At Isaac Watts we support Commitment For Life's work in Central America. Here is an update from the end of last Autumn:-

Irma Raimundo can often be found in her garden, tending her plants. But for Irma, gardening is not a hobby - it's a way of ensuring her children have enough to eat.

Irma and her family are indigenous Chorti people, a marginalised community who live in the mountain villages of Chiquimula, Guatemala. It's breathtakingly beautiful, but the land is steep and rocky, so it's difficult to farm. Unsurprisingly, 62% of children are malnourished. There are few jobs in this remote area, so many men migrate in search of work.

Southampton City Mission have sent us thanks for donations that we made to their Basics Bank project at Harvest time. It is at that time of year that SCM Basics Bank (which has existed for 18 years now) receives around a third of all the food that it will have donated in the year. It supplies ordinary individuals and families in Southampton that find themselves in need. 2013 saw a massive 47% rise in demand for their services, and by mid-Autumn of 2014, the number of people that they had fed was 19% higher than in 2013.

You will notice a change to the Christmas Eve Service this year, since there will be no Midnight Service on the 24th December this year, which is being replaced by a Carols Around The Tree at 4.30pm on the 24th. Attendance at the 11.30pm service had declined in recent years, and the Communion Service held last year as an experiment was not well-supported, therefore it seemed to be time to freshen things up. We hope the new time and arrangement will prove more popular: please support it!

As some of you will be aware, we commenced a series of monthly prayer meetings in September. This is not an exclusive grouping, and anyone may join in: indeed there were half a dozen who came together for the first meeting. We are using the new vestibule room at the moment, but will move to a larger room if necessary. The intention is to meet on the third Wednesday of every month, between 7pm and 8pm.

In September we prayed for World needs, including the Middle East, the Ukraine and those caught up in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. We also prayed for our Church, for those in need here, as well as our needs as a Church community.

We prayed for our local schools at Hollybrook, both of which have been waiting for Ofsted inspections, with all the stresses and strains that this fraught process brings.

Please join us if you can or set aside some time at home to prayer for us at home, if you cannot do so. The October meeting date is 15th October.

Chris Noyce