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18th March – East London/North London/Central London Communities’ BID
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue:  43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

Contact:
East London Community Leader
Pastor Francis Fobbie – 07999 347520
Email:  fsfobbie@gmail.com

North London Community Leader
Pastor Jeff Bateman – 07973 316689
Email: jd.bateman@gmail.com

Central London Community Leader
Pastor Masakazu Hayashi – 07823 337142
Email:  hayashi884@btinternet.com

19th March – Wales and the West Country Communities’ BID
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue:  Cleeve House, Trowbridge Road, Seend, Wiltshire, SN12 6PG

Contact:
West County Community Leader
Pastor Carlo Zaccarelli – 01380 827129
Email:  westcountry777@gmail.com

South Wales Community Leader
Pastor Peter Kong – -7790 704588
Email: p.kong@ntlworld.com

8th April – Bromley Community BID
Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Venue: Livingstone House, 13 Beechcroft, Chislehurst, BR7 5DB

Contact:
Assistant Pastor Anna Johnson
Email: annafree89@hotmail.com
BFD – 07376 074827

29th April – Scotland Community BID
Time: TBC
Venue: TBC
Contact: Jennifer N’kumu (BFD)
Email: blessedfamilydepartmentuk@gmail.com
Scotland  – Edinburgh TBC

Blessing and Matching Preparation Workshops

7-9 October 2016: Parents Matching Convocation (PMC)

 PMC is designed for parents of those Second Generation and Jacob Children who wished to be matched. It offers relevant education and it also provides opportunities to network with other parents and look for potential match.

Location: Seminarzentrum Neumühle, Bad Camberg (near Frankfurt), Germany

 

3-6 November: Blessing Preparation WS

This workshop is designed for Second Generation and Jacob Children aged 17+ who want to learn about Blessing and matching tradition and for their parents. The WS is also for all those who wish to prepare for the Blessing whether already matched or not.

Location: Seminarzentrum Neumühle, Bad Camberg (near Frankfurt), Germany

 

8-11 December: Blessing and Matching preparation WS for 24+

The WS is designed for Second Generation and Jacob Children who are at least 24 years old and their parents. It is tailored to the needs of young adults in this age group who would like to be matched and blessed. This WS is also for those who are matched and want to prepare for the Blessing.

Location: Seminarzentrum Neumühle, Bad Camberg (near Frankfurt), Germany

 

We expect next Blessing event to take place in February 2017. There will be no Blessing preparation WS held in January or February. Therefore all those who wish to attend the next Blessing and need to participate in Blessing preparation WS should do so either in November (all ages) or in December (age 24+)

 

For more information please visit the ESGD Website. 

Fun Weekend in Scotland!

We held the Blessing Information Day last Saturday (4th June) at Dalmeny Church Hall, less than a mile from our usual venue at South Queensferry High School. The hall was beside Dalmeny Church, a very old church built in Romanesque style. It was the first time we had hired the venue, and it turned out to be a good choice. We had fine weather, with just a chill in the wind coming from the Firth of Forth.

The Blessed Family Department team, composed of William Haines, Chris and Carol Jubb, Jennifer Nkumu and Keiko Brouard, travelled from London to give the one-day workshop. William was accompanied by his wife, Ruth. Fourteen of the second generation attended, including a sister visiting from USA and a brother from France doing a three-month course of studies at Edinburgh University. Twelve first generation attended, both parents and members.

William Haines gave talks on the Change of Blood Lineage. Chris and Carol Jubb spok5. William teachinge about parents’ support for matching and blessing of the second generation. Jennifer Nkumu introduced the work of the Blessed Family Department.

There was also a lively and interesting testimony session in which Robert Williamson Jr was interviewed by his younger brother, Eric, on how he managed to be matched and blessed. Robert was blessed with a German sister, Randine, in 2009, and they have a child, Leona, who was born on 11th November 2011 (11.11.11), an auspicious date. Robert, Randine and Leona live in Dunfermline, near Robert’s parents.

There was a break for lunch, buffet-style, which was provided by the blessed wives. In the afternoon, we all split into three groups for discussion: second generation brothers; second generation sisters; and parents. Outstanding questions were written down and answered in a short final session by a panel composed of Blessed Family Department members. The meeting was extremely useful because it was held near at hand, in Scotland, and b6. Buffet lunchecause it reminded us of the providential importance of blessed marriage and family, and showed us how to face the challenges of the matching process leading to the blessing of the second generation.

We are extremely grateful to the Blessed Family Department for making the effort to come to Scotland, and we look forward to visits from them in the future. In the meantime, we have lines of contact with them to help in the ongoing work of matching and blessing.

 

The following day, we celebrated the Day of All True Things with a service at Queensferry High School. The celebration cake was cut by Juliano Allard, who will be thirteen this week. Pizz3. MC Shin Yi Breslina lunch followed.

In the afternoon, a few of us visited a nearby farm where Paul Currie works. It grows mainly fruit in polytunnels, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, and has apple-trees and cherry-trees. It has a farm shop and large café and terrace, as well as outbuildings and fields where people can see sheep, pigs and chickens. We found Paul in a far corner of a field, dressed in white with a net over his head, teaching bee-keeping to four visitors, who were all dressed in white and masked like him. They were surrounded by a swarm of bees. Bees are essential for the pollination of fruit trees and bushes, a key player in the life of all things.

 

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Blessing Information Day – West Country and Wales

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