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Greetings Philip, welcome to this week's newsletter!

Beast from the East 2!

Yes the second wave of cold has struck. Temperatures dropping to almost Siberian levels in the space of a few days. At street church this week it really hit home when the sun went down and the temperature dropped like a stone. It became so cold I had to put gloves and a hat on!

So, while many might be looking forward to some snow, a bit of sledging or even sliding down the path outside their house, let's think of those who are on the streets. Many will not access the official shelters (for a number of reasons) and are left with nowhere else to go but the alleyways, car parks, nooks and crannies of our fine city. Many of us are out there giving out life saving items but there is always a need, a big need for more.

I think it is time that the local authority lived up to it's sound bites and actually did what is necessary to alleviate the problem. The radio reported that an official count showed a massive drop in rough sleepers, interesting since the number they quoted was less than half the number Galvanise arrived at in their report, which is dated after the official count they quoted. Sadly this fake news reduces peoples willingness to help and donate, making it harder for those on the ground to make services reach those in need.

So, as the heating gets turned up, or another blanket is added, let us all remember those who are shivering and ignored and do whatever is in our power to make a difference. Even if it is just a cup of coffee to the guy in the doorway. To paraphrase a well-know supermarket "Every little helps".

Have a blessed and not too chilly week.

Andrew Ramage

Living For The Moment

On Sunday we thought about Life & Death, both as part of our Psalms sermon series, but also in our recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day. SJ spoke to us about both living life to the full and speaking out when we have the chance.  Click here for our YouTube channel to hear more!

My thoughts during SJ's sermon kept slipping to my mother, who died at the end of 2014, almost a year after my grandfather died in 2013. One thing my mother could never be accused of was not living to the full, even as her illness progressed.

Regrets can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they can plague the mind, and occupy our thoughts to the point of distraction. On the other hand, an awareness of the consequences of actions taken or not can motivate us to make things different next time.

Living in the moment, and taking opportunities that arise, can cause regrets, and create consequences that need to be dealt with, but a life without regrets, is a life without risk, and a life without risk is a life without opportunities to grow and mature.

Now, I'm not suggesting that you should all go out and take up race-car driving or cliff diving...but I am suggesting that you think about the opportunities available to you, and take a leap into the unknown every now & then!

Blessings and love,
Philip

Loving God, there are times when we make mistakes, and there are times when we let opportunities slip us by, help us not to let regrets fill our mind and stop us from living the life you have given us.
Lord, we pray that you would give us the strength and the wisdom that we need to make the decisions that come our way each day; decisions that lead us towards, or away from, moments of spiritual growth and emotional maturity. Help us always to live the lives you've given us with meaning and purpose.


All this we pray through your mighty name.
Amen

 

THIS WEEK

SATURDAY 2nd February- SUNDAY 10th February
Pastoral Availability-
Andrew is away and not available except in emergencies. For routine enquiries please speak to Kim or Philip.

SUNDAY 3rd
Worship Service- Brighthelm Gardens, 6pm. We will be concluding our sermon series based on the Psalms, and Stacey Ingrassia, from MCC East London, will be speaking to us about Worship & Praise. Don't forget to check our Facebook page for any new songs.

WEDNESDAY 6th
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 5.30.
Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

THURSDAY 7th
Community Office Hours-  Pastor Andrew is away and will not be holding his usual office hours this week.
Bible Cafe- Every Thursday evening we hold an informal and friendly Bible study, where all are encouraged to take part in the discussion. Contact us for more details!

FRIDAY 8th February
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6.
Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

SUNDAY 10th
Worship Service- Brighthelm Gardens, 6pm. We will be starting a new sermon series- Gender In The Bible, and Andrew will be speaking to us about Gender Roles.

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