Apologies from the Webmaster that there is no report of the Service which took place on 19 October 2019. The four people who normally share the reporting were all attending the Annual Autumn Harvest Festival in Paignton. There was a Service in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. The Service included Communion and was followed by lunch in the church hall.

There was a Church Service on 26 October

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

As a ‘Call To Worship’, a music video was played entitled “He Who Began A Good work In You

The Opening Prayer was followed by Announcements given by David Silcox who continued on to lead Hymns:
Hymn 1.  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Hymn 2.  King of Kings, Majesty

Our first Message was from Tammy Tkach, Associate Pastor of the Glendora, California congregation. She and her husband, Joe, came here via Switzerland and France Festivals

Hymn 3.  Ten Thousand Reasons

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Irene Wilson and then Prayer was followed by music for personal prayer and reflection

Hymn 4.  Jesus Is The Name We Worship

The second Message was given by Joseph Tkach, past president of GCI. He spoke about worshipping together. During Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness, God taught them how to worship.
Exploring Hands-On Worship (Mark 12:30) hands are used in communication the world over, so why not in worship, which is communication with God. 70% of communication is non-verbal! Toney of voice, body language, gestures, etc. We looked at air quotes, handshakes, kiss in greeting, clapping, thumbs up, OK, high five, the Nazi salute, kowtow & bowing, blowing a criss and crossing oneself.
Jesus gives us freedom to express our worship with no prescripture or prohibitive text about use of hands. There are 8 Hebrew & Greek words used for worship, and we looked at each of them, and saw that Biblical forms of worship can be with or without hands. Mark 12:28-30 the main thing is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.

The final Hymn was Wonderful Grace after which we had the Closing Prayer. Fellowship continued over special refreshments in the church hall. 

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The Bricket Wood Bible Study took place on Friday 25 October in the usual upstairs room of St. Stephens Parish Centre. The study begins at 7:30 and ends at 9pm with refreshments. All are welcome to come along and study together.

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The Annual Autumn Festival took place in Bridlington in the North as well as in Paignton in the South of England over the week of 13-21 October. The webmaster of this congregation attended the Conference in Paignton where over 230 people were gathered to rejoice, fellowship and give thanks. There were daily Services of Worship and teaching as well as Children’s Church and Young Adults church that took place at the same time. There were also daily activities scheduled, such as a Quiz Night, Seminars on Depression and the Christian, a Ladies Tea, Coach tour to Saltram House, Hymn Sing, a Caribbean Cruise Event, Children’s Party, Family outing to Paignton Zoo, Life Club, Bible Study and a Talent Evening. A wonderful warm atmosphere enhanced the fellowship and enjoyment. People returned home filled with enthusiasm to share the Gospel of Christ anew in their lives and congregations at home.

PAIGNTON FESTIVAL 2019

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