Thought for the month



November 2017

We are fast approaching Christmas, traditionally the season for giving and receiving gifts.  Ofter Christmas gifts are a disappointment, not what we expected at all.  What's the best Christmas gift you have recceived?  Have you ever received a gift that has changed your life or a gift that has inspired you and affected your future?

Some people buy their gifts in the January sales and keep them all year until it's time to give them, because they are cheaper then.  Some people will have them already srapped ready for giving on the big day because they don't want the bother nearer the time.

It's good when people take time to buy a gift, to give a gift they have put some thought behind that will be useful and helpful, even inspirational.  Such gifts remind us of the greatest gift of all - the gift of Jesus.

It is easy to hear the Christmas story, or watch an nativity play and think "What a wonderful story", but the Christmas story is for more than just a lovely story that happened in the past.  The Christmas story is real, and a turning point in our lives.  The Christmas story is God announcing to the world that there is a gift that will change your life.  The gift of Jesus changes our future and impacts our lives now.

When Christmas is over, the wrapping paper may be discarded, unwanted gifts may be taken back to the shops and exchanged, cheap toys may be broken and thrown away, but the gift of Jesus remains, and He never disappooints.


October 2017

At the end of the month we will be holding the final Kids' Club of the year.  The Bible has a lot to tell us about children and how much Jesus loves them.  One time when mothers were bringing ther children to him the disciples wanted to turn them away but Jesus said "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belong to such as these."

Admission to Kids' Club is free and it's fun, something to be enjoyed.  If you have children aged 4  -  11 we woud love them to come along.

Being a part of God's family, the Kingdom of God, is also free because Jesus paid the price when he took our place on the cross and died for our sins.  All we have to do to enter the Kingdom of Heaven is to believe that Jesus died on the cross, and rose again for us, and ask him to come into our hearts and lives and be our Saviour and friend.

It's also something to be enjoyed.  Jesus tells us that he came to give us life in all its fullness, so that we should get the best out of life.  Being a Christian and part of God's kingdom is not boring, it is the best life we can have.  Just as children have an earthly father, we can have a heavenly father who loves us and wants the best for us.  If we have hever tried life with Jesus we wil not know how good it is!  Why not find oout for yourself today?


September 2017

September traditionally sees the time for harvest. Fruit and vegetables are ready for picking and in the fields corn is ripening.  In days gone by, before the introduction of expensive machines which now do most of the work, farmers all worked together, first doing one farmer's harvest and then moving on to the next.  After all the work had been done a big party was held for all the families involved - the Harvest Home, where there would be singing and dancing in thankfulness that the weather had been kind whilst the work was done, and the harvest was safely gathered in.

Jesus told His disciples "the harest is plentiful but the workers are few."  There are many people both here and in other countries who still need to hear the good news of Jesus, and how He can make a difference in their lives but just like those farmers, we can't do it on our own, we all need support.  The Apostle Paul aid that we are co-workers in God's service and Jesus tells us that "the fields are ripe for harvest, the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together."

The farmers of old worked in partnership with each other and celebrated together, they didn't refuse to harvest because they weren't the ones who planted the seed - let's keep working together!


August 2017

Towards the end of this month families will be preparing for children to return to school and college and we will be praying for them.  

A small boy was sleeping at his grandma's house and was having a bedtime story from a very old book that belonged to his daddy.  It goes like this.  Mary was just about to start going to school but she didn't want to go as she felt safe and comfortable with her mummy and wasn't clever enough as she didn't know how to do sums, or read or write.  Mummy said she had to go, and when the day came  -  it was a very old storybook  -  mummy told Mary to to go out and meet the bigger children and walk to school with them.  When the bigger children were not taking any notice, Mary hung about until they were gone and then ran back, but she got lost and began to cry.  Another bigger girl with her little sister came by and said she could walk with them, and took them to a building where a kind looking lady met them.  They did some colouring, played musical instruments and had a story, and when the lady said it was time to go hime, Mary was surprised to see her mumy waiting for her.  She told her how much fun it had been and asked if she could come every day, as it was much better than school!

Some people are afraid of turning to God because they feel safe in their own world, or are worried that they aren't good enough, and go their own way and become lost, maybe wondeng what life is all about.  Just like that big girl who came along, Jesus came to look for those of us who are lost and show us the way to the Kingdom of Heaven and a different way of life.  

Like Mary you may be surprised at what life came be like with Jesus.  Why bnot find out for yourself?

July 2017

This month brings the induction of Pastor Roy, anbd a season of change for the church.  In the Bible we read that "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."

Change is an inevitable part of life.  Sometimes we need to make lifestyle changes so that our bodies can function to the best of their ability, and allow us to get the best out of life.  We may have to make changes such as moving house to fit in with employment or a family situation.  Sometimes we need to make a change and don not know it.  We can be fgaught up with all the good things going on around us and think that things should stay the same forever.

Often we like to feel at ease and comfortable in our lives and are wary of change, whereas in reality the world around us is changing, often at a great pace, we ourselves are changing, and the church here is changing from what it was even a few years ago. 

God wants us to make a difference in the lives of others, and give Him our best, so let's embrace this season of change and move forward into all that God has in store for us.


June 2017

The first Sunday of this month is Pentecost Sunday and we have set aside the month of June as the month of the Holy Spirit.  Everyone needs a friend, someone to help them, to guide them and the disciples did not want Jesus to leave them as he had been their guide and teacher, so Jesus promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would come. Just before he was taken up into heaven Jesus said to his disciples "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

The Holy Spirit changed fearful men, Peter who denied knowing Jesus, Thomas who doubted the resurrection, and the other disciples into men full of boldness and confidence in God.  The Holy Spirit also changed Saul of Tarsus, a man who hated followers of Jesus so much that he persecuted them, and drew him to trust Jesus changing his life so that he became one of the greatest missionaries that ever lived, the apostle Paul.

The Holy Spirit is at work all around the earth.  Why not ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit during this month of June?


May 2017

During the month of May in Growth Groups we will be looking at "Preparing the Way".  Things don't just happen, there is usually some preparation involved.  If you take a holiday you don't just turn up at the airport one day, you have to choose a destination, book your accommodation and flights, obtain local currency and pack a suitcase.

We are all on a journey called Life, our destination is Heaven, and we need to prepare.  We can prepare ourselves by reading the Bible, and allowing God to speak to us as we read, praying, and most importantly asking Jesus to come into our hearts and lives and be our Saviour.  Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life.  No-one comes to the Father exept through me."

Usually when a family go on a journey it is the mother or wife who undertakes the preparation for the rest of the family.  Everyone is part of God's family and we need to prepare the way for others to find the way to the Kingdom of Heaven.  Although Jesus said no one could come to God any other way but through him, that does not mean that we cannot lead people and show them the way to go, by telling others about the love that God has for us, and the difference he has made in our lives.

When we go on a journey or holiday to a place that we think is fanastic, we like to tell others about it, and it's the same with the Kingdom of Heaven.  It's a great place to be journeying to and it begins now!


April 2017

At the end of March we launched the 21 Days of Prayer.  During the month of April we will be praying for specific things.  One of the most essential things we can pray for is people to come to know Jesus.

The Bible tells us that God is our Heavenly Father, and that we are all part of one big family. One thing we will be focussing on duing our prayer time is family, and we start the month by praying for whole families to come to know the Lord.  Also, we are inviting every family in the area to join us on Easter Sunday Morning.  

We are having a special day of prayer for the youngest members of our families - children and young people.  In Proverbs we read "Start children off the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it."  Jesus told His disciples to let the children come to Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them too.  They are not just the church of tomorrow but the church of today!

We are also thinking of friends who do not know Jesus.  don't forget to choose three friends to pray with, and three friends to pray for, and pick up a payer triplet card from reception.

Sometimes we will be meeting at the church to pray together, other times we will be praying at home, eother on our own or with friends.  Don't forget to pick up a leaflet from reception which tells you what to pray for each day.

Remember - the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective  -  James 5:16 

March 2017

This month we are beginning the special plans for the year, launching with the 21 Days of Prayer.  The 21 Days diary will be available on Sunday 5th March

Later in the year we have:

  • Special Easter events including the Easter outreach, inviting every family in the area to join with us on Easter Sunday Morning
  • Spring and Autumn Baptism services
  • Pentecost celebrations and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
  • Kids' Clubs, an ongoing part of outreach during a year of greater things
  • New look website
  • The Christmas Programme

We are also launching Through the Bible in a Year, Prayer Triplets and a Prayer Walk, and believing for lots more.  Look out for further details shortly!


February 2017

Sunday 12th February will be Vision Morning.  It's good to look back on what we have achieved during the past year but we want 2017 to be a year of even greater things.  During the past month in growth groups we have been looking at prayer.  If we want God to do greater things, there has to be greater prayer.  When we pray God hears and acknolwledges our prayers.  Here are some things we can pray for

Schools - in Barnsley there are 53 nuursery units, 78 primary schools including 31 acaemiees, 10 advanced learning centres and 2 special schools.  In the book of Proverbs the Bible tells us that if we start children off on the way that they should go, even whe they are old they will not turn from it.  We have to privilege of working with the schools in the area and pray that even stronger links will be forged in this year.

Kids' Club and Toddler Club -  There will be four Kids' Cllubs this year, this month, Easter, Summer and  October, and Toddler Club coninues to run every week in term time.  Please pray that more children will attend and that we will mke links with new families that have moved into the area.  Also, please pray for the volunteers who will be helping to make the clubs a success

Missionaries -  please pray for all our missionary friends as they continue to work in various parts of the world, often in difficult circumstances.


January 2017

Once again we stand at the beginning of a New Year, a time that many people use to  try and make a new start, and forget the mistakes of the past.  In the Bible we read of a time when God told Moses that the month they were in was to become the first month of the year, a time when they would have a new start.  God's people were slaves in Egypt, working under hard taskmasters, and they were desperate to leave Egypt and be free, but every time Pharoah said they could leave he changed his mind.  Finally God stepped in and told the people that each family should take a lamb and slaughter it and paint the blood onto the doorposts of the house.  He gave instructions as to how the lamb should be cooked and eaten and that the people should be dressed and prepared, ready for a long journey.  God would then pass over the land and smite the firstborn of every household, but the blood on the doorposts would be a sign that God's people were in the house, and they would be spared.  God didn't say "when I see you kill the lamb, when I see you roast the lamb, when I see you eat the lamb" but "when I see the blood" -  in other words, "when I see the blood I will know you are mine and I will save you".  In the same way when Jesus, the Lamb of God, died and shed His blood it was to save us from our sins, and when we believe that is true, God acknowledges that we belong to Him.  He sees our hearts made clean by the blood of Jesus.  At the start of this New Year, why not take a step of faith and trust in the blood of Jesus?


December 2016

In the Christmas story, wise men from the East came to visit the baby Jesus.  It would not have been an easy  journey, they were following a star so obviously they were travelling at night.  The terrain would have been rough and stony, not the smooth sand we see pictured on so many Christmas cards, difficult to negotiate in the darkness.  There would have been wild animals in the desert, and so all things considered, their journey would have been quite dangerous.  It would probably have been simpler to give up and turn back, yet they persevered, intent on their goal, until at last they found what they were seeking.

Life isn't always easy, we go through dark times, and the way can often seen rough with no hope, or light at the end of the tunnel, but that is why God sent Jesus, to be our hope. Sometimes we have to walk dark paths and go through difficulties in life before we find Jesus and accept Him as our Saviour and friend.  He doesn't always take away our problems, but He will make it easier for us to bear them.  Just as the thought of meeting the Saviour of the world kept those wise men going, Jesus will help to keep us going through all the difficulties and dark times that we face in life.  Why not ask Him to be your Saviour and friend and make this Christmas one to remember?


November 2016

The story of Adam and Eve is probably one of the most well known in the Bible, but there is always something new to be learned from it,  When Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil their eyes were opened, not just to their unclothed state, but to the enormity of what they had done, and the possible consequences. So they sewed fig leaves together and made aprons to cover themselves, but it could never cover up the fact that they had disobeyed God and it could not make them right.  However, further on we read that before banishing Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, God in Hiss mercy and grace made them coats of animal skin.

No matter how hard we try, how many good deeds we do, how good a lie we live, how many of the commandments we obey, we cannot make ourselves right, clothe ourselves and cover up all that is wong in our lives.

The Bible tells us that all our righteous acts are as filthy rags, but it also tells us that God has clothed us with garments of salvation and a robe or righteousness, so that we don't have to try and make ourselves right, because Jesus came to do that.  God in His mercy and grace didn't make us coats of animal skin, but sent His son to be the saviour of the world that we might be clothed in His righteousness snf the salvation that He offers.  The Bible also tells us that God has given us another garment - the garment of praise, and that He gives it in exchange for a spirit of despair.  When we realise, like Adam and Eve, what a sorry state we are in, but how gracious and merciful God is towards us, how can we help but praise Him for His goodness. 


October 2016

At the end of this month we will be celebrating a wedding.  Lots of planning and preparation will have gone into making the big day as special as possible for the happy couple, drawing up the guest list, selecting the venue and choosing wedding garments.  Not everyone is invited to a wedding; the line has to be drawn somewhere, maybe due either to expense or how many people the venue can accommodate, but when we are invited to a wedding we either have to accept or decline the invitation, and if we accept we usually go on to buy some new wedding finery so that we too look our best in honour of the bride and groom.  The Bible tells us of another wedding that will take place when Jesus comes again and everyone is invited, no-one is left out!  The planning for this wedding has not just been gooing on for months, it has been going on forever.  God had planned before the foundation of the world that Jesus would come as a baby, grow up to become a man and then die on the cross to take our place and atone for our sin, and that one day Jesus would return for all those who believe in Him.  The guest list is drawn up and we are all invited, because the Bible tells us that"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life" and that means everyone.  All we have to do is accept our invitation by saying "Yes" to Jesus, asking Him into our hearts to be our Saviour and we can experience the greatest wedding of all time, when we will be decked in all our finery, the garments or salvation, the robes or righteousness and the garments of praise !  Why not accept your invitation today, ask  Jesus to be your Saviour and make sure of your place at the wedding feast?


September 2016

This month sees the completion of the new first floor area and we want to thank everyone for their contribution towards this project, both in time, talent and monetary gifts.  It's wonderful that the church is growing to such an extent that the building needs to be expanded.  In the book of Acts we read that 3000 people became Christians in one day and that people were being added to the church on  daily basis!

Yet growth is not just about numbers, there is another type of growth at is important too.  When a baby is born into a family, it is expected to reach developmental milestones at various stages of its life.  If a five year old child is still drinking milk from a baby bottle and weaaring nappies, there would be something wrong.  Similarly, God expects us to grow and mature into the people He intended us to be and reach our full potential.

We need to grow in faith, grow in love, grow in grace; in other words grow to be like Jesus.  The Apostles Paul and Peter tell us that to do this we need to grow in the knowledge of the Lord.  We are never too old to learn something new.

Growth Groups are starting again this month, why not come along to one near you and learn more about the Bible and God's plan for your life, and how He wants you to develop and grow? For details of Growth Group venues, please see Frank and Sally.


August 2016

We are in the midst our our building work and appreciate the efforts everyone has made in working together during this time, to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

In the Bible, many references ae made to building.  Jesus tells the story of two men who built houses, one with a foundation of sand, and one that was built on a foundation of rock.  When the storms came and the floods struck the houses, the one built on sand collapsed, but the one built on the rock stood firm.

If we build our lives on Jesus, when the storms come, as they surely do, and everything around us is in chaos, we will be able to stand firm.  We do not have a life that is free from trouble, but we are able to stand strong through the storms.

Another kind of building is mentioned by the apostle Paul, and that is buiding each other up, being mindful of people's needs and lending a helping hand or a listening ear where we can, encouraging people in the things of God so that they become the person God planned they would be, speaking words that will be of benefit rather than words that put them down and discourage them.

As we look forward to the completion of the building work that is going on here, let's also make sure we are building our lives on the firm foundation of Jesus, and helping to build each other up.


July 2016

We are now well into the season of Summer, and the sunshine and rain are causing the things in the garden to grow rapidly; not only fruits and flowers, but also an abundance of weeds, and even overgrown and out of control plants and bushes.  In order for useful plants and shrubs in the garden to flourish and produce fruit, and gardens to be seen in all their summer glory and beauty, these things need to be removed.

It's just the same with us.  We can spend all our energy cultivating things in our lives that are not really very useful, and that stop us from living the life that God intended us to live. We may be spending too much time watching things on TV, playing computer games or reading; not that these things are wrong in themselves, but the trouble starts when they take over our lives.  We may feel hurt or angry by something someone has said or done to us, and carry these feelings round with us rather than letting go of them.  We may feel justifed in "getting our own back" and retaliating.

In the Bible it tells us "cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you."  Just as we have people who are experts at tidying up gardens and getting rid of things that make them look unsightly, as we see on garden make-over programmes, Jesus is the one who can give our lives a make-over and help us get tid of the things that shouldn't be there, so that we can blossom and His beauty can be seen in our lives.  Why not ask Him to help you today?


June 2016

This month we are celebrating the Queen's Official Birthday.  The Queen's birthday is in April, but through the ages in Britain every monarch has had two birthdays, the day they were born an the day the nation celebrates.  Their official birthday is usually in the summer when there is a better chance of the weather being fine for theTrooping the Colour ceremony which marks the occasion.

We may not he kings or queens but we can have two birthday too.  In theBible a man called Nicodemus came to Jesus and asked about him. Jesus told Nicodemus that no-one could truly understand the things of God unless they were born again.  Nicodemus asked Jesusow he could be born again.  Jesus told him, and he ells us too, in John :16 hat "God so loved the world hat he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  In other words, if we believe that Jesus diedto take away our sinns, and invite im into our lives, we can have a new life, a different life, just like being born again.

So, everhone who asks Jesus to be their Saviour and friend as two birthdays.  our second birthday may not be marked by a public ceemony but the Bible tells us that when someone turns to Jesus the angels in heaven rejoice.  On Cupcake Sunday why not make it a great celebration by asking Jesus to be our saviour and friend?


May 2016

Over the past few Sundays we have been looking at new beginnings in various aspects of our lives. We are now well into Springtime; a time of new beginnings; the days are getting longer, the trees are full of fat buds ready to bust into blossom, flowers are opening up and lambs run in the fields; all signs of new life.

Often we wish we could have a new beginning; a chance to do things differently, to start our lives over again and not make the mistakes of the past.  We can read in the Bible of people who were given a new start by Jesus - Zacchaeus was a tax collector who cheate  d people and obtained more money from them than he should have but after meeting Jesus he mended his ways, and when we accept Jesus into our lives He gives us a second chance.  The Bible says "If anyone is in Christ the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!"  when we allow Jesus to take control we can live a new life, a life that is pleasing to Him, doing things God's way and not our own way, and that's not all!  Jesus said "whoever lives and believes in me will never die."  That doesn't mean that our mortal bodies will never die, but that if we believe in Jesus He will give us everlasting life in heaven when we do die, but that's still not all!  Everlasting life begins the moment we say "yes" to Jesus, the moment we choose to turn form our old ways, accept the new beginning that Jesus offers, and live a life that is pleasing to Him.  Why not try it for yourself and see the difference God can make in your life?


April 2016

The School of Evangelism will be launching this month.  Not all of us are able to stand in a pulpit and speak to people but we can all spread the gospel as the opportunity arises.  We all meet people as we go about our daily lives.  A housewife may meet friends over a cup of coffee and be able to speak to them, a working woman or man may speak to their work colleagues and a child may speak to his friend in the playground or even his teacher at school.

Linked in with this is the continuation of the Try Prayng progamme.  Durng the month of Aprul we will  be focusing on praying for our three friends, their personal needs including their worries and fears, hopes and dreams, their spiritual life and the things that keep them from turning to God.  When someone comes to Christ through evangelism it may also be because someone has been praying for them.

After His resurrection, when Jesus appeared to the disciples He told them to go and make disciples of all nations.  Everyones has a part to play.  Why not plan to take part in the School of Evangelism and the Try Praying progamme and help make a difference in someone's life? 


March 2016

During the month of March we will be launching the Try Praying programme.  Did you know that 20 million adults in the UK pray?  13 million pray at least once a month, and 9 million pray every day.  One in three people believes that God will answer their prayers.

Prayer is conversation with God.  We don't need to use special words or a special voice.  We can pray out loud or silently.  God knows what we think and iis familiar with all we do.  We fan talk to Him about anything - the morning of a job interview, the night when a family member is sick, the few moments before an exam.  Most people have prayed in moments of desperation.  People find praying helps and have had answers.  

However we don't have to have problems in order to pray.  We can thank God for the blessings He gives us - family and friends and the times of enjoyment that we share with them, giving us happy memories to look back on; a home, food and clothes, the beauty of the world found in nature.  Why not download the Try Praying app and try praying?


February 2016

February is the month when shops are filled with hearts and flowers, bringing a message of love and hope.  The Bible has much to tell us about hearts.  Jesus tells us in John 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled."  There are many people with troubled hearts, anxious about financial problems, worries about job security, health and family breakdown, but if we put our trust in Jesus He will help us through troubled times.  We may not necessarily be freed from our circumstances but we can have the peace of God to help us through our anxieties and cares.

There are people with hard hearts, who do not care for the pople around them or even their own family, neither for the things of Gd, but the Bible tells us in Ezekiel 36:26 "I will give you a new heart and pt a new spirit in you.  I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh"  -  that is a heart that is full of tenderness and compassion, with a desire for the things of God and a love for Him.

Heart disease is known to he one of the biggest killers in the medical field, and also means that sufferers cannot enjoy their life to the full, but if we put our trust in Jesus, He will give us a new life, a different life, a lfe worth living.

Today, if you are feeling unloved, why not turn to Jesus? He loves us with an everlasting love and will never let us down.


January 2016

Here we are again at the start of another new year, a year full of hope and promise, a blank canvas to paint our story on, a year stretching out in front of us full of the unknown. This is the time of year when many people decide to make a new start, because many people wish they could change their lives or do things differently if only they had a second chance.  Some make New Year resolutions, that they hope will help them do this, maybe to stop smoking or drinking, to start eating sensibly or to be a better person.  

Unfortunately, most resolutions are broken before the end of January, because the truth is that we cannot do anything without God's help.  Yet there is hope and God is the one who gives us that second chance.  However messed up our lives are, even if we think we are beyond help, the Bible tells us that God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to be our Saviour.  

None of us can tell what the year ahead holds; it may be happiness or it may be that we have to face the storms of life, but what we can be sure of is that whatever is in store for us, Jesus is there for us.  He wants to be our Saviour and our friend.  If you are determined to make a New Year resolution, let it be to decide to get to know Jesus for yourself, ask Him to help you and see the difference He can make in your life.

Let's make 2016 a year of new beginnings!


November 2015

With the beginning of November the nights are starting to draw in, days are getting shorter.  The weather often seems miserable, drizzly and foggy, yet there is something to look forward to.  Christmas preparations seem to begin earlier and eralier each year.  Shops begin to put up window trimmings, there are late night shopping sessions with the switching on of Christmas lights and firework displays, Christmas markets, Santa's grottos - everything designed to give us hope in what can be a dreary month as we anticipate the excigtement that we are building up to.

Often our lives can seem grey and miserable, stretching before us, the same routine day after day, but yet there is hope.  The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".

In the run up to Christmas, let's not forget that as wonderful as all the events, activities and preparations are, Christmas is all about Jesus.  God sent Jesus to be the Saviour of the world, to give us hope.

Sometimes, after all the preparations, Christmas Day itself can be a disappointment, but Jesus never disappoints.  He will never fail us and never let us down.  No matter what the weather, the future will always seem brighter if we put our trust in Jesus.  Why not ask Him into your life and receive the greatest gift of all this coming Christmas time?


October 2015

As we move into the season of Autumn we begin to see rich crops of grain, vegetables and fruit ready for harvesting.  In Growth Groups during the first months of Autumn we are looking at another type of fruit - the Fruit of the Spirit, which God encourages us to display in our daily lives.

The Bible tells us that we reap what we sow.  In a garden, if we want to grow tomatoes we don't plant bean seeds and if we want to harvest apples we don't plant a plum tree, and it's the same in the Spirit.  If we want to be treated with love and kindness we have to develop the Fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control, all of which are encompassed in love, and show that same love to others.  The Bible tells us that God's love has been poured into our hearts, unconditional, with no strings attached and it is that kind of love that God wants us to have for everyone.

The Apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that whoever sows generously will reap generously.  The size of the harvest is determined by the number of seeds we sow.  If we are generous, which can be expressed by giving our time, talents and resources, we will always reap generously.  We do not sow for personal reward butfor the blessing of knowing that we have made a difference in someone's life  


September 2015

September brings the start of a new academic year, and a return to work after the Bank Holiday.  It can bring changes for everyone - sonme children may be starting school for the first time, or just moving up classes.  Some children may be progressing from junior school to senior school, whilst others start college or university.  For adults it may mean starting out in working life or a change of career direction.  All change brings challenge.  For a small child it may be something as simple as learning to put on their own shoes, while older ones have to choose which subjects to study.  For adults it may be learning the ropes of a new job.  Whatever the challenge is, for some - adults and children alike, it may bring fear of the unknown, of what the future holds, whilst others look forward to it with enthusiam.  One thing we can be sure of is that if we put our trust in Jesus He will be with us through our fears, and never fail us.  Whatever the future holds for each one of us, it is always brighter with Jesus!

Please pray for all those who are returning to, or starting school, college and universty this month.  Let us also pray for all the schools in the community; ths pupils, teachers and other people who work there, and for Pastor Joy as she continues to take assemblies in schools in the area.  Let's also remember all  those who may be starting or returning to work.


August 2015

At the recent Kids' Club we have been playing a game called the Holiday Suitcase where a case is packed with holiday essentials.  During this month people will be packing suitcases for their holidays, trying to cram in everything they think they will need, muich of which is oftentaken home unused..

As we go through life, we often try to fit in as much as we can and often don't accomplish everything we set out to do.  We can end up feeling guilty and selfish or worse still, feeling like a failure because everything on the "to do" list didn't get done.  One time the disciples told Jesus all that they had done, but because so many people were coming and going gthey did not even get time to eat, so Jesus said to them "come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest".  Jesus understood that if you don't take a break, you'll break, so don't allow the stuff that's still undone to undo you.  Strive for balance, don't become addicted to what you enjoy, otherwise it will take over.  Finally, take time for the people who matter - busyness is a destroyer of relationships.  All the success in the world cannot compensate for the joyu of your family and loved ones, and spending time with them.  Have a happy holiday and enjoy spending time relaxing with family!


July 2015

We start this month with a Family Service and end it with Kids' Holiday Club.  Children and family matter to God and matter to us too.  The Bible tells us that we are to start children off in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not turn from it. Jesus said "Let the children come unto me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."  Children are our future, not only in the church but in the community.  All over the world, God is blessing young people and leading them forward to serve in key situations both in churches and communities.  One day, Children's Church members will be Children's Church leaders, Kids' Club junior helpers will be Kids' Club workers and the Junior Band will be the Senior Band.  Yet, children are also our present, not a separate unit, but active members of the church, with a part to play.  As natural family, and as church family, let's encourage our young ones so that they grow to be active members of the Kingdom of God, both now and in the future. 


June 2015

This month we celebrate Fathers' day.  It's good to be able to honour our fathers and have a special opportunity to thank them for being there for us and for everything they do.  Most children have good fathers, who love them wholeheartedly and take care of the, providing for them and meeting their every need.  However, just as there ae good fathers, there are also bad fathers, who do not care for their children, who will let them go hungry, do not clothe them properly and do not treat them decently, even shouting at them. Sadly, some fathers do not even wish to know their children or have anything to do with them or be involved in their upbringing.

Whatever our natural father is like, whether loving or not so kind, we have another father who loves us unconditionally, and that is our Father God in heaven.  He does not love us only when we are good, He still loves us no matter how much we fail Him and let Him down.  He loves us with an everlasting love, and lovers us so much that He gave His only Son Jesus to die on the cross on our place to save us from our sins.

If you do not know Jesus as your friend and Saviour, and God as your loving Heavenly Father, why not make this a Fathers' Day to remember by asking Him into your life, and see what a difference God can make in your life?


May 2015

This month we have three dedication to celebrate.  It's great to see babies and children , being preented to God aned to be brought up knowing that Jesus can be their Saviour and friend.  However, it would be strange if these babies and children never grew up, and remained as babies because the natural order of things is for babies to grow into toddlers, and then into teenagers, given all the encouragement they need by their parents and family to develop into mature adults.

It's just the same in the church.  When we are born into the family of God and become a child of God we are expected to grow.  Just like parents of babies and childrfen help them to develop, God is our heavenly father an d wants us to grow up knowing the Jesus is our Saviour, and to uderstand that He died on the cross for each one of us.  He wants us to know that Jesus is a friend who we can trust.  God wants us to grow up knowing that what the Bible says is true, adn that we can trust in God's word which teaches is how to live so that we can develop into mature Christians.  

Let's pray that God will bless these little ones, and also all the other toddlers, children and young people, both in the church and in the community, and not only pray but offer them encouragement to grow up secure in the knowledge that God loves them just as we do, and wants them to live a life that honours Him and their families


April 2015

This month sees the first of the outreach days at Dinnington.  It would be great if some of us were to be involved as part of the team.  Jesus told his disciples to "go into al lthe world and preach the gospel to all creation".  There are many missionaries who have chosen to work in foreign countries, spreading the good new of the gospel to people who havenever heard of Jesus.  We may not all be able to go to far flung shored ourselves but we can do what we re able to do where we are .  In this age of mass immigation we do not necessarily need to go out into the world because the world has come to us, and people from foreign countries may be our neighbours.  A reent headline on Yahoo states that many young people do not know who Paul McCartney is, but the greater tragedy is that many young people do not know who Jesus is.  It is not just people in foreign countries that need to know about Jesus, there are so many people in our own country who need to know about Him too, but not just know about Him but really know Him as their Saviour and friend.  Why not plan to  be part of the Outreach teaam and make a difference in the lives of people?  If you are unable to attend you can help by praying for those who are actively involved.


March 2015

This month sees the launch of the Foodbank Project in this church, and also a project to assist in providing Bibles in the Ukraine.  The Foodbank provides food for the body and the Bible project provides food for the soul.  We are privileged in that we have sufficient, and even plenty, of both here.  Jesus said "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me" and He says whatever we do for anyone, we do it for Jesus.  You can help supporrt these projects in the following ways

Pick up a copy of the book Fire by Night for £3.00 from the table, or telephone the office to arrane to pick up a copy.  Our friends Richard and Sara Michalski are currently distributing Bibles in Ukraine at a cost of $3.00 each and all the money we raise will go towards their work.

The Foodbank project still needs items such as tins of meat, fish, vegetables, sop, tomatoes, rice pudding, sponge pudding and fruit, and also tea bags, sugar, coffee, powdered milk and UHT milk, jam, biscuits, rice, pasta and pasta sauces.  You can take any donations to Hope House Church Barnsley, Christ Church Ardsley or the Methodist Church Hoyland.


February 2015

Last month we highlighted some changes that would be taking place in the church.  Change is inevitable, an ongoing part of life.  Change happens to us all - in our personal and family life, work life, social life and church life. Life moves on and we need to adapt.  How we respond to change can either develop our lives or hinder our growth.

When change happens we have to step out of our comfort zone.  Life is constantly changing, and in these days things change so quickly - in the field of technology for example, we j ust get used to working one TV, DVD recorder or computer and when we replace it everything has changed and we long for the old one that we were comfortable with.  

Sometimes it is a fear of the unknown that prevents us from changing.  We need to step out of the boat in faith like Peter, and we need to keep oureyes fixed on Jesus who will not fail us, and not look at the changing situation around us.

If we don't like changes that are taking place it is easy to feel hurt, disappointed, let down, to want to run, to want to give up, but it's important to envisage the future and the plans God has for us,  Even though change can be frighteningand unsettling, with God on our side we are able to embrace change and move on, so that we can make a difference!


January 2015

Here we stand on the brink of a New Year.  For some of us the old year may have held excitement and happiness, whilst for others it brought disappointment and despair.

 None of us can tell what the year ahead holds.  It may be joy, it may be sorrow, and that we have to face the storms of life, but what we can be sure of is that there is always hope.   No matter what is going on in our lives, the Bible tells us that God loved the world so much that he sent Jesus to be our Saviour.  Jesus is there for us and wants to be our Saviour and our friend, to share in our happy times and to carry us through the tough times.

Last year with whatever it held for us has gone, there is no point in looking back and wishing things could have been better, or that things could have stayed the same, but it is a time to look forward to everything that God has waiting for us, both as individuals and as part of God's family.  

Please take a look at our "Coming soon" section to see some of the exciting things that we have planned for 2015. 


December 2014

We are now in the build up to Christmas, although it seems that for some it has already been going on for weeks!  Whilst we enjoy everything about Christmas; decorating the tree, the trimmings, the twinkling lights, the wonderful food and the giving and receiving of gifts, we choose to remember that the greatest gift of all is Jesus, who was sent at that first Christms time to be the Saviour of the world.  In the excitement of opening gifts on Christmas morning, somthing small and precious may become lost amongst the piles of discarded wrapping paper,  Jesus in the most precious gift we have, and it is important that during our celebrations He does not get lost amongst the wrapping paper, tinsel and trimmings, so we would love to share with you in celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.  You are more than welcome at any or all of our celebration events.  

A Merry Christmas to everyone!


November 2014

When babies are born people can often see a resemblance to their father or mother and may say that they have their mother's eyes or their father's nose, and as they grow and matuure we can often see a distinct famly resemblance.  In the Bible it tells us that God created man in His own image, in His likeness.  We are created to be like Jesus, not in our facial features but by our behaviour and the way we conduct ourselves.  We need to make sure that we reflect Jesus and that His love shines hrough us by our actions and the things that we say, so that people know we are part of the family of God, just as when people see children they can often see by looking at them whose son or daughter they are.  Next month we have the opportunity to have family photographs taken - look out for more details later on!!


October 2014

This month we have a wedding to celebrate.  The venue will have been chosen, the guest list will have been drawn up, the bride will have taken care in choosing her dress, wishing to look her best,  as will the bride and groom's parents.  Guests will be buyng new outfits and the women will be looking for hats!  The planning of the wedding will have been going on for months, and at last the big day is appproaching.

The Bible tells us of another wedding that will take place when Jesus comes again to take all the people who love Him to be with Him forever.  The planning of this wedding has not just been going on for a few months, it has beengoing on forever.  God planned before the foundation of the world that Jesus would come as a baby, grow up to be a man and die on the cross to atone for our sin, and  that one day Jesus would return for all those who bellieve in Him.  The guest list is drawn up and we are all invited, because the Bible tells us that "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoseover believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life" and that means everyone.  To respond to our invitation, all we have to do is say "Yes" to Jesus, ask Him into our hearts to be our Saviour, and we can experiene the greatest wedding of all time, when we can be decked in all our finery, the garments of salvation, the robes of righhteousness and the garments of praise!  Why not respond to your invitation today, ask Jesus to be your Saviour and make sure of your place at the wedding feast?


September 2014

September sees the start of the new academic year.  Children are returning to school and young people are returning to college or university.  In the Old Testament King Solomon asked God for wisdon and knowledge.  It's good to be knowlegeable and that is why we attend school and college, but it's also good to have the wisdo to apply what we learn.

Some people may be starting school, college or university for the first time and may experience mixed emotions.  Outgoing children and young people may be excited at what the future holds while those who are more reserved may view it with trepidation.  One thing is certain; the future is always brighter if we place our trust in God and allow Him to guide our steps.  When King Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs in the Bible he said "Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: if you find it there is a future hope for you."  So, it's important that all of us continue to learn, not just academically, but to learn that there is a God who loves us and cares about us and all we have to do is trust Him.


August 2014

We have recently seen  an increase in the popularity of festivals during the summer months - music fesitvals, dance festivals, walking festivals and hot air balloon festivals to name but a few.  These give ike minded people the opportunity of gathering together to participate n something they enjoy, especially if the weather is kind.  This month brings the Christian festival The One Event, an opportunity for Christians to gather together at the Lincolnshire Showground and celebrate the good news of Jesus, and also the Annual Church Barbeque where we will be getting together to enjoy each other's company.  In the Bible the letter to the Hebrews says "and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the daay approaching".  The people are encouraged to keep on meeting together.  It's good to get together with people who have a common aim, whether in a social setting or a church setting, so that we may encourage each other, build each other up in the faith, share one another's burdens celebrate each others triumphs, which is what the apostle Paul tells the church in Thessalonia - "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing ..........encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone".  Paul frequently uses the word "together" and in the words of a much publicised campain we really are "Better Together". 


July 2014

We live in a busy world and the pace of life is much faster than it was five or ten years ago, with the pressures and demands of life and work.  Often people make lists of things they need to do, and feel guilty if everthing doesn't get done, or they may have deadlines to meet at work and feel that they have failed if they don't meet them, but we need to make time for ourselves and our families and allow ourselves to take a break, especially in this season of summer holidays, because if we don't take a break we will eventually break.  

Jesus knew the importance of this and once said to His disciples "cme with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest" when the came to Him to tell Him all that they had been doing, yet because so many people had been coming and going they had not even had time to eat.

So firstly, ask yourself "does it really matter if that doesn't happen?"or in popular jargon "don't sweat the small stuff", and let it go.  Then, don't allow the stuff that remains undone to undo you.  Strive for balance between work and play, and don't beome addicted to what you enjoy, otherwise it will take over.  Finally, take time for the people who matter - busyness is a destroyer of relationships.  Nothing can compensate for the joy of your family and loved ones and spending time with them.  So, this summer, take a break amd make time for yourself and your family.


June 2014

Everyone needs focus.  In the Old Testament we can read of a group of people who had focus, but some of them had their eyes focused on the wrong things.  When God told His people He had a Promised Land for them, they wanted to spy in out first, so Moses sent out twelve spies.  Ten of them saw the walled and fortified cities an d the people who inhabited them, some of them as tall as giants, and were afraid.  On the other hand, two of the spies, Caleb and Joshua, saw the fruit of the land, the juicy gapes, clusters of which were so big they had to be carried on poles between two men, and the rivers of water, the land of milk and honey, and said that although it was true that there were walled cities and giants, they were well ableto overcome them because they knew that God had promised them the land.  .Fear sees obstacles and faith sees opportunities.  The ten spies had short sight, they could only see what was in front of their eyes, but Caleb and Joshua had both short sight and longsight.  Yes, they could see the walled cities and giants but theycould see God's bigger picture, and what the Promised Land could be if they trusted in God.  Today, although we look to the present which may have its poblems, we also need to look to the future and see God's bigger picture for lour lives and the Promised Land He has for each one of us if we put our trust in Him.


May 2014

We are now well into Springtime; the days are getting longer, and hopefully the sun will shine, making us feel good.  The trees are full of blossom, flowers opening up and lambs in the fields, all signs of new life. 

We can read in the Bible of people who were given a new life by Jesus - the widow of Nain's son, Jairus' daughter and Lazarus.  All these were raised from the dead and given a second chance at life, and when we accept Jesus into our lives He gives us a second chance.  The Bible tells us that we were once dead in trespasses and sin, but we can have new life in Jesus, a life free from our old ways, a life free from pleasing ourselves and doing iur wn thing and going our own way.  If we allow Jesus to take control we can live a life a life that is pleasing to Him, doing things God's way and not our own way and that's not all! Jesus said "whoever lives and belives in me will never die."  that doesn't meran that our mortal bodies will never die, but that if we believe in Jesus He will give useverlasting life in heaven when we do die - but that's still not all!  Everlasting life begins the moment we say "yes" to Jesus, the moment we choose to turn from our old ways and let our old self die, and begin to livea life that is pleasing to Jesus.  

Why not try it for yourself and see the difference that God can make in your life? 


April 2014

Some of us enjoy walking while others avoid it at all costs.  Some walks are necessary to get us where we need to be and some people walk for pleasure.  The Bible tells us that life is like a walk or a journey that gets us where we need to be, the Kingdom of God, but that it can also be enjoyable, because Jesus said that He came to give us life in all its fullness.  Also, it's not how we start out but how we finish that's important.  If we are out for walk and walking a long way, or the path sometimes takes us uphill, we may start out full of good intentions but end up dragging our feet.  Jesus told  His disciples, " he who endures to the end shall be saved" and sometimes, just like when we are taking a walk, life can seem a struggle, something that has to be endured rather than enjoyed.  Sometimes when things are going wrong and there seems no end to our problems, it is just like when we are on a long uphill walk and we think we will never reach the top, but if we put our trust in Jesus, He will help us.  He walks with us every step of the way and He also says if we are weary and tired come to Him. and He will give us rest.


March 2014

The Bible tells us that much can be achieved through prayer.  It's true that when we pray God hears and answers our prayers.  There are so many examples in the Bible where miracles have happened through prayer.  Prison doors have been opened, sick people have been restored to health; people have even been raised from the dead.  There is no limit to what God can do.  Whatever our circumstances, whatever our problems, when we pray things happen.  God is still the same God as He was when Jesus was on earth and the same miracles that took place then can take place today.  So, if hyou are looking for a miracle in your life, or peace about a situation, why notpray and ask God to help you?

Why not join us on one of the Prayer Mornings, or pop in to the Hour of Power, evfery Monday at 10.00 am in term time?  If you are unable to join us, please contact us with your prayer request and we will pray about it.


February 2014

God is not just God on a Sunday in the services that we hold up and down the country -  God is a God of the every day.  Yes, He is there when we meet together in chuch, but He is ever present with us.  He is there in the mundane things of life, the cooking, the cleaning, the washing up.  He is there with those who go out to work in order to earn a living to provide for the necessities of life.  All these things are necessary and all opart of the Kingdom of God, and just as important as what we do on a Sunday.

The Apostle Paul says  to the Corinthians that we are all part of one body and one part cannot say to another "I don't need you".  We are all necessary for effective working out of God's plans.  Paul also says that the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable and that we should have concern for each other.  We should not think ourselves greater than anyne else.  Everyone has their own part to play in God's Kingdom, whether it is serving in a church setting, in the home or in the workplace,  The thing God asks of us is that whatever task He has called uis to do, we do to the best of our ability, so that we impact the area in which we live and work, and the glory goes to God.


January 2014

At the beginning of the New Year we will be focusing on increase and growth.  There is a short verse in the book of Chronicles which tells us that a man called Jabez prayed to God "Oh that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory".  We need to ask God to enlarge our territory - not the amount of land that we own, but the amount of the land we have an impact on.  This may be in the place where we work, the places we go to spend out leisure time or the community where we live.  We need to make a positive impact on the people we come into contact with in all these areas.

If we are asking God to bless us and enlarge our territory, it means that we have big dreams, but we alos have a great big God who wants us to reach and stretch for Him.  God wants to pout His blessings into our lives and is able to do more for us than we an ever ask or think possible,  so like Jabez, let's dream big, ask God to enlarge our territory so that gtogether we can do great things for Grimethorpe and the surrounding aera in 2014. 


December 2013 

Many people chose to have a real Christmas tree, and apart from the different species, there are two types you can buy, one with roots, or one that has been chopped down.  When either type of tree is taken home and put in a pot, trimmed with baubles, tinsel and fairy lights you don't notice the difference, but when they have been in the house for a while in the heat, the one with no roots will begin to shed its needles, while the one with roots can be watered and can flourish despite the heat of the house.  It's the same with people; we are look similar but it's roots that make the difference.  The apostle Paul says "Let your roots grow down into Him (Jesus) and draw up nourishment so you will grow in faith, strong and vigourous in the truth".  He also says "May your roots go deep down into the soil of God's marvellous love".  When our trials and problems come and we feel the heat or face the storms of life if we are rooted in Jesus we are able to stand.  This Christmas we are celebrating God's love to us.  He loved us so much that he gave us the gift of His only Son, and if we are rooted in Him we nave a sure and certain hope of eternal life.  When Christmas is over, some of us will have a tree with roots that we can plant in the garden, and some of us will have an old dead tree that will need to be thrown out, and some of us will know the love of God in our lives because we are rooted in Him and His love.  What better time than the season of giving and receiving gifts to receive the greatest gift of all, God's son, into our hearts and lives so that we can experience that love for ourselves!!


November 2013

Last month we celebrated Harvest and gave thanks to God for everything He provides for us.  The Bible tells us that there is another harvest, a harvest of people to win for God, not just in this country but in all countries of the world.  There are many people who dedicate their lives to this work, and need support for themselves and their families.  

The missionaries we support are Masai and Karan Kahindi in Kenya, Margaret Bagley in Uganda, Claire Kinkead in Jamaica and Gabrielle and Daniella Corradini in Spain.  We are committed to supporting them, and the Family Supper and informal programme this month is to support these projects.  Why not come along and join in the fun, and support a worthwhile project at the same time?


October 2013

Last month we looked at the fruit of the Spirit.  In fruit there are seed, which apart from tomatoes, pomegranates and a fgew others, we do not eat, but we sow, in order to grow new crops.  The Bible tells us that we reap what we sow, and the apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that whoever sows generously will reap generously.

Some fruits have only one seed, while others have many seeds.  Th size of the harvest is determined by the number of seeds we sow.  If we are generous with our time, talents and resources, we will always reap generously.  We may not always reap financially, but we may reap in terms of good health, trusted friends and a family with a heart for God.  

One thing is certain; we will always have a harvest.  Galatians 6:9 says we should not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harveswt if we do not give up.

Another certainty is that we will always reap more than we will always reap more than we sow.  One tomato seed makes one plant that bears much fruit.  We do not sow merely to experience the blessing of God, but when we are generous with our time, talents and resources, God will bless us.  Luke tells us that if we give it will be given to us in ghood measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.


September 2013

As we near the end of summer after enjoying the soft summer fruits from the garden, then fruit on the trees is beginning to ripen.  There are apples, pears and plums all ready for harvesting, to be eaten, used in baking or made into jam.  The poet T. S. Eliot calls this "the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness", when we can appreciate God's rich bounty.  The Bible speaks of other fruit  -  the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  God encourages us to display all of these in our daily life, in the way we terat and speak to others.  Put yourself in the place of others, and think about how you would like to be treated.  Becoming angry, frustrated or impatient only increases stress levels and achieves nothing.  If we allow the peace of God to take over in trying siutuations, all the other fruit will fall into place too.


August 2013

We are now in the middle of the holiday season, and some of us may have already been on holiday, while for others a holiday may now be just a distant memory.  Going on holiday and escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life is proven to be beneficial to our health and wellbeing.  In the Bible we read that Jesus knew the importance of taking time out with his disciples to sit apart from the crowds and rest for a while - Mark 6:!3 "Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest"  Taking time out enables us to rest.  It helps us to recharge our batteries, revisit priorities and return to the routine of life with a new perspective.  Over the next few weeks, whatever you are doing, we pray that God will bless you!  Have a fantastic summer!


July 2013

Jesus tells his disciples to "go out into the world and preach the gospel to all creation". We are not all able to do this but what we can do is to support those who do go out into all the world.  We can uphold them in prayer and we can support them financially.  This month is Missions Focus month. The church supports four projects in different parts of the world and each month we are committed to sending £75 to each of them. It can make a big difference.  Remember that even if we ourselves cannot go  out into all the world, in these days of multi-culturalism many people the world over have come to us.  People from different cultures may now be our neighbour and we can play our part simply by speaking to them, being kind to them and so showing them the loveof God by our words and actions. 


June 2013

How often have we lost or misplaced something?  It may be something of value or an important paper, something of sentimental worth, or something that we need, like our car keys.  Often we can spend hours turning our house upside down and searching everywhere for that all important item, which can turn up in the most unexpected place.  In the Bible, Jesus illustrates this be telling the story of a farmer who had a hundred sheep, one of which went missing.  The farmer did not think "Well, I've got ninety nine more, I won't bother looking for it, it may turn up." No, he searched and did not rest until he found the sheep that was lost.  Jesus also tells the story of a lady who had ten silver coins and lsot one.  She swept the house and searched everywhere until she found it, because it was precious to her.  When God created us, we became precious to Him, and He wants us to come to know Jesus as our friend and Saviour.  Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd who cares for each one of us.  He can help us through the trials of life, when we feel lost and we don't know where our life is going, just like that lost sheep we can know that He is there to help us and guide us through if we will put our trust in Him!!


May 2013

With the arrival of Spring and the better weather this is the time of year when many people begin to renovate their homes and have a clear out of anything they no longer need or want, that may have accumulated over the year.  It has recently been proven that "hoarding" is a recognised illness, and many people save things that to others would appear completely useless, so that when things are cleared out, items that are important or of any value may be overlooked and cleared out along with them, and lost forever.  In the Bible we read these words "Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you."  God wants to bless us in a real and personal way, but our lives can be filled with cares and worries, maybe about our family - problem children, elderly parents, ill relatives, financial worries - where will the money to pay the bills come from, is my job secure?  These are all very real problems yet so often our time is taken up with other worries that, in the big scheme of things, aren't all that important.  We can allow these cares and worries to take over so that the blessings that God wants to give us  become lost or thrown out.  Jesus didn't come that we might have a life free from problems, but if we cast our cares on Him we can have a life free from worrying about our problems and experience the blessings God wants us to enjoy!!!


April 2013

This month is Mission Focus month.  The church supports four projects in different parts of the world - Masai and Karen Kahindi in Kenya, Margaret Bagley in Uganda, Veron and Clare Kinkead in Jamaica and Gabriel and Daniella Corradini in Spain.  Each month we are committed to sending £75 to each of them.  This is made up from the money given in Growth Groups each week and money given in Mission Focus month.  Why not use the envelope in Church News to make a special missions gift this month?  It can make a big difference!!!


March 2013

In the gardens creamy yellow primroses are starting to show their heads, a sure sign that spring is on its way.  After a long, hard winter, there is something to look forward to at last, a promise of new life, a hope for the future, that everything in the garden will be rosy.

At the end of this month we celebrate Easter, that is not just about fluffy chicks, bunnies and chocolate eggs - Easter is the time when we remember that Jesus died on the cross to bear the punishment for all our sins, but He did not just die, He rose from the dead so that we might have eternal life.

Just as seeing new life in the garden gives us hope for the future, God gives us a promise of new life and hope.  The Bible tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  Jesus himself said He came to bring us life in all it's fullness.  Following Jesus is a life to be enjoyed.  Why not try it and see for yourself?


February 2013

We have recently seen the first snowfall of winter, bringing with it the usual disruption to travel and our everyday life.  Yet, it's amazing how even the dirtiest litter-strewn street, the untidiest garden looks so different with a blanket of sparkling, crisp, white snow.  However, underneath it the rubbish and litter is still there, and when the snow thaws, it usally looks even worse, surrounded by grey slush.

Jesus came to make a difference in our lives, but unlike the snow that melts, the difference that Jesus makes is lasting.  He doesn't just cover over our old life, our old ways and our old habits, He changes them completely if we allow Him to.  In the Old Testament, whenever the people did wrong, they had to make an animal sacrifice to cover their sin, just like the snow covers up all the rubbish, but it never removed their sin completely.  When  Jesus came, He paid the price for our sin, on the cross.  The Bible says "Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow".  Why not ask Jesus to be your friend and Saviour today and see what a differene He makes in your life - a difference that is lasting and will not change wilth the melting snow?