As a church we support Waypoint – 22 churches working together to help local people find the way (Jesus) for themselves. Following a successful launch where the Archbishop of Canterbury prayed a blessing on the town, we enjoyed a great Riding Lights production of CROSSLIGHTS: a passion play for Lent, followed by a scratch performance of Handel’s Messiah and a very successful Easter Egg hunt around town. The next big event planned is from 9th-16th July when Roughshod Theatre groups hope to be going into local schools followed by a big central performance at the end of the week. Other events planned are some street dance, a Comedy magician, John Archer here at ABC on Friday 29th Sept, a joint Harvest Festival and a live Nativity on the Streets of Maidstone, in addition to a number of local initiatives around the town. Let’s be ready to pray, give and actively support the project in any way we can.
As a church we want to support the Archbishop of Canterbury’s International Prayer Initiative, Thy Kingdom Come’ from Thursday 25th May (Ascension Day) to Sunday 4th June (Pentecost) 2017. We are encouraging everybody to commit to focusing your prayers especially for 5 people over these 10 days. Of course this does not preclude you from your regular praying. (After this time we will be encouraging you to focus particularly on one person in your prayers). Go Bless!
Please be praying for the people of Manchester after the latest terrorist attack. Please pray for those who are grieving, those who are injured, and the many who are traumatised, shocked and fearful. Please be praying for the emergency services as they deal with the aftermath of this terrible attack, and for the churches as they seek to respond. May many people turn to God as they seek comfort and security in this dreadful situation, and may the love of Christ overcome the evil of hatred.