This month there are a number of changes to the usual mid-week programme for three weeks from week commencing 7 April. These are due to the school holidays and the Easter services, so please refer to the centre diary pages for further details to ensure you don’t miss anything.
As usual, special services will be held over the Easter period. On Maundy Thursday, there will be a joint churches’ Communion service here at Coldharbour at 8pm; this is a lovely opportunity for us all to prepare our hearts for the Easter period. The Good Friday service will also be held at Coldharbour; please note that this service will begin at the earlier time of 10.30am.
The celebration of Easter presents us with a valuable evangelistic opportunity in the wider local community as Easter cards are delivered to every home. The cards will be ready for distribution soon. Please pray that the Lord will use the cards to stir some of our neighbours to consider the significance of the Saviour’s death and resurrection.
Esther & Christian are holding an Easter Party in the church on Friday 12 April from 2.30-5pm. Children aged between 3 and 11 years are all welcome although must be accompanied by a parent or carer. There will be various craft activities taking place as well as an egg hunt and a bible story; refreshments will also be available. Sounds like a fun afternoon!
A men’s breakfast has been arranged for the morning of Saturday 6 April at 8am. Guys, make sure you’re up nice and early if you wish to enjoy a time of fellowship with other men from the church.
The annual CPR Open Day will take place on Saturday 13 April at Elmstead Lane Baptist Church from 2.30-5pm; a buffet tea will be included in the programme. This will be a valuable opportunity to learn more about God’s work in our prisons. Those planning to attend are asked to email [email protected] so numbers can be obtained for refreshment purposes.
A Bring & Share fellowship meal has been arranged this month on Sunday 14 April and will take place directly after the morning service where we will be given an update of the pastoral work at Mission Care. If you are free, come and enjoy the meal and fellowship, and hear how we can best pray for the pastoral team.
Our Church Seniors have an opportunity of meeting together this month on both Tuesday 9 April for coffee and Tuesday 23 April for lunch. Please join us if you can.
All ladies aged 18 and over are welcome to join us at a film evening taking place in the church on Saturday 27 April at 8pm. A great DVD entitled ‘Escape’ will be shown - it’s a thrilling story about survival, courage and faith.
Please continue to remember those in the fellowship who faithfully care for family members. In these situations, please pray that God’s love and peace will be very real, both for those caring and those who are cared for, that these may become times of privilege and blessing, despite the not insignificant challenges and tiredness. Others persevere through times of physical or mental illness which are ongoing. Please pray that during pain, weakness, and limitations, God will keep them centred on Himself, and that they may have the joy of knowing that their sovereign, loving God knows all, and walks the path with them, moment by moment.
You will be aware of other situations from your Midweek Groups that need prayer, but we also encourage you to use the prayer diary to pray for others in the church. An updated copy of the prayer diary is now available, so please ask Phil if you do not have one.
Advance Notice: Do you enjoy camping? If so, you are invited to join the annual camping weekend over the May Bank Holiday - Friday 24 to Monday 27 May. This is a most enjoyable time of fun and fellowship, and help is available if you are not fully equipped. For further information see Phil.
Finally, the May 2019 newsletter will be available on Sunday 28 April. Please remember to send any Home news/prayer items to Julia D by Thursday 25 April to ensure inclusion.
When we preach Christ crucified,
we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologise;
there is nothing in the gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed.
C H Spurgeon