12 July 2020
Series on Acts: Acts 8:4-8 The Church on the Move - Philip the Faithful Preacher
Welcome! Today's service is led by Christy and Richard:
As always, the children’s teaching can be found by watching Hillsong Kids' online service. (Simply type in "Hillsong Kids UK" on YouTube and look for the service released on 12 July.)
We usually close with notices, but this week we have two particularly special announcements we can't wait to share:
1. Introducing Mr & Mrs Peacock!!! Katie & Tom tied the knot on Monday 6 July and were sent off to the cheers of socially-distanced church members who "just happened" to be passing as Katie and her folks were heading off to the ceremony...
2. Today is Gladys's 90th Birthday!!!
After all that excitement, bet you can't wait to worship the Lord!
Hi everyone, Christy here. While government restrictions on shared public venues mean we have to wait a little longer to meet together on Sundays, there are so many circumstances that are drawing us together in new expressions of worship. "Generosity" is not a word I've consciously linked to worship before, but it's really been on my mind a lot this past week. Here are some of the reasons why:
Richard will be sharing today from Acts 8:4-8.
Holy Spirit, I see the goodness of the life God calls me to, but with the best will in the world, I cannot live it, let alone share it on my own. Please wash me clean of my wrongdoings, and fill me anew with the power to both enjoy and multiply that life today, and everyday.
As you pray the words of the following song, allow the Lord to bring to mind the people and circumstances He would have you apply them to:
When will services resume at the Community Centre?
The short answer is we're still not sure. These guidelines from the government make it clear that due to the fact we meet in a shared community facility, it is not yet safe for us to open:
However, we are closely monitoring the situation and will keep you posted!
Garden / WhatsApp bible studies
Our garden and WhatsApp groups are proving to be such a special time together. If you know of anyone who'd still like to link in with one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As you meet this week, begin by praying for the Holy Spirit to guide your discussion. Read Acts 8:4-8, then discuss these questions. If you want to get through everything, you might assign a time-keeper who gently reminds the group to move onto the next question every 10 minutes. Alternatively, discuss each question at your leisure and suggest that everyone completes the rest at home:
1 Have you ever been mistreated because you’re a Christian? What happened and how did you respond?
2 In what ways can we foster and demonstrate the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Tell of a time when you felt led by the Spirit of God.
3 in what ways have you served God? How do you feel about serving God? What motivates you to serve God? How can you/we help further the Gospel for Jesus?
4 Suggest ways in which we can bring ‘great joy’ into the lives of others?
End by asking for prayer needs and praying for each other.
Hayling Holiday Lunches
The government has extended the free school meals vouchers into the school holidays. We shall therefore make just one delivery to each family of all the food we have already collected on 27 July. For more information please contact us. Sarah, Sam and David
Paul Dennison, from the Bridge Church, will continue to collect for the Food Bank. We are still happy to receive food for the Food Bank at our home until we are back at church, and even then to organise its delivery to the Bridge.
If you'd like to donate to the work of this church, you can do so at:
Hayling Island Baptist Church
Sort code: 53-50-33
If you would like to find out more about how and why Christians donate to churches this article provides relevant scriptures and some interesting history on the topic.