Harvest 2017 went really well! We visited the area round the church with leaflets, making contact with a lot of our neighbours. On the Saturday evening we held a fun 'International Evening' involving food, song, music, a quiz and an epilogue. Lots of people came; some we believe coming to an event like that for the first time. The following day our Harvest Thanksgiving service was joyful, and included the children acting out the story of Ruth in front of a large display of donated food.
We all enjoyed our Harvest celebrations, as well as valuing the money we raised for a baby incubator project in Ghana, with the food going to the Mill Grove children's Home in Woodford." .
16 young people from the Monday Club went to camp in August 2017. We stayed once again just outside Ringwood in the New Forest National Park and enjoyed activities like cycling, canoeing, swimming, sports, a barbecue and archery. The lovely weather helped to set a really good atmosphere. We had a series of Bible studies from the book of Acts under the title: 'What Happens Next ?'; a succession of simple pictures helped to hold everyone's attention. By the time we came home everyone agreed that it had been one of our very best camps ever !
Holiday Bible Club
Once again we were very pleased to welcome a team from Child Evangelism fellowship of Northern Ireland to lead our Holiday Bible Club. The weather was not the best, and some of our regular families were away at the time, but God really blessed us with the quality of the work, and new contacts made with local children and their families. A new venture this year was a church 'Picnic in the Park' at which we were able to give out a lot of invitations. The combined churches prayer meeting was very effective and the teenage barbecue night went well. We are truly thankful to God for an excellent and very busy week !
At our church Easter begins with a breakfast and communion service on Good Friday, followed by some local visitation to invite neighbours to come and celebrate Easter with us. That evening we showed the film 'Set Apart' which communicated very effectively the power of God to transform for good the lives of struggling young people.
On Easter Sunday we held an all-age celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. There was a very joyful atmosphere and we were pleased to welcome many visitors to church. Afterwards we brought our Easter activities to a triumphal conclusion as we held a short open-air meeting on the steps of the church - we wanted the world to see just how much our Easter faith means to us !
Particular Baptist Fund
To thank the Particular Baptist Fund for paying for our church’s commercial dishwasher we made a presentation at their Members’ Meeting on Wednesday April 19th 2017. Afterwards a Church Representative asked if the photographs and accompanying text used in the presentation could be made available online."
Abbotts Park Football
Working with Christ Church Leyton we have run another excellent series of 6 sessions of football training in Abbotts Park for local children. As a result we seem to have become well-known among families and the local community. We have been encouraged that a teenage boy has been coming to church because of this contact with us
See our Coming Soon page for details of the next session
On Shrove Tuesday 2017 we had our annual evangelistic church Pancake Party. As always there was a good crowd of young and old, and a noisy mix of food, fun, games, a quiz, as well as music from the Recorder Group and Brass Band. The evening was rounded off perfectly with a really good talk from our friend Steve Ball, based on the letters of the word 'SALVATION'. The new church dishwasher was very effective when it came to the clearing up, and everyone felt that it had been an excellent evening, including two families we had not seen before.
Abbotts Park Tennis
After years of running football in Abbotts Park, we were asked to run a tennis equivalent in the summer holidays. The Council booked the courts for us and is likely to pay for the racquets and balls. Working with Christ Church we ran 2 hours of tennis every morning for a week. As well as being enjoyable healthy sport, we were able to talk to parents and meet people. A good week and an excellent way to raise the churches' profiles in the community !
Lunch Club Garden Party
To mark the last Thursday of the summer term, the Lunch Club had a Garden Party at the Manse on 21st July. About 30 of our senior friends sat in the sunshine and sang some of our favourite hymns, before listening to a musical item. Then Sajida Iqbal, a longstanding friend of the church, described the challenges and opportunities of running a Christian school near Lahore in Pakistan. A spontaneous collection was taken up to help develop the work at her school. An excellent afternoon tea rounded off a really lovely afternoon.
Leyton Orient v Dagenham & Redbridge
Once again, our Abbotts Park footballers, their families and helpers were on the receiving end of kind generosity from Leyton Orient Football Club - free tickets to watch their home game against Dagenham & Redbridge. Orient had a good first half and after 2 goals from Jay Simpson went into the break with a 2-0 lead, but Dagenham & Redbridge fought back and within 15 minutes of the restart the scores were level at 2-2. 'Here we go again' the thoughts of every Orient fan! However in the 65th minute Orient's Armand Gnanduillet slotted the ball right footed into the goal and the O's managed to hang on to their lead until the final whistle. It was an exciting game - the final score Leyton Orient 3-2 Dag & Redbridge.
We had a great time and as ever our thanks go to Leyton Orient for the tickets.
Christmas began for us with the baptism of one of our young people, who invited many of her school friends to hear her testimony and see her being baptised. Afterwards they all stayed for the Christmas lunch that followed the service, and seemed to have enjoyed themselves very much !
Christmas Celebrations continued ....
........... Our Carol service was well-attended, as was the Family Christmas Party we organised, which included lots of fun, music, food, singing and a Christmas message. The following evening we went round the streets carol singing and giving out a leaflet, and then on Christmas Day we had a short family service including a special offering to help with the refugee crisis in the Middle East.
We welcomed several visitors to our church at these various events, and generally felt that Christmas had given us many encouragements, for which we really do thank God.
On Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 2015 young people and adults from Monday Club caught the bus to Chingford. We walked to the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge for a picnic and then on to Connaught Water. In lovely weather we rambled on through Epping Forest to High Beach and then to Loughton, from where we caught another bus home. We found plenty of logs to scramble on, trees to climb and a stream to play in. People were impressed at having walked just over five miles and having enjoyed such a good day out enjoying God's Creation.
Friday Club Rifle Shooting
Friday Club enjoyed an afternoon trip to Gilwell Park on Saturday April 18th 2015, where we tried out air rifles on their shooting range. We all enjoyed it, and a few even managed to hit the target ! Much more importantly we built up good relationships in a healthy and fun atmosphere, complementing the regular spiritual witness of the Club.