By -, Dec 3 2018 11:36AM

I’m not going to go into a story from my past today. I just want to tell you a little teensy tiny bit about what I’ve been doing lately. I’m currently studying Pioneer Mission Leadership at Church Mission Society (CMS). This is an accredited ministry course that is recognised by the Church of England for providing training for those who are looking to be ordained as priests and deacons. CMS specialises in training a particular type of ministry, Pioneering. This is what I’m training to be, a Pioneer minister/missionary.


Whenever I tell people that I am a pioneer minister/missionary, most people think of covered wagons and other various ideas. The short story is that Pioneer ministers look at ways of pioneering the future of the ministry of the Church. This could be changing or transforming our idea of what’s typical in the traditions of church. It could be developing ways of connecting local communities with prayer or spirituality. It could be something as simple as a Bible and baking club. It could be something as complex as an international prayer movement. Pioneers are sometimes seen as those who are dreamers and visionaries. They have a knack for not fitting in. They live outside of the box. That’s Pioneering. Simple? Not necessarily. Complicated? Doesn’t have to be. Exciting? Definitely!


This week, I’ve been plowing through the first essay of the first module in my first year. I haven’t written essays for about 20 years, so the essay writing is a bit daunting. There’s a part of me that desperately wants to “get it right” and ace the essays and assignments I’m given. There’s a bigger part of me that loves being in this place of formation, in a situation where Jesus is given centre stage in 7 days of every week and God is glorified. There’s no need to rush it or wish it away. What would be worse is if I were to be formulaic and prescriptive in my approach, not being flexible enough to let the Holy Spirit move me.


Having said that I haven’t really been in formal education for a while (other than a handful of internships, an apprenticeship and EMT training), I decided to do a 2 year Diploma course over 3 years. The reason being that doing it over 3 years gives me the literal time and space to put into developing pioneer projects and ministries of my own. When I’ve needed a break from studying, I’ve been able to have lunch with people and chat and pray with them. I’ve been able to be in more situations that God has been pointing me toward. It’s totally cool!


The thing, for me, is this: I still go into schools to mentor and run Christian Unions (and I’m now officially a chaplain at one of the schools), and while I’m there I see something in the kids that I won’t see in their parents. There’s a subtle underlying depression and apathy. Many of the kids who have personal aspirations are not encouraged or supported in their goals and are therefore left in a place of hopelessness. There are also a substantial amount of kids who have little to no aspirations. All of the situations I see in these young people speak of more than just the situation of the “youth of today”, it speaks to the situation of their parents and the generations that have come before them. A society that lives without aspiration will support others to do the same. We have a huge opportunity to care. We need to step up and do it!


As I said above, Pioneers are visionaries. We “live in a place of vision”. Nicky Gumbel once wrote in a devotional “Vision has been defined as a combination of ‘a deep dissatisfaction with what is and a clear grasp of what could be’. If you have vision, you will always be able to say, ‘It’s not over.’ ” With that said, I have a vision how we, as the people of God move forward in our ministry. We will need to use all of the gifts and provision that God has given us and support each other in this ministry, but people’s lives will be transformed and God’s Love and Hope will be made known in this place. The vision I have been given is not small and it is a challenging task, but I know that in Christ I am able to do anything.With God, nothing is impossible! Neither is anything out of the question. Not even a lack of funds, resources or help. God has done more with those situations than with situations of plenty, situations of high profile or major international assistance. 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish… a stuttering coward… a wimpy boy with a handful of soldiers… a servant king murdered by the people he loved… God has done it all! If He can do amazing things with odds like these, He can carry out the vision He’s planted in me!


Here’s the catch, If you want to know more, you’ll have to ask me! Send me an email or talk to me in person. I’d love to help you find a way to get involved!


I feel like I need to leave the link to a song. I haven’t done that in a while. This song is speaking to me at the moment. I’ll write next week about the song that is making me an emotional wreck at the moment.

Make My Life A Prayer To You ~Keith Green


Schools Work


This week, I’ll be at FROME COLLEGE! Pray for this school. There are very few Christian influences here. It’s often the case that faith is seen as unnecessary and those who have a faith are marginalised. Depression and anxiety are very common and these two things are influential in this school. Self harming and suicidal tendencies are found in a good number of the kids


Please pray:


For the kids. They need to know the Love and Hope of Jesus. Without Him, they will continue in their spiritual spiral and will end up with more brokenness and despair than they have now. Pray that God would break through the barriers that they have been taught to hold up against Him and against pursuing faith in Him.


For the staff. Who have challenges with budget and staffing shortages. There are a number of frustrations that don’t seem to be letting up any time soon. Pray for a new excitement and a sort of freedom for the staff who are holding their own in the middle of the challenges they’re facing.


For me. I need inspiration for how to reach kids who don’t want to hear anything about God. I have a few kids I see regularly, but my conversations end up being more about managing to keep the dirty jokes to a minimum more than sharing that Jesus loves them.


Town Missions Work, Hope Frome


This Sunday is the LAST Hope Oasis @ the Frome Independent Market for 2018!!! We’ve given away well over 500 litres of water, served peace and refreshment to hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people. More to the point, we’ve shared the message of the Hope of Jesus Christ, in one way or another, to each of them


Please pray: This month is the Christmas market. We’ve put together a brilliant Christmas Card and attached a Star ornament to give out.


Church Youth Work


This week, Sunday Cafe is ON! 6:30-8:30.


MORE IMPORTANTLY, this SATURDAY NIGHT, we’ll be joining the Movement Worship event happening at WELLS CATHEDRAL. We’ll be leaving Trinity Church at 6:30. It’ll feature Tom Smith, Worship Leader at Soul Survivor and Joshua Luke Smith, a christian rapper. This’ll be a blast! If you know ANY teenagers, Invite them along!


Pioneer Training


I’ve already written about CMS, but Please keep praying for inspiration and that God would continue shaping me to be who He wants me to be!

By -, Sep 28 2018 11:00AM

Ok, so I’m now in formal theological training at Church Mission Society in Oxford. With that in mind, you’re likely to see a subtle shift in what I write about. I hope my writing style doesn’t change too much or go too far over people’s heads, but I still feel it’s valuable for me to connect you with where God is leading me, so we can go on this little road-trip together!


I was so caught up in what I was doing last week that I forgot to write! This may happen from time to time. Please continue to support me in prayer though! I see prayer as a sort of “arm-chair missionary” work: you do the mission of God through your prayers. God is calling me (and US!) into many things. Perhaps you’ve been called into ministry of support and prayer?! On to the thought for the week!


Today’s my birthday. I’m twenty-six...teen. Yes, you read that right, Twentysixteen. (just do the math, 20+6+teen) (I’ll leave that with you). This morning, my wife gave me a birthday card. It’s homemade, printed on our home printer on normal printing paper. The image on the front doesn’t quite reach the edges of the page. It’s not got a specialized greeting printed on the inside saying “Best wishes on your Birthday, champ!” It doesn’t have a pin-on badge proudly stating my age. Nor does it play “Happy Birthday” when you open it. But it’s thoroughly brilliant. In fact, I nearly cried when I opened it.


Here’s why: For the record, I’m a BIG batman fan, my initials even spell B.A.T.. So, this birthday card has on it a custom designed BatMan symbol on it with a unique, intricate network of lines making up the shape. Below this, there is a brilliant batman quote from the comics. In fact, there are two: one on either side. The messages are pertinent to me, personally, and reflect the feelings that the person who gave it to me has for me. This card is a one of a kind! There’s not another one like it! This card was made with me in mind. Inside is a heartfelt message underlining our life together, up until now and on into the future. This card, at its core, symbolises Jennie’s love for me!


I have begun “Pioneer Mission Leadership Training” to become a Licensed Lay Pioneer Missionary/Minister. What a ride! Suffice to say, it’s all the adrenaline and intensity of a roller coaster but stretched out over a long period. At it’s foundation, it is theological training.We are learning to reflect theologically on the culture and context we live in. In a recent book I was reading, I came to an interesting conclusion. This may be a subtle leap, but it works in my head, so go with it. The word “Theology” has at it’s root two Greek words: Theo- [God] and -logy [word, speaking, talk]. So “Theology literally means speaking or talking about God, explaining the experience of God, literally: Words of God. The suffix “-logy” is rooted in the word “Logos”. When I looked up the definition of Logos, this is what the internet dictionary gave me:


Logos /ˈlɒɡɒs/ noun

1. the Word of God, or principle of divine reason and creative order, identified in the Gospel of John with the second person of the Trinity incarnate in Jesus Christ.


Whoa! Intense! Thanks for that awesome revelation, Google dictionary!!

The book i was reading pointed out that someone once referred to Moses as a kind of “theology”. In Exodus 4, God instructs Moses to give words to Aaron, his brother,to give to the children of Israel and God would instruct both of them how to speak. So, God’s words were transferred. I wonder, if the word was transferred to Moses and Aaron, when we received the Word as transferred through His Spirit and the Bible, does that mean that we, ourselves, ARE a form of “Theology”?


Later in the Bible, we read that the Word of God built all of creation and creation only exists because the Word of God holds it together. Ultimately, we read that the Word of God organised itself into Flesh and lived with us. He made a sacrifice in His very existence, ultimately taking on our death, defeating it’s power and imprisonment over us for all eternity. Finally, the Word of God put Himself into our lives, leaving the Spirit of His Word to counsel us in all things.


In this life, we have been given a gift. In fact, the gifts we have been given are endless! We could never count them all! NEVER. It is the heart of God, His Love for us as shown through His Word. Jesus, the One anointed to bring us out of darkness, out of captivity to destruction, into healing from brokenness and pain, into life, TRUE Life with Him and in Him! Once we give up the broken lives we live, giving them over to Him, it’s as if we were reborn! And our old lives are over. From that moment on, everything is made new! Things may look like the same-old stuff we were used to, but as we look deeper, as we unwrap this new life, we see something so much bigger. We see the love that God has shown us in each and every part of each and every day. And this love is lived out of us as well! It’s so big, it has to be shared! How amazing would it be if everyone you know right now knew this love for themselves?!

I’ll leave that there!


2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!


John 1:1-5, 14

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[understood] it.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


Father, bless these people who read this today! Open hearts and minds to know something more of you! Build YOUR life in their hearts! Establish Your Kingship firmly in their lives! And lead people into the mission You have for them! Help them to realise that they are anointed in the same anointing that Jesus first had, that we now carry on! Teach us how to move in this anointing, under your rule and your reign! Build Your Kingdom Here, and start with me!

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Schools Work

I’m at SELWOOD ACADEMY this week! I’ll be catching up with the kids I mentor and chatting with the CU Group.


Wednesday, Richard Kelley, James Markham and I sat down with the head of Selwood, Mrs. Jean Hopegood and the Diocese (Church county) of Bath & Wells Chaplaincy advisor. We began training in Chaplaincy and are slowly becoming official school chaplains! I’ll be continuing with pastoral care for the children as I have been, but also assisting James and Richard with their pastoral areas. This is huge! God is placing us in a particular role of trust in this school! May He be glorified in all we do!

Please pray:

For God to be made known in the lives of the children and staff at Selwood.

• For the children and staff, that they would each have a unique experience of God’s Love in their lives and His hand working in obvious ways!

• For James, Richard and I, that we would be made ready for this! That God would equip us with His Love, His wisdom and knowledge, and with His Father-heart for each of the people we meet.


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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

It’s a Coffee Van Friday this week! We’ll be out in St. John’s forecourt from 10pm-2am, sharing hot drinks and a chance to sit and chat. Pray that the conversations reflect God’s love. Also pray for us as we go on our prayer walk, which usually involves handing out copious amounts of Jelly Babies and long chats with passers by. Pray that the Kingship of God would be built up in the town of Frome!

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Church Youth Work

SUNDAY CAFE is ON this week! We’ll be in the 3rd week of exploring prayer and our connection with the Maker of all Creation in our REALationship series! Pray that we’d be faithful in what God is calling us to do, how God is calling us (leaders) to minister. These Young people are precious. They’re not only the future of the Church. They’re PRESENTLY part of the church and should be valued and invested in with equal measure to those who’ve been in the church 10 times longer. (parable of the workers in the fields, anyone???)


Please pray

• For fresh inspiration, fresh new life, a wash of new faces and new charism, and a huge downpour of giving.


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Pioneer Training

I’ve made it through Induction and Week 1 of Pioneer Mission Leadership training at CMS! I am still feeling as though I’ll be swamped at various points, but week one was an absolute blessing! The first module is designed to help you to reflect, theologically, on your understanding of faith, God, culture & society, and ultimately on your social context, the people in the place you live. The idea is that you don’t DO mission ON them, that will never work. You reflect on their situation and you care for them based on their needs and values. And the ultimate motivation is that God is glorified and Jesus’ anointing is pursued!

There are already a good handful of people who I have cross-links with, which is always fun to find! And several of us have outdoorsy backgrounds, so we’ll likely be making connections that way!

But all this to say, I still need a bucket of prayer:

Please Pray:

• For me through the beginning of what will probably be one of the more mentally challenging things I’ve done in a while.

• For my spiritual walk. I feel pretty strong right now, but when everything I believe is systematically pulled to pieces, pray that God pulls it all back together and keeps my tethers tight!

• For Jennie and I. I’ve stepped away from a paying job so I can focus on this training and ministering in the context of Frome (as a whole). This decision was made mutually between Jennie and I as we both feel that God is leading us into a more missional direction for our life.

• For the vision I’ve seen that I feel is God’s leading me into doing something. Pray that I’d be eager and willing. That I’d be hot off the mark, in the right gear, on the ball with the things I need to do, that God is telling me to do!

• Above all, that God is Glorified in my life!

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John 20:31

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By -, Sep 17 2018 01:56PM

Hello again! My aim this week is to make this brief. That said, I’ve got about a month to try to catch up on. A week ago, Jennie and I had just landed after a holiday visiting family in America for a couple of weeks. We were (are) horrendously jet lagged and are only just now getting back into the swing of things.


While we were away, we had the opportunity to visit some landscapes that should only ever be experienced in person. No photo could ever do these beautiful places justice! They’re literally TOO beautiful. As Mike Pilavachi would say, “Wow!! Flippin’ WOW!!!” (Mike Pilavachi, an English Youth Pastor and leader of Soul Survivor, in his explanation of his reaction to the Grand Canyon).


One of these places was in a valley with a beautifully clear lake in the bottom of it, surrounded by intensely stunning mountains! The central mountains are called the Maroon Bells and are “the most photographed Wilderness area in the U.S.”! And it’s easy to see why! Surrounding it’s base is a skirt of pine trees and aspens, with leaves like a lime tree, but white bark like a birch. The sun rises to it’s left and set’s to it’s right, setting off the range of grays and reds in the lateral striations of the visible rocky layers. We visited at sunset and shafts of light spreading out in front of the mountain left me absolutely speechless. At one point, I looked from one direction to another and i couldn’t see a single thing that wasn’t intensely beautiful. I’ll confess, here and now, that I nearly broke down and cried. It was amazing!



The thing is this: There was an extravagance in this particular place, like a sense that God didn’t need to make it so stunningly gorgeous, but He wanted to. This place, in my mind, illustrated just how much God extravagantly loves ALL of what He’s created, living and breathing or not!


I’ll extend that on to us! How much must He love us that He would put us onto a planet that, if you look in any direction with the right perspective, you can’t help but find an exquisite beauty in it. As challenging as it may be for us to see it and admit it, we live in an existence completely surrounded by miracles. Much of creation has become “ordinary”, but only because we’ve become accustomed to it, not because it’s any less miraculous. We often view miracles as limited to Supernatural events. But I’d argue that everything in existence is supernatural! The very fact of their existence is impossible without God!

They shouldn’t exist! These “everyday miracles” were commanded into existence by the mouth of God! Except for the fact that God makes His love for us evident through His creation!


I’ll go into further detail of this in the future. But at the moment, just the thought of this is overwhelming and incredibly powerful. I’ll finish on that point.


Psalm 104: various

1 Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;

you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

2 The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;

he stretches out the heavens like a tent

3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.

5 He set the earth on its foundations;

it can never be moved.

6 You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;

the waters stood above the mountains.

8 they flowed over the mountains,

they went down into the valleys,

to the place you assigned for them.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;

it flows between the mountains.

13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;

the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

24 How many are your works, Lord!

In wisdom you made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in his works—

32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,

who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,

as I rejoice in the Lord.

35(b) Praise the Lord, my soul.

Hallelu-Yah!


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Schools Work

For the FIRST time this year, I’m headed back into schools! I’ll be at Selwood Academy this week! I should be meeting some new mentees and inviting some new and some old children along to the Christian Union! These are always fun! I can’t wait! It’s such an incredible blessing to be a part of these kids lives as they mature and begin to move into an understanding of who God is and their personal relationship with Him!


Remember to pray for Chaplaincy at Selwood! This year we’ll be launching a 3-person chaplaincy, which encompasses Richard Kelley, James Markham and I. We’ll each have our roles under the chaplaincy banner, ministering to the Staff and Administration, ministering to the school as a whole through assemblies, and caring personally for the students through mentoring and the Christian Union.


Please pray:

• For God to move in the lives of these young people as they begin this school year!

• For the Staff, that they would be touched and for God to open their eyes to the Love He has for them

• For the Chaplaincy project

• That God would be Glorified in this school!

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

This week, the Hope Coffee Van will be out in St. John’s forecourt from 10pm-2am

Please pray:

• For God to establish the principles of His Kingdom in the hearts of the volunteers and visitors. That His Good News would be made known and evident

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Church Youth Work

Last week, Sunday Cafe kicked off the new school year with games and a summer catch up, followed by praying over the students headed on to university and maturity! THIS WEEK, we’ll be chatting about Prayer and visiting the Prayer Room that’s been established for this weekend only! I can’t wait!


Please pray

• For the kids to be introduced and reinvigorated in their understanding of who God is and the relationship they can have with Him. That they would be open and eager in this time, able to see what God’s trying to say to them.

• For the leadership. We’re one person down again. They’re not very well at the moment. Pray for their quick and full recovery!

• This also means we may struggle again on certain weeks. Pray that God would provide and fully equip us for what He has ahead of us!


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Pioneer Training

THIS COMING MONDAY, I’ll begin Lay Pioneer Mission Leadership Training at CMS in Oxford. I finished my job as a tree surgeon last tuesday! Gone are the stories of trees, sawdust and chainsaws!

This is a one day per week course that is being pursued with the purpose of equipping me (and others through me) to Pioneer new, unique or creative forms of ministry and service, sharing God’s Love in different ways. I’ll still be living and serving in Frome for the other 6 days of the week though!

Please Pray:

• This is a new step for me! I’ve been out of education for a long time!

• I’m stepping out in faith here. I’ve dropped my tree surgeon job and income because i feel this is what God is leading me to do.

• Pray that I can continue to trust God for provision, to keep my eyes on Him and the visions He has placed on my heart to pursue.

• Pray that I would take this course for all I can get out of it! God has opened some major doors to get me to this place!

• Pray that I am a blessing and God is glorified, that His praises are multiplied through the work He does in and through me!

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John 20:31

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By -, Aug 17 2018 10:31AM

All he wanted was an easier route. It should’ve taken only about 10-15 minutes. The route was obvious enough, once you knew what to look for: the track goes to the right, but there’s a break in the fence on the left. He wanted to drive through the gap in the fence out into the adjacent field in order to make his trips to the timber stacks quicker.

This was one predicament this week. I heard the directions, but didn’t see what my boss was telling me to do. I thought it was one thing, he intended another. When he finally drove his timber-extracting tractor up to his intended route, only to find that I’d started cutting (with a chainsaw) a route through the woodland in completely the wrong direction, the look on his face was actually one of lip-biting patience. My boss and I then cleared the intended route together. It didn’t take too long at all, now that I knew what vision he had in mind. He was right there beside me as we finished the task.


This feeling, the one of not quite understanding the vision, isn’t unique to my situation. I’ve been hearing “vision”, over and over in my head. It’s almost like God is trying to tell me something. (you’d think I’d take the hint by now!) It’s easy to think our way is the right way. It seems good to us and may even feel right, until God shows up and reveals the vision He had intended. Then it’s obvious that our way was silly. How could we have even considered anything but His way?


I begin training as a Lay Pioneer at CMS (Church Mission Society) in Oxford, beginning this September. While I’m training, my wife and I will stay in Frome. I’ll be building and establishing Pioneering ministry projects in the town alongside my studies. This is called ‘context based training’. One thing I feel is hot on the agenda is praying that God would be constantly reminded of His vision and that it would be constantly renewed in our hearts! Everyone we meet is absolutely precious to our Father in Heaven! He gave His only Son for us! Jesus Lived AND Died so that we would know His love! This is our reality! Jesus Christ gave His life for us so that we could live!


I’m brought back to the story in Matthew 14 about Jesus who was about to head off on a boat to get some alone time. He was followed by a crowd including sick or unwell people. When He saw them, He had compassion on them and healed their sick. When He needed a personal break, everyone else only saw the love He showed. They all needed His Love! He showed it! That was His vision! LOVE!!!


We may not always get the vision right, but that’s a distinct part of the Lord’s Prayer:

- “(May) Your Kingdom Come [Your Rule and Reign, Be on the throne in my life, may your Kingship be shown as You promised through Your Word] and [may] Your Will be done, [here, in my life and in the lives of those around me, as in all of creation] on earth as in heaven.”

When we pray those words, they aren’t just meant to be a thing we say when we don’t know what else to say. These words are meant to shape and underline our prayers and the heart motivations we have when we pray them! In our prayers, we have the unbelievably awesome privilege of connecting directly with the Creator of the universe! He is eager and willing to step in and give us a hand, but we need to shape our vision to reflect His first and foremost.


We may have one idea, God may have the right idea. The only way our ideas link with God’s is if we get close with Him. It’s in that place that plans will come to fruition, that lives will be transformed and that we’ll see God enthroned in His rightful place as King of our lives!


The chorus to the song “Holiness (is what I long for)” pretty much covers the place where my heart is at the moment. Have a listen and let this become your prayer for today.

Holiness (is what I long for)

Proverbs 19:21


Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.


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Schools Work

Schools don’t begin again for another couple of weeks! Please keep praying though!

Please pray:

• For the establishment of Christian Unions in the schools!

• For a way IN to Oakfield Academy.

• For the building of other school programmes

• For the chaplaincy project in Selwood School

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

Hope Coffee Van is out this Friday night! Please be praying that God would establish His Kingdom in our hearts, that we would act like Kingdom Citizens and that people’s lives would be transformed on the night!!!

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Church Youth Work

Sunday Cafe’s not back until 9th September! Keep praying though

Please pray

• That God would be building His hope in the hearts of the kids that come!

• That, over the break, He would reinvigorate and reinspire the leaders with perfectly inspired discussions, games, illustrations, etc.

• That God would send us other kids who need to hear God’s love and they would see Him actively pursuing them.


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Bryce Tangvald

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Youth Leader

- Holy Trinity Church in Frome (Sunday Café Youth Group)

- Frome Area Christians Together (FACT)

Contact me at:

- bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

- 07730-589-559

Read my blog at:

- http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com

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John 20:31

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By -, Aug 3 2018 01:23PM

This week has been a physically tough week. We’ve been thinning a small woodland for a few weeks now reviving an old woodland that once was managed, but is in need of replanting and reviving in some areas. We have been removing the Ash trees, but leaving the Oaks. This takes precision in how you fell the tree so it falls where you want it to and doesn’t damage the trees you want to leave.


Why am I telling you about my week in the woods? Here's why:

Not only do you need to fell the tree, you also need to cut it to the correct length so that it can be lifted by way of a tractor-mounted crane onto a forestry trailer. And in order to keep the tractor driver happy, you move all the logs into reasonably convenient stacks, so he doesn’t have to play hide and go seek for every log that’s been cut. This is where the “physically tough” bit comes into play. It’s tiring as it is, carrying the saw around, bending down to saw things, stepping around and over branches all over the place. But then, you have to lift, or at the very least pivot all the logs (that are reasonably movable) into a stack? There was one little reprieve in the middle of the week: My boss (tractor driver) saw me moving logs and told me that I don’t need to worry about the bigger logs (12” or greater) as they’re going to be too heavy and, as he put it, moving them would be a “recipe for a bad back if I ever heard one.” He said that the tractor can do all the hard work and save me for cutting trees down. But I still need to stack the smaller logs (under 12”) into neat stacks so they go onto the trailer tidily. After a week of this, I’m physically exhausted and sore. Jennie reminds me regularly that I have very few days left in this job.


I’m a lay Pioneer Minister. I’ll be going into training beginning in September, but I already feel that God has placed me where He wants me, but also when and how He wants me. When I walk into town, I see loads of needs. I also know there are needs we aren’t seeing, but are equally as important, sometimes far more important than the obvious needs. Sadly, many needs are going uncared for, at least not adequately. Things like homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, physical and sexual abuse, family dysfunction and neglect, depression and anxiety in young people… I could go on and on. It is easy to see these things and begin to take them on as a personal burden.


But here’s the thing, we have a relationship with the Living God! He is BIG and He is more capable than we can even imagine. He has promised us that if we are attentive to the Lord, He will carry us through and will complete everything He has started in us.. You know, all those things I listed above, None of them are too hard for God to handle through us! He’s promised! He told me through His word!


If you’re coming to the end of a particularly rough week, take a minute to reflect on these verses and talk to God about them. Really question Him and tell Him why you agree or disagree with what His Word says!



Here are the verses:

2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV)

13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.


Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


Isaiah 40:30-31 (MSG)

27-31 Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,

or, whine, Israel, saying,

“God has lost track of me.

He doesn’t care what happens to me”?

Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?

God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.

He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.

He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.

And he knows everything, inside and out.

He energizes those who get tired,

gives fresh strength to dropouts.

For even young people tire and drop out,

young folk in their prime stumble and fall.

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.

They spread their wings and soar like eagles,

They run and don’t get tired,

they walk and don’t lag behind.


Luke 1:37 (NKJV)

37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”


Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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Schools Work

Schools are still out for summer holidays this week! 4 more weeks to go! I’ll be squaring up some much needed paperwork and catching up with some emails that have gotten out of control!

But as the news in Selwood is still so fresh and new and is actually really important that you pray about it, I’m going to reiterate the news:

“We have some good news to share about work in Selwood Academy next year! Richard Kelley, a local pioneer ordinand (and good friend), and James Markham, Trinity’s new Children’s and Families worker (and also a good friend), have organised a 3-person chaplaincy role at the school! The three of us will be interchangeable in our approaches, however, we’ll each have our own focus between leading Assemblies, Pastoral care for Staff and Pastoral care for Students. The Chaplaincy project validates the work I’ve been doing over the last few years and broadens this work substantially. This is an incredible step forward in our ministry to young people in Frome!”


Please pray:

• For the new Chaplaincy project! Pray that God would equip all of us and give us distinct vision for the work God is putting us into.

• For the young people in the schools that God has opened the doors for us to minister in.

• That God would open the doors to the other schools and other various places for youth across town. Pray for detailed vision for the ministry God is going to do in this town!

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

This is another multi-event weekend for the Hope Frome Team! The HOPE Coffee Van team will be out on the streets of Frome in St John’s Forecourt on Friday Night from 10pm-2am, serving hot tea, coffee and Hot-Chocolate (with all the trimmings) to whoever stops by for a chat!


The HOPE OASIS will also be at the Frome Independent Market in the Market Square (near the loos in the middle of the Cheese and Grain Car Park). We’ll be serving cold water and a place to sit and relax during the market. We are also a “designated water refill point”! So come by and get your free refill!


Please pray:

• For God to move in us as we care for whoever He sends us.

• That we would be ready and faithful in sharing the Love of Jesus when the opportunities arise.

• That God would bless this time with changed lives and hearts transformed for Him!

As many of you now know, I’m leaving Tree Surgery in order to retrain in Lay Pioneer Ministry Leadership through CMS. I know this will be a challenging time as I’ve not been in education for a good number of years. I even had someone say to me “It sounds to me like you’ve got this all in your head. Why do you need to retrain?” I replied that it’s God equipping me even more for what He has in mind for me.

We WON’T be moving to the college in Oxford. We’ll stay in Frome, but I’ll travel up for classes one day a week, then I’ll return to pursue ministries locally.


Please pray:

• For provision for Jennie and I through this time.

• For clarity and peace of mind for what God needs me to do. As well as FRESH VISION!

• That others would be blessed and God would be Glorified in everything I do!

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Church Youth Work

SUNDAY CAFE is on SUMMER BREAK until the 9th of SEPTEMBER!

Please pray

• For the kids of Sunday cafe. Pray for more kids from more places! Pray for engaging kids who are curious and eager to really GET the Bible, to really know what it all means. Pray for the existing kids that they would continue in the things we’ve been doing thus far and that God would meet with them this summer and really connect with them in a personal way.

• For the leaders of Sunday Cafe. Pray for bigger vision for the ministry that God wants us to do in this place! Also pray for rest and recovery for everyone involved!


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Bryce Tangvald

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Youth Leader

- Holy Trinity Church in Frome (Sunday Café Youth Group)

- Frome Area Christians Together (FACT)

Contact me at:

- bryce.tangvald@gmail.com

- 07730-589-559

Read my blog at:

- http://silentplanetphilosopher.blogspot.com

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John 20:31

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