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Mandate II: Loving each other

John 13:31-35

Speaker: Simon Downing

As we continue into this new decade, the leadership team and I have been praying for the Lord to give us His direction for the church. In particular, how can we turn our vision to love God, love each other and to love the lost into meaningful, Christ-like action. Last week we looked at the first pillar of our vision – Loving God. In today’s talk, we will be looking at the second pillar – Loving each other. In today’s reading the Apostle John, tells us that as Jesus steadfastly continued towards the cross, He stressed the importance of loving each other. Without Jesus to guide them, the disciples would feel lost but if they loved each other in the way that Jesus loved them, Jesus emphasised that they would continue to grow more like Him. Jesus added that this love should be so tangible and visible that others would see that it came from a supernatural source and want to know more.

Sunday Morning 12th January 2020

Sunday Morning 12th January 2020

Mandate I: Loving God

Luke 10:38-42

Speaker: Simon Downing

As we begin a new decade, the leadership team and I have been praying for the Lord to give us His direction for the church. In particular, how can we turn our vision to love God, love each other and to love the lost into meaningful, Christ-like action. Consequently, over the next three Sunday mornings, I will be talking about some very important fundamentals of how we believe we are meant to implement our vision into our every day lives. Please make every effort to be here for all the services. This morning, I will use Jesus’ visit to Mary and Martha as our starting point. Both of these women loved Jesus and delighted themselves in serving Him. One of these women was working her fingers to the bone, the other just simply sat at Jesus’ feet listening to His words. Martha, in being so busy, was actually neglecting her guest. Each one of us has to ask ourselves are we a Martha or a Mary. Are you so busy doing things for Jesus that you’re not spending any time with Him?

Sunday Evening 12th January 2020

Sunday Evening 12th January 2020

The second Sunday series – Inspirational words

Everything will be new

Revelation 21:1-5

Speaker: Clive Bennett

This Sunday evening is our monthly slot for an Inspirational Word from the Scriptures and since we are still at the beginning of a New Year the topic we are considering is “Everything will be new”. It is true that no matter what resolutions we make for the coming year we will probably end up getting what we have always got by doing what we have always done. It is God’s intention that, one day, things will not just be better and improved but totally, totally, new. So, this evening we will worship together and explore just what is planned for us in the future and lift our eyes to the one who promises: “I am making everything new”. There’s no greater inspiration or anticipation than that is there? Clive.

Sunday Evening 5th January 2020

Sunday Evening 5th January 2020

The First Sunday – Devotional Communion

Nehemiah 1:4 – 11

C. T. Studd once wrote, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” What better way could there be to start a new decade than be coming together around the communion table and celebrating what Jesus did for us at Calvary and what He is going to do for us when He returns? Why not join us as a family of believers around the Communion Table this evening as we recall Jesus’ great sacrifice for us.

Sunday Morning 5th January 2020

Sunday Morning 5th January 2020

Family service

New Year – New focus

Hebrews 12:1

Speaker: Simon Downing

Not only is it a New Year but it is a new decade. A chance to weigh up the past and look forward to a different future. The archbishop of Canterbury urged people to make personal connections with others in 2020 to create a new unity in a divided society.
In his new year message, Justin Welby said: “Let’s go for a heroic new year’s resolution. Let’s resolve to reconnect. To reach out to just one person we don’t know, or from whom we have drifted apart. “Pick one person. Pick up the phone. Send them a text. Meet them for a cup of tea. Make that connection. Let’s begin cementing our unity one brick at a time.”
This sounds very similar to our vision for our proposed “Open House”. Why not make this your new year’s resolution too, but unlike most resolutions, let’s all make a determined effort to make it happen?

Sunday Morning 29th December 2019

Sunday Morning 29th December 2019

What kind of faith for 2020?

Judges 6:11-18; Hebrews 11:1-2

Speaker: Stuart Filby

Two words describe faith: sure and certain. These two qualities need a secure beginning and ending point. The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s character – He is who He says He is. The end point is believing in God’s promises – He will do what He says He will do. When we believe that God will fulfil his promises even though we don’t see these promises materialising yet, we demonstrate true faith.

Sunday Evening 22nd December 2019

Sunday Evening 22nd December 2019

Candles by Candlelight

Matthew 16:13 – 18

Speaker: Simon Downing

 

This evening we will be holding our annual “Carols by Candlelight” service at 6.30pm – unfortunately not with individual candles this year for safety reasons. Nevertheless, this is always a wonderful occasion and we urge you to invite your family, friends and neighbours to join us. Christmas is one of the few occasions in the year when non-believers are open to hearing the Gospel. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son of the Most High, the promised Saviour of the world. A baby born to die for us and yet live to be an eternal king. Come on let’s celebrate

Sunday Morning 22nd December 2019

Sunday Morning 22nd December 2019

Series: Advent 2019

How big is the baby? – Awe

John 1:1-5

Speaker: Clive Bennett

How big is the baby? This is usually the first question parents are asked when making their announcement of the new arrival. Quite why we want to share this information at this point is a mystery, when for the rest of our lives we are very sensitive about people knowing how big we are. However, as we approach the day when the arrival of baby Jesus is celebrated, this question is vital for us to ask about him and on every day thereafter because the answer to the question about this baby is a matter of life and death.” Clive

Sunday Evening 15th December 2019

Sunday Evening 15th December 2019

The third Sunday series – Prayer and Presence

Hannah’s song

1 Samuel 2:1-10

Speaker: Derek Robinson

For a long time, Hannah had a pretty miserable life. Childless, lacking in self-worth, sharing her husband with a woman who ridiculed her. Hannah was so discouraged that she was physically sick and unable to eat and yet was still prepared to worship the Lord. Finally, after pouring her heart out to the Lord at Shiloh and promising to give up her first born to continually serve the Lord, she receives a ray of hope from Eli the priest and the gloom is lifted. Hannah will have a son and yet she will have to give him back to the Lord to keep her promise. How will she react to even more heartache? In today’s reading we hear her heart felt response to the Lord.

Sunday morning 15th December 2019

Sunday morning 15th December 2019

Series: Advent 2019

In a desert place – Joy

Isaiah 35

Speaker: Simon Downing

In the first half of the Book of Isaiah, Isaiah has delivered a message of judgment on all nations, including Israel and Judah for rejecting God. But, now in chapter 35, Isaiah breaks through with a vision of beauty and encouragement. In this chapter, Isaiah paints a beautiful picture of the final kingdom in which God will establish His justice and destroy all evil. This is the world that the redeemed can anticipate after the judgment when creation itself will rejoice in the Lord.