Infos hebdomadaires de l’Anglican Communion News Service – Vendredi 8 mars 2019
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has led tributes to one of his predecessors, Lord John Habgood, whose death, yesterday (Wednesday), was announced today. He was 91. The scientist and theologian – he attained a double first in natural sciences at Cambridge University – was serving as Bishop of Durham when he was appointed Archbishop of York in 1983. He held the post until his retirement in 1995,
ACNS. 7 March 2019
The family of Father Anthony Idris Jata’u, who were kidnapped in an incident in which he was killed, have been released, Sokoto diocese annouced.
Irish police have recovered the mummified head of The Crusader, which had been stolen from the crypt of a Dublin church last month.
The International Anglican Women’s Network Steering Group has welcomed the International Women’s Day theme of gender-balance.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has led tributes to one of his predecessors, Lord John Habgood, whose died yesterday (Wednesday).
Nothing New under the Sun – Lessons from 19th-century church planting in England – The Living Church
A few years ago, Bishop Stephen Cottrell of Chelmsford had a conversation with a priest who boasted about his church’s 150th anniversary. “So you’re running a church plant?” Cottrell said. “Every church was planted at some point. Every church owed its existence to the dedicated ministry of a particular group of Christians at a particular time who were seeking to respond to the needs and challenges of their day by establishing some new expression of Christian life”
Winfield Binns. The Living Church. 28 February 2019
The national investment bodies of the Church of England have announced a series of success stories with its stakeholder engagement. The Church Commissioners, the Church of England Pensions Board and the Central Board of Finance Church of England Funds are independent bodies which, between them, control investment assets of some £13 billion GBP. They are increasingly working with other investors to push for company boards to adopt ethical standards.
ACNS. 5 March 2019
USPG, the oldest mission society in the Anglican Communion, has unveiled a new strategy developed under its recently commissioned general secretary, the Rev. Duncan Dormor. The 44-page document, Open to Encounter: Mission in the 21st Century, came together after several months of consultation between USPG’s Communion-Wide Advisory Group, a council of 160 representatives, and other stakeholders.
Zachary Guillano. The Living Church 28 February 2019
Bujumbura Christian University in Burundi is celebrating after 13 theology students became the first from the University to graduate.
The national investment bodies of the Church of England have announced a series of success stories with its stakeholder engagement.
Almost 500 people – many of Iranian descent – packed into Wakefield Cathedral on Saturday (2 March) for a “Persian Celebration Service”. The event marked the launch of an officially authorised translation of the Holy Communion Service. The Bishop of Loughborough, Guli Francis-Dehqani, led the service. Bishop Guli arrived in the UK in 1980 at the age of 14 following the murder of her brother, Bahram, and the attempted murder of her father, the then- Bishop of Iran, Hassan Dehqani-Tafti.
ACNS. 4 March 2019
A service has been held in the chapel of Lambeth Palace – the official London residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury – to celebrate 25 years of the ordination of women in the Church of England. The then-Bishop of Bristol, Barry Rogerson, ordained 32 women in Bristol Cathedral on 12 March 1994 in the first of many ordinations that year. A message from Bishop Barry was read to the more than 80 female priests who were invited to Friday’s service.
ACNS. 4 March 2019
If God whispered in your ear about a pastoral call on Ascension Island — on which about 800 people live in the middle of the South Atlantic, 1,000 miles from Africa and 1,400 miles from Brazil — how would you respond?
Matthew Townsend. The Living Church 28 February 2019
CMS Mission Partner, Dianne, reflects on the fruit and faithfulness of God as she leads a children’s ministry in the Philippines.
“You did not choose me but I have chosen you…….that you might go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you.” – John 15:16
I went back to Philippines in January 2018 with a broken arm. A good way to start the year! But I knew that way back God chose me to come here to the Philippines and therefore he would fix it.
In January 1976 I was driving my rusty little VW over the hills to Camp Raglan where 120 plus children were arriving for a week long camp. I read the verse for today on my dashboard which said ”…the Lord has chosen you…to serve Him.” – 2Chronicles 29:11. At that moment the word “Philippines” flashed across my mind.
I told the Lord “I don’t want to go there!”
I could go to England yes, because I could visit relatives I’d never seen before. However I then added “Well Lord, if this is really from you please make it clear!”
The next day my director went to our P. O. Box for the mail. I hardly wrote letters, so I hardly received any. He gave me a blue airmail letter, which was my first ever letter from the Philippines, and it contained a direct invitation to join the children’s ministry there! Since then, I’ve known very clearly this whole time that God has chosen me to minister in the Philippines and he provides what we need to obey him.
Fruit that I’ve seen
Our fruit for Jesus just keeps on growing! From teachers sharing the Gospel in their classes, parent’s Bible studies and the odd parent our Principal leads to the Lord, to children and staff devotions in the Children’s Home and visiting disabled people who are “shut ins” in their homes.
We held a Summer Children’s Camp, to which 80 came. I worked with four Bible Clubs which saw 80 plus come to Jesus. Two training seminars brought in another 170 children. A very meaningful event for me was hearing the blind pastor in our Camp for Disabled clearly preaching a salvation message along with his own personal testimony using his braille Bible.
Overall, I can conservatively estimate that 400 people have come to Jesus in the past year, most of those mainly children. What incredible fruit!
Fruit going on for Jesus
Another area where I have seen fruit is in the ongoing involvement of former students. We held reunions for both former Bible College alumni and Children’s Home alumni, which brought about 80 people to tell their stories and catch up with us. A good number are involved with churches, some with Christian schools and some are overseas or in far distant places. Three new teachers in our school are former pupils and converts, who want to continue this legacy.
To top it all off one of our former children’s home boys, who is now a businessman, contacted me a month ago from Qatar. He had started a church plant there for a Baptist church a few years back and wanted lecture material on children’s ministry so he could teach their members! How is that for fruit going on for Jesus!
“Whatever you ask in my name, I will give to you”. – John 14:13
Another story is very close to my kiwi heart! One of the most joyful events in the Children’s Home is when we celebrate a children’s birthday. All was set for the day. The decorations were ready, the gifts were wrapped, the games were prepared, and the favourite food was ready to cook. And of course we had a cake. Unfortunately, we had no ice-cream! We had prayed, but there was just not enough in the budget for it.
However, the Lord says “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways.” – Isaiah 55:8.
Early next morning there was a knock on the Children’s Home door and a man entered with a steel container with two big tubs of ice-cream! The owner of the Popular Ice-cream Company was having his birthday that day and he thought he would share his blessings with the children in the home. Everyone was surprised and jumping with joy. Thank you Lord!
If you remember, at the beginning of this article, I wrote about how I broke my arm at the beginning of last year. Well it has now healed beautifully and I can even do push ups! In reflecting on the fruit that I’ve seen God grow in the last year, I am constantly reminded, just like with the story of my broken arm, when God chooses you he provides your needs!
A service has been held in the chapel of Lambeth Palace to celebrate 25 years of the ordination of women in the Church of England.
New translations of the US-based Episcopal Church’s 1979 Book of Common Prayer are being prepared in Spanish, French and Creole.
Wakefield Cathedral was packed on Saturday for a “Persian Celebration Service” which included the launch of a Farsi Holy Communion.
Authorised by the House of Bishops, the publication of the Farsi language service affirms the presence of Iranians in churches as a gift, and demonstrates commitment to welcoming them into the life of the Church of England.
Diocese of Leicester website. 3 March 2019
When the Bishop of Loughborough was 13-years-old, her brother was murdered for being a Christian. Born and raised in Iran, she was forced to flee her homeland in 1980 on the grounds of religious persecution - a story that is all too familiar for many Iranian Christians. Now, as the ordained Bishop of Loughborough, the Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani is leading the Church of England’s growing community of Iranians who have found a home in the Anglican church.
Izzy Lyons. Daily Telegraph. 3 March 2019