9th October 2012

Expect and attempt great things!

What a great time we had on Sunday! The total for the Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving now stands at £97,000, someone responded to the gospel at our morning meeting, one of our Community Groups (Chillz) won an award from the local Council, and we had an excellent time with Dave Holden in the evening. I was pleased that we could pray for Dave and all he's involved with in the UK, as well as France and Holland. It's good to be connecting with someone who has a heart for the nations and the local church.

You also demonstrated incredible generosity in the morning, giving sacrificially and in faith, not necessarily certain of where the money will come from. It is a challenging, but exciting season... I'm looking forward to seeing where we finish after this Sunday.

William Carey, a pioneer missionary to India, once said, "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for Him." William did that and at much personal cost – he pioneered missionary work, he translated the Bible into many local dialects, set up a printing press, and paved the way for many to follow in his lifetime.

In some small ways, we're doing the same for our communities, Hastings and Rother, as we look to grow Sunday mornings and build a facility that will be such a blessing to the church and those around us. God has always looked for a people who respond in faith and obedience.

We have already made such progress over the last 12 months and God is blessing us in so many ways. This Sunday is an opportunity for us to expect great things from God – but also to attempt great things for him, making a difference not only for this generation, but ones yet to come. Please come this Sunday ready to play your part.

Readings: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Question: Are you seeking God about how you can play your part in this Season?
Next prayer meetings: Today at 12.30pm and Thursday at 7.30pm, both at THC

Paul Mann

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16th October 2011

Picturing the future

I find it hard to get excited about buildings. I lack the imagination required to look at an architect's plans and be able to picture what the building will actually look like once it's finished. Don't get me wrong – I'm pleased we're going to make more space for our children's work, I really like the idea of a coffee shop in the building and I think it's exciting that we're preparing for 600 here on Sunday mornings. And that is what has most motivated me to pray, fast and give during this season – not the building itself, but the anticipation of growth.

There are 203,000 people in Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill, Battle and Rye. At least 190,000 of them don't attend church. Over 55,000 are under 25. Among the 87,000 from Hastings & St Leonards, 24% of adults are claiming a key benefit and almost 6,000 have no qualifications at all; 29% of children live below the poverty line; 28% of local 11-year-olds haven't reached the expected reading level; and there are over a thousand unemployed 18- to 24-year-olds.

While building blueprints don't inspire my imagination, the bleak picture painted by these statistics sure does! As we reach out to those in our town and the surrounding areas – whether it's through Community Groups, a project serving the poor or any other means – we're believing God for growth because it's what He has promised to do, both in His Word and through the prophetic.

I may not be able to picture what this building will look like a year from now, but I can imagine story after story of transformed lives as we take the gospel out in word and deed. And that makes me want to pray more, fast more and give more.

Reading: 1 Peter 2:9-12
Next Prayer Meeting: Today at 7am (all welcome)
Tonight at 6pm we will announce on this blog how much has been pledged during the Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving

Natalie Williams

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