Responsive Prayer: No it’s the church actually

Church Actually

We used this responsive prayer by Krish Kandiah as part of our response to thinking about our local community at our Churches Together service for unity and prayer on Sunday, it worked really well, and maybe worth you keeping for a future occasion:

This was a “call and response” part of my sermon – I asked the questions and the audience replied “No its the church actually!”

Do you know who provides half of the parent and toddler support groups in the UK. Is it Surestart? No, it’s the church actually.

Do you know who provide the biggest network of debt couselling across the UK with 190 drop-in centres? Helping over 19 141 individuals last year alone? Is it Martin “Moneysavingexpert” Lewis? No it’s the church actually.

Who is it that donated 72 million hours of volunteer work to social initiatives last year estimating a contribution of 1.5 billion pounds a year? Was it the National Trust? No it was the church actually.

Do you know who will feed 100 000 hungry people this year in the UK is it the Redcross? No it’s the church actually!

Do you know who brought hospitals, schools, universities and democracy into our country? Was it the Vikings? No, it was the church actually!

Who invented Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Queen’s Park Rangers, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur Football clubs, was it the Football association? No it was the church actually!

When the doctors, the police and the social workers move out of an area and go and live somewhere else who is that moves in ? Is it Richard Dawkins and Militant Atheists? No it’s the church actually!

Who is it that is the hope of the world, is it NATO? No, it’s the church actually!

Young photographers and musicians

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Talented local youngsters are being given the chance to shine, thanks to competitions being arranged by Hythe & Waterside Rotary.

The Young Photographer Competition invites young people to submit three printed images, with CD, on the theme of ‘Peace’. There are three age categories: 7–10 years, 11–13 years, and 14–17 years; and the closing date for entries is Friday 18th January. Full details and entry forms are available by emailing: hythe.rotary@gmail.com

The Young Musician Competition offers opportunities for individual performers, vocal or instrumental, to demonstrate contrasting styles with  performances totalling up to 6 minutes. There is no minimum age, but entrants must have been under 18 on 31st August 2012.  The closing date for entry forms is Friday 11th January, and the competition will be held on Saturday 16th February at Hanger Farm Arts Centre, West Totton.  The winning musician will then compete at the District Competition in March.  Full details and entry forms can be downloaded by emailing hythe.rotary@gmail.com