Sunday 25th June 2017
This is the online version of the news sheet handed out in church on Sunday. For privacy reasons some addresses, phone numbers and email addresses have been omitted – for more details please contact the church office.
10.15 am – This morning’s service is taken by Young Life.
Unity in the body – 1Corinthians 12:12-31a
As we continue in our series on 1 Corinthians we reach Paul’s challenge to the church to use its diversity and variety of gifts to be a blessing to the mission of God. Paul uses the illustration of the body as it works together through its many parts to be an expression of God’s love to the world. Today is also “YoungLife” Sunday; an organisation that has at its heart a desire to accept, be relevant to and work with ALL people and its mission is: “Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith”.
11.30 – 12.00 – Meeting Point in the hall for refreshments.
6.30 pm – Service led by Bernard Chandler, John Low preaching.
Suffering 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10
Paul experienced many extreme hardships which he survived, allowing him to continue his important work among the early churches. But he then describes a mysterious ‘thorn in the flesh’ which remained however much he asked God to remove it. Paul didn’t lack faith in his asking, God didn’t lack power to respond, but Paul discovered that man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.
Prayer Ministry is available after the services. Members of the team wearing blue “prayer ministry” lanyards will be available in the Prayer Ministry corner and within the congregation. You can also send prayer requests to the Prayer Ministry Team at email@example.com.
- Open House in August. In the place of Sunday evening services during August we’re inviting members of the fellowship to open their homes on a Sunday afternoon or evening for fellowship and refreshments. There is one space on the list – 6th August. If you would like to host that Sunday, please sign the list in the foyer and indicate your chosen time.
- Deadline for contributions for the next church magazine is TODAY – please send contributions to Andy Collins.
- Copies of free Christian magazine, Inspire, are available – please take one.
- Emily, a student at All Nations College, needs to buy a second-hand car by September. Please contact her if you know anyone who may be selling one.
- Welcome Tea, Sunday 9th July, 4.00 – 6.00 pm – for anyone who has recently started coming along to HBC. An opportunity to meet some of the leadership team and each other for an informal time of fellowship. Please sign the sheet on the foyer board or contact the church office before 3rd July (to help with catering).
- Cream Tea, Saturday 25th July, 2.30 – 4.30 pm in the church hall. Helen & David Penrose invite you to join them and help raise money for Cana Baptist Church which is trying to raise money to buy a piece of land next to their church.
- #HolidayClub#meetPete – Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd August, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, at St. Andrew’s Centre. The club will be aimed at children in Reception to year 6. If you are able to offer to help in any way, please contact Helen Kemp.
- “Standing for Christ in the public square” – meetings put on by The Christian Institute with a choice of venue – St. Albans (4th July) and Hitchin (6th July). See foyer board for more details.
- Vacancy for Book-keeper (full-time) at All Nations College – see board in foyer for details.
Are you a Senior in our Fellowship?
Have you booked for the August CAMEO?
Dave Sunman will be exploring, “What’s in a Name?”
Booking forms/more information from Chris & Roger O’Connor
Three of our neighbours in the commercial units at the end of the street have kindly said we can use their parking facilities as follows:
- Finglow: Weekday evenings after 8.00 pm & weekends
- Tiny Toes: Sundays and weekday evenings
- Bookbinders Printing (former BMW premises): Sundays & weekday evenings
- Please continue to use the Sainsbury’s and public car parks if you are able.
Recordings of services and sermons
Service recordings are now available on CDs rather than cassettes. Copies of morning and evening sermons will normally be available for loan the following week. Please use the folder in the foyer to record borrowings and returns. The whole of a morning service will continue to be recorded for any who are housebound, either on a regular basis or short-term. Please contact the church office if you are interested.
Family news & Mission focus
- Congratulations to John Low who has received a Knighthood (KCBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
- Congratulations also to Adrian & Stella Walter on the arrival of a new granddaughter, born to Mark & Karen on 21st June.
Mission Focus: John & Ketani Matiza in Zimbabwe
Give thanks for:
- their new house
- the outreach of lay evangelists
- a programme John has been promoting
- the success of this year’s Next Generation youth camp.
Please pray for:
- John & Ketani’s visit to the UK in October to meet their supporters
- OM’s church mobilisation for outreach within and outside Zimbabwe
- the continuing financial challenge faced by the family
- the SMILE programme
Week Commencing 26th June 2017:
2.30 pm – Tuesday Fellowship Activities
8.00 pm – Inter-church Sele Farm prayer gathering Please contact Claire & John for details (firstname.lastname@example.org)
7.30 pm – Multicultural Night – A Celebration of the Nations at All nations Christian College. All welcome live music – drama – food – fun – art exhibition
6.45 pm – Girls Night – informal evening
8.00 pm – Pastoral prayer group
Sunday 2nd July
10.15 am – Morning service including baptisms. Pete Croft leading, Dave Sunman preaching including baptisms
3.00 pm – Cross Links fellowship for adults with learning disabilities
4.30 pm – Re:fresh – discipleship group for young people
6.30 pm – Communion service. Sheila Knowles leading, Graham Powell preaching.
We have some part-used AA and 9-volt batteries available to anyone who can use them – box in foyer.
Winter months’ prayer ministry for the elderly. If coming to church is difficult during the cold months (November to March) and you would like one of the prayer ministry team to visit you at your home to pray with you, please contact the church office.
Don’t forget you can keep an eye on upcoming events & activities throughout the year on our Calendar Page.