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Thought for the Day by Phil Washington (BH Member)
‘But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently’ Romans 8:25
Life involves a lot of waiting. We even have ‘waiting rooms’ at the station and doctors. We don’t really like to be kept waiting though do we? Have you noticed the impatience shown in the Post Office queue, in the traffic jam, or at the airport? How is your patience with the current ‘Lockdown’?
There is ‘waiting’ involved in the Christian life too. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and one of the facets of true love in 1 Corinthians 13. Here in Romans chapter 8:25, we hear Paul saying ‘We wait for it patiently.’ What is the ‘it’ that we are waiting patiently and eagerly (v23) for? The answer, of course, is it’s for the final and glorious redemption of our bodies, when Jesus returns (v23). Peter tells us to ‘anchor our hope on the grace to be given us when Jesus returns’ (1:13). There are no words to describe how wonderful that day will be, but the Holy Spirit within us, gives us both the ‘hope’ (eager anticipation) and also the ‘patience’ to wait for it. Let’s prayerfully keep in step with the Spirit. Looking forward to, and praying for ‘that day’. Let’s encourage each other with the reality of it. ‘Come Lord Jesus’ is the penultimate sentence in our bibles!
Greetings to the BH family near and far.
BH Quiz No. 5 - Q & A
1 Which 2 BH vicars authored the following books some 3 decades apart and how much did each cost when they came out:
“The Gospel in a Pagan Society” Ken Prior, 1975, 55p and
“The Nile to the Netherlands” Brian Lea, 2006, £9:99
2 Which member of BH had an encounter with a piano with braces? Ian Barclay
3 BH used to produce a monthly Parish Magazine. What was it called in 1973 and how much did it cost? Focus, 5p
It had a name change when it was produced in conjunction with Holy Cross – what was it called in 1986 and how much did it cost? Link, 20p
4 In May 2003 BH hosted an art exhibition as part of the Brighton Festival. What was the BH contribution called? God’s Design
4 Which Bishop was the visiting speaker at the James Hannington Centenary celebrations in 1985 and from what diocese did he come? Bishop Misaeri Kauma, Namirembe Diocese, Uganda
5 BH’s first mission partner served in Uganda during the 1960’s and 70’s. What was her name? Pat Gilmer was attached to BH by her missionary society but was not a member of BH. Peggy Thomson was the first BH member to serve overseas.
6 Steve Midgeley was curate at BH from 1997 – 2001. Apart from being ordained, in what other professional field was he qualified? He was a psychiatrist
7 Before the lockdown where did KO members regularly sit during the Sunday evening service? In the third row from the front on the North side
8. Where is the foundation stone of BH located? The north side of the West Door
9. We refer to the church as ‘BH’. What is its full title? Bishop Hannington Memorial Church
Coffee and Chat update
This week we thought we would not hold our regular lockdown coffee and chat sessions for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, we would love more of us to get involved in a personal way with contacting others – especially as it’s now ok for us to visit them in their garden – or for them to visit us – providing we still socially distance.
Many people, especially those in Small Groups and other BH groups, have been excellent at supporting their members during this lockdown period. Individuals, too, have been phoning/writing notes/sending cards to the church family. The staff and pastoral care team are doing an excellent job!!!
However, we’re aware that some might not join in our Zoom meetings potentially with lots of others and you can probably think of someone you occasionally speak to at BH [when we’re able to be there] who would love an invitation to chat one to one. So, this week it’s over to you.... 😊
Secondly, we’d love to have feedback from those who have attended our previous sessions...please tell us what you liked or didn’t like about them and how we could improve them or even if you think we should carry on with them at all. Do you have some fresh ideas????
Please tell us...email Giles (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the church office (email@example.com) – and thank you😊
Mental Health Awareness 2021
Please follow the link below to our Resources page for more information.
We have now restarted in church services with 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm services. Numbers for the 10am & 6.30am services will still be limited and must be booked in advance via MyChurchSuite or the website. These services will still be livestreamed on YouTube which can be accessed direct via the website or via MyChurchSuite.