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St Mildred’s Church


April 2021

Bible Versions

Building Project Update

Mission Focus

Find out about approaches

to Bible Translation.

An Update from Stella

Find out how to help.

An interview with Tearfund’s

Sally Jones-Evans.

Page 4-5

Page 6

Pages 9-11

Tearfund interview with Sally. Pages 9-11

The call of God on our lives at St. Mildred’s is to make and equip

disciples of Jesus Christ locally and globally in the

power of the Holy Spirit.


Tom Writes ...

Inside this issue.

Tom Writes 2-3

Bible Versions 4-5

Church Building Project


ACTS 435 7

Mission Focus 8-13

Bible Reading Plan 14

Prayer Page 15

Diary ~ April 2021 16-17

Notices 18-19

The Back Page 20

Newsletter Articles

Anyone who regularly attends St Mildred’s

can contribute articles to the newsletter.

Articles should be sent to the editors no later

than Wednesday 21 April for the May

2021 edition, which will be available on

Sunday 2 May 2021.

Newsletter editors:

Edna Petzen

Elisabeth Harris

Email: newsletter@stmildreds.org.uk


“Let us hold on to the confession of our

hope without wavering, for He who promised

is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23; HCSB


A few years ago, a storage tank overflowed

at a chocolate factory in the German

town of Werl. About a tonne of fresh

milk chocolate ran out of the yard and into

the street. The cold pavement froze the

chocolate so the residents of Werl were

treated to streets paved with a coating of

deliciousness! Surely this is every chocolate

lover’s hope? Streets covered with

scrumptious chocolate! Sadly, the fire brigade

were not so enamoured. It was a traffic

hazard and had to be cleared up with

axes and shovels!

It has often been pointed out that the Bible

uses the word ‘hope’ in a different way to

common English usage. As the story

above shows, the word hope often means

something we would love to happen but is

unlikely or uncertain. In contrast the Bible

uses the word hope to mean something we

are confident will happen. Rather than being

a wish (for chocolate paved streets or

anything else), hope in the Bible is an expectation.

Hebrews 10:23 talks about ‘the confession

of our hope’. A confession is a belief or an

agreed body of truth that a group of people

declare because they are convinced of

the validity of those truths.

The Church has always believed, and confessed,

that hope is fundamental to our

faith. Hope for what? Hope of eternal life

(Titus 1:2, 3:7); hope of salvation (1 Thess

5:8); hope of righteousness (Galatians

5:5). We confidently expect, and declare,

that we will be rescued from the plight of

The Bible is clear about the reality of the

temptations that come our way. The book

of Psalms, as one example, is full of people

handling them in prayer.

the world and live eternally with God free

from all wrongdoing and evil. Until then,

we know that God will be with us to help

us, strengthen us and deliver us.

We don’t wish for these things like a child

sending a letter to Santa. We confidently

expect them like a King issuing a royal decree

knows that what is written will be fulfilled.

The verse also shows that Christians face

the temptation to let go of this hope. It

warns about wavering or bending. The

picture is of a weightlifter holding up the

bar but bending and then dropping it; or a

runner, by leaving the correct path, ending

up at the wrong destination. We must

hold fast and cling on to the confession of

our hope because there are things that

could make us waver.

In any project, journey or activity there

are always things that might throw us off

course. The boredom of practising might

mean we give up the piano. The cramp in

our legs and pain in our back might make

the journey unpalatable. The time needed

and skills required might make the homemade

shed an unworkable dream.

When it comes to Christian hope, lots of

things can throw us off course. Loss. Bereavement.

Sadness. Sorrow. Confusion.

Exhaustion. Betrayal. Isolation. All of these

things and more can come our way with a

voice accompanying them saying, “Can

all this talk of life, rescue and a future really

be true?”

Hebrews 10:23 gives the reason why we

should be confident in our hope and so

cling on: the faithfulness of God to his

promises. We cling on to our hope, not by

looking at our circumstances. We cling on,

not by geeing up our faith in our own ability

to cope. We cling on by remembering

God’s faithfulness to his promises. He is

reliable. He is the only one who is truly

reliable. Our expectation of life, salvation,

righteousness is based on his ability and

determination to come through. As we remember

his promises and his faithfulness

to them, so our confidence is built.

The rest of Hebrews 10 gives us some of

the other things God has given us to help

us to cling on: “draw near to God” (v22),

“spur one another on” (v24), “meet together”,

“encourage each other” (v25).

The promises of God, prayer, and our support

of each other put strength in our arms

to hold on.

And so let us spur one another on and encourage

each other to hold on to the hope

of eternal life that Jesus has won for us.

And may God give us grace to confess this

hope so that others might be drawn to

trust in him too. Amen.

Tom Lake - Vicar

Bible Versions


During Mark in March we used The Message

version of the Bible. This was because

I wanted to use a translation that might be

more accessible for children.

It is helpful to know about the different Bible

versions available in English because

we have so many options to choose (which

is an amazing privilege).

The Bible was originally written in Hebrew

(in the Old Testament) and Greek (in the

New Testament). There is a small amount of

the Old Testament which was written in Aramaic

(for example parts of the book of


For this reason, the Bible must be translated

into English by English speaking Hebrew,

Greek and Aramaic scholars so that we are

able to read and understand without knowing

the original languages.

There are different approaches to the process

of translation. Some people argue that

translation should be done as literally as

possible. This is where a translator takes

what is written in Hebrew, Aramaic or

Greek and, as accurately as possible, translates

those same words, with their grammar,

into English. This approach is called

formal equivalence.

On the other hand, some people argue for a

more free approach in which, rather than

translating literally, a translator attempts to

convey the original meaning in English in a

way that is readily intelligible to English

speakers. This approach is called dynamic


accessible version in the new language

with an equivalent underlying meaning.

Both approaches have strengths and weaknesses.

For example, the danger of the formal

equivalence approach is that it achieves

accuracy at the cost of intelligibility. The

danger of the dynamic equivalence approach

is that it achieves intelligibility at

the cost of accuracy.

The process of Bible translation always, to

some extent, requires an element of interpretation

on the part of the translator. A

translator has to make a judgement about

what the Bible means in Hebrew, Greek

and Aramaic if they are to translate it into

English. For example, a particular Hebrew

word might have various shades of meaning.

A translator must make a decision

about what shade of meaning is meant in

the original text when they choose an English

word for their translation. This brings a

few considerations:

Firstly, we should want as little interpretation

as possible on the part of the translators.

Whilst we acknowledge that some interpretation

is necessary, nevertheless we

should want this minimised. We are asking

translators to translate, not to interpret or

explain, so interpretation should be kept to

the minimum necessary.

Secondly, we should want a version that

English speakers can actually understand.

That, after all, is the point of translation. An

English translation that English speakers

themselves find incomprehensible defeats

the object!

If formal equivalence is a word-for-word approach,

dynamic equivalence is a sense-forsense

approach. Formal equivalence translators

seek fidelity to the original language’s

words and grammar. Dynamic

equivalence translators seek a natural and

Finally, we should want accountability over

those doing the translation. Having a single

individual translate the Bible is not ideal. A

group of scholars holding each accountable

is preferable because it is not possible to

avoid interpretation in the process of trans-

lation. One individual could make mistakes,

or could be subject to peculiar interpretations

or personal biases. They might also

have a nuanced or idiosyncratic understanding

of what is intelligible in the English


If you open a translation like the one we use

in church (the NIV) you will find a few pages

at the beginning (a preface) before you get

to the Bible itself. If you read them, you will

see that they mention who translated the

NIV, when, and what basis they used for

their translation. They mention their accountability

structures and how they avoided

biases in translation. They also mention

the process by which they discerned the intelligibility

of their version.

I once heard a translator involved in the

2011 version of the NIV describe something

of the process of achieving a new translation.

It was fascinating to hear how much

they discussed issues and challenged each


For me, although no version is absolutely

perfect, as a staple of our own personal Bible

reading, I would recommend a translation

like the NIV. The NIV translators deliberately

set out to achieve a balance between

formal and dynamic equivalence. The aim

was to produce “an accurate translation...that

would have clarity and literary quality...suitable

for public and private reading,

teaching, preaching, memorising and liturgical

use.” And they describe the rigorous

approach they took to achieve this.

A translation like The Message is helpful

when used in a certain way, but would not

usually be a good choice for our primary

version. I consider it more like a commentary

on the Bible. The reason is because it

was translated by one individual (Eugene

Peterson) with a deliberately extreme dynamic

equivalence approach.

I would be happy to use this version occasionally

(particularly when ease of understanding

is very important), and as one possible

aid to interpretation alongside a more

rigorous translation. But as a version that we

spend most of our time reading it is not well

suited. Incidentally, this would be the same

as for an interlinear—which is on the opposite

end of the spectrum (see the chart below).

An interlinear can work as a supplement

but would not work well as a version of

choice to read regularly and devotionally.

Personally, I read the NIV for daily use.

When I am preparing a sermon or for a

teaching occasion I read other translations

alongside the NIV most of which lean towards

the formal equivalence approach. I

would consult The Message as I would a

commentary on the Bible.

I found this helpful summary of the different

versions available and where they sit on the

spectrum between dynamic and formal

equivalence (called “word for word” verses

“paraphrase” in the chart). As you’ll see the

NIV is roughly in the middle:

Tom Lake

Chart used with permission breadcrumbsministries.org

Building Project

Update on planning appeal

The Planning Inspectorate gave us a “start date” of 26 January 2021 for the appeal process.

Between the “start date” and 2 March 2021 over 120 third party representations

were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. These were all in support of our appeal:

no objections were submitted. Submissions were made by church members, by other

local residents and by community/area representatives notably Janet Daby MP, Councillor

Colin Elliott, the Bishops of Southwark and Woolwich and our Archdeacon.

A very big “thank you” to all those who wrote to the Planning Inspectorate and encouraged

others to do so.

We lodged our final appeal submission (in response to Lewisham Council’s appeal

statement) on 17 th March 2021.

The appeal process is run by the Planning Inspectorate, a Bristol-based central government

agency completely independent of Lewisham Council. The progress of the appeal

is now dependent on the appointment of a Planning Inspector.

There is likely to be no appeal meeting or hearing, because the Planning Inspectorate

have decided to progress the appeal by way of written statements only. The next step is

for the Planning Inspector, once appointed, to do an unaccompanied site visit. The Planning

Inspector’s determination of the appeal will follow in writing some weeks after that.

Please pray….

that the Planning Inspectorate will not reject any of our documents;

that the right person will be appointed as Planning Inspector;

that the appointed Inspector will read all of the documents thoroughly and assess

the arguments objectively;

that our faithful God directs the Inspector to the right decision.

The Covid crisis has forced many people into

poverty, and has aggravated issues of abuse,

debt and unemployment for others.

Acts 435 is a Christian charity which enables

those of us who are more fortunate to help

individuals who are in serious need.

St Mildred's Church has recently signed up

to work with the Acts 435 charity in order to

help those in our locality who may be in desperate


For more details have a look at the Acts 435

website or

email acts435@stmildreds.org.uk.

All requests for funding are posted on an

anonymous basis in order to respect confidentiality.

We have not yet posted any requests

for funding. If you might be interested

in supporting local people in distress and

would like to be made aware of

(anonymised) local needs when they are

posted, please

email acts435@stmildreds.org.uk.

Mission Focus

We hope that you are enjoying reading the updates on our mission partners each

month in the newsletter. It’s an experiment for us to update you so frequently, and

so do get in touch to let us know if you find this helpful or otherwise.

We turn our attention this

month to Tearfund and I had

the wonderful privilege of

speaking with Sally Jones-

Evans, one of the trustees at

Tearfund in March. From climate

change to eradicating

poverty through the local

church, as one of the largest

Christian charities in the UK,

who are proud of their evangelical routes, I was really blessed by the conversation

and hope you will be too. The excerpt of the interview on pages 9-11 fall short of

the detail of our conversation and so I recommend watching the video if you have

the opportunity.

Next month I will be speaking with the team at Arab World Ministry and look forward

to catching up with them about their work both at home in the UK and overseas.

The Open Doors World Watch list is now available. If you’ve not had a chance to order

your hard copy of the booklet, an electronic version is available on the church

website to download.

I was inspired by an article in the Bible Society’s Spring newsletter of what God is

doing with the church in China. By kind permission, we have reproduced the article

on pages 12 and 13.

Despite all that is going on in our world today, the Lord continues to reach out and

do His work of saving and transforming lives in Jesus’s name. Amen!


Edna Petzen



with Sally

I had the pleasure of meeting with Sally Jones-Evans from Tearfund in

March to hear more about their work during the pandemic. The video interview

is available to watch on the church website. A short excerpt from the

interview is provided below.


Thanks for agreeing to speak with me

about Tearfund. If you could start by telling

us a bit about yourself, your background

and your role at Tearfund?


Thank you very much for inviting me to

join you today. My name is Sally Jones-

Evans. I'm one of the trustees on the board

of Tearfund. I had a 30 year career in

banking which came to an end to redundancy

a few years ago. I was able to take a

few months off and I decided I would have

the gap year in my forties that I'd never

had when I was 18. One of the things I did

in my career break was to go overseas

with Tearfund. It was a life-changing few

months. When I came back I did a master's

degree in international development and

joined Tearfund.

local Christians, to work within their communities,

to help them help people lift

themselves out of poverty in a really sustainable


It's interesting that because we do things

that way, what we see is that the impact of

our money is multiplied many, many times

over like the five loaves and two fishes. We

are perhaps giving training or sometimes

giving grants, but often giving skills to

churches that then reach out through their

local voluntary work to reach hundreds,


For those who don't know much about

Tearfund, could you tell us what it does,

who it supports and how your services

make a difference to peoples lives?


Tearfund is proudly an evangelical Christian

organisation. It's basically a humanitarian

aid agency and a long-term development

agency. We're absolutely committed

to working to relieve and eradicate

poverty and injustice across the world.

We work in over 50 countries on pretty

much every continent. And the really

unique thing about Tearfund's operating

model is that we work through the local

church. So we see our primary role helping

to support and equip local churches,

thousands of people in their communities.


What has been the impact of COVID? Obviously

COVID-19 has had a massive impact

globally and no doubt would have affected

some of the countries in which you

operate. Can you tell us how you have

managed to cope with this and what impact

it's had on the people you support?


We absolutely lament the incredible distress

that this pandemic has caused across

the world. In the UK, we've grown used to

watching the news with daily death statistics

and, in so many countries that Tearfund

works they do not have an NHS, they

have no option to create furlough

schemes. They don't pay universal credit

benefits and the problems, even though

We reached out into lots of our existing

project work to help give them information

as to how to adapt.

We've pivoted our work to be more relevant

to this kind of COVID era. So we've

got involved in constructing taps of water

tanks for people, for whom ‘wash your

hands’ was a meaningless instruction because

they had no running water. We've

distributed lots of hygiene kits as well,

PPE and the like to situations that just didn't

have it.

We've mobilised people to pray for an

end to the suffering or to cope through the

suffering. That's such an important tool

that we believe we bring to the world, in

addition to our human efforts.


That sounds absolutely incredible. Tell me

a bit about how Tearfund shares the gospel

in its work? What difference has that

made or had?

they feel really painful in the UK are magnified

and painful all around the world.

We, through our partners, heard that cry

very early on from some of those that we

serve that as well as a health pandemic, it

was causing real fear.

That people were starting to just worry

that they would starve before they would

die of COVID because of the consequences

of international trade and border shutdowns,

the globally economic shutdown,

the understandable tendency for Western

and Northern governments to prioritize

their own citizens first just meant that

there was a real threat that decades of development

progress was going to risk being



We think it infuses everything we do. Our

work is about equipping people to be salt

and light in the world and to shine Jesus's

love out to those in darkness. So our job

isn't directly to convert people. We think

the Holy spirit does that, but we do act

very openly in Jesus' name. And we hope

to draw people closer to God and to equip

the local church, to be very practical helpers

and live out of mission in their communities.

We adapted a lot of our existing projects.

For example, we've got humanitarian

emergency feeding centres, we had to

adapt those to be COVID safe.

When we evaluate our development programmes,

we don't just measure how

many people we fed or how many people

we help to lift out of poverty. We actually

have a tool that we use to measure the

growth of the emotional and spiritual wellbeing

and communities as well and look

very holistically at that sense of wellness

and wellbeing at the same time.


Thank you. What would you say is the difference

between Tearfund's work in the

UK and elsewhere in the world? How does

your campaign on climate change, for example,

relate to relieving poverty and, or

sharing the gospel for that matter?


People see a certain dimension of Tearfund

in the UK and it would be different if

you were sat in a very poor part of the

world. We work in three ways. We do humanitarian

aid where it's really necessary.

We do long-term development work in the

way that I just explained, and then we

campaign and advocate for justice, and to

alleviate poverty. In the UK, we don't need

to do the first bit because we don't tend to

suffer humanitarian emergencies here. Or

if there are such things they tend to be

more localised and other agencies work in

those circumstances. We don't do longterm

development work here because

that's not where the poorest are. So we

work in other countries to do that, but the

third leg of what we do, we do everywhere.

So, in the UK, you see our campaigning

and advocacy work much more clearly on

things like climate change and vaccine access

and that sort of thing. Whereas if you

were sat in Malawi, you'd see all three

legs of what we're doing. We think that the

advocacy side is absolutely integral to

what we do. We can't work to do longterm

development unless we also work to

tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice.

We can be so much more effective

if we get policies and processes aligned to

tackle those things. And if we stand up

against things that are unfair and institutionally

likely to perpetuate poverty, we do

feel very strongly that it's an important part

of what we do, in campaigning against those

root causes.


Tell us how we as a church could pray for

you and Tearfund?


Please pray for those we serve, all of us collectively

together - the vulnerable and for

that protection and safety especially at the

moment where we see the economic consequences

of the global pandemic hitting incredibly

hard and the health consequences.

Please pray for income provision. The need

is so great at the moment that we are concerned

that despite the fact that the UK

economy might contract, we really pray and

hope that our income and resources will not

contract because we see the need is greater

than ever.

Please pray for fair access to vaccines, and

for the role of the church in advocating for


Visit our YouTube channel to hear the full


Christians battle through

COVID and severe flooding

Bible Society article – published in

Word in action magazine, Spring 2021

Reproduced with kind permission

‘People were quarantined because of

COVID, but the gospel of the Lord is not

quarantined’, said Reverend Hu, who

serves with his wife in a vibrant church in

China’s Hubei province.

The church holds Bible study groups,

prayer meetings and young adult gatherings

and has a choir ministry, but like all

other churches, it had to close during the

pandemic. Hu, who is in his 30s, and his

wife lost a third of their income, but trusting

in God they soldiered on and reached

out to their congregation in new ways. The

result: when the church reopened, Hu

baptised more than 30 people, most of

whom were young adults.

We’ve heard many such stories of spiritual

awakenings in China over the last 12

months. In many cases, people stuck at

home in the lockdown were simply reading

more of the Scriptures.

Meng Jiumei, who serves at a church in the

village of Longchi in the beautiful Emei

Mountains, said that one worshipper told

her, ‘While I was reading the book of

Judges, I broke down in tears as I felt a

strong conviction to repent to God of my


Another said, ‘We are often too busy to

spend time with God prior to this crisis.

Now we are taking this time to do more

self-reflection and praying.’ Jiumei said,

‘Starting from the book of Genesis, these

believers, young and old, read at least ten

chapters a day. Some can read 50 to 80

chapters a day.’

When the virus was brought under control,

some churches were allowed to reopen

from June. But then, in July and August,

China experienced some of its worst

flooding in 70 years. These terrible disasters

hampered but failed to derail Bible


Your kind giving has supported more than

100 preachers and pastors

in Yunnan and Hubei

provinces who lost

their salaries due to the

lockdown, and you enabled

urgent aid to be

sent to 50 destitute

Christians in Hubei to

see them through the


Engaging with the


An estimated one million

new believers come

to faith every year in


is just one trained pastor for every 6,700

Christians on average. And many church

leaders, especially in poor areas, are reliant

on continued support.

These new Christians not only need Bibles,

they need teaching and resources to

help them get more out of the Scriptures.

In August 2020 study Bibles were distributed

to preachers in northwest China and

Scripture-based literacy classes started.

Zhengrong, 37, ministers at ten different

villages spread out in China’s mountainous

Yunnan province. He travelled thousands

of miles on foot every year, through

landslides, fog and strong winds, ministering

to some of the poorest people in the

region. Last autumn he was one of the

many church leaders provided with a motorcycle.

Now he gets to places quickly

and safely and ministers to more people.

Author: Simon Bartz, Bible Society


Supporting and nurturing leaders

With or without COVID, one of the biggest

challenges facing the church in China is

lack of church leaders. It’s estimated there



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“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs

within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of

water, and the parched ground into springs.”

Isaiah 41:18

Please continue to pray for

Keiko and her parents and her sister

that as Keiko abides in You The truth of your

Word will be made know to them.

Building Project

Please pray for our planning appeal: in particular,

for appointment of the right person as

Planning Inspector. Please also pray that the

person who is appointed will review our case

thoroughly and will be guided by God

to the right decision

Father, you know our hearts

and share our sorrows.

We are hurt by our parting from

those whom we loved:

when we are angry at the loss we

have sustained,

when we long for words of comfort,

yet find them hard to hear,

turn our grief to truer living,

our affliction to firmer hope

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

“History Belongs to the intercessors -

those who believe and pray the

future into being.”

Dear Lord help us to intercede like never

before for this world of people, whom you

love. Heal the world. Your will be done.

Please pray for Sophia,

Larissa’s sister, who is in hospital with

multiple health issues without a diagnosis

or treatment plan. She is isolated and finding

it hard to remain positive. Please pray

for a good doctor/team to oversee her

treatment and come up with solutions.

Please, pray that Sophia can find her

hope in the Lord and come to an end of

this time of suffering.

We give thanks for the freedom to worship

you in Spirit and in truth.

We thank you that your Name is glorified

in St. Mildred’s Easter Services and activities.

We pray for those who have been

encouraged, comforted and challenged

over the Easter weekend.

Pray for Covenant Homes in Kenya.

Continue to pray for Covenant and the financial

situation that the young people manage to finish

their education so they can become

self supporting

Father God, you promise never to leave us

through the valleys as well as the hilltops of

life. Please walk close to Adrian, especially

when he walks though rough ravines.

May you sustain him, protect him, and may he

supernaturally sense you with him through the

toughest of times in Jesus name Amen.

Pray for the Alpha courses.

We pray for those organising these

courses and for all participating.

Pray for our youth and children's work

- that God would lead and guide us as we

build up our young people in him.

Pray for wisdom as we plan for changes

to restrictions over the next few months.

Pray for the AGM in May that God would

raise people up to serve him on PCC.

Send Prayers to lisharris68@yahoo.com

Diary ~ April 2021


In these uncertain times, it is hard to plan exactly what our diary will be. We have tried to

be as accurate as possible. Changes are likely—both in terms of new events appearing

and some listed here being cancelled.

Thursday 1 8pm Home Group

8pm Alpha Online

8pm Maundy Thursday Service

Friday 2 2pm An Hour at the Cross

Sunday 4 10am Easter Service

11.30am Prayer Meeting

Monday 5 9.30 am Prayer Meeting

Wednesday 7 8pm Prayer Meeting

Thursday 8 8pm Alpha Online

Sunday 11 10am Morning Service

11.30am Prayer Meeting

4pm Virtual Tea

Monday 12 9.30 am Prayer Meeting

Thursday 15 8pm Alpha Online

Sunday 18 10am Morning Service

11.30am Prayer Meeting

Monday 19 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 20 8pm Home Group

Wednesday 21 8pm Home Group

Thursday 22 8pm Home Group

Friday 23 7.30pm PubQuiz

Diary ~ April 2021


Sunday 25 10am Morning worship

11.30am Prayer Meeting

4pm Virtual Tea

Monday 26 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 27 PCC Meeting

Wednesday 28 Prayer Meeting

Sunday 2 10am Morning Worship

11.30am Prayer Meeting

Monday 3 Bank Holiday

Monday 1 9.30am Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 2 8pm Home Group

Wednesday 3 8pm Home Group

Thursday 4 8pm Home Group

8pm Alpha Online

Share your experience of the blessings of

Easter and Spring in the next Newsletter.

Send your photos ranging from reflective to fun to encourage others.


Divine Redeemer, Thee we bless

For Thy great love and power,

And greet Thee for Thy loveliness

Expressed in leaf and flower.

Thomas Hornblower Gill

Westminster Abbey will offer a specially

recorded reading of St John’s Gospel in the

Jerusalem Chamber at the Abbey as part of

its Easter offering this year.

The recording will be available on

the Abbey’s YouTube channel at 4.00pm

(BST) on Easter Sunday.

The actor, best-known for playing Agatha

Christie’s fictional detective Hercule Poirot,

made the recording earlier this month.

David Suchet said: ‘I count it as a great privilege

to be filmed reading St John’s Gospel in

the iconic Jerusalem Chamber of Westminster





Businesses to pray for

in April 2021

Joe's Barber

Streakers Dry Cleaner (Kay)


Eyekon computing

Lane Tian Chinese restaurant

Allen & Wainwright


Lee Launderette

Vape Nation

The Kitchen, Lee

Lee Pharmacy

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Whatever is going on, make space to pray in your life.

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The Glory of the Spring

1 The glory of the spring, how sweet!

The new-born life, how glad!

What joy the happy earth to greet

In spring's bright raiment clad!

2 Divine Redeemer, Thee we bless

For Thy great love and power,

And greet Thee for Thy loveliness

Expressed in leaf and flower.

3 Oh may we be, by Thy great power,

Renewed these spring-tide days;

And so reflect Thee in each hour

That all shall give Thee praise.

4 Still let new life and strength upspring,

Still let new joy be given;

And grant the glad new song to ring

Throughout the earth and heaven.

Thomas Hornblower Gill


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