Let’s help Japan

Dear CCJA Congregation, we have an opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in Japan. Here’s how:

Donate to the Japan Anglican Church emergency fund by wiring funds to:

Bank and Branch:    Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, Iidabashi Branch
Account Number:  4515547
Account Name:   Nippon Sei Ko Kai

Send funds to the ‘Japan & Pacific Tsunami Relief’ fund by either

mailing a cheque, payable to: ‘DIOCESE OF WEST MALAYSIA’ to:

Diocese of West Malaysia
16, Jalan Pudu Lama
50200 Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia

or transfer funds to the diocesan account:

Standard Chartered Bank Account No. 312-100883131
(make sure that you put DIOCESE OF WEST MALAYSIA – Japan & Pacific Tsunami Relief” on the transfer form.

Donate through your country of origin (you can find their websites online for more information):

Canada: Primates’ World Relief and Development Fund – CLICK HERE

USA: Episcopal Relief and Development agency – CLICK HERE

England: USPG’s Rapid Response Fund – CLICK HERE

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” II Corinthians 9:10-11

Annual General Meeting

It’s not only Lent now but it’s time again for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Chaplaincy of Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates which will take place at Holy Trinity Church in Dubai at 7:30pm on 27 March – this starts with a service of Evening Prayer to commit to God, and to ask his help for, the tasks of the AGM.

At the AGM the Chaplaincy Council gives a report about about what has been going on in the Chaplaincy over the previous year.  There will be reports from each of the churches and opportunities for members attending to ask questions and of course there is the election of members from each church to the Council.

If you are a ‘member’ of Christ Church Jebel Ali (and your name appears on the electoral roll which is posted at the back of the church) you are able to vote at the AGM.

I invite you all to try and attend this annual meeting to support the important work that the Council has done, and will be doing in the coming year.

See you there!



Ash Wednesday

Synod is over now and Easter is coming – but first the season of Lent.

We had a nice positive sermon last week about responding in free, devotional, joyful gratitude to all that God has given, trying to stress at how giving should not be something we carefully count out, saying ‘OK God, this is how much you asked for, and I’ve even rounded it up to the nearest 25 fils’ (1fil coins being outdated), but something given for the joy of life.

However, a season of DISCIPLINE is almost upon us! If you’re going to ‘do’ anything for Lent it’s good to start thinking early as to what you might do. You’ve got until Ash Wednesday to decide what act of devotion you’d like to do, what work of self control you’d like to improve, what mark of Christian character you’d like to exercise. I’ve more of less made up my mind what I’m going to do. I’ll let you know at our Ash Wednesday service (9 March at 7.30pm) and if you’re there you can chase me up on it in the following weeks to keep me doing it.