News and events: Christian Fellowship in the North East

This section presents comprehensive information on our regular services and other meetings. Read the latest news about our services and activities.

Sunday Services - Starting from 10:30am.  We have returned to a full service with no restrictions.  Congregational Singing will be allowed once again. 

 

There will be a presidential visit from the Union President on October the 26th with George Phillips ( the current Union President) and his wife.

 

Prayer Meetings are every Tuesday from 10:00am till 11:30

 

English Class every Tuesday from 11:30 - 12:30

 

Journey to Wellness every Tuesday starting from mid September.

 

Thursday Bible Study on Zoom from 7:00 pm.  If you want to take part in this, please supply either Pastor Michael or Lindsey with your email address.

 

Friday Coffee Morning every Friday from 10:30am till 12:00pm, apart from the last friday of every month where we hold our Diner.

 

We are holding a Fellowship evening on Saturday 18th September from 6:30pm till 9:00pm.  We will be having a time of worship, food and fellowship.  Bring a friend!

 

Watch out for further information about other programmes coming soon!

 

 

News & Events

Love Russia Project

The Wesleyan Reform Union of Churches, Overseas Mission Team, have prayerfully decided upon a new project to fund for the year July 2021 to June 2022.  The project they have decided to support this coming year is that of a small independent charity called “Love Russia.”

 

The “Love Russia” charity was established in 1993, after the founder Noel Doubleday visited Russia to distribute Bibles. He discovered terrible conditions there and underdeveloped children with many of them not even having their basic needs met.

 

The charity was founded to improve the lives of orphaned children, and destitute young people in crisis.  Their aim is to provide relief of poverty, suffering and distress by demonstrating practical Christian compassion and where appropriate sharing the Christian faith.

 

The charity partners with Russians who want to serve the Lord in their local communities, which leads to community led solutions led by strong Christian leaders.

 

They operate a range of programmes and as the charity has expanded since 1993, they have been able to support more and more marginalised people.  The following are a few examples of the type of project they operate:

 

Genesis Project

 

This project supports orphanage leavers in their transition from living in an orphanage to living independently at the age of 16. It supports other vulnerable young people who are struggling to access education due to low household incomes and challenging life circumstances. Mentors help look after young people’s emotional health alongside their physical and financial wellbeing.

 

Federovits

 

Federovits is a vocational centre on the outskirts of Moscow.  The project was established to support young people with disabilities that have typically been marginalised in Russia. The project empowers young people with printing skills, and helping them find work in this career path.

 

Volkhov Crisis Centre

 

This centre benefits mothers who are at risk of losing their children, due to addictions, domestic violence and/or poverty.  In Russia, when women seek help for these challenges, they risk immediate removal of their parental rights and can lose their children to the orphanage system.  The centre was established in 2012 and provides comprehensive rehabilitation for mothers seeking to recover from addictions, domestic violence and poverty.  The centre is unique as it allows women to keep their children with them while they rehabilitate.  The support covers practical intervention, life skills interventions, emotional interventions and spiritual interventions.

 

They also offer a wide range of other projects such as summer camps, health support, dental clinics and transitional homes for orphanage leavers.

 

The WRU Overseas Missions team, this year, (see pictures below) have offered our support to purchase a minibus for the Volkhov Crisis Centre, which will meet a very great multi-purpose need for the Love Russia Project.  We are aiming to raise a minimum of £10,000 to purchase a minibus which will transport children to and from medical appointments and to school.  At the moment, they have to rely upon individuals within the community for transport.  They also rely on transport from people to collect donations of food and clothing, so it would be much simpler if they had their own vehicle to do all of these important tasks.  The weather in Volkhov reaches -30oC in the winter, so having a good form of transport for the families living there is essential.  The minibus would also be used in the summer to transport the children, youths and mums to summer camps.  Some of the women who live at the centre have cleaning jobs in the community, so this could also be supported transport.

 

At the WRU conference in August 2021 at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire, the project was unveiled.  The OM team all had t-shirts printed with the “Love Russia” log on them (see pictures below) and a fantastic response to this new project was commenced with offerings taken over 2 days of the conference.

 

The Word of Life WRU Church holds monthly diners on the last Friday of each month, which are open for anyone to attend.  We normally have soup and a bun, along with a dessert of either trifle, or cheesecake and cream, and other refreshments.  Although this is free to anyone we do take donations from those that wish too, and these donations go towards the WRU OM Project.  Last year we donated £600 towards the previous project, which was the Good News Hospital in Mandritsara, Madagascar.  We will also have other events during the coming year, which will include the CEO, Anna Thwaites, of “Love Russia” coming to speak at the Church, and possibly a “Project” day, which may be in the form of a Fayre Day.

 

Pastor Lindsey Hedley is the secretary of the OM team and will be able to offer more information on the project.  If you would like more information as to how you can support our project, please contact Pastor Lindsey in the first instance.  Other details are posted on the Church notice board and website.  

Overseas Missions Team at Conference Display

Project T-Shirts

Baptism Service of a Lady who has overcome addictions through the help of the project.

 

New Prayer Room

During 2020, Pastor Michael submitted a bid for funding to the Allchurches Trust, we were successful in that bid and received £10,800 of funding.  The money was to be used to replace the old spiral staircase, that was virtually unusable and replace it with a new easy access staircase, that allows our upper rooms to be utilised.  One room is hired our by Phil and Catherine Drabble as an arts and crafts room.  The second room has been divided into two sections.  One for storage with proper storage racking systems and the other half is a new prayer room.  The work was completed over August through till December of 2020, and we will be able to start using it from July 2021, when covid restrictions are lifted.  The room will also be used as a Sunday School for our children.

 

We look forward to being able to use the new room when restrictions are lifted.  Below are a selection of photographs and a video of the new space.

Church Re-Opening

The Word of Life Church are open for all our services again including Sunday Services following the removal of all restritctions.  We still do have hand sanitisers in place and mask wearing is optional. 

 

Our coffee mornings have re-opened and our monthly Diner, is open to everyone. 

Prayer Meetings are now fully re-opened in the Church but Bible Studies will continue on Zoom until September where we will decide upon which will be the right forum, it could possible be a mixture of Zoom and in church attendance for the Bible Study.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone again after this tremendously difficult past 18 months.  We pray that you will be blessed as you join us in Church or on Facebook live as we will continue with our live stream broadcasts.

 

God bless.  Pastors Michael and Lindsey Hedley

 

Journey To Recovery

 

Following our successful bid to gain funding for a post-Covid journey to recovery programme, we are pleased to announce that  all of the programmes that we originally intended to deliver are now being delivered in Church.  We had to do sone of the courses on Zoom and facebook during the lockdown and while they have been successful, we are so pleased that we can now offer these programmes in person and in Church. The funding from Allchurches Trust means we can deliver English as an Additional Language courses free of charge, healthy living courses combining exercise, healthy eating, and help with debt management, as well as basic computer literacy aimed at people who have been isolated due to having no access to technology to help them stay in touch with others. 

 

This comes on top of the funding sucessfully gained from All churches Trust, for the development of our upper rooms in the church to create a prayer room, better storage facilities and an arts and crafts room that CRE8 are using.  This has involved putting in a new staircase to allow better and easier access, a partition wall in the storage room, as well as painting and decorating the area.  This has been hampered somewhat in the development by the Pandemic, but is now  complete and is ready to to be  used.

 

Praise God for all that He is doing.

 

Toks' Book Launch

It was our very great privilege to attend the launch of Toks (Olaronke Ashiru Gbadebo's) book "Don't Take the Poison", on Saturday 19th September. 

 

We are promoting her book on our website to support her in this work and so the following is a description of the book and there are two links for you to purchase it, through Amazon and Google.

 

*Don't Take that Poison* is a call for anyone who desires to live a life that pleases God, and who is committed to enjoying the abundant life available in Christ. 

 

The book looks deeply into the issue of offences and how it impacts our lives and our ability to be fruitful. 

 

It provides deep insights into the purpose of relationships and different ways offences can wreak havoc. 

 

You will get answers to questions like:

 

a) What causes offences:

 

b) The signs of an offended heart:

 

c) Effects of harbouring offences:

 

d) The path of victory

 

It provides compelling answers to deep heart issues especially those that have been wounded through lifes circumstances and are struggling to let go of the wounds incurred.

 

The book will help to escape the poison offences brings into our lives.

 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1838110712/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_apa_i_feqAFb61WPA44

 

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Olaronke_Gbadebo_DON_T_DRINK_THAT_POISON?id=SL_8DwAAQBAJ

 

Christian Retreat

Our Mission House next door to the Church is available for bookings to stay for 1 to 30 nights.  The house is used as a Christian retreat, and we can offer a wide range of support programmes during your stay with us.  

 

From Bible Teaching - various topics - to Worship Leading  prayer and a range of other activities.

 

We are based on the wonderful panoramic Northumberland coastline which is literally 5 minutes drive away, but also have access to the beautiful Northumbrian Countryside and Cheviot hills which are only 30 minutes drive.

 

Pleas see our Mission House Christian Retreat Section on this website, or visit our Mission House Retreat page on facebook.

 

BREAKING NEWS

 

Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever

 

Hebrews 13:8

 

This is not just breaking news, it is the news from yesterday, today and tomorrow and guess what?  It is forever.  Hallelujah!!!!!

 

 

GET INVOLVED

Contact us at:

 

Word of Life Church

Wesleyan Reform Union

North Seaton Road, Ashington Northumberland NE63 0AG
 

Tel: 07879253072

Lindsey 07854820012
E-mail: wordoflifechurch@hotmail.co.uk

 

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