Archive for November, 2012

Using the hall

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

This week the church has been able to take advantage of the new hall, with a few large mid week meetings, and sometimes two meetings going on at the same time, which was not possible in the past. An important one that we were involved in was a public meeting on “The Meaning of Life”, with a program for children running at the same time that Pinuccia organised. I am not sure how the adults’ meeting went, because I was helping with the children. But I do know that there were 11 guests present, which is quite a large number for evangelistic meetings that we organise. At the children’s program, there was no-one from the local area, which was one of the aims. But there were some invited friends, including a couple who live very close to us who have children the same age as ours, that we have known for a while but for the first time have come to a church activity. We pray that it will give us further opportunities to witness to them.

Two evangelistic meetings, and an evangelistic site

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Coming up this week is the second part of the church’s outreach to the neighbourhood, with a public meeting on Friday afternoon with a larger evangelistic emphasis, to which the local residents were invited during the open day last week. At the same time Pinuccia will be running a meeting for the local children – not just baby sitting so the adults can go to the other meeting, but with a message for them as well. Pray that many from the local area will come.

In the last week I have been exchanging e-mails with an Italian girl living at Munich, answering some of her questions and encouraging her to visit an international church there, which she said she will do. Towards the end of of conversation, she wrote:

I also wanted to give you my sincere congratulations for all of your site LaParola.net. For me who until a year ago was an atheist and did not know anything about the Bible, it has been a blessing to find this site and all of its explanations.

Festival

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Yesterday there was a festival in the part of the town where the new church hall is located. So we moved in just in time to have an “open doors” day as part of the festival, when many people just passed by and were able to come in to look, and to participate in the various activities that we had organised. Two of the activities will be having a follow up meeting in a couple of weeks, on the 23rd. The adults will have a talk and a discussion on “What is the meaning of life?”, whilst Pinuccia is organising activities for the children – puppets, craft, and a story. She hopes to build relationships with the local children in this way, and is already thinking about another meeting for them in December.

In the new hall

Monday, November 5th, 2012

There was the first church service in the new hall yesterday morning, but since I was preaching at Rovereto I can not tell you how it went! But it was good to be there for lunch, and make good use of the facilities. It would not have been possible to have the lunch if we had still been in the old place. The sermon for the first service was on “The Gospel at the Centre” – a purposefully ambiguous title. Not only must the Gospel be at the centre of everything we do, but now we are able to proclaim the Gospel in the centre of the city. In fact, this Saturday there will be a great opportunity to do just this, as there is a festival for the neighbourhood the hall is located in. So we will be having an “open house” to present ourselves, with various activities for the local residents. Pinuccia with some others is organising a creative afternoon tea for the children. We will also be inviting people to an afternoon in a couple of weeks where there will a discussion on “What do you think is the meaning of life” for the adults, and Bible activities for the children which again Pinuccia is preparing. It is in fact similar to one of her dreams, to run an after school club for children to present the Gospel to them, and maybe one of the first steps.