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Practical ways to teach your children about God

Feb 20, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Many new parents worry about how they’ll introduce God and Christianity to their children through their everyday actions, outside of going to church. Children are so inquisitive and can easily ask hundreds of questions every day, which when combined with the stresses of day to day life, can make it almost impossible to sit them down and talk to them about God. Instead, there are things you can do throughout your day as part of your day-to-day life that will introduce your children to God and your faith.

Let your children see and hear you pray
You don’t need to make your children listen to you praying for long amounts of time. Simply praying to God for His help throughout the day is enough to encourage them to seek God’s help and assistance through prayer. Whilst praying isn’t God answering every request you make for an easy life, you need to show that God will always listen and wants to hear you.

Pray with your children
By taking some time, even if it’s just in the evening, to pray with your children, you can teach them how to pray and show them that it’s a positive experience. Remember that children don’t have as long an attention span as adults, so quick prayers are perfect to say with your children.

Let your children know that God made them and loves them
One of the easiest things you can do to introduce your children to God is to tell them that God made them and that God loves them for who they are. By ensuring that your children hear this every day, you will be encouraging their interest in God, and helping them to start the most important relationship they’ll ever have.

Pray to God for His help to teach your children about him
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him [James 1:5] Praying to God for help about introducing Him to your children may seem obvious, but it’s one of the best things you can do if you’re looking for ways to introduce God to your children and show them how important faith is.

At ITS Travel, we’re experts in pilgrimage tours in Israel, Europe and the world. For more information, simply call us on 0161 839 1111 or get in touch online today.

ITINERARY FOR PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND Led by Pastor Henry

Feb 13, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Day 1 Sunday 12th November UK- Israel
Depart London Heathrow terminal 4 on El Al Israel Airlines scheduled service LY318 to Ben Gurion Airport departing at 22.30 hours and arriving in Israel the following day.

Day 2 Monday 13th November Tel Aviv – The Galilee
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport at 05.20hrs, meeting assistance by Diesenhaus Unitours representative. Breakfast en route Drive on to Caesarea; see the excavations of the Crusader City, the Herodian Port. Proceed to Mount Carmel, the site of the encounter between the Prophet Elijah and the Baal priests. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation. Just north of Nazareth is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Drive to Tiberias

Day 3 Tuesday 14th November – Sea of Galilee
Start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Onwards to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry, – located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue, and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Taghba and Mensa Christi, then to the Mount of Beatitudes. Yardenit – the traditional site of the baptism of Jesus. Transfer to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 Wednesday 15th November- Old City of Jerusalem
Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. See Bethpage, Chapel of the Ascension, Pater Noster Church. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to, Dominus Flevit, the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Tomb of Mary. Enter in Old City through St Stephen’s Gate, see Pool of Bethesda (Pool of the Five Porches) & St Anne’s Church. Onwards to Flagellation, Sisters of Zion, Ecce Homo Church, walk the Via Dolorosa and enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. End the day at the Garden Tomb

Day 5 Thursday 16th November – Dead Sea
Depart Jerusalem for Bethlehem, then descend to the Dead Sea – pass The Inn of the Good Samaritan, drive along the shores to Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Time permitting – drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “ float” in the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem,

Day 6 Friday 17th November Israel – UK
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your El Al scheduled flight LY315 flight to London Heathrow ,departing at 09.05 and arriving at 12.35hrs..

Rt Rev Moses Owusu-Sekyere

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Rt Rev Moses Owusu-Sekyere
Bishop, Word of Faith Mission &
Apostolic Pastoral Congress
(South-East London Diocese)

Tel: 07944459653
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

How to successfully share your faith in the workplace

Feb 8, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Our love and faith in Jesus Christ is a major part of our identity as Christians, and this love naturally carries through to all aspects of our lives, even the workplace. Despite recent news stories, there are a number of ways you can integrate your faith into the workplace in a safe and successful way, and maintain your professionalism and integrity.

Listen to your co-workers
Asking your colleagues sincere questions about their lives and genuinely listening to them from a point of care will both develop genuine friendship and show them the love and care Jesus Christ has for us all. Whenever you feel it’s appropriate, let them know you’re praying for them (for instance, if they have an ill relative).

Don’t hide how important your faith is
Don’t hide how much happiness and purpose your faith gives you in the workplace. If it fits naturally into the conversation you’re having, you should talk to your colleagues about how important your church, Scripture, prayer and your Christian community is to your life.

Initiate charity drives in the workplace
A great way to show how much God loves all people is to take a leading role in your workplace’s charity work. Whether you organise a food collection for a local food bank, bake sales or blood donation, this will give you the perfect opportunity to show and share with your colleagues how God’s love motivates you.

Start a prayer group
Especially if you work in a large organisation, start or join a prayer group or Bible study group.

Work hard
You should always strive for excellence in the workplace and ensure your colleagues rely on you for integrity and a job well done.

Develop friendships out of office hours
As your friendships develop, invite your non-Christian friends for lunch or coffee away from the workplace. Not only will it help you both to open up and further develop your friendship, and will give you the opportunity to talk more directly about your faith.

Invite colleagues along
If you’re particularly close to any of your colleagues, or you have colleagues who seem interested in learning more about the Christian faith, extend an invitation to social events with your church friends or to social events being held by your church. If you’re approaching Christmas or Easter, why not invite interested colleagues to church with you? Many people who don’t normally come to church will often at least think about it at these times of year.

At ITS Travel, we work with lots of Christian groups helping them to organise pilgrimages for sacred sites across the world. If your workplace’s bible study and prayer group are looking to go on pilgrimage, simply get in touch online or call us today on 0161 839 1111.

When should I go on Pilgrimage?

Feb 8, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

There are a number of points in our lives where we tend to grow more spiritually aware, or feel as if we’re searching for something more meaningful than the realities of everyday life. It’s at these times that many of us feel a calling to go on pilgrimage, such as when we’re first entering adulthood, reaching middle age or retirement. It may be a dramatic change in circumstances, such as bereavement or divorce that acts as a catalyst for going on pilgrimage. Either way, you’ll find you come back with some new, comforting experiences that will help you to move into the next stage of your life.

Practical considerations
The second consideration you’ll need to factor in to your pilgrimage is which time of year to go. You may want to visit a place at a certain time of the year to enjoy a certain religious festival, or you may want to go at a time of year where the weather won’t be too warm or cold. All of these are practical considerations to take into account when you go on pilgrimage.

What if I’m leading a pilgrimage group?
Whether you’re a church leader or simply organising a pilgrimage for your group of people, you will need to take into account the circumstances of your fellow pilgrims. You will need to give them plenty of time to raise funds for the pilgrimage, and make sure that everyone is happy with the location of the pilgrimage.

ITS Travel will be able to help you develop an itinerary based on the needs of your pilgrimage and advise you on the best times to go. We’ll help you to pick a destination and all the religious sites you can visit, as well as any feast days, festivals or other religious events going on at that time.

Pilgrimages are a very healing experience for your congregation, and you may find that they receive the guidance and spiritual guidance and support they need, especially if they’re going through a difficult time.

For more information about ITS Travel can help you decide when to go on pilgrimage, simply call 0161 839 1111 or send us a message online.

Pastor Dr Shadrach – Israel – Freedom Centre Itinerary

Jan 20, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Day 1 Sunday 18th November UK- Israel
Depart London Heathrow on flight LY318 night flight 22.30 -05.20

Day 2 Monday 19th November Tel Aviv – The Galilee
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, at 05.20hrs AM where you will be met and given assistance by Diesenhaus Unitours representative. Breakfast en route. Drive to Jaffa (Biblical Joppa), the ancient seaport from which the Prophet Jonah fled from God (Jonah 1:17) and the city where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner and restored Tabitha (Acts 9:36-43) Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 9:15), revelations 16:16) the Biblical Armageddon, excavation site of more than 20 layers of ancient civilisations. View King Solomon’s stable and the underwater cistern. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation. Just north of Nazareth is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Drive to Tiberias for dinner and overnight

Day 3 Tuesday 20th November – Sea of Galilee – Jerusalem
Start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Taghba and Mensa Christi, then to the Mount of Beatitudes. Visit Kursi, the New Testament Gergesenes, overlooking the western shores of the Sea of Galilee, site of the Miracle of the Gaderene Swine. Visit Yardenit. Transfer to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 Wednesday 21st November- Dead Sea Scrolls Museum and Bethlehem
Begin the day’s with a visit to the Western Wall, then onwards to the Israel Museum – see the Shrine of the Book – the Dead Sea Scrolls museum and the Models of the Old City at the time of Jesus. On wards to Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, Manager Square, and view Shepherds Fields. An opportunity will be given to purchase arts and olive wood crafts made locally in a Christian gift shop. Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay

Day 5 Thursday 22nd November – Dead Sea
Depart Jerusalem and descend the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth-the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Massada and ascend by cable car. Tour this mountaintop fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “ float” in the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay

Day 6 Friday 23rd November Israel – UK
Early morning transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your El Al flight home to London Heathrow LY315 09.05 -12.35.

Caroline Dempsey

Jan 16, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

I am an experienced World Traveller having led ecumenical groups to Israel, Greece and Jordan, also part of other groups in Italy and Turkey.

A retired teacher, trained Lay Minister and Spiritual Director with a great sense of humour. Interested in developing a further dimension of God’s teaching through travelling in Christ’s footsteps. All are welcome to join us on this most exciting trip.

CRUSADERS IN THE HOLY LAND – ISRAEL – Mrs Caroline Dempsey – 29th November – 6th December 2017

Jan 16, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Day 1 Wednesday 29th Novemebr UK – ISRAEL
Depart UK for Israel – the Holy Land. Arrive in the evening, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours, will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Transfer to your kibbutz guest- house on the shores of the Sea of Galilee

Day 2 Thursday 30th Novemeber UPPER GALILEE
Visit Safed, Monfort Castle, Acre overnight Sea of Galilee

Day 3 Friday 1st December TIBERIAS
Full day sightseeing visiting Appolonia and Caesarea Maratima. Overnight Sea of Galilee

Day 4 Saturday 2nd December SEA OF GALILEE
Full day tour visiting Nazareth via the Horns of Hittim and Jacobs Ford – overnight Sea of Galilee

Day 5 Sunday 3rd December
Day at leisure – optional tour – boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, Mt of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Mensa Christi – Yardenit.

Day 6 Monday 4th December TIBERIAS – JERUSALEM
Full day sightseeing on transfer to Jerusalem, Kohav- Hayarden (Belvoir), Jordan Valley , Masada– Overnight Jerusalem

Day 7 Tuesday 5th December JERUSALEM – BETHLEHEM
Full day sightseeing Mt of Olives, Palm Sunday Route, St. Stephen’s Gate, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre; afternoon in Bethlehem – Church of Nativity – overnight Jerusalem.

Day 8 Wednesday 6th December Israel – UK
Early departure and transfer to Airport

Rev Geoffrey and Patricia Peddie – Israel

Jan 6, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Day 1 UK – ISRAEL

Depart UK for Israel – the Holy Land. Arrive in the evening, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours, will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Transfer to your hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Day 2 NAZARETH – TIBERIAS

Drive on to Caesarea; see the excavations of the Crusader City, the Herodian Port. Proceed to Mount Carmel, the site of the encounter between the Prophet Elijah and the Baal priests, proceed to Zippori the 2nd century BCE capital of the Galilee. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation. Just north of Nazareth is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Drive to Tiberias for dinner and over night stay.

Day 3 SEA OF GALILEE

Start the day with a visit to Yardenit on the shores of the Jordan River Continue to Kursi (The Land of the Geraseenes) where Jesus healed the two demon possessed men. Onwards to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry, – located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Taghba, Mensa Christi in the afternoon. We will visit the Mount of Beatitudes- the site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Drive to Nof Ginossar and see the ancient Jesus boat and end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4 TIBERIAS – JERUSALEM

After checking out of the hotel, drive to Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Proceed through the Jordan River rift valley, passing the city of Beit Shean, a Roman city of the Decapolis. Continue to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world and ascend by cable car the Mount of Temptation. Climb the Judean Hills towards Jerusalem. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 CITY TOUR JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM

Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Proceed to the Israel Museum and visit the Model of the ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. In the Afternoon we drive to the Manager Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity.

Day 6 DEAD SEA & MASADA

Depart Jerusalem and descend the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth-the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Masada and ascend by cable car. Tour this mountain top fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “ float” in the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Day 7 VIA DOLOROSA

We will start our day with visit of the excavations at the City of David, Proceed to the Davidson Centre- The Jerusalem Archaeological Park – that reveals the most amazing discoveries of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. At the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, in the area known as the Ophel, the visitor can climb up the original steps of the Hulda Gates that led to the Temple Mount. Continue our visit in the Christian Quarter; visit St Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo, Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On the last day at the Holy Land we will visit the Garden Tomb. Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 Israel – UK

Early departure and transfer to Airport

Rev Geoffrey and Patricia Peddie

Jan 6, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Geoffrey is a Methodist Minister now retired and Pat, a former Social Worker and Counsellor. They continue to be active in both Church and Community.

Together, as joint leaders, they have led several groups to the Holy Land and almost all have been ecumenical and included those without a faith commitment.

‘Our visits over the years have been more than visiting old familiar sites and newer ones too (special though they are) we have attempted to learn more about the country and its people and found our visit enriched in the process’

Our previous visits to Israel have always benefited from the experience, careful preparation and support ITS has always given

As leaders, we ourselves have a high level of commitment to the group and foster mutual support for each other during our travels together.

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