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Ladies – breakfast?

“This fantastic event was organized by Elizabeth Butterworth from Christ Church. About seventy ladies gathered, on a very pleasant, sunny, but cool morning at 9am, for a scrumptious continental breakfast, fellowship and to hear guest speaker Kalbi Massey’s testimony!

“The setting was lovely, with beautifully arranged flowers in the church hall and the hosts welcoming the guests warmly. We were all ushered to tables and offered hot drinks. After a short introduction and welcome by Elizabeth, we were asked to help ourselves to the buffet-style breakfast. This consisted of croissants, rolls, cheese, ham, a variety of soft drinks, cereals, yoghurts and fruits.

“The warm and relaxed atmosphere, created an ideal environment, for all to converse freely and also make new friends. After a leisurely breakfast and ensuring that everyone had had plenty to eat, Elizabeth introduced Kalbi to the ladies.

“Kalbi Massey shared her testimony and included a slide-show, with relevant points of her testimony. Kalbi was raised a devout Sikh, and devoted her life to following the teachings of the 10 gurus. However, her spiritual longings were not fulfilled, until her encounter with Jesus Christ, whilst an inpatient at Southend Hospital, in January 1981. “He was searching for me before I sought Him. Christ, whom I had never expected, came to me.” Her Christian conversion in the UK should have brought family dishonour, and persecution, but it has since heralded a revival in her native Asia, where her mum, siblings and cousins share her faith.

“Today, Kalbi has a gospel rescue message for men and women of all ages and backgrounds, after joining Avanti Ministries in Essex, as an evangelist, three years ago. Her life has been transformed by the power of God, and her passion now is to share and spread the gospel and encourage others to do the same.

“The breakfast ended at 10.30am. Many left encouraged and touched by the word of God and inspired to experience the power of mighty God, in their daily lives.

“God is good all the time.”

– KALBI MASSEY

Fair Havens Reflections for Lent: Week 4

FAIRHAVENS’ CHRISTIAN Hospice is on a journey of faith: to hopefully bigger, more-modern premises; and also on the journey that all believers go on – through life and death with God. As we enter Lent, and wait to acknowledge Jesus’ death and resurrection, please spend a moment in reflection, with one of their staff each week over the next five weeks.

Week four’s reflections are lead by Tony Cheek – Fair Havens Volunteer Continue Reading

Fair Havens Reflections for Lent: Week 3

FAIRHAVENS’ CHRISTIAN Hospice is on a journey of faith: to hopefully bigger, more-modern premises; and also on the journey that all believers go on – through life and death with God. As we enter Lent, and wait to acknowledge Jesus’ death and resurrection, please spend a moment in reflection, with one of their staff each week over the next five weeks.

Week three’s reflections are lead by Jane Guest – Fair Havens Chaplaincy Team Continue Reading

Fair Havens Reflections for Lent: Week 2

FAIRHAVENS’ CHRISTIAN Hospice is on a journey of faith: to hopefully bigger, more-modern premises; and also on the journey that all believers go on – through life and death with God. As we enter Lent, and wait to acknowledge Jesus’ death and resurrection, please spend a moment in reflection, with one of their staff each week over the next five weeks.

Week two’s reflections are lead by Bibi McPherson – Fair Havens Staff Nurse

• Praise God for the Fair Havens refurbishment in 2010, creating two extra beds helping us to help more people whilst we look to build a larger hospice Continue Reading

Fair Havens Reflections for Lent: Week 1

FAIRHAVENS’ CHRISTIAN Hospice is on a journey of faith: to hopefully bigger, more-modern premises; and also on the journey that all believers go on – through life and death with God. As we enter Lent, and wait to acknowledge Jesus’ death and resurrection, please spend a moment in reflection, with one of their staff each week over the next five weeks.

Week 1 begins with reflections lead by Catherine Wood – Head of Patient Services. Continue Reading

Two new churches under construction in Southend

THE RISE OF THE CHURCH: New churches are being built in both Leigh and Southchurch. Picture by Mark Cleveland Yellow Advertiser

By Karen Davis

IN THIS time of austerity, it is common to see businesses closing and buildings being left to decay.
It is also a popular belief that Christianity is dying, with churches closing all around the country.
Southend, however, seems to be bucking the trend in both cases with two new churches in the process of being built in the borough.

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Dan rediscovers his faith watching Bruce Almighty

WHEN Dan Gracie gave up his faith aged 17 he isolated himself from his family, friends, and the church bands he played in.

He put down his guitar and got on with a life of atheism. But as he got older he began to wonder whether he’d made the right decision.

Now back in the fold of Leigh Road Baptist Church, he writes music for the church’s youth services, aimed at re-connecting young people with God and engaging them in church life, by making it relevant. Continue Reading