Jessie Liu shares her experience of finding faith in Jesus Christ..

I was on my way to the school canteen to have lunch with one of my female colleagues and fellow invigilators of the examinations.  On our way to the canteen, we chatted freely while a female student was walking beside us.
“For what purpose to you think human beings come to the world?” I asked. “For suffering,” My colleague answered.

A Framework for Generosity

There is no shortage of biblical material on giving, with over 2,300 verses in the Bible on money, wealth and possessions.  Jesus talked about it frequently, and over one-third of his parables relate to these topics.  This material suggests generous giving should be:

Street PastorsWe need you!

Weston Street Pastors are starting a new schedule of training for those who would like to become a Street Pastor. These sessions will start on Saturday 1st October, and will involve 1 day (in this case Saturday’s) per week for 6 weeks. Many subjects are covered by specialists in their fields such as: the Good News, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Youth Culture, Knowing our Community etc.

Good News from Emmanuel

In the last magazine Meg Hill shared the news that the profit from the Emmanuel coffee mornings was going to be used towards the purchase of twelve new tables that were needed for the hall.

I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have been able to purchase the new Gopak tables already.  This was made possible with the help of the collection from Margaret Perry’s funeral and several other donations including a very sizeable one from a lovely couple from Christ Church.

Grave TopicOut walking near Askrigg in Wensleydale last June, Glenys and I came across the ruins of a church at the top end of a beautiful lake called Semmer Water. It had once been the place of worship for the nearby village of Stalling Busk and numerous past residents of that place lay buried in the overgrown churchyard.

Shakespeare wrote: “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft’ interred within their bones”. Well, thankfully, the “good” often lives after them as well, and in days gone-by was sometimes recorded on their memorials and tombstones. The present decline in personal belief is seen in the epitaphs one reads on many recent gravestones, which reflect the personality or interests of the departed person, rather than any statement of personal faith. Memorabilia such as fishing rods, images of motor cycles, soft toys and even bottle openers, have been seen on some graves in the past few months. These offerings are rather like the contents of pre-Christian graves, intended for the use of the dead person in the next life! However, even this indicates some hope or expectation of a continuing life somewhere or somehow.

come and listen

A meeting place for those who like to read, write, tell or simply listen to good stories – fact, fiction, life stories, bible stories, poems, diaries.

You name it, the list goes on. Last year’s monthly meetings were an experiment that proved popular, with every one well attended.

So why not join us this Autumn.