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Dear Friends,

We are still planning to open the Lowestoft Church building on October 3rd for a Family Service at 11.15am.  Face masks will be required, and a temperature check will be taken as you enter the building.  The service will also be on Zoom and Facebook. For more details about returning to our church buildings, come along to a special Zoom meeting on Wednesday, 30th September at 7pm.  The situation remains changeable so please continue to watch and pray.

Joan Frost’s funeral is planned for Friday, October 9th at 12pm at Lowestoft Church.   We are planning to livestream it on Zoom and Facebook, at the request of the family. There is a maximin of 30 people who can attend so we want to give priority to the family.  Because of the funeral on that Friday, it has been decided that on Saturday/Sabbath, October 10th, we will be back on Zoom for our Family Service at 11.15am out of an abundance of caution.  We agreed in our risk assessment to leave 72 hours between any events at church.  

Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
  
- Pastor Mark Borrett
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Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm. Errol Victorio will lead our study. 

Children’s Sabbath School at 10am on Saturday. Errol and Beth Victorio will lead out. Make sure your children join for fun and bible learning!  From Oct 2nd, please note this will be on Friday at 6pm.

TeenStudy@GYL at 10am on Saturday. Janna Wilkerson will lead the discussion in a break out Zoom Room. From Oct 2nd, please note this will be on Friday at 6pm.

Family Sabbath Service at 11.15am on Saturday. Pastor Mark Borrett will continue the mini seres on Faith and share a message about David entitled "Keeping Near and Keeping On". There will be a special Children's Story all the way from California. 

Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7.30pm on Monday.  We will continue our study of the Epistle of James. Pastor Mark Borrett will lead out looking at James Chapter 3.
 
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This week I was reading a portion of John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress.   It describes Temporary and how backsliding takes place. That is sliding backwards rather than marching forwards with Christ. 

Christian says, “I think I know how it happens.” Hopeful says, “How does it happen?”  Christian says, “Well, this is how it happens. This is what people do. First, they draw off their thoughts, from the remembrance of God, death, and judgment to come.” So, they quit being mindful of God. “Then they cast off by degrees their private duties”. Prayer and bible reading. They cease to curb their lusts. They don’t sorrow over sin. “Then they shun the company of lively and warm Christians.” They go with the wrong crowd. Then, “they grow cold to public duty, the hearing, and the reading of the Bible, and the godly communion of the saints, and the like.” They avoid church.  They forsake the assembling together.  And then, they “begin to pick holes in the coats of some of the godly, and that devilishly, that they may have a seeming colour to throw religion.” And “then they give way to carnal and wanton discourses in secret”; And “after this, they begin to play with little sins openly. And then, being hardened, they show themselves as they are. Thus, being launched again into the gulf of misery, unless a miracle of grace prevents it, they everlastingly perish in their own heart deceiving”.

Allow nothing to keep you from earnestly looking God in the face with unveiled faces (Hebrews 4:16) about yourself and about your doctrine. Let us endeavour to be faithful to God in all things and the absolute truth in His word (Hebrews 4:12).  Don’t get tricked by your heart!
 
The Lowestoft Seventh-day Adventist Church building will reopen on Saturday/Sabbath, the 3rd October for Family Service at 11.15am.  A special Zoom Meeting will be held on Wednesday, the 30th September at 7pm to discuss going back to the church building as we adhere to health and safety guidelines due to Covid.  All are encouraged to attend.  The situation remains dynamic so please continue to uphold these plans in pray.  
Prayer Requests
 
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” - Phil.4:6.
  • Continue to pray for protection of all those serving on the frontline. 
  • Pray for our elderly and infirmed members - also vulnerable at this time.
  • Pray for our young families, children & young people, to stay close to the Lord and each other.
  • Pray for the family of Joan Frost. 
  • Pray for the Rogers Family after a loss. 
  • Pray for Phillip Franklin and his health, both mental and physical. 
  • Pray for David Nichols, who is having treatment for cancer.
  • Pray for Colin who has undergone a leg amputation, and for his rehabilitation. 
  • Pray for Christine Matthews after the loss of her son. 
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in the church.
  • Pray for our return to our church buildings on Oct 3rd. 
  • Pray for the leadership of our church & for our Government for wisdom in directing the affairs during this critical period.
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Sometimes we need to address certain sensitive issues; and there are two concerns that have been brought to my attention in one way or another.  Therefore, I suggest that each one of us prayerfully considers the following in the right spirit.  What needs to be stated is intended with the best intentions in directing us all in the right direction concerning our Christian duty and responsibility.

[1] Financial Support: The Christian life is a life that is devoted to God; it is a life that belongs to Him and is centred in Jesus Christ.  It belongs to Him because He redeemed us by His precious blood (1 Pet.1:18,19); it is centred in Christ because we are reliant upon His grace (Eph.2:1-9); & it is devoted to Him because we love Him and have chosen to commit ourselves to do His will (John 14:15; Luke 6:46). To walk daily with Christ means maintaining loyalty to Him.  It is only by His strength that we can keep and build upon that relationship (John 15:5,9-11; Phil.4:13).  As we face the future with its challenges to our Christian life, we shall need to rely upon God more and more. The time will eventually come when we shall have to trust Him for everything.  At this time, we need to develop that trusting relationship with Him.  Returning the tithe is God’s purpose for us to exercise trust in God for our provisions as well as acknowledging Him as our Benefactor Who owns everything (Psa.104:10-27; Psa.50:10-12; Psa.24:1; Haggai 2:8; Phil.4:19).

We have been constantly reminded over recent weeks that tithes and offerings are down on last year. Only a small response has been registered. It is recognized that there may be some genuine reasons why this is so; but it also raises the question of how faithful are we being while God continues to provide our needs?  Only God knows that, as well as any individual who has failed to return that which rightfully belongs to the Lord.  The tithe is not ours to keep: it is “holy to the Lord” and therefore belongs to Him (Lev.27:30-32).  To speak frankly, God accuses His people of robbing Him by withholding their tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:8,9).  These are strong words, especially when we claim to love Him and keep His Commandments! Turn to Exodus 20:3,15.  It is extremely clear.  God goes down on record as being forgiving when there is genuine repentance.  For this reason, He invites us to renew our commitment and please note the wonderful blessings that come with it (Malachi 3:10,11).  If you have been putting your tithes & offerings aside until we return to church, then we appeal to you once again to please submit them because the Conference needs to support its worker force & our local churches also have continual expenses to meet.

[2] Ministry to Children: several have expressed concern that some children are frequently missing from Sabbath School.  It has also been noticed that certain individuals have never been in attendance since the shut-down.  This is not the fault of the children.  Since the shut-down, we have undertaken to make Children’s Sabbath School a priority.  A number of individuals have given their time and effort in arranging & conducting this ministry for our children.  We would appeal to parents to please make every effort to bring your children to Sabbath School.  They are your sacred responsibility entrusted to you.  Their eternal future may rest in your hands.

By encouraging them to attend Sabbath School and The Sabbath Services, by engaging in daily family worship, & by precept and example you are training your children for eternity as subjects of Christ’s Kingdom.  Make every effort you can for their eternal good.  Please take your Bibles & read the following passages of counsel from the Lord: Psa.127:3; Psa.34:11; Prov.22:6; Isa.40:11; Eph.6:4; 3 John 1:4. Manoah asked an essential question: Judges 13:12. Note carefully what our Saviour says: Matt.19:14; Matt.18:14. It is sound & helpful advice.  It is a sacred duty.

“Parents should deal faithfully with the souls committed to their trust . . . Let all your efforts be for  their salvation.  Act as though they were placed in your care to be fitted as precious jewels to shine in the kingdom of God” - E.G. White, Testimonies, Vol.1, p.396.

Dear friends, what could you say on judgement day if you are asked: “Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?” - Jer.13:20.

“Unless parents shall make it the first business of their lives to guide their children’s feet into the path of righteousness from their earliest years, the wrong path will be chosen before the right” - E.G. White, Review & Herald, April 14, 1885.
 
Thank-you for your giving to the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and to the Local Churches. As you can see from the figures below giving is well down compared to last year.  We ask for your prayerful faithfulness and consideration in this matter. You can give on-line at https://sec.adventist.uk/contact-us/donate/  You can also send cheques to our Church Treasurers or contact the Pastor or Elders if any help is needed. Tithes and Offerings are an act of worship and an act of faith. 
2020 Tithe Report - Jan through July
Great Yarmouth.  £14,324. 18.6% down from same period last year.
Lowestoft.  £3563.  33.8% down from same period last year.

2020 Local Giving Report - Great Yarmouth
              2019              2020
June      553.24           382.85
July        547.90           346.20
August   834.34           529.81     
Totals    1935.48         1258.86

 
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