Life of the Church | The Visual Diary
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OCTOBER | CELEBRATING THE NATIONS
"All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord and all the families of the nation shall worship before You, for Kingship belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations." Psalm 22:27–28
We enjoyed a special time of celebration and fellowship at a service to celebrate the Nations and our rich diverse church family. Representatives from Ukraine, Brazil, Ireland, Scotland, India, Ethiopia, New Zealand and England shared prayers for their country and a delicious variety of food!
OCTOBER | HARVEST
This Harvest Festival we celebrated with thanksgiving the Lord's bountiful provision with donations to bless local families in need through One Can Trust.
OCTOBER | TLG EARLY INTERVENTION PARTNERSHIP
We were delighted to welcome Lis Nicholas, TLG Regional Volunteer Leader and her husband Gary to a special service launching our TLG Early Intervention Partnership with St John's School Lacey Green. Lis shared how the TLG Early Intervention programme brings hope and a future to children and their families by providing one-to-one coaching support in school to those who are struggling to cope with school life.
SEPTEMBER | DIAMOND CELEBRATION
We gave thanks for the gift of marriage as we celebrated Jean and Allan's Diamond Wedding Anniversary followed by a fellowship lunch after the Sunday service.
SEPTEMBER | VILLAGE BREAKFAST
At the Village Breakfast on Saturday, Gary Grant founder and CEO of The Entertainer group of toy shops shared his remarkable story from opening his first toy shop in Amersham to becoming one of the top 4 toy retailers in the UK and the impact that being a Christian has had on his life, his family and his business.
SEPTEMBER | CELEBRATING LIFT
There is much to be thankful for as we look back at all the Lord has done through LIFT (Life in Full Trust), the charity set up by members of Speen Church to support Moira and team in South Gonder, Ethiopia, bringing transformation and hope to 100s of the most vulnerable families living in poverty. We look forward to all that the Lord will do in the future as the project continues under Beza International. "I have come that they may have life, and life to the full". John10:10
Moira with fellow Trustees of LIFT
JULY and AUGUST | SUMMER AT SPEEN CHURCH
CROQUET and FISH'N CHIPS
The hotly contested annual croquet tournament fuelled by Risborough's finest fish'n chips was won by Rich, Paul and Tim. The ladies also enjoyed a wonderful evening hosted by Rosi but everyone was having so much fun that no one remembered to take any photos!
Five days of fun, fellowship and wonderful Holy Spirit inspired worship and teaching at the New Wine conference in Kent. Some camped, some stayed in an Airbnb and others came for the day - we are looking forward to next year at Shepton Mallet. How about joining us!
JULY | SPEEN FETE
Our Speen Church team once again hosted the popular BBQ at the annual Speen Fete serving the community with fabulous burgers (with delicious trimmings) and sausages - it was hot and busy but a great afternoon's fun!
APRIL| EASTER AT SPEEN CHURCH
We enjoyed fellowship and a time of refection with communion at our Passover Supper on Maundy Thursday. On Good Friday we met for a family friendly walk followed by hot cross buns and the opportunity for creative prayer in the Chapel.
Our Easter Day celebration started with an outdoor service of praise and worship as we were invited to "Come, See, Go and Tell" the good news just as the angel told Mary at the empty tomb:
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Matt 28:5-7
MARCH | EASTER WITH SPEEN SCHOOL AND TODDLERS AND TIDDLERS
We were delighted to welcome Speen School to the Chapel where they explored the story of Easter in the Garden and made some beautiful stained glass window decorations in Chapel Hall.
Toddlers and Tiddlers enjoyed an Easter egg hunt in the Chapel and received a storybook about Easter.
MARCH | EASTER GARDEN
The Easter Garden in Speen Churchyard told the story of the first Easter from Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, his betrayal by a close friend, the Last Supper with his disciples, his death on the cross dying for the sins of the world and his victorious resurrection from the grave giving us the promise of eternal life!
Preparing the Easter Garden
FEBRUARY | PRAYER FOR UKRAINE
On the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Speen Chapel was open for quiet reflection and prayer for an end to the conflict and pasesPlease click HERE for a guide How to pray for Ukraine.
FEBRUARY | SOUP FOR SYRIA-TURKEY EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
Our prayers are with the people of Syria and Turkey after the devastating effects of the recent earthquake on a region of the world already affected by war and poverty. In addition we held a Pop-Up Soup Lunch to demonstrate the love of Jesus for those impacted by the earthquake. Over £1090 was raised - thank you to everyone who took part.
DECEMBER | Christmas at Speen Church
The story of the very first Christmas was retold through songs and drama at our Christmas Eve carols by candlelight service, film at the Movie Night, a "Happy Birthday Jesus" party with Tiddlers and Toddlers and through our outdoor family-friendly Nativity Trail around the village. As we go into the new year we continue to celebrate the wonderful gift of Jesus: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
NOVEMBER | Remembrance Sunday
We were joined at our Service of Remembrance by the guides, Cllr Roger Craft and Wing Commander Al Scott who laid wreaths at the lychgate Village War Memorial. We also enjoyed a visit from a very smartly dressed little canine friend who arrived wearing a beautiful poppy!
OCTOBER | Talent Night
Friends gathered together to enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment which included singing, music, comedy and readings rounded off by a fearsome performance of the Haka!
MARCH | Mother's Day Celebration
Our Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday was a special time and we were delighted to welcome children from toddlers and Speen School - delicious pastries and other goodies were served to our guests by a great team of dads!
OCTOBER | Transforming Lives for Good
Thirteen ladies enjoyed a sumptuous cream tea on Thursday as they joined TLG’s online celebration of their work with struggling children and their families in the UK. With matched giving from the church and gift aid a total of £675 was raised for this incredible charity. Click HERE to find out more about TLG.
SEPTEMBER | Speen Festival 2021
It has been a joy and a delight to be part of Speen Festival once again as a venue for friends, neighbours and visitors to the community to meet to enjoy a varied programme celebrating the very best artistic and creative talent from Speen and the surrounding areas. To find out more click HERE
The Power of Faith |
A short video to encourage and uplift - may it bless you.
Toddlers and Toddlers |
Carers and Tots enjoy fun together on Tuesdays in Chapel Hall.
Communion | Shared on the first Sunday of the month