September is here and with it FSMC is embarking on its autumn programme with great anticipation.
This is a new series of seven on the book by Chris Rogers. Rob Manley will be leading it as a result of attending the author's session at this year's Spring Harvest at Minehead. The first one will be on Sunday 23rd September at 6:00pm.
This course aims to unlock areas of participants' lives using clear gospel teaching. It takes those following it past the stage of simply believing, to following Jesus in all aspects of their lives.
Rogers believes that if we are able to identify and address weaknesses in our personal lives as disciples of Christ, the impact on the church will be profound. Rather than sitting back and waiting for eternity to begin, he urges readers to partner with God to see his kingdom come.
Using various diagrammatic tools, Rogers focuses on how our minds need to be renewed with the word, our hearts need to be aligned with the heart of Christ, and our hands need to be ready to give and serve as God leads.
This course is highly practical in the way that it promotes biblical discipleship, spurring individuals, small groups and churches on to fulfil the Great Commission laid down by Jesus himself.
The Big Story of the Bible
This series takes a look at the big picture, the overarching message of the Bible.
There will be one a month for the next eight months, the first being Sunday 9th September in the Sunday School building at 6:00pm. Leader, Phil Cole hopes that attendees will bring food too. The emphasis will be creating an alternative environment for learning about the Bible.
The series was written and presented by Andrew Ollerton at Spring Harvest earlier this year. Those who attended his introductory sessions were so impressed that it is hoped that many others in the church will take advantage of this opportunity to gain a better understanding of the overall picture of God's Word.
Amy Trevorrow will be attempting to cycle about 1000 miles solo and unsupported from John O'Groats to Land's End in order to raise vital funds for Brain Tumour Research in honour of her Dad, David Trevorrow.
The cycle starts on Monday 10th September, taking anywhere between 1 - 2 months.
Amy would really appreciate your support for this important cause.
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Jacob in Oz
When Paul concluded his letter to the Colossians he commended two men, Onesimus and Epaphras, saying that they were faithful servants. When Rodney was speaking on this last chapter of the letter, I noticed that it also said of them that they were ‘one of you’. In St Ives we might say he was ‘One o’ we’.
Jacob Cashmore, on hearing the call of God on his life, has returned to Australia to continue his totally voluntary work with YWAM. Here he will be teaching the Bible to other young people keen to heed the call of God on their lives.
Please consider prayerfully how you might support Jacob. Add to your prayer list, write to him, ask for more information or send a regular financial gift. As Jacob rightly said recently, “you are not just investing in me, but in His Kingdom and that by blessing me you are also sowing a blessing for yourself”.
Hannah Jeffries - new youth worker appointment:
FSMC is delighted to have Hannah as our youth worker. If you have not taken the opportunity to read Hannah’s interview in the latest church magazine, please do. Her enthusiasm and joy is obvious. We all need to do what we can to support her in her appointment as youth worker at FSMC. That means we share in the work, not just leave it to her to get on with it as the ‘paid person’.
The following is an extract from the latest church magazine. The full interview can be read by opening the magazine pdf link.
In my new job as C&YP worker:
"I shall primarily be working with our amazing 8-16 year olds in our church and in our community, but hope to have opportunities to work with all the children, youth and their families too. After a lot of praying, reading and chatting with other Christians, both from Fore Street and other churches, I felt that God was really encouraging me to step out and apply. I am so delighted and feel so honoured to have been chosen to do His work in this role and am so excited to see how God moves over the next three years."
I’m really looking forward to:
"spending time building a God centred community with our young people; hanging out, eating cake, playing games and being there to help them grow their faith, understanding and relationship with Jesus."
Look out for the following activities for our young people coming soon:
Most of these will be starting afresh at some point this month. Please contact your leader for further information. Leaders, please be proactive in organising the venue, dates and content.
Details of how to contact the leaders can be found in the latest magazine, which is also downloadable from the FSMC website.
Church Calendar and other events
The website now has a calendar of events rather than weekly notices and diary dates. Take a look and see all that is happening. Please ensure you let me know in advance about any new events or changes to any details already posted.
There is so much to get involved with:
Ladies’ and men’s meetings
Youth work & Junior Church
Worship: leading, singing, playing, sound engineer
Bible reading at meetings
Serving refreshments and clearing up
Residential home services
FSMC Gospel Choir