Friday, 6 August 2010

4 new interns - your help required

Over the past few years we have flourished as a church, in part because of our Intern Program. This program has helped us to resource areas of church life way beyond what Scott, Karen & myself can cover. To be honest, much of the day-to-day running of RFC has been done by our interns.

In September, we have 4 new interns starting: Josh B, Sam, Angie, Josh J. It costs the church about £400 per month per intern, and they in turn commit to raising half of that through people sponsoring them. That's where your help is needed.

So here's the ask, would you please consider sponsoring an intern for £10-£20 per month for 11 months. If you can't do 11 months, would you consider a one off gift to help them. Liz and I will be spreading our sponsorship across them all - but you can also chose to sponsor just one. In case you don't know them or what they will be doing, here they are:

Sam (Left) will be supporting Sarah Horne in our Kids Church as well as leading into our Youth Work. He will be living with Richard Walker so will be well fed!

Angie will be leading our Media Team, which means she will live and breath our website, flyers, graphics and video production!

Josh John (left) will be supporting Kat Starling and our growing company of musicians. One of his first projects will be to produce a CD of the songs they have been writing over the past few years - RFC will be booking a recording studio!

Josh Betts (right) will be supporting our students on campus and ensuring they are plugged into the life @ RFC. He will also be supporting Scott in our evangelistic events.

Let's support them in prayer and money as they set aside a year to help RFC grow into all God has for her. If you do have any questions, please talk to Scott or one of the interns directly, as I'm not around for the next 3 weeks.

Tilly the Tarantula

Yesterday I went to Staines to spend time with some church planters and I came home with Tilly. Tilly is a 7 year old Chilean Rose Tarantula who is, in my opinion, proper scary.

I had a wonderful game with the children as they tried to guess the surprise in the car ... I fully expected them to freak out when they saw her.

But they didn't.

They all submitted competing reasons are to why they should have Tilly in their bedrooms. The thought of having her in the house made me feel a little woosy, so she spent the night in the conservatory. Thankfully I didn't dream about her, but I did wake up a few times with a feeling of unease about the whole episode!

So my jolly jape has thrilled the children but left me feeling mightily uncomfortable (she is one scary spider). At least I have introduced another story into their childhood memories.

Tilly is scheduled to return to Staines in 6 weeks, I just hope they quickly get bored of our 8 legged guest and don't ask that we keep her any longer.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

On the street with RAHAB

Last year during our sermon series 'the Chronicles of Reading' I preached from a news article on prostitution in our town. As part of that sermon, I talked about the RAHAB project which offers support, befriending & advocacy to women involved in the sex industry in the Reading area.

Earlier in the year, RFC gave them some money to help them with a cash flow crisis (from the Nov 09 gift day fund). And a few months ago Lorraine, who leads the project, spoke at our Sunday morning & evening meetings.

Last night, I went out with them on the Oxford Road as a silent observer (clearly it wouldn't be appropriate for me to initiate any conversations). We walked around known hotspots whilst Lorraine explained the ethos and challenges of serving these girls.

Apparently it was a very quiet night, they only spoke to one girl, who sadly was under the influence of drugs and not coherent. It was strange to realize that acts of kindness can included handing out condoms, lubricant, 'love heart' sweets and rape alarms.

Lorraine and her team do a great work to those who are largely overlooked by mainstream life in our town. Do prayerfully consider how you can support this work and love those who are often trapped in a destructive lifestyle.