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January Blog 

In Matthew chapter 16 Jesus asks the disciples who people are saying that he is. After they replied, he asks them “But what about you? Who do you say that I am?” If we apply this question to our own lives, the way that we answer it is one of the most important decisions of our lives. Do we see Jesus as a baby who is part of the Christmas story, to be looked at once a year, irrelevant to us the rest of the time? Or do we maybe confine Jesus to church on Sundays, when we are on our best behaviour, and then we leave him behind and get on with living as we want to?
Peter’s answer to Jesus’s question is very illuminating. He replies “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God”. We see Jesus in the gospels not just as a baby, not just in religious settings, but as someone who came to live amongst ordinary people, to show them how to live. If we read the gospels and take what Jesus said seriously, it is very challenging. In fact it seems to be impossible. But the good news of the gospel is that we don’t need live in our own strength, Jesus died to take away our sin, our striving to be good enough, and if we choose to believe that, he gives us new life and shows us how to live.
However, Jesus is still asking us “who do you say that I am”? Even when we have chosen to follow him, there is still a danger that we see him as irrelevant to our day-to-day lives. Yet if we read the gospels and the life of the early church, we see that Jesus called people to live in a radical, costly way. In our comfortable lives, there is a danger that we water down the gospel, that we don’t commit ourselves fully because we know that Jesus might then ask us to do things we don’t want to do, to give up things that might be costly. Later on in Matthew 16 Jesus tells his disciples that whoever wants to be his disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow him.
As we start 2022, we need to think about what image of Jesus we are following. Is it a helpless baby that we can call on when we want to, and forget again? Or is it the
God who beckons us to a life of costly obedience and yet also with the promise of a more abundant, powerful and joy-filled life than we have known before?
Ruth Meal
Elder

Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building on Woodford Road for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

As we are now also live-streaming our service, if you want to avoid being caught on camera - we suggest you sit towards the rear and left hand side of the room. 

We serve tea and coffee after the service ends. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet in the corridor off the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We will share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

images: Services

What about my kids?

We have a great program lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). You are welcome to keep your child in the service or take them to the creche at the end of the corridor, but it is currently unsupervised so you must stay with them.
  • Kidz Church (3-11 years)  We work with children in a variety of age appropriate groups and activities.  During the Covid restrictions we have had BBC Kidz TV on our You Tube channel.  Now we are having activities in the church building
  • Young people (11+ years)  As we reopen church following the pandemic we will restart the groups we have had for Young People 

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshiping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Children

Getting Connected


Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our home groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Home Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Tea Break for Seniors
  • Little Lambs Toddler Group
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Elders
 

Stephen Burr           
Ruth Meal         
Ted Trim
   
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes
Stephen, Ruth, Ted