By -, Apr 26 2019 02:43PM

It was "A’s" birthday. Her husband, "R", had invited Jennie and I over to a meeting hall for a surprise party that he had arranged. When we got there, there were only a dozen or so guests. We arrived and got settled into conversations with people we knew and met those we didn’t. When one of us got the message that "A" was nearly there, we all hid in corridors around the main meeting room. I heard the door open, silently looked at those I hid with and counted backwards from ten.

[three… two… one… ZERO!!!

I glanced up at the others for approval for a fraction of a second then jumped out into the room, shouting “SURPRISE!!!”


And, silence…


I was the only one to jump out. For whatever reason, everyone else decided to stay hidden.

I got the timing completely wrong.

“A” looked less surprised, but more quizzically uncertain.


I felt a massive lump develop in my gut in the form of a sort of nervousness I had not yet experienced until this moment.


Had I ruined the surprise? Yup.

Did she finally discover everyone else soon after seeing me? Yes.

Did the party go on and work out completely fine immediately after all this? Absolutely.

But, for my part, I felt my confidence take a nosedive.

At the next surprise party I attend, I’m likely to be the last person to shout “surprise!”.


Over the Passover season, from before Lent through to Passover day, I’ve been reading and writing a portfolio of essays. This is the second set of them since I began my course in Pioneer Mission Leadership with CMS. They’re due this weekend and I’m feeling this weird sense of nerves and I feel like my confidence is hanging heavily on this portfolio’s completion.


The thing is this:

When I talk about God and how much He loves me and has shown His love for me, my confidence is through the roof. When I’m chatting with someone, I could talk for ages about how He’s provided for each one of us. Give me a group of young people and I can point to God’s Kingdom more times than I have fingers to point with! But when it comes to this writing, at this moment, this particular day and week, that confidence has abandoned me.


I know that in my Father, God, is my confidence and I know that I can come to Him with confidence. I know that I can be confident of His Love. I am confident that He provides for my needs and orchestrates things according to my prayer, in line with His perfect will. I am not lacking in confidence.


But today, my confidence is being challenged...

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I’ve started this reflection with a story. My stories usually end with a moral or analogy. I was going to end this with a plea for prayer (different from usual), but…….


As I write this, Jennie has told me that dinner is ready (leftovers). I just joined her as she was dishing up and listened to the last 10 or so minutes of the podcast she was listening to. This one was a recording of a sermon by Michael Ramsden, co-director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He was the visiting speaker at Emmaus Road church. It didn't take the full 10 minutes, in fact it probably only took 3 minutes, and I was in tears. It was like God was reading over my shoulder and was responding to every word I wrote, line by line!


I totally needed to hear this. I think there are people who may read this who need to hear this too.


I'm going to end this reflection here...


Here is the direct link to the podcast Jennie was listening to:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/downloads.emmausrd.co.uk/podcasts/Michael_Ramsden_Part3_18Nov18.m4a


And the link to the Emmaus Road podcast web page:

https://emmausrd.com/series/making-sense-of-faith/

The particular sermon is called "Love & Judgement In A Victimised World"



Because I also have this song going through my head on repeat at the moment, I’ll include this link HERE.


RED ROCKS WORSHIP “Not Afraid”

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SVYcQApc0g)


Thank you for continuing to partner with me in prayer.


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Schools Work

This week, I'm headed back to Selwood Academy after almost three weeks away for Easter holiday. I’m looking forward to meeting with some new young people I might be mentoring, as well as catching up with a few of the mentees that I’ve been meeting with for the first half of this year.

During the lunch break, I’ll be hanging out with about a dozen young people who are part of the Christian Union! While I really love these lunchtime get-togethers, I know the kids have a distinctly limited attention span during the last break of the day in the last day of the week, immediately after a considerably long holiday.

Pray for God’s peace during these times. Also pray that God would give me clarity as I lead the discussion and that he would direct the conversation to communicate His hope for us through the Resurrection and Life of Jesus!

Please pray:

For the kids A, L, J, X, S, M, L, J, B, R, etc. I trust that initials are enough and God will be able to translate your prayers. Pray for peace and clarity for these young people.

For the teaching and support staff at Selwood. There are ongoing stresses and uncertainties that they are facing. Pray for wisdom and patience as they start back into the swing of things and navigate the next term.

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

Last Friday, Good Friday, was a Hope van night. They had hot-cross buns alongside the usual refreshments that are served. I was away, but am told it was a calm night. Please continue to pray for the ministry of Hope as we begin to address the next era, following the anniversary of Hope’s first decade in Frome. Pray that we would be able to see the community around us with God’s eyes. Pray that we would be open to new things, but more importantly, that we would be seeking to follow Jesus as we pursue the anointing He has handed down to us.

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Church Youth Ministry


This Week, Sunday Cafe will be starting up again! We’ll be celebrating Jesus resurrection and life!

Pray that we would be seeking God’s vision for the future of Youth Ministry from the churches in Frome. Pray that we would be faithful to what God is leading us to do.

Pray that He would renew our passion for this ministry and revitalise the excitement that these nights have had in the past.

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Pioneer Training

As I said in the above reflection, I’ll be handing in a portfolio of essays for the Mission and Evangelism module of my training. This Monday, I’ll be starting the “Intro to the Bible” module. I’m really looking forward to this one! The Bible is the foundational text of all that we believe as Christians. It starts and finishes with trees and centres on the Hope of Jesus Christ. If my life had happened differently, I would have loved to be a Bible scholar. God has had different plans. It seems He would rather that my faith were active and alive, that my faith were a verb, a doing word, and that the fruit of this faith is characterised by the how of the contact I have with others, while still being inspired and faithful to the message of God’s Love in the Bible.


Please pray for me as I begin this new module.

I go into Oxford on Mondays. Pray especially during these times that I would have clarity of thought, that my questions would be probing, pertinent, revealing and appropriate.

Pray that my eyes would be open to the Mission Field in front of me, no matter the audience, no matter the discussion.

Pray that the next assessment is encouraging and inspiring. That this module, from beginning to end, would lead me to greater love for and appreciation for our God and His Kingdom!

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Bryce Tangvald

Lay Pioneer Minister & Youth Leader in Frome

Holy Trinity Church Youth Group * FACT (Frome Area Christians Together)

m: 07730589559 * bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

* http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com *

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John 20:31

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By -, Mar 22 2019 11:26AM

I usually write about something from my personal experience and relate it back to a theme or verses from the Bible. This week, I thought I’d write on some of my experiences with the Hope Frome Coffee Van. I know I haven’t included absolutely everything and I’m sure I have probably included more information than some would prefer. Having said that, I would rather speak transparently about what we do.


This Friday is another HOPE Frome Coffee Van night. Every fortnight, a crew of 6-10 hi-viz orange-vested volunteers tow a caravan and gazebo tent into the middle of Frome. Armed with camping chairs and cups of coffee, volunteers readily speak to every passerby, saying, “Evening! Would you like a hot drink?”, an invitation to join those under the heat lamp and coloured lights.


Hope Frome was originally launched in 2008 as a part of HOPE08, a national campaign to organise churches on a national scale for the purpose of urban renewal. The Frome group was initially devised as a collaboration between the Christian communities in the area, various community governing bodies and other community groups, to bring hope into what was then a town challenged with societal concerns, to improve the lives of those they served in the community and to communicate the love of Jesus Christ in every action. The Coffee van is one of several continuing legacies of this campaign and has become an established part of the Friday evening festivities.


Guests are initially introduced to Hope Frome by a large sign lashed to the side of the caravan saying “HOPE Frome: Frome’s Christian Communities sharing the love of God to the people of Frome through practical action.” Even with the sign, the question asked almost every week is “Why are you doing this?” The reply that often leaves my lips is, “We’re here to share the Hope we have in Jesus Christ and the love of God through serving the community in practical ways” This honest answer has been the most honest and speaks volumes to nearly everyone I’ve met while out with the team. When asked what we do, we explain that we care for whoever passes through by giving out hot drinks and a safe space to hang out and chat. Often, the people we chat with are up for a night out and therefore a chance to chat is welcome, even in cold weather. The recent addition of a heat lamp in the tent has been very welcome and has helped to keep the space comfortable.


What shape does one of these nights take? It begins well before 9:30, when the initial group of volunteers arrive, closer to 9 o’clock. The caravan, filled with the tent, chairs and supplies, is towed from it’s storage space to the forecourt of St. John’s church, the big church nearest to the centre of town. This location, while being on the property of a church, is fairly neutral and has the added benefit of being almost central between 3 well visited pub and on the walking route for many returning home after a night out.


After the caravan is parked, the group gather for prayer. As these prayers take the form, we ask God to establish His Kingdom in the hearts of the volunteers and the visitors, for God’s hand of protection over the town, for the Good News of Jesus Christ to be meaningfully communicated, for our eyes to be opened to how God is communicating His love to those we meet in their own language, and so much more. Once the prayers conclude, the setup process begins: A power cable is run from one of the church outlets back to the caravan to power the kettle, lights and heat-lamp, the Gazebo tent is set up and the ten camping chairs are placed in a circle around a small table bearing a tin of biscuits, the drink preparation area is set up while several large jugs of water are collected after which the first kettle of the night is switched on to boil water for the two or so dozen hot drinks we’re about to serve.


Once the site is set up, orange vests are donned and soon people start filtering past and invitations begin to be offered. For some of the volunteers, the orange vests are a form of protection. For others, it is something that separates, divides the volunteers from the visitors. Those who choose not to wear the vests have found that conversations flow more freely. People don’t feel they’re performing or speaking to a foreigner, but that they’re talking with someone on an even playing field, a fellow enjoyer of the evening’s events. I, personally, don’t like the vests. Having said that, I happily throw one on when issues occur, or when it is necessary to distinguish me and my purpose from those who are drunk or involved. The vests come from the days when fights were more common in town. At that time, it was crucial to wear something that would distinguish the Hope volunteers from those who were fighting. However, since the closure of the towns two clubs several years ago, the fights have become the exception rather than the rule. It is in these circumstances that I have to unfold my pocketed vest and velcro it over my top.


In an area that was once notorious for fights and rough characters, Frome has been transformed over the last ten years. The town is now described as “trendy” and “hipster”, with a nearly palpable community spirit active in many corners. When the Hope Coffee van first was established, it was a joint project between the churches and the police. The police once were at the site throughout the night. While we may have the odd opposition to our purpose or presence, these oppositions are rare and challenging behaviour is minimal. As the rough behaviours have generally died down, the police have no longer needed to maintain a presence at the van. We have a radio with a direct line of communication to the bouncers and the police, but this is very rarely used.


While we regularly meet new people, those who regularly visit now know what to expect and past conversations are continued. Some nights are very quiet and we only have a handful of visitors. Other nights are very busy and we see 30 to 50 visitors, a majority of whom are substantially inebriated, many of whom are open to chat. Often the conversation turns to personal beliefs and deeply felt convictions about life. It is these times that I find the most meaningful, the most insightful, the reason why I left the house at 9pm, to stay out till sometimes well after 2am. I may have only had the chance to speak with that one person for the whole night, but that one person was the reason I was there.


These nights are wrapped up around 1:30am, at which point the setup process is done in reverse. Once everything is put away, the volunteers conclude whatever lingering discussions may have been drawn out and they come together in the hall of a church property. The evening concludes with a debrief time. Prayer requests are offered and volunteers are given space to say anything they need to get off their chest, after which the group spends some time in prayer. These precious times are spend giving thanks for the events evening and bringing the concerns of the visitors before God. During this time, everyone is very tired and, while the prayer time is appreciated and isn’t rushed, volunteers are eager to get home to their own beds.


I have loved the last 4 years that I’ve been involved with Hope Frome and totally look forward to continuing to be a part of developing a visionary culture, seeking God’s inspiration for serving the greater communities of Frome.


Colossians 1:25-28

25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.


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Schools Work

This week, I’ll be in Frome College. As ever, I’ll be mentoring my group of boys and spending the lunch break with them and other young people. PRAY FOR THESE TIMES! Many young people in Frome College are really struggling with things. The staff find it challenging to find ways to draw these young people back to a place where they actually want to learn. While I’m mentoring, I often reflect with the boys on the need for them to be in the race and stay in the race in order to finish well. Pray that God would communicate His love to these young people through me.

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

As is hopefully clear from the above reflection, this week, the HOPE COFFEE VAN will be in the forecourt of St John’s church, from 10pm-1:30am, giving out hot drinks and offering a chance to chat with passers by.


PRAY that God would establish His Kingship in our hearts, that we would be able to speak and act with authority in Him, and that people's lives would be transformed by the love of God during these times.

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Church Youth Work


This Sunday night in Trinity Hall, SUNDAY CAFE is happening! We’ll be there from 6:30-8:30, playing games, eating snacks and having fun. This week, we’ll be in the second week of our series leading up to the events of Jesus death and resurrection! Totally exciting! Please pray!


We’re developing a new CULTURE of Vision for future ministry to Youth in Frome from Holy Trinity. PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS! GET INVOLVED!

If you’re interested in having a hand in working with teens/tweens, please get in touch!



Here’s the latest:


H o l y T r i n i t y F r o m e Y o u t h M i n i s t r y

HTFYM: Prayer, Culture and Vision Night

When & Where?: Thursday 28th March, 7:30pm @ Holy Trinity

Who?: Parents, Supporters, Facilitators, Future Volunteers, Prayer Partners, etc!

What?: Pray! Renewed Vision for Youth Ministry Culture!

We are seeking God’s direction as we renew our vision for ministering to/with young people (teens and young adults) in Holy Trinity.

If you do or don’t have experience in Youth Ministry, that’s fine.

No matter who you are, no matter your age or ability, if you are interested in being involved in one way or another, or you have a burning desire to see the younger generation fostered in a relationship with Jesus Christ,

PLEASE come along!

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Pioneer Training

As many of you know, I’m studying at Church Mission Society for a diploma in Pioneer Mission Leadership. I’m doing an extended training time to allow me to pursue Pioneer Missions in the context of Frome.


At the moment, I’m in the middle of a series of essays for a portfolio for the current module. A couple of these essays are meant to be done slightly more creatively than a typical essay. One of these essays is meant to be written in the form of a blog or journal post. And I’ll let you into a secret, the above reflection is one of my writings. It may be a little rough in places and I’m sure I’ve missed out a word, or misspelled something or (as I’ve been known to do in the past) completely forgotten to finish a sentence. But, as it is all done electronically, I will be able to correct and revise this writing until it’s final completion date.


Thank you ALL for your prayers, support and encouragement! I really appreciate it! I KNOW God has called me to His purpose. It’s in this season of learning that I get to focus more intensely on seeking His heart and vision for my life and where He is calling me to serve, to whom and how! Please continue to pray for me through this time.


ALSO, Pray for the vision I’ve been given for the Climbing Centre. I’ve been in contact with a few interested parties and am looking forward to facilitating a collaborative effort centering around indoor climbing. PLEASE PRAY that God would shape the hearts of all those who will become involved to be favourable to the Vision God has laid out to serve the greater community. PRAY that it isn’t overtaken by those who can’t see a broad vision beyond their own benefit. Pray that my eyes would remain open to ways that I can be collaborative and open to change and at the same time remain solid in the places where compromise is not an option.

Thanks again for all of your continued support and prayer!

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Bryce Tangvald

Lay Pioneer Minister & Youth Leader in Frome

Holy Trinity Church Youth Group * FACT (Frome Area Christians Together)

m: 07730589559 * bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

* http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com *

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John 20:31

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By -, Mar 15 2019 02:27PM

Hi prayer family! I’m writing on Friday morning rather than Thursday night because I think I need to be getting more sleep but the intense wind that’s been coming up the valley isn’t entirely helping with that (see last week’s reflection.


The thing is this: our communal and personal connection with God is intensely important and should be even more intensely valuable to each one of us. This isn’t just a task that we check off the list every morning (ie: “I ‘say my prayers’ every morning.”), this is what you do when you have a relationship with someone. You talk with them! However, when your friend also happens to be the King of the Universe and Time, you have the privilege of having a first-hand ability to ask for His interaction in your life and intercede to Him for the situations of others!


Roughly 20 centuries ago, Jesus instructed His disciples in how to pray. We call this “The Lord’s Prayer”. We often pray this word-for-word, as if it should be unchanged, but I want to challenge this concept of unchangeability. I Love Jesus’ instruction for the framework shape He gives us to help us to pray, recognising a broad aspect of life. A while ago, I started deconstructing this prayer, looking for the theme behind the line in the prayer. I want to encourage you to do the same.


Below, I’ve included the version I’ve put together. The original prayer is in Bold, what I’m thinking and often praying alongside the original is in Italics and (Parentheses). This is an ongoing process and when something new is revealed to me in this prayer, I add it. It may not be “correct”, but it is coming from me, I’ve made it my own. To me, it’s not just a set of words on the page.


My Father, who is in heaven,

(My Father, YahWeh, in Heaven)

hallowed be Your Name;

(Your Name is holy, set apart, Yours alone)

(May) Your Kingdom come;

(May You rule and reign in my life and throughout the world)

(May) Your Will be done,

(in, by and through me, before all else)

on earth as it is in heaven.

(Like our home in Heaven)

Give us this day our daily bread.

(I look to You for all my provision and thank You for what You give)

And forgive us our trespasses,

(forgive my sins, look beyond my brokenness, my imperfections that separate me from You.

Give me grace through my wrongdoing towards You & others)

as we forgive those that trespass against us.

(Teach me forgiveness)

Lead us not into temptation;

(lead me out of & away from temptation)

but deliver us from evil

(keep me from this evil, so eager to draw me in)

For Yours is the Kingdom,

(I give to You ALL Kingship, Authority and Reign in my life

and the right to do whatever You want with it)

the Power,

(I give You whatever I hold onto

and ask for Your power to be revealed in and through me and in the world)

and the Glory,

(I live to honour You, Be glorified in my every action)

for ever and ever.

(Now and for All time)

Amen.


(you’ll notice in the verses I’ve copied below that our modern version of this prayer is clearly altered, but these definitions add to the depth and value of the prayer. Don’t be afraid to give depth and value on your own in your own prayer time.)


Matthew 6:9-13

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us today our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’


Luke 11:1-4

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

3 Give us each day our daily bread.

4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation.’”



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Schools Work

Today, I’m going into Selwood Academy! Please pray for me as I mentor and run the Christian Union there. Pray for peace and blessing to be in this place and in the whole of the school! May God be known in and from this place!

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Church Youth Ministry

PLEEEEEZE pray for Youth Ministry out of Trinity Church. Sunday Cafe will be happening this Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30 and is a free weekly event for young people from 11-18. We play games, have fun, eat snax and chat about themes and character building principles from the Bible, connecting them to modern life. Please come along (or send your teenagers!)


We’re developing a new CULTURE of Vision for future ministry to Youth in Frome from Holy Trinity. PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS! GET INVOLVED!

If you’re interested in having a hand in working with teens/tweens, please get in touch!

Here’s the latest:

H o l y T r i n i t y F r o m e Y o u t h M i n i s t r y

HTFYM: Prayer, Culture and Vision Night

When & Where?: Thursday 28th March, 7:30pm @ Holy Trinity

Who?: Parents, Supporters, Facilitators, Future Volunteers, Prayer Partners, etc!

What?: Pray! Renewed Vision for Youth Ministry Culture!

We are seeking God’s direction as we renew our vision for ministering to/with young people (teens and young adults) in Holy Trinity.

If you do or don’t have experience in Youth Ministry, that’s fine.

No matter who you are, no matter your age or ability, if you are interested in being involved in one way or another, or you have a burning desire to see the younger generation fostered in a relationship with Jesus Christ,

PLEASE come along!


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Pioneer Training

I’ve been given the name of some connections with people in the area who are interested in having a role in developing a Climbing facility in Frome. Please pray as I meet these people. Pray that they would be open to receiving the Vision for this thing that GOD has given me. Pray that they recognise the value of pursuing it in the direction that I’ve been going. Pray that within this, there would be a solid witness to God’s goodness, hope and provision throughout how this project proceeds!

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Bryce Tangvald

Lay Pioneer Minister & Youth Leader in Frome

Holy Trinity Church Youth Group * FACT (Frome Area Christians Together)

m: 07730589559 * bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

* http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com *

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John 20:31

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By -, Mar 7 2019 05:18PM

Last night was another windy night. Because our bedroom is on the top floor and the ceiling is vaulted to the contours of the roof above, I hear the wind battering the front of the house. I sometime find it particularly difficult to sleep if I can hear one of our clay roof tiles clinking against it’s neighbour. On more than one occasion I’ve woken up in a panic as I hear a single drip fall from a rafter onto carpet, the result of the wind blowing rain up and under the roof tiles and the damp-proof fabric. So I am a little on edge when it’s windy like this.

But at the same time, I love the results of the wind. I think it’s God’s way of clearing away the dirt and breaking away the dead or unhealthy branches out of trees, clearing away disease and shallow growth in order to make space for health and fruitful growth. This image reminds me of Jesus talking about the pruning of unfruitful branches. Is the wind one of God’s methods of pruning creation?

I love that the Spirit of God is known in Hebrew as the “Ruach HaKodesh”, which means, literally, the Wind or Breath of Holiness. The word “Kodesh” means Holy, set apart, the only one. “Ruach” is interpreted in a load of ways, but each of the various translations speak to ways we see God reveal His Spirit. In Genesis, we see God’s breath being present as He called the creation into being. In Exodus we see a “strong east wind” part the Red Sea for the Israelites (Ex 14:21). Fast forwarding to the New Testament, after He defeated death, Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (Jn 20:22). Then, after Jesus went to be with the Father, the disciples experienced a “violent rushing wind” and they were all filled with the Pneuma Hagios (greek), or the Ruach HaKodesh (hebrew).

So, when you next step outside on a windy day and have lean hard, pressing into a heavy gale, use it to remind you of the presence of God being made known, in a very physical way throughout ALL of His creation!


John 3:8 New International Version (NIV)

8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.


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Schools Work

This week, I’ll be at Frome College, mentoring and hanging out with the lads! So you’re aware, Christian Union has evolved to include me facilitating a safe space for a group of underachieving lads to hang out, mess around, and sometime talk (briefly) about deep things. I’m totally comfortable with this relationship to what used to be an obvious “Christian Union”. But I would really love a lot of prayer for these lunch-time groups.


Please pray:

For the leadership at Frome College. There are a number of challenges facing this school, from the teaching staff to the support staff, to those decision makers who have to make the difficult decision to alter educational funding or distribute unfavourable performance reviews, and all the repercussions that follow these sorts of decisions. There are known inadequacies. I don’t know where Frome College stands on these fronts at the moment, but I do know that they need more Prayer and Interaction from various members of the Body of Christ! (could you be one of these interactors?)

For the students who are dealing with the various dilemmas mentioned above. School isn’t the only issue these young people are facing. They also deal with social and emotional dilemmas. Their anxieties are allowed to reek havoc on their hearts, unchecked. Depression is equally active, but arguably more destructive.

• Pray specifically for:

o J*, B*, B*, A*, C*, S* (no distinct names, but I think you get the idea)

For me, visiting with both of these groups. Fridays (my visiting day) are always somewhat chaotic, being the end of the week. Pray that my presence would be peace-bringing and life giving.

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

Well, Last Sunday, the Frome Independent Market was cancelled due to a forecast of bad wind (insert stifled chuckling here). But really, they didn’t want a flock of airborne gazebo tents to take flight, mid market, clobbering hundreds and causing the market calamity of the decade. So, all that to say we didn’t run the HOPE Oasis at the market.


BUT this Friday is the Friday Night HOPE Coffee Van! If you’re in Frome this Friday night between 10pm and 1:30am, please drop by and pray WITH us and see what we’re about!

Please Pray, These nights can be cold and unforgiving, but I often arrive back home afterwards absolutely buzzing, excited to see what God has been doing in the conversations I’ve had over the process of the night! Pray that Those we meet this week would meet with God in a real, authentic, Spirit-filled way. Pray for at least one major healing from God. Pray that one person would walk away with a Bible, eager to read it cover-to-cover! Pray that people would begin a new life following The Way of Jesus!

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Church Youth Work

This Sunday night, SUNDAY CAFE is on from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Trinity Hall! We’ll be chatting over part 2 of our mini-series on Creation, setting the scene for the situations we (humanity) are in the middle of in the present.


Help Wanted!

HOLY TRINITY FROME’S YOUTH MINISTRY are looking for people like YOU to join us. We are looking for willing and capable volunteer youth leaders, volunteer evening event facilitators and dedicated Prayer partners. Volunteering doesn’t necessarily mean you will need to be at every single weekly event. It means you will join a group of people looking to serve the Young people who come to youth events.

If you volunteer to help out with games, you have the chance to communicate respect, stewardship, honour, patience, and so much more through your actions.

As a facilitator, you will be helping with the initial set-up, clean up and in-between eventualities of the night, preparing the space and snacks or even meals, to give space for the leaders to devote their attention to games and conversations with young people. (you are intensely valuable and will be appreciated to no end!!!!)

As a dedicated prayer partner, you’re committing to pray throughout each night, to pray for each of the leaders, to pray specifically for each of the young people throughout the night and into the coming week! You may be assigned a specific name, you may be given an initial, you might be given general prayer request, but you will be part of the prayer army, standing firm in intercession… (I’ll stop before I get carried away. Prayer partners, whether you are recognised or not, you are amazing! Continue to seek God for vision and inspiration, regardless of anything else!)


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Pioneer Training


This week, I went to a presentation by the Town Council, looking at developing commercial and residential areas in Frome. It was very encouraging and was well received with many issues eager to be addressed, but still very positive. In fact, the vision for a Climbing Centre in this space was actually hinted at, multiple times!! (My knees are raw from praying for this! Please join me as we pray for provision for this sort of community developing, people-drawing enterprise!)

Following this presentation was a presentation proposing for the creation of a Children & Young People Project Development Officer post, which was FIRMLY agreed upon unanimously by the council! In fact, the initial proposal for a one-year short-term post was doubled to two with a potential for future extensions, pending review. This is HUGE news for Young people’s provision in the town as there has been a void of provision in Frome and this is proposed taking into account the specific needs of the actual youth residents of the town!

Praise God!


Finally, I’m really pushing in to a lot of reading and getting my head around what we mean when we talk about “Mission”, “Evangelism” and “The Incarnation”. It’s deep stuff that demands a well reasoned, well sourced approach. I’m not writing a novel, just a few thousand words (about 20 pages), but I need to can all that I’ve read and learned and try to collate it into an easily digestible piece of writing.

PLEEEEEEZE pray for me. If ever my anxieties get up, it’s because of these essays and getting it “right”.


Thank you all, once again, for your prayers. God is good and faithful to complete everything He has started. The time you spend praying is incredibly valuable as you are advertently coming before God, laying our lives before Him, saying “do whatever You think is best”. If we need more of anything, we need more prayer!

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Bryce Tangvald

Lay Pioneer Minister & Youth Leader in Frome

Holy Trinity Church Youth Group * FACT (Frome Area Christians Together)

m: 07730589559 * bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

* http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com *

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John 20:31

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By -, Feb 28 2019 06:25PM

In my reading lately, I’ve been looking at how the Incarnation of God into this world through Jesus. In Jesus whole life, death and resurrection, we see His all encompassing LOVE poured out for us! Taking it one step further, I’ve been looking more specifically at how God’s incarnate love makes contact with us.


If you come into contact with ice you feel it’s coldness. If you STAY in contact with ice, you become cold, you take on it’s cold characteristics. But if you insulate yourself against the cold, the effect of the cold ice will be limited, or even cancelled out entirely. This insulation could be through clothing, through how close or far you are from the ice, or if you isolate yourself from it inside a building, the walls become your insulation.


In the same way, through Jesus, God has made contact with us. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So, we will never leave contact with Jesus. If I stick with the ice analogy, does our contact with Jesus mean we will start taking on the characteristics of Jesus? I sure hope so!



I often come to this place of saying to God as my adopted Father, “How can you love me so much… You know what I am, what I’ve been, what I’ve entertained in my head and my heart. You know that I’ve done and what I’ve not done… and still you love me. Still, Jesus is alive… for me. I am alive because of Your love for me!”


And once I’ve blown my nose and splashed some water on my face to wash the tears away, I come to a new place of recognition. I’m in CONTACT with God! What happens now? Will others notice a unique characteristic that says I’ve been with God? When Moses visited God and spoke with Him face to face “like a friend”, he glowed because he had been in the presence of the Lord. Do I glow? Or is there something else?


In Philippians 2, Paul talks about being “United with Christ”. Then, he goes on to talk about what shape your life takes if you’re influenced by God’s love. It’s amazing! We’re united as a community, we aren’t selfish, we don’t think more highly of ourselves than we should, we value the interests of others. Sounds wonderful to me! But reading this makes me wonder about the body of Christ. I’ve seen some amazing ministries and missions that have been done, but it seems to be only a few who do it. It’s like our spiritual mittens have become a barrier to God working through each of us. Have we allowed ourselves to become insulated against the cooling effects of the presence of God in our lives? I wonder what would life look like for followers of Christ look like if we weren’t so well insulated?


I’ve found some music particularly helpful for studying. It’s instrumental worship music. The music label “Integrity Music” have brought out instrumental worship albums over the last few years, the first of which is called “Still: Volume 1” by RIvers & Robots. The second is called ”Still: Volume 2” by the Bright City. And the third (which is yet to be released in full) is called “Still: Volume 3” by The Creak. One of the songs from this album has been released to interest people in purchasing the album when it’s released in full. This song is an instrumental rendition of the song “Reckless Love”. It will not be to everyone’s liking, but it is a brilliant background soundtrack to listen to while recognising God’s contact with you on a personal level. If you know the song, you can sing along with it. I’m a wreck if I sing along to it. The absolute certainty of God’s love for me as part of His creation is mind-blowing and puts me into a very emotional place.


Have a listen to one of the 3 “Still” album links above and at the same time, have a read through Philippians 2. Seek God’s contact in this time and allow this time with God to effect you and who you’re becoming. If you notice God making a change in you, tell me about it in an email!


Thank you for continuing to pray for me and for the mission God is calling me into. God’s provision and His love for my wife and I are worth everything to me. Pray that we would see God’s hand working in so many more ways and that people would come to know Him in real and personal ways as a result of what He is doing through us!


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Schools Work

This week I’ll be in Selwood Academy! I haven’t been to Selwood in ages! We’ve had a snow-day a half-term break AND an inset day. The thing about it is that God is still working in these kids lives whether I’m there or not!


Please Pray that God would have communicated something unique to each of the kids at the school.

Pray for me as I go into Selwood this week to mentor and facilitate a Christian Union. These kids love this time and use it to blow off steam. Pray that these kids would be inspired to seek deeper, to understand the heart of their maker!

Also pray for the leadership and teaching staff. The school has just returned from a BIG skiing trip and the staff must’ve been absolutely exhausted by the end of it! Pray for resilience, strength and wisdom for getting through the next half of this term!

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

THIS SUNDAY is the first of TEN Frome Independent Artisan Markets! HOPE Oasis will be out in the Market Yard, opposite the Community Fridge, handing out cups of water as well as being a water refill station, and offering a calm place to sit to get out of the business of the market for a moment.

PRAY that the Hope of Jesus Christ would be communicated, even if not verbally, in this place. Pray for all the volunteers that God would give us wisdom in what to say and do. Pray that God’s Kingdom would be made known in the town of Frome!

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Church Youth Work

SUNDAY CAFE is ON this week! TONIGHT is a Youth Group planning meeting. We’ll be looking at possibly shifting how we do things to keep youth events interesting. PRAY for inspiration and wisdom as we seek God’s heart for serving these young people. Pray for the parents we’ll be connecting with in the coming weeks to hear from them what shape they think the ministry to youth should take in Trinity Church.

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Pioneer Training

I’m continuing my studies at CMS. For the moment, a lot of time is put into researching and drawing quotes from sources to put together a cohesive, integrated thought. Not exactly my forte. Actually, I could use a lot of prayer on this front. Also, I could use a massive helping of prayer in not getting sidetracked. It’s far too easy for me to get stuck in a tangent of research or reading that doesn’t actually help me to complete the task at hand.


In other news, This week coming is another developer meeting. This time it’s optional, but I think I need to try to make an appearance. Pray that I would hear God’s heart for this project and that He would speak through me. Pray that God would use me to make His Kingdom known in this place!

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Bryce Tangbald

Lay Pioneer Minister & Youth Leader in Frome

Holy Trinity Church Youth Group * FACT (Frome Area Christians Together)

m: 07730589559 * bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

* http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com *


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John 20:31

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