Archive for March, 2017

29th March 2017 Bible Study

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Leader: Edwin Ashcroft
Over the last three weeks we heard about Jacob and his two wives Rachel and Leah.
This disfuntional family had a big part to play in the future lineage.
Jacob who was deceitful went on to become Israel and the sons of Rachel and Leah were the ancestors of the tribes of Israel and Saul, David, Levi, Moses, Joshua, Esther and Jesus etc..
They link the old and new testaments.
Rachel was beautiful in face and form and Leah was plain but even though Jacob fell in love with Rachel it was Leah who bore him the most sons and who he asked to be buried with in the family tomb.
Rachel was deceitful, discontented and jealous – she stole from her father –  she died by the roadside and was buried there.
It seems that none of these people are anywhere near perfect but God does not expect us to be perfect – he loves us and does expect that we will come to Him.
May we respectfully suggest that you take time to read about Jacob, Leah and Rachel in Genesis.

Thursday 23 March – Lent group

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

We have previously considered how we can talk about our faith, Can we compare it to a book or film and what character we would cast in such a story.

This session looked at what image we would use to describe our faith based on a selection of pop voxes on video.  Those interviewed  used abseiling and the strength of the rope, a battered old Land Rover that keeps going, another a black banana.

We then considered which biblical character would most represent us.

Sunday 19th March 2017

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Self            We looked at three self portraits by Rembrandt.
The first when he was 21 – a huge easel and very small Rembrandt – insignificant – is this how we sometimes see ourselves ??
The second when he was 50s – self possessed – lavishly dressed, well set up – wealthy confident – he had made his way – do we show ourselves to the world like this ?
Thirdly – 70s – an old man, contented with his lot – even though bankrupt and had lost some of his family he remained calm – how often are we like this?
Psalm 139 – “Oh Lord you have searched me and you know me”
Do we know ourselves as well as God knows us ??
Reflection in the mirror
James 1 – 19 – 26
v.23 …. is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking goes away and forgets what he looks like – But the man who looks intently …”
Do you always recognize your own reflection in shop windows etc..                                                   Do your family and friends see you as you would wish or do they express disapproval – if they always praise you are they being truthful every time?                                                                        Sometimes criticism is helpful but painful.

Have you a truthful mirror – or is it sometimes distorted ?
Let Jesus be your mirror – he knows you “warts and all”
Try to be a good truthful mirror for someone else.
Can you reflect truth back to them?  ask Jesus to help you.

Psalm 139  “Oh Lord you have searched me and know me”

Friday 17 March – Lent Group

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Led By Rev Suzanne Nockels

Eight member sof the church gathered and considered how stories can be compelling and powerful.

Suzanne asked us to consider the story of our faith and recurring themes and patterns.

We then had to determine if our story should be made into a book, film or play with compelling characters, one lady decided her story was a soap opera. Other even went as far as casting famous actors/actresses in the various roles.

We finished by bringing and explaining an object of value to us.

What would your faith story be and what is your valuable object?

Thursday 16March – Mental Awareness Day

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Led by Debbie Challoner – retired Consultant Psychologist

Opened with a reading from Job 6:24ff

Members from four local churches met to discuss the stigma and attitudes towards mental health. How it affects people leading to prejudices, how it is recognised and how we need to be suitably prepared in our churches.

We went someway in learning how we can help and support, learning what to say or importantly what not to say and understanding how the various illnesses manifest themselves or remain hidden from us. Learning not to be judgemental or to take things personally.

The day was particularly worthwhile, thanks in particular to the openness of the participants in sharing their experiences and quiet leadership of Debbie Challoner.

Wednesday 15th March 2017

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Bible Study Leader: Edwin Ashforth
Genesis 29 — Leah is a lady who had a great impact of the future but she is rarely mentioned – the account is full of deceipt, intrigue and jealousy Her father married Leah to Jacob who thought he was marrying her sister Rachel but Leah bore six sons and Rachel was barren but by various methods Rachel also provided Jacob with children.
The children of these two marriages went on to be leaders in their own right and were the forerfathers of David and Christ. Jacob went on to have a large flock of sheep and was a wealthy man. Next time we hope to learn more about Rachel.

Sunday Worship – 12 March 2017

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Led by Rev Alan Hindmarch

Readings: Genesis 2:1-4, Matthew 17:1-9

Alan spoke of the ‘Glory of God’. relating to Handels ‘Messiah’, based on scripture and the Transfiguration of Jesus in front of the disciples.

There were believers eg Saul who persecuted Christians but then saw the Glory of Christ.

Glorious love of God in action

We need to be seen today as people of God, reflecting that Glory and love in the world and community in which we live.

Sunday 5th March 2017

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

We guessed who ‘used to’ do various hobbies/activities.
In Exodus 33 it says that ‘Moses used to talk to God face to face’. What are the aspects of our faith that we used to find beneficial? Are they worth fighting for?

We welcomed Delia Hope and Barbara Senior into membership. They both spoke about finding a welcome and a home in the Church. They made their promises and the congregation made a covenant with them.

The sermon looked at the story of the transfiguration. Our spiritual mountain-tops are when receive God’s promises, presence and affirmation. However, we cannot capture or contain those moments. At some point we have to go back down the mountain into the difficulties of everyday life. Jesus is still with us and Jesus is all we need. In Christ’s church we share our high and low points to witness to the glory of God.

We celebrated the Lord’s Supper.

2nd March Bible Study

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Leader: Edwin Ashcroft
Once again Edwin chose to tell us about another interesting family from the Bible.
Jacob and his wives Leah and Rachel. Genesis 29 – A lot of intrigue and trickery.
Jacob worked for Laban for 7 years in order to have Rachel as his wife but Laban tricked him and he slept with Leah and had to work another 7 years before Rachel was his wife. e look forward to Edwin’s visit in two weeks to learn more about these wives and their children.

2nd March Ash Wednesday Service

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

It was moving to remember we are dust and to reflect our mortality but also to remember what God can do with dust.