Finding our voice in Christ…
As you will know, our village CofE schools are regularly inspected by the Govt through Ofsted. Less well known is the inspection undertaken every five years by the church. Whilst this inspection is also concerned with the quality of teaching and learning, its key focus is to assess the ways in which the school is distinctively Christian through its ethos and values.
The revised inspection criteria expect that all children in a CofE primary school will be able to find a:
‘courageous voice for advocacy’
That’s quite a thing – but if you’ve ever got on the wrong side of a ‘that’s not fair’ argument with a child you’ll know that they are more than alive to issues of justice and truth.
The challenge comes in recognising that this ‘courageous voice’ is on behalf of those for whom the given status quo has left them marginalised, poor and oppressed – both at home and abroad.
I am so encouraged that as Harbour Churches we too are going to be exploring what it means to find our courageous voice for advocacy through the inspiring work already underway with the Transform mission group.
Please get involved – even if it means you feel the need to disagree with the courageous voice or, and I hope this will be the guess, there are things we have yet to say as we seek to grow in faithfulness to Christ as we grow his Father’s kingdom of justice, mercy and peace.
Transformed in Him
The weather forecast for this Sunday means we cannot worship outside. So, this Sunday 27th June, we will worship together in person AND INDOORS at the main Sunday morning service to be held at the church of St James, Birdham.
The service will be filmed and the sermon will go online through a link on the website early next week.
Numbers will be limited. YOU MUST BOOK FOR THIS SERVICE BY CALLING Roy & Beryl Dyton on 01243 514639
We continue to offer a Covid secure 8am Holy Communion (BCP) each Sunday @ St Peter and St Paul, West Wittering and alternate weeks at St James, Birdham and St Nicholas. Itchenor – this Sunday at Itchenor. Please remember to book for these services also.
There will not be a ‘Sofa Service’ this week. Morning and Night prayer is available for anyone who wishes to join daily or just every so often.
Our bible focus this Sunday will be Micah 3. 1-6 and the theme of the sermon will be ‘Finding our voice in Christ’ as we consider the call of Christ to work to transform ourselves and society in building God’s Kingdom.
We continue to name in our prayers:
Stella Boyse, Carrie Goddard, Charlie Gray, Anne Yeomans, Eloise and baby Elijah and Johanna Morrish and we thank God for the life of Brian Wingate.
We also pray for Anthony Goddard as he prepares to be ordained priest next week.
The shorter Collect for this Sunday:
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Let My People Go
Breaking chains, transforming lives
At Harbour Churches we are called to be Jesus Christ to the world. Our Mission Plan comprises the 5 Ts which identify ways in which we aim to make this call a reality: Tell, Teach, Tend, Treasure and Transform. This item is the first of regular, ongoing Transform slots in the newsletter.
When the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt, God’s message to Pharaoh was “Let my people go”. Today, throughout the world, people are still trapped in chains, such as slavery, poverty, preventable disease and exploitation. We aim to help break chains partly by raising awareness of and praying for specific issues, and by speaking out or political lobbying; and partly by offering practical support with specific projects.
Today’s Chain: Lack of COVID Vaccines
Christian Aid is working to ensure that vaccines are made available to vulnerable people in poor countries and that other efforts are made to help protect people from the virus – for example, by the provision of hygiene kits. Give thanks for your coronavirus vaccine – Christian Aid
Head of the WHO Tedros Ghebreyesus warned that the G7’s 1 billion Covid 19 vaccines were totally inadequate. 11 billion would be needed just to give 70% of the world’s population immunity by the time the G7 meet in 1922!