Thursday, June 29, 2017

Leah Mutala with us this weekend

This weekend we've got the privilege of having Leah Mutala from Zambia with us. Leah is an amazing woman of God who was responsible for so much of the success of the work we've been involved with over the last 10 years in Serenje, a rural area in Zambia.

The photo above is of Leah (in the green dress) greeting the First Lady of Zambia at the opening of the girls dormitorty in Serenje - a building which when fully open will house 100 secondary school girls who because they live so far from the school would otherwise have to live in a slum area during term time.

We wanted to get Leah over to thank her for all her hard work, and to celebrate with her all that has been achieved in Serenje.

She's going to be around for all of REAL (women it's not too late to join the over 400 women who will be there - you can get tickets for the whole conference here, or pay £7.50 on the door to attend either the Friday or Saturday evening).

Leah will then be in Sandhurst on Sunday morning for the 10.30am and in Bracknell for the 6pm - at both meetings we'll hear the stories of some of the girls in the dormitory as well as get an update on how the other projects in Serenje are progressing.

At the 9.30am and 11.30am in Bracknell Joy Blundell, one of our REAL speakers and an incredibly gifted young leader from Stuart Bell's church in Lincoln, will be speaking. If you're a Bracknell regular why not come and hear Joy in the morning and Leah in the evening!

The photos below are from the dormitory opening ceremony. The first shows the initial group of girls in the dormitory who got to have a meal with the First Lady, and the second shows some of the Serenje pastors at the dormitory.

Hope to catch you all some time over the weekend (I'll be sneaking into REAL!).

Simon.

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Serenje Update - 22nd June 6.45-8.00pm

Apologies for the short notice, but tomorrow night (Thursday 22nd June) Anne Mumbi from Tearfund Zambia is going to be giving an update on the progress of the Serenje Dormitory, and the Umoja project which we've been sponsoring there for the last couple of years. It will be in the Kerith Centre from 6.45-8.00pm. If you are able to come it would be helpful if you could sign up here so we have some idea of numbers.

Then next Tuesday Leah Mutala, who oversaw the whole of our HIV/AIDS project in Serenje, is arriving in the UK. She'll be with us for the REAL women's conference, and the following Sunday where we'll have a chance to hear from her. It will be great to see her again, and to have an opportunity to thank her for the the time and energy she gave to making both the HIV/AIDS project and the dormitory such a success.

Simon.

Ps - Hope you're enjoying the sunshine! We've just had a cooling system installed in the Kerith Centre auditorium which hopefully will transform it from one of the hottest places in Bracknell to one of the coolest :)

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jacqui and Alex Trekking across Iceland

I get lots of people asking me to help tell others about sponsored events they're taking part in. Much as I'd love to say yes to all of them, I usually say no as otherwise my blog would be nothing but an endless list of sponsorship requests!

However, every now and again a request comes along which really catches my attention. That's the case with two amazing people in our community, Jacqui Bowden-Excell and Alex Calce. They are soon heading off to Iceland for a sponsored trek. This would be a big challenge for most of us, but as you read Jacqui's description below of the health challenges she faces you'll realise just quite what a challenge it is going to be. I'm so proud of Jacqui's bravery, and Alex for stepping out to support Jacqui in what she's doing.

Please take a look, and cheer them on in any way you can.

Thanks so much,

Simon.

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I am taking part in Icelandic Lava Trek in July this year. Host to some of Europe’s most incredible wilderness, it will involve trekking 58kms through one of the planet’s most volcanic regions, weaving through vast steaming lava fields, thundering waterfalls, plunging fjords and spouting geysers and walking against a background of multi-coloured rocks. The terrain is very challenging with steep climbs and rough descents.

I have Usher Syndrome, which is a genetic condition affecting my hearing and sight. I am profoundly deaf and have limited sight – tunnel vision and am registered blind. I am raising the money towards Sense, the national (UK) voluntary organisation working with and supporting peoples of all ages who are deafblind.

If you would like to sponsor us please follow this link.

Thank you so much,

Jacqui.

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Windsor Vision and Prayer Meeting - 4pm on 11th June

We're taking the next step in the launch of our Windsor site when we hold a vision and prayer meeting at All Saints Church in Dedworth (SL4 4JW) on Sunday 11th June at 4pm. We'll make time to worship, hear the vision behind the Windsor site, pray for ourselves and the other churches in Windsor and talk about what the future holds. We'll also have a limited programme for children. There's plenty of parking around the church - we'll be serving drinks from 3.30pm.

We'll hold a similar meeting on Sunday 9th July, then starting from the 10th September we'll have a monthly meeting which will look more like the regular Sunday meetings on our other sites - all of these at 4pm at All Saints Church. For the meetings from September onwards (which generally will be the second Sunday in the month) we'll have a full kids programme and do everything else to replicate what happens in Bracknell and Sandhurst on a Sunday.

I'd encourage everyone with any interest in what is going on in Windsor to come along on the 11th, whether you're planning on making Kerith Windsor your home or not. It will be great to have you along to pray, and to encourage Leon Johnson and the rest of the team.

Hope to see you there!

Simon.

Ps - a huge thank you to the Rev. Louise Brown and the team at All Saints Dedworth who have been incredibly welcoming to us. We're so grateful to them making their building available to us for these meetings.