Signs of the Kingdom

God is working all the time... although we can't always see it or recognise it.  But sometimes God's actions in our lives feel so real that we can't help but talk about them.

As we journey together as a church family we want to encourage each other with stories of what we see God doing in our lives.  Simple stories, simply told. Real. Authentic.

To help us in all this we are going to make sure that each week we hear from each other when we meet.  So come ready to share your stories.  Get used to looking out for the workings of God and listen out for what the Spirit is saying to us as a family being shaped into the life of Jesus.


Amazing response

It was so good this morning!  The Rec House was packed with people all enjoying a chance to chat, buy a coffee, eat cake or bacon butties.  It was for the people of Haiti.  We are really delighted that between us we were able to raise £788 on the day with more to come!  Fantastic!

It was also such great fun all joining in together knowing that it was making a difference, even if only in a small way.

Thanks to everyone who helped out and joine in!


Haiti appeal

Join in with the outpouring of love and generosity across the world towards those whose lives have been crushed by the earthquake in Haiti.

Saturday 23rd January
The Rec House
Cake Sale
Coffee, Tea, Bacon Butties
Newspapers to read

Come ready to give


Fresh

freshsquareLife is not always easy
We believe that fresh starts are possible

Want to change direction?
We believe that fresh starts are possible

Mistakes happen
We believe that fresh starts are possible

Whatever this past year has been like for us we believe that God is offering us a fresh start... a fresh start in our relationship with him and a fresh start in our relationships with others. Join us as a church of ordinary people are we seek the fresh touch of God's Spirit on every area of our lives, our life together. Join us as we experiment and try out new things. Join us as we start new projects in the schools, in the Rec House, at Rose Cottage. Join us as we dedicate ourselves afresh to Jesus and to living his way. Join us as we learn how to celebrate and worship together afresh and receive the refreshing move of God's Spirit.

A new day is dawning for us a community and we look forward to all thatGod will do with us and through us this new year.


Christmas Services

starsWe'd love to welcome you at our Christmas services.
Here are the dates and times:

Carols by Candlelight
Sunday 20th December 6.30pm

A lovely service of carols and readings following the story
Mulled wine and mince pies

Beer and Carols
Tuesday 22nd December 7pm @ White Horse pub

A fun time of singing around the piano
For all the family

Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve 11pm

A beautiful way to welcome in the new day

Christmas Morning Celebration
Christmas day 10.15am

Bring along the whole family for a fun filled celebration


Making the most of Advent

Advent-squareAdvent is a wonderfully counter-cultral Christian tradition. Just as everyone around is grearing up their lives for Christmas, planning, buying, worrying, travelling, partying, Christians for centuries have taken the season of Advent to heart and deliberately chosen to take time out to reflect, watch and wait. If, like many of us, you need help to do this, then how about following the daily readings on Richard's blog and using five minutes to pray and be still...?

It's worth a try!

Check out the blog here each day and journey with Richard as he tries to let God shape his preparations for Christmas once again.


Beer and Carols

beerandcarolssmallAs well as the normal and wonderful Carol services this year we are also taking everything out to the local pub. Join us for a great evening of beer and carols as we sing around the tree and celebrate together. Tuesday 22nd December from 7pm onwards.

The pub is laying on some mince pies and mulled wine so come early! Should be fantastic. All ages welcome including children.

"Sing Choirs of Angels!"


Healing service

loveThis Sunday we are going to be focussing our prayers and attention on healing. We carry with us the seeds of faith and bring our concerns and requests to our God of love. Breaking bread together we are mindful that Jesus is there amongst us and that we join our prayers with his. Come ready to pray, to receive and to believe.

10.15am at the main church building.

Next Sunday we are holding a baptism service as Dan, Louise and Toby come forward as a family to announce their faith and trust in Jesus. Pray for them as they get ready for this significant day in their lives.


Two months of Sundays

I am excited about what is happening on Sundays over the next few weeks through to the end of November and wanted to let everyone know about it.

This Sunday is normal (if there is ever a normal Sunday here!), and I am going to be looking a the Sower in the last of our 'Level Teaching' series...
The week after (25th October) we are going to have a healing service where the focus will be on us praying for each other and blessing one another in Jesus' name.

On the 1st November Louise and Toby are going to be baptised with Dan reaffirming his vows... Always a great time - if there is anyone else who wants to be baptised let me know.

Then over the next 4 weeks I have invited 4 church leaders from across the city
Paul Langham - 8th November
Patrick Whitworth - 15th November
Stewart Keiller - 22nd November
Paul Wakely - 29th November

What quality!

I invited them along time ago - back in May - to come and speak into our situation, to bring a blessing and to pray for us in Twerton. They may well bring a few of their churches to come too to join them... It should be good as we listen for what God is saying to us from leaders outside our situation and whom we respect.

So in all in all 7 weeks of Sundays all jammed packed with goodies...

Bring your friends, invite others who are local Christians to listen too (it's not just for St Michael's) and join me as we listen out for what God is saying together...

Looking forward to them all
God bless
Rich

Oh and here's a picky to forward to your mates : )


November


Simple Church

Check out this really fascinating and inspiring video about 'simple' church - a church about people not services...  Worth watching : )
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