Greetings all, praying you are finding ways to flourish in these current circumstances. This is a steep learning curve as we all find new ways of being and doing church. Please see below, some invitations to pray over the coming weeks and some information from High Hopes. Please pray for all our local Christian charities as they seek to serve God, our communithy and stay afloat financially.
Pray Through May
Youth for Christ’s initiative to Pray Through May, is fast approaching and we are really excited about the potential that this month of prayer can hold in reaching young people with the Gospel.
On Friday 1st May we start with Youth for Christ’s National Prayer Day. This is now an online prayer event and a new venture for us, but we are expectant that God will move, fill our homes with his presence and bring us together in prayer as we seek Him for young people and our ministries. Being online gives us the opportunity to invite others who normally could not attend.
The day will start at 9:30am and finish at 12:30pm (with added breaks) and will be dynamic, creative, engaging and interactive. To participate follow the link to sign up. (It’s free) https://yfc.co.uk/praythroughmay/
Tim Hughes the Pastor of St Luke’s Church in Gas Street, Birmingham, will be joining us to speak on the theme of 'Change' - based on Malachi 3:6, ‘I, the Lord, do not change’ – appropriate for the changing world we currently find ourselves in. Other contributors are Rachel Gardner and Nicky Gumbel.
Pray for Schools
The annual Tunbridge Wells Pray for Schools event will now be a virtual event via ZOOM on 19th May at 8pm. We will have some local teachers and headteachers telling us about the needs in schools to guide our prayers. We would love our supporters to join us in praying for schools. Please register in advance for the Pray for Schools Event:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
News from High Hopes
We hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy at this time. We are praying for you and your family / team at this very uncertain time.
Here at High Hopes we have been continuing our work from home and have recently created an Easter Exploration video series. These videos are aimed at connecting with all pupils in their homes, especially those from non-Christian families, allowing us to continue to teach them about the work of Jesus from afar. The playlist can be found on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLu30064zwZFyZfPRHeSyxuDX8HfzhrmDn
We have worked incredibly hard on this project and are very pleased to have received over 14,000 views in the first week. This means we have reached a significantly higher number of people than ever before – it’s amazing how God has used this ‘unusual situation’. All of the comments have been fantastic and feedback suggests this has been incredibly successful. We have continued our planning for the rest of the year, including creating some Bereavement, Wellbeing and Coping in Difficult Situations workshops aimed at all primary age groups. We hope to deliver these as soon as children are back at school to equip them with tools to understand and cope with the difficulties they have faced in this time. We have also been writing resources for next year including our next assembly series based on etymology looking at being welcome - literally to come well - as well as many other Christian concepts including incarnation and restoration.
Schools, even at this stage, remain open to vulnerable children and key workers children and our videos and contact can be a great resource for the teachers.
However, yesterday we had a Trustees meeting, via Zoom, at which it was decided that the team will be furloughed for May but we will be back in June! Please continue to keep us and our work in your prayers and when possible support us financially since I’m sure you can understand that along with every other charity at this time our income has taken a bit of a knock. Being a small charity makes this quite hard.
Thank you again for all your support.
Mike, Pippa and Debbie - The Team here at The Tonbridge Children's Workshop / High Hopes