For clergy, chaplains and those with pastoral responsibility, requests to conduct blessings are frequent. During the authors own time in ministry, among the many items he was asked to consecrate were hymnbooks, chairs, banners, memorial plaques, a cross and an electronic piano, a church lounge, an amplification system, hi-fi, and a tent! Then, of course, there were blessings at births and baptisms, weddings and funerals, together with those at hospitals, nursing homes, social events, church fairs, shared meals and the Lords Supper. And the list goes on. While no book can cover every contingency, God Bless You provides a resource covering a broad spectrum of life, both within the church and further afield - the choice of subjects reflecting the conviction that God is much involved in the secular as the sacred, in the everyday world of work as the Sunday world of worship.
What difference does being a Christian make to your life and what difference should it make?In Spot the Difference, Nick Fawcett considers five ways in which commitment should manifest itself: in a quality of love, a spontaneity of witness, a disposition of joy, a generosity of spirit and a vibrant inner faith.The five sessions in this group study course for Lent are: Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A love that shows
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ An allegiance that shows
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A joy that shows
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A concern that shows
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A faith that showsEach session contains: Setting the scene, Exploring the Scriptures, Activities, Enlarging the picture, and Food for thought.ABOUT THE AUTHORDespite wrestling with a speech impediment throughout his formative years, Nick Fawcett responded to the call to ministry, studying at Bristol and Oxford universities before spending thirteen happy years in the Baptist ministry, first in Leigh, Lancashire and then in Cheltenham, after which he went on to serve for three years as a chaplain with the national charity Toc H.While few would have dreamt he had ever struggled with speech, for Nick it was still an issue beneath the surface, prompting him eventually to explore a new form of ministry: that of the written word. He has been writing now for six years, during which time he has published numerous books reaching an audience many hundred time greater than was possible while in the pastoral ministry; this, in his own words, testimony to the way God so often moves in mysterious ways.Alongside his writing, Nick works for a variety of publishers as a freelance editor, proofreader and indexer. He lives in Wellington, Somerset, with his wife Deborah and two children, Samuel aged eleven and Kate aged five.