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Welcome to the October 2019 edition of CfTW e-news.  Please pass this information on to others in your congregation or network or invite them to sign up to the mailing list.  Details can be found at the bottom of this email.  If you no longer wish to be on the circulation list, please unsubscribe at the foot of this email.  This month we are:
  • celebrating Harvest and inviting congregations to give generously to the various food banks that operate in our town.  St Augustine’s and Nourish Food bank are just two that give vast amounts of food to local people in need.  Please give generously.    
  • praying for people to come to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord through the Alpha Courses running and to be set free from addictions through the Recovery Course being run this term at Tonbridge Baptist Church.    
  • praying for our nation in this time of uncertainty, asking our God of all comfort and peace to bring healing to this nation in and through the powerful name of Jesus Christ.  Praying for the love and truth of Jesus to be seen, known and experienced through all we do, through all we are as Christ’s Ambassadors in this town.     
PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline for items for the November 2019 e-letter is Monday 14 October.  Please make a note of the deadline and please get information for inclusion to me before that date.  Thank you.   
October Dates
  • Sunday 22 September: Act of Thanksgiving at Burrswood; 1pm - You are warmly invited to a service in the Church of Christ the Healer, Burrswood, where the Bishop of Rochester will lead an Act of Thanksgiving for the wonderful ways that God has worked down the years in and through the vision of Dorothy Kerin which has been promoted at Burrswood; and also pray for the future work of the Dorothy Kerin Trust in God's hands.  The grounds will be open for picnics before and after the service.
  • Tuesday 24 September: There is still time to join the Recovery Course which takes place at Tonbridge Baptist Church, 7pm.  This 16-week course is for anyone who is struggling with any form of addiction.  
  • Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October: Lunchtime services at TW United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim, TN4 8AE, 12.15-12.45pm.
  • Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, 29 October: Youth Cafe Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ, along with The Gatehouse, have a weekly (term time) Youth Café at ‘The Gatehouse’ in the Market Square. The Café is free and meets EVERY Tuesday during school term from 4.30-6.00pm. The Café features Xbox, table tennis, pool, music, refreshments and much more. For further details, contact 07834 816400 or email community@tunbridgewells.yfc.co.uk
  • Fridays 4 & 18 October: Youth Leaders’ Prayer Meeting, 9-10am at the YFC Offices, 28 Church Road. 
  • Saturday 5 October; Autumn Quiz Night, 7pm at United Emmanuel Church, 1 Mount Ephraim Road, TN4 8AE.  Come and enjoy a quiz evening with meal (Veggie Lasagne or Chicken Curry) for £10 per person.  Gather a team of 6 and come along to help support the refurbishment project.  Contact Richard or Jenny Cannam for more information or to book in – 01435-661393 or Richard.cannam@gmail.com
  • Saturdays 5, 12, 19, 26 October: ‘Men of Prayer 4 Tunbridge Wells’ Prayer Group, 8-9am at The Gatehouse (formerly Calvary Church) in the Market Square. Come and join this great time of prayer and fellowship as men from different congregations gather to pray for the transformation of our town. 
  • Sunday 6 October; ANNA CHAPLAINCY INVITES YOU TO A time of Creative Worship & Spiritual Refreshment for those living with dementia or other long-term conditions.  Everyone welcome 2.30PM at St James’s Church.   WELL KNOWN HYMNS & SONGS; SIMPLE PRAYERS; CREATIVE & SENSORY ACTIVITIES; SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES;  TEA & CAKE.  For more information please contact Judi Hammill curatestjames@gmail.com  Also on Sunday 3 November and 1 December.
  • Saturday 12 October: Cheese and Wine Fundraising evening for TW Youth For Christ.  An evening of live music, complimentary cheese and wine at St John’s Church of England, St John’s Road.  Tickets are £20 per person and available from info@tunbridgewells.yfc.co.uk 
  • Wednesday 16 October:  Prayer Meeting for the Persecuted Church, 11.30am–12.30pm at St Augustine’s Church, Crescent Road, TW. This is an ecumenical prayer group which meets on the third Wednesday of every month.
  • Sunday 20 October: UNITE Youth Service, 6-8pm, Also on 17  November. 
  • Sunday 20 October: Lion’s Roar Prayer Evening, 6.30pm at Christ Church, High StreetLion’s Roar has been prompted by a number of prophetic words about the church needing to welcome a new move of the Holy Spirit, and a call to intercede for our church, town and nation.  We are raising a ‘holy roar’ against injustice, confusion and unbelief on a local and national scale – to enter into the groanings of the Spirit for this generation and expecting in faith to see transformation. 
  • Sunday 20 October; ANNA CHAPLAINCY INVITES YOU TO A time of Creative Worship & Spiritual Refreshment for those living with dementia or other long term conditions.  Everyone welcome 2.30PM, at All Saint’s Church, Langton Green.   WELL KNOWN HYMNS & SONGS; SIMPLE PRAYERS; CREATIVE & SENSORY ACTIVITIES; SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES; TEA & CAKE. For more information please contact Lynn Trainor lynn@langtongreenchurch.org.uk   Also on Sunday 17 November.

New Wine Discipleship Year Open Days

There are a few Gap Year students taking part in the New Wine Discipleship Year in Tunbridge Wells.  Besides being based at a local Church to volunteer, they receive teaching on a weekly basis and some of these dates are open to the wider Church congregation (all ages) to come and take part in if you would like to.

     Details of dates and topics are below.  Each day begins at 9.30am and breaks for lunch at 12.30pm, with a sandwich lunch provided.  Afternoon sessions are 1.30-3.30pm.  Please sign up for individual days at £10 or for the whole term for £80.  Contact jan@cctw.org.uk if interested.  The Open Days take place at Christ Church, High Street, Tunbridge Wells.  See www.cctw.org.uk/dyopendays
Wednesday 25 September – My life, His Kingdom / Growing a secret life with God
Wednesday 9 October – Bible Overview / How to read the Bible
Wednesday 16 October – SHAPE (understanding our gifts)
Wednesday 30 October – Theology of Worship
Wednesday 6 November – How to live free in Christ 1
Wednesday 13 November – How to live free in Christ 2
Wednesday 27 November – Myers-Briggs (Understanding our personalities)
Wednesday 4 December – Prophecy and Spiritual Gifts / How to hear God
Wednesday 11 December – Leadership Lessons

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FAIRTRADE CELEBRATES 25th BIRTHDAY SINCE PRODUCTS WERE LAUNCHED IN THE UK
This October Fairtrade kicks off its 25th birthday celebrations and it’s our chance to show our ongoing support for the 1.6million farmers and workers behind the UK’s most visible ethical label.
 
From modest beginnings in 1994, the Fairtrade Mark is now visible on around 5,000 Fairtrade-certified products on sale for people in the UK. That’s because of the weight of support from British people for the farmers and workers who produce our favourite things. Many people don’t want exploitation to be part of their purchases and by choosing Fairtrade they are giving farmers the hope and reality to help them out of poverty.
 
Today over 1.66 million farmers and workers around the world benefit from sales of Fairtrade products, both directly through fair wages and better working conditions, or indirectly via an additional sum of money that goes directly to the community, the Fairtrade Premium.
 
Michael Gidney, Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, said, “Twenty-five years ago most companies paid little attention to the human cost of their business and most people were unaware of the poverty and degradation that was the reality of life for millions of farmers and workers around the world. Fairtrade set out to change that and put people and the planet before profit. Many said it couldn’t be done, but the public took Fairtrade to their hearts and into their shopping baskets from Day One. Together we led a revolution in the way food is traded. Millions around the world now benefit from fairer trading terms and better working conditions than would ever have been possible before.”
 
Thousands of people will also be highlighting the ongoing poverty experienced by millions who continue to lose out from trade, people such as the cocoa farmers who earn as little as 74p per day. Since global market prices for cocoa (and coffee) crashed in 2017, the farmers who grow these crops have been receiving historically low returns and cannot pay for life’s basics.
 
Michael Gidney adds: “Today Fairtrade products are widely available and our values have been embraced by some of the UK’s biggest businesses from Waitrose and the Co-op to Greggs and Ben & Jerry’s. This is an extraordinary beginning, but still millions of farmers and workers continue to face risks every day from climate change, price volatility and unscrupulous buyers. We must end this exploitation, which makes people poorer and the planet dirtier. It’s certain we will not achieve the UN Global Goals of ending poverty and ensuring sustainable production unless we do. This is a great challenge, but Fairtrade is proof of what is possible when millions of people pull together.”
 
As Christians, we are all called to strive for justice for others; Fairtrade is one way we can do this. Check your church cupboards and reconfirm your commitment as a Fairtrade Church by ensuring that tea, coffee and other products used in church meetings are stamped with the Fairtrade mark. This mark is our assurance that that those struggling in poverty not only get paid properly for their hard work but also benefit from the premium they receive for community and business development.
 
So join the party and celebrate the last 25 years of Fairtrade with us.
 
Church resources can be found at:
https://www.fairtrade.org.uk
https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get%20involved//In-your-community/Faith-Groups/Fairtrade-Churches

Alpha Courses

New Life Church, Speldhurst Road will be running an Alpha course starting on Wednesday 25 September, 7.30-9.30pm. Further details can be found on our alpha page  http://newlifechurchonline.co.uk/alpha/ 
Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church, Upper Grosvenor Road, will be running an Alpha course on Thursday evenings beginning on 26 September from 7.30 – 9.30pm.
See www.twbc.org.uk/ for more information.

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Future Dates

Saturday 2 November: Recovery Two – The 2019 Recovery Course Conference will take place at Tonbridge Baptist Church in Tonbridge, Kent, 9.30am-4.00pm.  The Conference will provide an invaluable platform for anyone involved in addiction recovery work to interact and network, whilst sharing new information and exploring up-to-date best practice and ideas.  There will be seminars on recovery topics, and we will be looking especially at how the combination of Medical, Spiritual and Community help can help people through addiction and into freedom.
To book tickets, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-recovery-course-conference-2019-tickets-58809216951

Wednesday 4 December: Women Creating Community Coffee Morning: 10am–12.00 at Church of Christ, Commercial Road.  .
 
Saturday 25 January 2020: Street Pastors’ 10th Anniversary Celebration and Commissioning Service.  Celebrating ‘Being on the Streets’ for 10 years - 8pm at Christ Church, High Street, Tun Wells.
 
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