May 2019

IDear brothers and sisters in Christ
Let me first take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful love showed to us in our time of need. We were overwhelmed by the visits, cards, calls, flowers and prayers during the dark time we had as a family with my sister’s death. Thank you for particularly for those of you who were praying for us at the time we held our memorial service here and her actual funeral was taking place in South Africa. God bless you and thank you very much.
Thursday 30th May is Ascension Day.  A day that affirms the sanctity of life as after Jesus’ death and Resurrection, he took our humanity to the right hand of God in heaven.  Jesus came down to earth from heaven so that we can go with him from earth to heaven. A day of comfort for those of us who mourn the loss of our loved ones. 
Sunday 12th May is also the start of Christian Aid Week.   Why should we give money to Christian Aid?  Why should we feel responsibility for hungry, homeless people the world over? 
If all life is touched by God, if every human being is a child of God, and if the universe is God’s creation, which he has entrusted to us as stewards for safe-keeping, then we have no choice but to recognise the sanctity of life and to respond to it. If the value we place on any other life is the value we place on our own:  then it is our duty and our joy to identify ourselves with the work of the Church through Christian Aid. There will be collection envelopes available that week to support their work. I am also very grateful for all of you who give to the work of Christian Aid each Sunday in our collecting tin at coffee. Please pray for the work that they do, particularly throughout this week of focus on their work.
Yours, in Christ