There was a Church Service on 9 June 2018 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Jean Sole

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Irene Wilson is still not well and would appreciate your prayers
*The Northampton Event is next Saturday, 16th June at the Saxon Hall in Raunds, Northamptonshire. The Service will begin at 2:30 and the guest speaker is Jose Ribiero from Portugal. There will be Children’s Church during the Service, and the Service will be followed by a social. There will be opportunity to purchase dinner from a mobile fish & chip van (also chicken & burgers, etc.) and an ice-cream van. Come enjoy the fun and fellowship as well as spiritual and physical food together.
For those needing a lift between Northampton train station and the Park Inn, Brian Smith is offering a shuttle service an hour before and an hour after the Conference.
*The UK annual Denominational Conference is the following day on Sunday 17th June beginning 10:30am and finishing around 4pm. This is being held at the Park Inn Hotel in the centre of Northampton. The guest speaker from the US will be Gary Deddo, President of Grace Communion Seminary. Refreshments will be provided during the day. The Conference is being broadcast on GCIyoutube and here is the link: If you aren’t able to attend the conference it will be streamed live, and the link is http://bit.ly/2KjeeaQ 
* Duncan McLean thanks you for your prayers. Although he is much better, is still very tired and would appreciate continued prayers. He hopes to be able to lead the choir at the Denominational Conference, although his wife, Shirley, is standing by just in case.
*Our quarterly communion will be during the Service on 23rd June. Also, that evening there is a Helen Shapiro Concert at the Scroll Church with free entrance.
*In the North London Church, Gordon Brown was ordained to Elder and two Deaconnesses were ordained—Carole Armstrong and Susan Mcgowan.
*Pedro Rufian, GCI Regional Director in Spain, thanks everyone for their prayers and says that his cancer is in remission, or ‘asleep’ at the moment.

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox, who showed a video clip of ducklings being rescued from the sewers. Making the analogy that we are worth more than sparrows and our Father in Heaven rescues us and protects us, she began the hymns:
Hymn 1. Be Not Afraid
Hymn 2. God Will Take Care Of You

We watched a Video Clip of Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life entitled Faith On Prescription 

Hymn 3. Great Is Thy Faithfulness 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole who began by reading the Poem ‘Vespers’ about a little boy, Christopher Robin’s prayers, which was a charming example of honest prayer from the heart, carrying on through distractions and intercessory as he prays for others as well as himself.
*Thank you that we can come before you in prayer. Help us to focus on you despite distractions
*Thank you for Jesus Christ, that he lived as one of us and died so our sins can be taken away
*Thank you that we can come to Church in peace and safety and that you give us so many benefits of faith, mentioned in the Speaking of Life
*Bless and guide each one of us and our families
*We think of our spiritual family in the church and pray for Duncan McLean in his on-going illness, as well as Pedro Rufian. We rejoice at each intervention and continue to pray for complete recovery.
*Blossom has health problems including her eyesight. Janie is a young lady with severe health problems, Peter Buckley is in a home, Irene has asthma—you know each of them and we place them in your care.
*Len & Pam Maylin are both very ill. You know their condition and we pray for healing and comfort.
*Owen Willis has had an accident with his eyes. Please heal him as well
*We pray for those who don’t know you, as well as those who have fallen away. Please renew their faith and bring them to you
*Be with the Northampton Event next week as well as the Denominational Conference the next day
*We think of SEP and Adventure Camp and pray for these crucial outreach events, send campers, workers and ask your blessing upon the preparations
*We pray for those affected by the volcanic eruption in Guatemala. Many are suffering loss of homes, grieving loved ones who have been killed, and also those suffering health problems from fumes
*We give you honour and glory and praise

Hymn 4. Ten Thousand Reasons

The Sermon was given by David Silcox who gave part three of his series on the early church in Acts 1-2. The disciples had been told by Jesus to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Spirit of Power that would equip them to witness of him and preach the gospel to all the world. We often think of this as the ‘birth’ of the Christian church, so what did the new baby look like, or now what?
We are God’s children and so should look like God to others as Jesus lives in us. A disciple in ancient times travelled with, walked with, talked with, ate with, lived with, listened to and emulated their Rabbi—their students ended up very much like them. Are we true disciples? In Acts 2:40-47 we see many baptised and continued in doctrine, fellowship, breaking bread (eating together &/or Communion?) and prayer; giving to those in need, dwelling in unity and praising God. That is what Christianity looked like in the early church and how it should look now.

The final Hymn was By Faith after which the Closing Prayer was led by David Brace

Young People’s Church was held during the Sermon time and led by Richard Fowler.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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Watford member, Peter Templeman, was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for Services for Technical Education in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours List. Peter has been employed at Oaklands College, Hertfordshire, teaching woodcraft for 21 years. He is heavily involved in the community, using his wooden toys, games and puzzles, which he designs and makes, to raise funds for local charities. He particularly supports organisations that help children with special needs, using the toys and games to nurture creative thinking, maths skills, scientific investigation, physical development and co-ordination as well as developing language and vocabulary.

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The last Bricket Wood Bible Study for this season took place on Friday night, 8 June, at 7:30pm in the St. Stephens Parish Centre upstairs room. We are studying carefully and in-depth through the Gospel of John and this study took us up to Jesus on the cross saying ‘It is finished’. There will be a break for the summer holidays and the studies will begin again 14 September 2018, taking up in John 19 where we left off. Everyone is welcome to join us for the studies and refreshment afterwards.

 

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