Wednesday, 29 January 2014
· We have continued to see some growth and are encouraged as we have welcomed new families amongst us over the past couple of years.
· We have had some good times this year as we have sought to branch out a little, planning a number of bridge-building/social type events. We held an International Meal which was attended by nearly 200 people, largely from the local asylum seeker community in Hartlepool.
· We are really blessed by numbers of children and young people who attend on Sundays which is now proving challenging to accommodate.
· The building is creaking a little and is long overdue for some repairs. We are in the process of specifying some refurbishment and improvements that will better provide for the church's ministry.
· We share ministry in this unique area of West View with the local Catholic and Anglican churches. We meet monthly to pray together and feel challenged to find ways of working and worshipping together more closely.
· We have a number of events planned for the year including our now regular Holiday at Home and Children's Holiday Club.
· We are also looking for some inspiration from the life of St Hilda (of Hartlepool as well as Whitby!), since 2014 marks 1400 years since her birth. Our motto for the year is from Acts 26:18, "I am sending you to open their eyes so that they turn from darkness to light..."
Minister: Rev Tim Hyde
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Pray that God would continue to bless and bring growth to the church, both spiritually and numerically.
Pray for the children and youth work, that God would give us wisdom for the way ahead in these ministries.
Give God thanks for the great blessing of the ladies weekly bible study and the new venture of a men's monthly fellowship night.
Please pray for those within our fellowship who have ongoing health problems.
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Pray for Paul Revill, who is being inducted next Saturday (1st February) as a Regional Minister of the NBA.
Pray that Paul's ministry with the Association will bring glory to God and growth to our local churches.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
All the hard work and dedication of the Fellowships at Bishop Auckland and Hamsterley
The concerned and loving oversight by Rev Ray Richardson, as Pastor/Moderator until the end of 2013
The Acceptance of the Gospel in the local schools
The Care and Love shown as we seek to serve our communities
Continued Prayer for our town and village
Our sharing in the Gospel
That we might continue to shine as Beacons
That future Ministry will be blessed as a new Pastor/Moderator is sought
That Bible studies will continue to meet our needs
That anyone who is seeking Jesus finds Him
That our Sunday Worship will continue to inspire
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
The 100+ children that again came into the church for the "Bible Comes Alive" presentation in November.
The Advent service where we welcomed the South Hylton Brownies and Guides and were greatly inspired by their special musical item.
The Christmas celebrations we shared with the residents of the two care homes and those who attended our church carol service.
God's vision and guidance for us in the year ahead.
More people coming to know the Lord.
Our monthly assemblies in the village primary school and other seasonal school visits.
Further help with the work among children and young people.
Minister: Mrs A I Chisholm
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Messy Church – Mothers & Toddlers – Babies & Bumps – Young @ Heart (over 50s) – Hubbub (Special Needs) – Craft Group.
for the urgent search for new premises, as notice has been given for the church to vacate its current home on Norton Green;
for our Minister Ian, the leadership team and the fellowship as a whole, that we will know God's clear guidance for new premises which we will need to find by Easter 2014;
that we may be an increasingly effective witness within our community wherever we are based in the future.
Minister: Rev Ian Fulcher