Sunday 2nd May

Please join us in the church building for our Sunday morning and evening services. The services will also be streamed live on our YouTube Channel. Direct links to the streams can be found below:

11:00am – The Syro-Phoenician woman pleads for her daughter

This morning we continue to look at Jesus’ encounter with the Syro-Phoenician woman in Mark 7:24-30.

https://youtu.be/ToVyw4UdF14

6:00pm – Have no confidence in the flesh

This evening we return Philippians 3 and look at why Paul has “no confidence in the flesh”.

https://youtu.be/12dshmwZwSg

Can you make a bird’s nest?

We have a magpie nest near our bedroom window, which is absolutely fascinating to watch.

How clever do you think the average bird is? On a scale of 1 – 10 maybe a 4, compared to we humans. OK, so let’s set a competition between so called dumb birds and we very intelligent humans. Have you ever tried to make a bird’s nest? You will need some short twigs, maybe some ivy to join it all together and some nice soft moss to line the finished product. You go searching for twigs and now have a fine collection. To make it fair, I will allow you to make the nest in some sort of bucket shape to mimic the branches of a tree. How are you going to get the twigs to join together, rather than falling in an untidy heap? Perhaps you could wind some ivy round the twigs and weave a kind of basket. That might work and bird’s nests do look a bit like that. It needs to be strong enough for 2 adult birds to sit on the edge (and flap about a bit) and have several eggs, then restless chicks inside.

The problem now is that I’m not going to let you use your hands! You will have to make it with your teeth! Well, we need to make this competion fair and birds mainly use their beaks!

Have you given up yet? Thinking about this has given me a lot more respect for the inborn intelligence of birds in general. But where did this knowledge come from to build a nest every year. Probably not bird school, attended by every fledgling for two weeks full time!

Our heavenly Father has given birds an ability to just “know” how to build a nest and to get it right most of the time, otherwise we wouldn’t see many birds of any kind. We live in an incredibly complex world where animals just “do“ all manner of amazing things. God cares for birds and the rest of his creation, including you. We need to give him our thanks and praise.

Sunday 25th April

You are welcome to join us in the church building for our Sunday morning and evening services. The services will also be streamed live on our YouTube Channel. Direct links to the streams can be found below:

11:00am – The Syro-Phoenician Woman

This morning we continue our study of Mark’s gospel and Mark 7:24-31, where Jesus moves to the area of Tyre and Sidon and encounters a Syro-Phoenician woman.

https://youtu.be/OGuXWIcRZg0

6:00pm – Rejoice in the Lord

This evening we return continue to study Philippians; moving into the third chapter, where Paul exhorts the Philippians Christians to “Rejoice in the Lord.” We will look at some of the reasons the Christian has to rejoice.

https://youtu.be/we8i3IQ3z60

Sunday 18th April

You are welcome to join us in the church building for our Sunday morning and evening services. The services will also be streamed live on our YouTube Channel. Direct links to the streams can be found below:

11:00am – Stony-hearted Religion

In the morning we return to Mark’s Gospel and study Mark 7:14-23 and Jesus’ discussion with the scribes and Pharisees.

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https://youtu.be/zl2PBwL6dak

6:00 pm – Epaphroditus

In the evening we return continue to study Philippians chapter 2. This week our focus is on Paul’s description of his fellow worker, Epaphroditus in Philippians 2:25-30.

https://youtu.be/NPvcneweFx0

Pastor’s Desk.

Thoughts on Small churches.

Over the last 40 years I have been involved in both large, middle and small sized churches. Probably middle sized [100 member] churches are the ideal. However, the ones that I feel passionate about are smaller churches. Large churches are just too big. My ministry started by being involved in a church planting work in Bala, North Wales.

Here are some thoughts:-

1] The danger of being a ½ empty church rather than being a ½ full church.

This happens when a church used to be large/middle sized and now has become smaller. The tendency is to think back to what was considered or thought to be better days.

Whereas a church plant is often seen as an exciting work, where every person and every work are important. When you think back there was nothing there.

2] The failure to remember that the church is God’s Church. We can have the mindset that it is all down to us.

We are small because of us, it is our fault. Because we aren’t doing enough, not working hard enough, haven’t got enough vision etc,. Then we can get depressed by it all and lose our joy in the church, in the work and even in God.

3] Need to ask a question why is the church small?

There could be any number of reasons for this. Sin, geography, the age in which we live. [when I was first in the ministry a small church was then a church of about 100], traditions rather than doctrine. Even to such things as what does the church look like from the street, is there a good welcome, do people feel comfortable in the building; or again does anyone know that we are a church or even there?

Publicity, education, social concern are things to consider. Do people know what a church is about, apart from hatches, matches and dispatches.

Is it small because God wants it to be small?

Pros and Cons of a small church compared to a large one.

Pros:-

Every single person in a small church is important.

Much closer and deeper fellowship.

You can get things done quickly [ you don’t always need a committee or church meeting to plan something].

There shouldn’t be to much in the way of cliches.

The services can be much more informal and personal.

Little in the way of church politics.

Problems are often fewer and smaller and can be dealt with quite quickly.

Cons:-

Fewer people to do things, often it is the same people doing most of the things in the church.

Less money to pay for pastors, outreach, equipment and publicity, missions and missionary support.

The gifts in the church might be limited; ie musicians and music.

The teaching, preaching and evangelistic ministry of the church might not be the best. Training in the church might be limited.

Again when certain key individuals leave the church or get sick then the church can look very frail.

It has often been said that the future of any church is only one generation, and that is for big and small churches alike [I have known some ‘big’ churches implode and cease to exist].

Crowds attract a crowd and one of the biggest problems for a small church is to attract people through its doors.

Small churches aren’t always good at cultural changes. [neither are big ones for that matter.]

Positives for all churches small, middle and large.

A] God does not change. His desire is for people to have eternal life through believing in His Son Jesus.

B] The mission of the church has not changed. To go out into all the world with the Gospel. Matthew 28:18-20.

C] The Gospel has not changed and it is still through God, the power of salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16.

D] The Bible has not changed. The Word of God provides us with all that we need to know in order to serve our Lord Jesus. 2.Timothy 3:16-17.

E] The effectiveness of prayer has not changed. We can call on God our Father and He answers the prayers of His church, big or small.

A book to read: The Big Picture for Small Churches. John Benton E.P 2020.

A challenge to us: Pray that God would build His church.

Sunday 11th April

You are welcome to join us in the church building for our Sunday morning and evening services. The services will also be streamed live on our YouTube Channel. Direct links to the streams can be found below:

11:00am – Why did Jesus ascend to heaven?

This Sunday morning we consider Jesus’ ascension in Acts 1. Why did He do this and what does it mean for Him and for us?

https://youtu.be/7OceU7FS-JU

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6:00pm – Every Christian is important to God

We return to our evening study of Philippians. This evening we are introduced to Timothy in Philippians 2:19-24.

https://youtu.be/oVYE6c16c_w

Grow the biggest sunflower ever!

The church children have been given sunflower seeds to grow. These seeds claim to grow up to 5m tall on extra sturdy stems. The children are starting them off at home and then planting them in the church garden when the weather is warm enough. We can see whose sunflower gets to be the tallest.

Pastor’s Desk.

“This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts of the Apostles chapter 1 verse 11[b].

It seems we have spent 12 months just waiting. Waiting to get out of a Lockdown, waiting to have a haircut, waiting for the ‘R’ number to come down and waiting for certain dates on the route map out of the pandemic.

There is a lot of waiting in the Bible too. After Adam was told about the coming of the Messiah, Jesus we have many hundreds of years. The Jewish people while slaves in Egypt had to wait 400 years before they could leave and go to the promised land. Jesus had to wait 30 years before He began His public ministry. The disciples waited 3 days before the resurrection of Jesus from the dead; then a further 50 days before with the power of the Holy Spirit they preached the Gospel to the world.

The Christian Church is still waiting for something else to take place and that is the return of Jesus Christ as the King and Lord of all.

Are you prepared for the return of Jesus?

Easter Sunday Services – 4th April

He is risen! You are welcome to join us in the church building this Sunday morning (11am) and evening (6pm) for our Easter services. Our services will also be streamed live on our YouTube channel. Direct links to the streams can be found below:

Morning (11am) – He is Risen

Join us as we celebrate our Saviour’s resurrection on Easter morning.

https://youtu.be/9OtNHfpHn5I

Evening (6pm) – He is Risen – We Live

In the evening we continue to think about our Lord’s resurrection and the importance of life after death for the Christian.

https://youtu.be/7likPuZGAdg