Members from many churches gathered at Hutton Union Church on a chilly but dry Good Friday morning. The cross was brought out, and the procession of believers took it in turns to carry it to Shenfield Library. An air of sadness at what we were re-enacting but, as the short service progressed, this was replaced with joy as we sang and Andy, from St Peter’s Church read to us the record of the event in the bible. We remembered that on Sunday, Easter Day will show why Jesus had to go through the agony of crucifixion – His resurrection from the grave wipes away all past sin and allows all who believe in Him to have a fresh start in life.
Community Church Chadwell, hosted members from all the nine Relational Mission Churches in our cluster. We gave thanksgiving for our God’s provision, heard testimonies of what God is doing, Took part in a live link which was beamed to many countries. Mike Betts spoke on Acts 4 His message was that we are often under attack. What do we do about this? We go to our friends and PRAY. This is our first response. Everyone praying corporately. The prayers of many. Prayer moves things. God says present your requests to me. An answer will be given. A powerful message to step up our prayer, for only then can the church rise above the problems of this world.
On Sunday 1st October Gamel and Martin outlined future changes that will be taking place at Hope Community Church. Any who missed this announcement please listen to the full podcast which will be available shortly in “Recents Sermons”
On Sunday 17th September 2017, Russell Godbald spoke about his work to train Christians to be better witnesses. To be able to speak to others about how Jesus has changed their lives.
He is returning on October 6th in the evening, followed by a full day seminar on October 7th when he will be teaching on “Following and Fishing” or how to become more effective as disciples.
This will be held at Long Ridings school and will include lunch for which we suggest a contribution of £15 per head.
A sunny day brought several hundred people out to Brentwood Centre for its first ever Festival of Gospel music. Groups from many local churches and organisations performed as the crowd ate their picnics and ice creams.
Slogan was “Don’t give up on God ’cause He won’t give up on you”
Technically the sound was good and the very large screen enabled everyone a good view. Already plans are in place to make 2018 bigger.
On Saturday, December 17th, Hope Community Church, in conjunction with Shenfield Churches Together, sang carols to shoppers in Shenfield Broadway. This joint venture showed how we are part of the Christian community and is a strong witness to those who don’t relate Christmas with the birth of Jesus our Saviour.