Sunday, November 19, 2006

Two Days in Scotland

I flew up to Motherwell, Scotland to speak at the Celebration of Ivan and Margaret Pott's 40 years in ministry. The following day was spent with Kevin and Margaret Peat (pictured) and to minister to Elim leaders at the Scottish Regional Day held in Falkirk. Kevin is a member of Elim's National Leadership Team and Margaret is one of the leaders of Elim's womens ministry, "Aspire". The comittment of Scottish leaders to Regional events has always been phenominal and on the day there were several who had travelled hundreds of miles in order to attend. Kevin designed the time together with a perfect balance of teaching, encouragement, testimony and worship.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Special day at Wallasey

One of the best parts of ministering in our churches is spending time with our pastors and their families. I get to meet some tremendous people and the Clark family is no exception. Pictured here are Mel and Ruth with their three fantastic daughters (left to right) Danielle, Aimee and Hannah.

The morning service was with the Oasis church in Wallasey and the evening consisted of three churches coming together as the leaders of the local Kings church and Wirral Christian Centre attended together with their respective congregations. The Wallsey church was packed to capacity. WCC is pastored by Paul Epton who served with distinction as Elims Director of Evangelism for many years.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Irish Ordination Service

I have already mentioned the service in a previous blog and a fuller report will appear in a future edition of Direction. The top photo shows the ordinands and their wives together with Eric and Ruth McComb and Marilyn and myself. The second photoi is of the ordinands confirming their ordination pledge to a packed church.
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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Regents Theological College Graduation

Nigel Tween, Director of Training , opened the Graduation service at St Mary's Nantwhich at which 43 students received their degrees.
The mayor and mayoress of Nantwhich were present for the first PhD award which was presented to Marijke Hock
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Elim Church - Keynsham

I am sometimes asked if I miss pastoral life in the local church. If there was an aspect that is not usually possible in the role that I currently fulfil it is the continuity of preparing a weekly Bible study. It was therefore a particular joy to commence a three- part series in Keynsham - an excellent church pastored by the founding minister Des Morton

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Elim Church - Yate

Pictured here are Paul and Miriam James and the leaders of the Yate Elim Church at the dedication of the new church complex. A full article and further photos will appear in a forthcoming edition of Direction magazine Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 06, 2006

Oasis - the Venue - Portsmouth

Pictured here at the cutting of the ribbon on the new conference facility are Pastor Stephen Potter with his wife Marie and Pastor Andre Cowdery. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Great day at St. Helens

From Portsmouth on the south coast I travelled to St. Helens in the North West. I always find an openness to ministry at all of our churches but the morning service at St. Helens was something special. The sense of the presence of God from the start of the service was evident and there was a tremendous oppenness to the preaching . At the close of the service senior pastor Phillip Fell took me on a tour of the major extensions to the church facilities that are due to be completed in the next eight weeks.

Portsmouth Grand Opening

It was great to "Cut the tape" at the opening of the excellent new facilties at Portsmouth. "Oasis - the Venue", as the church is now called, has now completed stage two of a three stage plan. Stephen Potter paid tribute to the key role that his wife Marie has made to the process that now gives the church a conference area. This Fellowship situated at the heart of the cirty will now extend its already effective influence and care for the community it seeks to serve.

Irish Ordination Service

The newly extended Ballymena Elim church was packed to capacity to witness five of our pastors being ordained. The meeting was convened by Eric McComb the Irish Superintendent and I had the priviledge of ministering at the service. (I hope to post photos of the service shortly)