The Latest From Around The UK
Apr 21, 2009 - Help us to Harvest in East Africa
Mar 18, 2008 - Likely lads... to Lancaster!
Apr 17, 2007 - A Tenner for Tanzania
Mar 20, 2007 - Scotland hosts first Harvesters' Men's Weekend
Sep 05, 2005 - Report on HOD's Day of Prayer for Men
Help us to Harvest in East Africa
(Posted April 21, 2009)
On May 12th, 2009 Harvesters is sending two men to Africa to facilitate a number of Men’s Conferences in different parts of Uganda and Tanzania.
|Let's help the children...|
First stop is Uganda where they will visit the capital, Kampala, and spend a day in Luzira Prison, the Condemned Section, which usually houses about 200 inmates. A ten minute walk from where the two men will spend the week is an orphanage run by Marcel, a fervent young Christian man who has devoted himself for more than 15 years to this delightful home for Aids orphans, ranging from newly born babes to quite grown up children, and Marcel and his team put a high priority on feeding and education.
In Tanzania they will stay at the homes of the Christians who organise the men's programmes. At this stage we are asking that you consider donating money for the men to take with them. This is worth so much more in these countries – some of it in the past has helped to transform ‘slum-like’ roads into desirable areas, street-kids shacks with totally unqualified teachers into proper educational establishments, galvanized huts into well constructed churches, and lots of food into starving bellies. Every little adds up.
If you would like one of the team who has visited Africa to come and talk about what they do out there, what they preach about, the healings and deliverances they witness, etc, then any of the men would love to come and give a talk. Contact Harvesters to make this request.
To read more about this visit, please click here.....
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Likely Lads to... Lancaster in July 2008!
(Posted March 18, 2008)
Change is underway for the 2008 Northern Men's Weekend. After two successful years at Mount St Mary's College, near Sheffield, Harvesters is heading further north to the city of Lancaster where the weekend will be hosted by none other than Lancaster University from Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th July 2008.
Another key change is also taking place. This will be Harvesters' first one-night only weekend.
Many men understandably mention that it is difficult to be away from the family for both Friday and Saturday nights. So, having listened to your comments, we have chosen to opt for a new timetable enabling men to be at home with family and loved ones on Friday evenings while also benefitting from necessary time away.
The Northern weekend will kick off on Saturday morning and end on Sunday afternoon so as to accommodate those travelling from the Midlands, North East and further afield.
Greg McCrave, one of the team organising the weekend, says: "Many men who regularly attend the Northern weekend come from the North West. We hope that by moving back closer to this area, rather than being in the East Midlands as we have the past two years, that even more men will be drawn to attend, and hopefully will bring along a friend, workmate or family member who is also in need of spiritual input and renewal."
For more information about this weekend, and the other summer weekends hosted by Harvesters, please click here.....
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A Tenner for Tanzania
(Posted April 17, 2007)
Harvesters has for the first time in 2007 been invited to send a team to East Africa in both May and November. This is to meet the needs of Tanzanian men crying out for sound teaching, ministry, support and encouragement from their English brothers.
|"Four pints, please..."|
Roy Hendy, a member of the Harvesters organising team, decided some years ago to ask people in the UK to give a 'Fiver for Africa' to help provide food (especially for orphans), water supplies, education and building funds for some of the poorest people in Eastern Africa. As he will go to Africa twice this year along with Gerard Pomfret, the figure has been upped to a ten pounds.
On the last visit, Roy and Gerard managed to take £25,000 to Kenya and Tanzania and, with the help of two wise bishops, were able to distribute the funds directly to those most in need.
"People in Dar-es-Salaam don't have too much food," said Roy, "or clean water, and their life expectancy is well below our own. Lots of children don't receive education, and we can help them in so many different ways.
"At the meetings we help to facilitate deliverances are expected and we experience several hundred people being healed, almost in a moment, as we ask God to meet the needs of His people.
"At the men's conferences we see men confessing their sins publicly with some amazing altar calls resulting. Shame and guilt really get left at the Cross, and the testimonies flow of the Holy Spirit at work in these men's lives.
"Faith is in the air," he says, "and my hope is that by encountering it regularly we may catch some of it for England."
Should you wish to give ten (or more) pounds towards Harvesters' outreach work in Tanzania, please contact Roy on (tel) 01386 852084 or at (e-mail) email@example.com. May God bless you for your generosity.
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Scotland Hosts First Men's Weekend
(Posted March 20, 2007)
For nearly ten years, groups of men from Scotland have travelled down into the depths of England to attend one or other of Harvesters Weekends Away For Men. With commitment and fervour being on a constant high among the Scots, June 2007 sees Scotland hosting its first weekend on home territory at the Scotus College in Bearsden, North West Glasgow from Friday 10 to Sunday 12.
|Still, calm setting of Scotus College chapel|
The Scotus College is known as a the peaceful setting on the edge of Glasgow, and is home of the National Seminary in Scotland. It is also where the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland meets.
Nearby are opportunities to play football, get in a round of golf or go swimming. There are great country walks too, such as the first stage of the West Highland Way. Or you can nip into the city centre to see the famous Salvador Dali painting: Christ of St John of the Cross.
A strong line up of speakers has been put into place to include Fr Jim McManus CSsR, one of the best retreat speakers known in our islands. He is a Redemptorist priest based in St Mary's, Kinnoull and his publications include: Healing Power of the Sacraments; Healing in the Spirit; Inside Job: Spirituality of True Self-Esteem; Finding Forgiveness.
|Fr Jim McManus CSsR|
There is also Charles Whitehead, a former businessman who is married to Sue, an Anglican. Charles if former President of ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) and was awarded a papal knighthood. Today he is Chairman of ecumenical ICCOWE (the International Charismatic Consultation on World Evangelisation).
Additionally there is Fr Richard Reid CSsR, also a Redemptorist and based in St Patrick's Parish in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, has served in Plymouth, Canterbury, London and Perth. He has travelled widely giving missions and retreats and has a special interest in male spirituality.
And finally, Fr Keith Herrera, Parish Priest of St Peter’s in Aberdeen will also be one of the speakers. Fr Keith is a great communicator with the younger generation and has a particular interest in personal spiritual development. He is known for helping to facilitate Cursillo weekends.
To obtain a booking form for this weekend, or merely to find out more, click here.....
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Report on HOD's Day of Prayer for Men
(Posted September 05, 2005)
Confess your sins to each other and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The heartfelt prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16). This was the theme of September’s Day of Prayer for Men organised by the House of the Open Door Community (HOD).
|A repentant heart|
Around thirty men attended the day. Although some regular faces were missing, there were a number of new men present, each one keen to build on what they had received at this summer’s Men’s Weekends, with some travelling over two hours to be present.
Aside from times of worship led by the talented Tony Wadley, the principal contributions to the day were a teaching by Roy Hendy, founder of the House of the Open Door Community, and Simon Matthews’ powerful testimony of God’s unconditional love.
Roy challenged men to yearn for a deeper work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, calling them to live a life of holiness. He spoke of how Elijah proclaimed a message of repentance in preparation for the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, and how John the Baptist took up this same role of calling people to repent. In this way the path is prepared for the Lord, to give His people the knowledge of his salvation through the forgiveness of their sins (Luke 1:77). Many of those present were encouraged to daily pray Psalm 51 and to call upon God to give them a repentant heart so as to prepare them to receive His Holy Spirit in abundance.
Simon gave moving witness of how God’s Spirit had led him from widespread deceitful behaviour into a life of trust and service of Him. He shared of his concerns for the Church, that she urgently finds new methods with which to bring the Gospel message to young people.
The day was made up of men from a wide cross-section of Christian denominations. David Stevens from Oxfordshire, who attended his first Weekend Away For Men this summer, was greatly encouraged by his first Day for Men: "This provided me with a good opportunity to take stock of how I live my life. I didn’t receive all the answers to the questions I went with but I was challenged and reminded of my duties and responsibilities as a man."
David sees the important role days such as this can play in a man’s life. "The same as with the Men’s Weekends, there is nowhere else to go that clearly tells you you’re a man and that you can’t keep making excuses in life. The message that kept coming back to me was, ‘Come on, you’ve got to get back to basics – to the Lord, to His Word – and take your place as the man God created you to be.’ There is no easy option."
It was the desire within men to reach out and support other men that touched David most: "What I found deeply moving was the time when, at the end of the day, we prayed over a group of men who would head into Gloucester Prison the following morning to share the Gospel. It felt really good, and powerful, to be involved in a work of direct evangelisation on our own doorstep to other hurting men."
The next Day of Prayer for Men hosted by HOD takes place on Saturday 3 December 05 (click here for more details).
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LOOKING AHEAD TO 2010
FOLLOWING TWO PREVIOUS WEEKENDS AT MOUNT ST MARY'S, the historical Jesuit college on the outskirts of Sheffield, Harvesters is to again host its 2010 Weekend for Men back here in the North.
TO BISHOP KIERAN CONRY of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton who was our main celebrant at the 2006 Weekend Away For Men in the South, and who also wrote kindly to thank us for the great work Harvesters is doing."
Bookings begin in early 2010. We look forward to welcoming you and any of the men you know to this exciting weekend.
TO FR DENIS BLACKLEDGE SJ, the Superior at Stonyhurst College, for his inspiring homily at our final Mass in July 2005 when he "quoted us happy", inspiring the men present to lead lives worthy of our faith in Christ.