We hope you will find information to help and encourage you in the vitally important issue of keeping the Lord's Day - a principle laid down by God himself in creation. Sadly, in these days, too few Christians realise the importance of this issue in the health of the church and our nation at large.
Today, the organisation - previously known as the Lord's Day Observance Society - under the name of Day One Christian Ministries campaigns for Sunday to be a day of worship and rest; our day of rest is increasingly under threat as retail businesses, sports events and entertainment seek to make Sunday just another day to make money.
DayOne's MD Mark Roberts writes:
On the 1st January 2020, the world woke up wishing people a very happy new year. No one expected the year to turn out as it has done.
Throughout the world hundreds of thousands of people have been bereaved of loved ones. Many who have died have been relatively unknown, but others have been celebrities in film, music and sport. This disease is no respecter of persons. Millions have lost their jobs, many of whom became unemployed within days. Businesses of all sizes have gone under, and many more have little hope of recovery. Governments have gone into serious debt, some facing a deep recession not seen for more than 100 years.
Many Christian organisations have also been hit hard, and some will take years to recover; some may never do so. The lives of most people will never be the same again. This pandemic was unexpected and has revealed to us all the uncertainty of life.
However, despite the gloom, there have been rays of light shining through the darkness. Churches have not sat back in defeat but have found new ways of ministry. The message has not changed, but the means of proclaiming it have been revolutionary. Technology, perhaps less used by churches before, has become the norm. How many fellowships would have used ‘streaming’ or ‘zoom?’ Some people had never heard of them.
New means of evangelising have been attempted successfully as people have come to realise that they are not in control of events, or even their own lives. There is someone higher that they need to turn to, and that is their Creator. I rejoice that, even through this pandemic, people have turned to the Lord Jesus Christ and found refuge and security in Him.
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The government are preparing legislation that will enable larger supermarkets to open for more than six hours on Sundays.
The plans have been criticised by the Labour party, trade unions and the media.
A survey by Populus found 58% of the public support the current regulations with 21% opposed. Of those, many are understood to favour stricter regulations, including the full closure of shops on Sundays.
In a letter to The Mirror, John Barstow, Chief Executive of shopworkers’ union Usdaw, said: “The Government’s proposals to extend supermarket Sunday trading hours are unnecessary and disrespectful to retail workers – who are key workers – and to Sunday as a day of rest. The pressure for doing away with rules on Sunday hours appears to come from a few supermarket players competing with small retailers and online firms that don’t face the same trading restrictions.”
He suggested rather than lifting restrictions, they could be made tighter, by applying them to online deliveries and small shops. “MPs may support such a measure which would protect Sunday’s special status; after all, Parliament does not convene on this day.”
The proposal to suspend Sunday trading restrictions for up to a year comes as part of a series of measures claimed to be needed to kick-start the economy following lockdown due to Covid 19.
However, Lisa Nandy, Shadow Foreign Secretary said she was “not at all convinced that this will actually help to get the economy back on track”. We’ve just been applauding our frontline workers, supermarket workers are amongst those. They are deeply worried about what this all means for them in terms of time with their families.”
Paddy Lillis, the General Secretary of shopworkers’ union Usdaw was also quick to challenge the plan.
In a letter to Business Secretary Alok Sharma he called the Government’s move an “opportunistic use of the coronavirus crisis and a slap in the face for each and every worker in retail and the food supply chain”.
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John Roberts writes:
If creation did not crash when God rested, it won’t crash when we do.
Let us be reminded of the basic principles behind this day of rest.
It is God’s gift at the beginning of time.
After six days of creation, God gave to us a day for rest and worship. It was a day that would be of benefit to the whole human race that would follow. Adam was in perfect relationship with his Maker, so if he needed such a day we, who are fallen creatures, need that day even more. We must not despise God’s gift to us.
It is embodied within God’s moral law.
The Ten Commandments, which are for all people and for all time, were given to us by God; written by His finger and spoken by His voice. They were not to be a burden to us, but a blessing. Whilst we could not keep them perfectly, they pointed us to the One who could, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This day is a weekly reminder of the resurrection of our Lord.
The sixth day reminds us of God’s work in creation. The first day reminds us of His work in redemption. Every Sunday brings to our attention the fact that the Lord Jesus is no longer in a tomb, but has risen from the dead. Because He lives, we will live also if we are God’s children.
This day is for our physical, mental and spiritual benefit.
God created us; therefore He knows what is best for us. He knows our frame and that we need rest for the benefit of our bodies. Our minds are also under constant pressure and need a day to unwind. Our souls need the opportunity to remove from earthly things that dominate our lives to heavenly realities.
Let us thank God for this gift which should be precious to every believer.
John Roberts looks at the Ten Commandments and asks, ‘What’s wrong with this nation that has had such a great Christian heritage and has influenced so many people throughout the world?’ Read more...
A forest scientist, author and woodland owner of international renown, Professor Julian Evans, has been awarded the 2019 Sylva Trophy for outstanding contributions to forestry.
The Sylva Trophy is donated by Patrick Evelyn, a direct descendent of John Evelyn, author of the seminal 17th century ‘Sylva or a Discourse of Forest-trees and the propagation of Timber’ and is awarded annually.
On receiving the award, he said: “‘I am humbled, delighted but above all surprised to receive this great honour. I am doubly blessed to receive it from Patrick Evelyn, a direct descendent of the great John Evelyn, as a part of my own woodland was once owned by the great man’s sister-in-law. Also when lecturing on trees in the Bible my final quote is always from Evelyn’s Silva: ‘In a word, and speak a bold and noble truth, trees and woods have twice saved the whole world, first by the ark and then by the cross; making full amends for evil fruit of the tree in paradise by that which was born on the tree in Golgotha.’
Since Julian’s book God’s Trees, was published four years ago he has given over 120 presentations all over the country in cathedrals, at prayer breakfasts, to secular groups etc - offering the above quote from Sylva at each of each of them!
Gerard Chrispin tells how the Day One Diary still helps in prison gospel work.
I thank Day One for getting me into prison work for Christ about twenty years ago. Day One’s then leader, John Roberts, had received invitations from Prison Chaplains to send a Day One representative to go ‘behind bars’. I was that privileged person who first took the gospel ‘inside’ for Day One Prison Ministries. On the principle of ‘buy one – get one free’ Phillippa came too. Read more
If you would like to support the work of giving DayOne diaries to prisoners, please download the leaflet below where you will find all the information you need.
This ministry has continued for 38 years and now up to 190,000 copies are distributed to 167 prisons and Young Offenders Institutions. The diaries have also been requested by prison workers overseas, such as Canada, Australia and Cyprus.
Lives have been changed through this ministry, and Chaplains are constantly asking for them.
Your support for this ministry would be much appreciated and an encouragement to us as our desire is to maintain this important ministry that God has opened to us.
Find out more at prisons.dayone.co.uk
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