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.

CTF Community Prayers August 2021

We welcomed Steve Lineham to lead prayers for our local Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre this month. Rick Taylor was unable to come as he was visiting a client – such is the demand now for local CAP services. Here are Steve’s slides, which gave us background information to pray for as well as items for prayer. Please feel free to share them in your churches, prayer groups and house groups and use them in private prayer. We start with a video which we hope will encourage and inspire you. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for news of prayers in September.

First of all, let’s give thanks for what CAP is doing nationally and inform ourselves of some of the causes and impacts of poverty on people’s lives. We thank God for the lives that are being changed as a result of CAP’s work.

This is what Felixstowe CAP Debt Centre is involved with at the moment.

Please pray for the following people and needs:

Please pray too for CAP Headquarters as it moves forwards.

If you would like to contact CAP then call 0800 328 0006

June Community Prayers

A big “thank you” to Sheila Taylor for leading us in our prayers for Hope Trust on Monday 21st June. If you missed it, here are the prayer points they gave us. Please feel free to support this great ministry and pray them through for yourself or use them at your church prayer meetings, services or groups.

Food For All 2021

Over the past couple of summer holidays some of our local cafes ,charities and churches have provided free meals for families, particularly those who find the long school holidays difficult on limited incomes. Here’s the details for this year. Everything listed is available to all, no questions asked.