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Easter 2017

Easter 2017Dear Friends,

As Spring arrives with the colours of crocuses, daffodils, and later tulips, we celebrate the risen-ness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

During March and April, leading up to Easter, there are many opportunities to come closer to God and to Jesus Christ.

On the following Thursday mornings – 16th, 23rd and 30th March – at 10.45am, our Bible Studies take us through Lent with Sunday services celebrating Mothering Sunday and Palm Sunday. During Holy Week, we have a service with communion at 2.30pm on Maundy Thursday, and on Good Friday a contemplative service at 7.30pm to remember the suffering and crucifixion that Jesus went through in order to destroy the power of the devil and give us the gift of salvation.

May our Lord bless us all at this Easter-time.


Our Sponsored Children – Panchu

In the last magazine I wrote about Mercy in Uganda. I hope you’ve seen her photo and school report on the piano. In this magazine I bring Panchu to you. He is 15 years of age now and struggles with his studies and asks for prayers as you will see in his letter.

Dear Aunty Hartwell,


How are you? I think you and your family all are good. But my sister has a cough and cold. Aunty you know from 16th Feb my exam has started and I am doing well in few of my papers. Please pray for me so that every day I will do hard labour and do good to be promoted to class VII. I took part in Christmas program and enjoyed very much. The play was so nice and all children performed very well. Thank you for your gift that you had given me a Christmas card. It is very nice. In Scripture class we are taught about Jesus. I also learnt many stories and memory verses. I write a verse for you.


Mark 10:14 Jesus told don’t stop the children to come to me. For the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them.


With love,



Child Friendly Church

At the recent National Assembly of the Congregational Federation, Long Itchington Congregational Church, known locally as the Chapel, was presented with The Child Friendly Church Award.

Many of you reading this will wonder what the Award entails…

Anyone who brings their child to a Church Club will first of all want to be sure that it is a safe place. Each Church must have a Child protection policy and any person over the age of sixteen who is involved with children in the church must complete a self disclosure form and then apply for a CRB Certificate from the Criminal Records Bureau.

The Church is visited by a Children’s Officer of the Congregational Federation who checks that the building is a safe place for children and issues a Child Safety Poster.

After completing the Child Friendly Church questionnaire and getting the agreement of the Church meeting, the church receives another visit when all the criteria for a safe, welcoming and child involving church is discussed.

The Children’s Officer then reports to the Ministries Committee where, after consideration about whether the church has reached all the criteria, the decision is made to make the award.

To us, at the Chapel, which is one of the smaller Churches of the Congregational Federation, it is firstly an honour to have received the award but also a responsibility to continue to be a welcoming, safe and happy place for children of all abilities to learn about the love of Jesus.

The Child Friendly Church Award first began in the Liverpool Diocese of the Anglican Church and has since been taken up by other denominations. The Congregational Church took up the scheme last year and to date only five churches out of the 282 affiliated churches have received the award.

Our main Children’s work is our Pilots Club for children from 4years of age which meets each Wednesday in term time from 6-15pm to 7-30pm.

Telephone Marion on 07812 804 924 for further information.