Mark Fairweather Tall

January 2013

15/02/2013 14:29

 

Launch of the IF campaign...

There is enough food in the world for everyone yet 1 in 8 go hungry. A new campaign was launched this week to seek change. A number of usfrom NCBC joined others to pledge their support in the city centre at Saturday lunchtime. You can read more about it here:

www.networknorwich.co.uk/Articles/341758/Network_Norwich_and_Norfolk/Regional_News/Anti_hunger_campaign_launched_in_Norwich.aspx

Baptists worshipping together...

We are looking at ways of working more closely with other Baptists in Norwich. On Sunday evening NCBC, Witard Road, Silver Road and Costessey met together for the first of four joint evening services. During an informal service we explored something of what it means to be together. The evening included discussion, interactive prayers and sung worship. Here are a couple of pictures...

 

Leaders Away Day

Once again the deacons and elders of NCBC went away for an over night retreat. It is great to spend time together and have the opportunity to get to know each other better, worship God and discuss things at greater leisure than time usually allows. 

 

 

 

   Some of the leaders out for a walk before breakfast

 

Lots of snow...

Various meetings have been cancelled due to the snow - over the weekend of 19th-20th January, three meetings were cancelled and am evening church service. However, such time was not wasted - it was an opportunity to introduce Grace to the delights of sledging!!

 

 

Saying goodbye to two faithful servants...

Ron Luland died in the middle of January. A retired Baptist Minister, I always loved chatting to Ron. He was encouraging to me personally and full of Holy Spirit wisdom, so that when I finsihed visiting him, I wondered if I hadn't gained far more than he had from the time we spent together. The last years of his life were hard as he was bed-ridden and couldn't speak much but one thing I will always remember: There was a time when he was hardly able to say a word to me during the visit. Then I prayed with him and as I said "Amen", there was an "AMEN" in response that would have been enthusiastic for a fully fit person. On the penultimate time I visited him, he had not been able to speak at all - until the moment when his wife, Cathy, and I were talking about baptism and testimony. Suddenly Ron's eyes opened and he was able to say some words. Ron was a true man of faith. 

 

Marjorie Peacock died towards the end of December, aged 95. She was one of those lovely people to visit who, in spite of being housebound, always took an interest in everything that was going on elsewhere: "How is everything at Chapel?" "How is your daughter?" were just two of the questions she would regularly ask. She didn't complain, even when ill health severely hampered her. She was strong in her faith and loved me to pray and read the Bible to her. 

 

Both of these people will be greatly missed but we hold out the great Christian hope that nothing, even death, can ever separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

 

 

There's another one on the way...

Jenny and I were delighted to announce in December that we are expecting another child in the middle of June...

Photo: Announcing a new arrival - expected mid-June

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