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Springfield Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN40 2BX

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Minister’s Letter – July and August 2018 

Dear Friends 
A hymn that is often sung during summer time begins with these words: 
Summer suns are glowing over land and sea, 
Happy light is flowing bountiful and free; 
Everything rejoices in the mellow rays, 
All earth’s thousand voices 
Swell the psalm of praise. (H&P 361) 
Summer means sun and even on cloudier days there is warmth. The sea is no longer cold and many will delight to bathe in it. As the waves splash over the swimmers we hear the sounds of laughter. Children love to take paddle and jump around in water pools in the garden or at the water fountains by the De La Warr pavilion. 
Yet the hot sun burns the skin and we need to be careful to cover up or use sunscreen. Prolonged periods of dry, sunny weather make gardens and streets feel oppressive and we feel uncomfortable and tired. We long for a cool breeze, a place in the shade or some rain to bring refreshment. 
The summer is a time to be out and about and making the most of the sunny days and warmer weather. It is a time for holidays and outings, discovering new places or perhaps returning to familiar ones. As schools close for the holiday period and many of our regular activities have a break it is also a time for rest and relaxation. 
The creation story, as recorded in the book of Genesis, tells us that the first thing to be created was light, which makes all life possible. One of the central truths of creation is that it was God, and God alone, who made it all. 
God established order, pattern and rhythms in creation; day and night, light and dark, tides, seasons, energy and restfulness, stillness and activity. 
However you spend the summer, take time to enjoy all that God has made and ‘Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his love is eternal’ (Psalm 107.1) 
With love and prayers 

Focus for Prayer – July 2018 
“We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many we are one in Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body.” (Romans 12:4-5) 
* Give thanks to God for our unity in Christ. Pray for the Church throughout the world, divided by geography, custom and history, challenged by different needs and opportunities but united by our desire to worship God and to work and pray for the Kingdom. 
* Pray for the Methodist Conference meeting in Nottingham from 28 June to 5 July. Pray that God may bring renewal and blessing to the Methodist Church and for the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in all discussions and decisions taken. 
* Give thanks for those who offer leadership to the Methodist Church and pray for the members of the Connexional Team and the new President Revd. Michaela Youngson and Vice President Mr Balachandren Gnanapragasam. May they inspire and challenge us with new ways of serving God today. 
* Pray for the ministers who have completed their training and are to be welcomed into full connexion and ordained at services around the Nottingham area on Conference Sunday, 1 July. May God bless them and their future ministry. 
* Give thanks for the opportunities that we have to worship and engage in mission with other Christians in the town. Pray especially for the Summer Hymn singing at the Colonnade on 8th and 22nd July at the Colonade, by the 
De La Warr Pavilion. 
* Give thanks for the work of Action for Children and the difference that its services and care have made to the lives of millions of children and young people in the UK and throughout the world. Pray for the work that continues through its range of support services, care centres and projects enabling families and children to have a better future. 
* As another term comes to an end, pray for all children and young people preparing to leave school and move on to the next stage in their education and training or into the world of work. 
* Give thanks to God for summer days and the beauty of the world around us. Pray that we may be refreshed and renewed by holidays, day trips and time to rest and relax. 
If you have any suggestions for next month’s prayer focus, please let Tricia know.


Pastoral Prayers

Please pray for the following during the next month:-

Carol Johnson - Pastoral Visitor

Iris Bridge, Dorothy Cartwright, Sylvia Emery, Eurwenn Innes, Robert & Olwen Lewis and Steve & Janet Roberts.

Several of our members are unwell and housebound, they have been mentioned in our Services from the Prayer Book since our last Newsletter so I would ask you to also think of them when you pray.

Yvonne Elliott, Joyce Pass, Barbara Abbott, Graham Warner, Graham Dee, Gordon Wall & David, David & Pam Wickens, Dorothy Cartwright, Sylvia Emery, Robert Lewis, Ron Skipworth, Barbara Mortlock, Bridget Pieterse, Hazel Downing & her son-in-law, Barry Turnwell and June Jarvis.

Sadly we have heard that Barbara Worms, a resident of Orchard House who has attended our services quite regularly, has passed away. Please pray for her family as they mourn her passing.

I appreciate that some people are mentioned twice due to their inclusion in Carol's list.

Every Blessing to you all.

Pastoral Secretary

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