As a church we have many past blessings for which to thank God. In recent months people have told us of their turning to faith in Christ for salvation, and we’ve also enjoyed encouraging times such as last weekend’s emphasis on the Bible and the work of the Gideons. However, we must not stand still and at a recent meeting of the church oversight team a variety of plans for the future were discussed.
Please do note the following.
Sunday Evening Bible Teaching
The programme for the remainder of 2012 (God willing) is almost complete. There are some changes from the previous list. See the updated list here.
Thursday Evening Meetings
There are several points to mention here:
- We are continuing with our studies in Luke’s Gospel. The passages and the people responsible for introducing the studies are listed for most weeks to the year end.
- We are concerned at the relative lack of attention that we as a church have recently been giving to collective prayer. If it is to thrive a church must be characterised by prayerfulness. To commence addressing this we have decided to change the emphasis of the meeting on the first Thursday evening of each month.
- Some time ago we said that we would periodically have communion (Breaking of Bread) on Thursday evenings in addition to Sunday mornings, especially to help those who find it difficult to be with us at 10:15 am on Sunday.
- Combining these two points we now plan for the first Thursday evening of each month to be given over to prayer, followed by Communion.
Following on several supper evenings earlier in the year we hope to pick up the programme as the days shorten and the nights draw in. Tentatively we are looking at three Fridays: September 28th, October 26th and November 23rd. Watch out for confirmation (or changes) and details.
In closing, it just occurred to me that much of the above fits with verses we were considering this past Sunday morning in looking at the example given us by the very first Christians following Peter’s preaching as recorded in Acts 2:
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Acts 2:41-42 (NIV)