Sally, Hammad, Lovisa and Sylvester from Chesham UK on mission in Sweden…
Performances at Free church in Vretstorp (ice cream Café) on Wednesday 3rd August – pictured above. Local residences including Swedish people, refugees from Syria and migrants from Afghanistan all enjoyed the music and sang along to Voice for Jesus songs.
Saturday 6th August playing at lakeside venue Talludden nr. Asbro. Worshiping in English, Swedish and Urdu, sharing stories of how Christian’s live in Pakistan and the Voice for Jesus ministry.
Sunday 7th August leading worship at Fylstakyrkan, Kulma morning service with Sally preaching and Lovisa translating into Swedish. In the evening performing at Ransbergs Kyrka near Tibro.
Please do pray for safety as we travel and for God to work in the hearts of all who attend these events that they will understand the gospel more and the challenges facing persecuted Christians in Pakistan.
You are warmly invited to Lowdnes Park in Chesham on Sunday 17th July from 2.30-4.30pm for Community Praise in the Park.
Hammad and Sally will be leading a band drawn from Churches across Chesham singing Christian and secular songs in English & Urdu. There will be a guest appearance from Lara Deen leading a Bollywood dance for everyone to join in. This is a Churches Together for Chesham sponsored event.
The Messy Church team will be putting on activities for children and the Elgiva Café will be serving refreshments. Please bring a chair or rug to sit on, invite your friends and come along to enjoy fun for all the family.
Lowndes Park is in the centre of Chesham a short walk from Chesham Underground Station and there is plenty of parking in the Town Centre shopping area.
On Saturday 25th June we organised a Ladies engaging creative evening with Sarah de Nordwall – stand-up poet and story telling. Sarah performed many of her amusing thought-provoking poems, including Lipstick is a spiritual experience, weaved together with funny stories and anecdotes. Hammad provided musical accompaniment and backing vocal for Rest in Me – Sarah’s original composition which she hopes to record in Hammad’s studio this week.
The participants, from St Mary’s Church, Chesham were then encouraged to write to one of Sarah’s poems in response. This creative writing exercise produced some unexpected results with some reluctant ladies discovering an unknown talent. This was one of the responses:
Mosaic of Life by Sally Baily– inspired by Kintsukuroi
It’s amazing Lord, how you take our broken pieces and mend them with your light.
All those things we think are mistakes that you weave into our story to make us stronger.
all these become beautiful pieces of the mosaic of my life –
not scars but patterns of life that make up the whole,
that shape my personality,
that give me stories to tell, that inspire others;
hurts that have healed
mistakes that have been redeemed,
new God-focussed goals to replace those self-focussed goals;
reputation, built not on my achievements, but on your grace and mercy;
new dreams, not limited by my capacity to achieve, but based on your limitless capacity for fun and adventure.
I probably couldn’t have got to this place in my life without those broken things that you have mended, without those trials to overcome with your help Lord – Thank you.
‘Dare to dream’ you said to me years ago and look where we are now!
Feedback from the evening was very positive with comments such as:
- I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Saturday evening with Sarah – I came home feeling exhilarated!
- Just a note to thank you and Hannah very much indeed for all the hard work you both put into making last night’s Ladies Event so successful and enjoyable. Special thanks to Hammad too for all he contributed and his sensitive accompaniment to Sarah’s song. Sarah’s positive approach and enthusiasm was contagious and on our table (the naughty one!) everyone really enjoyed the time, and surprised themselves with what they were able to create. Thanks too for the delicious desserts and drinks.
To find out more about Sarah and her amazing work around the world visit her website http://www.sarahdenordwall.com/
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling on all English churches to set apart the week before Pentecost for prayer for our country and our witness in the community.
Our hope is for all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, for all of us to have confidence to share the Gospel, and for all to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow him as disciples, to live out the Gospel and to seek God’s kingdom from day to day.
How is your church responding? Here in Chesham we are prayer walking around the district of St Mary’s during the week commencing 8th May. There are 10 different zones where prayer walks are being led throughout the week. I’m leading a prayer walk starting from 31 Chapmans Crescent, CHESHAM, on Saturday 14th May at 0930 hours for about 1.5 hours, walking the streets of my neighbour. You are welcome to join us walking and praying and listening to God, blessing our neighbours and seeking God’s will for this town.
What are you doing this Pentecost? Well in Chesham we have two options for engaging in Pentecost Praise. I’ve just booked my tickets for Friday 13th May Pentecost Praise at Restore Hope Latimer. An open air event on the Angel Field – doors open at 7pm. For more information and to book tickets for this fee event visit click here.
Then on Saturday 14th May at 6pm there is an All Saints Pentecost Praise event for Churches together in Chesham held in the Broadway Baptist Church, High Street, Chesham. This promises to be another great evening of Praise and Worship with a band led by Kings Church.
Sally will be playing with Liturgical Journey at a Prayer Concert at Christchurch, Waterside, Chesham on Saturday 16th April 2016. The afternoon starts at 1pm with a quiet reflective time until 3pm to explore God’s way of bringing peace to your life; embracing readings, creative prayer and personal quiet time.
After a refreshment break from 3- 3.30pm, the band will lead a prayer concert, suitable for the whole family, in both music, song and word. The event will finish at 5pm. Entry free of charge.
Sally is joining a local band Liturgical Journey comprised of musicians from churches across Chesham to bring the Easter story alive through music in the Broadway, Chesham on Saturday 26th March from 10.30am. You will find them playing on the green opposite Café Nero near the war memorial. At 11am the URC Choir will be performing on the steps of the URC church and then Liturgical Journey will perform again at 12 noon.
Feedback after event: You guys and girls all rocked today and so lovely that people stopped and listened, when the weather was not so good. The bread man on the market said it sounded fantastic and that people were talking to him about the lyrics we were singing. So our songs are a great evangelical tool to get people talking / thinking. He said you could hear it down at the clock tower! The cafe Nero staff really enjoyed what they heard. An elderly lady at the bus stop was raving about our rendition of “how great thou art”. She loved it ! So all was cool today 🙂 Well done everybody ! Love Jay
On Good Friday, 25h March, there is a united service for Churches Together for Chesham at Broadway Baptist Church at 10.15am.
This is followed by a walk of witness through the pedestrian area of the town centre. Sally will then be leading the first half hour of the Good Friday meditation at St Mary’s Chesham which starts at 12 noon. The first session looks at The Last Supper and how Jesus prepares the disciples for what is to come. A dramatized reading of Luke 22: 7-38 brings the story of the Last Supper alive and is followed by a meditation on Broken for me, broken for you.
Each half hour until 3pm is led by one of the 6 churches in the parish of Great Chesham and people are invited to arrive or leave during the song at the end of each half hour.
Hammad will be performing a concert for The River of Life Ministries organised by Pastor David Rehmat on Saturday 19th March 2016. The venue is Gohawa Village, off the Lahore Ring Road close to the airport, Lahore. For more details contact the local organiser on 0092 322 4308927.
Please pray for the safety of all those attending this event and that people will be blessed and their faith strengthen through an experience of uplifting worship.
Hammad and Sally led a workshop for Christchurch, Chesham worship band to help them improve their skills in playing together and leading worship. Content included how to prepare to worship, the role of the worship band, the importance of listening to each other, band dynamics and song dynamics.
Feedback from Don – Worship leader/guitarist
Hammad, Sally, thanks for the workshop, it was clear that you both put a lot of thought and energy into the preparation. There is no doubt in my mind that we all got a lot from it. Lots of active learning and now we have to implement what we have learned – let’s hope you see the difference when you get back from your travels. Time to take onboard the CAGED system!
Thanks too for Sylvester and Lovisa for sharing your home so that we could have the Blessings
Tuesday 9th February – Music Workshop at Drop in Centre Bracknell
Hammad is a regularly contributor to Pilgrim Heart’s project at St Andrews, Bracknell where they run a weekly drop-in centre. Hammad provided music workshops with guitar lessons and percussion sessions to encourage clients to express themselves through music. A great singalong of old favourites both secular and Christian worship songs. Occasionally Sally gets to support this work by playing bass and singing with Hammad.