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At Prestbury, we aim to nurture and grow disciples of Christ so that we can reach out to ‚Äč‚Äčothers and be a shining light for Christ in the way we live and in the world.

A home of Methodist ministry in the Swartkop Valley and surrounds Together a Transforming Discipleship Movement

  • SUNDAY 9 AUGUST, 2020


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    For a typed version of the sermon click on ‘News’ above
    Guest Preacher:  Joan Houston
    Bible Readings:
    Psalm 27 (NIV)

    Of David.

    The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?
    When the wicked advance against me to devour[a] me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
    Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
    One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
    For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
    Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
    Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
    My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
    Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Saviour
    10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
    11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
    12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.
    13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
    14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
    Philippians 4: 4-9 (NIV)

    Final Exhortations

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

    The office is open on Monday morning from 9 till 12 during lockdown.  You may also call Gaelene on 033-3441202 (office number) or on 083 4411 296 or Nardus for any information you need.  However, please note that the office will be closed this Monday, 9 August as it is a public holiday.
    Our church services are still “on hold”.   Your Church leaders are considering various ways of having a service, and once we have passed the peak of this virus, we hope to be able to start with services again.
    * Should your Fellowship group wish to meet during lockdown, you are welcome to use the hall.   Please contact Gaelene or Nardus to book the hall for your group.  A register needs to be kept of anyone coming in to the church, so please call ahead.
    * Zoom Fellowship Meeting - Monday nights at 7.30pm - please contact Ian Webster (083 321 0699) if you would like to join in with this group.   We are currently working through Trevor Hudson’s book, “Signposts to Spirituality”.
    A concern was raised about the removal of the pews in the church. Therefore our leaders have asked that members please write to express their opinions, both positive and negative by email or in writing by the 13th of this month.
    The decision to remove the pews was taken by our leaders due to Covid 19 influencing the way we will worship and meet for a long time to come. 
    (Please message Gaelene or one of our Care Team if you know of anyone needing prayer)
    Violet Ngcobo - Violet fell and broke her femur recently. She was in hospital for 12 days and is now battling along at home.  Nhlanhla and Violet would appreciate your prayers.
    David Fynes-Clinton - had a successful op on Monday morning to repair L4/5 discs.
    Gloria Brown - had a repair to her L5 vertebrae on Monday, and was thankfully home the next day.  Jock says she is doing very well.
    Val and Matthew Clark - are still in quarantine after their 2-year old grand daughter, Amy tested positive for Covid 19. Amy and her mother Jackie are still unwell.
    Norma Webster - Please pray for Norma and the Webster family, especially Norma as she learns to live without Peter.
    Colin Boake and family -  Colin had a shoulder op recently and reports that he is much better.  Joy is not well and your continued prayers for the Boakes are appreciated.
    Michelle Bosch, in hospital in Somerset West - cousin of Rae Todd - is currently going through the process of having a bone-marrow transplant. Please pray for her during this crucial time of treatment.
    Maria (Marai) Bekker - please uplift Maria with your prayers.  She has a close family member who has cancer.
    Vanessa Pitchers - Vanessa’s leg has still been very painful and she appreciates your continued prayers for healing in her leg.
    Di Jones - is in Sunnyside and is visited regularly by her husband Alan as they cope with her Huntingdon’s Chorea. She is getting very frail now.
    Darryl Moss; Neville Westwood; Maureen Moore; Violet Ngcobo; Quinton (friend of Jacqui van Wyk);  Daniel Singery (friend of the van Eeden family);  Anne (Lynn Gilbert’s sister)and Leonie (Joan Els’ sister).
    Betty Parkin; Soekie Peel; Frank& Maureen Moore; Louise Bremmer; Dolf Roelofse; Pam Boreham; Barry Dugmore; Elsie Marshall; Yvonne Suttie; Norma Webster; Barbara Kerry; AlisonPeckham; Joey Hauslmaier; Lettie Roberts; Peter Wakefield.
    Our condolences to Margaret Venter on the death of her youngest sister-in-law, and also to Johanna Nel who has just lost two close family members, one of whom is her niece.
    PRAYER CHAIN  Please Whatsapp Jenny Pereira for urgent prayer requests on 082 937 9309.
    • Our local Police at the Prestbury Police Station.
    • The health, medical and emergency workers dealing with those infected with corona virus.
    • Pray for God’s protection over our elderly folk, especially those living in retirement homes at this time.
    • Pray for the many people who have not had salaries due to Covid 19 and companies who are having to close after many years.
    *****   We have FIG JAM for sale as well as MARMALADES*****
    Pop in to the office on Monday mornings to get yours - prices range from R20 to R35.
    1.   A “Closed” WA Prayer Group (WA members only) meets on a Tuesday morning to pray in the church.  Should you have any prayer needs, please contact one of the WA members or the office.
    2.   The WA are still collecting toiletries for our Sunnyside folk and would really appreciate your donations.
    Our fete and jumble sales are being postponed to a time when it is safer for these to take place.  However, we would still like you to drop off any items for these sales.
    1.   Our food collection for those in need has started again and we’d appreciate you dropping off food items with Jenny Pereira at 195 Villiers Drive.
    2.   In these food parcels we would like to place “winter woollies” - all the warm items you would normally have sorted through for our yearly “Warm Sunday” collection.   These and any other jumble sale items can be dropped at Jenny’s home.
    The church leadership wishes to acknowledge and thank the many members who continue to send in their tithes, either via EFT or by bringing their envelopes in to the office.   Your numbered tithing (pledge) envelopes are available in the office for those who usually use them.

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