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Promoting the Good News about Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to share it with others
The Trust started the Cathedral Project in 2006. It was an ambitious plan to commission a textile artist (Jacqui Frost) to design and make a set of 10 screens on the theme of CREATION to be displayed at Coventry Cathedral. This was to help the huge number of visitors, who pass through the doors of the cathedral every day, discover more about the Christian faith and understand more clearly why such a building was built in the first place. Five years and much stitching later, we now have ten sets of textile art work with the titles: Creation, River of Life, Prayer, Good Grief? The Beatitudes, Our Father, Rites of Passage, Angels, Jesus Is, and The Journey. (See www.cathedralexhibition.org.uk for more details about them.) These exhibitions are rotated around; Bristol Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral, Dewsbury Minster, Exeter Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Leicester Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, York Minster and we are actively inviting the Deans of other Cathedrals to use these displays. In addition to the screens for use in cathedrals we also have textile replicas of Creation, Prayer and Our Father as banners for churches to hire. These have been used in the past year for 24/7 prayer events, church anniversaries and celebrations, Easter and Harvest celebrations, and various mission outreaches and initiatives. To accompany the exhibitions we have written and produced leaflets giving information about the artwork and themes. In addition we have now printed a 128 page, hardback book:
threads through life and faith
This beautiful, full colour book gives the artist’s thoughts behind each exhibition as well as the passage from Scripture upon which they are based. The book is now available from Deo Gloria and also in cathedral bookshops. If you would like to buy a copy please visit our website www.deo-gloria.co.uk or call us on 020 8651 6428.
DEO GLORIA TRUST (Founded 1965) Selsdon House, 212/220 Addington Road, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 8LD Telephone 020 8651 6428 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.deo-gloria.co.uk Registered Charity No. 243305
NEW! - So, who is this Jesus? Magazine
We have decided to return to the original concept of a gospel as an A4 glossy magazine and have ‘freshened-up’ the design and content. Over the past decade we have produced a gospel of Luke in various guises and under a number of names, including No Ordinary Man, So who is this Jesus?, and Why 2000?
So, who is this Jesus? magazine now features…
Gospel of Luke in Contemporary English Version (CEV) (chapter and verse numbers removed) Life Stories – new testimonies of different people whose lives have been changed by Jesus Q&As – Frequently asked questions about Jesus /The Bible /Christianity answered Enquirer response via the Christian Enquiry Agency at www.christianity.org.uk As with all Deo Gloria materials, our prices will be kept as low as possible to encourage their use.
Watch out for the availability date at www.deo-gloria.co.uk
A few copies of No Ordinary Man are still available at a special price of 75p each and may be obtained through our website, along with all our other materials for outreach – www.deo-gloria.co.uk
On Your Marks
A new version is now available with updated text for the Journey Into Life section and a fresh design with an Olympic feel (London 2012 is not far away!) Why not take a look at www.morethangold.org.uk and see how your church/organisation could get involved with the London Olympics? Order copies of On Your Marks via our website www.deo-gloria.co.uk
Christian Enquiry Agency
Following many years of partnership with the Deo Gloria Trust, the Christian Enquiry Agency has transformed itself into an organisation that is ready to meet the opportunities of the internet age. The CEA gives free, reliable and objective information to those who want to find out more about the Christian faith. Under its new coordinator, Peter Graystone, it has launched a fascinating website: www.christianity.org.uk Very soon after its launch in November 2010, the site was being visited by about 100 new enquirers every day. During the week before Christmas, while the BBC was broadcasting The Nativity, that figure rose to 900 per day at the start of this year. The numbers have settled now at about 500 per week. Of those, about a dozen people every week make contact and are given whatever help they ask for to take their next step of faith – part of the Bible, prayers, information about local churches, or guidance about responding to Jesus’ call. The partnership with Deo Gloria helps to provide this life-changing service. M watched The Nativity and as a result she went to midnight communion for the first time on Christmas Eve. She googled 'Christianity' on Boxing Day and found www.christianity.org.uk. She wrote, ‘During the service I started to think about God and Jesus and wondered why people believe in them so strongly. I suppose I ought to start reading the Bible but I've no idea where to begin ...I feel something important is happening but I have never been slightly religious so I don't know what to make of it. I would quite like to go back and try church again but I feel I need to know more before I do. Can you offer any help?’ Through Deo Gloria, M got help the very next day, and the conversation that began at Christmas is still going. Do take time to look at the website and think about whether you could add the address www.christianity.org.uk to the foot of letters, emails, church news sheets or websites.
Contact for Christ is 35 years old!
Contact for Christ was set up in 1976 in order to provide a nationwide followup service for those wanting to know more about the Christian faith. Through Contact for Christ several hundred enquiries, received through evangelistic literature and websites, are referred on to a local Christian Contact each year. Every Contact completes an application process that includes providing two references. In order to comply with current requirements, these details are updated every three years. At present we have around 940 local Contacts around the UK and Eire, but always need more to fill gaps in our coverage. Looking forward, it is expected that many more local Contacts will be needed to deal with responses from the Olympic Games and related evangelistic events in 2012. If you are interested in knowing more about the service, or would like an application form, please visit our website www.deo-gloria.co.uk/cfc
Some Good Reports
I was greatly encouraged by two reports that arrived in August 2010 via the United Christian Broadcasters. The first was a response to their Word for Today booklet and the second from a question submitted on the Looking for God website (lookingforgod.com). Both enquirers are men in their 50s – usually a very difficult group to reach with the Gospel. It is wonderful to hear that the efforts of our Contacts are bearing fruit!
From a Contact in Gloucestershire
“Spent two hours listening to his sad past and many problems. He is looking for ‘peace’. I shared the Gospel with him. I plan to return and take a Bible. I felt that the time spent with him was valuable. He understands a lot of Biblical truth but does not think that God can help to change him… Visited many times. He made a commitment to Christ this week and is going to be introduced to a local church. Very enthusiastic and eager to learn more. Finds Word for Today a great help and reads it every day.”
From a Contact in Weybridge
“We met today at an open air café and had a very long talk, covering all his areas of concern. The main focus was on his apparent lack of relationship with Jesus, which he said he longed to have. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit I took him through the basics of salvation and he asked if he could give his life to the Lord there and then. I prayed over him, and he prayed the prayer of repentance and commitment (amazingly with people all around us). He has promised to ring me in a few days and has shown a desire to attend the church.”
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