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Journeying with joshua 3

I have a confession to make: I love church! The day I became a follower of Jesus Christ, it became my passion and I’m still obsessed! Of course, when I say ‘church’, I don’t mean the architecture, I mean the people. Sometimes loving people can be challenging; in our increasingly polarized communities, we will regularly…

Journeying with Joshua 2

This week’s message sees us continuing our series, ‘Journeying with Joshua’. God’s promises to Joshua echo those that were made to Moses, his predecessor: ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you,’ he assures. (See Joshua 1:5.) Even in the light of this incredible promise, God urges his servant to ‘be strong and courageous, because…

Journeying with Joshua

I’m excited to be starting a new series today, looking at the journey of Joshua. This significant Old Testament character has a whole book named after him and he led the Israelites into a land ‘flowing with milk and honey’, a territory gifted by God himself! That alone makes Joshua worthy of our attention for…

Celebration

We are delighted to have a service of infant dedication today, and we are really pleased to be joined by many close relatives and friends of the family. It is such a blessing to join together and celebrate this special occasion; I often think that we should do more celebrating! The Bible is full of…

Relying on God’s power

As we draw to the end of the month, we also come to the final session of our four-week look at how we can be more effective in our ‘call to community’. It’s a call to courageously bring the light of the good news of Jesus Christ through loving and serving, befriending and inviting; but…

How to live in challenging times

So spring finally sprung this week, as last Wednesday marked the official changing of the season! I particularly love this transition because you can really see it happening before your very eyes: flowers bringing much-needed colour; new leaves sprouting and even the rain seems that little bit more tolerable! To me the seasonal changes are…

Called to community 2

Last week we began our latest series, revisiting one of our core values and venturing into the big question of what it means to be ‘called to community’. We talked about the challenge of church to be ‘boundary-less’ and therefore not held back or restrained from overflowing with the love, hope and grace that Jesus…

Called to community

We had a great time last Tuesday, engaging with people of all ages at our pancake party. It’s become something of an annual event, so many thanks to all of those who were able to be involved. The event also provided a suitable springboard into our theme for the next four Sundays, as we look…

Raising the spiritual temperature

Well, February certainly took us by surprise with its record-breaking temperatures. I have to admit that it has been hard to believe that we are still technically in winter! After enjoying the pleasantly warm sunshine, I’m ready for more! In some ways I feel that the last few weeks have mirrored the environment here at…

Holy spirit re-ignited

I hope you’ve had a great week. This morning we are continuing our preaching series ‘Holy Spirit: re-ignited’ by looking at the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s clear to me from the Bible that God wants those who have made Jesus their saviour to live lives that are different. One of the main components…