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You can’t miss us!

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You can’t miss us!

If you have ever tried to visit us at Grace Baptist in Southport, you may well have been one of the many who struggled to find the entrance to our church building. Well, you can’t miss us now! We have just had a new sign installed, huge letters with the word GRACE, right above our front door. If you now drive up Market Street, there we are, just under Grace.

And something else you might have missed recently, amid all the busyness and rush of the season, is this: what is Christmas really about? It’s great for those who can spend time with family, enjoying games with the children, catching up with friends and relatives. But the real point is this: that God loves us so much, that he sent his only Son into our world to be our Saviour. That’s what Christmas is all about – God’s love for you.

So, if you have missed the reality of Christmas, look to Jesus, not as part of the nativity scene, but as your Saviour.

And if you have ever missed us at Grace, just look now for the big sign above our door.

You can’t miss us!

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Christmas at Grace

We welcome you to Christmas at Grace!

We are holding three main services during this years’ festive season.


  Family Carol Service

Sunday 15 December, 10.30am

Including songs & readings from the children.


Traditional Carol Service

Sunday 22 December, 6.15pm

With carols (old & new) & Bible readings from the Christmas story.

Mince pies & hot drinks.


 Christmas Morning Service

Christmas Day, 11.00am

A short all-age service to thank God for his kindness to us.


 

Please do join us at any or all of our services, as we remember the sending of God’s only Son, who ‘dwelt among us’. For more details about our services, or about our church, send us a message here, or telephone 01704-531751.


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Ladies Christmas Craft Evening

Join us on Tuesday 26 November for an evening of Christmas craft making. Share ideas, learn from those who have done it before, and make your Christmas decorations and gifts just a little bit more personal.

We meet at 7.30pm in the Grace Centre, found on the right-hand side (as you drive) of Princes Street, Southport. Our post-code is PR8 1EG; on-street parking is available for free at that time of the evening.

Places at the evening are limited, so if you would like to attend, please add your name to the list in the church foyer, or telephone Jo on 07752-249742.

 

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Missionary Weekend 2013

Mission imagePlease join us for our annual Missionary Weekend, 16th-17th November, when we spend time with each other and with our missionaries, as we learn more about their work telling the world about Jesus.

We begin on Saturday at 10.00am with an fascinating morning of discovery, listening to four speakers telling us about God’s work.


 

Please Note: Princes Street and Market Street outside Grace are due to be closed to traffic all day on Saturday, due to nearby building works. Parking is available on Portland St, Talbot St and King St, Part St and Duke St. There are two Pay&Display car parks on Tulketh St, as well as an NCP Multi-story car park. For more details of nearby car parks, click on this website: Parkopedia. (This website also offers an app called ‘AA Parking’ for IOS, Android, Windows and Nokia phones.)

Saturday

 

10.00am – Coffee

10.30am – Speakers:rJohnMcDonald

Andrzej Kempczynski from Legionowo, Poland

John McDonald, Retired Mission Coordinator, GBM

El Hicham, UFM Missionary working amongst ethnic minorities in France

Daryl Jones, GBM Mission Coordinator

Our morning’s conference will be followed by a hot lunch, to which everyone is invited to enjoy across the road in the Grace Centre.


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10.30am: Morning Service:

Our Missionary Weekend continues on Sunday morning, with a mission report by Maciek and Mary Stolarski from GBM Literature, followed by our preacher for the morning, John McDonald.

6.15pm: Evening Service:

Then on Sunday evening, we are very much looking forward to speaking directly to our friend Anthony Green in the church in Arequippa, Peru. This will be followed by a message by El Hicham.


 

We are very grateful to all our visiting speakers for the weekend, and would encourage you to join us, and be encouraged in the work of the Lord.

For directions to Grace Baptist Southport, just follow this link, HERE, where you will find a map and specific information.


 

Heart for Mission, from Grace Baptist Mission.

 


 

 

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Christian Institute National Tour

On Wednesday 13th November, instead of our normal Prayer Meeting and Bible Study, Grace Baptist Southport will be hosting the Christian Institute’s National Tour: From This Day Forward.

The evening will give information, encouragement and practical help as we seek the Lord’s help to live for Him in an ever more difficult world.

Please join us in our main church building on Princes Street, Southport, beginning at 7.30pm.

For sat nav purposes, our address is:

Grace Baptist Church,
Princes Street
Southport
PR8 1EG

For more details, contact the church office on 01704-531751. To find detailed directions, click HERE.

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Fireworks Tonight!

Its Fireworks tonight! Our Friday clubs are combining for fireworks tonight. Please join us at 5.30pm at The Manse on Part Street. Remember to wrap up warm!

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Grace Youth Events

Half-term holidays are over, so our Friday Youth Clubs and Thursday Footprints are back to normal this week. So just to remind you: Footprints in on Thursday at 10.00am, and on Friday, we have Five Alive at 5.15pm, Friday Club at 6.15pm, and FOY is meeting at 6.30pm this week. For more details, call the church office on 531751.

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Arequippa News July 2013

He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” (1 Kings 18: 43,44)

 


 

Much More To Come

There was no mercy for the prophets of Baal, the cancer mercilessly cut out from the body politic in a day; nothing spared. But there was no going up to Carmel until that merciless work was fully completed. The principle is clear for us too see: sin must be dealt with before grace can rain down from above. With the evil removed the way was opened for blessing.

We remember the glorious truth that a crucified, resurrected and reigning Christ has sent the promised Holy Spirit to gather his elect from the four corners of the earth. Elijah´s servant looking toward the sea said “there is nothing”, but the three and a half year drought had to give way to an abundant outpouring. Praise God we can and must come before the Lord with the same confidence and assurance as Elijah, to persevere in prayer. Sin and evil has been atoned for and removed.

We may also look sometimes at the work and think “there is nothing” but faith perceives and perseveres until the promised blessing is poured out upon his people. Satan would also whisper to us “there is nothing”. But a cloud as small as a man´s hand is seen rising from the sea, and Elijah knew there was much more to come!

Can we say and pray with the same confidence, that there is so much more to come regarding God´s Kingdom?

 


 

Family Disintegration

A recent article in our local paper stated that sexual abuse towards children and teenagers had increased by 40% over the last year, and that violence towards women had also increased significantly. With us working predominantly among the poorer class of society the fractured nature of family life is also reflected in the church. However, the Gospel can reach those affected by such trauma. For example a lady who attended this years camp for the first time, with her husband and young child, recently asked to speak with Ronny and myself after the service, together with her husband. Well, a man who we thought was her husband! It had come to her knowledge that he was in fact still legally married to another woman!

There are many other sad issues that I cannot relate here, but suffice to say that we were confronted with something that is a common occurrence here, and as the worldly vernacular would say, “shacking up together” without any sense of commitment, especially from the male gender. I can think of 5 women who attend the church who are in relationships where they receive no support from their spouses. Also in other families the only word that would describe their homes would be ‘fractious’. One lady called Gladys, who attends the Sunday services in Villa Magisterial shared with Roxy that her partner had recently left her. She has two children and in desperate need of an operation to save the sight in one of her eyes. Another lady in VM called Angela, whose children attend the children´s club on a Friday, works all the hours she can to support her children. Her partner recently came out of prison due to the violence she suffered at his hands.

Of course of ourselves we cannot mend such brokenness nor can we change the circumstances of their bad choices and decisions, but we do know that real change can only come through the powerful work of the Holy Spirit through the new birth. Nothing but a new heart can bring about conclusive change, transforming people´s lives. Pray with us that the Lord will be gracious and bring about this miracle of grace, which alone can bring salvation, and transform many of these families.

 


 

The Regular Ministry

Simon Bolivar, San Pedro, Villa Magisterial

We are encouraged by seeing new faces in all the areas where we are serving the Lord, but the great need is for a spiritual stirring among the unsaved.

Please pray for Davíd & his family. A month ago he left the church seemingly through conviction but has recently returned! He has even asked for baptism! Ronny knows the family and will be meeting with them on a regular basis. He is an engineer who works at a local mine, and would be the only sizeable “earner” among us. They helped recently with preparing the food for the anniversary service, which was a real encouragement.

Lucía is a lady who seems near to the kingdom. She was near death after an unsuccessful operation, but thankfully came through and has expressed her desire to serve the Lord. Her husband is a drinker, who spends more time with his worldly pals! Pray that these individuals will come right through to a full knowledge of God´s call to salvation in Christ. At Villa Magisterial we have a number who are regular on a Sunday. Recently a couple of the ladies have come with their husbands to the main service on a Sunday afternoon; Patti & René: Mari Luz & Owen. Pray for these couples and the others who attend, that the Lord will save married couples and that we may soon have a group of believers there to be a living witness in the community. Ronny leads a Bible study on Thursday, in the local community centre in San Pedro, with a number of members of the church who live in the village.

Pray also that the Lord will prosper all the ministry to the Glory of God. Pray for all the evangelism, and for the various children´s meetings in all these areas. How we need to see a new generation with biblical principles instilled in them, by the Spirit, from a young age.

 


 

Dust clouds and Gales!

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Dust clouds, gales & rain! Never seen rain in June, and never seen gales in Peru! But have them we did, which made for a most unusual day! Roxy was in a panic, and all I could say was, “Call this a gale; you want to live in England!” I was a real calming influence! Then came a power cut; total darkness and me fumbling around to find the torch; now i´m worried about her blood pressure! I slept like a log through the whistling and sound of flying debris, while Roxy was up and down like a yo-yo (so she told me)! Flights were cancelled and Melly enjoyed a day off school!

 


 

Comings and Goings

We would value prayer for the visits to us over the next few months. Fiona Cary from the church in Formby, Merseyside, will be staying with us for a number of weeks. She will be helping Megan Addison in the orphanage and also assisting us in the children´s ministry, in all areas. Trevor Condy from our home church in Southport and David Rivero from the church in Madrid will, DV, be visiting us in September. Pray that their ministry to the church will be fruitful, and that they also may be blessed and encouraged by being with us.

I also need to travel to Lima a couple of times to change the category of my visa, due to the uncertainty regarding religious visas. Being married to a Peruvian I have the option of changing this status to that of a family resident. Pray that the whole process will go ahead without any problems. Pray that I will have a good dose of heavenly patience! I still find it hard to bear incompetence and irrationality in many of these matters. You can fulfill all the criteria that they ask for on the website, and then when you get there, they make others up! It often boils down to the individual person. Pray I may get a nice one!!

We take the opportunity to give thanks to the Lord for your support and prayers for us in the work here in Arequipa. May the Lord be pleased to extend his kingdom among us all to the glory of His name.

Holiday Bible Club

Mission Rescue!

Its Spring Half Term, so it must be Holiday Bible Club at Grace!

This year, send your kids to ‘Mission Rescue’ – four mornings of fun-filled activities during the half-term holiday. Designed for primary school ages from Reception up to Year 6, our free club offers games, crafts, stories and so much more. Have a read of our advertising leaflet below for more details.

For directions, click Here. To contact us for more information, click Here.


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Young Life Speakout Weekend 2013

Our Easter weekend at Grace was a busy one, with our evening service on Thursday, the Good Friday morning service, and a church walk on Easter Monday, all in addition  to our normal events. But as well as all that, we were delighted that the youth group, Young Life, were once again with us for their annual Speakout. The following is a report on their activities, written by one of the Young Life members:

 


 

“The long weekend started at 8pm on Thursday night. After the first session we had supper, then, at about 10:30 went to our rooms. The girls slept in rooms at the back of the meeting hall, whilst the boys slept in Bethesda, a nearby church. The Friday morning session included a talk by Ste Wells on how to be a good ‘open airer’.

During the weekend, we had around 7 hours of open airs, which drew good crowds of listeners. We split into 3 groups, and during the open airs each group had different responsibilities. On the Sunday afternoon, at least half a dozen young boys did their first ever open air talk, which was an encouragement to the whole team. Even more encouraging though, around 50 non-Christians were contacted over the weekend!

Other activities included the talks spread out over the different days, with speakers including Vinny Commons, Steve Taylor and Daniel Moore. We held 2 events that people were invited to. One was a DVD presentation on a converted martial-artesian, called ‘Taming the Tiger’, and an update on the work of Daniel Moore.

Saving the best till last, the food was great. We had 2 new cooks, who supplied us with plenty of sweets, crisps and an excellent Sunday lunch.

Personal highlights included the night times when the boys enjoy a good laugh together. Also, I enjoyed the talks, especially those by Daniel Moore as he was clear and informative. I would go again without doubt, and found it was an encouragement in my Christian faith.”

By Ben Huxford aged 15 (Liverpool YL)

 


 

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