Prayer calendar for August

Please continue to pray for the life and work of our parishes

Wed 1st Friends of St Mary’s AGM.
Thurs 2nd Mission of the Month – Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Fri 3rd Visitors to our Churches this summer.
Sat 4th All who help run our Churches.
Sun 5th Lammas Service at St Mary’s. All Saints’ Prayer Meeting (pm).
Mon 6th For CMS and Lynn Treneary.
Tues 7th The Wisbey family.
Wed 8th All helping with and attending Christian holiday camps this month.
Thurs 9th Rest and refreshment for ‘Open the Book’ team.
Fri 10th Work of the Mustard Seed and Seekers Light.
Sat 11th For community activities in Faringdon and Little Coxwell.
Sun 12th Steve, Paul, Helen, Barbara, Dick, Max, Paul and Jim.
Mon 13th All who are ill or in any other kind of need.
Tues 14th All Saints’ Singers practising this evening.
Wed 15th For all on holiday.
Thurs 16th Our witness to friends and neighbours.
Fri 17th Magazine preparation this weekend.
Sat 18th  Wardens, Vergers and Welcomers, Intercessors and Readers.
Sun 19th Work of Churches Together and the Family Centre.
Mon 20th Bell ringers practicing this evening.
Tues 21st Our Bishops Steven and Colin, and our Area Dean David.
Wed 22nd Planning for the Autumn programme and events.
Thurs 23rd All who have been recently bereaved.
Fri 24th Flower Guild and others decorating the Church.
Sat 25th Visitors to the Flower Festival weekend in All Saints’.
Sun 26th Visitors to the Flower Festival weekend in All Saints’.
Mon 27th Visitors to the Flower Festival weekend in All Saints’.
Tues 28th For our prayer groups.
Wed 29th For all newcomers to our Churches.
Thurs 30th Outreach to people in the new houses.
Fri 31st Plans to start new group for ages 11-14.

Meetings for Prayer in August

All Saints’ seeks to have an active and regular prayer ministry with a number of informal meetings during the month to which all are very welcome.

Wednesday 1st 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 3rd 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (venue TBA)
Sunday 5th 6.30pm Church Prayer Meeting (All Saints’)
Wednesday 8th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 10th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (venue TBA)
Wednesday 15th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Wednesday 15th 10.30-11.30am Prayer for CMS (8 Coach Lane)
Friday 17th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (venue TBA)
Friday 17th 8.00pm Prayer for the World (venue TBA)
Wednesday 22nd 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 24th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (venue TBA)
Wednesday 29th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 31st 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (venue TBA)

Mission of the Month for August – Wycliffe Bible Translators

The Bible for everyone

Wycliffe believe in universal access for all. They want everyone to have the chance to engage with the message of Jesus – in the language that speaks to them best. For over 60 years, they’ve been pioneering and innovating, working alongside communities around the world.

1.5 billion people are still waiting. One in five people worldwide, still doesn’t have a Bible in their own language. It’s not right that some of us have free access to the Bible, while others have none.

That’s why Wycliffe works with urgency for the long term.

Currently they have 362 people from the UK and Ireland serving 326 languages spoken by 461 million people in 56 countries.

Dependent on God, backed by our financial and prayer support, specially trained personnel seek to make God’s Word available to all.

For further information, visit Wycliffe’s excellent web site – www.wycliffe.org.uk and see display boards in Church.

Steve writes: Name badges, football, a picnic and a total lunar eclipse!

I found it a great help when I first arrived at All Saints’ that for several weeks we all wore name badges. It didn’t mean that I instantly knew who everyone was but it certainly gave me a helpful head start. As Paul, Sheree, Charlotte, Harriet and Alice Walker join us at the start of Paul’s curacy here, we’re going to repeat having name badges during July- not only to help them but also ourselves to learn a few more names of our fellow congregation members.

Being something of an optimist (as well as a Welshman who doesn’t mind supporting England at any sport, except rugby), I wonder whether, in the rather wonderful if unlikely event of England reaching the final we’d be up for watching it together on our own ‘large screen’ in the Barber Rooms? Both Christians in Sport and Scripture Union have brought out material for churches to use in the World Cup, the latter naming its World Cup kit ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’.

Anyway, whether or not England are vying for the Cup itself, we’re all invited to do some celebrating earlier on World Cup Final day, Sunday 15th July , when, after church, we’ll have a bring your own lunch style Church Picnic to welcome the Walkers in the garden of Dave and Helen Wilson’s home (or the Barber Rooms if wet) see the notices for details.

Then to see out the month on a high note, the Churches Together In Faringdon United Service during Follyfest is at the Market Place Main Stage on Sunday 29th July at 10.30am and all are welcome. It’s my view that the weekend’s celebration this year should be called the ‘Eclipse Follyfest’ because just as the weekend’s entertainment gets under way on Friday 27th, the full moon will rise in total eclipse just before 9.00pm. It will remain totally eclipsed until 10.13pm. No reason why we shouldn’t pray for a clear sky on the Friday night so we can enjoy God’s handiwork in nature before praising him on the Sunday morning with other Christians in Faringdon for both his creation and his gracious love in Jesus Christ.

Yours in Christ,

 Steve

Home group meetings in July

New members are always most welcome at all Home Groups – please contact the people listed below for more details.

There will be no Home Group meetings in August.

Day and Dates Time Place Contact Subject
Monday 9th  7.45pm TBC Bridget Adams Alpha Film series
Monday 23rd 28 The Pines 240 532 Prayer Evening
Tuesday 10th  2.15pm 2 Leamington Gate Barbara Mapley Jonah
 Tuesday 24th 615 009 Summer Social
Wednesday 7.30pm 2 Leamington Gate Barbara Mapley Abundant Life
4th & 18th 615 009
Thursdays 8.00pm 10B Coxwell Street Andrew & Clare Sargent Women of God
12th & 26th 242 753

Prayer calendar for July

Please continue to pray for the life and work of our parishes

Sun 1st Paul Walker as he joins us. Church Prayer Meeting this evening.
Mon 2nd Mission of the Month – INF.
Tues 3rd For all Home Groups meeting during July.
Wed 4th All who have been recently bereaved.
Thurs 5th “Open the Book” at the Infant and Junior School this morning.
Fri 6th Flower Guild decorating the Church.
Sat 7th For Lynn Treneary now in England for treatment.
Sun 8th Steve, Paul, Helen, Barbara, Dick, Max, Paul and Jim.
Mon 9th Little All Sorts this morning.
Tues 10th All Saints’ Singers practising this evening.
Wed 11th Work of Churches Together and the Family Centre.
Thurs 12th Outreach to people in the new houses.
Fri 13th Our Bishops Steven and Colin, and our Area Dean David.
Sat 14th All who help run our Churches.
Sun 15th Baptismal service this morning. Church Picnic.
Mon 16th Bell ringers practicing this evening.
Tues 17th For all newcomers to our Churches.
Wed 18th  All who are ill or in any other kind of need.
Thurs 19th “Open the Book” at the Infant and Junior School this morning.
Fri 20th Churches in the VWH Deanery.
Sat 21st Wardens, Vergers and Welcomers, Intercessors and Readers.
Sun 22nd Earth & Faith Garden Party today.
Mon 23rd For all our prayer groups and meetings.
Tues 24th Work of the Welcome Group.
Wed 25th Work of the Mustard Seed and Seekers Light.
Thurs 26th Families, parents & children as summer holidays start.
Fri 27th Our witness to friends and neighbours.
Sat 28th For all church sitters and visitors to All Saints’ this summer.
Sun 29th FollyFest United service in the Market Place.
Mon 30th For community activities in Faringdon and Little Coxwell.
Tues 31st All involved in children’s and youth work.

Meetings for Prayer in July

All Saints’ seeks to have an active and regular prayer ministry with a number of informal meetings during the month to which all are very welcome.

Sunday 1st 6.30pm Church Prayer Meeting (All Saints’)
Tuesday 3rd 7.30-8.30pm Julian Meeting (call 244 905 for venue)
Wednesday 4th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 6th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (venue TBA)
Wednesday 11th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 13th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (venue TBA)
Tuesday 17th 7.30-8.30pm Julian Meeting (call 244 905 for venue)
Wednesday 18th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Wednesday 18th 10.30-11.30am Prayer for CMS (8 Coach Lane)
Friday 20th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (venue TBA)
Friday 20th 8.00pm Prayer for the World (venue TBA)
Wednesday 25th 9.00am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 27th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (venue TBA)
Tuesday 31st 7.30-8.30pm Julian Meeting (call 244 905 for venue)

Mission of the Month for July – INF

International Nepal Fellowship (INF)
Nepal now has a Marxist/Maoist Government as the pro-Indian Congress Party was defeated in recent elections. There is now an embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Kathmandu. Until recently the relationship with India was under pressure when Nepal declared itself a Secular State instead of a Hindu State. A dam project is now going ahead, it had been suspended because of the pressure from India. There are plans to build an extension of a railway from Tibet into Nepal! India and China both built main roads in Nepal in the 1960s.
Nepal has always been proud of its position as a country never conquered by Britain and has guarded its independence. Will things change now?
The church continues to grow apace and there are Nepali Christians in many European countries and the Middle East. They witness wherever they go and plant churches,
A Nepali woman I met a few years ago in Oxford, up from Brighton for the baptism of a dozen Nepalis including the one Nepali family living in Faringdon, said to me: “you brought the Gospel to our country and now we are bringing it home, to your country”. The persecution of Christian Nepalis in Nepal has risen dramatically over the last few months- up to 10 churches burnt down, individuals arrested and jailed, one Pastor for 10 years on trumped-up charges, and individuals accused of smashing Hindu idols. This is happening across Nepal.
INF has been training Nepalis over the years and now many are doing work in medicine, nursing, teaching, encouraging villagers to grow crops, and encouraging the women to learn new ways and building up their confidence. Visa have been difficult to obtain for expats over the last few years – it is wonderful that there are so many Nepalis ready to take over.

We hope to have a Curry Evening, to include two short videos, sometime in the future – details will be in the weekly notice sheet and the magazine.

For more information about INF contact Margaret Scott-Brown on 240 509

Missions News

NEWS ABOUT CMS and Matt and Liz Wisbey

News from the Church Mission Society

As we start the holiday months of July and August, we can give thanks for a good June when we thought about the work of the Church Mission Society.

Lynn Treneary had come back to the UK for medical treatment in May, after 2 bouts of Malaria which had left her rather weak. Sadly, as we move into July she is still here. She is staying with members of her family in the north, while she has visits to the Doctors and the Tropical Medicine experts, but so far we have not heard of a positive diagnosis. It may be that it is just rest and a better diet than she has in Maridi. We ask all of you to pray for Lynn, that she soon regains her strength and is able to return to South Sudan. They are missing her so much there, not only for her teaching work, but for herself as she encourages them in the Faith and shows them that if you put your trust solely in Jesus, you will not be let down.

Our main event in June was the visit of Jonathan Self on 10th June to preach at the 10.30am service in All Saints’, and to talk at the lunch after the service. Jonathan told us of his visit to Tunisia and the amazing things God was doing there. Many of the locals had become followers of the Muslim Faith when other countries had invaded them from Europe. Now, apart from the work in the Christian Churches, they were dreaming dreams about Jesus and becoming followers of Him. God is working in an amazing way.

One result of this visit for Jonathan, was that he felt that God was telling him to change the sermon he was going to preach at All Saints’. and to talk about Prayer. He gave a powerful talk on how we should learn to listen to God. So often we rush about trying to do what we think is right, not listening to God’s voice. As in Tunisia, God was saying, I will do the teaching in dreams, your work is to gather them into the Christian family.

Jonathan challenged us to listen to God speaking to us, then pray daily for a month about what we felt God was saying to us. At the end of the month, look at the outcome and see what God has done.

We had a retiring collection at the service and lunch  to raise money to help fund “Global Mission through Local Leaders” More and more of the mission work abroad is being done by local Christian leaders. Mission Partners sent out from the UK go to encourage, give Bible teaching and assist these local leaders. By God’s grace, both the harvest and the workers are plentiful in many of these places, but a significant obstacle remains, lack of funding! Many of the new churches are in very poor areas where the people are unable to support a leader. In these cases , CMS is raising special funds for these leaders to free them to do the work. It is this fund to which we have sent what money we raised. On the day we raised £500 and this will be increased by some of the gifts being Gift Aided.

Thanks you to all who gave so generously and also to all who helped to make the day a success. We have had a thank you letter from Jonathan Self, who said how much he appreciated the welcome he received and he would love to come again to Faringdon.

Meanwhile, please pray these next two months for the many people from CMS who will be working on stalls at the various  summer festivals, Greenbelt, New Wine, the Big Church Day Out for North and South. Also pray for the many who attended the Pioneer Church Day at the end of June to explore whether God is calling them to this work

Whatever the world looks like, there are so many signs of God working His purposes out We must continue to pray every day and listen to God to tell us what is our mission for that day.

Many said how much they enjoyed Jonathan Self’s talk. Would you pray to see if God is calling you to give a morning once a month, to pray for the work of CMS. At the moment we meet on the 3rd Wednesday in the month, but we are open to change. We are praying for younger people who will carry on the work for CMS in All Saints’, when those of us who meet now can no longer cope. Please pray to see if God is calling you.

For more information about CMS contact: Joan Plumptre

News from the Wisbeys

The sun is shining and the rain is falling, summer must be arriving! We hope this update finds you well. In our last newsletter we spoke about being open to God guiding our steps in unexpected ways, quoting the verse: We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9) This seems very apt as we look back on the last few months as unbeknownst to us at the time, a big change was coming.

On Easter Saturday a very significant member of our church leadership team died suddenly. Phil had been diagnosed with three aggressive cancers only a few days before and though he had been unwell for a few months this obviously came as a big shock to the whole church family. While we have only been part of the church for four years, through that time we have enjoyed and appreciated getting to know Phil and his wife Julie, particularly since joining the leadership team of the church this time last year.

That role now feels even more important to us as we seek to help guide the church through a time of grief and transition. Please pray God gives us wisdom and strengthens us by His Spirit for all He is calling us to do.

In other news, Matt has been keeping busy teaching two courses–Language Program Planning and Implementation and Multilingual Education–and preparing for a trip to Florida (this week!) for team meetings as part of his role in Asia.

At home, Levi only has a half term left in Year 1 and Anya started playgroup after February half term! She is enjoying it a lot (though is not always sure about leaving Mummy in the morning!) and in September will move up to the preschool room and increase to two and a half days per week. I (Liz) am already beginning to think about how I can use this time best – exciting times are certainly ahead!

As ever we LOVE to hear your news. What unexpected changes have happened in your lives since we last wrote? Do you have any fun summer holiday plans? Will you be travelling down the M5 past Gloucester? Hit reply now and do drop in and say hi if you can!

Love Matt, Liz, Levi and Anne

For more information on the Wisbeys visit http://wisbeys.blogspot.com/

The Psalms course

I should like to take this opportunity to thank all the kind friends who have supported the Psalms Course so loyally during the last four summers.

I am deeply grateful to those who provided so much practical help, operating the projector, playing the piano and serving coffee, as well as many who readily set out and put away furniture.  The numbers attending and the kind encouragement so often received have been a constant source of comfort, far beyond anything I expected when I first began the course.

Presenting the course has taught me far more than I could ever have learnt on my own, and on my spiritual journey it has been the perfect fulfilment in later life of an early sense of a specific vocation to teach the Scriptures. It has of course been challenging, but for that very reason truly satisfying. My hope and prayer is that those who attended it will be as deeply blest as I have been.

The Lord may have future work for me, unknown at present, but I have no plans yet to offer another course on any subject. However, I am willing to be a resource for any individuals or study groups reading some of the Psalms.

Paul Winchester