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HALF TERM NEWS

2009 - 2010 Posted on Sat, February 19, 2011 18:30:24

Half-term already – no doubt we’re all asking the same question – “where has that time gone?” Following on from our November news, we had a busy last few weeks during 2010……………….

Christmas Fair at Littleton School

We were very pleased to have our, now notorious, ‘Prize Every Time’ stall at the school in December, where we were delighted to raise £70. This money will go towards purchasing Scripture Union books which we place into the Junior Schools we pray for during the summer term. Very many thanks to the HSA for including us.

Visit to Roseacre Playgroup

This was our second visit of the year and it was our pleasure to share the Christmas story with the children, encouraging them to think about the ‘Star’ which played such a significant part in the birth of Jesus. The children listened attentively to the story, sung along with gusto to ‘Twinkle, twinkle’ and ‘Happy Birthday to Jesus’, and thoroughly enjoyed getting very messy and sticky decorating their star-shaped biscuits! We hope to return next half-term to share the Easter story.

Tissues at the ready at Manor Mead!

Hot foot from the Playgroup, we made our way to the annual Nativity Play at Manor Mead. We always find this an emotional occasion as the children never cease to amaze us at their courage and ability to perform to an incredibly high standard – so much so that it is easy to forget the disabilities they have to contend with. Once again, a real privilege to be invited to a production that certainly set us in the right frame of mind as we approached Christmas, being reminded, in a truly special way, of the ‘reason for the season’.

AND SO INTO 2011……

‘Valentine’ Coffee Morning

February 11th saw us organise the above for 5-year-old Ajay Mallan, a pupil at Littleton School. Ajay has cerebral palsy and is due to have an operation in America at the end of March to enable him to walk properly. We heard about his situation through the prayer requests from the school and were thrilled to raise £670 at the event which included refreshments with a heart-shaped cookie, Bring & Buy Cake Stall, Bring & Buy Red Stall (keeping with the Valentine theme) and a couple of raffles. It was a wonderful morning, not only with raising the money but having the opportunity of meeting parents from the school as well as people from local churches and the community. Our thanks to everyone who contributed to achieving this brilliant amount, also to ‘Aziatics’, ‘Felicitations’ and ‘Shepperton News’ for their very kind donations. If you would like more information about Ajay and his story, his website is: www.walkingforajay.com. We will continue to pray for Ajay, that the full amount is realised to enable him to have his operation, and that this will be successful so that he will be able to walk properly in the future. We will keep you posted on his progress.



Latest news

2009 - 2010 Posted on Thu, November 04, 2010 21:01:27

Back to school, back to praying and moving out into the community! At the start of term God directed us to a verse in Ephesians: “Now to Him, who by the power that is at work within us, is able to do superabundantly, far over and above all that we (dare) ask or think – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams – to Him be glory…throughout all generations, for ever and ever.” Little did we know quite what He had in store for us!

Following a ‘chance’ meeting with staff from the Roseacre Playgroup on the Saxon School site in Shepperton, we were invited to visit and meet the children. We spent a most enjoyable hour with them one October morning when we received a very warm welcome. We talked with the children about using our mouths for saying nice and helpful things, and we taught them an action song, gave a talk, read a story, made hand puppets and said prayers with them. The children were extremely well behaved and most attentive, and a good time was had by all. We were thrilled to be asked to return in December.

Still reeling from such a fantastic response, a couple of days later we met with Angela Horler, the manager of the new Children’s Centre, also based at the Saxon School site. We were most impressed with the facilities and inspired by Angela’s passion for the work there, the aim being to make the Centre very much part of the community and endeavouring to encourage, support and advise parents how to learn skills and be the best parents they can for their children. We were encouraged and privileged to be considered a part of this vision, as we seek to provide prayerful and, where appropriate, practical support in our community. For more information about the Centre, e-mail Angela on Angela@saxonchildrenscentre.com.

We look forward to developing stronger links with both the Centre and the playgroup. God is definitely opening up doors for us in our community, and it would seem that He is shaking us out of our comfort zone – scary but exciting!

A date to remember – Tuesday 16th November – Pray Day for Schools. This is a day when schools (all types from nursery to sixth form) across Europe and around the world are the focus of prayer.



Summer Term News

2009 - 2010 Posted on Sun, May 30, 2010 22:25:17

Hi everyone – I hope you all enjoy the May half-term break.

As promised, an update on the Day of Prayer we held for Thamesmead School in Shepperton on 12th May. We had a most successful day with 33 people attending our 5 sessions which were led by members of our local clergy. There was a Prayer Walk, Prayer Stations, a Prayer Tree which the teaching staff had put prayers on, and a lunch for invited guests. We were delighted to welcome school staff, the Chairman of the School Governors, people from local churches, 2 Borough Councillors and the Mayor. It was encouraging to realize just how many people have a real heart for everyone at the school. We will continue to pray for all those at the school and for the forging of stronger links between it, the Jubilee Church, who kindly allowed us to use their building for the venue, and the community as a whole. It was suggested that we have a similar event in the future, and we are considering this for the Autumn term. Something we have learnt is that all God looks for when He wants to do something is a willing, obedient heart, then He does the rest! He has proved again that by having faith we can see the invisible, believe the incredible and receive the impossible.

There was also an evening event which was run by the youth workers from the Jubilee Church which included games, worship, and a couple of Thamesmead pupils gave their testimonies. It was very much a fun evening and a good time was had by all.

Some of our Schools’ Prayer Group with Mayor Caroline Spencer



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