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.
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!
Discuss as a group what thoughts people have about life and death.
Why does Adam get the blame, when it was obviously Eve who took the first bite of the fruit?
In the sermon we looked at both the doctrine of original sin and the doctrine of representation. These can be quite deep things but equally the concept is simple. As a group talk through and confusion that there might be and why they are both important.
Look at and discuss the contrasts Paul makes between Adam and Christ.
How ought we apply this passage to our lives in 21st century Britain?