The purpose of the Bible School Bulletins is to inform brethren and sisters of the arrangements that have been made for the Bible School and to encourage one another as we serve our probation waiting for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ or the Bible School to commence.

They will be produced at the end of September, November, January, March and July, distributed by post or email to the attendees and also posted on this web site.


Dear Sis Brethren and Sisters and Young People,

Greetings in the hope of Israel

As we head deeper into Autumn, those hot summer nights are fading in the memory; the storm season is approaching and we see all around us in the words of Psalm 148 “stormy wind fulfilling his word”. The literal impact is clear to see and the prophetic impact is just as dramatic as the sea of nations is very troubled. A challenging time for the leaders of Britain and Europe with less than 6 months to Brexit, they wrestle with difficult issues oblivious to the will of our Heavenly Father and the work of the Angels around them.

As we head towards the end of the year the Bible School Committee have once more begun work, how quick the time flies! Our thanks to Bro Andrew Smith and Bro Geoff Jacks who have completed the “PowerPoint plus audio” files of this year’s talks and have only now to finalise the best way to distribute the talks. For those who expressed interest in this format, thank you for your patience.

Planning for the 2019 School God Willing is now definitely underway and more details will follow over the coming months. As we always say please book in as soon as you can as this really does assist the organisation and planning.

We think of the welfare of our Brethren and Sisters and are sorry to report that Sister Karen Hopper was taken ill at the end of the holidays in North Devon and since the end of August remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Barnstaple District Hospital suffering from Severe Acute Pancreatitis. Early signs suggest that Sister Karen will be in hospital for a long time. We think of Bro Phil and Sis Ellie and their very practical challenges with Sis Karen so far from home. We also think of Bro John Cave who is seriously ill in a hospice in Worcester and Bro Dennis Redshaw has very recently had much needed back surgery and we hope that after his recovery he will feel the benefit of this procedure.

We pray our Father in Heaven will look down in his merciful kindness upon all of his children in need in accordance with His will. May the longed-for time soon be here when the Great Healer will once more be back in this earth to bring an end to the misery and suffering that has plagued our mortal frame since the days of Adam.

As we go about our work in our respective Ecclesias may we all be encouraged that we are living in the latter days and the wickedness of man will very soon be called to account. Let us remain strong, exhorting one another to continue in the Faith, knowing that it is through much tribulation that we enter the Kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).

Sincerely, your brother,

Paul Hamnett, on behalf of the committee

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Dear Brethren and Sisters and Young People,

Loving greetings in the glorious Hope of Israel

We have now arrived at the midway stage between our last Bible School, and the next, if Yahweh is willing and our Lord has not returned by then. Our preparations for the next school are progressing and Bro Mark Evans has written an introduction to his studies to whet our appetite. His overall subject is: “The Generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham’:

“Do we give enough time to genealogies in the scriptures? Perhaps we skip over them when they form part of our daily readings. But "ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God....that the man of God might be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works". God willing, we are going to consider some genealogies in our first sessions, mainly using Matthew chapter 1 as the basis for our remarks. Here we find the most important genealogy in the Bible for it gives the royal lineage of our coming King, The Lord Jesus Christ.

But the first 17 verses pose some interesting problems. e.g. Why are 42 generations split into 3 sets of 14? And since there are 42 generations, why are there only 41 names given? Why the unusual inclusion of women? Moreover, why include women who appear to be of dubious backgrounds? And why have a genealogy of Christ through Joseph at all-when Joseph was not the father of our Master?

I hope that these and other considerations will stimulate our interest and encourage us to give more time and diligence to those genealogies which we won't have time to cover during our week together but which, nevertheless, have been left on record for our learning.”

It is with great sadness that we report that two of our brethren and sisters have recently fallen asleep: our Sis Karen Hopper and Bro John Cave. Our brother and sister had been seriously ill for some time and, in the mercy of our Heavenly Father, their sufferings are now over, and they sleep awaiting the glorious resurrection morn. Our prayers and thoughts are with Bro Phil, Sis Ellie and the rest of Sis Karen’s family and with Bro John’s family. We also report that Sis Lisa Hamnett has recently returned home following hip surgery and is progressing well. We trust that our loving heavenly Father will continue to oversee all our brethren and sisters and their loved ones during this probation period.

The “PowerPoint plus Audio” files from this year’s school are now available for download. To obtain a link please visit the ”Audio and Video” page on the 2018 section of the Bible School website (www.springbibleschool.org) or requesting one via email: mp3@springbibleschool.org.
One of the suggestions made at this year’s school was to bring the evening study (currently at 8pm) forward to 7.30pm. This would give the opportunity for an earlier bedtime for those wishing to retire early, or to give time for longer fraternisation over evening coffee. Do you have any comments on this suggestion; do you think it is a good idea or can you think of any problems it would raise? Please give your comments to a member of the committee and we will review them at our next meeting, God willing.

As the dark nights of winter draw in, we find that the darkness in the world about us becomes even more intense, reminding us of the words spoken by Christ in the Gospel of Luke “upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring”. We may find the present issues regarding Brexit, a little confusing, with man not knowing where to turn, but we can be assured that the current situation is exactly as it must be, because all things “work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Sincerely, your brother,

David Taylor, on behalf of the committee

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Dear Brethren and Sisters and Young People,

As the year turns, we continue our preparations for the next school, all the time hoping that this will be the year of our Lord’s return and that event will render our plans unnecessary. We have been considering your suggestions and would like to inform you of changes we have proposed in response to some of them. It was suggested that we start the evening sessions earlier and after considering the pros and cons, we have decided to try dinner at 6.15pm with the evening study commencing at 7.45pm. We are also looking at ways to open the bookshop more than previously so expect further programme amendments to enable this!
Our middle session this year is to be led by Bro Reuben Evans on the subject ‘Jonathan – Faithful Friend and Loyal Son’ and he has provided us with an introduction to whet our appetites (as is our custom). He writes:

“As the firstborn son of King Saul, Jonathan should, by rights, have been the next king of Israel. We know well enough his character to realise he would have been a marvellous leader over God’s people. And yet it was not to be.

Our studies will, God willing, show us the uncomplaining way he accepted the apparent injustice of losing his future throne and instead embraced, educated and engaged the one who was to take his place.

We will explore his faithful friendship with David, his loyalty to his father and above all his love of Yahweh. We will see how Jonathan stood in the midst of one of the most complicated love triangles in scripture! And yet how he balanced these relationships skilfully and wisely in all he said and did.

Our simple aim over our five studies is to travel through his life as it’s presented and to ensure that we leave our school understanding why David loved this man, and how fortunate Israel were to have Jonathan supporting his errant father behind the scenes.

By God’s grace, I pray we will enjoy taking some practical lessons from the greatest king Israel never had.”

Currently, our numbers for the School are high (thank you to everyone for booking in early) and we have reached our contracted number. High Leigh have agreed for us to take 20 more people but, as the centre is at capacity for Monday lunch those booking in from now on will have to join us at 2pm, or later on the Monday. If any of you are not intending to arrive until after lunch on Monday, please tell us so that we can re-allocate the lunch to any future bookings. Also, if you know of anyone who is thinking about attending but hasn’t actually booked, it might be worthwhile advising them of this situation.
In the hope and expectation of better weather, we are planning to organise a trip to the Ventura Park again this year, which will be attractive to young and old alike.

I mentioned above our hope that the return of our Lord will render our plans unnecessary (this is expressed at each of our meetings as we make our preparations) and with the events that continue to unfold in the world around us, this could well be the case. The chaos in the British government seems to have reached unprecedented levels as the pains of the approaching Brexit take hold – how this will turn out we know not, other than to say there is a determination amongst those holding the power that it will take place (as we expect from Scripture regarding the ‘Merchants of Tarshish’). The continued military aggression and posturing of Russia also fulfils our expectations from scripture and the worldwide popular unrest (the significant protests in France, for example) show us the ‘sea and waves roaring’ as our Master instructed us would be the case at the time of his return. Let us lift up our heads, for our redemption draweth nigh.

If our Master does remain away, I’m sure the next few months will fly by and we look forward to enjoying your company and fellowship once more at the next school.

Your Brother by Grace in Israel’s hope.

Roy Highfield, on behalf of the Committee

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Dear Brethren and Sisters and Young People,


As this year’s Bible School approaches, only a couple of months to go, arrangements are slowly coming together, the same cannot be said for the Kingdom of Men as it stands proud yet in complete disarray, lacking direction stability and cohesion. We are surely comforted in the knowledge that “Yahweh rules in the Kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever he will” to the end that his purpose may be fulfilled and in the days of these kings he will set up his Kingdom. In stark contrast to the woes of mankind, when we assemble in May, in the Father’s mercy we look forward to occupying our minds with higher things such as the Kingdom of Heaven in our third session with Bro Adam Pavett.

Bro Adam writes:

“Can anything be more exciting than the kingdom of heaven, whose physical and moral splendour is shortly to be revealed upon this earth? The focus of this kingdom surely must capture the minds and hearts of all those that truly believe in its glorious establishment on this earth. It is the time when none other than the King of Heaven (Dan 4:37) will be manifested through the King of kings (2 Tim 6:15, Rev 17:14) and his redeemed saints reigning on the earth (Rev 5:9-10).

The gospel record of Matthew will be the focus for our studies this week, where we read on three occasions "the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt 3:2, 4:17, 10:7). The kingdom of heaven is not to be imagined as a distant obscure dream, but a reality to be lived at this present time. The principles on which this kingdom is to be established, form the basis of the characters and actions of those future rulers of the world, today. Our study in this gospel will reveal what is the mystery of the kingdom of heaven, and how it converts each one of us into children, that we may enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt 18:3) and shine forth in the kingdom of our Father (Matt 13:43). Our studies therefore are aimed to prepare us today, as we look at the unique way the kingdom of heaven is revealed in the gospel of Matthew.

“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him” (Dan 7:27).”

Accompanying this newsletter is your invoice for the school it will be appreciated if this can be dealt with as soon as possible. If you think the invoice is incorrect or should any be unable to pay please do not hesitate to make contact with a member of the committee.

Since we last wrote we are sorry to report Sis Ruth Tarrant is very poorly, we pray for the merciful kindness of our Heavenly Father to be upon her and others also who are unwell at this time.

Given the larger school this year there is a limit on the number of lunches available on Monday as we arrive at High Leigh, to help with the management of lunchtime please will you let us know if it is your intention to arrive after lunch. We look forward to seeing you all in May, God willing.

Your Brother by Grace in Israel’s hope.

Paul Hamnett, on behalf of the Committee

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