Public and Underway Commitments
We in Antioch were very blessed to see Graham Worsfold make a public commitment to Antioch and Emzo de los Santos make an underway commitment to Antioch too. We look forward to sharing our community with them for many years!
Many of us in Antioch are bereft.
We learned last Tuesday that Tony Bull had died suddenly, while away for a few days on the Isle of Wight. Since he and Mary joined the community in the mid-nineties he has been an invaluable (and imposing) presence among us. We will miss that twinkle in his eye, and his wise counsel. He was always faithful to the Lord, and many of us have benefitted so often from his words. Tony and Mary have been an example to us all of their faithfulness to each other, and their service, both to the local churches, and to the Community. They organised service rotas, led Alpha courses, helped out at Emmaus House homeless centre and gave us an up to date example of living the Christian life.
Probably all of the older ones among us in Antioch have a Tony Bull story, and we will miss him greatly. We pray for consolation for family (six children and many grandchildren) who will miss him much more than we do, but they have learned from Tony that our time on this earth is short, and that the gratuitous reward of following the gospel is eternal life where there are no tears to shed.
James and Elisa got married
We were all very blessed to be able to celebrate the wedding of James and Elisa on 21st September. It was a very beautiful and moving ceremony which was complimented by tea and cakes in the church hall afterwards. The meal and reception were also a highlight, including the speeches, dancing and everything else that made the day so special. It was great to see so many people there and we look forward their life together and the blessings it will bring.
Simeon and Ciara got married
It was a joyous occasion when Simeon and Ciara got married on the 3rd April and we enjoyed the ceremony, as well as the band who led the worship. There were cakes and hot drinks in the parish hall immediately afterwards, and then the wedding party went off for the official meal and the speeches. In the evening plenty of friends turned up for the entertainment and more food and drink! It was a super occasion and we wish them a joyful honeymoon and many years of happiness together.
Good Friday March
Many thanks to those who worked hard to get the Annual Good Friday Walk of Witness up Acton High Street on Friday 30th March. Here we see a (headless) Richard marshalling the stewards, and one of the new Banners organised and designed by Ros - with input from Mark R from OakTree. The counters told us that 470 people set off, which is a new record.
It rained as we reached the destination of the Mount, outside St Mary's Church, but while Hugh and Ros provided the worship, several local ministers encouraged us in our faith. We are grateful to those who helped, from the different churches, as this was indeed a great witness to those who watched the march go by.
Antioch is not all about "that" sort of Meeting
Nathan Morrow and Christina Preece met and served the community in Antioch, and now they are engaged. Many congratulations!
Our Christian Unity Meeting on 21st January was well attended
We were blest to have our annual Unity Meeting, where Malcom Duncan spoke powerfully to us. It is always powerful to worship with Christian brothers and sisters from such a variety of churches and backgrounds.
Adams Apple's Fundraiser
Antioch's own "a cappella" men's choir sing to raise funds for Acton Homeless Concern on Sunday 10th December. They raised £250 which was gratefully accepted by Deacon Tito, a representative from the parish.
Open air Carol Service
The weather was icy cold, but Antioch members joined the carol service arranged outside St Mary's on Saturday 9th December. Thanks to Dean Ayres for making the arrangements.