Monday, 27 July 2015

DAVE AND ALISON TAKE A WELL-EARNED SUMMER BREAK

We all appreciate how hard Dave and Alison work in serving the church and how often they sacrifice family time to be available to help us.  So you will understand, I trust, how important it is for them to have a proper summer break and to dedicate time to relaxing on holiday and having fun with their family. So can I ask that you respect their summer holiday this year from Sat 1st - Sat 15th August.  Please for this fortnight, would you refrain from phoning or texting them or turning up unannounced as they may not be there or may have something arranged with their family.

So, what do you do if I need help?  First of all pray and ask God to show you what to do - that demonstrates maturity as a Christian.
But can I get some support?  If you are in a home group you could contact your home group leader and they will help you. 
What if I'm not in a home group or my home group leader is on holiday?  Well, you could ring one of the other home group leaders; Ben, Jacky, Jayne, Gwen, for example.  Plus we have a fantastic Pastoral Care Team - the ones who wear the yellow badges on a Sunday.  This team is headed up by Trevor and Janet Wright, so you could ring them and ask for someone to help you (01773 590301).

There is loads of pastoral care available to you over the summer, if you need us please ask.

Jacky
(07849 073078)

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

MIRACLE BABY IS A SM-ASHER!

Everyone at NLC was delighted when Hannah announced that she and husband Damian were expecting their first child.  What most of us didn't realise was the story behind her joy until she shared her story with the whole church a couple of Sunday's ago. Last year they had the delight of discovering Hannah was pregnant twice then the heartbreak of two miscarriages. 

Hannah readily confessed she had struggled with her faith at that point to understand why God would allow it to happen.  Her pain was bottled up and shared with just her closest friends and it was a horrible time for them as a couple. She said she wished she had done then, what she later did, in sharing it with the church leaders and church family so that she could have been comforted and supported.  But it's not easy to share when the emotions and pain are so raw.

She enjoyed her pregnancy and they were both so looking forward to meeting their baby boy.  'I now know why they call it 'labour', Hannah said talking about the delivery as baby Asher was born.  His name means happy or blessed and that about sums up how they feel about him.

Bleary eyed and exhausted she wondered why the midwife was insisting that she look at the placenta.  There in the umbilical cord was a knot - the midwife called it a 'true knot'.  She told her that when there is such a knot it takes a miracle for the baby to survive the delivery, they very rarely did. Their baby was their own little miracle. 

Dad calls him 'Smasher' and 'miracle baby' and although at the moment they just wish he would spend a little more time asleep at night they are enjoying family life together.