We caught up with Bev, our Rest Homes team leader, to see what she has been sharing in the rest homes over this Easter period.
“When planning the Easter message this year I was thinking about how to present a message in a way that might be fresh to people who may have heard the same story for anything up to a hundred years! Therefore this year we have spent some time thinking about when we do things for the first time how we remember those events…our first jobs, weddings, babies, etc. One lady told us of how excited she was when she ate her first banana, she ran all the way home from school to tell her mother. We then read the verses from Luke of the women going to the tomb on Easter morning and realising Jesus had risen. We thought of their emotions firstly despair, then fear, followed by wonder and joy. How these events must have been burned into their memories, how Jesus died for them and how he had defeated death and not just on that first Easter morning but for all time. We then applied this truth to ourselves as each Easter we are invited to share in the joy and wonder of the resurrection when our Saviour rose again. We have been celebrating this in our services and concluding by singing “thine be the glory risen conquering son, endless is the victory thou o’er death has won”.”
We are calling a weekend of prayer, something we have not done whilst Julian has been leading the City Mission, and we are asking all supporters to commit to pray. We are holding this special weekend of prayer on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April. We would love you to pray for the City Mission either individually or in a group, at home or church, at some point during the weekend.
2017 finished very positively, however, so far this year the finances have taken a big hit, with donations falling far below what we need to see to stay committed to our current growth.
We feel God has led us to stand with the church, to commit to train, equip, and support the body of Christ to reach this city. Please stand with us and pray for these 3 areas:
- Our 10 staff and 54 volunteers and many churches who work with us to run our head office and 3 vital teams.
- Our financial stability and an increase of giving from individuals, churches, trusts, and legacies.
- Our plans for future growth and new building as we seek new ways to serve this city, with the church, for Christ.
We are very aware of, and thankful for, those of you who give so sacrificially already. It may not be possible for you to give at this time, however if you feel led please get in touch.
We hope that you join us on the 21st or 22nd April as an individual, house group, or church to refocus our eyes on Jesus.
Nairne has been with us for a month now, and we caught up with her to see how it has gone just before the Easter break
Since coming to BHCM, I have really enjoyed getting to know the team and getting involved. On my fourth day, I went straight in to our first Easter assembly with the schools team. Following that, we have done many more assemblies in our Easter series and I have seen a variety of schools in the Brighton and Hove area. It has been great seeing the responses from the children in the schools, listening to and enjoying the assemblies.
In my second week, I attended our Christian In Education meeting and it was great to see how God is working through educators in the local area.
I am looking forward to the coming weeks and seeing what God has in store for the team.
You are invited to a Showcase of the work of the City Mission.
The showcase is an evening of interviews, prayer and learning what our missionaries are up to. The evening will be accompanied by light refreshments.
The evening starts when doors open at 6.30pm, with the presentations starting at 7pm. The evening will run until 9pm.
Address for the Showcase – Bishop Hannington Memorial Church, Nevill Avenue, Hove, BN3 7HN
Since Emma left us as a staff member to train with the church of England, you may have seen advertisements of our vacancy for a new Schools Team Member. We are delighted to introduce to you Nairne Page, who joined our team the first week of March.
Nairne was born and grew up in Sussex. She lives just outside of Eastbourne. Nairne studied drama and music at A-Level. She loves music and is a very gifted musician with the ability to play many different musical instruments. She has even written her own songs that have been performed, as part of a musical, in local schools. She is passionate about worship and is a worship leader in her church and at other Christian events. she loves drawing people into the presence of God.
We are so excited to have her join our team.