spark ing passion for the Gospel across the UK
April - May 2013 / Issue 57
Three cheers for outreach!
Hundreds enjoy conference
New 3 DVD out now
TV crew film GSUS Live 6 115
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Do we Christians make too much fuss over Christmas and not enough over Easter? Sitting at my desk in Westbury, I confess that I really miss taking school assemblies! At one time, I would re-tell the Easter story more than 40 times every year, and hopefully share the truth with passion and integrity. Some headteachers were especially grateful, as they found the subject too difficult to handle.Over the past couple of weeks, thousands of youngsters (and adults) will have heard Counties evangelists deliver the Easter message. Some will have had the joy of witnessing the Holy Spirit bring about the reality of new birth! Hallelujah!Maybe we could even regard Easter as the start of our new year? Isnt this a time to celebrate new things?Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5. 17-18) We have become new creations: in Christ We are in a new relationship: God reconciled us to himself With a new responsibility: gave us the ministry of reconciliationIn this Ignite, we hope you will share in our joy and encouragement, as we recall Gods faithfulness. But we also pray you will find inspiration to engage with us in this ministry of reconciliation. Wed love to serve you or your church - please ask!This month we are also including our NEW Praise & Prayer Diary, which we know many of you use faithfully. Please let us know what you think - and remember, you can find the May edition on the website or request it by post or email.Finally, we have produced a NEW 3 DVD which reviews the work of another three evangelists. It runs for 5 minutes and we would love you to show it to your church or home group. Please request your FREE copy from the office.May the risen Christ fill you again with His life and strengthen our partnership in this ministry of reconciliation,In Christ,
Happy NEW Easter!
John Wilkes, Evangelist - CEO
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News4 Trustee Simon Bennett talks about
Counties finance review5 TV crew film GSUS Live
for popular show
Features6 Hundreds enjoy Counties
Day Conference 2013 8 American cheerleaders share
Gospel with children
Regulars 10 Pray for GSUS Live and Life 10 Get creative at workshop11 New 3 DVD and brochure published
8: Andy Hodson with American cheerleader.
6: Rico Tice delivered thought-provoking talks at the Counties Day Conference with Counties CEO John Wilkes.
10: Children enjoy space club.
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Every year, Counties produces a financial review highlighting income and expenditure, as well as outlining plans for future spend. The review reflects the generosity
of supporters including individuals, churches and charitable trusts.Trustee Simon Bennett presented the finances for the year ending September 2012 at the Counties AGM in March. Here Simon speaks to Ignite about his findings:
Where does Counties get its income from?
A large proportion comes from charitable trusts where the original creators of the trust and current trustees have the vision to see the Gospel message proclaimed in this country. Other sources include individual and church donations, legacies and investment income.
The income seems slightly down from last year, why do you think that is?We were blessed last year with a very large donation from the sale of a church building
Celebrating Gods faithfulness
Simon Bennett, Trustee.
which significantly boosted the income for that year. However, if we ignore this gift we still saw a small increase in income which is very encouraging.
How much does Counties spend on running costs?The Westbury team continue to be thrifty with only 3% of expenditure being spent on governance and 21% on support costs. However, on closer inspection you will find that support costs include the Counties Day, the annual conference and the cost of producing things like Ignite which some might say are direct charitable expenditure. The remaining 76% was spent directly on charitable activities, with the vast majority of this being gifts directly to the evangelists.
What was the investment last year?We invested 96k in our GSUS Live units and the Life exhibition. These are fantastic resources which share the Gospel with thousands of children around the country.
What are the plans for the future? I would like to come back to the big gift we received in the previous year. After passing on part of this to the evangelists as an extra gift, the trustees felt that we should look at ways of using this strategically for the future. We are planning to create new resources and find ways to use existing resources more widely. But our priority remains
identifying new people who share our vision and are called by God to be evangelists in this nation. Watch this space to see how our faithful God and your prayers takes this work forward!
Gifts to evangelists
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A Channel Five production crew have been busy filming the GSUS Live unit in action as part of the popular TV show - Trucks and Trailers.The show follows the day-to-day work of the Eddie Stobart haulage company. The film crew spent a few hours as driver Ashley Maddocks helped move the GSUS Live unit from Northampton to Cambridge.The observational documentary charts the progress of the Eddie Stobart transport and logistics business. The hugely successful show from Princess Productions regularly attracts over 1.8 million viewers. During the filming, the TV crew filmed
Lights, camera, action!
A film crew with the Eddie Stobart drivers.
the GSUS Live unit being moved to Lynton Village College in Cambridge. They then hopped on board and watched a demonstration, as well as interviewing the driver and GSUS Live coordinator Steve Parry.
Steve said: It was a great opportunity to share what GSUS Live is all about and hopefully with the millions of people who watch this popular show. The 5th series of the show begins in May and it is hoped the footage of GSUS Live will be aired during this series.
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Hundreds inspired at Counties Day Conference
A day of worship, prayer and inspiring teaching was enjoyed by hundreds of people at the Counties Day Conference in March. Popular Christian speaker and author Rico Tice led two main sessions on the subject of Evangelism why and how?Rico commented: It was a real privilege to come and speak at the conference. My thanks to everyone involved in the day.Held at Myton School in Warwick, reports where also heard from evangelists including Clive Cornish, Matt Rich, Mike Strange plus James and Naomi Richards. Seminars on subjects such as church planting, connecting with the marginalised and childrens ministry were well attended. Senior evangelist Stephen Gillham commented: Everything went extremely well, very smooth running and it was good to see such a great crowd of folks there filling the school hall. I am sure everyone who was there must have been encouraged and challenged by all that was said and done. One of our best I would think in recent years. Bedfordshire evangelist Colin Johnson added: We really enjoyed the conference. The best one I have ever been to. The interviews were interesting, AGM well presented and chaired, seminar very good and Rico was brilliant.
Date for your diary - Counties Day Conference 2014 Saturday, 1st March in Maidenhead.
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A truly excellent day! One of the best Counties events I have ever had the privilege of attending. Jim Halifax, Hampshire.
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Three cheers for outreach!
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A group of cheerleaders from the USA used dance moves to help share their faith with children in the East Midlands.
The team of 16 girls from Dallas Baptist University were invited by Counties church planter Andy Hodson to perform at three schools in his home town of Stourbridge as part of a school outreach programme.The cheerleading squad - The Patriettes partnered with Greater Europe Missions (GEM) to help share the love of Jesus Christ to people in the UK over a week-long outreach trip. The girls performed various moves, high kick, splits and other high energy routines, which wowed the children and the teaching staff. Andy said: It was a great morning. The girls all performed an energetic routine which really entertained the pupils. They were then able to share their faith in a basic way and chat with the children about life in Texas. The performances finished with some freestyle dance with the children.Cheerleader Joelle Hamilton commented: My favourite part of
this trip has been seeing the joy and happiness on the childrens faces during our performances. Seeing how the Lord has called us to bring even a few minutes of excitement into their lives is indescribable. I feel blessed to have this opportunity and wouldnt change a second of it.
The Patriettes shared the love of Jesus Christ through the gifts and talents the Lord blessed them with through dance, added head coach Lindsay Rose. It was incredible to watch the girls grow but also to see them spread so much joy and energy to the schools, churches, and community that we had the opportunity to partner with.Andy Hodson is part of Church in the Community, Lakeside, Brierley Hill, West Midlands. The church works with a number of schools in the area visiting assemblies and leading RE lessons.For more information on Lakeside Church visit: churchinthecommunity.org or churchplantinginitiative.co.uk
Church planter Andy Hodson with American cheerleader.
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Space invadersMore than 80 children were enlisted as astronauts at a special Space Academy in Chichester, organised by Hampshire evangelist Gordon Curley.The five-day holiday club gave children - many of them unchurched - a chance to engage in quizzes, competitions, crafts, DVDs, whilst discovering about how God is faithful.One parent said: My children had a fantastic time. It makes a huge impact on the children and its absolutely wonderful all that the club does.
Do you want to be inspired with new ways to reach children and families with the Bible message in church and community events?Evangelists John Hardwick, Martin Erwin and childrens worker Andy Goode will be leading a one-day workshop on Saturday 27th April at Challenge Community Church in Hereford. It is aimed at helping people with their story-telling when leading childrens talks in church, holiday clubs or school assemblies.Starting at 10am, the event costs 10 including lunch. To book or for more details email: email@example.com
Learn creative ways to teach Bible stories
Please Pray Former Counties evangelist David
Iliffe was called home in March. David was a valued and highly respected evangelist. A tribute to him will appear in the next edition of Ignite. Please remember Wendy and the family in your prayers.
You are invited to join local evangelists at the South Wales Praise & Prayer Day on April 16th in Pontypool. Call the office for more details.
The GSUS Live units will be in Birmingham and West Bromich during April and May.
The Life exhibition will be in Hastings (17th - 24th April) and Pontymoile Mission Hall (13th - 19th May).
Counties will be displaying the GSUS Live unit and promoting the Life exhibition at CRE in Sandown (14th - 17th May), please pray for new contacts to be made.
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Read all about it The varied and dynamic work of Counties is featured in a new promotional brochure and DVD ROM.
The 16-page booklet features information on 3 key areas of Counties: evangelists, training and resources. As well as the brochure, a DVD ROM is included with a short film on the work of 3 evangelists (Ivor
Cooper, Ian Carr and Paul Willmott), and a sermon outline, powerpoint and response card.John Wilkes, CEO, said: It is hoped our supporters will use the new resource to help share the work of Counties with members of their local churches and help raise awareness of opportunities in communities across the country. For a free copy please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the dots over breakfastFind out how you can develop a sustainable evangelism strategy for your church at a breakfast seminar this month.
Evangelists Ivor Cooper and Bob Telford will speak on the issue at Joining the Dots on Saturday, 20th April, 9.15am, at Saltisford Church, Warwick. Please book by 12th April by emailing: email@example.com or call 01564 822837.
New Counties brochure.
New Counties 3 DVD.
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1. Charles & Elizabeth Addoco Heather Smith
2. Will & Lynne Andrews3. Tim & Joy Ayrton
Tony & Ruth Hood4. Kevin & Anita Baldwin5. Jonathan & Heather Brain6. David & Lindsey Brown
Andy & Isobel Hodson (CPI) Paul & Vanessa Willmott
7. Ian & Sally Carr8. Tim & Charissa Cooke9. Ivor & Angela Cooper
Bob & Rita Telford10. Clive & Fiona Cornish
Mike & Janet Thomas11. Tim & Katrina Cracknell12. Gordon & Penny Curley13. Ray & Carol Dadswell14. Phil & Sheila Davies15. Martin & Rachel Erwin16. John & Rachel Hardwick17. Colin & Linda Johnson18. Matt & Claire Merriam (CPI)
Mike & Su Strange19. Matt & Nicola Rich20. James & Naomi Richards21. David & Katie Symons22. Robert & Sarah Watson
ETP - Evangelists Training ProgrammeCPI - Church Planting Initiative
Seniors and widows
To contact your local evangelist please call 01373 823013 or visit countiesuk.org
Grace AndersonTom & Madelene BathgateJean CampbellGeoff & Isobel CarrRoger & Hazel Chilvers Lionel & Mavis Clargo
Rose GearyStephen & Jean GillhamVictor JackAndy & Miriam JelfsPhyllis JenkinsJohn & Hettie Hall Wendy Iliffe
John & Jane MartinElsie NewmanDennis PierceRuby PowellDick & Betty SaundersMargaret StokesGladys Whittern
Your local evangelists
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