November Messenger

Remembering and Thanksgiving

A Service of Remembering and Thanksgiving for the lives of those we love but see no longer

Prayers – readings – hymns – lighting candles 

A quiet and gentle service of remembering on Sunday 5th November at 3pm. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards.

Requiem Eucharist for All Souls

Prayers for those who have died in the context of a service of Holy Communion.

Friday 3rd November at 9.30am

If you would like the names of family or friends to be read out at this service, please write them on the list in church.

Stories of Christmas – a short course for Advent

Thursday evenings – 30 November, 7 December, 14 December;   all at 7.30pm in the Upper Room at the Vicarage

Fr Paul will lead an exploration and discussion of the stories and traditions around the birth of Christ in the scriptures and other early Christian documents.

Everyone is welcome - come with questions and open minds!


John Lobei

During August, Catherina Griffiths, Jane Jarvis, Jane and I visited Kenya to stay with our friends Winnie and Benson Munene in their home in Kabare, Kirinyaga Diocese. Winnie teaches at the theological college in Kabare and she taught John Lobei in the final year of his studies there. John was a student who we supported through our stewardship giving, via the charity Crosslinks who provided John with a bursary through their BEST scheme. When Winnie knew we were visiting she made contact with John and arranged for us to visit Isiolo, close to John’s home town where we were able to meet with John at the Anglican Development Services centre where John assists at the local church. Due to issues beyond his control John is still waiting to be ordained by his bishop. He works in a pharmacy in Isiolo and assists the local vicar. John lives in a village about 5km from Isiolo and walks to and from work every day and to the church at weekends. John’s desire when ordained is to serve in his local community where, although many are christian, many follow what John described as the African Tradition which a mix of initiations and ceremonies evolved over many years.

It was a wonderful opportunity to meet someone we had supported as a church in their home community and John expressed his gratitude to the people of St Neots for their support and prayers. On our final morning in Isiolo John joined us at the ADS centre for breakfast and we were able to drop him off at the pharmacy for work, where he took us in to show us the pharmacy. Not only were there medicines for humans but they also stocked veterinary medicines.

David Gill


From our mission partner, Equipo Impacto

We want to thank all of you who have been praying for us during the recent days while hurricane Irma was hitting Cuba. It has been quite a week for us and we are still we are experiencing the impact of that huge hurricane.

By God’s grace, we are safe and sound, as are the rest of the members of Nueva Vida Baptist Church and the Equipo Impacto network. At the same time, the area where we live and have our church, the Nuevo Vedado area in Havana, was one of the areas that got significant damage, primarily from the winds destroying trees and severely damaging the city power system. Even now, we are still without power. Most of the residents in the area have lost the food they had in their refrigerators - an expensive blow in a poor country. Likewise, the weather in Cuba is very hot (well into the 30s every day), so sleeping at night is almost impossible without air conditioning or a fan. And of course, it’s also difficult to work under these circumstances. There is a lot of emotional pain and hurt as so many people have lost so much. It is a time for pastors to really step up for their people.

Because of the hurricanes, we did have to reschedule one of the workshops we had planned for September in Holguin. If rebuilding stays on schedule, we hope it will take place from 2 -4 November this year. At the moment, I am writing this from Santiago de Cuba, where Dr. Juan Sanchez and I are teaching a class to the first year students of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. As for the rest of autumn, we are planning our major, triennial National Conference, COBIME 2018. At it, we will once again gather pastors from all around the island for three days to equip and encourage them to continue doing the central task of ‘preaching the word.

Prayer Requests:

1. For the full recovery of the electric and water supplies.

2. For protection against epidemic diseases

3. For food in weeks and months to come.

4. For the full recovery of the biggest economic source of Cuba, the key resorts.

5. For compassion and wisdom to help our people as needed.

Many thanks for your prayers and support!


Growing As A  Disciple


I expect some of you will have seen the information that was on display in church for the course put together and advocated by the diocese, called


Growing As A Disciple

It is a 10 week course, and although it was originally advertised as a course for ALMs or those hoping to become ALMs, it is equally interesting and thought-provoking for anyone who would like to know more about the Bible and its message for us today.

With Revd. Jes Salt, vicar at Buckden, I am co-leading the course currently running on Wednesday mornings in the church there, and we can hardly believe that we are already over halfway through. Numbers are limited and we are at full capacity, with almost everyone members of the Buckden congregation. There is one representative from our church, too, and I am sure he would agree that many more of our members would find it a really good time for discussion and Bible study, for prayer and worship , for friendship and  fellowship.

Each session follows a similar pattern. After opening with the course prayer, there is a time for discussion led by the ‘facilitators’, and then breaking into two groups for Bible study, coming back together to talk about any issues raised from the study, finishing with a  short time of worship before we go our  separate ways.

The  course booklet gives a lot of interesting information, including some tasks to be looked at during the week at home if you have time. (It seems that people are so keen once the course is underway that everyone finds or makes time to do the suggested reading)

Jes and I are looking at running the course again in the new year, here in St. Neots, in the hope that some will be interested in joining us. It is surprising how many people from the churches in our deanery and beyond have already followed the course, but none from SNPC until this time. A 10 week commitment seems a lot, but we are realistic and understand that there will be some weeks when not everyone will be able to be there.

If you are interested, please speak to me and I will give you more information.

Ann Williams









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