Pray for… the Kingdom

The first chapters of Acts are remarkable in many ways.  The risen Lord Jesus reaffirms to the apostles his teaching on the kingdom of God (1:3). He promises the Holy Spirit, who will empower them for the work of testifying about Christ from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Then he ascends to heaven … Read more…

Pray for… children and youth

It is a tough world. Humanity’s fallen nature, a self-centred and materialistic culture not to mention COVID-19 are all having a powerful effect on a vast segment of the population, and nowhere is this more evident than among young people. Even with the best intentions in sharing the gospel to others, it is not enough. … Read more…

Pray for… one another

This week we start our month-long series on prayer. We will be considering the Who, Why, How and What of prayer. It will not cover everything, but is intended to both have us reflect on our prayer life and be an encouragement to pray more frequently, deeply and widely. All of us at church need … Read more…

A word of encouragement

Thank you for the way in which you all have continued to respond to the challenges COVID19 presents to us as a church. It seems as though each fortnight brings new changes to how we do things. Nevertheless, I continue to see in you all a good spirit in facing these trials so far. Whether … Read more…

What to pray for?

Remember 31/12/2019? New Years Eve – a time of celebration, resolutions often broken by 12.01AM on the 1st and optimism or was it “The Day the Music Died” for those who recall that classic line. None of us imagined what 2020 held. CV19 was already in play with suggestions the first deaths in China occurred … Read more…

Sure and Certain

These are not words we often hear in our current circumstances!  Indeed, even when our lives are ‘normal’ there are always lingering “What if….” questions. “What if I get a serious health diagnosis?” “What if I fall into some really bad sin?” “What if……….?”  We like to know, we long for certainty and predictability, but … Read more…

Get Your Head into a Book

Most of us are “keeping our heads down” so to speak, during this covid crisis. So what do you do when you are “locked down”? Well St Paul sets a good example – he did some serious reading whilst in prison!  How do I know this?  Because of something he wrote to his friend Timothy. … Read more…

The Gospel of John

This week we will be continuing a series in John’s gospel started by Ken Coleman last year. Helpfully, the apostle John explicitly tells us his purpose for writing his account of Jesus’ life: Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written … Read more…

Receiving Criticism

Wise people are open to correction.  If you are anything like me, you spend more time thinking about how to address the foibles of others than you do listening to their corrections of you. It is tricky to work out how to rebuke someone else well, but are we the kind of people who can … Read more…

The sweet pleasure of God’s wisdom

Eat honey, my son, for it is good;honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:If you find it, there is a future hope for you,and your hope will not be cut off.Proverbs 24:13-14 I love warm crumpets with butter and honey! Such a simple breakfast pleasure … Read more…