There was a Church Service on 5 May 2018

The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am and was part of a special Youth Weekend, with visitors from London, Great Baddow and Birmingham.

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

 

George Henderson welcomes everyone to the special Youth Weekend and led hymns:
Hymn 1 – To God be the Glory
Hymn 2 – The Lord’s My Shepherd

Announcements were also given by George Henderson and included:

*Thank you to everyone involved in the church Social last week, it was a great success and enjoyed by around 70 people.
*Please pray for the 3 Buckley brothers. Peter fell last Monday but did not have any serious injury. Paul and Les both have health problems.
*Greg Williams reports that the move of our Denominational Church Office to North Carolina went very well.
*There is a job vacancy for a part-time Pastoral Assistant for central England. Please contact the church office for details.
*This Thursday is Ascension Day. You may wish to attend a service at your
local church.

Hymn 3 – Crown him with Many Crowns

Intercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:
*We come to worship our Great Creator on this glorious sunny morning. We can meet in peace but so many Christians around the world cannot. In some countries you can’t even own a Bible. Please help and support
all those who are persecuted.
*The world’s direction is confused. We see on the news reports of man’s inhumanity to man. Especially in Syria. We need a change of heart to bring peace. Thank you that we have the knowledge of Christ’s sacrifice
for us.
*We have our young adults with us today from many parts of the country. It is difficult for them to separate themselves from the dangers of this world. Please protect their minds and help them with their coming exams.
*We pray for those unwell today. Irene, Blossom and Ron. Please bless and give your healing and help to the Buckley brothers.
*Thankyou that Roland is improving and be with Janie as she has tests on her heart.
*We pray for Len and Pam Maylin. Please give help and comfort to them.
*Thankyou for the success of the office move. Please guide all the leadership team there and in this country.
*Please bless our Government and the Queen and Duke. Please guide the Brexit talks.
*We ask your blessing on this Youth Weekend and that they will all have a very happy time together.

Hymn 4 – Majesty
Hymn 5 – Teach me to Dance

 The Message was given by Richard Fowler and Jason Cornish
Richard and Jason’s message was about true friendship and opened with an imaginery scene about 2 people on Facebook. It all appeared on screen with simulations of mobile phone images and Facebook pages. It was very amusing and made the point very well. Jason asked Ricky many questions about God because who needs God when you have so many friends on Facebook! Ricky answered the questions. God is your very best friend. God’s Facebook page is the Bible. 1 Peter 3:12. He is always there for you and will listen to you at any time. He won’t let you down as some friends do. God is invisible. We have never seen him personally. What if he is a fake? You don’t have to see your friend when you send a text message but you do know that it has been received by the phone. God is more real than us because one day physical things will pass away but God will not. Matthew 24:35. You never lose your connection with God. Do you feel good when you get lots of likes and feel down when you don’t? God is more interested in your character and wants the best for you. God allows humans to make their own decisions. Christianity has the best answer to suffering. Jesus went through terrible pain for us. God is our hero. One day there will be a new heaven and new earth with no more suffering. Every good gift comes from God. He is the origin of everything. Life has an eternal purpose not just life for the moment. God takes you beyond death. We can live forever because Jesus paid the penalty for us.

The Final Hymn was Lord I Come to You after which the Closing Prayer was given by Geoff Sole.

Refreshments and Fellowship were enjoyed in the Church Hall after the Service as well as a Life Club–the following is a report by Geoff Sole:

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On the 5th of May following a youth-oriented Service with sermon by Richard Fowler and Jason Cornish, a Life Club took place in the Westfield Room at St. Peter’s in Watford.

Questions in Table Topics from Shannon included: Where would you like to go on holiday? Which person would you like to be? What are your views on social media. What lessons can be learnt from the Grenfell Tower tragedy? If you were Prime Minister what would be your first priorities?

After the break (in which four large Domino pizzas were consumed) there were three speeches. The first was by Michael MacEwan who gave some amazing facts about trains and his goal of becoming a train driver. Ellah Richards (who won the best speaker cup) then spoke passionately about a song entitled Blinded By Your Grace by Stormzy. The last speaker was David Gent who gave a very interesting speech about all the many thousand of bits of debris that are orbiting our earth.

In the evening the young people went to Geoff and Jean Sole’s where they went for a walk in a bluebell wood, went to a park, played table tennis and snooker and watched a movie.

On Sunday morning there was a trip to the Quasar Centre in Hemel Hempstead and in the afternoon to the Lost Jungle Crazy Golf centre in Edgeware. A great time was had by all.

 

 

 

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