Christians Together in Torquay – January News

Dear friends, 
It was good to unite in worship last Sunday evening as part of this year’s week of prayer for Christian unity. More than 120 of us gathered at the Church of the Assumption in Abbey Road, drawn from across the denominations, united in praise and prayer. This year’s theme was “unusual kindness”, with Paul’s shipwreck as our Bible passage, and we were encouraged by Rev Angela Sumner to reflect on God’s goodness, to recall kindnesses we’ve known and to consider how we might show unusual kindness to others.  Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5.22-23). Simple kindness can be a priceless commodity for the recipient, and it can cost next to nothing for the giver. “Be ye kind” (Eph 4.32).

We have an opportunity to be kind as The Winter Night Shelter (ToWNS) continues. The shelter is currently operating in Paignton, and has been much needed as the nights have been very cold lately. The shelter will move to Torquay from 7th February onwards. There is a particular need for volunteers to help with registration, which happens early each evening at The Salvation Army in Market Street. Please see the attached letter and prayerfully consider whether you can help.
Please also pray for the 7 Torquay churches whose premises will host the shelter, that there will be a good team at each place, that volunteers’ will be kept safe and in good health, and that guests at the shelter will know the touch of God’s loving-kindness.
As 2020 begins God is prompting his people to all sorts of service in and around Torquay! Here are some highlights:
  • Holocaust Memorial Service: this Sunday 6.30pm at St Paul’s Church, Preston (see attachment)
  • CTT Prayer Breakfast: On 1st February at 8am at Central Church – we gather for a simple breakfast and a chance to pray together. All are invited.
  • Accessible Alpha: Every Sunday morning at Upton Vale Baptist Church the B2gether group meet, providing a safe and welcoming space for those with learning disabilities to meet and share God’s love as they worship together. The group has just begun the “Accessible Alpha” course, presenting Alpha in a simple format. The B2gether group is open to any who experience learning disabilities, and to their families and carers.
  • Baby Bank: Riviera Life Church is launching a Baby Bank, aimed at redistributing baby items to deprived families. Read all about it and how you might help (see attached)
  • Open Doors SW Regional Conference: Saturday 1st February at Brunel Manor 9.30am – 4pm (see attachment)
  • Unleashed Theatre Company’s “The Cross and the Switchblade” Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February at St Mags 7.30pm. This dramatic presentation of an inspiring story of change promises to be memorable! (See attachment)
  • Renew Your Worship: 7th-9th February at Brunel Manor, fresh ideas for renewal in worship led by Carey and Geraldine Luce and Sam and Sara Hargreaves (see attachment)
  • Home for Good Vision Evening: Wednesday 12th February – The Kings Arms Church are partnering with Home For Good and also the local council to provide a Vision Evening for anyone who is interested in our churches in being involved in fostering or adoption, or supporting those who are. Even the slightest interest and we would love you to be there! Or if you are an existing foster carer or adoptive parent we would love you to come … 7.30pm at Upton Vale Baptist Church. See link to event at:
  • Training Event for Mission Torbay 2021: Saturday 15th February – please see the attachment to join in with the training
  • Relax and Be: Ladies Week 17th – 21st February at Brunel Manor with national speaker and author Sheila Wheeler
  • Corinth without Compromise: 2nd-6th March Bible Break at Brunel Manor with Dr Derek Tidball (see attachment)
  • Women’s World Day of Prayer: Friday 6th March at Central Church 10.30am (see attachment)
  • CTT United Palm Sunday Service: Sunday 5th April at Central Church 6.30pm
  • Christian Healing: 6th-10th April at Brunel Manor with Rev Mike Endicott, co founder of the Order of Jacob’s Well (see attachment)
  • Good Friday Walk of Witness 10th April from outside Torquay Town Hall 12 noon
  • LiNX / ICE / Open the Book: latest newsletters are attached. Please continue to pray for all their work in and across the Bay’s schools.
  • Torbay Council: our local council are consulting on the draft Community and Corporate Plan and on the draft Housing Strategy for Torbay. These consultations are open for your views to be registered. To take part in questionnaire surveys follow  for the Community Plan (now only open until tomorrow, 24th Jan) and  for the Housing Strategy (open to 31st Jan).
Are you still reading? Congratulations! There is a lot going on, isn’t there?!
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

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Lee Bray
Planning and Regeneration Consultant
Secretary for Christians Together in Torquay
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