A Message from an Elder

Dear Friends,
Easter may seem a long time ago now, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank those members of our fellowship for their input over Easter weekend. We are indeed blessed that not only was Dave White willing to lead our services of Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday and Easter Morning, but he once again put together the very moving Tenebrae service on Good Friday. Thank you Dave, (and all the other friends) who lead our worship so willingly. Thanks also to Jill who not only provided our Easter Breakfast once again but went on to lead our 10.30 service which was well attended and enhanced by an appearance from our JAFFA puppet team – who are always looking for new members if anyone fancies having a go!

At our AGM last month, all those friends with “special responsibilities” in our church were re-elected and we take this opportunity to thank them for all they have done, and continue to do in so many different ways, to ensure the smooth running of our fellowship and our continuing witness here in Bitterne.

Looking forward, we will be taking part in fund raising for Christian Aid week (May 12th – 18th) in several ways.  On Wednesday May 15th, we plan to have a stall at Bitterne Market; please sign up on the list in the corridor if you would like to help. On Saturday May 18th, our friends, the Imery Singers will be coming up from Cornwall to give us an evening of music not to be missed – please tell all your friends and let’s give the choir a warm “Bitterne” welcome. All proceeds will go to the work of Christian Aid. As usual of course, the familiar Christian Aid envelopes will be available should you wish to donate in this way.

Jill and I recently spent a few days staying in a caravan in Sussex, a rather windy week but thankfully mainly dry! Whilst there, we attended Pagham URC and were given a very warm welcome – they even recommended the best local pub to have our lunch. I would like to close by sharing a prayer which was printed on their welcome leaflet:-
Lord Jesus Christ,                                                                        
We go in your strength,                                                      
Knowing that whatever we may face                                         
You will be sufficient for all our needs.                                      
In You we put our trust,                                                            
Now and always, Amen.
Every blessing, Ian.