future.

The final Hymn was Not Many Wise Men Are Called after which the Closing Prayer was led by Mike Barlow

Young People’s Church was held during the Sermon time and led by Geoff & Jean Sole. During the Young People’s Church on the 14th of April the subject of olives and olive trees was discussed. The dove carrying an olive branch back to Noah’s ark was mentioned along with several other biblical references. Also the story in Matthew 25 of the five wise girls who had enough oil and the five foolish girls who did not have enough oil was discussed. The young people also saw some kitchen utensils made out of olive wood and an antique oil lantern. They also stuffed some olives with roasted peppers. Not surprisingly the young people chose not to eat many olives themselves, however they did take some away to give to their parents.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.


The fortnightly Bricket Wood Bible Study took place as usual at 7:30pm in the upstairs room of the St. Stephens Parish Centre.  John Stettaford led the study continuing in the Gospel of John, this evening in chapter 16.  You are welcome to join us any time.  The next study still be on Friday night, 27th April at 7:30pm. The study usually goes for an hour and a half and is followed by refreshments

Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Sunday 8 April 2018 

The second meeting of the Board of Trustees of Grace Communion International of the UK in 2018, was held on the 8th April.

A large part of Board proceedings cover procedural issues such as Apologies for Absence, Approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting and Matters that Arise from these Minutes.

One of the matters arising was to consider new legislation that comes into force in May to replace the Data Protection Act of 1998. This legislation will govern the way organizations handle personal data and the measures necessary to ensure that such data is handled securely and confidentially. The board heard how the Church is preparing for the legislation and the necessary prodecures are being put in place to fully comply.

The National director, Mr. James Henderson, gave an Update of the plans and activities of the Church as it seeks to proclaim the Gospel. This time a report on SEP was included. Most of the information is published in the In Touch Magazine, or personal letters from Mr. Henderson to the Church. There followed a Financial Update from the Business Manager, Mr. Gavin Henderson. The Board was able to review final figures from 2017, which show a balanced budget with Income and Expenditures basically on budget.

Mr. James Henderson has informed the Church of a change in the administration of the Church, effective January 2019. This matter was further discussed by the Board and more information will be given to the Church at the Denominational Conference in June.

The date for the next Board Meeting was set for the 14th June and the meeting ended at 16:40.

David Silcox
Chairman – Board of Trustees


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