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Resumption of Sunday 10.30am Services at Woodingdean CP School

Longing to meet together?

We are now able to meet in the school hall for our Sunday morning worship.

There are restrictions of course and strict guidelines have been put in place by the school.

Guidelines for Attending

Should you choose to attend the service you will of course be very welcome. Please do consider your choice carefully as the service will also be live on our FaceBook page and will be added to the website after the service.

We ask that in order to keep everybody safe, you:

  • Wear a face mask whilst inside the school unless exempt.
  • Remain physically distanced at all times from anyone not in your household.
  • If you are arriving as a household please stay together.
  • There will be sanitising hand gel available which we advise is used by all on arriving and before leaving.
  • Please don’t raise your voice or sing and conversations within the building are seriously restricted.
  • If you are able, bring your own chair (garden chairs are acceptable).
  • Please use the toilet at home. Should you need to – the disabled toilet will be available with cloth and spray bleach water for you to spray and wipe down everything you may have touched.
  • Please consider bringing quiet activities and any necessary refreshments required for children and keep any children with you at all times.
  • Please bring your own Bible.
  • Please leave the building promptly as directed when the service ends.
  • Any person displaying Coronavirus symptoms will be asked to leave and to make contact with NHS 111 about quarantine actions.

Kenya Update – March 2021

We haven’t had an update from Kenya for a little while so Maria was able to connect with Paddy Taylor to ask for information as to what has been happening. Paddy writes:

My role over the last few years has been to keep people informed of events and the development of the projects that Daniel and Fennih and churches oversee. The updates are not just about the clinic, but also the school, the sponsorship scheme (previously feeding programme), emergency situations that require our prayer and support, Daniel’s wider involvement in the church and political developments where they relate to Daniel.

We are just in the process of moving the administration of Daniel’s projects by the Great Commission Trust in London, to a new charity (“The Great Mission for Kenya”, GMK), which has recently managed to register with the Charity Commission. The GMK will be solely dedicated to Daniel and Fennih’s ministry and projects in Kenya (which the GCT is not) and hopes to bring all the work of raising donations and giving grants under one authority, allowing for more clarity and financial transparency. The trustees of the GMK will be myself, Sue Korda, Louise Taylor and Dick Shepley. Sue and Louise have known Daniel since the mid 1980’s and myself and Dick since about 1994 and although the work of supporting Daniel’s ministry will gradually come to us, we are in close contact with those supporters who have been there from the early days, such as Jonathan Wardell and David Hurst and they will continue to support Daniel through us.

Paddy last visited Kenya in 2019 and observed the following:

The Dundori Medical Centre is in need now more than ever of our continued support in these times, which are particularly hard in Kenya, but there is a feeling that a curve has been turned and that the clinic is getting on its feet again.

  • Joseph is now more in charge of managing the clinic than Gideon (Joseph, like Gideon is a pastor at the Dundori church, just up the road from the clinic) as Gideon’s work for his own medical centre in Nakuru has taken much of his time.
  • There is a management committee who meet regularly – this consists of Joseph, Gideon, Daniel and Isaac Ngetich (who is a surgeon at a Nakuru hospital and part of the Nakuru Worship Centre church).
  • There have been some difficulties, e.g. competition from a government run hospital in Dundori and the state offering more free services (e.g. maternity services), which mean the clinic has struggled to keep up its footfall. They have struggled to keep staff – especially a Medical Officer as they have not been able to afford the going rate for this post. The national health initiative (NHIF – National Hospital Insurance Fund) has led to the clinic doing a lot of work on the basis that the NHIF (government) would reimburse them as the scheme claims, only to find that they are not fully reimbursed for these services due to corruption in the system. As you know, if someone is unable to pay they will not be denied treatment at the clinic and under Covid there is a real down turn in the economy.
  • The incinerator initiative never really got off the ground – they would have needed over £20,000 to purchase the incinerator.
  • Having said that, they still offer full facilities for maternity, screening (including blood analysis – we sent out a blood analyse with Geoff Felton in July 2019), dentistry (a dentist’s chair was sent out in 2017 and they have had several visits from the charity Dentaid since then).
  • They have full-time staff: a nurse, a dentist, a medical officer, a lab technician and a secretary.
  • They have also been pro-active in advertising their services in the local community including taking their services on the road to this end.
  • The government doctors and nurses have been on strike for months now and the clinic has therefore benefitted from this recently. In the recent past they have had very many births at the clinic (I will try and get you the exact numbers).
  • The management of the clinic have realised that there are problems and are working hard to rectify these. Daniel assures me there is slow and steady progress there.

We are grateful for Paddy’s information and are looking forward to receiving the latest news from Joseph.

Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Kenya.

Food for thought!

This has been doing the rounds on the web!

🤔 Who invented the three basic Covid 😷 rules to protect us?

1 – Distance 🧍

2 – Hand hygiene 👐🚰🧽

3 – Using the mask 😷

These laws were given to the nation of Israel 3,500 years ago. Did you know this? Why not check it out in the Bible! 📖

1 – EXODUS 30: 18-21 – Wash your hands 👐🚰

2 – LEVITICUS 13: 4, 5, 46 – If you have symptoms, keep your distance, cover your mouth and avoid contact. 😷🤒

3 – LEVITICUS 13: 4, 5 – Whoever is infected must remain in quarantine for 7 to 14 days.

And there are still those who doubt that the Bible is a book of wisdom !!!

DBC Newsletter

Read all about it! Click on the link below for the latest news:

Church Newsletter – Feb 2021

DBC’s vision and Purpose

To know God and to make Him known

A WORSHIPPING CHURCH OF PEOPLE WHO PRAY AND FOLLOW THE TEACHING OF THE BIBLE.

Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14 v 6

A WITNESSING CHURCH OF PEOPLE WHO SHARE OUR FAITH IN WORDS AND ACTIONS.

Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.” Luke 10 v 27

Centring Prayer

Meditation – Experiencing God’s love

Meditation – Thanksgiving

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