The Life of Jesus

Last year, the worship group from our church, Kisha Rilindja e Kosovës, led the worship at the joint Easter Sunday service in Gjakovë (Read more: Urime Pashka – Happy Easter). For joint services each of the 6 churches in Gjakovë takes turns in providing the worship, drama, preaching and welcome, so this year our church is providing the drama. During the Christmas Day service at our church the youth performed “The Life of Jesus”, a mime taking only 6 minutes. At Christmas the message of the drama was that we shouldn’t focus only on Jesus’ birth but on His birth as the starting point of His life, ministry, death and resurrection.

We’ve been practising all week with the youth to perform the same drama at the Cultural Palace on Sunday afternoon.

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The Youth Clean Up Gjakovë

Last weekend we went with the Youth of the church for the second year in a row to clean up the park area near to our church. You can see the pictures and read about this initiative from last year in our blog post Ta Pastrojmë Gjakovën – Clean Up Gjakovë. Last year we collected 8 sacks of rubbish from a small area just across the road from our church and this year we collected 7 so there is perhaps a gradual improvement taking place.

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5 Reasons You Should Always Thank Your Translator

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. Over the past 3 years or so I have relied on people to translate/interpret for me on an almost daily basis. Although my grasp of Albanian is much improved from what it was originally I still need help sometimes. Most of the time it’s Ilir who does this, but not always, and I’ve noticed something… translators/interpreters hardly ever get thanked for what they do. Continue reading “5 Reasons You Should Always Thank Your Translator”

Marriage Seminar

Regular readers of our blog or prayer letters will know that we organise a couple’s dinner once a month at our church where we can get together and discuss what it means to have a Christian marriage. Normally each couple brings some food and we share a meal together followed by a discussion and dessert. This month, instead of our normal couple’s dinner we all attended a marriage seminar hosted by another Gjakovë church. Continue reading “Marriage Seminar”

8th March 2017

Wow, what a week. We have been on the go non-stop since 7th March when we spent the day preparing for International Women’s Day which is on 8th March every year. As a church we decided to hold a special event for women, young and old, to celebrate this day and invited a guest speaker to come and speak on the theme “Hope in the midst of difficulty”. Continue reading “8th March 2017”

Worshipping when you don’t feel like worshipping

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.

Psalm 100:1-2 (NIV)

You know the drill: Sunday morning comes, you go to church, find your favourite seat, greet others in the church, the Pastor/Minister/Vicar opens the service with a Bible verse about the goodness of God or the importance of giving Him our worship. 6197b05cc86673b1179ccc0a736930ccThe worship leader (probably wearing a checked shirt) starts strumming away on their guitar, singing songs that you’ve sung 100 times before or, even worse, a song that you’ve never heard of before. So you stand there feeling awkward while the worship team play and sing as if they’re in Wembley Stadium with an audience of 90,000.

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When [we’re] cleaning windows

img_8420“Helen, you look like you’re on a mission trip, why are you taking photos of me cleaning windows?”. Ilir’s point was a good one. We have both had a lot of experience of mission teams who photograph literally everything they do, see (or eat) for the ‘report to church’ when they get home, and at times we have found ourselves doing roughly the same thing so that we have some ‘proof’ of what we’re doing for our prayer letters and blog Continue reading “When [we’re] cleaning windows”

Youth ministry doesn’t just happen in the church

Every now and again it’s good to take the church outside the building and spend time in fellowship somewhere different. The Youth Ministry is no exception and, because some of the boys were occupied with the inter-church football tournament the number of young people was diminished. Helen went with Drita (another church leader who is responsible for the Youth Ministry) and eight of the young people to the local shopping centre for an hour of bowling. Continue reading “Youth ministry doesn’t just happen in the church”

Couples’ Dinner

On 20th September we held the first of our monthly couples’ dinners at the church. Everyone brought either a main course or a dessert to share and we had a really good time of fellowship with one another. This dinner came about one month after the couples’ retreat in Rugove that everyone had enjoyed so much and after the meal we spent some time talking about whether the retreat had been beneficial for our marriages and anything that we had taken from the retreat and applied to our lives since.

The couples’ dinners will be held on the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month at the church.

OSCE conference

This week we were invited to go with our pastor, Jeton, to an OSCE conference in Peje. The OSCE is the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the conference was for members of all religious groups and representatives of municipalities (like the local council) to discuss how the different faith groups in each municipality can have their voices heard by local officials. Continue reading “OSCE conference”

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