NOVAR NEWS February to April 2017

The End of an Era.

The USA have just inaugurated a new president Donald Trump. Some are very happy, but many are very fearful for the future.

With the vote to leave the EU last year, which resulted in the resignation of David Cameron we now have a new prime minister, Theresa May. Whatever else is happening in the news, the overwhelming discussion is about BREXIT. It almost feels as though we have left the EU already even though it will take several years to finalise the situation.
The end of an era for this country.

Here at Novar Christian Fellowship it is the end of an era for us with the passing of Mrs. Philpott on New Year’s Day. She was born in New Eltham and apart from a time spent living in Bristol during the war, lived in New Eltham all the rest of her 98 years.

She was first brought to Novar by her mother as a babe in arms. Everyone who has known her has very happy memories of her. Who can forget her smile, laughter,
hospitality, especially the many cups of tea she has made? In fact, she was still making tea for people up until a few weeks before she died. She was always there at the meetings and ran the Ladies’ Fellowship for 30 years. We will all miss her, but we know she is now with the Lord.
Whatever we feel about our future we need to trust in Him, because God said ’I the Lord do not change.’ Malachi 3:6. Circumstances in our lives may change but Jesus does not.

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and for ever.’
Hebrew 13:8
LW

At Mrs Philpott’s Thanksgiving Service her son John spoke on Philippians 1:18-26. This was attended by over 100 people, some family and friends having travelled far to come and remember a well loved lady.
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.



FOR YOUR DIARY

Messy Church – February 24, March 31 and April 28
CWI On April 2 at 6.30 pm we are having a presentation, ‘the Gospel in the Passover’ by CWI missionary Andreea Prismon. Please invite others in so we have a good number present.
United Prayer Meeting – April 26 at Court Farm

Easter activities
Maundy Thursday (13 April) at Elmstead Baptist Church
Good Friday (14 April) at Elmstead with Andy Patterson – Mission Director of FIEC


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Messy Church - The Christmas event was very well attended and enjoyed. Malcolm Jones came to speak.

Craft Club - Our numbers are rather depleted for various reasons, and we do miss Mrs Philpott’s presence.

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Ladies’ Fellowship - We started 2017 on a sad note for us as a group with the death of Gladys Philpott, but we are grateful for the way in which she encouraged and helped the Ladies over many years with her leadership and presence. The group is now down to four regular members but our prayers are that others will come along to hear our excellent speakers and that 2017 will bring great blessings.

Novartots - We continue to welcome new toddlers with their carers.

Shipshapes & Rock Solid - Please pray for these groups – Shipshapes numbers have grown which has encouraged the leaders. Please continue to pray for the leaders and members. Rock Solid has 5 or 6 in the group which meets fortnightly.

Little Fishes - Just when we think this little group may be on the edge of closing something happens so we are still here. We said goodbye to Natalie who has had both her boys go through Little Fishes and we look forwards to new mums coming through word of mouth or enquiries over the phone. Pray these contacts will materialise.

The Sunday Club and RS2 meet during the morning service each Sunday.

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