Do widows matter today? (Phillip Jensen)—2 May 2019
The world for women has changed. Marriage and motherhood have been replaced by divorce and independence. Living alone is becoming normal. Is God still a “defender of widows”? Does true religion still involve “visiting widows and orphans”? Does the church still have a responsibility for its widows—and if so, what is it?
The aim of this talk is to understand the Bible’s view of widowhood, and see the world today—and a widow’s place in it—from the viewpoint of the Bible. Some helpful resources for the care of widows are given at the beginning of the talk—especially in the interview that was presented prior to the talk.
Phillip Jensen is a Bible teacher, an evangelist, and he serves with Two Ways Ministries, which exists to grow the network of Christians who, by living single-mindedly for Christ, will teach the Bible in such a way as to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. He is the author of Two Ways to Live along with other publications, including Guidance and the Voice of God.
Monique New interviews Elizabeth Sung, who is a widow, about an effective, transferrable, initiative called GriefShare that Elizabeth has introduced in her church to help care for and nurture widows.
Talk: Widows: Honour widows who are truly widows (1 Tim 5:3)
The Titus strategy (Richard Coekin)—8 August 2019
God has much to teach all of us in the short book of Titus. Richard Coekin takes us through an overview of the book, with a special focus on (i) elders, and (ii) the ministries of women that Titus mentions. He explores what Titus is about, and how it applies to our lives and churches today.
Richard Coekin is the Director of the Co-Mission church-planting movement, and Senior Pastor of Dundonald Church in London. Richard is a Bible teacher, church planter, and he has been involved in launching other ministries such as, the 9:38 Ministry Training Strategy, the Passion for Life mission, and most recently The Planting Collective. He is also involved in a Bible ministry to Members of Parliament in Westminster. He is the author of several books including Our Father, The Reluctant Evangelist and Gospel DNA. He is married to Siân and they have five children.
Overview of Titus
Perseverance in ministry with Lizzy Smallwood—29 August 2019
A special afternoon tea for women in ministry during which Lizzy shared her experiences, persevering through the ups and downs of ministry work.
This event was hosted by the Priscilla & Aquila Centre and the Anglican Church of Sydney with KCC.
Lizzy Smallwood is married to Simon. They have three children: Sam (21), Ailie (18) and Beatrice (9). They have been ministering at St George’s, a small urban Anglican Church in Dagenham on the East London border, for 23 years, and are just about to move to Cornwall. Lizzy divides her time between being a wife and mum, a part-time primary school teacher, and helping out in and around the local church. She loves music, film and wandering ’round the shops. Her favourite way to relax is with a cup of tea and a good book.
Lizzy is never happier than when she is teaching women the Bible, and is excited by opportunities like the OneLove women’s conference to preach and apply God’s word to Christian women seeking to follow Christ in the 21st century.