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At Your Service

Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 - 31 minutes

Growing a supportive community ..... Scripture Union is an interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization,  founded over 150 years ago - and works with churches and partner organisations, inviting children and young people to explore the difference Jesus can make to the challenges and adventures of life.  

Scripture Union England and Wales works  on the Isle of Man through partner organisation, Scripture Union Ministries Trust, whose local team leader is Ruth Walker. 

Recently two members of Scripture Union England and Wales came to the Island to help Ruth to launch the results of some new research that offers a big challenge - and a big opportunity - to churches and faith groups here on the Island.   Lucy Pearson  is a Mission Enabler with Scripture Union England and Wales and Rob Steward is Team Leader for Scripture Union in the North of England including the Isle of Man, and along with our own Ruth Walker, they explain the reason for their visit …..and much more!  

If you want to follow (or get involved in) the work of Scripture Union Ministries Trust on the Island, take a look at their website - all the information is there - www.sumt.im

Ruth Rice, founder of Renew Wellbeing, join us again with another letter taken from her Alphabet of Wellbeing - this week, it's G for Growing - it could also be for gardens and greenery - as Ruth offers us more ideas of how we might nurture our  mental health, and find our own peace and wholeness - and perhaps even reach Easter with a new lease of life - and if you’d like to follow Ruth’s daily short videos, you’ll find them at ruthricebooks.online

Music is always an important part of At Your Service - today we have a lovely recording of the popular hymn 'Precious Lord, take my hand' performed  by The  Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus which was founded - and began performing - hymns and sacred music in 1993. Such pieces—including Handel’s Messiah—were banned under Communist rule. As the Iron Curtain lifted and this music became known to Ukrainian musicians, they described it as “an explosion of light.” 
And those words challenged me - do I listen to hymns and sacred music and feel the words and the melodies touch me in that powerful way?  We’re free to pray, sing, to belong to groups and fellowships exactly as we wish …. as we listen  to the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, let’s be uplifted by the music and give thanks for our freedoms. 

A Prayer for Ukraine, has been added to that hymn -  from Dr Justin Thacker, Scripture Advisor for Christian Aid - and another Christian Aid friend - local representative for Christian Aid on the Isle of Man - Louise Whitelegg - joins us, to share some local and some global thoughts.  
If you want to reserve your place for the evening of fun, food and facts, at St Andrews UR Church, Glencrutchery Road, Douglas at 6.30pm on Friday 8 April, contact Louise on 07624 474275

There's music from Alan Jackson, and another packed Notice Board

Items for the notice board, and requests for a favourite hymn for inclusion in a future programme can all be emailed to me: judithley@manxradio.com

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