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Easter People

There is one song that we regularly sing which encapsulates from me what Easter is all about. The song is “In Christ Alone My Hope is Found.”
As Augustine said: “We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song.”
Easter tells us that we are a people of hope and that whatever we face in life everything will be all right in the end.
This Easter I want to share with you some thoughts from Martin Hodson, one of Core leaders of the Baptist Union of Scotland:
Everything Will Be All Right In The End
Many times I’ve been watching a film and the characters seem to be lurching from crisis to crisis. But in the back of my mind I know everything is going to be all right in the end. The problems will finally be resolved, there will be a twist in the tale or a turn of events that brings the plot to a satisfactory, even joyful, conclusion.
It can sound simplistic to say to a friend in a crisis, ‘Don’t worry, everything will be all right in the end,’ because often that’s not what happens. In life things can go from bad to worse with signs of hope nowhere to be found.
Well, almost nowhere. The events of Easter, culminating in the Resurrection of Jesus, give us eternal hope. Jesus entered the depths of human experience, crucified, dead and buried. This appeared to be the end…and everything was not all right. But on the third day God raised Jesus to life, inaugurating the new creation in which all death will be defeated and we will rise to share in the renewal of all things. That will mark the end of history and everything will be definitely and finally all right.
Right now we are well aware that things are not all as they should be; it’s like the world is groaning in expectation of something better to come. Easter is the breakthrough moment when the hope of glory breaks into the sorrow of the present. The Resurrection of Jesus promises us that ultimately he will ‘transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body’ (Phil. 3.20). So for now, if everything in your life is not all right it means one simple thing: it is not yet the end.
Blessings,
Rae
The Alpha Course has now
reached its conclusion. I would
like to express my sincere thanks
to all who contributed in any way
to the successful running of this
year’s Alpha Course.
It is not yet the end!

Refuse to Settle


Are you pressing “on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called [you]” (Philippians 3:14 NIV 2011 Edition), or have you “settled” along the way? God made a pact with Abraham – one that continues to influence the modern world. A lesser known fact is that years earlier, Abraham’s father, Terah, “set out … to go to Canaan”, the land of abundance where God later called Abraham. But Terah never made it: “When they came to Haran, they settled there.” No question, it couldn’t have been easy travelling hundreds of miles across rough terrain with flocks, herds, children and servants. Can you imagine the sheer logistics? Remember there were no professional movers to pack and load your stuff! Finally Terah decided they couldn’t go any further, so they settled where they were comfortable.
One pastor adds: I wonder how many times we do the same thing? We have a big dream … to excel in our careers … as parents … and in our walk with God. We get started but things get difficult and achieving our goal doesn’t happen as quickly as we hoped. Perhaps similar to Abraham’s father we say “Let’s just settle here. It’s not really what we wanted but it’s good enough.”
Don’t fall into that trap. You were made for more than “good enough” … Don’t settle for a little love and joy, a bit of peace and contentment, or a small helping of happiness. … Pull up the stakes, pack your tents, get your belongings and start moving forward. Enlarge your vision. You may have had a delay but … you can begin again.
Copyright UCB Word for Today (19 January 2017)

Tech Corner 12

The gap between posts is a reflection on how manic life is at the moment and how much, as a fellowship, we have going on. To give you a flavour;

  • Special ‘one service’ Sundays from the end of Nov all through Christmas, with loads of baptisms.
  • Cantata, was preceded this year with an incident that blew the main front of house speakers.  An electronic problem with a  piece of faulty equipment caused the speakers to shriek so loudly that one of them almost fell off the wall. By the time you read this, hopefully, they will be repaired.  Patrick did a fantastic job putting together the ‘jury-rigged’ system that we have all been using over the Christmas period.
  • We have a long standing gremlin in the hall projector that is proving elusive to fix.
  • The radio frequencies that we currently use for our radio mics are being gradually sold off to mobile phone companies for 5G.  This week we took delivery of the first of many replacements we will have to make over the next few years.
  • The new evening service programme is being planned and prepared for – see here for service details

Add to this church meetings, prayer meetings and training evenings and you will see how much has been done recently.  Please pray for the tech team as we try to support the praise and worship team,   and the church leadership…

Part of the problem is caused by our team running at half strength; which in an ideal world means we are looking for five new tech team trainees.  People willing to watch and learn, coil cables and set things out.  Please contact us if you are interested in shadowing for a few weeks.

Anyway, enough of that!  Here are a couple of phone apps for you to have a look at.

  • AA… thats the roadside breakdown service…  If you are one of their 15M members, try our their new phone app. It can remind you when servicing and insurance are due and has a panic button in case you breakdown
  • Fitbit… for those of us who have to watch our weight, the FB mobile phone app can use the phone’s GPS to track your activity and has a built in food log that you can use even if you haven’t bought one of their watches.

More to follow…..

Evening Services 2017

As of 19th February, there is going to be a new focus for the evening services.

1st Sunday of the month.  This service will include the sharing of stories about what God has done or is doing in people’s life’s. This will normally be in the form of an informal interview. The service will also include some sung praise, videos, prayer and a message from the Bible.

2nd Sunday of the month. The main focus of this service will be  communion where we remember the death of Jesus. Communion will be central and the service will often include prayer, reflection, video, a short message  and some sung praise

3rd Sunday of the month. This service will be a more contemporary service aimed particularly at the millennial generation. It will include a more contemporary worship style and message. The service will at times be interactive and use video, reflective images and drama.

4th Sunday of the month. As part of this service we will engage with a culturally relevant topic or follow a sermon series as we consider how the Bible speaks today. This service will also include some sung praise, videos and prayer.

 

Alpha Course Feb 2017

We will be starting an Alpha Course in the New Year for 10 weeks starting on Wednesday the 8th February.  If you would be able to help, please sign the list on the board in the Crush Hall.

If you would like to come on the Course to find out more about Christianity and our beliefs, please speak to Pastor Raealpha.

 

For information about the alpha course… click here

New Techies?

IMG_0677Our preoccupation up on the balcony, as you will realise if you have been listening to the notices recently, is people, or lack of them. 

We first published this post in May 2015 and since then things have got worse not better ….!

The Need

We need 3…. Having three individuals on for each service allows us to do some training, keeps the stress levels down, and ensures we are prepared and ready to switch on when Rae stands up.  Continue reading New Techies?

Operation Christmas Child

 

Fabulous News – 105 have already been taken!  Our aim this year is to ill 200 so w ar over half way there.  If you haven’t picked up a box yet why not take one next time you’re in the church.occ-logo

So how do i get involved?  Easy.  Just follow the steps below…

  • Please take a box and a leaflet
  • Read teh leaflet. this explains how to pack a box and suggestions of what goodies to include.
  • A drop off point will be set up in the crush hall from the 24th October onwards. Drop the completed box on the table by the 11th November.
  • JOB DONE…

For more information on this amazing ministry, follow the link…

www.samaritans-purse.org.uk and if you have any questions contact Kate Wakeford

Kids’ Church Ch******* Crafts

With Ch******* around the corner (12 weeks at time of writing) we are already planning a craft night at Kids church for November.  If you have any spare buttons, bits of fabric, or odd socks (pref. clean) aboot the hoose we would gladly take them off your hands and create something amazing with them!  Please leave any donations in the box marked Kids Church Ch******* Crafts in the crush hall.

Many thanks from the Kids Church Crew