We were pleased to welcome Jake Pass who is the interim Mission To Seafarers Chaplain for Felixstowe & the Haven Ports until a new Chaplain is appointed later in the year. He is also an ordinand with the Church of England, based in Cambridge but prior to that was a Chaplain in MTS in a number of locations, most recently in Hull, where he swapped with Father Herbert Fadriquela last year. For those of you who missed this interesting and informative session here is a video he made for Sea Sunday in 2017 which tells us more of the work of MTS.
Jake gave us a series of prayer points and we reproduce them here so that you may use them in prayer meetings Sunday services and home groups.
Besides a new MTS Chaipain, one of the big changes in Felixstowe will be a takeover of management of the Seafarers Centre by Queen Victoria’s Seaman’s Rest, a Methodist charity committed to ecumenical working with other agencies. Please pray that this change will proceed smoothly and that work amongst seafarers will be blessed by the move.
As a bonus, we’ve added this little video which was produced last year that gives us a little more insight into global work amongst seafarers by a number of mission organisations.
This year’s Week of Prayer is going to be held in Felixstowe from 17th -25th January. The overall international theme has been chosen by Christians from the Middle East and we shall be posting daily devotions from Tuesday 18th on our Facebook Page.
Our Community Prayers on Monday 17th will be led by John Gillett of Open Doors who will give a picture of what life is like for many Christians in the Middle East and tell us about the work of Open Doors and its partners in various locations. It will be on Zoom on our usual third Monday of the month.
As in previous years, we plan to hold a Pilgrimage to many of our churches, taking to opportunity to pray outside at each location we visit. We are planning holding this event as it is an outdoors, but this may be subject to change. Please monitor social media and this web page for possible changes before 22nd.
Unfortunately our keynote event of the week, the United service, had to be changed from a face to face service to a live broadcast on YouTube as had been the cast for of our major services in the last 18 months. Details are below. Connection information will be circulated shortly.
Please note that this service will be signed for the deaf and hearing impaired. There will also be a social time on Zoom after the service – details on the advert above.
As in previous years we shall be producing the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s daily devotions on ourFacebook page from Tuesday 18th to Tuesday 25th. They have been produced by Christians in the Middle East. Please use them in your personal devotions or at church prayer times. The complete set can be downloaded and printed below:
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/