Churches Together in Torquay News

Lent is about to begin, and so it’s opportune to reflect on God’s goodness and mercy – to give thanks for his shelter and salvation.
 
Last week we returned from visiting our son and his family in York. Whilst there we watched the rising waters of the River Ouse creep towards their home, flooding the woodland just across the road. Thankfully the flood stopped short of their garden, but there are many whose homes and businesses have been inundated.
 
Around the world nations are on the alert and working to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. The tiniest of organisms can be deadly.
 
These are timely reminders of the precarious nature of our “earthly tents” – both our homes and our bodies – but we can take heart as God’s Word assures us that we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, that we rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91). In Christ we have an eternal hope and salvation!
 
During the harshest of the winter there are all sorts of needs right on our doorstep in Torquay. Please would you particularly remember, pray for and support the Winter Night Shelter (ToWNS) project and the Torquay Community Larder (see below for more detail).
CTT Prayer Breakfast – Saturday 7th March, 8am at Central Church
We’ll be welcoming our MP for his quarterly visit and are looking forward to hearing the latest from Westminster as well as an update on issues in our own constituency.
This is a great opportunity to inform your prayers – a peep inside the lions’ den!?!
There’ll also be the usual light breakfast and good fellowship.
 
ToWNS – operating in Torquay until the morning of Friday 13th March
Remember to continue to pray good health and safety for all – guests, coordinators and volunteers.
We may be “entertaining angels unawares”.
 
Torquay Community Larder – demand is up but supplies are running low
Our team of volunteers do a marvellous job in serving those in need, but they are beginning to struggle to match supplies with needs as stocks run low.
Can you help to augment the shelves? Goods and financial contributions will both be welcome. Donations of food can be given at all the usual collection points, but if you would like to give a monetary gift (either a one off or a regular donation) please contact Torquay@salvationarmy.org.uk or phone 01803 294197. Thank you for all your support.
Torbay Street Pastors
Many of you will know that Trevor Staveley has been unwell. He has now taken the decision to step down from his role as Coordinator of Torbay Street Pastors. Attached is a letter from the trustees, acknowledging all that Trevor has done for the ministry. Please pray for him and his wife Sue, and for the Street Pastors team as they continue to faithfully serve the community.
St Cuthbert Mayne School – recruitment of a headteacher
The school are in the process of appointing a headteacher. They hope for our prayer support in making a good and wise appointment.

See attached letter from Fr Paul Jones, Chair of the governors.

Brunel Manor – opportunities for volunteering
Brunel has a great impact locally as well as a wide ministry for guests from far and near.
Can you support their ministry? See attachment.
 
Church Action on Poverty – speaking truth to power
Last Sunday (23rd) was Church Action on Poverty Sunday, and around the UK many churches were focussing on how they might help to make a difference. Church Action on Poverty is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK. You can sign a letter supporting their endeavours to make a difference on behalf of those living in poverty, either at their webite www.church-poverty.org.uk or by clicking below:

 
HOME Exhibition – 3rd-10th March, 11am-3pm (except Monday) at Torre Abbey Spanish Barn

The HOME Exhibition will showcase beautiful art and craft from the Christian Creative Network UK, competition winners from five local schools, and contributions of art work by guests to The Living Room Cafe at St Mags Church. The exhibition is supported by the Inspire Project at St Mags and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Opening Review: Tuesday 3rd March, 3-5pm / Celebration Day: Sat 7th March, 10.30am-4pm, with live music, poetry, refreshments & meet the artist.
For more info: CCNTorquay@gmail.com or Facebook: CCN Torquay Events
See attachment for more details
 
Taming Gaming – Wednesday 4th March, 7pm at Belmont Chapel Exeter
I don’t usually include items from far outside Torquay, but this event is so relevant to issues in our own community.
It’s run by Exeter YMCA and is particularly aimed at parents and youth workers. See attachment
 
TOADS Charity Performance supporting Life Changing Pilgrimage Holidays – 14th March 7.30pm at The Little Theatre
This performance will be raising funds to support HCPT Group 539.
See attached poster
 
Passion Play – 1st, 2nd and 3rd April 7pm at The Assumption Church Abbey Road
This is for all – tickets £5, child and family reductions. See attached poster
 
Palm Sunday United Service – 5th April, 6.30pm at Central Church
With guest preacher Fr Colin Groombridge
 
Good Friday Walk of Witness – 10th April, starting from outside Torquay Town Hall at 12 noon
Please come and join in proclaiming our shared faith. We will process from the Town Hall to the seafront, concluding with a short service in Princess Gardens.
Stewards are required – if you can help please let us know (simply by replying to this email) – thank you for your help in making this a safe event
 
Mission Torbay 2021 – Thursday 16th April training evening at 7pm
Plans are coming together for the TFM mission next year.
The latest update from Captain Ade is attached, with details of training evenings in Paignton and Torquay.
The above are only a taste of all the wonderful things going on in our community – all praise and thanks to God!
Do you have an event coming up that you would like others to know about? Please let us know and we’ll do our best to include it.
We aim to enable good communication and partnership between Christians in Torquay!
 

Lee, Secretary for
 
CTT exists to pray, worship and work together for the transformation of our town into a more Christ-centred community
Lee Bray
Planning and Regeneration Consultant
Secretary for Christians Together in Torquay
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