Estuary Elim News & Blog

Estuary Elim News & Blog

News, wit and wisdom from our church ministers, department leaders and members of our churches.
Note: The views expressed by individuals within this blog are their own!

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2021 News & Blog


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Rev. Simon Law

 10 April 2021

In-Person Meeting Survey Results

We had nearly 50 responses to the survey - thank you! The survey asked the question: "When we can meet in-person, without social distancing, what kind of church gathering will fit your lifestyle best"? The summary results are:
35% respondents wanted to meet primarily in-person
5% respondents want to meet primarily online
60% respondents want to meet both in-person and online.

We are working through the details of the survey results and would appreciate your prayers for wisdom in this season as we plan how we gather as church in the future.
The survey is now closed.


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Rev. Simon Law

 1 April 2021

Rev. Tony Tween

3 February 1944 - 31 March 2021


It is with great sadness that I am issuing this update to let you know that Pastor Tony passed away late last night. Although we mourn his loss, we do not mourn as those without hope. He knew, as we do, that he has gone to a better place and is now with the Lord. At this Easter time, we remember that Good Friday is not the end. For God's daughters and sons, resurrection day is coming!

We'd like to share this wonderful tribute from Tony's daughter:

"Wow what a legacy he leaves us, a life devoted to his family and dedicated service to the Church. A life of selfless commitment to others, a listening ear, a wise counsel, a shoulder to lean on and a hand to hold, a man described as a rock to many. Day and night always ready to help those in need. A preacher of many a sermon, giving words of life and hope. Even when he was so poorly he still encouraged and prayed for those he met. A life that simply made a difference to so many. The Reverend Tony Tween now in glory with his maker.

But to us he was our Husband/Dad/Ra Ra/Grandad/brother/uncle he made us smile, we knew we were loved and cherished always. We knew he was so proud of all of us.

And we love him. We miss him. Always in our hearts."

Amen!

We will provide details of funeral arrangements when we have them.


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Rev. Simon Law

 28 March 2021

A quick survey

Spring is finally here, and with it we naturally look forward to the summer. As a leadership team, the ministers have been working on a plan for when we can meet in-person without social distancing, and other COVID related restrictions. To help us with our planning, please could you complete this very quick survey. The survey will help us understand in this new season, how the church is looking to gather, in-person, online, or both!


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Rev. Simon Law

 1 January 2021

Welcome to 2021

2020 was a tough year. For many, a very tough year. Yet, we are not people without hope. Our living, confident hope is not one based on our circumstances, but the resurrected, living Lord Jesus, whose birth we have just celebrated - the outworking of God's rescue plan for all of us! Jesus is the "Yes!" to all of God's promises. Let's rest in these promises as we look towards all God will do in this new season of 2021!

Please note that due to the increased number of COVID-19 infections in the local area, all socially-distanced evening services are cancelled until further notice.

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING - 23 January 2021
Our annual church meeting will be held online at 3pm on 23 January 2021. This meeting is open to all. It is an opportunity to review the past church year and to vote for those standing as Deacons for the Church Board (the Church Board comprises of Deacons and Ministers and has oversight for the running of the church). If you are a member of the church, you will shortly receive an email with details of how to cast your vote online. Members who are not online will receive postal voting slips. Given the unusual circumstances of 2020, the AGM report will contain updates from the Ministers and Church Administrator rather than all church departments. Printed Reports are available on request.

KEEPING CONNECTED
Check out our podcasts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, worship @ home videos and recordings of Sunday services on our Youtube channel, accessible through the church website.

Don't forget to subscribe and to click on the alarm icon next to 'Subscribe' if you want to receive notifications of the latest uploads.


2020 News & Blog


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Rev. Dave Redbond

 24 November 2021

Secrets Shared

I discovered while I was having an afternoon sleep that a visitor had arrived at our front door. My wife, Maureen went and answered the door when she heard a very familiar knock. The visitor asked Maureen whether she and I wanted any Heroes chocolates.

My wife, Maureen responded with a very definite No and then revealed the number of Heroes chocolates stored in my office.

I was horrified that chocolate had been turned away and without Maureen's knowledge sent a text stating how disappointed I was at missing out on having more chocolate.I received a reply that there were still chocolate available and so a text was sent asking for a delivery but for it to be done secretly.

I recognised that this was not a correct way to act since there should be no secrets between husband and wife and I duly confessed what I had done. The chocolate has arrived and been added to the supply.

When it comes to secrets some should be kept if it relates to a confidential situation but there are many secrets which should be shared. When King David committed adultery and murder God exposed David's sinfulness.

Are there secret areas in our lives that we hide away from those around us including family and friends because we do not want them to know what we are really doing or what we are really like? If so we need to find someone we can trust that we can share our struggles with so that we can find both help and release. When David owned up to his failure then God accepted his cry for forgiveness.

If you have a secret which relates to some failure in your life then be assured that there is a heavenly father who is waiting for you to come to him so you might receive forgiveness and healing.

There is an old song which has these words:
The chimes of time ring out the news
Another day is through
Someone slipped and fell
Was that someone you?

You may have longed for added strength
Your courage to renew
Do not be disheartened
For I have news for you

It is no secret what God can do
What He's done for others, He'll do for you
With arms wide open He'll pardon you
It is no secret what God can do

There is no night; for in His light
You never walk alone
Always feel at home
Wherever you may go

There is no power can conquer you
While God is on your side
Take Him at His promise
Don't run away and hide

It is no secret what God can do
What He's done for others, He'll do for you
With arms wide open He'll pardon you
It is no secret what God can do.


Secondly, we find that the Apostle Paul also speaks about a secret. In his case it is the secret for living a contented life. There are so many who live in a state of discontentment. This can relate to relationships, possessions, achievements, career or even oneself. Paul states that the secret to a contented life is to know the strength that comes from knowing and being in relationship with Jesus.

This is how different bible translations reveal this secret in Philippans 4v11-13:
The Message Bible
Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.

The New Living Translation Bible
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

The Amplified Bible
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purposeā€”I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.

I came across this outline regarding the secret of a contented life:
The scope - Everything
The source - Christ
The secret - Strength

So as you continue on life's journey ensure that there are no secret areas of your life that will impact upon your relationship with your Heavenly Father and with those around you.

In addition, recognise that the secret to a contented life is found in a relationship with Jesus.