September 2020 Magazine   

For most people August was not what was expected. Holidays were either changed or cancelled - "government rules" have become so confusing between the four countries of UK - examination results were confusing - "experts " keep declaring that things are going to get worse. Now is the time to pray.  We have seen many prayers answered and we would ask you to join in  Chris

 : Worship song of the month

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This is something we have all needed over the past months, the ability to keep going, no matter what. Chris and I have certainly needed this during self-isolation, lock-down and/or shielding. 

We have done all of this due to reasons of age and health. How do you keep going when neither of you can go to the shops or the chemist?    

We found as we turned to God, our helper, protector and provider, all our needs were met. Neighbours we hardly knew offered to add our shop to their list. Others collected our medicines. Some local shops ran delivery services although, for many months, we could not get a delivery slot from any major retail outlet. We didn’t need it as God provided in other ways.

A great boon for us and many was the advent of zoom which enabled us to keep in face to face contact with our family and to see our new great grandson for the first time. Zoom has also enabled us to attend church on Sundays as well as a prayer group and coffee morning during the week. We are so grateful to God for His provision especially as we are aware that many in other regions and countries have had it so much worse than us, facing and dying of starvation.

We have also seen a remarkable improvement in Chris’ health. At the beginning of March, he had serious water infections which caused some falls. He was receiving visits from the district nurses almost every other day to dress both his ulcerated legs. Now, his water infection has gone and it is months since he had a fall. One leg is completely healed and the other well on the way. The nurses come just once a week, mainly to check his leg. God is, indeed, our healer. Throughout this time, God has shown that He sustains us, keeps us going. He promises to do so in the Bible. In Isaiah 46 verse 4, He says, “Even to your old age and grey hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you. I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

God does this for all His children and will continue to do. Praise God He is our protector, provider, healer and sustainer.


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Ye Gods - I miss my mind


I should have written sooner, I'm so very sorry dear

I get so very forgetful now, It gets worse year by year

I've got used to my arthritis, To my dentures I'm resigned

I can cope with my bifocals, But - ye Gods - I miss my mind

Sometimes I can't remember, When I'm standing by the stairs

If I'm going up for  something. Or have just come down from there

 And before the fridge so often, My mind is full of doubt, 

Now did I put some food away, Or come to get some out

If it's not my time to write dear, I hope you won't get sore

I think I might have written last week, And don't want to be a bore

But remember that I love you, And wished you lived near

But now's the time to mail this, And say "Goodbye dear"

I'm standing at the postbox, And  my face is very red

Instead of posting this to you, I've opened  it instead


From our friend Marian


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The 92 year old preacher

I have no  idea if this is true, but it is a good story and I agree 100% with the conclusion.  Chris

A church was honouring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years.  He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the Church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gait, to the podium.  Without a note or written paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak...  

 'When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50 odd years of preaching.. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me... the only thing that would comfort was this verse.........

 'Jesus loves me this I know. 
 For the Bible tells me so.
 Little ones to Him belong,
 we are weak but He is strong.....        
 Yes, Jesus loves me...;      
 The Bible tells me so.'

 When he finished, the church was quiet. You actually could hear his foot steps as he shuffled back to his chair.  I don't believe I will ever forget it. A pastor once stated, 'I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children's hymn 'Jesus Loves Me' (for the children of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best.'
 'Senior version of Jesus Loves Me'

 Here is a new version just for us who have white hair or no hair at all.  For us over middle age (or even those almost there) and all you others check out this newest version of Jesus Loves Me.


 Jesus loves me, this I know, Though my hair is white as snow
 Though my sight is growing dim, Still He bids me trust in Him.

 Though my steps are oh, so slow,  With my hand in His I'll go
 On through life, let come what may,  He'll be there to lead the way.

 When the nights are dark and long,  In my heart He puts a song.

Telling me in words so clear,  'Have no fear, for I am near.'

 When my work on earth is done, And life's victories have been won.
 He will take me home above,  Then I'll understand His love

 I love Jesus, does He know?  Have I ever told Him so?
 Jesus loves to hear me say,  That I love Him every day.

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The Journey

§        On a journey that will last for eternity (Heaven is just a change of address – Billy Graham)

§        Abraham our example – looking for the city without foundation whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:10)

§        The seed planted in Haran – to go on a journey not knowing where. (Genesis 12:1-4) Simply obey God.

§        Lot saw a destination (with serious consequences later on) – Abraham saw the journey and continued.

§        Two and a half tribes of Israel, looked at a destination but missed the fullness of destiny (Numbers 32), missed the land of promise.

§        Chris and myself left behind friends who looked at a destiny and settled; true also for churches and whole movements. But as my friend Dave Hadden said “Mike we have tasted and there’s no going back.”

§        Both Chris and myself began a new journey on 1st September 2011 at a conference in London – we came away with one word “shift.”

§        Dreams, visions and God encounters led us to leave behind 26 years of ministry life in Hull.

§        Last dream – crossing a river to look at where the Lord had promised lay ahead on our next part of the journey.

§        Our river in full flow – now banked up at Adam – very beginning of things. (Joshua 3:16)

§        Certainty – stay behind the presence (Holy Spirit)

§        His promise – He is with us (John 14:16) – are we going together?



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Pastor: Robert Templey Tel: 01430 860997

Holme Christian Fellowship is an independent evangelical church,

part of the Groundlevel network and members of the Evangelical Alliance..

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