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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By -, Feb 22 2019 03:18PM

Bryce Tangvald’s

Weekly Prayer Requests

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When I was young, I was involved with a youth club called “4-H”. In 4H, I learned to care for my dog, Gunner, a Bernese Mountain Dog who was a little small for his breed, but full of energy. 4H was fun because it was social as well. I met with other kids who had their own dogs of various breeds. We learned dog obedience training and handling. Once a year, we would go to the big county fair and show our dogs for ribbons. Alongside our dogs, there were people showing cattle, baking pies, quilting and so many other things, all as a part of 4H. I later learned that 4H was involved in a broad range of activities. Their stated purpose being “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development”.


The thing that's really stuck with me more than their purpose, was the literal meaning of the four H's: head, heart, hands & health (as I've rather conspicuously titled this reflection). I'm sure I had heard this while i was involved, but the pledge that stands alongside the H's is this:

* I pledge my head to clearer thinking,

my heart to greater loyalty,

my hands to larger service,

and my health to better living,

for my club, my community, my country, and my world

How brilliant is this?! Now, America loves its pledges, but they seem to be less popular in the UK. However, I think there’s value in publicly voicing your intentions, making a promise and committing to dedicate yourself to things like this.



When I read this, a Bible verse comes to mind:

Luke 10:27 “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”


But this verse was Jesus quote from another verse from the Torah:



Deuteronomy 6:4-7

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one [The Lord is our God, the Lord alone, the only one]! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.


This verse is almost mirrored in the 4H pledge! I love that first line in verse 7, “You shall teach them diligently to your children!” I can’t get over how amazing this is!



In Matthew, Jesus talks about how people’s lifestyles will be judged when He returns in glory:

Matthew 25:34-40

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


I KNOW I’ve written about this several times before. I may have even written about 4h before. But I can’t get over it. Our guidelines are plain and simple. Love God intentionally through how you love others! The Kingdom has been “...prepared for [us] since the creation of the world.” and is a present reality! It’s not something for the select few to experience after we die or after the rapture. It exists even at this very moment! And what defines it? It is defined not by the punishments for illegal behaviour, but by the lifestyles of those that are in love with God! If we love Him, we seek His Kingdom, which is found when we “go to” others. (end of verse 39)

All of these lifstyle action suggestions are great. They can be done by anyone, whether they Love Yahweh or not. But those who DO love the Lord pursue these things differently. It’s like the person who sells flowers at a shop verses the person who gives flowers to the person they love. Both give the thing for another to receive, only one gift is given from a place of love.


What would the world look like if we were to dedicate the “four H’s” of our lives to the Lord Almighty? I, for one, think we’d see the Kingdom of God coming in power!


This week coming, weave each of the 4 H’s into a new prayer every day. Don’t formalise the prayer and pray the same thing. Ask God to shape your heart to reflect His intentions for your conversation with Him.


Thank you for your continued support and prayers for me and what God is doing in my life and in the ministries I am a part of.


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Schools Work

This week is Half-term holiday week! You will have noticed that I didn’t write until Friday mid-day this week. This is why.

I’ll be back in Selwood Academy next week.

Pray for the Christian Union group that meets there.

Pray especially for the boy “A**”, who seeks to be purposefully challenging in order to divert attention.

Pray for those I mentor. In general, the whole lot of them are really maturing well with emotional hiccups being very rare now.

Pray for the staff of this school as well as the overall culture and teaching style that is fostered there. Pray for wisdom in the leadership and comfort in the challenges that they face.

Pray for a strong vision for how this school’s students develop socially.

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Town Missions Work, Hope Frome

This week is a HOPE COFFEE VAN week! We’ll be in the St. John’s forecourt from 10pm until 1:30am. If you’d like to stop by and see what we do and how we do it, you’re more than welcome! This is a good time to pray for us (as many of you will be just tucking into bed as we’re beginning our night.

Pray for a renewed vision for Hope Frome (ie: the team directly operating in Frome).

Pray for new volunteers who have a heart for the Lord (see the reflection above).

Pray for a renewed direction for who we are called to serve and how we are called to serve them.

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Church Youth Work

As it was Half term this week, we had a holiday weekend last weekend, but we’ll be back this week coming with a PIZZA, ICE-CREAM AND A MOVIE Social! We’ll be watching something fun on the new giant projector screen in Trinity Hall and hanging out together.

Much the same as above:

Pray for a renewed vision for the Youth Ministry of Holy Trinity Frome.

Pray for inspiration and a strong conviction for who God is leading us to connect with and how exactly that connection is to be made.

IF YOU ARE A PARENT AND YOU’RE READING THIS, GET IN CONTACT WITH ME! I’d REALLY appreciate involving you in the discussions surrounding What/When/How/Who/Why we do what we do!

Thanks!


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Pioneer Training

As you may already know, I’m in the middle of the Mission and Evangelism Module in my studies at CMS for Lay Pioneer Mission Leadership. There are times when it’s a challenge to find the words to type into an essay or the right heart to go forward with a summative reflection, but then there are afternoons like yesterday. I was looking for the right words, when all of a sudden they came to me! I searched for them and discovered that I had a book with exactly that quote inside! I could’ve cried! I grabbed the reference and stuck it in my writing, then continued browsing through the book (which is thick as a brick!) and continued being inspired by what I read!

Please Pray for me as I continue with studies, writing and assignments. I’m still working out the kinks, stretching my muscles and establishing my resiliencies.


This week, I, along with several other groups, met with the developers for the Saxonvale site to present my idea for a Climbing Centre somewhere in this new development area. The Climbing Centre is something God gave me a vision for several years ago. It was incredibly encouraging to hear that almost every group involved, but for one, had similar ideas for what they wanted to install in this space! The idea I proposed was the only one that addressed specifically the needs of young people. This is why it has been encouraged by the developer. In fact, once I suggested it, almost each of the 6 or 7 groups present had a response to how we could make this vision happen! I don’t know if it’s encouraging or discouraging, but the representative from the developer said personally to me that he thinks there won’t be enough parking for a climbing centre as it’ll be too popular!


This meeting does not mean that a centre like this is a “done deal”. It just means that some of the proposed ideas are being thoughtfully considered. I don’t think I’ve given away too much in what I’ve just said.

But 2 things I’d like to ask from you:

1. Please Pray for this vision. I am not pursuing this from a place of personal strength in understanding how to start something like this, nor am I coming into it with the weight of a big pocket book behind it, but because I feel that God has given me a vision to pursue in order to communicate His love in a unique way in this area.

2. If…

a. You have business savvy,

b. You know how to write a business or operations plan,

c. You are good at writing proposals,

d. You have experience putting together a feasibility study,

e. You know the difference between a business, charity and a social enterprise (key)

f. You have (successful) experience writing grant applications and funding requests

g. You are good at collaborative efforts

h. You know how to strategize the building of an enterprise…

Please get in touch with me. This is all new territory for me and therefore seems a lot bigger than I think it should.


Thank you for continuing to pray for all that is mentioned above and so much more!

In Him!

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