(Text by Tearfund)
Food shortages have now become critical in East Africa – 16 million people are in urgent need of food and safe water.
Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan, and Somalia is likely to experience famine this year. Parts of Kenya and Ethiopia are rapidly heading towards crisis stage.
Extreme drought conditions, often worsened by conflict, have left millions on the brink of starvation and it will only get worse if we don’t act quickly.
Tearfund are providing malnutrition treatment for approximately 50,000 mothers and children in South Sudan, as well as food support and clean water to thousands of others in South Sudan and Somaliland. Our teams in Ethiopia and Kenya have been helping communities cope better with the challenges of drought and have plans to respond to this crisis as soon as funding is available.
Tearfund has launched an immediate response to do more and we’re part of the national DEC appeal, an initiative that brings together 13 leading UK charities in times of crisis.
Please give and pray now for people suffering in East Africa.
We are delighted to announce the launch of St Hild College - a new Theological College in the North for the North. Matthew, our Vicar, is on the board of this new missional institution and Greg is on the associate faculty as a lecturer in mission and apologetics in contemporary culture. Both are excited about its potential in serving God's transformation of the North.
St Hild College will train Anglican ordinands, Baptist ministers in training and independent students. The new college has been created by the merger of the Yorkshire Ministry Course (YMC) and St Barnabas Theological Centre and will operate with teaching centres in Mirfield, Sheffield and York. Rt Rev Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster, Chair of Trustees for the new college, comments: “I feel that St Hild College will be a powerhouse for theological education, and one that holds the confidence of the church.”
Mark Powley, Principal of St Hild College, leads a team of 11 staff plus a wide associate faculty team. Across its three sites, St Hild College trains over 100 students including ordinands from York, Leeds, Sheffield, Leicester, Derby, Manchester and Southwell & Nottingham dioceses.
For more details visit sthild.org
Catch-up on the services when all congregations and Belfrey groups met together to encounter God.
Thursday, 19th January 2017
Thursday, 26th January 2017
This is a significant time for our church to join together in prayer for the year ahead and for our city and region. We are praying that this would be a powerful time of encounter for each one of us.
The purpose of fasting is to draw us closer to God; readjusting our priorities to focus soley on Him. The Bible tells us that man cannot live on bread alone, this is a chance for us to come before God - offering our lives to Him afresh.
We are suggesting three different ways to fast over these 21 days.
1. Daniel Fast
This is a specific diet of fruit and vegetables, inspired by Daniel 10:2-3.
If you are unfamiliar with this type of fast, this website is a good place to start http://daniel-fast.com/
Planning in advance can be very helpful for this type of fast. This suggested list of foods is useful daniel-fast.com/pdf/df-brochure.pdf
2. Partial Fast
This can be an alternative way fasting if 21 days seems overly daunting. This can be adapted to suit your particular situation, however the simplest form would be to replace one meal a day with a time of prayer - lunchtime is often a good time for this.
3. Simplicity Fast
If you have never fasted before, or if it is not possible for you to fast food, fasting social media, tv or something similar is an excellent alternative. Over 21 days this could have an enormous impact.
St Michael le Belfrey
For all congregations and Belfrey groups to encounter God together
Thursday 12th, 19th, 26th January, 7:30-9:30pm
- This an opportunity each week for us to gather together as a church. Matthew will be bringing a message to us on encounter, and there will then be opportunities to share and pray together in our Belfrey groups.
St Cuthbert's House of Prayer
A time of worship and prayer for encounter
Monday 9th, 23rd January, 7-9pm
- The House of Prayer team will be leading a time of seeking encounter. We will have heartfelt worship, contending for the city and space to wait and listen to God.
Alongside this our regular rhythm of worship and prayer will continue to run