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".
 


 

Thank you


We have had a couple of busy Saturdays.  With the family celebration on the 7th and the Nativity on the 14th December, a lot of people have worked hard to keep on presenting the church to the community – so that they might see Jesus through the love that is shown.

So we say “thank-you” to everyone who helped to make it happen. Thank you for words and music, for costumes and refreshments, for rehearsals and re-writes, for everyone who helped, whether visibly or behind the scenes.

And a special mention to the children and young people who made the Nativity so special.  It’s so good to see you! And so good to see you tell the story of Christmas.

Doris, Helen and team – really, really well done.

The thing is that in telling the story, we remind ourselves of the precious truth of Christmas.  We identify with the significance of a baby born to be more than a baby, but to be the Saviour of the world.  A story, but not just a story. The greatest story.

Next week we will use our services to sing carols, to keep on telling the story as our children have, so that we keep on identifying with the truth of Jesus.

So do join us next week, the 22nd December – at 9:30am and 11:15am, our usual times – to celebrate in our Christmas services.

 

15/12/19


 

Purpose – What on earth am I here for?


With December our community groups are winding down for Christmas – and just maybe having a social to celebrate the season!  They will be back…

… But not straight away.  The last couple of years we have given community groups a break and held joint sessions at the church: two years ago we went through the Bible Course and last year through 40 Days of Prayer.

This winter, starting in the New Year, we plan to go through 40 Days of Purpose. Why are we here?  What is my purpose? Is there something I am missing?

As in previous years, sessions will be weekly either on Monday afternoons (1:30pm) or Wednesday evenings (8pm).  These sessions will allow us to discuss and understand more, but we will get a lot more out of these weeks if we also follow the 40 day reading plan.  This is a book with the title “What on earth am I here for?” by Rick Warren.  The church will put in an order for anyone who wishes to purchase this.  Just let us know by 15th December.

Furthermore, Sunday sermons over the first weeks of the New Year will introduce the themes so that we can get the most out of these weeks.

God didn’t make us to be purposeless.  We were made with intent, with love and in the image of our creator.  Life is not meaningless – not when we know Jesus.
 

08/12/19



Floods, climate change and our response


We have been seeing over the last week pictures of floods in the village of Fishlake near Doncaster. The latest in a series of floods over recent years, our hearts go out to those affected. 

They don’t stand alone – Venice has reported a high tide where the waters have risen to the highest level for more than 50 years.  Famous landmarks have been flooded and St Mark’s Basilica was flooded for only the sixth time in 1200 years.  It has been reported that four of those floods have been in the last 20 years.

The Yorkshire floods have prompted discussion on flood defences – the subject of climate change maybe less prominent – but it sits there as backdrop: a warming world means air carries more moisture, which can result in heavier rain.  The problem in Venice has immediately prompted comments on climate change as a reason.

So what?  How does that affect us – other than we may know people directly affected and/or sympathise from a distance?

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. We are stewards of the land and environment just as we are stewards of all that we have been given: time, money, talents and so on.  The land is ours to use, but to respect and use wisely.

We are called to care, to play our part and be responsible for our own actions. Stewards of all we are given: it’s all God’s really. Let’s be wise, let’s do our bit with what we have and pray for those affected.
 

17/11/19