Greetings, and welcome to the web site of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. Those of you who may have read our web page for June will recall that I wrote this column following the terrorist attack in Manchester in which a number of innocent people lost their lives and many sustained serious and life changing injuries. The Manchester attack came just a few days before the U.K. General Election scheduled for the 8th of June. On Saturday the 3rd of June, three terrorists embarked on a rampage of brutal murder in London resulting in the deaths of innocent people who were enjoying a night out with their family and friends. The nation watched in horror as these awful events unfolded on our news media. The nation then went to the polls on Thursday the 8th resulting in a ‘Hung Parliament’; meaning that no political party could command a voting majority in the House of Commons. This came just as the U.K. Government were about to commence ‘BREXIT’ negotiations in Brussels!

Following these dreadful events, the nation awoke to the scenes of the inferno that engulfed Grenfell Tower in West London resulting in a very heavy yet to be determined death toll. We thank God for the great bravery of the Emergency Services in all of these incidents and the powerful community spirit that has come to the fore in London in the wake of these tragic events. Our prayers must be for all who mourn the loss of loved ones, and for those who are receiving medical treatment as a result of serious injuries sustained.

With these events in mind, I am reminded of the comparative fragility of life. Not one of us know what a day a may bring forth. Here we have instances of innocent people finding themselves caught up in the midst of these horrendous events. The New Testament writer James, in commenting upon the fragility of life, likens our lives to a morning mist that appears for a moment and is then gone. Seventy to eighty years in the light of eternity is but a moment. Real peace and security and hope for the future can only be found in knowing Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour. Knowing Him does not absolve us from the pressures of everyday life, but we are promised His peace and presence at all times no matter what our circumstances may be at and given time.

Greetings, and welcome to the web page of the Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire. U.K. Glossop is situated on the edge of Greater Manchester, about eleven miles from the city centre. The Manchester bomb has impacted our community in many ways. Students from our schools were present at the concert at the Manchester Arena, thankfully none of them were injured. The nation has united in expressing support to the city, but in particular toward those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, and those who remain in hospital facing the prospect of life changing injuries. One cannot help but be moved when seeing the carpet of floral tributes and messages in St Anne’s Square in the heart of the city centre.

‘LOVE MANCHESTER’ and ‘PRAY FOR MANCHESTER’ are statements of intent that have gripped the hearts of millions of people not only here in the U.K., but world wide. People have united in prayer, but also in giving generously in support of those who have felt the impact of this dreadful deed.

The Manchester bomb brought a temporary halt to campaigning in the U.K. General Election. This has now re-convened, and the nation goes to the polls on Thursday 8th of June. Our nation stands at a critical point in her history. The outcome of this election will determine our future identity as the United Kingdom, but will also have profound impact upon our relations with Europe and the wider community of nations. Much prayer is being made at this present time in respect of Manchester, but also for our nation. Britain stands in need of a spiritual renewal and awakening. A song written a few years ago expresses this so very powerfully: ‘LORD, HEAL OUR NATION’!

Our prayer is, that in the midst of uncertain times, people may encounter the love, compassion, and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who is able to bring comfort and peace into troubled lives and communities.