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Month: July 2020

Midweek Musings

This week we have reflections from Neil, our latest news, some useful links/resources and an interview with Nev.

The next months are likely to be tough for many people in terms of jobs. Nev knows only too well what it feels like to struggle with being made redundant and the search for work. Here he talks about his experiences and how he has learned to cope with these tricky situations.

Acting Like Jesus – Faith Not Fear

After his conversion Saul arrives back in Jerusalem, but not to the welcome he had hoped for.

The disciples there are fearful of Saul and his intentions. Saul needs someone to be his advocate and stand with him.

Barnabas is just the man for the job…

Sunday Playlist – Acting Like Jesus – Faith Not Fear

Within 3 years of Saul’s dramatic conversion in Damascus, his life is under threat and he has to escape with the help of some disciples. This became a recurring theme throughout the rest of his life.

Saul paid a really high price to follow Jesus, but he was willing to count up the cost and decided it was well worth it.

In this episode of our Sunday Playlist podcast, I share some songs that explore this theme…

Midweek Musings

This week we have reflections from Neil, our latest news, some useful links/resources and an interview with Frank.

Frank has been keeping rhythm for us for decades. But he’s also made films for us, been part of the Governing Body, been through some of the best times and as well as the trickiest with us.

This is a chance to know little more about him.

And we don’t mention Manchester United once…

The Gospel Breaks New Ground – Enemies

In Luke’s tale of two visions, God calls two people to change their life plans in order for the gospel of Jesus to spread further.

Sunday Playlist – The Gospel Breaks New Ground – Enemies

In Luke’s tale of two visions, God calls two people to change their life plans in order for the gospel of Jesus to spread further.

Here are some songs I’ve selected that explore the themes in the passage…

Midweek Musings

This week we have reflections from Neil, our latest news, some useful links/resources and an interview with Vera.

Vera is one of the people who has prayed daily for our church, who is now 94 years old. She’s frail, bed-bound, waiting for heaven. Watch her interview here…

The Gospel Breaks New Ground – From Jerusalem To Africa

Most of us live with two nagging questions that keep coming back.

‘How do we know what we should be doing?’
‘I don’t think I fit in here, am I good enough?’

Acts 8 gives us a glimpse of the answers to both of these questions.

Sunday Playlist – The Gospel Breaks New Ground – From Jerusalem To Africa

This week’s story from Acts 8 shows us the lengths that God goes to to show his love to outsiders and the willingness of people to deliver that message.

Here are some songs that explore the themes in the passage…

Kids Resources – Acts 8:26-40

This week we continue with the book of Acts and we’re at the part in Chapter 8 where Philip meets the Ethiopian in his chariot (because he obeys the angel’s instructions and then the Spirit), and leads him to the saving faith Jesus gives, baptises him and then vanishes leaving the Ethiopian rejoicing.

It’s another radical account with plenty in it for us to consider. ‘Let’s go!’, as the young ones say…

Midweek Musings

This week we have reflections from Neil, our latest news, some useful links/resources and an interview with Sunita.

Sunita is a student nurse who is passionate about Jesus. Watch her talk about her faith, about coming to the country when she was a teenager and what brings her joy.

The Gospel Breaks New Ground – A City Opens Up

The action has all been in Jerusalem up to now but with the persecution, the gospel travels to the places where people had thought things could never change.

Samaria was an ongoing problem to the Jews – history and culture meant that they could never imagine that things could ever be any different.

Yet change happens because of the bravery of people and the power of the Spirit.

How might this lead us to see our own situations and our city differently?