The purpose of our fellowship is to love God, to faithfully preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to commit ourselves to Christian service. We are committed to: acrificial service
within our fellowship and the wider community
by the way we live our lives
between God and man and with each other
inspired ministering of the Word and freedom for individual worship
xcelling in love
for God and each other
Relationships Hello and welcome to the fifth edition of ‘Croydon Arise’. It’s now been one year since the first edition – how time flies! Many thanks to Steffan Harrison for the lovely covers he’s designed for each quarter’s publication. This edition focuses on that most important aspect of life – relationships. You can share in a father’s reflection on fatherhood and read three encouraging testimonies showing what it means to be in a meaningful relationship with God. There is also some useful advice about
choosing a partner and a few revision tips for our younger disciples. In addition, our regular feature ‘Healthy You’ gives some very useful information about prostate cancer and as always there are puzzles to exercise the brain. Enjoy your reading… and happy Father’s Day to all our fathers. Winsome Winsome Aldred (Editor)
REMEMBER REMEMBER REMEMBER… If you would like to have an item included in the next publication, then please contact one of the editorial team by Sunday 7th August 2011. Next publication is due 18th September 2011. ‘Croydon Arise’ editorial team: Winsome Aldred (Editor)
Angi Barnaby-Ewers (Assistant Editor)
Audrey Harrison (Assistant Editor)
Your feedback is always welcome…
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17 (New King James Version)
from Pastor Paul Rochester It can be argued that relationships are our greatest need in life yet they are an area that we often find the most challenging. You can have the worst day possible at work where most things just go wrong, but if you work in a caring and supportive environment with strong positive relationships, you tend to cope much better. It is not surprising that when you carefully examine the difficulties we face, whether they be work, church or family related, at the heart of them is a broken or dysfunctional relationship. The things that can influence the quality of relationships are many and varied so in this short piece, given the complexity of relationships, I am not attempting to explore the subject in any depth. I am only providing some ‘food for thought’ which I hope will stimulate discussion and reflection. Our attitudes and behaviour are often linked to the impact that important relationships have had on us. Therefore the positive and negative impact of relationships should not be underestimated. In some cases, years after a relationship has broken down, the effects of that experience can still be felt. Invariably, this does not only affect the parties directly involved but other relationships and general interaction with others. I hope we would agree that at the heart of humanity’s needs is that for a strong vertical relationship with God. Then and only then do we deal well with horizontal relationships. Jesus brings hope to fallen humanity that we can indeed develop and sustain healthy positive relationships through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We must never doubt the power of God to unite and bring peace in His Church. I believe that there is a deep desire in the Godhead to see the community of believers experiencing true peace with one another. The essence of the Gospel is that Jesus has come to establish in this world a new community built on His values and principles. It is a community where we are one in Him and from that understanding and position we should co-operate with the Holy Spirit to see this oneness lived out in an environment of peace. Paul encourages us to walk worthy of the calling with which we are called. In order to do that we must walk in all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4: 1-3). The unity of the Spirit is maintained in the bond of peace and is vital to the effectiveness of our fellowship. If we want to see the mighty works of the Holy Spirit in our fellowship, we need to focus on both building strong relationships and pursuing peace with the help of the Holy Spirit. Let’s learn to put others first and always think about the impact that our behaviour and speech have on others. We need to recognise that when relationships breakdown it is a spiritual attack on what God desires for His people. We should not accept the situation but pray until the desire within us for peace is greater than the desire to please ourselves. God’s love has been poured out in us so let love win all the time.
As a father, you’re blessed beyond your imagination… You have awesome responsibility as you sit as head of your family, leading and loving. Your relationship with your family has so many dimensions. In the context of a father though, this means that you have been blessed with children, an obvious but crucial statement. You have children whom you look on and adore and your children have a father that they look up to. They look to you for love They look to you for comfort They look to you for protection They look to you for safety They look to you for guidance They even look to you for money…! But seriously, they look to you for so much but to whom do the fathers look? We know who it should be… A father should wish to be a reflection or even a fraction of a reflection of our Father in heaven; we must take our lead from Him. That lead must start with the main attribute of our Father, LOVE! The Bible says in 1 John 3:1-3: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” Our wonderful Father who loves us and shows us the way just wants us to be like Him and promises that we will be perfectly so, one day. As fathers, do we want our children to be a reflection of us? Maybe partially. But ultimately we must lead our precious ones to the Father of all. He is the one that they should reflect. On the way we may stumble and we may fail in our efforts but let’s keep that link with the Father, just as we must keep our link with our children. God bless Stephen Clarke Welcome to all our new members who were baptized and joined our fellowship on 22nd May 11
One song writer declares: “I love the Lord; He heard my cry and pitied every groan. Long as I live and troubles rise, I hasten to His throne”. During my bereavement, when my mother passed away, the Lord comforted my disconsolate soul, even though it languished in the depths of despair. There were times when I felt all alone that even when my wife tried to comfort me, I still felt this deep pain. But there was this still small voice saying “I am with you”. I listened to that voice and slowly the sadness became happiness and I started to think about the happier times my mum and I had together. What I’ve really learnt through this pain is to trust in Jesus as He is the only one who gives you the strength to deal with painful situations. Now I worship him more than ever! Robert Ewers
Don’t question God; He is true to His word! “I just can’t give up now; I’ve come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy, but I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.” This song kept me close to God throughout my many years of struggle. I came to this country when I was 18 years old to continue with my education. After living here for 10 years, I became eligible to apply for permanent settlement. I decided to take this opportunity but little did I know what I was up against. Throughout the processing of my application, I encountered a number of problems and was then given a limited time to remain in the country. I kept singing my song and reminded myself that because the Lord is on my side, together we would win this battle. I knew that nothing could happen to me that He and I couldn’t handle together. There were times over the years, while my application was being considered, that I felt fed up, depressed and unable to focus. At times I questioned God asking Him ‘Why me?’ ‘What should I do?’ ‘Why am I still going through this?’ Every time my solicitor rang or sent me a letter, I panicked - not a nice feeling; even sleeping and eating became a problem. But I didn’t stay down; I turned to my Father believing that He would bring me through triumphantly. In 2009 I received a letter inviting me to attend my appeal hearing. I didn’t feel afraid because I knew God would help me. On the day of the hearing, I told God that He was my true judge and solicitor and so I needed Him to take away my nervousness and to give me the words to answer any question that may be asked. After the hearing, the judge informed me that I would hear from
him in 2 weeks. I knew in my heart that I’d won the case and in just 4 days after the hearing, I received a letter from the judge confirming this. I said “thank you Lord” and kept praising Him. I had to wait another year for everything to be completed but the waiting was not in vain because God had answered my prayer! Now I’ve changed my song to “I’m free! Praise the Lord I’m free! No more chains holding me”. I encourage those of you going through a difficult situation to keep the faith and not question God – just have faith and believe. Thank you to everyone who prayed and supported me through my many years of struggle. God Bless Judy Shallow
A TRUE BLESSING A blessing is a free gift from God. It is not a material which can be made by human hands. It is invaluable and therefore something that cannot be bought with money. Anything you have purchased with money or have exchanged for something else is not a blessing, even though it may make you feel proud when people see you with it or envy you because of it. For my part, I feel blessed by so many gifts from my Lord. Even though I left my family behind in Switzerland, here in the UK I met my husband and together we have been gifted with the most precious blessing: our 3 wonderful, healthy and lively children. I am surrounded by my loving family and they always care, comfort and support me. But above all the biggest blessing for me is knowing that everyone I love and who loves me is happy, healthy and safe within God’s hands. Carine Kivana
FOOD BANK This project is up and running again on Wednesday evenings at Croydon CoGoP. We collect the food donated by supermarkets, mainly Sainbury’s, and make it available for those in need. The latter includes pensioners, single parents, refugees, asylum seekers and those on benefit or a low income. For more information please contact Barbara Allen on 0208 655 0071
Relationships in ‘Song of Solomon’ Read ‘Song of Solomon’ (KJV) and try this crossword. The first person to give the correct answers to one of the editorial team will be mentioned in the next issue. Why not have a go…? 1
9 10 11
13 14 15
18 19 20
Across 1. These burn in the grave (5,2,4) 5. Her beloved shows himself through this (7) 8. The wood of Solomon’s chariot comes from here (7) 9. Her …… is like a flock of goats (4) 12. The beloved is compared to a bundle of this (5) 13. The beloved is likened to this animal (5,4) 17. A type of figurative language used frequently in this book (6) 20. The beloved will go to the ….. of frankincense (4) 21. Her temples are like a piece of this (11) 22. Jealousy is as cruel as this (5)
Down 1. Though black he is ……….. (6) 2. ‘Thou art ….. my love’ (4) 3. The beloved is compared to this animal (3) 4. He is the rose of ………. (6) 5. Her beloved is doing this on the mountain (7) 6. His locks are black and ………… (5) 7. Love is as strong as this (5) 10. These spoil the vine (6,5) 11. The beloved goes here (6) 12. Love cannot be quenched by this (4,6) 14. She looks for her beloved here (5,4) 15. She is like this flower among thorns (4) 16. Her lips are like a thread of …………. (7) 18. A fruit for love sickness (5) 19 His hand is like a gold …… (4)
Answers to Edition 4 (March 11) crossword: Across: 2 – Passover lamb, 3 – Barabbas, 7 – slept, 8 – Iscariot, 10 – forty, 12 – Galilee, 16 – Gethsemane, 19 – vinegar, 20 – lots, 21 – fear, 22 – forsaken Down: 1 – veil, 2 – Pontius Pilate, 4 – bitterly, 5 – scourged, 6 – joy, 7 – scribes, 9 – alabaster, 11 – Thomas, 13 – Golgotha, 14 – Caiaphas, 15 – Tiberias, 17 – Simon, 18 – Herod
The first person to solve the March crossword was Andreca Simpson. Well done Andreca!
Jews for Jesus is an international mission which has been called to make known the Messiahship of Jesus Christ to Jewish people. During March, Alison Barnett (pictured above with her husband, Barry) from Jews for Jesus visited us and gave a presentation on ‘Christ in the Passover’. She explained that Jesus is the hero of Passover and reminded us that both the feast and Jesus are Jewish. The Passover has a message of redemption and a story of liberation from bondage. It consists of a 7 day feast of unleavened bread. Leaven signifies sin, rising and puffing up just as sin does, hence it is omitted from the bread. Alison also explained how the herbs used in the Passover are dipped in salt water (signifying tears), reminding us just how bitter life is without redemption. The use of the sweet Charoset, which is a mixture of apples, cinnamon and nuts, signifies for us that the bitterest labour is sweetened when there is a promise of redemption. We had opportunity to sample the above. After the informative presentation and demonstration, we worshipped together in a communion service in which we reflected on the death and life of our Lord Jesus Christ. “For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast…” 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 You can visit Jews for Jesus at www.jewsforjesus.org.uk
22nd May 2011- was the day the spirits of the congregation in Croydon CoGoP transcended to heaven. If you weren’t there you missed out! God surely made an appearance and the Holy Spirit manifested Himself within and among us! The youth worship team loosened our vocal chords and our heart strings to sing about the beauty of God. Afterwards we were reminded of the ways of the Almighty and what a heart of worship can do. Then Sister Natasha led the ascension to the Throne Room where we experienced a greater fullness of the Spirit. Samuel Selman I truly believe that it just goes to show that God will manifest Himself when our hearts are open to Him. Let’s continue on our walk of faith and remember the lost as well as those in the fold when we pray. Lara Olusola
Prostate Cancer WHAT IS PROSTATE CANCER? The prostate is a small gland, about the size of a walnut, found only in men. It is located in the pelvic area between the bladder and the base of the penis. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder and sperm from the testicles. The prostate is responsible for producing fluids that nourish and protect the sperm. Prostate Cancer (PC) occurs when abnormal cells multiply uncontrollably in the tissue of the prostate gland. This growth of malignant cells (cancer) can change the size, shape or texture of the prostate. These changes narrow the urethra making it difficult to pass urine. The condition gets worse when the cancerous tumour grows through the prostate and spreads to other parts of the body, through the blood circulation or lymphatic system. Once the disease has advanced in this way the cancer then blocks veins, erodes bones and destroys the nerves of the healthy tissue. PC usually affects men from the age of 50, but most cases develop in men aged 65 and older. Because it is not routinely screened for in the UK, the illness is often detected only when it has advanced. After lung cancer, it is the most common male cancer. About 35,000 men in Britain are diagnosed with the disease each year. Since roughly 10,000 of these men die of PC annually, this condition should not be taken lightly. WHAT CAUSES PROSTATE CANCER? The exact cause of PC is not known, but there are a number of factors that increase the prospect of developing the illness. ETHNIC GROUP - PC is prevalent amongst men of African/Caribbean descent. The condition is less common with white European men and rare in Asian men. FAMILY HISTORY - having a close male relative such as an uncle, father or brother who has had PC seems to increase the risk of developing the disease, suggesting it may also be hereditary. DIET - a diet high in dairy products and red meat appears to be linked to the condition. PC rates are lower in men who eat mainly a vegetarian diet, especially one containing tomatoes which has an antioxidant substance called lycopene. OBESITY - obese men tend to be more prone to getting PC. Furthermore, obesity makes the cancer more difficult to treat in its advance stage. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PROSTATE CANCER? The first warning signal that a man may possibly have PC is encountering problems with urinating, such as: difficulty in starting to pass urine, dribbling before and after going to the toilet, a frequent and urgent need to pass urine especially during the night, feeling that your bladder is not empty after urinating, pain when passing urine or ejaculating and on rare occasions blood in the urine or
semen. It should be stressed, however, that the above symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have PC. Men’s prostate tends to get larger as they get older due to a harmless condition known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or Prostatitis (prostate infection). If you have any of the above symptoms, consult your doctor since the earlier they are treated the better. Signs that show the PC has progressed to a more serious stage include: loss of appetite, weight loss, impotence and constant pain, especially in the back or hips. WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR PROSTATE CANCER? There are several surgical and non-surgical treatments available for treating PC. All the options carry risks of side effects. The choice depends on a number of considerations – for example, general health and fitness, age and how advanced the cancer is. These considerations may also lead a man to decide not to have any medical care. Whatever treatment is chosen it will inevitably have an impact on the quality of a man’s life. Possible treatments are: RADICAL PROSTATECTOMY - (the removal of the prostate gland) side effects may be impotence and urinary incontinence TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION OF THE PROSTATE - (removal of part of the prostate gland) side effects include infection, incontinence, impotence and ejaculation problems RADIOTHERAPY - (use of gamma rays to destroy the cancer cells) side effects include diarrhoea, loss of pubic hair, fatigue, cystitis and rectal discomfort CHEMOTHERAPY - (use of drugs to destroy the cancer cells) side effects can be tiredness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hair loss and mouth ulcers HORMONE THERAPY - (this reduces the body’s production or use of testosterone) side effects are sweating, tiredness and weight gain. OUTLOOK While facing PC is always a challenge, the good news is that with greater awareness and screening, more men can be treated early. However, scientists are currently investigating whether certain nutritional factors may help to prevent PC occurring in the first place. Much of this research is focusing on the antioxidant substance in tomatoes called lycopene and the mineral selenium which is found in certain foods like eggs, various nuts and seafood. The studies have revealed that these chemical agents reduce the risk of PC developing. Talitha McDonald Registered Nurse Operating Theatre, Sister Well done to Yasmin Miller who at age 61 managed to complete her 26.2 mile moonwalk in aid of breast cancer. She would like to thank all those who encouraged and supported her, including those who joined in the 15 mile moonwalk practice (from 10:20pm to 1:20am!). Please contact her on 020 8655 0071 if you would like to sponsor her for this worthy cause.
Relationship tips from Antoinette Johnson I know that there are many pressures on you, with expectations from school, family and peers. Many of you and your friends may well be thinking about dating. While it’s easy to go along with the majority, remember that the way you manage your relationships will set you apart. I’m sure you know that your desires and emotions can take you to places you would not really choose to go. You may well not be equipped to manage the situation you find yourself in, so you need to think carefully about your decisions. We are emotional beings and Satan takes advantage of this. Look at Eve, she was manipulated into doing something that she probably thought would never happen; she probably thought she knew her own mind and would be strong enough to say no! Remember, Satan has no power over us; he only wins when we give in to him. It’s easier not to put ourselves in the way of temptation. Build on your relationship with God, as when He says He loves you, He means it. His love is unconditional. Don’t rely on someone else to love you in order for you to feel loved but know that God loves you and also - love yourself. If you’re feeling unloved, remember God is that missing ‘true love’ and He loved you first. We are made in God’s image so we are blessed and highly favoured people. Would you give away a diamond or your mobile upgrade without a second thought? No. Then remember you are precious and highly valued – don’t give yourself away. Satan will tempt you to sin, so pray for strength to resist situations that could be damaging to you, both physically and emotionally. Relationship with God
“Thy kingdom come; thy will be done” - what do the words of the third line in this well known prayer mean? When the Bible says “thy will be done” – what does it mean?
God’s will is infinite; it is what you call divine law. As Christians, we strive to live a life
according to the will of God. When working in accordance with God’s will, we come in contact with favour, protection, peace and joy. The keys to a good relationship with God are: intimacy, communication and understanding. Intimacy – being intimate with God is all about being still and knowing He is God and just allowing that awe of the Almighty to flow through your very being
Communication – communing with God is not just us telling him what we need but listening to what he requires from us. Sometimes we search for God’s voice, His approval
within man, forgetting that we have a line direct with the Father through the son. The Lord wants clean hands and a pure heart.
Understanding – how much you understand God stems from how much you seek Him. Omolara Olusola aged 15
REVISION TIPS The end of the academic year is here and with it comes exams and tests. So here’s some revision advice, for now and the future. We hope you all do well. Always do your best! Good ideas: Create a realistic revision plan with what you will revise and when – build in breaks Start revision well before the exams Revise somewhere quiet and comfortable Make sure you understand the format that the exam questions will take Look at past exam/test papers for examples of questions Don’t just revise by reading – use a variety of methods while you revise such as working through examples, making brief notes Practice answering past questions under timed conditions Bad ideas: Revising with TV on Not having a revision plan Not organising your notes first Leaving all revision until the night before Revising late at night – especially if the exam is the next day Just reading through notes Not taking regular breaks – i.e. just cramming Trying to revise everything you’ve learned Answers to the Young Disciples’ Easter quiz: 1. Crown of thorns 2. 30 3. Mary Magdalene 4. King of the Jews 5. Linen clothes 6. 3 hours 7. Simon of Cyrene 8. An angel 9. Joseph 10. Purple First place for solving the Easter quiz goes to Ashleigh Clarke. It’s 1st prize for Ashleigh!
By Michael Selman Finding your partner Finding and choosing the right partner is one of the most important journeys one will make in adult life. Personal relationships are integral to everyday life and can preoccupy our thoughts. We are relational beings and God in His wisdom made man and woman, in His own image, to complement each other. Despite the various attitudes towards personal relationships in society, God’s plan remains that He desires marital relationships to have His favour and last the test of time. In most cases, it is God’s desire for you to be married and have a lifelong partner with whom you share your life. God said, “It is not good for man to be alone”. (Genesis 2:18) If you have a sincere relationship with God and you desire to be married then ask God to make it happen with His blessings and guidance. WARNING: It’s possible for us just to fast track a relationship and be too loose about the whole issue. Sometimes this is through ungodly activities, bad company, poor recommendations and also by trying to rekindle old relationships that we are forcing to work. But after any initial gratification, it always comes back to having conflicting needs and standards. So remember the old road safety adage: STOP…… LOOK….. LISTEN. Stop and seek God’s wisdom, look out for godly behaviour and communication, listen to your conscience and what God says in His Word. Remember that the motives behind your needs determine what and how you pursue them and how they are met. Motives from a pure heart create the right action; likewise impure motives create fleshly actions which are destructive and do not last. The wisdom of Solomon The book of Proverbs highlights the blessings of a man finding the right woman and lists some of the desired qualities. The Scriptures are biased toward the man finding the woman but the desired qualities can apply to both men and women. I’m sure a man wouldn’t want to be known for not being prudent. Solomon highlights good qualities such as being honourable, righteous, good, upright and honest (Proverbs 31:10-29). He also suggests that we should look for prudence (Proverbs 19:14) and for God’s favour on our choice (Proverbs 18:22). A virtuous partner doesn’t come too easily so be willing to wait. If it happens too easily, question it! Needs of men and women It’s important to know the main needs of men and women. The top 5 needs of men and women stated below have been compiled from Dr. Harley’s research (referred to in ‘The Grace Awakening’ by Dr C. R. Swindoll). 5 major needs of a woman: 1. Affection: women are affectionate beings and need constant verbal, emotional and physical attention 2. Conversation: women love to talk about anything and everything so conversational response is very important 3. Honesty and openness: women love transparency and honesty
4 Financial commitment: it goes without saying that financial commitment is a major need for women. Men need to be mindful of this as it can be a sensitive issue to address if financial stability isn’t readily visible. 5. Family commitment: family commitment is a must for most women. 5 major needs of a man: 1. Sexual fulfilment: this may sound like a cliché but in most cases it is correct. Men need sexual fulfilment and it’s likely to be more important to them than it is to women. 2. Recreational companionship: in general men prefer women to be physically active and like to do sporty activities together. 3. An attractive spouse: men, in most cases, are initially driven by physical attraction which then prompts them to pursue the woman through enquiries, prayer and platonic relationships. 4. Domestic support: yet again this may sound like a cliché but remains a vital need for men. 5. Admiration: the most influential person for a man will be his wife. It is of utmost importance that a man is affirmed by her and made to feel like the most important man alive. Dr. Harley states that the key need for the woman is affection: feeling that she is truly prized, loved and cherished. The key need for the man is sexual expression followed closely by respect. Practical hints when choosing the right partner: Practical words for men: 1. Know what you want 2. Keep a watch on your spirituality 3. Don’t lead anyone on 4. Watch you dress code 5. Improve your conversational and social skills 6. Be brave. We by nature take the first step.
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Practical words for women: Know what you want Have set standards but be open to flexibility Always look your best in every given situation Be approachable and friendly Talk with the right people Learn, if you’ve not already, to develop platonic relationships.
CONCLUSION: Choosing the right partner is a decision that affects the rest of your life and is not to be rushed. God has promised to meet our needs and some of the needs in our lives are met through having a partner under God’s blessing. As Christians, we should endeavour to choose another Christian as a partner, though there are growing pressures in today's society to think otherwise. We can’t force God’s will but must simply walk in obedience; all other actions just delay the process and causes unnecessary hurt. God word says, “Trust in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”. (Psalms 37:4) So what’s of most importance to you? Tick your top 5 in this list to help determine what’s most important to you when looking for a partner; this will help to inform your prayers: spirituality; personality; church status; church attendance; professional career; financial stability; conversational skills; social skills; looks; dress code; emotional connection; mental stimulation; physique; possessions.
RELATIONSHIPS… E J Z M L A G N I R A H S M B H K I N D Y T X T R
C K C R E A T I O N J B E K N Y S B X A J N G G E
A L R C G O O D N A T U R E D L U F H T I A F J T
Relationship Love Gifts Dating Man Woman Creation Two
E L E X N L Z I G F J H I A M M S B C I L N Z W H
P K L B N O X O K I K J S S I A F G V N K G O C G
D P A T I E N T N D F I E E O N B N H G N I W O U
E I T N D X C M O G R T D N M K B I B L E N P M A
Valentines Caring Kind Patient Passion Sharing Peace Give
S U I M N P F K I J T J S I P L M R J Z U E Q P L
I N O I E R H M S Y I K S T C A L A O M Y B R A X
R N N M I E K M S N E T A N O I T C E F F A C S Z
O U S Y R S U K A D I L H E L C K I J B I L Z S B
Special Expression Benignant Tender Desire Acts Friend Praises
U T H I F S B E P H J O J L J E J T K S F G C I Q
S G I V E I R V K S L B J A H P J Z E B N F B O G
J S P I F O E O U I G G Y V F S B S A X M T M N J
V R X K D N W L I R E D N E T M C N A M O W V O I
Faithful Bible Desirous Laughter Compassion Good natured Join Affectionate
Let one of the editorial team know when you’ve found them all… Naomi Harrison was the first person to complete the word search in the March edition. Well done Noami!
Apostrophe or no apostrophe – that’s the question… There are only 2 reasons for using the apostrophe: 1. To show possession or relationship
2. To replace one or more missing letters
1. To show possession or relationship The window of the church = The church’s window The friend of Sandra = Sandra’s friend The room belonging to the men = The men’s room Exception is ‘its’ – e.g. the dog wagged its tail (no apostrophe) 2. To replace missing letter(s) I do not want to go = I don’t want to go You are wonderful = You’re wonderful If neither of these 2 reasons applies, you don’t need an apostrophe. Frequently confused words: it’s/its it’s = it is its = belonging to you’re/your you’re = you are your = belonging to you (e.g. your bag) they’re/their/there they’re = they are their = belonging to them there = place incorrect use of apostrophes in plural words (e.g. apples/apple’s). ‘These apples are for sale’ – here apples need no apostrophe as this is just a plural word. In this context, there is no sense of ‘belonging to’ and there are no missing letters. Use the apostrophe with confidence!
‘NO LIMITS Live’ by Martha Munizzi Are you experiencing any storms in your day to day life? Sure you are. Well, here’s a CD I would recommend which will encourage you. Each time I play it, I experience one or all of the following: healing, deliverance and praise. When we truly recognise who Jesus is and His awesome power, we can’t help but praise Him. The songs on this album remind us that He will provide everything as promised because His Word is true; He cannot lie. When you think you can’t make it through the storm, just instruct yourself ‘I can make it’ because it’s God’s plan. Truly ‘Jesus is the best thing that’s ever happened to me’ and that’s why He deserves my praise. There is no limit to what God can do for you! This is a double album which is even better! I promise you, you will experience spiritual and emotional restoration by the time you finish listening to this album. You can order this double CD on line or at any Christian bookshop. Buy it and see! Audrey Harrison
19th Jun 2011
Father’s Day service, Croydon CoGoP
24-26th Jun 2011
International Ladies Retreat, France
25-26th Jun 2011
Region 6 Convention, Moss Lane East, Manchester
2nd July 2011
Ladies Day, Croydon CoGoP (18:00 – 20:00)
9th July 2011
EHCCO’s concert (Elmers Hope and Care in the Community Organisation), Croydon CoGoP
24th July 2011
UK Gospel Music Festival, Hyde Park, London
24th - 29th July 2011
CoGoP 97th International Assembly, Kentucky, USA
6th -7th Aug 2011
Youth & Mission Camp, Kidderminster
26-28th Aug 2011
Region 2 Convention, High Crest Community School, High Wycombe
19th - 24th Sep 2011
Week of prayer and fasting, Croydon CoGoP
22nd - 24th Sep 2011
Region 1 London North Convention
15th – 16th Oct 2011
CoGoP National Convention, Bethel Convention Centre, West Bromwich, West Midlands
Regular meetings: Sunday morning service 10:30 – 12:30 Fasting and prayer
Saturday 7:00 – 9:00am Alternate Wed 10am
Alternate Wed 8pm
Exercise and fitness
Wed 7:00 – 8:00pm
Please contact the editorial team for further details
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Cover designed by Steffan Harrison