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Torch Community Prayer Time

Posted: 21st July 2021 by Mandy Blow

To be held monthly from August!

Thank you to everyone who has joined us in prayer over the past 4 months. We are very thankful for your ongoing prayer support.

As restrictions are now lifted and things begin to get back to some sort of normal we have decided to hold the Community Prayer Time monthly from August.

Therefore please feel free to join us and pray on the first Thursday of the month! The Zoom sign-in details will be the same as the Lent course and Day of Prayer. If you haven’t had the link, please contact Client Services using info@torchtrust.org or on 01858 438 260.

Blessings

Mandy Blow

Head of Services


Torch Community Prayer Time

Posted: 17th June 2021 by Mandy Blow

Has been extended to the end of July!

As you may be aware, with all the ongoing restrictions on our movements and gathering, we decided to hold a weekly time of prayer and fellowship on Zoom which has been open to all of our Torch friends – clients and supporters. This is a time when we have come together as a Torch community to pray for the work of Torch and also for each other. These weekly sessions will have been running for 3 months come the end of June but due to the lockdown easing being delayed we have decided to extend these sessions to the end of July.

So please do feel free to join us as we pray and share together! The Zoom sign-in details will be the same as the Lent course. If you haven’t had the link, please contact Client Services using info@torchtrust.org or on 01858 438 260.

Blessings

Mandy Blow

Head of Services


Come and join us - Torch Day of Prayer

Posted: 1st June 2021 by Mandy Blow

We are delighted to invite you to join us for this year’s Day of Prayer. Torch needs prayer more than ever and so please do join us on Wednesday 16th June to pray for the ministry of Torch.

We have so much to be thankful for, but also, it’s vital that we look around and ahead to the next chapter of God’s calling.

Torch’s Day of Prayer 2021

What is happening  

11.00 am Worship Service

There will be a short act of worship on Zoom. You can access this by internet or your telephone line

From Zoom

You can access this by using the same joining instructions that are used for the Community Prayer Time on a Thursday. However if you do not have the details please contact Client Services on 01858 438260 or email info@torchtrust.org for details of how to join us via Zoom.

From You tube – live from its dedicated channel Torch Trust on Video

https://youtu.be/0x71JMktfCk

 

2.00 pm Community Prayer Time

We will come together on Zoom and then break into groups to pray for Torch

From Zoom

You can access this by using the same joining instructions that are used for the Community Prayer Time on a Thursday. However if you do not have the details please contact Client Services on 01858 438260 or email info@torchtrust.org for details of how to join us via Zoom.

 

Prayer Stations – Torch House

If you live close enough to Torch House, you may also want to come and use the prayer stations that will be set up on the outside of the building between 10am and 4pm. We won’t be gathering together and facilities in the building like toilets will not be available but we hope that some will come to pray on site in a suitably socially distanced way. 

Prayer Points

You can listen to the prayer points for the Day of Prayer by calling 0333 123 1255.

We look forward to you joining with the Torch saints on that day to seek the Lord together and to ask His leading and blessing on Torch’s ministry.

With every blessing

Mandy Blow

Head of Services


The National Big Church Read: How to Pray

Posted: 25th May 2021 by Keren Mallinson

3rd national big church readOur last edition of What's New featured a book review of how to pray by Pete Greig. This is now the featured book for this year's 3rd National Big Church Read* which starts this week and runs for six weeks. More information can be found here. For the next six weeks we will be offering the book to buy at the discounted price of £8.99. It is available to buy from Torch or from our library in all formats. If you would like to order a copy, please call Client Services on 01858 438260 or email info@torchtrust.org

* The National Big Church Read is a joint initiative from St. Andrew's Bookshop and Hodder and Stoughton to encourage a culture of reading good Christian books with the UK church.


Thy Kingdom Come: Resources in Braille through Torch

Posted: 4th May 2021 by Keren Mallinson

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. It started within the Church of England but has grown hugely since its start in 2016 to involve many denominations and believers in well over 150 countries. Thy Kingdom Come runs from Ascension to Pentecost, 13th May to 23rd May.

Thy Kingdom Come provides resources to support prayer. This year, for the first time, we will be producing a braille version of the popular Prayer Journal. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact Client Services by calling 01858 438260 or email info@torchtrust.org. It is free of charge.

If you would like to find out more about Thy Kingdom Come, including details of how to order audio and large print versions of the Prayer Journal, please go to their website: thykingdomcome.global

 

Keren Mallinson, Resources and Client Services Team Leader


Torch Community Prayer Time

Posted: 30th March 2021 by Mandy Blow

Every Thursday starting on 1st April at 2 pm!

With all the ongoing restrictions on our movements and gathering we have decided to hold a weekly time of prayer and fellowship on Zoom open to all our Torch friends – clients and supporters. This will be a time when we can come together as a Torch community to pray for the work of Torch and also for each other. These weekly sessions will run for 3 months and then we will review what to do next.

So please do feel free to join us as we pray and share together! The Zoom sign-in details will be the same as the Lent course. If you haven’t had the link, please contact Client Services using info@torchtrust.org or on 01858 438 260.

Blessings

Mandy Blow
Head of Services

New For 2021 - Virtual Lent Course

Posted: 3rd February 2021 by Mandy Blow

Friends, we are really excited to invite our clients along to our new virtual Lent Course which will be held on Zoom and begin on Thursday 18th February at 2 pm. There will be 6 weekly sessions which will be run on 6 consecutive Thursdays throughout Lent. To find out more or to book your place please do contact our Client Services Team either on info@torchtrust.org or 01858 438260. We do hope that you can join us in what should be a special time together with the wider Torch family. 

Listen and enjoy!

Friends, after receiving so many enquiries around our virtual Lent course for clients we have decided to make the recordings available to all of our friends within Torch. Therefore please feel free to visit our YouTube channel and listen or watch the recordings over the 6 week Lent period. You can access the sessions on our YouTube channel.

Blessings

Mandy Blow

Head of Services


Sight Loss 101!

Posted: 27th January 2021 by James Brookman

Torch Trust's new CEO Tim Jeffery is going to be interviewing a series of blind and partially sighted people to help him learn more about sight loss and the significance of their faith. 

The first in the series is with Dr Mike Townsend, the Chair of Trustees for Torch. 

Tim and Mike chatting over Zoom

Click here to watch the first Sight Loss 101 interview on YouTube 

 


Announcing new CEO

Posted: 4th January 2021 by Dr. Mike Townsend

Announcing new CEO Picture

I am very pleased to say that after a period of reflection, prayer and formal interviews the Torch Trustees have unanimously decided to confirm Tim Jeffery as permanent Chief Executive Officer of Torch.

Torch has been going through some turbulent times. At the beginning of 2020; the previous CEO stood down, then Covid struck, and there was a sense of unease amongst supporters, staff and trustees. Through the early part of 2020, as a trustee and long term Torch enthusiast, I wondered how a way forward could be found. Along with many, I gave it to God, trusting that He would pilot us through.

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plans" (Prov 16: 3).

This is the Torch calendar verse for the last day of 2020. It is a fundamental truth that has once again proved true. In mid June last year, I invited Tim Jeffery to help the trustees understand what was happening, and facilitate us in finding a way forward. Tim's wise and spiritual questioning and analysis re-focused us on God and the calling He has for Torch.  The Board recognised that Torch also needed some stability as we moved into the next stage of re-building. Tim was invited to become interim CEO to help us lead that process and over the last few months, Tim has proved to be very successful in this role.  Through this time it seems that God has been calling Tim to consider a more long term commitment to Torch – a calling that he and the Board have been testing together and have all come to believe is the right way forward.

One of the impacts of the virus is that churches and organisations like Torch have had to re-think what we do and how we can best serve the people and communities God has called us to work alongside. It is therefore imperative that we re-shape our strategy for the exciting things God has in store in these changing times. Having a permanent CEO in place right at the start of 2021 gives us the opportunity to be more proactive more quickly in seeking to find God’s way forward for us.

When I took the role of Torch Chair, I knew God was saying that we should be true to our values. Torch's values are: Christ centred, people focused, open and creative. Tim shares and has demonstrated that he lives out these values. Please pray with us as Jesus embeds these values into the whole fabric of Torch and they shape how we work in new ways. Please also pray for Tim as he guides us into discovering the plans God wishes to establish for Torch.

Dr. Mike Townsend, Chair Torch Trust.


Torch Together at Home this Christmas time!

Posted: 21st December 2020 by Mandy Blow

Torch Together at Home Christmas SpecialThis year we were delighted to launch our new Torch Together events and we were hoping to bring joy, laughter and fellowship to our clients at different venues all across the United Kingdom. Unfortunately all of the events for 2020 were cancelled due to the pandemic. However we thought about how we could bring Torch Together to our clients who were booked onto these holidays in such difficult times.

As a trial we put together Torch Together at Home this Christmas and invited the people who were booked onto our Torch Together holidays in 2020 to come enjoy a time of fellowship together. As we were unable to offer this opportunity to all of our clients we feel blessed that we are able to bring to you as much of the content of these joyous events as possible for you to enjoy this Christmas time. We also thought that our other friends at Torch may also enjoy the content of Torch Together at Home programme and so here it is for you all to enjoy. Please also feel free to tell other Torch friends about this so that they can also delight in some carols and reflections of the Christmas story.

It is located on our YouTube channel Torch Trust 2020 and directly linked here: https://youtu.be/Fvh1CMlG0EQ

May the unfailing grace of Christ accompany you throughout this Christmas season! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Mandy Blow
Relationships Lead


 
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