Bucks County Show

Written by Steven Black on 22/02/2018. Posted in Current, Diary of events, News

Christian Watch will, God willing, be exhibiting at

Bucks County Show, Weedon Park Aylesbury

Dates
Thursday 30 August, 2018

Website www.buckscountyshow.co.uk/

The Annual Meeting for Christian Watch

Written by Steven Black on 11/02/2018. Posted in Current, Diary of events, News

This year is to be held (DV) in

Holywell Evangelical Church,
Halkyn Street,
Holywell,
Flintshire,
CH8 7TX.

Dates
Thursday, 4th October at 7.30 p.m

Website www.holywellevangelicalchurch.org.uk/

C.R.E. Exhibition at Sandown in Esher

Written by Steven Black on 12/01/2018. Posted in Current, News

After two years at ExCel in Docklands, East London, the Christian Resources Exhibition returned to Sandown in Esher in October, 2017. We were privileged to have the opportunity to proclaim the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ in literature, Bible distribution, childrens’ colouring books and Calendars for 2018 as well as displaying and distributing 10 Commandment posters and many other items of interest, relevant to the days in which we live. There was undoubtedly a greater hunger and thirst for the Word of God than we have experienced previously, and we give God all the glory.

The Christian Watch stall was also significantly busier than in previous years, enjoying continuous enquiries throughout the three days and we enjoyed many spiritual conversations. It was felt that we were an influence for good to those who engaged with us as many Christians today have real concerns as to the direction the Churches are going in and it was good to have the opportunity to encourage each other.

Our stall joined forces with the Sussex Martyrs Commemoration Council (a Council that looks after Martyrs’ Memorials throughout Sussex) and who have produced a roll of honour of those who suffered martyrdom for their faith and the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 banners were on display at the rear of the stall depicting John Hus, Martin Luther and William Tyndale and we give God thanks for the glorious Protestant Reformation and the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the Church door at Wittenberg on 31st October, 1517, which changed the course of world history.

The Lord was with us — watching over us — and we count it a privilege to stand for Him in the public arena.

“Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross.”

By Marcus Brockes (CW Committee Member)

 

CRE Exhibition 2018 at the Sandown Park

Written by Steven Black on 11/01/2018. Posted in Current, Diary of events, News

Christian Watch will, God willing, be exhibiting at

CRE Exhibition 2018 at the Sandown Park, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ

Opening times
Tuesday 16 October, 10am-5pm
Wednesday 17 October, 10am-5pm
Thursday 18 October, 10am-4.30pm

Stand No. S134
CRE Website  http://creonline.co.uk/

How to get there
Sandown Park is located in a picturesque parkland setting in the town of Esher, Surrey. It is within the M25 and only 25 minutes by train from London Waterloo or 15 miles from South West London.

Report on the Outreach at Ardingly Agricultural Show

Written by Steven Black on 19/07/2017. Posted in Current, News

held at the South of England Showground
on 8th – 10th June, 2017

In writing these reports about our presence at the Exhibitions, it is always essential to remember that our main aim is one of witness to our God and Saviour and to present the Gospel to as many as possible. Living, as we do, in a time when Biblical truth is largely trodden underfoot and the true Gospel distorted, not to say even despised, then the need for faithfully contending for the faith is even more necessary in our day. Therefore, the more of the population we can reach with the Word, based on personal testimony, is to be sought for. Well, we certainly seemed to achieve in a large measure this aim at Ardingly this year. Our stand was, happily due to a last minute (providential) re-arrangement, situated on a busy thoroughfare, almost opposite the entrance to a fairground where many with their children were headed. Consequently, we were able to offer a goodly amount of Christian literature to the passer-by; children’s books quickly ran out.
While some rejected the offer, quite a number responded politely and, even others, enthusiastically. Long conversations were had with a variety of people, some quite bizarre; such as a traditionally dressed Sikh woman who was amazed by some of the things she was told were in the Scriptures. She was quite astounded that God had, as is recorded in Genesis, sent a mist to water the earth. After a lengthy discussion, having arrived seemly full of her own false knowledge with which to put us right, she left quite challenged and thoughtful. Prayers, I hope, will be made for this very confused and mystically inclined lady.
Another useful conversation was held with the man from the next Stand who stated he was not very religious. However, after some time of explaining that religion does not save, but Christ alone with faith in Him, he went away to his Stand thoughtful and, I believe, challenged.
Many contacts, such as those above, were made by Marcus Brockes, David Ansell and myself during this Exhibition. Due to the addition of David with us this year, Marcus and I, who are both feeling the effects of age, could have some time off. The spirit is willing, but the legs become weak.
All in all, we came away tired as usual, but happy in the knowledge that we, poor unprofitable servants, had been given again the opportunity to witness for Jesus, our Lord and King. How soon do we waver and fail Him!

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord (Isa. 43: 10).

Michael Hobbis

 

 

Report on the CW Outreach at
Devon County Agricultural

Written by Steven Black on 31/05/2017. Posted in Current, News

Westpoint, Exeter on the 18 – 20 May, 2017


The attendance of Marcus Brockes and myself at the Devon Show this year was something of a first for Christian Watch. In previous years, we have exhibited and witnessed at CRE Exeter, Cornwall, Sandown, Birmingham, Manchester and London; while many years ago Northern Ireland was a chosen venue.

It was therefore a happy surprise to see so many visitors attend, especially so when considering the weather – heavy showers with intermittent sunshine. It is said that over 95,000 attended over the three days.

Our stand was located in a busy thoroughfare. The Protestant Alliance were also represented at the show and we were able to assist them by distributing some copies of the Reformer magazine.

Almost opposite to us was the Jehovah Witness area. Their presence was not really a distraction, but initiated some useful conversations and comparisons. One particular man came to our stand who had been in the JW cult for some 30 years. He had seen the errors in such a Movement, yet could not break free in his mind from their destructive teaching. He explained that he was, spiritually speaking, in a thick fog when he tried to pray. We did spend some time with him and it seemed he left genuinely thankful for the help we were able to give.

We had many opportunities to present the Gospel, but some stand out in the memory more than others. A lady visited the stand in the company of her son and daughter; both were soon to sit an examination in Theology and their mother wanted to talk about the Christian religion generally. She was very sympathetic to what we had to say, as were her children.

It was explained that, although head knowledge was useful, it was infinitely preferable to know the Lord Jesus Christ personally. They agreed with this and when we assured them of our prayers – that not only would they be successful academically – but also come to saving faith in Christ, the girl began to well-up with tears, as did her mother…. and, I would add, we did too!

Very little real opposition was encountered, and we left tired but hopeful that our labour had not been in vain in the Lord. To Him alone, who does glorious things, we offer thankful praise.

Michael Hobbis

Report on the CW Outreach at
Devon County Agricultural