Dear Christ Church,
As many of you will know, there are many countries feeling the effects of famine. In Northern Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia, war is playing a devastating part in causing hunger and death. Yet, in other parts of East Africa, the rains have failed in countries and regions where there is no military conflict. In parts of Kenya and most of Tanzania, there has been protracted periods with no rains which has led to hunger and malnutrition on a massive scale. In the Diocese of Kondoa, the rains have not come until this week, where planting had already occurred. Bishop Given is exhorting his people to plant again, in the faith that rain may fall (in what is soon to be the dry season). Nevertheless, food prices have massively escalated in the meantime and clergy and people are eating small meals as infrequently as once every three days. As a church we want to do what we can. Please consider supporting Tearfund for international relief [press the button below]
or giving towards famine relief through our partner diocese. Retiring collection plates will be at the back of church from Sunday 26th March. Thank you.
There are also two more events for your diaries:
Thy Kingdom Come
Once again, the Archbishops are calling for ten days of prayer prior to Pentecost Sunday. [You may recall the wrist bands many of us wore last year to help us pray for five friends.] Christ Church will again be open to all who wish to prayer, probably from Monday 29th May – Saturday 3rd June. We will give you more details nearer the time.
The Diocese will be holding three prayer meetings:
Tuesday 30 May 7.00 - 8.00pm
Praying with Images - Christ Church Chislehurst,
Lubbock Road, Chislehurst, BR7 5RB
Wednesday 31 May 7.00-8.00pm
Bringing your Concerns into prayer - St Benedict’s Centre, St Mary’s Abbey,
Swan Street, West Malling, ME19 6JX
Saturday 3rd June 11am – 1pm
Praying with the Bible - Christ Church Gravesend
Old Road East, Gravesend, DA12 1NU
We do hope you will consider going to at least one of them.
Just One at the Emirates
Canon J John is hosting an event at the Emirates Stadium (home of Arsenal FC) on the afternoon of Saturday 8th July enabling 20,000 to take just one friend to hear the Gospel Message. J John will be joined by Matt Redman, Hillsong London, Noel Robinson and Noel Tredinnick.
Click on the button below for more information.
Jay will be speaking about this more during our ‘This Time Tomorrow’ slot on 9th April.