Sunday 15th September

Dr Claire Blacklock will be sharing about her work with the African Hospital Libraries service of which she is co-founder and trustee. She says: “Every hospital in the UK has a library with the latest books. Medicine changes and no one can remember everything, so libraries are an important facility to have in hospitals.

“We take this for granted but health professionals in Sierra Leone don’t have access to up to date health information and it’s a real injustice to the global health workforce.”

Claire preparing for a sponsored cycle ride for the charity

On my knees

In May our guest will be Chris Band who will be sharing the story behind his book ‘On my knees’.

Life has a tendency to knock our confidence in prayer. In the face of persistent difficulties, our prayer-fuelled hopes can be overwhelmed by such despair that we end up “on our knees” not so much in prayer, as in defeat. In this honest and engaging book, Chris Band discusses the issues that we may have about prayer but were perhaps afraid to ask: Is prayer wasted effort? Is God less involved in the world than we might wish? Is his will going to be done anyway, whether or not we pray? We discover that our prayers, far from being squandered by God, are powerfully and consistently used by him – both to build his relationship with us and to build his Kingdom through us. On My Knees examines our understanding of who God is and how he works in the world, taking us beyond proof-texts and wishful thinking, to the heart of what the Bible actually teaches about prayer. This encouraging and practical book will inspire and lead each of us afresh, to be on our knees, in prayer.