St Matthews Community Park’s day: Friday 6th August


The weather was wet and damp the whole week; Friday was forecast rain too; however, for the most part it was dry and sunny! Praise God! This meant that everyone who came to Bushy Park were able to enjoy the activities that day. 

We were located in the same place as last year - right near the stage. We had a sand pit, giant outdoor games like Connect Four and Jenga, and we also had a badge-making kit. This was very popular as there was a constant line of children, and adults, wanting their badge made.

We met children that we had met on previous ventures on the estate and thus built on the relationship. We were able to speak to many new people too and talk to them about who we are and the church.

The Parks Day is a really great opportunity to be out mixing with the community and being a part of the community. Thank you for your prayers.

- Grace Mistry



Hardy’s Travels: Queniborough Primary School has a partner school in Bahir Dar in Ethiopia. Joy will be visiting the school over October half term. She will be flying out on the evening of Friday 15th October and returning the following Saturday (23rd).Hopefully, Joy will be accompanied by a teacher from Wreake Valley Community College who also have a partner school in the same town.

Steve will be going out to Ethiopia on Saturday 11th December to visit Gondar again. He will be giving 27 lectures in a week to students at the hospital there. He returns on Sunday 19th December.


Update from Luke Allen, MAF trainee pilot: Luke has been able to get his Commercial licence and is flying! He still has just one more test to complete as part of his training.


Taurai Bandawa, Naomi Dixon and Joanna Baines start another chapter in their life as they start university in September.

Taurai will be going to London School of Theology, Naomi to Redcliffe College in Gloucester and Joanna to the University of Kent. Please pray that they will settle down ok and learn further to depend on God for all their needs. Pray that their time at university will prepare them for what the Lord leads them to in the future.


The new tea and coffee outreach is starting on Tuesday 7th September and will run every Tuesday 10.30am till 12.30pm. The occasional cafes that we have had through ncounter and the publicity given out has provoked a lot of interest from people off the estate.  Please also pray that people from St Matthews will hear about the café and will  feel encouraged to come in. For more details please see Amanda Manchester.




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