Pete & Christine’s Update September 2017
“All one in Christ Jesus” Galatians 3:28
Last month’s newsletter was written just before we set off for Keswick amongst the majestic mountains of the Lake District. Most of this year’s Christian festivals have celebrated our Unity in Christ and in the main tent at the Keswick Convention those words from the apostle Paul were displayed for all to see, just as they have been for the past 140 years. One month later, some 350 miles away in Exeter, this theme was echoed at the Westpoint Event with the Commission family of churches (part of Newfrontiers). Sadly, interpretations of scripture sometimes cause dissent but our common acknowledgment of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as Saviour and Lord must remain at the heart of who we are and what we do. The gospel is for everyone without exception and we are thankful that God has a heart for marginalised people including those with learning disabilities.
It was good once again to meet with guests some of whom have attended the celebrations run by Prospects (now part of the Livability group) at Keswick for 20+ years. Parents and carers expressed gratitude for this provision. Next year Count Everyone In has the privilege of leading the team.
The bank holiday weekend was amazing. We gasped with unbelief at the huge banner specially made for us to use and bring back for next year’s event. Our team was drawn from churches across southern England and the worship band from Bovey Tracey Baptist Church. This being only our second year at Westpoint (and first as Count Everyone In), guests were few in number but their enthusiasm and appreciation was clearly evident. The theme of Power for Life took us to the Acts of the Apostles, with simple dramatized narratives and application reinforced in sung worship, Bible readings, expressive movement and craft activities. We were glad not to be camping but to stay instead with a friend nearby and our meals were kindly provided by Hook Life Church.
Other highlights of August
A wedding: Strictly speaking it was the end of July when we celebrated with Stephen and Hazel at Colwyn Bay Baptist Church.
Family: As Nana and Grandad to Joshua and Matthew, Eden, Eliza and Zoe we have enjoyed helping out with childcare during the long summer holiday. The Lambourn woods are a favourite place to play and coffee shops are also popular! Visits to Christine’s dad in St Albans can be quite stressful and we try to go together whenever possible.
Friends: We made a point of spending time with family, friends and supporters, sharing what God is doing in our lives, praying and usually eating together too.
Church: Our church understands that work and family commitments often take us away for weeks on end. We are thankful for their interest and prayers. Homegroup resumes in September and we shall be there whenever possible.
Biblica: We have seen an enthusiastic response to the New International Readers Version – accessible edition (NIrV accessible) and would encourage you to find out more at https://www.biblicaeurope.com/our-work/the-accessible-bible If you decide to buy a copy online, please enter PW in the discount box – it won’t help you but it will benefit Count Everyone In.
Looking ahead, here are some engagements arranged so far:
- Sat 2 Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo, France
- Sun 3 Arrive at Le Pas Opton (LPO) near St Gilles Croix de Vie in the Vendée
- Sun 4-Mon 11 Guests arrive for Houseparty (Spring Harvest Holidays adults only week); we are the prayer team – please pray for sensitivity and discernment
- Thurs 14 Evening ferry back to UK and drive to Chelmsford
- Fri 15 Thanksgiving service in Ipswich for Mike Ginn, son of dear friends Maggie and Chris, husband of Fi and daddy to one-year old Hope – please pray
- Sat 16 Tony & Chris’s golden wedding celebration in Crowborough
- Sun 17 Travel home
- Mon 19 Visit Dad and attend meeting with leaders of local churches
- Sun 24 Preaching at Littlehampton Baptist Church – celebrating abilities
- Mon 25 Meeting about the Count Everyone In holiday at LPO 2018
- Sat 30 Meeting of our support group at our home
Your support is invaluable for us personally and also for the development and effectiveness of Count Everyone In. Thank you very much for your support in whatever way it may come, by prayer which is essential and finance which is helpful! We love hearing your news too and knowing how we can pray for you. Please feel free to forward this letter to anyone else who might be interested. After all, we are
“All one in Christ Jesus”