There was a Church Service on 18th August 2018 in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am

The Opening Prayer was given by Mike Hustwait

Hymns were led by Phillip Halford
Hymn 1 – Immortal Invisible

S.E.P. 2018 REPORT: Geoff Sole and Richard Fowler showed us slides and talked about our new S.E.P. site in Scotland. They were both staff there. Financial and legal reasons had required us to move. Jackie Mill had chosen Deuteronomy 31:6 for the Christian living theme—“Be strong and courageous. do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” About 80 young people really enjoyed everything there and the weather was very good. New activities included, Forest Skills, Tree Climbing and Skiing on the dry ski slope at the centre. Thank you for your prayers and financial support.

Hymn 2 – Holy Mighty Majesty

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*There is to be a 50th celebration of S.E.P. at Loch Lomond on Saturday 27th October. Anyone who has served there over past years, campers, staff, set-up or take-down is invited. Please contact Alexis in the church office for more details.
*Please continue to pray for Jim Kissie who has cancer. A scan shows that he may have another small tumour.
*Chris Reeves and his family thank us for the card we sent them on the recent death of his wife Hilary. They do not have a date yet for her funeral.

Intercessory Prayer was led by Irene Wilson and included:
*We have seen a miracle this week. The grass has been renewed by the rain. We were dead and dusty like that and then renewed by Chris in us
*We are so very blessed with rain and the seasons, farms, peace and safety. We just take it all for granted, but you are always there.
*Please give comfort to the Reeve family in their grief. One day every tear will be wiped away. We have a certain hope.
*Jim Kissee needs your healing power. Please help him according to your will.
*Thank you for answering our prayers for the success for S.E.P. Our young people are very vunerable in this world. We want them to find you and go the right way in their lives.
* Please help those disappointed with their exam results not to feel a failure.
*Please guide the new Watford Town Chaplain. Help her to see the needs of the people of Watford.
*We ask your urgent help for all those involved in the floods in India and the Bridge calamity in Genoa. Please help the rescue teams, the injured and bereaved.
*Thank you for your Holy Spirit and for Jesus. Thy Kingdom come.

Hymn 3 – The Lord’s my Shepherd
Hymn 4 – In Christ Alone

The Message was given by Kevin Harris on our Redeemer and Salvation.
Mankind is in desperate need. There are difficult times in our lives such as illness or death of a loved one. As Christians, we turn to scripture such as Joshua 1:9—Do not be afraid, or Hebrews 13:5—God will never leave you. We will dwell in your house forever in Psalm 23:6, and I know that my Redeemer lives from Job 19:25 are also very encouraging scriptures.
What is our faith in? God’s love for us (John 3:16). Job had many trials, but after he lost everything, all was restored to him. He had a living Redeemer and expected salvation.
Why is salvation good news? It offers peace and hope. We are saved by faith and grace (Romans 5:1-2).
Do we understand? We must believe in God’s son and not that he just existed. We must testify for Jesus and believe in our heart that he rose from the dead (Romans 10:9).
Do we defend God? Defending the Gospel can be difficult. Salvation is a gift and can’t be earned. It is by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We need to meditate on God’s word and not get side-tracked on minor things that are not to do with salvation. 2 Peter 3:18. Ephesians 1:13-14. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand (Colossians 1:3-6). We must believe in our hearts that Christ died for us and was resurrected. He buys us back forever—1 Corinthians 15:1-5.

The Final Hymn was Crown him with Many Crowns, after which the Closing prayer was given by Geoff Sole.

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the Church Hall.

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Geoff Sole hosted a party after his 70th birthday, for over 100 people at the Scout Centre in Well End. There were activities such as a bouncey castle for the children and a climbing wall for the ‘big kids’! An ice-cream stand, a cake stall, book stall, plants, fruit & veg area, as well as Peter Templeman’s games to try—all of which raised funds for Uganda. Displays and colourful donation boxes focused our hearts on those who struggle with such daily things as having enough food and shoes for their feet. Tea & Coffee were available all afternoon and a lovely buffet in the evening enabled lots of fellowship as we enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new. Even some of Geoff’s neighbours were able to come—truly an outreach event.

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