News and Prayer update from our Mission Partner – Neema Children’s Home

Please click here for the full text of the latest news and prayer letter from Joshua and Miriam Mbithi. This month we hear about further expansion of the Neema school roll, an addition to the family, and news of older children away at secondary schools and beyond.
Joshua and Miriam testify to the goodness of God in providing for them despite difficult circumstances such as the effects of climate change. Please do read, download, print and pray for Neema.

Notice Sheet | Sunday 26th June

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Book Review: The Heart of Anger by Christopher Ash and Steve Midgley

Would you like to become more skillful and humble in the face of your own anger or wish you would respond differently to the anger of others?
We all struggle with anger at times. The triggers that set off anger may vary but the rage that is triggered always reveals in some way what the angry person truly values and treasures. Anger rises in my heart when something I value is threatened or taken from me. The Bible particularly highlights four kinds of treasure whose loss or threatened loss triggers anger. They include control, possessions, sexual intimacy and delight and reputation.
This book helps us to understand what the Bible has to say about sinful anger- revealing that anger is the sinful response when something we value more than God is taken away or threatened. It gives us biblical examples of sinful anger and God’s righteous anger. Read it and be encouraged by how the gospel of Jesus can transform a heart of anger into a heart of love. For any questions or if you would like to order a book through our bookstall, do contact  joannahill@barnston.info .
Have you visited our Bookstall at Christ Church Barnston lately to check out our available books for loan or to order? The book list is not exhaustive and so if you are interested in a book which is not on the stall please do ask.

Caring For One Another –
New Course from September 2022

Do you long to be part of an interconnected group of people who entrust themselves to each other? A group where you can speak of the pain or struggle we all feel at times and know that someone will respond with compassion and prayer. You can share your joys and know that a friend rejoices with you, you can speak of your sorrows or ask help for your sinful struggles and know that someone will pray.
We all need to be able to bring our struggles to the Lord and to each other so that the church can be strengthened and the onlooking world can witness wisdom and love in action. However, since we are aware of our own problems, we could easily think that caring for others is best left to those who are more qualified. During this course we will discover what it looks like when ordinary, needy people care for other needy, ordinary people in everyday life. However weak or unqualified you feel, if you are trusting in Jesus rather than yourself, then you are qualified!
We would love you to join us so please do get in touch if you would like to be part of the Caring for One Another course which will run for 8 weeks from September.
Contact Joanna Hill on  joannahill@barnston.info for more details.

Notice Sheet | Sunday 19th June

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Bereavement Fellowship Lunch

We held our monthly Bereavement/Fellowship lunch in the Parish Hall at Christ Church on Tuesday the 14th of June. This is a wonderful event in which to gather with others who have been bereaved, some very recently and others longer ago, to receive a warm welcome, a listening ear, an arm round the shoulder and companionship/conversation. As a church we love to provide hospitality, love and welcome in the name of Jesus.
Our Vicar, Chris Slater, opened in prayer to thank God for all his goodness and provision, then lunch was served. The menu consisted of Baked Ham, New Potatoes, Courgette & Tomato Bake, Peas, Meringue Nests with Strawberries & Cream, Tea, Coffee and Chocolates.
In July the Bereavement/Fellowship Lunch takes place on Tuesday 12th. Please do join us if you would like to. Enquiries can be made through our Parish Office on 0151 648 2404.

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