South Region Update
As a region since last March we have had a men’s weekend with Stuart Keiller and most recently a ladies weekend with Anita Cleverly. Both have been times of encountering God, being challenged and encouraged in our walk with God and have involved lots of fun and food! Our regional celebrations have been good times gathering to worship and hear from speakers including J.John & Steve Thomas.
Individually…. Abingdon have had an exciting year with Highlights including baptisms, street pastors going weekly, our week at TRANSFORM, an impromptu Alpha course and a good number of visitors at our Christmas events. There were also tough times for some and it was great to see the church family gathering around to help. This year has got off to a good start with 79 people at the Alpha supper, so we’re looking forward to God taking us to another level in prayer and ‘Spirit-life’.
Didcot have seen Scones and tea back in the summer; bacon butty breakfast walk; fireworks at the Howards with rich soup and hotdogs; plus mince pies and more! A record crowd of 45 Didcotians gathered at Transform – and the 10th Kids camp was staged up on Ridgeway. We are looking with faith and vision to see many lives saved in Didcot and the surrounding districts.
Henley has seen a year of openings ...We opened our café and last Easter we performed the Easter story in the town square, with many watching. We have more community activities and our first year team in ten years. As the passion to see people get to know Jesus and discover their destiny grips us more, we look forwards to seeing even more community activity and everyone finding release in pointing people to Jesus.
Highlights for Swindon have included baptisms and re-dedications. A new Community Group and two Missional Communities have been initiated and are doing really well: An amazing number people have seen angels in our Sunday meetings, the first was a six year old girl who knew nothing of Christianity. All this by God’s grace! We are dreaming and praying for more of God’s presence and anointing and that we will see many folk come to know Him, love Him, serve Him and be built into His family.
As Wantage looks back on the last year we can see it was filled with fun and the presence of God. We held a fun run, we baptized a number of folk and we had a saints & sausages party! The food bank is growing – we gave out 60 Christmas parcels this year! Holiday Club saw nearly 100 children through its doors. We’re enjoying starting our Sundays with coffee and are looking forwards to seeing more baptisms, more encounters with Jesus and more of heaven on earth!