This month we are recommending some great books that will inspire us of how God is using ordinary people around the world.
They are available after the church services on Sunday so why not bring along a few pounds & enjoy some fantastic reads. We are even giving one of them away for free!
WORLD MISSION AWARENESS MONTH
As we’ve been hearing about God’s Mission for the world
& how He wants us to be part of that
you may feel that God has been prompting & encouraging you
to take steps to be more involved in World Mission in some way.
Maybe you’d like to know how better to support our Mission Partners or would like to get involved in a short-term mission trip of some kind.
Maybe you think God might be calling you to consider
longer-term mission work.
Or maybe you’d like help & resources to know how to
share your faith with friends & family
or would like to be involved in reaching out to our local community.
The easiest first steps are to be praying & to get in touch with
Katy Lambert (our World Mission co-ordinator) via the BH church office
& let me know how we can help you.
Jesus said "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
This call to share The Gospel in Hove & around the world isn't stopped
by any 'Lockdown' or 'Covid-restrictions'!
This October our services, talks & prayer meeting will all have a
World Mission theme including some guest speakers:
4th October Richard Brunton -Living Hope Ministries
11th October Kent Anderson -European Christian Mission
18th October Chris Binstead - Arab World Ministries
24th October Paul Young - Off The Fence, Brighton
We would love all the church family to get involved in thinking about what it means to 'Go & share the Gospel' around the world.
How about trying one of these ideas?
Adopt one of our Mission Partners - get to know them &
find out what life is like where they live.
Read an autobiography of a famous missionary
(Visit Books Alive in Hove for plenty of choices)
Read 'Missions-How the local church goes global' by Andy Johnson
Find out about what life is like as a Christian in a country
you have visited or would love to visit & pray for them.
(operationworld.org is a great resource)
Get together with your small group and use 'Your place in God's plan for the nations' by Alan Purser as your Bible study guide for the term ahead.
(available from www.thegoodbook.co.uk)
As we celebrate Harvest and all that God had provided for us the James Hannington Memorial Trust (JHMT) highlight projects we would like to invite the church family to support. This year they are
Kevin & Jen Cable who are heading out to Jaffa, Israel to start a church plant and FESTIVE who work to equip and support VI Form & Further Education colleges in the UK.
If you would like to make a donation towards these projects then please contact the church office directly or the current edition of the BH news has the details.
Rev Kevin and Jen Cable– CMS Mission Partners
A little bit about ourselves:
Kevin - I’m currently a Vicar in the Church of England, having been ordained 12 years ago. I was formerly a police officer, and am a Messianic Jew (a Jew who has accepted Jesus as Messiah), and have visited Israel many times.
Jen – I’m a Nurse Practitioner, and have nursed for over 30 years. I grew up in Hassocks and came to BH throughout my childhood. My father and my sister are members of BH. I have been a Christian all my life, and share in the ministry of our parish in Southbourne, Bournemouth.
God’s call to Jaffa. The Middle East has seen a rapid decline in the number of Christians in recent years. Yet, St. Peter’s, an historic Anglican Church in Jaffa, Israel (historic Joppa), is ready to be reborn. The building has been unused since the Arab- Israeli war of 1948, yet locals and the expatriate community have been increasingly calling for an Anglican presence and worshipping community to strengthen the presence of Christ. Archbishop Suheil in Jerusalem (whose father served at St Peter’s until its closure) and the Diocese of Jerusalem have been working towards and praying for many years for the church to reopen.
Our call to ministry in Israel has developed over a long period of time and the Church Mission Society have helped us to discern our call, and partnered with us to:
• Minister to the Christians serving in the large Diplomatic community in Tel Aviv -Jaffa.
• To reach out to and serve the local community.
• To demonstrate the love of Christ by providing support and welfare to the Seafarers who dock at the ports of Jaffa and nearby Ashdod.
The news of St Peters re-opening is already bringing hope to the Christians in Jaffa, the launching point for Peter’s mission to the Gentiles.
We receive no funding for this call, other than the donations and generosity of people who feel called to support this mission. Money raised will go towards us being able to serve in Jaffa
Festive exists to equip and inspire gospel work in the often overlooked area of Further Education (16-18 year olds). We work with individual students and Christian unions around the country offering mentoring and encouragement to individual students (our student network) and free resources to CU’s.
Here’s a couple of upcoming projects we would love your support with:
Regional training days
At the end of this year and into 2021 we are planning to run some new regional training days for Christians students in FE. These events will include teaching, worship and workshops with the aim of inspiring students to be bold in sharing Jesus and to better equip those involved in or thinking of starting up CU’s or mission activities. Money raised will go towards the promotion and running costs of this event and towards paying for some free places for students in our network.
Growing our student network
Normally we recruit around 80% of our student network at Christian summer festivals but due to the pandemic we haven’t been able to this year. As a result, many Christian students will be heading into college not aware of the support, encouragement and prayer that we offer. To meet this need we plan to connect with new students this year through carefully targeted social media campaigns and through new events and conferences. Money raised will enable us meet, connect with and inspire many new Christian students to live for and share Jesus at their college.
Jesus said "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”
This call to share The Gospel in Hove & around the world isn't stopped
by any 'Lockdown' or 'Covid-restrictions'!
So something to look forward to -this October
we will still be having a World Mission Awareness month of some sort.
Throughout the month we hope to have guest speakers
& world mission-focused prayer times.
We would love all the church family to be involved
and for the various BH groups to make it a focus of their groups for October.
More details to follow but mark it in your calendar for now.
If you’d like to be involved contact Katy Lambert via the church office.
The JHMT are pleased to announce that £5800 was raised for our 2020 Lent Appeal.
On behalf of The Milson family in Spain and Living Hope we would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who contributed towards these valuable projects.
As we look towards Easter the James Hannington Memorial Trust highlight projects we would like to invite the church family to support. This year, they are:
.Project 1:Living Hope Ministries
Dear friends at BH
You have always been encouraging to me as I visit from time to time to share God's word and update about LIVING HOPE. This year it has been my vision to bring together in Nairobi the leaders of the many groups who receive telephone ministry. The people are so enthusiastic and hungry for God's word. So to teach them live and work on how to make this ministry more effective is very important. We accommodate and feed them and have helped them with travel costs but only when they arrive. They need to be there at their own expense first. So some of them are on the road many hours.
As Living Hope began in Kenya in 1994 it seemed good to have a 25 year Celebration with the Kenyans and so Saturday April 4th we will have representatives from Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Congo. We are also going to have two pastors from the Sudan who will come at their own expense.
Aubrey representing Malawi and Mozambique has no passport but we will receive telephone greetings from him.
LHM Africa now consists of 13 countries and I have team members to send to them so we have much to celebrate and thank God for.
Your gifts will enable us to bless all these folk and send them back to their countries renewed and refreshed to serve the Lord. It will be sad for me because I must hand the baton on but of course our love, prayers and teaching by telephone continue God bless and thank you very much Richard and Elaine.
Project 2: The Milsons with Crosslinks in Spain
We are now two years into our time in Valencia and things have already changed a great. Language is progressing, friendships are developing, taste buds are changing, heat sensitivity is diminishing and perhaps most significantly Julian is now the Rector of the Anglican Church of Valencia (since October 2019).
God has been so good to us and we love being part of the church community here. We’ve had the joy of seeing people grow in their faith as well as coming along to a Protestant church for the first time in their lives. There is so much gospel work to be done with so few workers here in Spain and we count it a real privilege that you are partnering with us.
Our basic costs are fairly high and we are entirely reliant upon the churches and individuals who so generously give to our work. One significant contributor has been supporting us with £9000 a year. This support will shortly come to end leaving a substantial hole in our budget. We are so grateful to God for the help you are able to give us.
The Trustees of JHMT are pleased to confirm that the Christmas Appeal raised around £9,400. On behalf of Off The Fence and the Open Doors Syria project, we are grateful to God for this provision towards valuable support for these 2 charities. Thank you.
As we look towards Christmas the James Hannington Memorial Trust highlight projects that we would like to invite the church family to support.
Help persecuted Syrian families shine with hope this winter.
Syria has been in the news a lot recently. The attacks in northern Syria have already had a devastating effect on Christians in the area. Open Doors partners have been on the ground in Syria for many years helping them give vital support to those affected. Christians in Aleppo may not currently face immediate threat of fighting or terrorism, but there are people still suffering the consequences of the crisis.
People like Jina. Her husband Rober was taken captive six years ago and is still missing. He was abducted by Islamic extremists and the reason he was taken was his Christian faith. They are being supported by a church that operates as a Centre of Hope in Aleppo, run by Open Doors partner Pastor Abdalla. Through the Centre of Hope, Jina receives regular financial help and fuel for heating.
Jina’s son Abraham is learning about the Bible in classes run by Abdalla’s Centre of Hope. These classes can help raise the next generation of believers in Syria. The ultimate vision for the church is to be a witness for Jesus in Aleppo. The hope and intention is that Centres of Hope will lead to resilient communities, resilient families and a resilient church. A church that is powerful and life-changing, flourishing across the Middle East and shining as the light of Christ in the darkness.
Christians know that they are still at risk, and they need the long-term support of the worldwide church so that they, in turn, can stay in their communities and be the hope for the Middle East. And that could start with a parcel of food or a gallon of diesel for a family like Jina and Abraham.
Every £24 could provide ongoing medical care for a believer in Syria..
Every £35 could provide a supplementary food pack and fuel aid to help a vulnerable Syrian family like Jina and Abraham’s survive the harsh winter.
A gift of £65 could go towards providing training and a loan, to enable a woman to open a small business so she can support her family and community.
PROJECT 2- OFF THE FENCE
Supporting those sent from our local Church serving those most in need within our own City.
Did you know that while you’re curled up in front of Netflix in the evening, teams of Christians are walking the streets of Brighton, looking out for homeless men and women who may be in need of food, hot drinks and warm clothes?
They are signposted back to the Off The Fence day centre on Portland Road where they can get a hot shower, clean clothes and support with accommodation, rehab or any health needs they might have. That’s where they’ll probably meet Nigel. S, who works there making sure the homeless get not only the practical support they need but the pastoral care. A client who has been living in a hedge on a local trading estate described the work at Antifreeze as ‘a really special place.’
As well as the this work with the homeless and our Gateway women’s work, Off The Fence has a schools’ team working across fifteen city schools, providing support through mentoring, workshops, courses, safe spaces and interactive prayer spaces. The team is led by Lizzi. D and supported by intern Emily.W. If you read the news, schools are struggling in so many ways, and also becoming increasingly intolerant of Christianity. As we walk alongside the struggles, we find that our work is not only deeply appreciated but encouraged, and it’s clear the difference it makes.
‘They bring God to the students in a really relatable fresh safe creative 21st century way that the children have just really engaged with and loved.’
Head of School, Cardinal Newman
All of this work, which involves around 30 staff, is made possible by a core team headed up by Monica. H holding us to our core values of excellence, compassion, integrity and unity.
Please do what you can to support these valuable BH members of our team at OTF. At this time of year when we think of the lengths God went to so He can reveal his love for us, it’s right that the church is sending its members to some of the most difficult places to continue revealing God’s character. The streets are indeed dark at this time of year; please help enable us to continually reveal the everlasting light.
The weekend got off to a great start with the drop-in prayer morning where people could visit various activities around the room to help them engage in praying for the world, our Mission Partners, Jesus’ sacrifice for us and to prepare for Sunday’s teachings using the Bible passages we would be looking at.
It was such a pleasure to have Michael Prest, Director of UFM to join us on the Sunday
His teachings to us in the morning & evening services were not only a careful handling of God’s Word but a very practical challenge to encourage us to share the Gospel with those around us.
A good number of the church family enjoyed lunch together to discuss further what we’d heard from Michael and to hear about the work of UFM.
If you’d like to listen to the sermons from that weekend, please click LISTEN & scroll through to 20th October am & pm sermons.
It’s been encouraging to hear from some of the church family how they would like to get more involved in supporting our mission partners & getting involved in short-term mission trips.
So, watch this space!
Bishop Hannington Church supports mission all over the world. Through the charitable trust, the James Hannington Memorial Trust, the church gives money and other resources to support gospel work in many different nations.