John Writes for December
Last Saturday number of leaders from around the East Riding came together to hear David Hathaway talk about the urgent need to pray for our country at this time. David is better known for his stellar work as an evangelist to Israel, Russia, Ukraine other former communist countries and continental Europe. However, since the referendum, he has become increasingly stirred up about the urgent need to pray for our nation. He feels that the crisis before our nation is of a similar magnitude to the some of the crises facing the nation during the last war. Our identity as a nation, our role in the world, and the extent of our sovereignty are up for grabs! Meanwhile, it is a time where the nation is deeply divided, with no clear vision as to how to proceed. The church is equally divided, with most believers confused and not knowing how to proceed. At such a time as this, we need to come together like never before to pray. We need God to intervene and to take our nation along the path that he has ordained in his omniscience, his loving kindness and his mercy. And yet the call to prayer is hardly heard in our land.
David is one of those that is sounding a clarion call to the nation to come together and pray.
PLEASE PUT THIS EVENT IN YOUR DIARY NOW, AND PRIORITISE COMING ALONG! Saturday 9th February 7pm at Hull Minster.
Closer to home, we have several opportunities to pray through these key issues; All held at King’s Church, either in the main hall or the prayer chapel.
Sunday 2nd December, 6.30-7.30pm is the Churches Together prayer evening. During this meeting we will spend a significant time praying for the political process that will take place over the next couple of weeks, culminating in the critical vote which will probably take place in parliament on Tuesday December 11th.
Special Prayer events at the beginning of the year
New Year’s Eve, from 6 – 7.30pm Come together with believers from across the area to worship, pray and seek God for His blessing on ourselves and our nation as we go into this critical new year.
Day of prayer and fasting; Wed. 2nd January
We are holding a special day of prayer and fasting at the beginning of the new year to seek God’s blessing and direction for ourselves, our church family, our town and our nation. Come along for an hour, a few sessions, or stay for the whole day! The meetings are open to people from other churches in the town and region.
8.15-8.45am Morning devotions
9.00-11.00am Live prayer streamed from the International House of Prayer, Kansas City
11-12pm Draw Near” – Intimate Worship to help you draw nearer to the heart of God.
12-1pm Prayer for Beverley & towns and villages of the East Riding
1-2pm Prayer for the nation
2-3pm Worship and Prayer ministry for Healing
3–4 pm Soaking – a time to seek the Lord and be refreshed in His presence
4–5pm Live prayer streamed from the International House of Prayer, Kansas City
7pm Worship Hour
8pm Prayer for Revival
Book Review – “A Chronicle of Brothers”
A series of books I would like to recommend for you to read over the Christmas holidays is; “A Chronicles of Brothers” by Wendy Alec. If you like C.S. Lewis’ Narnia adventures, or Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, you’ll love this 5 part epic novel. The story follows two sets of brothers; Firstly, we meet the three arch-angels; Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel. The story begins before the creation of man and before the fall of Lucifer. It gives a great insight into the heavenly world and the angelic realm, picturing heaven through the ages when Lucifer was performing his ministry as the great “Light-bearer”, and worship-leader of the heavenly host. The story then moves on to chart Lucifer’s temptation, his struggles and then his rebellion, and his subsequent evolution into the enemy of the human race, the tempter or the devil as we know him from the Bible.
The narrative then moves on into the pages of the old and the new testament, exploring various well-known stories, but as seen through the eyes of the 3 arch-angel brothers, directly involved in fighting the cosmic battle for good or evil across the nations of the world. Finally the drama comes to our own time, where the storyline develops further to now include 3 human brothers, born to one of the world’s richest and most influential families. The oldest son grows up to run the largest world-wide media empire. The youngest is a rich, young playboy who finally comes to faith in Christ. The middle becomes the British prime minister, who goes on to become ruler of a United Europe, then, after a third world war, the president of most of the world, before he finally evolves into the Anti-Christ. The story of these three brothers inter-twines with (often unseen) angelic intervention and the leadership of story of the 3 Arch-angels vying to influence the outcome of world history.
It’s a thrilling story. Even though some of the events are familiar, the stories are re-told from a surprisingly new viewpoint that will simultaneously surprise, alarm and inspire you. It’s a book that you can’t put down, and, in my opinion, the theology behind it is very balanced. I am sure you’ll enjoy the drama of the novels, have your spiritual eyes opened to the interaction between the heavenly and earthly realms, and become more prepared for the days that may soon come upon us.
The five novels are; 1) The fall of Lucifer; 2) Messiah – The first Judgement; 3) Son of Perdition; 4) A Pale Horse; 5) End of Days. All by Wendy Alec. The books can be ordered from Jacob’s Well Bookshop (Tel. 865136) or purchased online through Amazon or Eden.
Mission training going well, I’ve just returned from Liverpool where I spent the last week learning Farsi whilst living with some Iranian Christians, the language learning was challenging but it was great to spend time with native speakers and get a taste of a different culture.
I’d really appreciate your prayers for next week as our team (5 of us) is heading to Turkey for a short mission trip, we will be visiting a city church to help and encourage the believers there who are involved in many projects including; a coffee roasting business (I’m looking forward to sampling the goods!) a discipleship school and outreach among refugees. The trip will also involve us planning our own mini expedition to a place of our choosing, this is basically 2 days to explore new territory, lean on God and look out for any divine appointments! I’m going with a sense of expectation!
Thank you for all your support. see you at Christmas! God Bless. Steve
Update on Josie Waters
All of the camps have been very successful. The children and young people have all had an excellent time. Each day has had lots of fun activities along with worship and Bible teaching / discussion times. The team members play different roles on each camp, sometimes being dorm leaders and in charge of the activities and sometimes doing the background work, such as organising resources or helping in the kitchen to make and serve the meals. Lots of new skills have been learnt. Josie has also been going into a local primary school for assembly time and an after school club called ‘Toast’.
As a team they are all still getting on really well. They often go off for walks together in their spare time or sit and chat in the staff lounge or watch a film together. They all attend one day of Bible school together each Thursday and have enjoyed making friends with the Bible students there. So far they have studied an overview of Genesis and have recently been working through Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. The team have also just begun to learn and practice preaching skills where they are delivering small ten minute teaching/preaching sessions at the Bible College.
When they do not have camps running there are lots of jobs to be done on the estate, one repeating one has been the raking up of leaves that have fallen from the many trees that surround the grounds. Josie has also had to learn to lock up at night-time and be in charge of security.
Josie often goes to Skipton Baptist Church on a Sunday morning if they do not have a camp on that particular weekend. She says that Skipton Baptist is a place where she feels spiritually at home. On Sunday evenings Josie goes to South Craven evangelical church with many of the team.
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.
King’s Church AGM Wednesday 5th December, 7.30pm.
Quiz night! Wednesday 12th December, food at 6pm, Quiz at 7pm. Cost is £2 with all proceeds going to Jacob’s Well appeal.
Christingle Service Sunday 23rd December, 4pm.
Everyone welcome. Mince pies with hot and spicy punch after the service!
Unfortunately due to numbers there will be no Christmas Day Service at King’s Church.
Prayer in December
Sunday 2nd 6.30pm “Together for Beverley” Prayer & worship with churches from Beverley
Thurs 20th 7.30pm “Inspired” Connecting with God through soaking and creative expression
Monday – Friday 8.15-8.45am
Tues & Fri 12.15-12.45
Wednesdays weekly, 2pm “Healing Streams” Prayer for healing.
Prayer Points December
Please pray for Steve as he goes to Turkey at the beginning of December.
Pray for the ongoing outreach on Swinemoor. Ask God to show us the next steps for connecting with people on the estate.
Pray for our Christmas events.and Christingle service. Pray that people will be touched by the love of Jesus and true meaning of Christmas.
Pray for those who are sick among us or have had operations. Pray for healing and quick recovery.