Frome Community Choir Spring Concert

Frome Community choir 2017 concert

FROME COMMUNITY CHOIR

Spring Concert 2017  Friday 24th March 8.00 pm

Doors open 7.45

Trinity Church, Trinity St, Frome BA11 3DE

 

Ticket price £7  children £1.

Tickets are available in advance from Rasullah 01749 850474

or on the door

Refreshments will be available in the interval.

Positions available for teachers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Positions Available for 2017 – 18

Asian Hope International School (AHIS) is Asian Hope’s second and most ambitious school.  Opening in January 2010 with only 17  Preschool children it has grown to almost 400 students.  Currently the school educates children from Preschool to Grade 8 and will expand all the way to Grade 12.

AHIS is dedicated to providing a high quality, child-centered education in a safe and pleasant Christian environment, ensuring that every child feels worthy and appreciated. Children at AHIS learn through a unique bi-lingual curriculum based on the English National Curriculum which is integrated with the Cambodian Curriculum following an integrated Topic approach.

As a bilingual school for Cambodian children our classes are taught in English and Khmer, helping the children to appreciate and retain their own culture while being prepared to take their place as leaders in the global community. We teach from a Christian worldview in a very open and ‘no pressure’ atmosphere, recognizing that the children come from different religious backgrounds.

 

Please see all info through this link:  ahis-advert

Week of Prayer for Pentecost

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As you know, Church leaders across the UK are calling for a week of prayer in the week leading up to Pentecost Sunday 15 May. This will lead up to a significant number of national gatherings for worship on Pentecost itself, including here in Frome at the Cheese and Grain.
Entitled ‘Your Kingdom come’ it is suggested that each day time is spent working through each petition of the Lord’s Prayer using the theme appointed for the day. We can do this individually/in small groups/as churches … whatever, pray for the days leading up to Pentecost and pray for the day itself, both for the nation and for Frome and its neighbourhood.

Welcome to Neighbourhood Prayer Network Bringing Prayer to our Neighbours, Bringing Community Back to our Streets. www.neighbourhoodprayer.net

Introduction ‘When I say “hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come”, I should be adding in my mind the words “in and through me”, and so giving myself to God afresh to be, so far as I can be, the means of answering my own prayer.’ – J I Packer, theologian

Tearfund partner with Neighbourhood Prayer Network, to pray for our own neighbours and communities to be transformed. This call is echoed across the world, confronting the big issues of global poverty and injustice. The themes of Micah 6:8 are the basis as we reflect, pray and act. Micah 6:8 says ‘He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ (TNIV)

As we pray together, we do so with one voice, as part of a Global Prayer Movement. Think about ways that you can reflect, pray and act in response. When we pray, we’re transformed, and – with God’s help – we can transform our streets, our nations and the world around us.

Sunday – Church and the Community Focussing on our Church leaders, including church council, welcomers, worship leaders, group leaders and administrative staff. The other focus is where Christianity is found within the community; other churches in our area, hospital ministry, undertakers, HOPEFrome, FACT …….

Monday – Work Work can be a cause of stress and frustration. Pray for work colleagues, supervisors, managers etc, that God would prosper the work; for good relationships in the work place; for growing work opportunities for all. If you are currently out of work, pray for the people in your last place of employment or for the work place of a loved one.

Tuesday – Government & Economy We should always remember to pray for those in Authority. The leaders of our Nation and our locality (whether we agree with their policies or not!). Pray also for the Economy/for God’s wisdom in the upcoming referendum. When God blesses a Nation we have the opportunity to be a blessing to other Nations.

Wednesday – Social Justice & Order Social Justice and Order can mean very different things to different people. Pray for God’s wisdom to identify facets of social justice and order within your community.

Thursday – Arts, Culture & Media Society is driven by the Media and shaped by Arts & Culture. Pray for truth, righteousness and hope to feed through the Media to society. Pray also for the Art and Culture, that a constant recognition of the creativity God afforded us would be expressed here.

Friday – Family, Neighbours & Environment Prayer for the family is fundamental to the Christian faith, praying for all ages. Include friends in this section as close friends often feel like ‘family’. The environment – we should do all we can to protect God’s creation for future generations.

Saturday – Health, Education & Sport Health is a subject that affects all of us. You might have loved ones in Hospital or nursing and illness; you might be providing a care service yourself. Reflect and pray for those involved in serving the community through Health, Education, Sport services.

‘Come, Holy Spirit, come’

The Worship Wars Are Hurting the Church

Focusing on how we worship can make us lose sight of who we worship.

April 23, 2015

Tyler Edwards is the author of Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back into the Body of Christ and the Discipleship Pastor at Carolina Forest Community Church in Myrtle Beach.

It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for worship leaders.

Having to walk the line between creating a high-quality worship set and turning worship into a performance can’t be an easy task. It can be a polarizing job.

Some churches wage war over worship. Everybody has different a style they prefer. Some people like full band. Some people like acoustic sets. Some want it deafening. Others can’t stand it if the volume is too high. There is no shortage of opinions on how worship should be done. I’ve known people who left a church because the worship style changed. When the musical style used wasn’t what they wanted, they left to find a church with the style that was.

The Worship Wars

Within these worship wars, there are many battles to be fought: Hymns. Choirs. Bands. Volume. Style. Quality. Presentation. Do we incorporate artistic elements like spoken word, dramatic readings of Scripture, or just sing the songs?

Then you have the lyrics themselves. Are they theologically accurate? Are they about the right thing? Some older songs have a great message, but can be painfully boring and out of date. Some newer songs sound cool, but often lack the depth of the hymns so many grew up hearing.

Worship is not a concert. It’s not karaoke. Worship is not about us. It’s about God.

How do we decide which style is right or best? Is it popular opinion? Does the pastor get to decide? How do we resolve this worship war?

It’s Not About Us

The first thing we should consider is that a large portion of this conflict is based on our personal preferences. When you walk away thinking: “man that worship was great,” or “that was terrible,” take a moment to ask yourself why.

What qualifications or standards are you using to measure the quality of worship? Typically the answer will be how we felt about it. We often assess the quality of worship based on how well we resonated with it. It’s about our emotional connection. A “good” worship service is one that we liked. A “bad” worship service is one that didn’t engage or fit with our style. In many cases, we assess the quality of worship by what it meant to us.

In so doing, we miss the point of worship entirely.

What Worship Isn’t

The amount of time we spend focusing on worship music styles is a strong indicator that many have little understanding of the heart of worship. If we aren’t careful, personal preferences overshadow purpose. If we get so focused on how we worship, it’s easy to forget why we worship or even, at times, who we are worshipping.

Worship is not a concert. It’s not karaoke. Worship is not about us. It’s about God.

The best way to put an end to the worship war is to better understand what worship is all about: We are all worshipers. We were made to worship. Our life is an act of worship.

Redefining Worship

In the New Testament, there are two primary words used for worship. The first word means to bow down and show reverence to. Picture walking into the throne room of the King: You kneel down before him, bowing in His presence. It’s all about recognizing and submitting to the greater authority.

There is another word for worship used in the New Testament. We get our word liturgy from this word. It is most commonly used to describe the work done by priests in the temple. It means service. As Romans 12:1 says:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

In response to the grace of God, Paul says we should offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God. This is our spiritual worship. The word he uses here, however, is not the word for entering into the presence of the King. It’s the word for service.

The New Testament model for worship is not just about singing praises. It is living a life of service. It’s about far more than music. It’s helping your neighbor bring in the groceries, providing for the elderly, taking care of those who cannot take care of themselves, helping the poor and needy—these are all examples of Biblical worship.

Lifestyles of Worship

While we shouldn’t neglect our praises to God in song, we should realize that worship is much deeper than just singing. When you serve, God you are worshipping God.

Worship isn’t about how. It’s about who.

The word spiritual in Romans 12 is the word logia, which is where we get our word logic. It’s typically translated reasonable/logical. Another way to read this text would be:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

More than song, your life is worship. True worship is when we learn to live, love, and look like Jesus by following Him and serving in His Kingdom.

We are not the stars of our lives. We are the audience in the theatre of God. We respond to what He has done. The only reasonable/ logical response to seeing God’s mercy, to experiencing His grace, is to give everything we have and everything we are as an offering to God. The devoting of our life to God is our act of worship.

So what if the style of music isn’t our cup of tea? So what if the band plays louder than we think they should? Worship isn’t about how. It’s about who.

When we truly understand who we are praising—with our songs and our actions—then it takes the focus of worship off of us, our preferences and our opinions. Churches don’t have to be split up by styles of music, kinds of songs or types of bands: Instead, we can be united by who we are worshiping, not how we are doing it.

 

Pray. Act. Give.

Pray. Act. Give.

The Church of England is joining calls to encourage its members to pray, act and give to those suffering in Iraq.

The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, has written to all Church of England bishops setting out how they and their dioceses can respond prayerfully to the crisis in Northern Iraq.

Churches are being encouraged to Pray.

The Archbishop of York issued three prayers for Mosul and the third of these can be used for all those fleeing persecution whether in Ebril, on Mount Sinjar or elsewhere in the country. A collection of Prayers for peace can also be found hereon the Church of England website.

Churches are being encouraged to Act.

Individuals and Churches are being encouraged to download this poster (printer friendly version available in the box on the right) and to display it in homes, churches and noticeboards to display their support for all religious minorities fleeing persecution.

The poster uses the Arabic letter, “N”, which has been daubed on the homes of Christians (often called ‘Nasrani’ in Arabic) in Mosul to identify them as targets for persecution or execution. This symbol has been picked up around the world as a way in which we can identify with those from all religious and ethnic communities who are being targeted by ISIS. As a church, we are committed to championing freedom of religion and belief worldwide as a fundamental and internationally recognised human right. Even in the UK, we stand firmly against any labelling or targeting of people on the basis of their religion, and we work for a society that continues to be welcoming and respectful of all faiths.

The Archbishop of Canterbury issued a statement on the situation in Iraq here.  In the statement Archbishop Justin stated “It is extremely important that aid efforts are supported and that those who have been displaced are able to find safety. I believe that, like France, the United Kingdom’s doors should be open to refugees, as they have been throughout history.”

The Bishops of Manchester, Leeds and Worcester have also called for asylum to be granted to those fleeing persecution. The Bishops of the Diocese of Lichfield have issued this statement.

Churches and individuals are being encouraged to write to their local MPs urging them to press the Government to increase Britain’s humanitarian efforts for all those affected by the crisis and to ask for asylum to be granted to a fair number of those who will be unable to return to their homes. Local MPs can be contacted via this site. The aim must be to assist those who have been displaced to return to their homes. In many cases this won’t be possible and alternative arrangements will need to be found.

UK humanitarian support has been welcome as has humanitarian support from the UN and others. But, the need is currently much greater than the support that is being provided. This will be a sustained crisis and support will be needed for the long term, as well as to meet immediate needs now.

Christians are being asked to Give.

Donations can be made to the Anglican Diocese for Cyprus and the Gulfwhich is part of the Church network functioning alongside the Kurdish authorities in the absence of the normal international relief agencies. The immediate need is funds for food. The next priority is providing accommodation for those sleeping in schools or even in the streets. People on the ground in Erbil expect even more refugees from the surrounding area. Funds from various church agencies worldwide are being pooled through this committee in the attempt to meet the needs of as many as possible, among both Christians and non-Christians, all who have lost their homes and livelihoods, and have been looted of all worldly possessions.

Churches can also fund the work of Canon Andrew White at St. George’s Church in Baghdad and his Foundation for Relief and reconciliation in the Middle East. Canon Andrew White has provided harrowing insight into the persecution being suffered by Iraqi Christians and the Iraqi people by ISIS.

Churches are also encouraged to give to Christian Aid’s Iraq Crisis Appeal. Christian Aid is responding to the humanitarian crisis by working through long standing partners that are operational in the North of Iraq and Kurdistan.

Food Bank Help

The Food Bank NEEDS HELP – More and more people in Frome are having to rely on getting food parcels when they are in desperate need and it is a practical way that Christians can really make a difference. At the moment we have 3 particular needs
* a volunteer to help take food given at the local supermarkets to the depot in Warminster on Tuesday mornings and to bring back made up food boxes for Frome
* a volunteer to collect food from Sainsbury’s on either a Friday or a Sunday each week for storage in Frome
If you can help, please speak with Chris or Miriam Hare (Tel 469788)