Uganda 2017

Heswall Church of the Good Shepherd - 6th Youth Fellowship’s Team visit to Uganda in July 2017 arranged by Rock of Joy Trust.

A belated thank you for all the gifts of cash and goods donated by Christians in Neston during June 2017. The 10th Anniversary tour of duty was organised by Stephen Blair, a varicose vein specialist from Spire Murrayfield Hospital with his wife Christine and his daughter Cathy. 41 young people went this year, they were involved in medical assistance teams, ran holiday clubs, started sanitation in schools with pit latrines and also other self sufficiency projects to progress. They did a lot to help Judy Grace School and Rocky Joy School, Antioch, Kampala.

On 29th October Steph Sergeant was a guest speaker at a joint Sunday morning service at Neston Parish Church. Further details of this visit can be found in The Standard, September 7th and the Autumn 2017 Rocky Joy leaflet from Church of the Good Shepherd.  Also from Outlook, October/November for the Parish of Heswall.

Other recorded missionary trips to Uganda are by a dentist Alice May Long from Exeter Methodist Church and in August, the Rev Lorraine Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference visited a school in Bussi Island to oversee inprovements in sanitation (Methodist Recorder 20/10/2017) by an organisation ‘All We Can’. Hope our churches will support the 11th visit in 2019.

                                                                                                  Philip Brickell

Susans Hedges phD 2017

Susan Hedges phD Susan is a blind young lady from Neston, who performed a solo concert at St Winefride’s school on 13th October in aid of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). Susan was supported by her mum and dad who met her sighted, physical and organisational needs. Sue has appeared on Radio and TV and has performed around the UK and America. She has recently appeared in ‘Moggies the Mewsical’ as Maggie Mae West which was a sell-out and received rave reviews.

I am a member of SPUC which has campaigned against abortion for the last 50 years, and has more recently campaigned against ‘assisted suicide’ a problem which is going to affect elderly and disabled people. Abortion and Euthanasia should be condemned as a complete evil  and not treated as a matter of debate and discussion as some churches do.

Susan Brookes Susan led the Guild of St Raphael Quiet Day at St Michael’s on 11th December which was arranged by Elizabeth Joyce. Her musical assistant was unable to come, so like the other Susan she was solo. Her study consisted of 33 desciptions of God (all from the bible), as well as helpful scriptures, similar to those found in the Gideon’s Bible. Susan’s afternoon talk was from St Mark’s Gospel Chapter 5v21-43 where Jesus raised the dead girl and healed  the sick woman. This study was in line with Christianity Explored Course ‘Away day’ that was being held at Neston Christian Fellowship at the same time.                                                               

                                                                                                                      Philip Brickell

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