mostly women and girls, were killed and dozens more injured. The bomber tried several times to get into the nearby cathedral but was turned away by security guards; he subsequently entered the smaller church where women were worshipping and detonated his explosives. A state funeral, called for by President al-Sisi, was held the day after the attack. The coffins were draped in the national flag and had the word “martyr” written on them, both signs of honour and respect. Many Egyptian Muslims have visited the church to offer their condolences and President al-Sisi has instructed the army to repair the church; work was due completion by 31 December. A hundred years ago, the Ivory Coast was in the midst of a Christian revival. Following several decades of substantial migration from
nearby countries it is now estimated that only around a third of the total population is of Ivorian origin. Following a controversial and violent election in 2011, the Ivory Coast is now headed by Muslim President Ouattara who has campaigned for the naturalisation of all immigrants which would give the Ivory Coast a Muslim majority. Christians are concerned that such a rapid expansion of the Muslim population will lead to dawa (Islamic mission), which aims to convert entire societies. Pray that Christianity will retain a strong influence in the country and throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Ask the Lord to grant wisdom, discernment and boldness to church leaders and Christian politicians as they seek to address such challenges, and pray that all Christians in the Ivory Coast will be encouraged to persevere in their faith.
Shrigley Singers On Christmas Eve our singing group made their annual visit to Shrigley Hall Hotel to sing carols for their guests. The hotel was very busy and we had a much larger audience than in recent years. There was a real festive atmosphere and the mulled wine was flowing freely!
Mary Currell We had several requests for favourite carols and as always the much-loved ‘Away in a manger’ which was sung beautifully, to the delight of the audience, by two of our younger members Edward and Matilda Lofthouse. The adult members also had the opportunity to sing ‘Jesus, the Light of the World’ which was one of the special pieces sung at our Carols by Candlelight services. We would like to thank Shrigley Hall Hotel for inviting us back for yet another year, for their HotPott - February 2017
kind hospitality and their generous donation to our church funds. Thanks also to Sheila Garton who conducted the choir and to David Garton who brought along his keyboard to accompany the singing. It is a special thank you to Sheila and David who had had a busy few days that week moving house so their time was very much appreciated. Finally to the singing group for turning out on a busy night and also to the family of Yvonne Foster who came along to sing with us this year. We all had a most enjoyable time and we look forward to joining Shrigley Hall Hotel for their Christmas festivities in 2017.
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