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Archive for February, 2024

Counties IGNITE Magazine Spring 2024

Counties IGNITE Magazine

Nice to have articles in this edition (catch us on pages 8-9 & 14-15)



6-9 In the second part of our 125th anniversary celebrations, we take a look at Counties summer camps – past and present.

1O-13 Making Jesus Known Today and Tomorrow Spreading the Gospel in Twenty-first Century Britain. An excerpt from Paul Willmott’s chapter on Sharing the Gospel with Children.

14-17 Two Counties Evangelists share how their recent mission trip to Moldova informs their ministry here in the UK.

18-19 Jacob Newman, 19, also visited Moldova as part of TEAM (Counties gap year programme). He tells Ignite about the trip and his time on TEAM.

2O-23 “We are not separated by colour; we are joined in the Lord.”
Counties trainee evangelist, Cheryl Magowan, uses her experiences of ethnicity, as a Christian, to help show us we are all the body of Christ.

24-25 A new Neighbourhood Chaplain from Nigeria explains why the training is helping him to reach out in a predominately white neighbourhood.

26-27 At the start of every year, the Counties East Cluster gets together for 24 hours. It gathered at Arbury Chapel, Cambridge. Andy Mugford and Simon Ladd were there.

28-29 Counties Evangelist, Jonathan Brain and his wife Heather tell Ignite about their new house church and attending the M4 church planting programme.

3O-33 Welcome to an unlikely person in an unlikely place. Beverley Bedford explores the story of Jesus’ relationship with the woman at the well.

34 Evangelists

School Assemblies

Today at Speakers Corner!

Evangelism @ Speakers Corner

Evangelism @ Speakers Corner. Hyde Park. London.

“Don’t fight to be right, but fight when you are right” ― Amit Kalantri

Speakers Corner in London’s Hyde Park is the oldest free speech platform in the world. People won the right to speak in mass protests in the 1860s and early 1870s. Some people believe the tradition is connected to the right of the condemned to a last speech before being hung at the Tyburn gallows, a practice that stopped at the end of the 18th century. Every Sunday people from all sorts of convictions come to Hyde Park in the afternoon to spead their message or to have fun.

Preaching this morning at Velmore Church

Preaching this morning…

Date: 3rd March 2024
Time: 11.30am
Venue: Velmore Church. Chandler’s Ford. SO53 3GY.
Speaker: Gordon Curley
Subject: ‘Water for a thirsty woman’
Bible Reading: John chapter 4 verses 1-42

REAL LIVES: ‘I questioned everything I had grown up believing’ – Graham Albans

.REAL LIVES: ‘I questioned everything I had grown up believing’ – Graham Albans
(at the end of the interview a shgort talk by Gordon Curley – The Bible: 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 3-5)



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This Saturday Real Lives on YouTube

SATURDAY 24 February at 20:00.

Plase pray, I will be donig the short talk at the end of this interview!

Graham grew up in a Christian home, believed from an early age and went along to church. After university he joined the BBC and was married soon after. He soon found himself rising through the ranks, eventually became producer of the BBC2’s breakfast show working with Chris Evans and Zoe Ball. He loved the work but has moved on to other things now.

It was when expecting their first child that Graham hit a crisis in his life. He started to question everything that he had grown up believing.

Join Roger Carswell in conversation with Graham as he shares about growing up, life in the BBC and all that happened when he hit the crisis in his faith.

To watch:

What a great time at Hawthorne Court

Wow! What a great time at Hawthorne Court this morning. We had 8 residents (with only 1 asleep) and 2 members of staff, everyone really enetered into all that took place. The theme was Psalm 23 and I took along ‘Shaun the Sheep’ as a visual aid to help illustrate my talk. One of the residents came in with a stuffed dog, so we had some great banter between the two creatures and the listening to the talky bits was some of the best I have known at HC.

We also had some of the best singing from the residents that I can remember.

Hymn: The Lord is my Shepherd (traditional).
Sunday School song: Jesus love is very wonderful.
Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of mankind.

Please pray in the seed/word that was sown, may it bring to faith and comfort those who have faith in the Living God.

Hawthorne Court nursing home.

Monthly visit to Hawthorne Court nursing home. Southampton
It is good to be are able to hold a short Christian service for some of the patients. We enjoy a short catch-up time with our regulars who come along and also the members of staff who join in enthusiastically, especially when we teach an old Sunday School song.
Hawthorne Court specialises in dementia care.

Todays Theme: Palm 23

“Please can I have a Bible?”

The highlight of the day was a good chat with a Moroccan Moslem who had genuine questions and asked for a Bible which we were able to pass on to him.