Summer Time

It's great when summer comes and regardless of the weather we all look forward to the slightly slower pace that this holiday season brings. Summer is a good time for stuff we don't normally have time for - hanging out in the garden having a BBQ, going on trips to the sea, going overseas, relaxing with a book. As a church August is always a slower time for us and it gives us time to recharge our batteries ready for the new school year in September. Take the opportunity to reflect about your own life with God. Take time to check on your most important relationships. Summer time is a gift to us. Perhaps write some things down that you feel God is saying to you, or read through a gospel and pick up a Christian book. Why not try and go for a 'prayer walk' with God in the country side? What ever you do this summer, may the goodness of God touch you every day.


It was a fab weekend! Just getting together, sitting down in the sunshine, going for a gentle stroll, enjoying a cup of coffee, eating great food, were all fantastic, but it was the quality of the the teaching and the sense of what God was saying to us through each other that will really last. During the morning David and Myrtle Lawrence presented us again with the invitation and challenge of Jesus to join in his revolution of love. Once again we were moved and excited to see ourselves as change-makers, system-breakers, culture-shapers. We were encouraged once again to see how this revolution was always intended to extend to the edges of human life. God was coming to bring his kingdom of love and forgiveness and healing to a world longing for justice and freedom. Invited to take Jesus at his word and to believe in him, we have become his disciples. Like Peter, James and John (Jesus' three closest disciples) we looked at how Jesus left us with some incredible resources for living in the kingdom and seeing this revolution through. Later in the afternoon, God seemed to speak in a different mode as we reflected together about what had been said and began to notice how central prayer was in this revolution of love. And so we committed ourselves to forming 'houses of prayer' right across the area as centres of blessing. The day ended with a Hog Roast and Ceilidh in the evening. And you can't help smile whenever you think about it all... Thank you to everyone who helped with food, money, putting away, washing up, chatting... It was brilliant.

Houses of Prayer

A few years ago it seemed clear that god was reminding us once again about the centrality and importance of prayer in our lives. We talked together about how Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and went looking for the life of prayer displayed by the people of God at the time and how angered and disappointed he was with what he found. We also talked about the invitation god was offering us to participate in his mission to our loved world by joining him in prayer. This led us to latch upon the phrase 'house of prayer' and we were encouraged to both make our own homes 'houses of prayer' right across the community, and also to see our own church building as a 'house of prayer'.

The heart of God has not changed and once again there is a call from God to meet him in prayer - either in our own homes or together at church. All over the country and the world we are seeing the blessing that comes when people pray and the church lives up to its calling as the renewed temple of God to be a house of prayer for all nations.

Join others on Tuesday evenings from 7-8, or set up your own 'house of prayer' at work, at home or at the weekends.

And remember - every prayer makes a difference.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil
for the Kingdom
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever

Restoring the Foundations

All of us are damaged and broken in some way or other. All of us fall short of the ideal. All of us struggle with sin. All of us, at times, feel wretched about ourselves.

Restoring the Foundations is a weekend course that will enable you to find healing, restoration and refreshing. Developed over many years experience the course will gently lead you through a series of exercises and reflections that bring the power of Jesus' words to bear on your life. We are delighted that Liz and David Ayton will be coming to lead this weekend course here in Twerton. Having ministered as a couple over many years they will be introducing the concepts of RTF and equipping us to help others to find freedom too.

The cost of the weekend is highly subsidised and is a remarkable £10!

Let Tory know if you want to come.

Entering his gates with thanksgiving

Our boiler is finally getting fixed and the sun is coming out and so we are all heading back to the main church building for our Sunday services. It's been a great experience worshipping together in the school and we will continue to enjoy our first Sunday of the month services there. So this Sunday we are walking down the road from the school to the church to celebrate Palm Sunday and it will be good. Entering the 'gates' of the church and making sure that the place is filled with prayer for all peoples we will connect again with the story of Jesus' last week.

It's been a late Easter and we are ready to celebrate all that Jesus has done for us. Join us for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Come ready to leave behind the old and clothe yourself with the new. Jesus has died. Jesus is risen. Jesus will come again.

Communication for Couples

Facebook, emails, conversation, texting, flowers, letters, phone calls. Our lives are filled with communication of one kind or another. So why is it so hard sometimes to get it right with the person we love best? Surely it should be easier than it is?! If you resonate with these questions then come along to a highly recommended three session course that gets to the heart of the issue and introduces you to the most effective tool that we have come across to help us communicate with our 'others' - even when we are at war with them! The evenings will be fun, relaxed, and practical. We guarantee it will make a difference to your lives. If it doesn't you can have your money back. Oh, and the sessions are free. To book a place call Richard on o7875959339.

Back to school

It's been an interesting month! On the first Sunday in February we launched a new service at our local junior school (St Michael's) and it went down a bomb. Then the boiler at the main church building broke down for the umpteenth time this winter and was finally given the last rites. So it looks like St Michael's Church has a new temporary home at St Michael's School... at least for the time being. Many thanks to Dave Goucher and the rest of the School staff who always make us so welcome. We really appreciate it!

What's interesting is how just moving building subtly changes other things - changes the way we relate, the way we sing, the places we sit, the way we connect with God, the way we welcome... May God continue to turn this challenge into an opportunity for us all as we journey together through this next month!

Debt free

Christmas is a time of giving. January can sometimes be a time of money worries. As a church we are committed to helping each other to live life well and a major part of this is helping each other deal with money. if you have any concerns about being debt or paying the bills, then get in touch and there are gifted people who can help you through. If you want to do some budgeting on your own, then register online with 'My money steps' which is a brilliant tool that will take you right through the process of budgeting and dealing with your debts. Check out the website here:
Don't let the fear overwhelm you. Help is at hand.


It was a bolt out of the blue. One word. "Everyone" Nothing more, nothing less.

And I knew it was a God thing.

I am excited about our new series on Sundays called "EVERYONE". I believe that God wants us to know something simple, but deep - that this thing is for EVERYONE, that he is for EVERYONE, that this gospel is for EVERYONE, that God's love and blessing and presence is for EVERYONE. It sounds simple and sounds as if we already know it. Which we do. It's just that we don't always really know it - or live as though we know it. Somehow we have categories of who is in and who is out, who get's good things and who is left out, who is blessed and who is not. God wants us to get this: It's for EVERYONE.

Join us as we reflect, rejoice and explore this theme together.

Sundays to Easter


02 New Year
09 Everyone an image bearer
16 Everyone missed the mark
23 Everyone forgiven
30 Everyone a son


06 Everyone gifted
13 Everyone a disciple
20 Everyone a worshiper
27 Everyone a missionary


06 Everyone a priest
13 Everyone together
20 Lent 1
27 Lent 2


03 Lent 3
10 Lent 4
17 Palm Sunday
24 Resurrection Sunday

Happy New Year

New Year is often a time of reflection and anticipation. Our prayer is that God will go with us and that we will be obedient to him in the year to come. If you get a chance, grab a few minutes, be still, and pray. To help you in your prayers, here is an ancient blessing and a wonderful covenant. Don't rush... take your time... God bless you.

A blessing
The Lord bless you and watch over you, the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you, the Lord look kindly on you and give you peace; and the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you and remain with you, now and always. Amen.

A payer of commitment

Lord God, holy Father,
since you have called us through Christ
to share in this gracious covenant,
we take upon ourselves with joy the yoke of obedience
and, for love of you,
engage ourselves to seek and do your perfect will.
We are no longer our own but yours.

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing,
put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you
or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing;
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father,Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Silence is kept