Community Lives

When we read the Gospels we find that Jesus' ministry was 'filled with compassion' [Matthew 9:35–38] Following in His footsteps, Adventist Christians enjoy making a positive difference in their community. Here are just a few samples of what is happening around southern England...

‘HAVE YOURSELF A BLESSED LITTLE CHRISTMAS’

Story 1"My 'daughter', Sephina, who goes to this church, got me coming to these café nights quite recently", commented local resident, Marianne Wasser. "I've lived on the same street as this building for fifty years, I even knew it as a synagogue, and I've never stepped inside until a few months ago. I truly enjoy the music and company when I come and tonight was extra special."

The London Adventist Chorale captivated members and visitors alike with their distinctive renditions of well-known carols and Christmas songs at the Central London church's Christmas Dialogue Café, on Friday evening, 19 December.

"We aim for these evenings to be a chance for visitors to come, or for members to bring friends, to a place where they can learn about Jesus in a relaxed environment", shared Pastor Tap. "Tonight, we've seen new faces again, people passing by have visited and even people from the community that use the church during the week have come. They have felt something special and that makes it all count, they understood what it was all about." Click here to read more…

BLACK LIGHT PERFORMANCE TELLS REAL STORY OF CHRISTMAS

story 2Juggling black light 'toobies', live 'snow', puppets and precise gymnastic routines, Calmore community presented an astonishingly different take on the typical Christmas concert as they told the story of Jesus' birth, from the animals' perspectives!

Over 150 locals gathered at the Calmore Community Centre, in Totton, Southampton, on Saturday evening, 13 December, to watch the seasonal performance put on by children from the community and from the Watering Hole Adventist church plant. Organised by Pastor Rosemary Lethbridge, who had even roped her husband Gordon into  costume making, the evening went smoothly with even the artificial snow falling perfectly.

The evening was made up of a variety of acts on stage, on the gymnastic mats and in the puppet theatres. The story began with 'Bumblebee sheep', singing camels and acrobatic cows setting the scene for Jesus' birth. The artistic displays were interspersed with narration from Pastor Lethbridge, who focused on the biblical story. Click here to read more…

ADVENTIST HEALTH CHECK FOR ST ALBANS DEPUTY MAYOR

story 3Deputy Mayor of St Albans, Councillor Janet Churchard, visited St Albans Adventist church for their second Health Expo, on Sabbath, 22 November. She both encouraged the members to keep up their good work in the community and actively participated in the event by having her own health checked.

Despite the cold and wet weather, the church became a hive of activity. Those manning the stands welcomed many visitors from the surrounding area who wanted to test their blood pressure, lung capacity, cholesterol and carbon monoxide levels.

Organised by St Albans church pastor, Robin Lewis, and inspired by SEC Health Ministries director, Elsie Staple, the event aimed to make visitors more aware about their everyday health and diet. Each participant was provided with a computer analysis of their projected age, based on their overall test results, which they could use to compare to their actual age. Visitors were then given advice and encouragement on how to improve their levels. Click here to read more…

CHANGING LIVES IN DUNSTABLE COMMUNITY AT CHRISTMAS

story 4Twinkling lights, a faux fireplace and a four-course meal awaited 60 senior citizens, who were joined by the Mayor of Dunstable, for a special Christmas lunch. Organised by the Woodfield Green and Downside Residents' Association and Dunstable Adventist Community church, the afternoon was held at the Dunstable Community Centre, on Sunday, 7 December.

"It's such an important time of year to try and break down the isolation that some senior people are experiencing, even in their own homes", said Clive Bates, treasurer of the Residents' Association. "I think anything we can do to break down the barriers, to bring people into a venue where they can sit down to good food, have a laugh and meet local councillors is something great."

Every table expressed their enjoyment, not only of the delicious four-course meal, but also of the special entertainment throughout the afternoon. They were treated to soothing music from harpist Sujoya Bullock; lively songs by singer-guitarist Kirsty Young; and an enchanting performance from the centre's Performing Arts Club. Click here to read more…

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