Daily Prayer Vigil for COP26

Churches Together in Felixstowe is joining with Felixstowe Methodists in praying for the UN Climate Change Conference’s 26th Annual Summit in Glasgow between 31st October and 12th November. The UK, together with partners Italy, will host the event many believe to be the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control.  The local Methodist Churches will be holding daily prayers from 10am to Noon each day and everyone is welcome.

For more information on the Conference, please take a look at the official website https://ukcop26.org/

Please support Boost’s funding bid

Here’s a request for assistance from BOOST which those interested in it’s ministry may want to become involved in:

“At Boost  we have found our way through to the Persimmon Homes national Community Champions awards finals and so we want to get everyone voting as we are in with an opportunity of receiving £20,000, £50,000 or £100,000.  We are one of only 3 Suffolk finalists who are all in different categories of the awards.  So, we are asking every one we know to send the voting link to everyone they know friends, family, church family, work colleagues etc. anywhere in the world that you know anyone please ask them to vote.  You can vote once a day so, if you see posts on social media etc.  please keep voting, liking and sharing as you never know who will see it and three organisations have to win those prizes.  The funding will clearly support young people in our local school through the work of Chaplaincy that Josh is undertaking.”

Here is the link: https://bit.ly/3oGLC2Q . You’ll need to scroll down to the BOOST entry to vote.

Christ Church Online Parenting Classes – Babies Matter and Kids Matter

Christ Church are starting a couple of online parenting courses, the first beginning on 29th September which is for those expecting or who have babies in their first year. Details are below – please contact those running it as soon as possible if you are interested.

In November, there will be a course for those with children aged 2 to 10. Details are below.

News from Felixstowe Town Pastors

Liz Livey the FTP prayer encourager writes:

“Last year, due to Covid, Latitude was cancelled alongside other festivals. This greatly impacted many whose livelihoods depend on such events. Following an invite from Festival Republic, a team of 22 people were involved with the Latitude Festival Pastors this year. It was a busy time which commenced with our amazing set up team, who prepared the space for the Pastors to work from.

You may have heard something of our weekend on BBC Radio Suffolk’s Sarah Lilley show or the ‘shout out’ we had on Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday. Additionally, during the weekend, Festival Pastors had a visit from Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic with members of the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport to find out about the work of Festival Pastors at Latitude.

During their service over the weekend Festival Pastors assisted more than 700 people on their arrival to site with more than 100 other interventions where people needed assistance for a range of other issues. Individuals were helped with luggage, broken trolleys, erecting tents with some of the tent pegs and mallets we carry being required.

There was lost property, site patrols, many conversations, much listening, great interaction and collaboration with Festival Republic, stewards, taxi, and security teams… and so nice to meet up with old friends. The predicted storms over the site did not occur, and one team even reattached the wing of a fairy working in the arena!

In place of our café this year, we provided a prayer space with a Wall of Remembrance and Wall of Hope, as we considered what the last 17 months has wrought on our nation and the world. This offered a quiet peaceful place to pray, sit or reflect.

Hope cards were left in a basket; these had a blank space for prayer requests or thoughts on one side, perforated down the middle, and included a prayer to take away. A good number of Hope prayers were posted. Additionally, the Remembrance Wall was made up of hearts and flowers notes. Both walls were well used. People stayed to talk, relaxed on our two inflatable sofas, requested prayer for themselves and others. Prayers were for families, exam results, loved ones in hospital or dying, our planet, for mental health and wellbeing, for employment, families in crisis, loneliness, even praying with some couples soon to be married!

At the very heart of Town and Festival Pastors is prayer, and the intercessions of many in this nation and across the world, made a huge difference and brought immense encouragement to the whole team. We are so very grateful for your love, compassion and standing with us in prayer, without you it would not have been possible.”

Please pray for Felixstowe Town Pastors

Give thanks for a successful operation at Latitude.

For plans to restart in September at earlier hours on Saturday evenings.

For a new Co-ordinator (paid), and volunteer Town Pastors and prayer team members.