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Bill’s Letter for June 2013

Thank you for those who prayed for my journey to Tanzania.  I have returned safely after a very fruitful trip.  I was able to travel      extensively around and learn a lot about the ‘Water for Life’ project.  It was also very encouraging to worship with Christians there.  Prayer is a very important part of peoples lives.  There is prayer before a meal and on arrival after a safe journey.  There is a hunger to know God and learn more about Him, especially among the young people.  This      vibrancy is encouraging and challenging.

June is when we celebrate Fathers’ day and this year it falls on June 16th.  At St Peter’s our morning service at 10am will be a special Fathers’ Day Family and Parade service with the uniformed organisations: you would be very welcome to join us.  Of course, as a father I can take this opportunity to remind everyone who can, to do something special to show their appreciation for their fathers!

The experience of being a father is a very profound one with great potential for being a positive influence in the family.  Whilst most father’s bring blessings to their homes, some bring the opposite. Fathers’ day is about celebrating the positive experiences we have had.

When Jesus was helping us to understand our relationship with God, he told us to call Him father or dad.  It is helpful when we can use our positive experiences of family life to understand our Father God’s love for us.  Our church family seeks to model this and is much more than just a father’s love. It is encouraging to hear people’s stories of how they have felt welcomed and accepted.  When we say ‘our’ father, we are reminded that we are not an ‘only’ child.  We have a great number of brothers and sisters all around the world.  Our friends in Tanzania are praying for us and we can pray for them.

Do come and join the church family on 16th June or at any other time, and be part of the world wide community that seeks to support each other in our daily life and in our worship.
Rev Bill Henderson

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Film Club details for June 2013

Friday evening, 14th June, 7:30pm

‘Les Miserables’ (2012)  12 Rating

Multiple award-winning ‘Les Misérables’ has just been released on DVD and is a deeply powerful film, conveying the grittiness of life in 19th-century France.  It tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.  Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for    decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks  parole.  When Valjean agrees to care for dying factory worker Fantine’s (Ann Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, (Amanda Seyfried) he finds his own life completely changed as a result of that promise.

The stage show has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year.  Take this opportunity to see it on the big screen in the church centre!

Free admission, tea & coffee, but bring your own popcorn!

Film shown at the Church Centre, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

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St Peter’s Parish Day – Jun 15th 2013

On Saturday 15th June, St Peter’s Church is organising a parish day for everyone who is interested to come together to develop friendships, have fun and think about what we want to achieve in the future as a church community.  The venue and details of the event are still being worked on; further information will be available later this month, and a sign-up sheet will be put on the noticeboard in the church centre.  Please put the date in your diaries and come along and take part in a fantastic day together.

 

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Bill’s Letter for May 2013

I shall be spending most of this month—May—back in Tanzania helping with the ‘Water for Life’ Project that is part of the Diocesan link with Mara.

It has been running for 5 years now and so far £63,000 has been raised and sent to the project. We began by helping to train people to build hand dug wells and fitting hand pumps to extract the water.  There is also an important element of health education, so that people understand the value of clean water.  The purpose of my visit is to help evaluate the project: see what lessons can be learned and how to carry on into the future.

There are a number of challenges.  The first is for the villagers to take responsibility for ‘their’ well in the long term so that it will be maintained. Education is part of this to help people understand the health benefits.   Secondly, finding a good site can be difficult, and it can be very discouraging to dig down, even breaking through rock,  only to find there is no water.

We will be working in two dioceses: Mara and Tarime.  Mara is well established and has an experienced team working in development. Tarime is a new diocese but has some very good staff working for them. It will be interesting to see how the project develops in each one.

I fly into Nairobi, Kenya, then get a bus to Tarime, over the    border in Tanzania. This is always an interesting trip; hot and dusty with lots to see and it is of course much cheaper than flying.  I will then meet up with the other two people travelling from Wakefield. We will meet the development team and people from the communities, and then go to Mara with a similar agenda.  At the moment, the pump being used is an ‘India Mark II’.  It is good and strong but relatively expensive and breaks down without proper maintenance.  I will be looking at the possibility of making a rope pump from locally available materials that will be strong enough to last.  The idea is that it could be cheaper to build and easier to maintain, so more wells could be dug.

I will end my stay in Rorya Diocese, which is where our link parish, Sakawa, is situated.  I will also visit Rose Kayus and her husband Samuel, who is now principal of the local Bible college. Rose visited us here in Stanley some years ago. Please pray for a successful trip and safe travel.

Rev Bill Henderson

 

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Film Club details for May 2013

Zookeeper-Movie-PosterFriday evening, 11th May, 7:30pm 

‘Zookeeper’ (2011)  PG Rating

All the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kind-hearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James).  But realising that he prefers the company of wild animals to humans, Griffin decides the only way to get the girl of his dreams is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job to win her over.  The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honoured code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk.  To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship, in their own unique way! There’s plenty of star power in the film, including the voice talents of        Sylvester Stallone as Joe the lion and Cher as his lioness, Adam Sandler as Donald the monkey, and Nick Nolte as Bernie the gorilla.  If you’re looking for a moral in the story, then maybe it is to be careful what you wish for: what you think you want might not be anything like what you really need.  Hopefully though, you’ll be looking for easy entertainment, in which case this film is a great comedy with plenty of cheap laughs.

Free admission, tea & coffee, but bring your own popcorn!

Film shown at the Church Centre, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm