Knowing, Growing and Showing the Love of God

Christmas 2011


In this edition of Triangle

Farewell to Madeley

st century facilities into an historic building has meant that the church can offer excellent accommodation to worshippers and different groups in the community. It has been a great privilege for us to have been personally involved as that major work was carried out on an important Thomas Telford church. So - we are grateful to God for the improvements that have come to this part of Shropshire and will look forward to hearing news of future developments.

It has also been a privilege for me to work with great colleagues and church members over these years. Living and working here has without doubt been the most enjoyable and rewarding period of time in my work as a minister. I am very fortunate that this high point for me has come as I now draw stumps as an incumbent.

We thank God for his faithfulness in providing exactly what we need when we need it. This is a certainty about the Christian life which gives us security, hope and joy. At Christmas time we   remember that this is supremely true in that Jesus came into the world to be our Saviour. Individually, as a family, and in the  widest context our need to be saved is fundamental. As always, God provides the means for this to be and to enable us to come to him. Allelujah!

 

Rev.Henry Morris

December 2011

 

We wish Henry and Janet

a long and happy retirement

 

Pause for Thought

A Letter from Abu Dhabi

Dear brothers and sisters,

It has been an incredible month. It started with a trip to Doha where I had been invited to speak at the Doha International Interfaith  conference. The theme was on Social Media and its use for building bridges. I shared a stage with the famous civil rights campaigner from the USA the Rev Jesse Jackson. As a guest of the Qatari government I was flown first class and put in a huge room at the Sheraton. The next few days were spent in the company of  leading Jewish, Islamic and Christian scholars as they spoke from the platform. The networking opportunity was incredible. I spent most of the time wondering what on earth I was doing there!          
Then on return to the UAE, I had a surreal intimate state dinner with the Minister of State of the country and a group of business men and was asked to give a report on culture and religion to him and a member of the British Parliament. This was done in the  context of butlers serving a five course meal in the unbelievable grandeur of the Emirates Palace 7 star hotel.         

The most exciting news for me though is the launch of my new book on the History of Christianity in the UAE. It will be hosted by the British Ambassador, and a member of the British Royal Family will be speaking at the launch with members of the Arab royal family in attendance. Wow!!! The book will allow the Anglican church an unprecedented platform for ecumenical and interfaith ministry in the UAE. The mood here is that dialogue and bridge building is an essential activity during the turbulence in the region caused by the Arab Spring. While the UAE itself is calm the surrounding nations are seeing huge disturbances.

Pray for the Church to be in a place of dialogue with her neighbours as we walk together through days of uncertainty.

On the family front we are all well. The kids are thriving at school and Navina presses on with her studies. 
Thank you for your prayers. We really covet them. There is a real sense of God's favour resting on us as a family and we are awed and excited by the ride. 

Historical Research Item 5

Pantomania

A Vision for St Michael's

From an "Outsider"

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Shoebox Update

Thank you to all who have contributed  in any way to the shoebox appeal (operation Christmas Child). Over 8600 boxes will be leaving Telford on Thursday 1st December. This is a fantastic achievement-the most we have collected in this area. The shoeboxes will go by lorry all the way to Kosovo taking approximately 6 days. When the lorry arrives there will be distributors with a list ready to hand out your boxes to children who have never had a present. Well done to everyone. A big thank you from all at the warehouse.

(A huge thank you to all at the warehouse who have packed the boxes and have given so freely of their time-Ed)

 

Dates for the Diary

Sat 7th Jan

9.30am

Men's Breakfast at The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 21st Jan

8am

Ladies Prayer Breakfast

Sat 21st Jan

10.30am

 

Attic Sale

 

Sat 21st Jan

7pm

Annual Church Quiz Night

Sat 4th Feb

9.30am

Men's Breakfast at The Brewery, Coalport

Thu, Fri, Sat

9th, 10th, 11th

Feb

7.30pm

Panto Mania (see separete article)

 

Sat 18th Feb

8am

Ladies Prayer Breakfast

Sat 3rd Mar

9.30am

Men's Breakfast at The Brewery, Coalport

St Michael's Fellowship Programme of Events

 Feb-Apr 2012

13th Feb

Henry and Janet's Farewell Tea

27th Feb

Beetle Drive

14th Mar

An afternoon with Pam and Joyce

26th Mar

Easter meeting

Christmas Thoughts

Christmas-that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance-a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.

Augusta E. Rundel

 

***Love came down at Christmas***

 

Christmas is not as much about opening presents as opening  our hearts

Janice Maeditere

Happy Christmas from the editorial team

May your hearts be open to Jesus this Christmas

 

Christmas Challenge

Thank you

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