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With the True Spirit of Christmas

December 2014

  

           

The congregation of Weston Church enjoyed watching the children of the church present a Nativity play at their Christmas Service on December 17th.

Members and visitors alike shared such a warm and friendly atmosphere that they filled the church with music and singing of popular and traditional Carols.

Special music was delivered by the Boydd family of the church with 'Dad' Martin playing trumpet while 'Mum' Vivienne played guitar with sons James and Alistair.

       

As well as the usual excellent organ music for the hymns, Pastor Wayne Erasmus & Molly Johnson provided additional musical support throughout the service with piano and violin. 

A special rendition of Calypso Carol was presented by a duet from Johanna Matthew on violin & Martin Boydd  on trumpet (photo unavailable).

The members of Crafty Company, a weekly community club run by the Church, had crafted charming little pouches for the Special Collection for the Weston Food Bank.  These were then hung on the tree by the children while Christmas Hymns were sung.  Food items were also donated from the churchs' continued support to the Food Bank.


After the service everyone gathered in the Church Hall for relaxed fellowship and festive treats.  Heads were nodding all round in agreement that the morning had been delightful and had put everyone in good stead for a Happy Christmas season.  

Report by: Joneanne Nash 


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April 2014 - Special Programme

Report by: Joneanne Nash

                          “Spring to Life!”

From time to time we all need to take a step back from our routine and refocus. 

To do this, we might use reflective time or a mini-break to create the space we need. 


Weston Seventh-day Adventist Church invites you to:

'A Floral Sermon' presented by Audrey Balderstone

Audrey’s love of flowers and flower arranging has led her to Flower Festivals in the St. Albans and Canterbury Cathedrals, as well as her own home Church of Stanborough Park, Watford.  More recently, her floral displays were part of a service in Westminster Abbey.  

Through her love of flowers Audrey has been privileged to arrange flowers in many countries in Europe as well as in Australia and USA.

In this country Audrey has arranged flowers for many church Festivals including in St.Albans and Canterbury Cathedrals and her latest venture was arranging flowers for a service in Westminster Abbey.  Audrey particularly enjoys taking part in and organising, Flower Festivals.  Those she's organised in her own church have raised around £125,000.00 for various charities. 


Audrey is an Area Judge for the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS) and is immediate past President of the Home Counties Area of VAFAS.

Audrey was part of a medal-winning team which exhibited at Chelsea on behalf of NAFAS.

 

'Spring to Life'

Weston Seventh-day Adventist Church 11:15am 12th April 2014

A light lunch will be available after the service for those who would like to mingle and share time with Audrey.

Free Parking

Travelling from Watford, Audrey brings a love for flowers and their meanings.  This passion she has used to express faith and worship in her home congregation (Stanborough Park SDA Church), where she also organises an annual charity flower festival. 

Glimpses of their most recent display, “Ode to Joy” may be viewed here:

http://adventist.org.uk/news/gallery/gallery-sec/ode-to-joy-flower-festival

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27th June 2013 - New Extension Open Day

Report by: Kirsten Øster-Lundqvist with Wayne Erasmus

Deputy Mayor of Weston Cllr Mrs Roz Willis cuts the ribbon

assisted by local Pastor Wayne Erasmus

 (Please visit the Photo Gallery to view the Opening Day event)

COMMUNITY FOCUS FOR WESTON CHURCH

Weston-Super-Mare is a church with only 40 members. It has a nice sanctuary and a large youth hall.  So why the need for an extension?  Simply one word: Community.

Pastor Wayne Erasmus states: "Our existing facility is used so much by community, preschool, computer club and Guides, in addition to the church's own run vegetarian cooking club, that instead of asking the various groups to vacate, as the church's own needs grew, we decided to expand the building to encompass both the community and the church's growing outreach programmes."

The extension also makes it easier to find the church, as its entrance is now visible from the road.

Over the weekend of 22-23 June members and community celebrated the official opening of their church extension with South England Conference President, Pastor Sam Davis, and the Deputy Mayor of Weston-Super-Mare, Cllr Mrs Roz Willis.

In his Sabbath address to the church Pastor Davis encouraged and commended the church for its community connections and challenged the congregation to remain connected to their community.  A Christian herself, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Willis gave a brief testimony of her personal faith, and in her address, affirmed the value and importance of churches and faith groups to their communities.

Having seen the project from planning to completion, she expressed pleasure at being part of the planning committee which had approved the building and now being at the opening of the completed building project. As she concluded her remarks, she raised her hands and encouraged the assembly to praise the Lord for the great things He has done.

Sunday saw the church opening its doors for a family celebration day. Teas and cakes were served and later a barbeque was lit. The building was buzzing with activities such as games, balloon modelling and face painting.  The Newbold Teens mime group, 'Connected', also added to the festivities with their inspirational performance.

The day attracted local residents, friends of members and people who attend the popular cooking club. The importance of the building in this community was demonstrated by the support local residents gave.  People went out of their way to help make the day a success, as they recognised the importance of community facilities and appreciation of what the church does.  Even the builder's bill came with a donation in form of labour from the local builder.

Photos from this joyful weekend can be seen on the Adventist picture gallery.


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January 2013 - Weston for Waka Waka

Report by: Joneanne Nash

COMMUNITY FOCUS MOTIVATION FOR WESTON CHURCH EXTENSION

27th June 2013

Weston-Super-Mare is a church with only 40 members. It has a nice sanctuary and a large youth hall. So why the need for an extension?  Simply one word: Community.

Pastor Wayne Erasmus states: "Our existing facility is used so much by community, preschool, computer club and Guides, in addition to the church's own run vegetarian cooking club, that instead of asking the various groups to vacate, as the church's own needs grew, we decided to expand the building to encompass both the community and the church's growing outreach programmes."

DSC05393The extension also makes it easier to find the church, as its entrance is now visible from the road.

Over the weekend of 22-23 June members and community celebrated the official opening of their church extension with South England Conference President, Pastor Sam Davis, and the Deputy Mayor of Weston-Super-Mare, Cllr Mrs Roz Willis.

In his Sabbath address to the church Pastor Davis encouraged and commended the church for its community connections and challenged the congregation to remain connected to their community.  A Christian herself, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Willis gave a brief testimony of her personal faith, and in her address, affirmed the value and importance of churches and faith groups to their communities.

Having seen the project from planning to completion, she expressed pleasure at being part of the planning committee which had approved the building and now being at the opening of the completed building project. As she concluded her remarks, she raised her hands and encouraged the assembly to praise the Lord for the great things He has done.

IMG_5607Sunday saw the church opening its doors for a family celebration day. Teas and cakes were served and later a barbeque was lit. The building was buzzing with activities such as games, balloon modelling and face painting.  The Newbold Teens mime group, 'Connected', also added to the festivities with their inspirational performance.

The day attracted local residents, friends of members and people who attend the popular cooking club. The importance of the building in this community was demonstrated by the support local residents gave. People went out of their way to help make the day a success, as they recognised the importance of community facilities and appreciation of what the church does. Even the builder's bill came with a donation in form of labour from the local builder.

Photos from this joyful weekend can be seen on the Adventist picture gallery.

[Kirsten Øster-Lundqvist with Wayne Erasmus]

- See more at: http://adventist.org.uk/news/2013/2013-sec/community-focus-motivation-for-weston-church-extension#sthash.DK4lE1W4.dpuf

COMMUNITY FOCUS MOTIVATION FOR WESTON CHURCH EXTENSION

27th June 2013

Weston-Super-Mare is a church with only 40 members. It has a nice sanctuary and a large youth hall. So why the need for an extension?  Simply one word: Community.

Pastor Wayne Erasmus states: "Our existing facility is used so much by community, preschool, computer club and Guides, in addition to the church's own run vegetarian cooking club, that instead of asking the various groups to vacate, as the church's own needs grew, we decided to expand the building to encompass both the community and the church's growing outreach programmes."

DSC05393The extension also makes it easier to find the church, as its entrance is now visible from the road.

Over the weekend of 22-23 June members and community celebrated the official opening of their church extension with South England Conference President, Pastor Sam Davis, and the Deputy Mayor of Weston-Super-Mare, Cllr Mrs Roz Willis.

In his Sabbath address to the church Pastor Davis encouraged and commended the church for its community connections and challenged the congregation to remain connected to their community.  A Christian herself, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Willis gave a brief testimony of her personal faith, and in her address, affirmed the value and importance of churches and faith groups to their communities.

Having seen the project from planning to completion, she expressed pleasure at being part of the planning committee which had approved the building and now being at the opening of the completed building project. As she concluded her remarks, she raised her hands and encouraged the assembly to praise the Lord for the great things He has done.

IMG_5607Sunday saw the church opening its doors for a family celebration day. Teas and cakes were served and later a barbeque was lit. The building was buzzing with activities such as games, balloon modelling and face painting.  The Newbold Teens mime group, 'Connected', also added to the festivities with their inspirational performance.

The day attracted local residents, friends of members and people who attend the popular cooking club. The importance of the building in this community was demonstrated by the support local residents gave. People went out of their way to help make the day a success, as they recognised the importance of community facilities and appreciation of what the church does. Even the builder's bill came with a donation in form of labour from the local builder.

Photos from this joyful weekend can be seen on the Adventist picture gallery.

[Kirsten Øster-Lundqvist with Wayne Erasmus]

- See more at: http://adventist.org.uk/news/2013/2013-sec/community-focus-motivation-for-weston-church-extension#sthash.DK4lE1W4.dpu

    Photo by: Len Sitton

  Pastor Wayne Erasmus and the children of the Seventh-day Adventist Church  500 Locking Road  Weston-super-Mare 

The Waka Waka Appeal is for Solar Lamps to be provided to the energy crisis area of Burkina Faso.

When Alva Gallaher, Deacon & Junior Sabbath School Ass. read the Waka Waka Appeal in 2012’s October Messenger he asked the children of Weston church if they would like to help.  All the boys and girls eagerly got together and throughout November and December found various ways of raising funds.  Donations of their pocket money, sales of their own Arts & Crafts along with sales of collected donated items resulted in the children presenting a total amount of £238.50 to ADRA. 

Pastor Erasmus supports and encourages the participation of our church children and was delighted at their efforts.  Well done boys & girls of Weston!  With the cost of one solar lamp at £10, your efforts mean that twenty four more families can live safer and their children study longer.

Burkina FasoA landlocked savanna cut by the three principal rivers of the Black, Red, and White Voltas and bordered by countries: Benin - Cote d'Ivoire - Ghana - Mali - Niger and Togo  

[Country map of Burkina Faso]

Here are general and interesting facts about Burkina Faso located in Western Africa, North of Ghana

One of the poorest countries in the world, landlocked Burkina Faso has few natural resources and a weak industrial base. About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture, which is vulnerable to harsh climatic conditions. Cotton is the key crop and the government has joined with other cotton producing countries in the region to lobby for improved access to Western markets. 

Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Burkina Faso's high population density and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens. Recent unrest in Cote d'Ivoire and northern Ghana has hindered the ability of several hundred thousand seasonal Burkinabe farm workers to find employment in neighbouring countries.

Population:   13,925,313
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2005 est.)

Population below the poverty line:  45 per cent (2003)

Legal system:  Based on French civil law system and customary law

Language:   French (official) and native African belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population

Capital:   Ouagadougou

Religions:  

  • Indigenous beliefs 40%
  • Muslim 50%
  • Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%

 Area:  

  • Land: 273,800 sq km
  • Water: 400 sq km

Terrain:  Mostly flat to dissected, undulating plains; hills in West and Southeast 

Land use: 

  • Arable land: 14.43%
  • Permanent crops: 0.19%
  • Other: 85.38%

Irrigated land:  250 sq km (1998 estimate)

Environment Recent droughts and desertification severely affecting agricultural

Major infectious diseases:  Degree of risk - very high

  • Food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
  • Vectorborne disease: malaria is a high risk in some locations
  • Water contact disease: schistosomiasis
  • Respiratory disease: meningococcal meningitis (2004) 

Electricity sources: 

  • Fossil fuel: 69.9% 
  • Hydro: 30.1% 
  • Nuclear: 0%

Transportation:

  • Railways:  Total: 622 km
  • Highways:  total:12,506 km
  • Airports: 33 - only 2 of which are paved  

Communications:

  • 65,400 mainline telephones in use (2003)
  • 227,000 mobile cellular (2003)
  • 1 Television broadcasting station (2002)
  • 1 Internet Service Provider (2002)
  • Internet users 48,000
  • 1 Sattelite Earth Station (Atlantic Ocean)

Export commodities:   Cotton, livestock and gold

Import commodities:  Capital goods, foodstuffs, petroleum

Import partners:  France 29.3%, Cote d'Ivoire 16%, Togo 9.8% (2004)

Military Army, Air Force, National Gendarmerie (2005)

  • Compulsory service is 18 yrs of age
  • Voluntary service is 20 yrs of age

Government type:  Parliamentary republic - 45 provinces