Service of Thanksgiving

 for the life of

 Robert David Briars

26th March 1935 – 23rd October 2009

 I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness,

which the Lord, the righteous Judge,

will award to me on that day - and not only to me,

but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

1 Timothy 4 : 7 & 8


During the service we will have Tributes, Testimonies,Scripture readings and God’s word brought to us by;
Vernon Salkeld, Chris Thompson, Steve Hardy, Stephen Haines and Tadeusz Tolwinski.


Sweet is the Work, my God, my King

Sweet is the work, my God, my King,
To praise Thy Name, give thanks and sing,
To show Thy love by morning light
And talk of all Thy truth at night.

Sweet is the day of sacred rest,
No mortal cares shall seize my breast.
O may my heart in tune be found,
Like David’s harp of solemn sound!

My heart shall triumph in my Lord
And bless His works and bless His Word.
Thy works of grace, how bright they shine!
How deep Thy counsels, how divine!

But I shall share a glorious part,
When grace has well refined my heart;
And fresh supplies of joy are shed,
Like holy oil, to cheer my head.

Then shall I see, and hear, and know
All I desired and wished below;
And every power find sweet employ
In that eternal world of joy.

Isaac Watts





In Christ alone my hope is found


In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

© 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music



Before the throne of God above


Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great High Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of my guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Saviour died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I am,
The King of Glory and of Grace,
One with Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Saviour and my God!

© 1997 People of Destiny International



Who can cheer the heart like Jesus

Who can cheer the heart like Jesus,
By His presence all divine?
True and tender, pure and precious,
O how blest to call Him mine!


All that thrills my soul is Jesus;
He is more than life to me;
And the fairest of ten thousand,
In my blessed Lord I see.

Love of Christ so freely given.
Grace of God beyond degree,
Mercy higher than the heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea.

What a wonderful redemption!
Never can a mortal know
How my sin, tho’ red like crimson,
Can be whiter than the snow.

Every need His hand supplying,
Every good in Him I see;
On His strength divine relying,
He is all in all to me.

By the crystal flowing river
With the ransomed I will sing,
And forever and forever
Praise and glorify the King.

© 1931,1959 Nazarene Publishing



When the Trumpet of the Lord shall sound


When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.


When the roll is called up yonder,
When the roll is called up yonder,
When the roll is called up yonder,
When the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.

On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise,
And the glory of his resurrection share;
When his chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies,
And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.

Let us labour for the Master from the dawn till setting sun,
Let us talk of all his wondrous love and care;
Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done,
And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.

© Hope Publishing

Carley Licence : CCL21844 

Thanks for your prayers and support

Lorna, Helen & Dennis, Andy & Jill – take this opportunity

to thank you all for your prayers and messages of support.

We’ve been overwhelmed by your kindness and love towards us.

Also a big thank you to Carley for the use of their facilities and to all

who have helped to make our time together such a memorable occasion.

Email: or



Your opportunity to support outreach close to Rob’s heart

Tatarstan - Russia

Working with Radstock Ministries - Rob made 3 visits to Tatarstan between October 2000 and March 2004.  This was a time of developing contacts with the missionaries from the Ukraine, while still being involved with the work of teaching, in Kazan and other centres. Containers of clothing were distributed through the Churches, and to orphanages, whose doors were beginning to open to the missionaries.

Since then the work has increased and we are seeing the fruits of our perseverance.  The missionaries are now welcomed and encouraged to visit institutions for young and old, there are now fourteen Houses of Prayer in the pagan Republic of Mari-El and more in Chuvashia.  They have a facility for Summer Camps and Houses of Prayer are being enlarged.

More details from; Stephen Haines. Email: 


Polish Evangelical Churches

For over 20 years Carley has been praying & supporting Christians in Poland. In more recent years Rob and Lorna made 5 visits to believers in Torun, Piotrkow Trybunalski & Zywiec (two visits including grandchildren; Simon, Rhianna and Joshua). During the trips ministries included; Bible teaching, preaching, outreach to children and family camps. In addition teaching conferences have been organized both in Poland and in the UK.

The Polish Evangelical Christians need encouragement through prayer, advice and support. Visiting English Evangelical teachers are always welcomed as we seek to develop & build healthy churches in Poland.

Your support will help us realise our visions for; Leadership conferences, Publication of Biblical literature and work among children and young adults.


More details from; Tadeusz Tolwinski. Email:



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