Pastor's Blog 

Welcome to our blog.  Each week (give or take) we will publish a blog, which will also feature in the church's "weekly news".
 

 

COMING SOON...

The dates that the government set for removing restrictions are approaching fast.  On May 17th, we will be able to meet people indoors (subject to the rule of 6 / 2 households) and then on June 21st the expectation is for other restrictions to be removed.

For this church we are delighted to say that from May 17th, we will be OPEN between 10am and 12noon on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – for an opportunity to meet, chat  and drink coffee.  While there may still be some restrictions (rule of 6, social distancing, etc.) it allows us to open up the church in a way that we haven’t for a long time.

Please call in to say hello!  Bring a friend!  Let’s start to move forward  together and enjoy actually seeing people!

Beyond that, we will be holding a back to church Sunday on July 4th.  We are expecting that rules will have relaxed enough for us to give an open invitation for anyone to come that day.

Plan on being there!  Let’s enjoy the opportunity of being together again!

As we open up, we are also planning what we can do for our youth and our children – both in terms of what we can offer on Sundays and what we could run during the week.  If you are interested in helping, then let us know!

But we value your prayers as well. Looking forward, we want to be the church that God wants for 2021 – not simply looking back, but looking forward to what God wants to do over the coming weeks and months.  So pray – for a fresh excitement, for vision and strength, and for the Holy Spirit to move through the church and through our neighbourhood.

Bless you,

Chris

02/05/21
 

 

FELLOWSHIP

If you were watching our live stream on Wednesday night, you would have seen and heard us talk about “church”, and we used the Greek word “Koinonia”. And we acknowledged that this can be translated as “fellowship”, with a sense of “togetherness.”

The thing that struck me, though, was the sheer scale of it – that this “togetherness” was the coming together of people who really wouldn’t have wanted to – except through Jesus.
There was a divide between Jews and Gentiles that many would have thought impossible to bridge – but Jesus provides a togetherness that isn’t based on geography, on history or on prejudice.  A fellowship that is somehow bigger than simply getting on with each other…

Of course, that leads us into  the realm of relationships – as brothers and sisters (God calls us his family) – and relationships don’t always run smoothly!  “Fellowship” does not mean “easy.”  Fellowship does not mean ”meeting up every now and again”.  It doesn’t simply mean “working alongside” either.

That word “fellowship” hides a whole significance of being God’s people, together. With all that that entails – effort, joy, suffering, growth, and so on.  As always, when we start talking in language to describe God’s plans, then we become overwhelmed by the scale of it, the beauty of it - and the extent to which it really should change our lives.

Being church is precious – knowing what it is to be part of a “fellowship” is really profound.  Of course sometimes (because we’re people) we don’t grasp it, we don’t live it out quite as well as we should, and (basically) we sometimes mess up. And we don’t show fellowship quite as God would want it.

But then, we can realise that part of being in God’s family, part of being in his church – his ”koinonia” fellowship – is that we also share in his grace, his love, his forgiveness.  So we aren’t held back by our mistakes – by his grace we can still be that fellowship, and move forward together.

Chris

02/05/21
 

 

HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD?

On 25th April 1990, the Space Shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble telescope into orbit. It was a significant step into a new era of astronomy, with a telescope that didn’t have to peer through the earth’s atmosphere.

If you know anything about the story, you may know that it didn’t go to plan, and there had to be further missions to repair and correct the telescope before it worked properly.  But once fixed, it has proved to be an amazing tool, allowing us to see further and further into space.

Even thinking how big space is, is awe-inspiring. It is indescribable (the title, incidentally, of a really good video by Luis Giglio, where he describes something of the awesomeness of the universe). Space is magnificent, jaw dropping in its scale and its beauty. It is vast.

In the Bible, the prophet Amos talks of God as “he who made the Pleiades and the Orion”. Similarly in Job, in spite of all he is going through, Job describes God as “the maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.”

However big space is, God is bigger. That statement is almost beyond belief, and we certainly can’t grasp the fullness of it. But it is true. And yet, he cares for each one. Big – certainly; and loving - absolutely.

We have a God who is above all, and yet loves all.  We have a God with the power and might beyond anything we can comprehend, and yet shows tenderness and care.

Whatever we face, whatever life throws at us, we have a big God. A loving big God. He is really worth knowing and knowing well.

Make sure you know him.

Chris

25/04/21