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Sunday Studies  

 

5th December 2021 

Our time-line of Jesus' life took us this week to a marriage in Cana where Jesus was a guest. What did His mother expect Him to do when she told Him they'd run out of wine? He told her it had nothing to do with Him because this wasn't the time or the place to start His ministry. Had Jesus come into the world to conjure up solutions to everyone's minor disasters?  No, He hadn't BUT He had compassion on His embarrassed friend. His mother told the servants to do what Jesus told them and they did and the end result was a Château Lafite Rothschild equivalent! Jesus does care about our predicaments, even of our own making (The groom should have bought more wine.) and His solutions are not cheapskate. He gives us only the best.
We then skipped back a little to the choosing of the 12 disciples. Challenge to learn their names.

Our general discussion started off with whether or not university fees are value for money - astonishingly it was a resounding yes. From there we ran through our weeks but ended up on the news story of the abused child who had been murdered. Immediate calls for capital punishment - why should we pay for these criminals to be kept alive in prison?-  led to a long discussion about whether God could/should forgive such degradation and perverseness. Did Jesus come to restore only 'decent' folk like us or is the gospel applicable to 'the lowest of the low'? Yes, such people should stay in prison but their lives could be redeemed through repentance. Perpetrators of such atrocities might well never seek forgiveness but God's love is deeper than we could imagine reaching to the depths of man's depravity.
That was a difficult discussion as this news story had been abhorrent.
A few hilarious games of UNO to round off the evening. A new leader :-)
 

28th November 2021 

 

We had an interesting discussion tonight on temptation. Our time-line of Jesus' life took us to the Judean desert where Jesus went after His baptism to consider His future ministry. This fitted in really well with the morning's sermon which was Jesus in the synagogue in Nazareth reading out His manifesto from Isaiah 61. That comes straight after Jesus' time in the desert.

Our general discussion started off with the temptation in business life to consider only profit to the detriment of people. Ethics and philosophy.... 'Are people a means to an end ?' One of the group quoted Kant - yes, seriously! -
"Rational human beings should be treated as an end in themselves and not as a means to something else. The fact that we are human has value in itself." No superficiality here!
We then ranged through hormonal teenagers to McDonalds' meals taking in gambling and the physical geography of the N Wales coast en route. This is such a fun group to be with - no holds barred.

We changed our Board game tonight and turned to UNO  to fox our serial winner and we did.

Anyone 15+ or thereabouts welcome.

21st November 2021 

Following the topic of Jesus' baptism last week we discussed Christian baptism and then looked briefly at Jesus going into the desert to reflect on his future ministry.
Our discussions revolved around fasting, university courses, inspirational teachers, engineering wonders, climate change and the rise in sea levels and multi-sex loos!
Our serial winner won again resoundingly!
Same time and place next week.

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.
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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.

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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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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