Jermaine & Velisha’s Wedding

Jermaine & Velisha’s Wedding

What a Joy to see our firstborn, Velisha Mahalia get Married on May 28th, 2016! We equally welcomed Jermaine Lynch, our son-in-law into our family as we joyfully become a part of the Lynch’s. The blessing is that our family has been friends/family for a good while so it was such an incredible day of celebration with all who joined us on the day. Many travelled from far, North England, Canada to share this day with us.

The day was ‘kissed by heaven’ as the weather forecast predicted rain, but turned out being a day of pure sunshine!  There was not a single hiccup or setback on the day, everything ran smoothly as we all prayed it would! Thank you, Jesus!

Velisha & Jermaine now continue to build their own home in Essex, their Grandfathers would have been so proud of them as we are.

From Noya music composition wins award for best Soundtrack

From Noya music composition wins award for best Soundtrack

From Noya music composition wins award for best Soundtrack

Mr Steve Thompson, Congratulations – You and your entry ‘From Noya – Soundtrack’ are Christian Film Festival Award Winners!

‘From Noya the Soundtrack’ by Mr Steve Thompson, an ‘Official Selection’ for the 31 December 2016 Christian Film Festival! The film was also awarded for being an ‘official selection’ to the CFF! The film highlights the problem of depression, and shows how people with this disease should reach out to support groups and receive healing and help! The dramatic soundtrack, which accompanies’ s the movie, is amazing, and helps ensure the right tone is set for the movie! Congratulations Mr Anderson (writer) and Mr Thompson (composer) and everyone who helped with the soundtrack – it was wonderful! God Bless! CFF. 

The composition has also won the Best Soundtrack Fan Fav award!

~ Christian Film Festival, USA

Pictures from the Birmingham Film Festival

Velveta on Premier Radio – Woman to woman – Evangelism

Velveta on Premier Radio – Woman to woman – Evangelism

On 1st November 2016, Velveta joined Maria Rodrigues in Premier Radio studio to chat about Evangelism.

Can you pinpoint a mentor in your life? This being one of the questions, Velveta Thompson encouraged other women with stories and advice on being a good steward of God’s gifting. She also shared about the importance of both being a Godly role model and having Godly role models in your life. The importance of sharing your faith with your neighbours and the way God used her to lead her very sick neighbour to the Lord just before she passed away.

 

For more information click http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Weekday/Woman-to-Woman/

2016 Rugby League Fans Choir

2016 Rugby League Fans Choir

BBC’s Songs of Praise searched for supporters to sing in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Fans’ Choir at Wembley.

A 32-strong choir was selected from supporters representing clubs in this season’s Challenge Cup to sing ‘Abide With Me’ before the final on 27 August 2016.

The judging panel included Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones and Leeds Rhinos player James Jones-Buchanan.

West End star Connie Fisher and Lizzie Jones – who sang before 2015 final in memory of husband Danny Jones – were also on the panel.

Songs of Praise producer Matthew Napier and the SOP team invited the fans to submit uplifting and unusual stories about supporting their Club and why they think they deserved a place representing their team in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Fans’ Choir. Many amazing stories were submitted.

Beracah Music (Steve Thompson) were commissioned and invited to spend a half day rehearsing and conducting the choir at the finals on the hallowed Wembley grounds.

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Steve & Velveta in the Conference room

Velveta & Steve had the privilege of working with the Rugby League Choir, rehearsing, taking pictures, coaching and generally getting them ready to perform ‘Abide with Me’ just before the  Rugby league finals between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.

The rehearsal started with lunch at 12.30 and straight into vocal warm-up and rehearsal from 1.30pm. From the very first note sung by the choir, Steve noted, ‘It looks like the rehearsals will not be long at all, you sound great …’

After several run-through, the choir then took to the pitch to run through the song and soundcheck all the microphones.

By the time the choir was introduced by games announcer, they were ready to perform and did so with confidence and much emotion.

 

Tribute to ‘Our General’ – My Dad

Tribute to ‘Our General’ – My Dad

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Home Going of Prominent Pioneer of New Testament Church of God


Bishop Dr Sydney Uriah Thompson (1922-2015) BIRMINGHAM, February 17, 2015: Bishop Thompson, seventh of twelve children was born on 5th March 1922 in Clarendon, Jamaica to Agnes and Alfred Thompson. He immigrated to England in 1955, followed by his wife Dorcas and three children in the early 60s. Here they had another 7 children. Bishop Thompson began his journey in ministry as an Evangelist and then as a local pastor at the Mile Gulley Church in Manchester, Jamaica. Stories are told of his diligence, commitment, steadfastness and holy living which set him apart in the local community as a powerful God directed disciple. Not long after his arrival in England, he realised that God had a greater plan for his life than to simply taking care of his family’s welfare. He connected with a fellow Christian from his hometown in Jamaica, Jim Tomlin and together they nurtured a small group of believers in South East London that grew in faith and numbers to become the thriving Brixton New Testament Church of God. It was at this time that he and Oliver Lyseight who was ministering in Wolverhampton in a similar way, clearly by divine intervention made contact and established links with the Church of God International office in Tennessee, USA. The New Testament Church of God was consequently inaugurated in England and Wales with Oliver Lyseight appointed as the National Overseer. Pastor Thompson encouraged Jim Tomlin in his own ministry and sent him to plant the Church in Catford which has now become a flourishing church NTCG in Lee. Pastor Thompson, in his zeal and wisdom planted Churches in Deptford, Woolwich, Mile End and Clapham, West Norwood whist pastoring the church in Brixton.

Tribute to Dr Rev. S. U. Thompson

 

Rev S. U. Thompson became a pivotal member of the senior leadership of the denomination in England and Wales during this time, serving on the National Executive Council and various mission, church polity and administrative committees. In 1967 he was transferred to the church at Handsworth in Birmingham where he served as local and District Pastor. Here he initiated Church planting programmes out of which Chemsley Wood now known as Kingshurst, Castlevale and Tipton were established. Sandy, the 10th child was born during this tenure. Many ministers within the New Testament Church of God emerged under his leadership. Bishop Thompson’s ministry extended beyond his immediate faith community. He is celebrated as a spiritual companion, as a mentor, guide, counsellor, teacher, Pastor, model preacher, exemplary Christian leader and friend. Bible colleges within and outside the Pentecostal stream, regularly sent students on to him on placement, particularly at the Handsworth Church where he served for 29 years. It was here that community initiatives such as a Supplementary School, a nursery, a project for unemployed young people, and a senior citizenship project began. Handsworth Church services and initiatives were featured in various community/regional newspapers, local and national radio and television programmes. Many people came to faith through his community drive. The Majestic Singers amongst other choral and music groups gained prominence in the wider world. Bishop Thompson himself became a renowned international inspirational preacher in countries such as South Korea, Ghana, Canada and the USA. Quite recently a prominent churchman in Ghana came to visit Bishop Thompson and told him that he went to Bible school may years ago as a result of his financial and spiritual support. Bishop Thompson was totally unaware of this! Bishop Thompson received an honorary doctorate in 2005 from the Church of God European Seminary for his pioneering ministry under the auspices of the Church of God before he retired from fulltime ministry in 1996. He and his wife were guests at the Queens Garden party in 1998 in recognition for his service to the community. They received royal recognition for their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 2012. In his book ‘Unfolding Destiny‘, Bishop Dr Thompson writes: ‘…..the story of my own journey of faith…. has enabled the unfolding of God’s purposes for my life – a life enriched by people from all walks of life and diverse cultures, pleasant surprises and significant challenges. I believe the ministry has been God’s way of using my life to tell His own story of hope against the odds. God is a faithful God, He made ‘…..my life a little light, within this world to glow, a little flame that burneth bright wherever I may go’. To read more about the Home-going service please visit The Voice

Dad’s gone home!

Dad’s gone home!

Dad, mum & me

An afternoon spent with dad & mum in Essex

It is with great sadness and immense joy that my father Dr. Rev S.U. Thompson – my dad – passed away incredibly peaceful at 6.15pm on 17th February, 2015.

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Dad & me at his home

I woke up this morning with the sun ray beaming through the windows and the line of a well known hymn on my mind, ‘…. Blessed hope, blessed rest for my soul…’ Prior to dad’s passing, as a family we all spent many special days and hours around dad’s bed as he had requested for the family to gather together. One of his last ‘words’ (miniature sermon!!) as I held his hands were, ‘… I am now taking off my shoe and putting on my clothesI am going home …’ Dad is now at rest – no more pain, but in the loving arms of Our Heavenly Father! As a family, we would like to say thank you very much for the many messages sent to us via various forms. Please forgive us if we do not get the opportunity to respond to each one. We love you and thank you! Steve & Velveta