Thank you to everyone who donated food for the foodbank at Harvest time. As a result of your generosity, we were able to take 396 kgs of food to the Foodbank to help those who are struggling financially at this time. Thank you, also, to those who decorated the churches so beautifully and to the farmers who provided seeds and wheat to display in our churches, and to those who provided refreshments after our Harvest services.
We know that this winter is not going to be easy for many people so, if you are able to continue supporting the Foodbank do remember that we have collection points for food in all three villages.
Over the past few weeks, we have also been doing an Alpha Course at the Woolmarket in Horndon. The course is due to finish in mid-November. I would like to thank all those who have made running this course possible.
The Alpha Course is designed to help people understand more about what it means to follow Jesus. It began in 1977 at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton and by 2017, over 26,000,000 people had tried Alpha in 100 countries and in over 100 languages and the number has increased since then.
Each Alpha session begins with cake and refreshments followed by a video and then we split into small groups for an informal discussion.
At each Alpha Course, the following topics are covered:
- Is there more to life than this?
- Who is Jesus
- Why did Jesus die?
- How can I have faith?
- Why and how do I pray?
- Why and how should I read the Bible?
- How does God guide us?
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
- What does the Holy Spirit do?
- How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
- How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
- How can I resist evil?
- Why and how should I tell others?
- Does God heal today?
- What about the Church?
Our course included a special day at Mulberry House, Essex in October.
It always is a privilege to walk alongside people on their faith journeys.
If you think you might be interested in attending an Alpha Course in the future, please do let me know.
I look forward to seeing you soon. Don’t forget our Remembrance Services on 12th and 13th November.
Take care and God bless,