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Weekly update for MCC Brighton
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Greetings Philip, welcome to this week's newsletter!

It's a funny old game ...... life!

This week has been a real roller coaster of a week. Monday and Tuesday spent sorting out various things to do with the death of a good friend Alfie (pictured above), wednesday officiating at his funeral then doing street church and today, in Alcampo, interviewing a student about a placement with us, arranging a street baptism, having coffee with four street guys, saying a prayer for a passing lady and trying to get on top of admin. Well one thing I can say is that life as the Pastor of MCC Brighton is never boring.

A few years ago I would have laughed hard and long at the very idea that I would be a Pastor. The very thought would conjure up images of boring paper work, day after day plodding along, How wrong was I? The truth is that being a Pastor has totally transformed my life. Every day is different, every day is challenging and every day convinces me more and more that this is what I am meant to be. I guess i am one of those lucky people that gets to do something I truly love, not that it is easy, or even fun (well it is at times), but when you see someone who has just come back after months away and they say they are sorted, off the street, off the drugs and they take the time to come and say thanks for being there for them, for not turning them away when they were drunk, for not walking away when they were angry, for never giving up on them, it really hits home how vitally important the smallest of things can be.

So, no long ramblings this week, just a heartfelt thank you to all of the guys I have met on the streets, all of whom have made me a better person, a better Pastor and in their own ways have helped me to feel closer to God.

Have a truly blessed week.

Andrew Ramage

Love Makes The World Go Round

This week Philip spoke to us about love, in the context of Ash Wednesday & Lent, Click here for our YouTube channel to hear more!

Love Makes The World Go Round...we've all heard the phrase but what does it mean? It's the title of several songs, the earliest dating from 1896! Madonna's version from almost 100 years later in 1986 includes the lyrics "There's hunger everywhere, We've got to take a stand, Reach out for someone's hand." Love is committed to serving, caring for and lifting up the other.

God has chosen to create each and every one of us out of the abundance of their love so that we can share in the immensity of that love. God created us for abundant life and abundant life is only possible by being one with that love, and by being an expression of that love.

Love bears fruit, it flows from God and is life-orientated. Genuine love, which we can express through service to each other, brings about new life — physically, emotionally and spiritually. And that is what keeps the world moving.

Will you bear fruit this week?


Blessings and love,
Philip
 

Loving God, thank you for your great love for us, so great that you sent your son, an embodiment of your love, to be with us, and to suffer for us.
Show us how to live our lives with the same commitment that Jesus made to us even before we were born. Teach us how to use our words and actions to glorify you, not with empty words, but with a sincere desire to honour you, and to be an expression of your love to others.
Help us to love without condition and expectation, to love others simply because you love us and make us more like Jesus Christ every day, until we are filled with so much love that it overflows. 


All this we pray through your mighty name.
Amen
3 Moderator Candidates have been announced.
The election to replace our Interim Moderator Rev Elder Rachelle Brown will take place during General Conference later this year, with Pastor Andrew having one vote, and our members, as represented by our Lay Delegate, having another.
Over the next few months Philip will speak to all members to find out who we,
as a church, wish to vote for.

The 3 candidates will be holding a joint webinar on the 2nd of April,
with individual webinars to follow.

The candidates are-
Ms. Elizabeth Bisordi,
Vice-Moderator, Board of Directors, Suncoast MCC, Venice, Florida, USA. 

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston,
Radstock, Somerset, England.

Rev. Elder Tony Freeman,
Interim Senior Pastor, MCC of the Palm Beaches, Florida, USA.

(Click their names to find out more about them.)

 

THIS WEEK

SUNDAY 10th March
Worship Service- Brighthelm Gardens, 6pm. We will be starting a series exploring Easter, called Give & Take, and Andrew will be speaking to us. Click here for the flyer, do invite your friends!

MONDAY 11th
Pastoral Availability- Where possible, Mondays are Andrew's day off. This means that he is not available by phone or email, except in emergencies.

WEDNESDAY 13th
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 14th
Community Office Hours-   Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 12pm until 5. 
Pastor Andrew is available for advice, chat, and prayer. Please contact him first as he does get busy!
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 15th
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6.
Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

SUNDAY 17th
Worship Service- Brighthelm Gardens, 6pm. We will be continuing our series exploring Easter, called Give & Take, and SJ will be speaking to us. Click here for the flyer, do invite your friends!

IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

THURSDAY 28th March-
The Rainbow Hub Networking Event-
 The Rainbow Hub is located at 93 St James' Street, and is a local point of contact for LGBT+ people seeking up to date help, information or guidance, in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Andrew & Philip will be attending a networking event designed to help The Rainbow Hub and its partner services get to know more about each other.
If you would like to know more about The Rainbow Hub or are in need of information, click here for their website.

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