RSE – What UK Parents, Grandparents, Carers (and in fact Everyone who cares about Children) needs to know

The way that traditional values have been slowly eroded over past decades and are now increasingly and aggressively derided and forced out of our society cannot have escaped any Christian, and so it is more and more important that in following Christ’s reminder in Matthew 5:13-16 to be ‘Salt & Light’, that we ensure we’re equipped.

As a Church New Connexions does everything we can to help you with that equipping: in our preaching, teaching, studying together, prayer, fellowship and care for one another we seek The Lord’s leading and to be obedient to Him. We also ensure that current issues which require our attention are posted on our Twitter Page, but we are also thankful to the Lord for the many people and organisations who are involved in ministries sharing and caring for Christians in this land. In particular this post is indebted to Roger Kiska and the team at Christian Concern for providing the short video below. Please do watch it and also share it as widely as you possibly can.

This is one of many, many areas where our society is under attack (for others see our Twitter Page), please keep informed, keep lobbying and keep sharing. Also please keep praying, stay strong in the battle, and praise God for His goodness!  

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A Study on Romans 11:33-36

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  1. As a group try and describe God as completely as you can.
  2. Read through the text from each translation that is represented in your group.
  3. What caused Paul to write these verses?
  4. When you read and hear about God’s incredible attributes and His salvation plan, what is your reaction?
  5. In the sermon we picked up on at least five areas of application. As a group consider the key areas of application and discuss how you will help each other in applying this passage in your daily lives. 
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Sierra Leone Prayer points October 2019

  1. We are starting a Connexional Sunday School training today. Trainees(50-60) are of various backgrounds and different educational levels, some not literate at all. They will spend 49 hrs in 8 weekends. Pray for patience in bother facilitators and trainees and wisdom; & resources to handle this successfully.
  2. We have been having, for quite a while now, a serious back and forth with the government on boundaries at Jui land. We are now close to a compromised solution. Pray for sincerity in the hearts of government officials.
  3. The cost of living has considerably increased in the past months. Many people (over 85%) are really poor and things are difficult. Inflation and lack of employment are among some of the reasons. Pray that God will endow the government with wisdom to tackle the root cause of this trend.
  4. As Pastors in the Connexion, we have been praying and planning for our usual annual rretreat.Over 80% of our Ministers depend on stipend from the SLM grant. Paying the cost of the retreat by themselves is not feasible. Pray for God’s provision as we plan for this event which is so important for Ministers.
  5. The Connexional youth have also planned to meet for their camp this year after a lapse. Pray for their planning team for wisdom and provision.
  6. The chaplaincy ministry in our schools is up and running as of September. Pray for God to help us sustain it and use it to bless the teachers and children.
  7. A gentleman called Gabriel Madieh, who is head of The Shepherds Hospice in Sierra Leone, was leasing one of our facilities at Jui. This was where the heads of the Connexion should reside, but he has been working frantically to connive with government so that he can take the facility away from us and own it personally. He has refused to pay the agreed lease since 2003 and forcefully continues to stay in the house. We cannot take legal action against him as yet until we have all the papers from government. Many people in the Connexion are very furious with his disrespectful attitude to the Connexion. Please pray that God will touch his heart and the Church will have the upper hand.
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A Study on Romans 11:11-32

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  1. Pray for the Lord’s leading and then read through the passage.
  2. compare the question Paul asks in verse 11 with that he had previously asked in verse 1. discuss the point he is making.
  3. Discuss as a group a) did Israel stumble b) did Israel fall? in both cases if so how?
  4. Talk through the illustration Paul gives of the olive tree (verses 17-24), what is Paul saying in this about both the Gentiles and the Jews?
  5. What does it mean in verse 26, that ‘all Israel will be saved’? Consider this especially in the light of Romans 10:13.

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John 14:1-6 A Study

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  1. Read through the passage and discuss why Jesus starts off with the words He does. i.e. what is the background to this passage.
  2. What does the bible tell us about heaven?
  3. As a group, discuss what you feel about eternity.
  4. Jesus makes it clear to us here that there is no other way to be saved. How can we use this passage when speaking to people who are not Christians.
  5. As you have looked at the questions above you will have seen some areas of application for us. Which other ways should we be applying this passage?
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A Study on Romans 10:14-21

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  1. Read Romans 10:14-21.
  2. What is the point being made in verses 14-18?
  3. How does faith come?
  4. Why does Israel not obey the gospel?
  5. Does verse 18 suggest that the gospel had been preached unto all the world by the time Paul wrote this letter?
  6. How might we properly apply this passage to our lives today?
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A Study on Romans 10:4-13

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  1. Read Romans 10:4-13.
  2. Why is Paul talking about going up to heaven and down to the dead?
  3. Which parts of the OT was Paul quoting (most bibles will have footnotes which will cross refer you).
  4. Why was he quoting this?
  5. What was Paul’s main point here?
  6. We mentioned a number of area where we might apply this passage to our lives. Which can you recall and do you feel any were missed?
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Sierra Leone Mission Prayer Points September 2019

  • It is still the rainy season in Sierra Leone and there has been much flooding in Freetown. Many people have lost their homes and belongings and some their lives. Please continue to pray for safety and a stop to the mud slides. Please pray that the Government might act wisely concerning the deforestation on the mountains and also bring in legislation so that folk are not allowed to build near waterways that are liable to flood.
  • The schools begin their new year on the 16th September. Please pray for our teachers; that God will help them to value each child in their class and that they will be encouraged in their vocation.
  • Pray for Magnus, Daniel and James as they lead the Connexion in Sierra Leone. Pray for the pastors especially as they all meet together on the last Saturday of the month.
  • Pray for the new Sunday School teachers and the children as the children’s work develops.
  • Thank God that all of the children at Bethesda passed their exams in June and are able to move into the next class.
  • Pray for a meeting on the 19th September between the SLM committee and Relay Trust. This charity has its own web page. 
  • Thank God for providing funds to buy land for the Health Clinic. Please pray that God will undertake in the next step; to design and build.
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Tea @ Ten!

What a privilege to entertain our Over-60’s group in North Ely!

On Friday, 2 August 2019, New Connexions Church High Barns entertained our local Over-60’s group and treated them with a “High Tea”. There were scones with cream and jam, chocolate cake, lemon cake, banana muffins, fruit, and many more finger licking treats to feast on.

We even had our own waiter and waitress, Samuel and Tilly, who did a wonderful job taking all the orders and serving the guests. There was a quiz with some questions about the 1950’s which gave us an insight into some very interesting historical facts. We heard hilarious anecdotes of a past era and even heard about a teacher living just across from a village school and coming back to school on horseback after lunch.

Pastor Keith Waters read Psalm 23, one of the most beautiful and comforting passages in the Bible. We also sang a favourite hymn of the group which they remembered from their childhood – All things bright and beautiful. Such a beautiful song and Psalm. What a pity our children don’t hear this in our schools anymore. 

We all had a great time and we will definitely treat our elderly again!

Claudine New Connexions ELY

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Romans 7:13-25 A Study

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  1. Verses 7-13 –  What two things happen when an unbeliever comes into contact with the law?
  2. Does Pauls description in verses 14-25 look like a realistic description of a Christian?
  3. Verses 14-25. Discuss the positive things says about himself and then talk through the negative things. How can these both be true?
  4. Have you ever been discouraged by sin and failure? How does this chapter encourage us?

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