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Greetings Philip, welcome to this week's newsletter!

Volunteers!

This week is National Volunteers week. The one week a year when that hardy band of supporters are recognised and lauded.

But is that enough? No of course it isn't. We should thank them every single time they show up, praise them every time they brave the elements and acknowledge them in all that we do.

So, this is my public THANK YOU to all of those who have supported our Street Church Ministry both here in Brighton and Hove and in Hastings. Thank you to the rough sleepers and homeless guys who turn out every week and who have accepted us into their social circle. A massive thank you to those volunteers who help set-up, who make teas and who serve the street community with a welcoming smile and great respect. Also, those who join us on Sundays and help either set-up or pack away. Thank you.

I always try to express my gratitude for all the help and support we receive, when we receive it but this week I get to shout it out in the newsletter:

THANK YOU

You may be thinking, so what, volunteers always get thanked. Not true, I have been in some places where they get bossed around, talked to like servants and treated quite badly. Where they do not get thanked, they are not appreciated but still keep going back because they believe in whatever cause or project they are supporting. So, a special thank you to those that are under appreciated, for going that extra mile to make a difference.

I truly believe that without volunteers, the services in Brighton and Hove would grind to a stop. Many of the great support networks we have here would cease to exist and many people in need would be lost.

So, this week give a thought to those unpaid heroes of true service The Volunteers. They really are saving lives and making a huge difference to those in need. Maybe even go a step further and if you see someone volunteering, say thank you to them, show some appreciation, even if you are not the recipient of their service, after all, one or more of our siblings in this community we call Humanity, is.

Have a truly blessed, thoughtful and appreciative week.

Andrew Ramage

Rising Together

This Sunday we explored the ascension of Jesus and celebrated our move to the Level. Andrew talked about a "New Reality" and his sermon, plus others, can be found on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Tomorrow we will be joined by Reverend Peta Evans, from The Village, do come along! The service starts at 6pm, at The Level. 

Blessings and love,
Philip


 

Heavenly Creator, we come to you each day in the greatness of your love and lift up our hearts in prayer and praise. We thank you that the way to your presence is always open through Jesus Christ and that you invite us to draw near in full assurance of faith.
Help us to see the kind of church you need today and help us to grasp the meaning of the gospel which you have entrusted to us. 

In the many names of God we pray,
AMEN

To The Level
Come join us at 6pm. Look for the purple gazebos on The Level, by the Pavilions, near the children's play area.
All members should have received an invitation to a meeting about MCC Brighton's General Conference votes. If you have not, please email Philip on laydelegate@mccbrighton.org.uk



THIS WEEK


SUNDAY 9th-
Worship Service- THE LEVEL, 6pm. Reverend Peta Evans will be exploring what Pentecost means to us. Do invite your friends!

MONDAY 10th-
Pastoral Availability- Mondays are Pastor Andrew's day off, please do not contact him. If you have an urgent query please check with Philip first.

WEDNESDAY 12th-
The Hub- Salvation Army Congress Hall, Park Crescent (by the Level), 8.30am until 1.
An advice & support chaplaincy for the homeless & vulnerably housed, with free food. Volunteers always needed.
Street Church- Old Steine Gardens. 4pm until 6pm.
Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

THURSDAY 13th-
Community Office Hours-   Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 12pm until 5pm. 
Pastor Andrew is available for advice, chat, and prayer. Please contact him first as he does get busy!
Bible Cafe- Bible Cafe is on a short break and will return soon.
Worship Planning- If you’re interested in joining us please contact Philip or Andrew. 

FRIDAY 14th-
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6.
Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

SUNDAY 16th-
Worship Service- The Level, 6pm. Philip will be preaching today as we look at the Trinity, all welcome, do invite your friends!

IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

Tuesday 25th June-
ROC Conversation-
The Amex Stadium, 7pm-9. Redeeming Our Community is an agency that seeks to bring about community transformation by creating strategic partnerships between statutory agencies, voluntary groups and churches. The Conversation is a structured community engagement event that brings together local people to celebrate all the good things happening in the community and explore practical ways of doing more. Speak to Philip or Andrew if you would like to come along.

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