It always seems a shame when the warm weather comes to an end, the nights draw in and the wind and the rain start working over-time! Many of us would prefer there to be perpetual summer! But God, in His wisdom, has chosen to give us different seasons. Each season has it’s beauty – the red and yellow leaves on the trees are amazing! Even the bad weather can make cause us to appreciate curling up by the fire with a book or inviting friends over for a warm supper on a cold winters’ night. Each season makes a positive contribution to nature. The cold winters help to kill germs. They make the wood in our trees stronger and replenish the reservoirs with water amongst other benefits. If we had only sun, we would live in a desert!
It is like that in our spiritual lives. We would love to spend our days on a spiritual high, with all of our life working out the way that we want. Often, though, God uses troubles to make us strong. James says that we should consider it “pure joy” whenever we face trials of many kinds, because the testing of our faith produces perseverance! Paul agrees in Romans 5, saying that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. If we ask God to take care of our lives, we can trust that all the things that happen to us God is working to bring good into our lives. Every different season and every circumstance that comes along is an opportunity to draw closer to him, to see more of him, to worship him more and to become more like him, even those “bad” circumstances that we need to “fight” to overcome. He knows what we need. His priority is to change us to be more like Christ rather than just to give us an easy comfortable life. “For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4, 17)
When the Lord was about to lead His people into their promised land it involved them travelling along a way they had never been before, this required great courage and trust. Stepping out of our ‘comfort zone’ can be a scary thing, but when God goes ahead of us we can be assured that His ways lead us to places of blessing and the fulfillment of His promises over our lives.
I’m in Llanelli, South Wales for the next five months learning about cross cultural mission. The training covers subjects such as; world religions, different cultures, language study and working within a team, all with the goal of taking the message of the Kingdom of God to all the world! I don’t know exactly where all this is heading for me but I trust that God does! It’s challenging and is ‘stretching’ me as a person but I know this is a good thing, as God promises to transform our lives ‘from one degree of glory to another’
I greatly appreciate your prayer support on this journey into the unknown, your prayers are powerful and effective (James 5 v16) Thank you so much to those who have helped me financially it is greatly appreciated.
God Bless you.
Sunday Morning Meetings
10.30am Every Sunday Morning
1st Sunday of the month, 11am-12.30 Families Activities Cafe in upstairs room.
Other Sundays – King’s Club as normal
Life Group – meets Tuesdays 1-3pm, contact Jill Walker.
“Together” – meets Wednesdays for food and various activities, contact Hilary for details.
The Bible Course – Mondays (1st and 3rd ) at 1.30pm in the Small Hall.
Community Cafe – meets Tuesdays and Fridays 10-12 in the church main hall and small hall.
Healing Streams – meets Wednesdays 2pm in the Chapel and small hall.
Exploring the Scriptures – meets twice monthly. Contact Tim & Julia Waters 01482 633763.
Gems – Parent & toddler group, meets every Thursday 9.30-11am – term time only.
Pursuing His Presence 1st Friday night of each month, 7.30pm. Fri 2 Nov, 7.30pm at King’s Church Beverley
Prayer in November
Sunday 4th 6.30pm “Together for Beverley” Prayer & worship with churches from Beverley
Wednesday 7th 7.30pm “Contending for Revival“
Thurs 15th 7.30pm “Inspired”
Connecting with God through soaking and creative expression
Daily Prayer Monday – Friday 8.15-8.45am Tues & Fri 12.15-12.45
Wednesdays weekly, 2pm “Healing Streams” Prayer for healing.
Prayer Points November
Please pray for Steve as he starts his next phase of mission training in Llanelli.
Pray for the ongoing outreach on Swinemoor. Ask God to show us the next steps for connecting with people on the estate.
Pray for wisdom as we seek to grow and develop our children and youth work. Please pray for the inter-church youth event on 17th November.
Ask God to give us discipline and desire to go deeper in prayer and grow the worship life of our church community.
Pray for breakthrough, freedom and healing for those with long term health problems and addictions.