We have just finished a fun-filled and hectic week at Stirling Holiday Bible Club in East London. On Monday the holiday club began and over 90 children arrived from the ages 5-13 and the club itself ran every morning from 8am-1pm with some children being collected in buses and others being dropped off by parents.
At holiday club the Wellington team, the youth helping from Stirling Presbyterian and Courtney and Steven all arrive at the church for 7am, which was definitely the earliest that some of us had been up since school ended. Each day we begin our mornings as a team with some breakfast and a meeting to discuss the format of the day and pray for what’s about to happen. Then we head outside for the kids arriving and spend some time playing games and chatting to them; the kids are always so energetic when they arrive and some of us have given more piggy backs and danced more this week than we have in our entire lives.
Once everyone has arrived, and hopefully burnt a bit of energy, we head into the church to begin our program which generally follows the format of an introduction, some worship and a talk following the theme of the week which was Superheros. The first Day Ben spoke on “what makes us a superhero” , on Tuesday Jack spoke about prayer, on Wednesday Rebecca explained how Jesus is the light of the world, Peter covered the Armour of God on Thursday and today Steven did the “Gospel in Colour” telling the children the story of the Gospel. They all listen very intently to the talk and when we teach them the memory verse of the week “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Philippians 4 v 13”. The kids have been really keen to show off how well they know the memory verse to the leaders all week which is really encouraging to see.
After this, the kids get a snack and we split into our four zones for the kids. These zones are games, craft (put together by Courtney), face painting/bouncy castle and small groups. The small groups gave us a chance to answer any questions that the kids had about God or the story and an opportunity to pray with them individually. We finish with some worship and they taught us a song called Bambalela.
After lunch (which was donated by members of Stirling Presbyterian) the kids go home and we have lunch ourselves and reflect on the day by discussing the positives and negatives as well as praying as a group.
All of the team have loved this experience so much and it has been so encouraging to see how much the kids have engaged with not just the fun and games but the worship talks and small groups too. So many of the kids have offered to pray which has been really filling us with joy. We are also so thankful to Stirling Presbyterian for their hospitality for the opportunity to serve here. We would also like to say thank you to everyone at home who has been continually praying for us as the week has run smoothly and we pray that God has used us and blessed our time this week.
Hi everyone! We have arrived safely in East London after a 33 hour journey. We flew from Dublin to Paris. We took a 10 hour flight to Johannesburg and then an internal flight to East London. We had a welcoming braii served by Stirling Presbyterian Church and we got to meet the host families we will be staying with for the next 12 days.
On Saturday morning we planned for holiday Bible, played a few team games and in the afternoon we headed to another family called Bev and Allan who served us a braii and we went down to Kayser’s beach which was amazing! We swam in the sea, played touch rugby and did a lot of sunbathing!
After all that hard work at the beach, we all had a nap in the car on the way back to the church, so we were energised and ready for our games night. After a few games of big Bucky, my chair and wink murder we headed back to our host families for a good nights rest – it is well needed when you need to be up for 6am.
On Sunday morning we set off for the first church service which started at 7:30am (we’re certainly not used to that at Wellington!). We attended the 2nd church service and we were introduced to the congregation by an elder. They prayed for us as a church and we were excused to spend time as a team. In our team time John Boyd read Ephesians 2 and we spent some time in prayer for each other.
On Sunday afternoon each group went off to spend time with their host families. Some of us went to a fish market, others to a safari park buffet and an African style restaurant. Our families were so kind in to treating us to a lovely lunch. After this we returned to church to set up for holiday club and had some time of worship to prepare our hearts for the week ahead. Over 100 children have signed up to come to our holiday club and we would really appreciate your prayers for these children to hear the gospel.
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Welcome to the summer edition of our church magazine.
It is increasingly easy to shop without interacting with another human being. Walk around a shop, serve yourself, go to a self-service till, scan your products, pay and leave! Or go online and order whatever you need and in a day or two parcel arrives, placed in the garage or red recycling box as you have prearranged.
Is it possible to live as a Christian and not interact with others? Matthew 22 v 39, instructs us, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ and in Hebrews 10 vs 24&25 we read, ‘Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another’. Do you interact with others? Are you an encourager? Do you use your life and resources serving yourself or serving others?
This magazine contains many examples of people who are or are planning to serve God. These are people not consumed with self but with helping others, locally or as far away as South Africa. Can I ask that you resolve to pray for each of them as Paul prayed in Colossians: ‘We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.’
Mervyn Orr, Editor
“Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very centre of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them. Mark 10:14-16
Wellington Holiday Bible Club is Back!
Holiday Bible Club is running this year from 6:30pm – 8:00pm every night from 25th – 29th June and is open to all kids from P1 – P7.
Online registration is now closed but please do bring your kids along! There will be an option to register at the door.
On Sunday 18th December Wellington had it’s annual carol service, below are some pictures taken from the evening service.
To download the latest issue of the Wellington Record, please click on the link below –
Wellington Record – December 2017
Welcome to the Winter edition of our church magazine.
Another summer has passed and many are looking forward to spending time with family and friends over Christmas and New Year.
Do you ever pause and look back over the year that has almost gone? Do you wonder if you have made a difference in someone’s life? Did you go out of your way to help someone in need? As we journey through life, we can become so caught up with the demands of modern day living that we have little or no time for others. Maybe we should pause, take stock and ask ourselves what is really important to us.
In Micah 6 v 8 we read, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
You can’t fail to be moved by the words of Lauren Agnew as she tells us of IJM’s work on pages 12 & 13. To realise that millions in our world live in slavery at the hands of evil and unscrupulous people seems almost unbelievable in the 21st Century! Surely William Wilberforce’s efforts led to the abolition of slavery 1833!
What better time of the year to sit down and consider our attitudes to others and how we might develop lives full of justice, mercy and compassion.
This is, after all, what the Lord requires of us!
Editor, Wellington Record
Have a look at some of the upcoming events happening in December at Wellington Church.
You can now download the annual accounts using the link below.
The file can be opened using the password recently distributed to church members. If you would like to find out more about church membership or about the annual accounts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Wellington Presbyterian Church Annual Accounts
With the summer holidays coming to an end, it won’t be long until the church’s weeknight program is back in full swing. That means that the Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade will be starting again soon and many of you have been asking how to enrol your kids these organisations. All the necessary details are found below –
Girls’ Brigade will begin on Monday 4th September. Explorers (3-8yrs) will meet from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. To join the Explorers, Girls must be 3 years old by 1st July. The Company section (8-18yrs) meets from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Registration will take place on the first night so please come along.
To register for Boys’ Brigade all you need to do come along on the first night. The first meeting will be on Thursday 14th September from 6:45pm – 7:45pm in the church hall.
If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the front page of our website or send us a message via our Facebook page.
The GB and BB look forward to seeing you all soon!