We look forward to a Barn dance at ABC on the evening of Saturday October 29th 7.00 – 9.30 pm. All welcome. There will be a light buffet. Come and have some fun and invite a friend along. Please note – tickets are: children £2, adults £5. Come and have some fun, ask a friend. Contact Sue Smith or ring the church for tickets and information.
We look forward to the ABC Church Awayday at Oak Hall, Otford Manor, on Saturday 22nd October 2016 with Chris Knott, on ‘Fanning the Flame: Reinvigorating our Spiritual Lives’. Chris is excited to be speaking from Ezekiel 37:4-14 ‘Breathe in!’ and John 15:5-11 ‘Breathe out!’ We are also very grateful to Richard and Annabelle Blackaby who will be helping us with the children’s teaching.
We are so grateful to everyone for their generous pledges of income to support all the necessary work on our buildings, and above all to our faithful God for His wonderful provision. Exciting times!
Thanks to everyone who brought food items for our Harvest display & collection as part of our Harvest Service on Sunday 9th October. This was a great opportunity to express our gratitude to God for all the good things we have received from Him, and to share our blessings with those who have been less fortunate. Martyn spoke from Psalm 65, a great Hymn of Harvest PRAISE to God our Redeemer, our Creator and our Provider, and we enjoyed quizzes, clips and drama, as well as singing some great Harvest songs. (Items collected were later passed to Maidstone Christian Care to be used in the local homeless ministry)
Photo by Martin Webster
Just to let everyone know that Table Tennis restarts at ABC on Monday 12th Sept, at 7-8pm for children. Anyone who would like to join should contact Gary on 01622 764866 first (to see if we have any spaces). Adult Table Tennis from 8pm is a social club open to all.
Please also note that FUSION for young people restarts on Sunday 11th Sept at 7.30pm
CAFE CHURCH is back, and ready to go on Sunday 11th September from 10.30am at ABC. CAFE Church is an informal style of church service, designed to make everyone feel welcome, with food, fun, clips or drama, games, quizzes, craft activities as well as worship and Bible teaching on a theme which affects us all. Everyone welcome. See you there!
A bunch of our young people are going to the REBOOT conference in London on 24th September with Amy Orr Ewing, Michael Ramsden, Sharon Dirckx and Professor John Lennox, an interactive day for 12-18s to ask their big questions about God. Can you believe in Science and God? Why does a God of Love allow Suffering? How do you unconditionally love someone? It promises to be a great day to strengthen and inform our Christian faith.
Urban Saints meetings are now finished for the summer. Urban Saints will recommence on Tuesday 20th September.
Table tennis is also closed for the summer until September. There have been 10 children regularly attending and they have been making very good progress. Parents/Carers of any other children who might like to join are asked to telephone Gary on 01622 764866 to check that there are places.
We are also glad to report that we had a very successful and enjoyable visit to Chatham Ski Centre where 13 youngsters from Urban Saints Seniors went by minibus for tobogganing and snow tubing.
Wow! What a week! We had another fantastic week at the 2016 Maidstone Bible Week which this year was held at the Life Church (who made us all feel very welcome). On the Monday evening, Steve Price spoke superbly from Genesis 1-3. We were awed by the greatness of our Creator, and reminded that God is not a figment of our imagination, but we, and everything around us are products of His glorious imagination. And we saw that He is a God who speaks, and reveals His truth to us. The question is, in a fallen world, whose voice will we listen to? On Tuesday night Chris Knott spoke magisterially on The Supremacy of Christ, focusing on Jesus’ role as our true prophet, priest and king, who is Himself God’s Word, who offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice for our salvation, and who reigns in Majesty. And he challenged us to exercise our own prophetic, priestly and kingly ministries, under God, to a needy world. On Wednesday Josh Cordray spoke engagingly, and with great power from John 16:8-11, encouraging us to witness to our faith with confidence, trusting in the Unstoppable Spirit to impress His truth on people’s minds, and indeed on us, as we seek to be transformed into Christ’s likeness. And on the final evening, Bishop Michael Nazir Ali spoke eloquently from Hebrews 13, encouraging us to live out our faith consistently, trusting in Jesus Christ who is the same Yesterday and Forever. It was sobering to remember that many have given their lives, simply for affirming, ‘I am a Christian.’ All the more reason for making sure that our faith is built on a sure foundation (Isaiah 33:5-6; 1 Peter 2:6). And it is good to remember that our salvation is of grace from first to last: ‘The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures.’ It was great to meet with so many Christians from across the town and beyond, sharing in fellowship and worshipping together, led so ably by Worship Bands from Grace Community Church, The Life Church, ABC and Jubilee. There was a real sense of unity among God’s people this year, and we received many encouraging comments, including one person who wished the Bible Week was for two weeks (not sure I could cope with that)! In keeping with our theme we ended with a rousing singing of Cornerstone, and I emphasised the chorus of Edward Mote’s original hymn: ‘On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.’ Amen and Hallelujah!