Online Services – come and join us

We have all been getting used to doing church in a very different way and are delighted to be able to share and meet with you through our online services.  These are available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQCcepuKMHijUDz-Symn8w 

We have been  so blessed to know that we have been joined by friends and family across the globe. We would love you to connect with us through these services too.

If you click on the “subscribe” button and connect to the St Katharine’s and Gateway YouTube channel,  you will also see that there are  playlists of music that have been put together. Subscribing also means you will be notified when new resources are uploaded.  If you would prefer to receive an email from us when there are new videos or playlists, please send an email to: united.benefice@outlook.com and we will add you to our mailing list.

Our prayers are with you at this time and we have a great hope and trust in our wonderful Lord who has His hand on all our lives. He is faithful and we pray you feel a real sense of His love and peace around you and all your loved ones at this time.


Bank details

Thank you for giving to the work of the Benefice. If you would like to give to one of the churches then the bank details are found below:

St Katharine’s PCC of Holt                 Sort code: 30 98 75      A/C: 01525597  

Broughton Gifford PCC                      Sort code:  40 44 33     A/C: 51168657          (St Mary’s)

PCC of Great Chalfield:                      Sort code:  30 98 75     A/C: 02075099          (All Saints)

For the India appeal, please give to the St Katharine’s account and mark the donation as INDIA.

To give an online donation click HERE


India Haven Home

As most of you know I travelled to India recently and was most impressed by the charity I went to visit. One part of the charity is an orphanage/school for 100 children called Haven Homes (HH). This is their website http://www.havenhomeindia.org/

After the Indian government recently closed all the schools, the children had to be sent to extended relatives. They were each sent with a food parcel and HH keeps in touch with the children by phone. It is a sadness they had to be dispersed because they were probably safer at HH.

We have received some photos of the food that is being distributed and they are gearing up now to feed as many as many as they can. The situation is such that there is a great risk of children and families succumbing to hunger as the virus takes hold and movement and work are seriously restricted.

This is our chance to step up and help in an area where we have made great links, and where the gospel is being shared with passion. Knowing the pastors and the team well is reassuring as we know that the money will go exactly where it is needed at this time.

I am asking our three churches to pray for them and to support them financially. Please put gifts in the St K bank account and mark them ‘India’ and let Pete Waterman, the Treasurer know if he can collect the Gift Aid on your gift. Details of the account are as follows:

St Katharine’s PCC              Sort code: 30 98 75      A/C: 01525597

I was also going to ask you to sponsor a child or a pastor which you could do for £50 a month, and if you want to set that up, please contact Lucy in the office.

I will feed back to you how the total is growing, but please give as generously as you are able, and let’s see if we can achieve a big sum to send them.


News from Uganda

Dave and Becky are missionaries in Uganda working for MAF and are supported by St Katharine’s, Holt.

Hello to our very dear friends and family,

We wanted to give you a quick update on how we are doing and the situation in Uganda. Severe travel restrictions on in place and Uganda has closed its borders

Please join us in praying for Uganda. This very beautiful country has some incredibly poor areas, and in parts of Kampala it is simply impossible to keep up the hygiene standards recommended by the World Health Organisation to keep down the spread of the virus. It is a blessing that the population of Uganda is very young, but there are also many people within the community battling pre-existing medical conditions such as HIV. That, combined with a lack of medical facilities, could cause serious consequences here should the virus arrive in force.

We hope that you are well, wherever you are, and know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. We really do appreciate you standing with us at this time, supporting us and praying for us. We understand that there could be serious financial implications given different businesses closing and the like, so please do talk to us if there are any issues and we can discuss different ways you can continue to support us.  Love and blessings,  Dave and Becky


Dominica – can you help ?

You probably remember Hurricane Maria and the devastation it caused in Dominica in September 2017 – and the extraordinarily generous response from Holt to their appeal for immediate help.

Much has changed since then with most residents now having a roof over their heads, some in in multi-occupancy hurricane-proof houses. Having lost everything though, and not having much income, they are still short of essentials with many sleeping on the ground, no kitchen utensils, no tools for horticulture and a very thin Christmas time for the children.

So we are running a second appeal – it’s very simple, if you have any of the goods listed below that you could donate, please would you leave them with Harry in the Superstore by the end of January?

The shipping costs will be about £2,000, of which we have already raised nearly half, so if you can make a donation towards shipping then you can do so through the St Katharine’s Church bank account (a/c  01525597  sort code 30-98-75)  giving the reference ‘Dominica 2020’.

Or there is a justgiving page which can also be used: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helpfordominica2020

Bed linen sheets & pillowcases, pillows, duvet covers (but not duvets), waterproof mattress covers

Towels

Good quality clothes for men, women and children*, and swimming clothes for kids, saucepans, frying pans, general hand tools (non-electric).

For children books, sports equipment, schoolbags, black school shoes, white trainers, dominoes, playing cards, toys. Computer tablets**.

Medical supplies over-the-counter medicines, first aid supplies, honey dressings

Wheelchairs for adults.

Domestic items flat-pack bookshelves, curtains, toiletries, torches, batteries, gardening tools, sewing machines,.

To finish on a snippet of lovely news: Tina Alexander from Dominica, who many of you know and who is central to our aid efforts, was awarded the MBE for the work she did there in the days following Maria.

Thanks in advance – we’ll let you know how we get on with this appeal.

Mark Bennett and Martin Moyes

*Remember Dominica is a very hot country all year around. No top coats please!

** Working with chargers and personal documents erased.


Welcoming Simon Guillebaud

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Simon Guillebaud to speak at the Gateway Christian Healing meeting on January 29th at 7.30pm. Simon has spent the last 20 years in Burundi with his missionary organisation, Great Lakes Outreach. Burundi is one of the poorest nations on earth and has suffered from terrible wars in the last few years. Simon tells of the amazing power of God at work in extraordinary ways every day. His story of being called to ministry and the dynamic way he has seen God move, is both encouraging and deeply challenging. You can read much more in his interview with Christianity magazine here.

So, get the date in your diary. 29th January 7.30pm St Katharine’s Church, Holt, BA14 6PZ. Come and hear the life-changing ways that God is moving and healing today. As Simon says in his interview “the vision I’m painting right now, of urgency and passion and focus and worship and serving the King –that is very compelling. But it takes everything.” (see the full interview with Megan Cornwell at Premier Christianity magazine. )


Preparing for a new future in the Diocese of Kadugli, Sudan

We have been delighted to hear more of the stories of God working, and the healings that took place during the Kadugli conference. To read the new blog, please follow the link below to the Rooted in Jesus website. In recent months Sudan has undergone regime change. There is a new Prime Minister and a government shared between civilians and the military which is intended to lead to elections in three years’ time. The people of Sudan have great hopes that this will bring greater freedom, a relaxing of sanctions which are currently crippling their economy, and peace between warring parties.  The team who went came back full of joy at all that God had done. To read more click here: Rooted in Jesus blog


November 2019 visit to Kadugli

In November 2019 a team from the Bradford Deanery left for Sudan to deliver a Rooted in Jesus discipleship course. Andrew has a few words about their trip.

Well, we are back from Kadugli in the Republic of Sudan, and I am pleased to report that we are all home safely.

At the end of our visit, and over our final meal in Kadugli, the Catholic priest explained to us that over the years of war, the Christians were considered the targets by the Islamic soldiers. This had brought great unity between all the denominations, who were now as one. They were now traumatised by war, and the fact that six Christians from England had come all this way to encourage them and express solidarity with them was heart-warming for them.

None of us had considered ourselves in any particular danger, but many people in Kadugli expressed amazement that six white men had been given permission by the government to go to the city which is still classed as being in a war zone.

On arrival in Kadugli we were greeted with joyful singing in the cathedral (a building with a corrugated iron roof that we might describe as a large hut). Our conference began on the Tuesday and went through to the Friday. Jesus made disciples – people who were trained and equipped by him to do the things he did and to be like him. Our conference was about making disciples who go on themselves to make even more disciples. The irony that this is exactly what the Church of England finds so difficult, did not escape us!

The idea was that the conference delegates were to go home and form a group of 6-12 people who would meet weekly and who they would disciple using the books which we gave to them. Part of the challenge of the conference was to help them to work as groups – their usual model of teaching being one person speaks and everyone else listens. The other challenge was to teach them to rely on the Holy Spirit.

We taught them to stand and wait with their hands held expectantly in front of them, as we asked the Holy Spirit to come upon them. Some of them were healed, even without our asking, as the Holy Spirit came upon them. Somebody in St Katharine’s had sent me a Word of Knowledge (basically a message from God) that there would be a lady there who was dressed in a bright yellow and green dress and head-dress who had suffered from a snake bite. The lady didn’t seem to be in the meeting, but then she came in. She had been cooking for the delegates. We asked her whether she had recently been bitten by a snake, and she had. We prayed for her and the bite was healed.

There was a boy who was gripped with fear and would not let go of his mother’s skirt tails. He received prayer; the fear left him. He started playing with the other children and went home on his own for the first time ever. Many other healings happened in the week.

Christopher Fielden took our greetings to the Mother’s Union in Kadugli and in Dilling (the MU is very strong in Africa). The poverty of the people in Kadugli is very great. They really have nothing, and we are so privileged in comparison. Despite the fact that our circumstances are very different, it is good to know that we have friends in Kadugli and that they have friends here who pray for them and consider them brothers and sisters in Christ.


Dominica – Building back Better

Dominica has close links with St Katharine’s and we were delighted to welcome Tina recently.
Dominica is building back better two years on from Hurricane Maria. I came back recently to check on Mum and Dad and bring news of repairing and building of homes and the development of several new hotels, a geothermal plant and plans for an international airport. Over 3,000 people have invested in becoming Dominican citizens (usd100,000) and this money, together with remarkable international aid is helping to reconstruct roads, bridges and apartments for those in shelters and tents.  At a recent sitting of the Dominican parliament one representative exclaimed that in a thunderstorm that reminded him of the Hurricane he could only exclaim “ I see the stars I hear the mighty thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed…. My God How Great Thou Art!” Several international NGOs such as All Hands and Hearts and Habitat for Humanity use our Lifeline Ministries (www.lifelinedominica.dm) as their local partner charity and we have a hand in the building of two primary schools and four preschools so far.
The president announced  a day of remembrance on the second anniversary at which the Prime Minister said we must give Glory to God for our remarkable recovery.

Lifeline continues to focus on the most vulnerable. Helping with gifts of furniture, clothing and pampers for children and the elderly and also with educational scholarships for children with special needs. We help broken people heal and this means counselling, support groups and training, still with a special focus on those who are rejected and abused. Please pray with us as Harry blows the shofar calling people to come and meet Him who knows everything we have ever done and still loves us. Thank you for all your gifts in kind and in cash through www.give.net. Thank you for buying our ladies jewellery, and please know we appreciate the  hugs and warm welcome we always feel in returning to this branch of the family!  Tina