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V4J Concert Saturday 1st October St Margaret’s Edgware

Voice for Jesus Concert at St Margaret’s,
1 Station Road, Edgware, HA8 7JE
on Saturday 1st October 2016

Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Refreshments provided, Entry Free, donations for our ministry in Pakistan very much appreciated.

Come and enjoy an evening of multicultural worship with singing in English, Urdu and Polish. We will be giving an update on the situation for Christians in Pakistan and Hammad’s ministry plans for this season.

Getting there:

St Margaret’s is 5 minutes from Edgware Underground Station at the end of the Northern Line. Canon Park underground (Jubilee line) is also fairly close just a short bus ride away.  If you are driving Edgware is well served with trunk road and motorways from the north sitting between the A5 Watling Street and A41 Watford bypass, close to Jn 4 on M1.  There is plenty of parking in the shoppers car park on Station Road just by Iceland & Sainsbury’s. The first 1.5 hours is free then very reasonable charges up to 4 hours.

Week 2 in Edgware and God is calling people into Church

It’s week 2 in Edgware and God is doing amazing things already. On Monday this poster went up outside the church. On Wednesday we doubled the number attending the coffee morning albeit mostly with regular coffee morning attendees or church members. meet-the-new-vicar

Then on Friday as we spent the morning moving all the chairs back into place which had been moved for floor polishing, a young lady comes in asking to meet the new vicar.  She is of Hindu background and feels called to Jesus. She lives in the area and saw the poster outside.  We had a chat and have arranged to meet 1-1 next Wednesday to explore Christianity and what it means to follow Jesus. Praise God.

I left the church for an hour to visit the local funeral directors as I’m doing a funeral on Monday at Hendon Crematorium and needed to sort out the music for the service. When I got back to church I’m told I’ve just missed another lady who walked in to meet the new vicar as she felt called to give her life to Jesus. She was given our new weekly bulletin with my contact details and invited to come back on Sunday. She has already text me and we have arranged to meet up next Friday to talk about baptism preparation. She is hoping to come to church on Sunday as well. Praise God.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for our ministry at St Margaret’s in Edgware, God is answering your prayers. Please do continue so that more and more people come to know Jesus and join the church family. Blessings, Sally

p.s. Our dog Xena enjoyed the morning running round the new church, checking the churchyard for squirrels as I litter-picked, and prayer walking to and from the Funeral Directors, as we explored our new parish.

Press release – St Margaret’s Edgware welcomes new vicar

Press Release –New lady vicar appointed in Edgware

On Monday 5th September Rev’d Sally Baily was licensed as Vicar of St Margaret’s in the Edgware Parish by Bishop Rob Wickham – the Bishop of Edmonton.  Rev’d Baily, the first female Anglican Church leader in the Borough, was welcomed by the Mayor of Barnet mayor-of-barnet-welcoming-rev-sally-baily-1– Councillor David Longstaff and the Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet Martin Russell.

The church was full to capacity as Rev’d Baily’s supporters from her former post in Chesham, as well as local church and community members joined together in joyful service of praise.

Bishop Rob commended the Mayor of Barnet for all the great work that he and his fellow councillors do for the local community and urged them to continue working closely with the churches in Edgware.  bishop-rob-presents-rev-sally-baily

The Deputy Lieutenant drew attention to Rev’d Baily’s long career in the City of London and commercial experience which stood her in good stead to minister to those who commute from this area into the City or Docklands.  In response Rev’d Baily said ‘I’m delighted to have moved to Edgware and am very excited at the prospect of working together with church members to share God’s love with the local community.”

See the London Diocesan website for the official press release

Sarah de Nordwall the acclaimed poet and story teller performed a poem commissioned for the event which is reproduced her with permission:

For Sally with love  
A poem to celebrate your generous and pastoral heart;
with a reference from a beautiful medieval Persian poet, Hafiz, who first spoke so tenderly of the Jewelled Dance Floor of the Lord.  When I thought about writing Sally’s poem, I just knew that this light from the East had somehow to be woven in.

 She brings worlds together

 She brings worlds together

Not just to pray

but to dance

For there is prayer in dancing

 Delight in the heart that hears the Father rejoicing

As he sings

Over his beloved daughter.

 There is no one in this world who is not upon

His Jewelled Dance floor.

 And she will lay gems at your feet

 To remind you

 Look

 How precious you are!

 And your dance will go far..

 Though you may need a business plan

Or a bass guitar.

She has many ways of helping you

To follow His star.

 She brings worlds together

Not just to pray

But to build.

There is prayer in building

 Delight in the hearts that hear the Father rejoicing

As he sings

Over his beloved people.

 A communion where the edges are now at the centre

The hope-less are hope-filled

The left out can enter.

 There is no one who is not upon

His jewelled dance floor.

 She brings worlds together

Not just to pray but to thrive

There is prayer in thriving. 

We come to the Spring

Where our hearts cease from striving

 For He calls to east and west

That all are welcome to enter His rest.

 She brings worlds together

through an open door. 

There is no one who is not upon

His Jewelled Dance Floor.

 Sarah de Nordwall 5th September 2015

 For commissions and performances, workshops and creative retreat days for churches and colleges,  businesses and special events  just contact sarah@sarahdenordwall.com or visit  www.sarahdenordwall.com. 07849 641 899

 

Mission trip to Sweden

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.

New Team Vicar for St Margaret’s Edgware

We are delighted to announce that, having completed her curacy, Sally will be starting as Team Vicar of St Margaret’s Edgware in the London Diocese from the beginning of September.  Her last Sunday at St Mary’s Chesham will be Sunday 21st August.

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St Margaret’s is an evangelical, charismatic church in the multicultural parish of Edgware. This historic church sits on the High Street in the centre of the business/retail area, a stone’s throw from Edgware Underground station (end of the Northern Line) and bus station. It is a very exciting time for Sally to be joining the Edgware parish which consists of three churches including St Margaret’s.  The team is led by Rev Paul Berry, who was the team vicar of St Andrew’s on the Broadfield Estate and has just become both the Rector for the team and Area Dean. The third church St Peter’s has just opened a purpose-built church and community centre on the regenerated Stonegrove Estate.  The Bishop of Edmonton Rob Wickham announced Sally’s appointment to the Edgware parish at the opening of that new church on 3rd July 2016.

Reflecting on her time in Chesham Sally commented

‘Being part of a large team has provided me with great training opportunities and also helped me realise how much I value being part of a team. The role of team vicar at St Margaret’s will give me the challenge I’m looking for in leading a church into growth with the benefit of colleagues in the wider parish who have years’ experience of working in the Edgware. Hammad and I are both delighted that God has called us to a multicultural parish where all our gifts can be used to build the church and reach out to the community.  We will both miss Chesham very much and particularly St Mary’s where we have found good friends, support and encouragement for our ministry and mission. A big thank you to Simon and the rest of the team from whom I have learnt a lot, and to everyone for their prayers and support during my search for the next big adventure with God.’

Lipstick is a spiritual experience

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.
Broken hearts
Broken limbs
Broken reputations
Broken dreams
Exams failed
Goals missed
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!
Amazing!

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/

Sally speaks at Women’s meeting in Lahore

Having arrived safely in Lahore a few days ago, we got in touch with our good friend Dr. Rev. Yousaf Bhatti who runs Jesus disciple-making nation (JDMN) ministry and Holy Fire TV. He is a wonderful evangelist, a humble man and the star of story-board in Hammad’s featured song Maen charagh hoon – Pastor’s song. He invited us to visit on Wednesday 1st June so that Sally could address the Women’s meeting at 4pm. Sally full length speaking 40 smaller

With just a few day’s notice I prayed for inspiration about what passage I should speak on to these ladies, something that would touch their lives and work within their culture. God guided me to Luke 13: 10-17 the story of Jesus healing a crippled woman on the Sabbath who had a spirit of infirmity.

Hammad kindly agreed to sing Psalm 23 in Sally at Women Meeting 75 smallerUrdu and then I sang The Lord’s my Shepherd in English before I started sharing testimony from my own life and how Jesus wanted to set each of us free from the spirits that hold us down.  I then brought the scripture to life with Rev Yousaf doing amazing translation.  The women listed intently as they sat on the floor in an upstairs room with fans a full speed. We ended with freedom prayer and Hammad sang the featured song.

Tragedy as bomb kills 70+ in Lahore Park

The senseless violence continues in Pakistan as a suicide bomber exploded a device near a children’s playground in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in Lahore on Easter Sunday evening, targeting Christian families out celebrating Easter.

The BBC is reporting 70 people killed including 23 children and many more injured in the attack. For latest news please visit BBC News website

A state of emergency has been declared in Lahore and three days of mourning. School and markets are closed.

Thank you to all those who have sent messages to support for Hammad and family. Hammad had left Lahore on 22 March and his family are all safe – thank God. We continue to pray for all those who have lost loved ones and those injured in the attack. Please pray for the security forces in Pakistan that they will act quickly and decisively to defeat the terrorists who appear to operate freely in Pakistan. May God’s justice and mercy rule in this nation.

Easter Album – Serving available to download

Our Serving Album released for Easter 2006 is now available to listen to and download from our website. You can listen to each track up to 3 times before you have to buy it. You could add a donation to your payment to support our mission in Pakistan.

May you be blessed as you listen and prepare for Easter.

Tensions running high in Pakistan

Pakistan is in the news again and tensions are running high. Hammad had an extremely difficult journey today (29 Feb) from Islamabad to Lahore returning home after his concert for Lamp Youth Fellowship. Praise God he arrived home safely after many detours to avoid the mobs protesting at the death sentence which was carried out today on Mumtaz Qadri who murdered the Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer in 2011. Salman Taseer was a moderate who campaigned for the release of Asia Bibi and was murdered by his own body guard (who was then hailed a hero by many Islamists).  For more details on the background to this issue click here for the BBC news report.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35684452

Please do pray for peace on the streets of Pakistan and for protection for Christians against any backlash of violence in the current unrest. May God’s angels protect His people.

We give thanks that Hammad is home safely but his work filming videos for the Psalms album will be on hold for a few days until it is safe to go out.  We give thanks for the amazing concert at Lamp Youth Fellowship in Rawalpindi on Saturday night and for the wonderful prayer meeting the next day when Hammad was deeply blessed and encouraged by these young people. 

Hammad’s video 7 says of Jesus on the Cross has 1,000+ from Hammad’s facebook page and we pray that this will be seen by many Christians and non-Christians in the run up to Easter. (See featured video on home page). The next video of Ae Yehovah Yari is being finalised from release after Easter.

Back home Sally has been very busy relaunching the Voice for Jesus website. We hope you like the new look and feel and the great thing is you can subscribe on the left side bar menu to follow the site and receive an email when new posts are published.  You can now buy downloads of our first Album Searching online and we are working towards making all our own material available for download.

Tomorrow Tuesday 1st March Sally is travelling up to Harrogate for the New Wine Leaders Conference for 3 days. Please do pray for safe travel for Sally (and her colleague Sylvester) and a time of blessing, refreshment and re-energising through the teaching and worship.

Many thanks for your prayers.