A TENT OF MEETING
t was good to be able to welcome ‘Pray Love Bexley’ to St. John’s for three days at the beginning of May, including Polling Day. CRIBS set up their prayer tent inside the church, which was equipped with many resources to assist people in praying for the Borough. I enjoyed praying in the tent, but some people couldn’t see the point of it, or didn’t like it being there, and sat in the pews to pray.
I was reminded that the old testament tells us of the ‘tent of meeting’ which the Israelites set up on their wanderings in the desert. I don’t imagine there was too much similarity between the CRIBS tent and the tent of meeting, especially as the desert tent was covered with the skins of rams, which I didn’t notice on the CRIBS tent! But both could be described as a collapsible temple. The tent of meeting was of course, where the Lord spoke to Moses ‘face to face, as one speaks to a friend.’
Sometimes we get very hung up on where and how to pray, and Anglicans are probably as bad as anyone. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (John chapter 4) she tried to deflect the conversation which was getting a bit embarrassing for her to the subject of where to pray, which was a source of dispute between Jews and Samaritans. Jesus cut through it all and pointed out that in the end, that didn’t matter. What was important was that ‘God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’
We’re assured that wherever two or three are gathered in Jesus' name, he is there amongst them. Let's give thanks that we are free to worship and pray together and make the most of those opportunities, wherever they happen.
Rev. Stephen Sealy,
St. John's Church, Sidcup
Dear churches in Sidcup,
I just wanted to write to you all, to say thank you so much for your constant prayers, support and generous donations. Sometimes we can't see the floor because of your extreme generosity and kindness. Without your support, we could not have helped as many families as we have.
At a recent prayer meeting for churches together, I was asked to give an update on the work we do here at the Foodbank and where we have been blessed. So here we go!........
rom April 2013-2014, we fed 993 children & 1,218 adults, total 2,211 From April 2014-today, we have already fed 1,793 children & 2,174 adults, total 3,967
The main reasons for need are still caused by benefit changes, sanctions, benefit delays and domestic violence and low income.
I started this role in July 2013. At this time we only had Avery Hill open, struggling to weigh things with bathroom scales, a computer that didn't work, lots of food, and not many clients to support. We had kindly been given some temporary storage with Footscray Baptist Church, but they needed that space as the roof was leaking and needed to be repaired. We had no contacts for people to signpost, except for the job centre and a few churches, so I had a lot of communication and organising to do.
Just before I started at the Foodbank, I had a prophecy that I would be starting work where I would have influence in the community, and that doors would open and people would wonder how I managed to accomplish the things I did. I also had a prayer where 3 words came to me, abundance, patience and connections.God has really blessed our work and ministry, and the prophecy and words from God are true.
We have been blessed with Distribution centres in Sidcup: Avery Hill Christian Fellowship; New Community Church; St. Andrews Church. Erith: Queen St Baptist Church. Bexleyheath: Trinity Baptist Church. This helps us to serve all clients in all parts of the borough.
We have approximately 80 voucher distributors, including churches, schools, council, social workers and health workers, job centres and citizens advice bureau.
We have been provided with storage by council & L&Q housing. Supermarkets have trolleys for us: Tesco, Welling; Waitrose, Sidcup; Sainsburys, Bexleyheath; Asda, Bexleyheath; Morrisons, Erith. I have been blessed with a lady who collects most of these donations weekly. New Generation Church support us with transporting food with their van.
We now have industrial weighing scales at all sites. The Council have provided a brand new computer.
My biggest blessings of course are the team leaders and volunteers. They are all truly sent from God,
I would call them treasure. They truly love Jesus and care about others in such an overwhelming way.
They work so hard. Of course none of this would be possible without God totally supplying all of these things.
Every day I feel blessed to be working in God's house. It's truly amazing to constantly feel the Holy Spirit working with us witnessing to the love of God. Thank you Jesus.
Bexley Foodbank Manager
OUR CURRENT NEEDS ARE:
Long Life Milk & Juice
AT THE MOMENT WE DO NOT NEED:
Thank you for your continued support,
it's really appreciated.
CTiS MEMBER CHURCHES
All Saints Church (CofE)
Rectory Lane, Foots Cray, DA14 5BU. Tel: 020 8300 7096
he Living Church on the Meadows, a small and beautiful old church on the edge of the Footscray Meadows, with a friendly, welcoming, family atmosphere.
Traditional Anglican Liturgy, the church welcomes all ages.
Services on Sunday:
9.30am All Age Worship (1st Sunday);
9.30am Parish Eucharist (Other Sundays).
or visit their website at: www.allsaintsandstjames.org.uk/index.htm
Avery Hill Christian Fellowship
Southspring, Sidcup, DA15 8EA. Tel: 020 8859 7073
he Avery Hill Christian Fellowship is a lively and vibrant community of people of all ages who share a common faith in the grace of God through the person of Jesus Christ. Having a passion for mission both locally, nationally and internationally.
There are many activities throughout the week for all ages, including mother and toddlers,(www.springlets.org.uk), Whizz Kids club, youth events and even meetings and outings for the adults! Disabled facilities include hearing loop, wheelchair access to premises and toilet. The church hosts the Bexley Foodbank, open on Tuesday (10am-1pm) and Thursday (12noon-3pm).
Services on Sunday:
10.15am Morning Worship (Creche, Children & Y.P. Groups).
6.15pm Evening Service 1st & 3rd Sundays (Not April)
More information from:
or visit their website at www.averyhill.info
Website also contains audio files of Sunday sermons.
For Information and Event details www.sidcupchurch.org.uk/AHCFevents
Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6PA. Tel: 020 8308 0835
atering extensively for families. Christchurch is Church of England in the evangelical tradition. On Sunday mornings there are various
activities for 3 to 14 year old's and above. During the week running many activities, home Bible study groups, meetings for women, a monthly men's breakfast plus
much more. Offers wheelchair access to premises.
Sunday services at 8.00am (every 2nd and 4th Sun), & 10.30am.
Evening Service at 6.30pm
For more information visit their website at www.christchurchsidcup.org.uk
Granville Road, Sidcup, DA14 4AA. Tel: 020 8300 5064
welcoming and friendly church
of Methodist and United Reform traditions. There is a Sunday Club for 3-18 year old's and there are other church based activities during the week. For letting's,
bookings information, programme of activities, use of premises and other details speak to the church office.
Emmanuel Church is part of The Chislehurst and Orpington Methodist Circuit. Sunday service at 10.30am. For more information visit www.emmanuelchurchsidcup.org.uk website, or from
Foots Cray Baptist Church
137 Sidcup Hill, Foots Cray, Sidcup, DA14 6JS. Tel: 020 8302 8136
t Foots Cray Baptist Church,
they are committed to the central truths of the Christian Faith and have a 'traditional' but warm and friendly approach to worship. Only baptising those who have
come to faith in Jesus but our Communion Table is open to all who trust Christ as Saviour, whether baptised as believers or not. Offers wheelchair access to
Sunday services at 11.00am and 6.30pm (2nd & 4th Sundays of each month). For more information from www.fcbc.org.uk or from
The Holy Redeemer Church, Lamorbey (CofE)
Days Lane, Sidcup, DA15 8JR. Tel: 020 8302 5356
he Holy Redeemer is a
Parish of the Church of England. Worship focuses on the Holy Eucharist, using a variety of styles. Having an active Children's Church and Choir.
Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet. Sunday services at 8.00am and 10.00am.
More information from: or visit their website at www.theholyredeemer.co.uk
Holy Trinity Church, Lamorbey (CofE)
Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AE. Tel: 020 8300 8231
oly Trinity is a traditional Anglo Catholic church with Parish Eucharist as their main service.
All will be very welcome to any Sunday service or any weekday meeting. Sunday service at 10.00am Family Eucharist.
More information from: or visit their website at: www.holytrinitylamorbey.org
New Community Church
24 Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7DU. Tel: 020 8300 0333
lively, diverse church that draws people from across the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham. Sunday meetings
are relevant, relaxed and informal. During the week running activities for all the community including youth work, students and
twenties, exercise classes, meetings for the retired, a morning cafe and a substantial toddler group as well as midweek small groups.
A Debt Advice Service is now available for those who could benefit from talking over any money worries.
Their website contains a regularly updated list of what is going on. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet.
Sunday services at 9.30am, 11.30am, and 6.00pm.
More information from:
or visit their website at www.newcommunitychurch.org.uk
New Generation Church
Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, DA14 4DJ. Tel: 020 8309 6056
ew Generation is a passionate and lively community. Passionate about Jesus, Sidcup and you. They are involved in projects locally, nationally and internationally. They offer many activities for many ages, speak to the office to find out what is going on right now.
We now meet at 9.30am on Sunday mornings at Cineworld Bexleyheath.
All ages are welcome at their Sunday meeting which includes:
Sparkles Creche, Allstars Kids Church and Free60 for young people.
6.00pm Evening gatherings (most Sundays) at St. John's Church, Church Road, Sidcup, DA14 6BX.
Weekday meetings at New Generation Centre, Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, DA14 4DJ. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet.More information from: or visit their website at www.newgen.org.uk
Our Lady Of The Rosary Church (RC)
330a Burnt Oak Lane, Blackfen, DA15 8LW. Tel: 020 8300 2697
ur Lady of the Rosary (330a Burnt Oak Lane, off Days Lane) is a Roman Catholic parish community with a wide variety of spiritual, social and community activities. The parish includes
people of all ages with activities for children and young people, outreach to the elderly and housebound. A social club, football club and various groups, who meet
to contribute in diverse ways, to the building up of God's kingdom.
Saturday services 10.30am & 6.00pm
Sunday services at 9.00am, 10.30am and 6.00pm.
More information from:
A new website is under construction
Redeemed Christian Church of God - Victory Assembly Sidcup
367A Footscray Road, New Eltham, SE9 2DR. Tel: 07852 100550
his congregation, belonging to The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), have now moved to new premises
in New Eltham. Under the leadership of Pastor Richard Odufisan the church meets for a Celebration Service at 10.00am each Sunday and at 7.00pm on
Wednesdays for a Bible Study & Prayer Meeting.
The foundation of the church is prayer and teaching the full counsel of God, to help people and families discover their purpose in
life through love and care for one another.
For more information click here for church website or
Redeemed Christian Church of God - Christ Domain Parish
- Temp Worship Centre: 27 Cray Road, Sidcup, DA14 5BY
CCG Christ Domain was established in 2006 and is an outreach of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. RCCG is a worldwide Church that
was established in 1952. The general overseer is Pastor E.A Adeboye. It is a Church of all nations, race, colour, age and gender.
Their Vision: Transforming Lives and building Families. They accomplish this by: transforming lives by the renewal of the mind; building a strong family; a house of prayer for all nations in unity and with love and care for all. Their Core Values: Excellence; Expansion; Equipping; Evangelism. They aim for excellence and perfection in all they do and love by demonstrating they care with compassion, and teach the word of God to build and nurture. Their ultimate goal is to enable diverse people to make heaven by nurturing, empowering and equipping them to live a holy life based on excellence, love, care and unity. Sunday Morning Service at 10.45am-12.45pm.
More information from:
or visit their website at: http://www.rccgchristdomain.org.uk
Sidcup Baptist Church
167 Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6PA. Tel: 020 8309 9717
friendly, growing church with lively worship and a good
cross-section of age groups, including a large proportion of children and young people. Their vision is to be a church that loves and serves God, His people and His world.
The church hosts the Disabled Christian Fellowship (Sidcup Branch) on the 2nd Saturday afternoon in the month. Community lunches, Alpha group, daytime and evening Housegroups, Playgroup,
Children's and YP's clubs. Disabled facilities include hearing loop (British Sign Language signing by arrangement), wheelchair access to premises and toilet.
Sunday services at 10.30am (creche, children & Y.P's groups) and 6.30pm on 1st Sunday.
More information from:
or visit their website at www.sidcupbaptistchurch.org.uk
For Meetings and Event details www.sidcupchurch.org.uk/SBCevents.html
St. Andrew's Church (CofE)
Maylands Drive, Sidcup, DA14 4RY. Tel: 020 8300 4712
mix of traditional and informal styles of worship throughout the month. There is a variety of activities and groups during the week for people of all ages from toddler to retired. Trusting you'll experience the love of God there, you are welcome to sample, visit or even stay. Disabled facilities include hearing loop, wheelchair access to church, hall and toilet on hall level. Sunday service at 10.00am. More information from: or visit their website at www.st-andrewssidcup.org.uk
St. James Church (CofE)
North Cray Road, North Cray, DA14 5HD. Tel: 020 8300 7096
small, pretty Church on the edge of the Meadows, in quiet surroundings and one of North Cray's best kept secrets. Traditional Anglican services, they welcome families and children and offer an all age service, once a month, which is popular with children from 1 to 91. Sunday services 10.30am All Age Worship (2nd Sunday), 11.15am (1st, 3rd & 4th Sundays).More information from:
or visit their website at www.allsaintsandstjames.org.uk/index.htm
St. John's Church (CofE)
Church Road, Sidcup, DA14 6BX. Tel: 020 8300 0383
he church is built to the glory
of God but seeks to make God known to the people in Sidcup. It is a great place for worship, young and old alike can enjoy what they do. Are family friendly and
value and appreciate the more senior members of the Church. There are various groups you can be involved in but just turning up on a Sunday is fine. Why not walk
with them for a while and enjoy the community life at St. John's. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet available in church hall.
Sunday services 8.00am and 10.00am.
For information visit their website at www.stjohnsidcup.co.uk
More information from:
St. Lawrence's Church (RC)
129 Main Road, Sidcup, DA15 7HB. Tel: 020 8300 2480
t. Lawrence's parish was founded from St. Mary's
Chislehurst in 1902. The first Mass was said on the Feast of St. Lawrence of Canterbury, (2nd February) hence the parish name.
Until August 2012 the church was served by a religious congregation of priests - The Society of Mary, known more generally as Marist
Fathers. A quarterly magazine called News and Views is published, giving details of services and organisations in the parish.
Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet. Open daily 9.30am; Saturday 9.30am & 6.30pm; Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am and 11.30am.
More information from: or visit their website at www.stlawrenceschurch.org.uk
CHAIRMAN'S ANNUAL REPORT
AGM ON 23rd APRIL 2015
irst, I want to thank the members of CTiS executive: Oliver Dean, who will become the next Chairman; Mike Conway who will become the next Vice-chairman; John Wiltshire, the Treasurer; Janet Norton our Minute-taker and Pamela Steed our Distributor of information.
Then I want to thank a sort of outer ring of supporters, people to whom we can go because they know what to do: Tom Baker, Stephen Sealey and three Mikes; Baldry, Attewell and Barnes.
Next I want to thank all who make our regular activities to just happen - so those who organise the Food Bank, Lark in the Park, the Walk of Witness, the Lent groups, the carol singing, the Lent lunches, Christian Aid week, the Civic Carol Service, Remembrance Sunday, Sponsoring our third world child, keeping the website up to date and so on.
In addition we added come extra activities this year. A Pentecost celebration, the service marking the centenary of the beginning of the Great War/World War 1, our financial help in running a mission at a local secondary school, the hustings before the General Election and Pray, Love, Bexley [Sidcup Branch].
Particular thanks go to George Hider for knocking the ministers' meetings into some kind of cohesive shape.
Finally I want to thank all the church representatives that attend the general meetings and bring news from and to the churches.
Plans for the future include links with the local Credit Unions and further involvement with CAP (Christians Against Poverty).
At the beginning of the year I promised to go to as many of the regular Saturday prayer meetings as possible and to visit as many of the churches as I could. I managed to attend each prayer meeting when I was in Sidcup and all but 4 of the churches.
I am minded to point out that CTiS should always be on the new look out to do new things for God in Sidcup, and to look out for things that maybe have now had their day. I am concerned that not all of our churches play a significant part in CTiS and wonder whether the executive need to find new ways of engaging with the more reluctant churches.
I have enjoyed the privilege of this role very much.
Thank you.Alan J Mason
Foots Cray Baptist Church
CTiS Chairman (April 2014/15)
LOCAL CHURCH EVENTS
CLICK FOR: - "What is Evergreen Care Bexley?"
Click here for details about the Bexley Foodbank
More information is on the Avery Hill Christian Fellowship website
-Click here, then yellow "Community" tab, and then "Foodbank"
For more information visit their website: New Community Debt Advice Service
WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?
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Jesus Christ, and how Christian faith can improve your life.
The Christian Enquiry Agency provides information for people who want to find out about the Christian faith and its founder Jesus Christ.
Link to: Transform Bexley Borough
Link to: Churches Together in Kent.
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