He who has seen me…

What’s our image of God? Perhaps we don’t have one, or if we do, maybe it’s a bit vague. Or perhaps we just think God is too big for us to try to pin down. In one sense that’s true. It’s beyond our finite minds to try to imagine what the infinite Creator of the universe could possibly be like. But the incarnation of Jesus (which is what Christmas is actually celebrating, though it gets a bit harder to pick it out each year) gives us a massive clue – because God, in Jesus, becomes one of us. The Bible refers to Jesus as “the image of God”. One of Jesus’ disciples asked him to show them the Father, and how did Jesus respond? He said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” That’s a bold claim, but what if it’s true? Over the coming months we’ll be looking at parts of Luke’s Gospel, seeing what Luke tells us about Jesus, and in turn thinking about how that helps us to a clearer image of God – and to a relationship with Him. You’re welcome to join us any Sunday, at 11.00 am.

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Happy New Year

None of us know what lies ahead of us in 2020. However, the Christian hope, indeed our certainty, is that whatever happens, God is not taken by surprise, even if we are, and He will walk with us and keep us through all things. All we need to do is turn to Him. So, let me wish you a good New Year, and invite you to make it a year in which you seek to encounter Jesus in your daily life, and get to know Him better.

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Watchnight Service

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Our Christmas Eve service is tonight at 11.30 pm. Its a time to enter into Christmas Day with a focus on the birth of Jesus, the event which is at the heart of all our celebrations. And with apologies to Lidl (other supermarkets are available), we’ll be reflecting on the theme “A Christmas You Can Believe In”.

And whether you can join us or not, and however you plan to celebrate the day, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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Christmas family service

This Sunday, December 15th, at 11.00 am, we have our Christmas family service. This is a celebration of the coming of Jesus into the world, and as we talk and sing and think together about this (with a little help from the Brownies and the nativity play), we’ll reflect on what this means for us and our world today. Oh, and there may be cake and mince pies as well…

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Advent begins

Advent is the name that we give to the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day. During this time, we focus on Christ coming as a baby, born in Bethlehem that first Christmas day, and also on the promise of his coming again, in glory, to put the world to rights. We will also think about Jesus’ promise to come into people’s lives, to restore their relationship with God.

But what sort of world does Jesus come to today? With a little help from John Lewis (and a dragon), Lidl and Argos (other stores are available), we’ll be thinking about this question. “Advent and Advert” begins this Sunday morning, December 1st, when we ask “Who’s really welcome?”

Then on Sunday afternoon, at 4.00 pm, we celebrate Messy Christmas. This is an event for children with their parents, grandparents and carers. We’ll explore something of the message of Christmas through crafts, games and the story of the birth of Jesus, and conclude with a meal. All are welcome.

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Coffee Morning and Craft Fayre

From 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday November 23rd we are holding our annual coffee morning and craft fayre. So, if you fancy a tea or a coffee and some home baking, and a chance to buy some unique hand-crafted gifts (and some frankly amazing Christmas cakes), then come along to the church and drop in. You’ll be very welcome.

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The Big Quiz 2019

On Saturday evening, November 16th, we are one of the venues across the country for what aims to be the UK’s largest multi-venue quiz. This is organised by the Christian relief agency Tearfund, in aid of women victims of civil war in Nigeria. With rounds on Books, Stage and Screen , Nature, Sport, History, Geography, Music, Food and Drink, and a picture round, there will be questions that people of almost any age can answer. So why not come along and join a team, or even bring a team, and enjoy a night of fun, knowing that at the same time you will be helping to make a difference in the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We suggest a donation of £5 per person, but you are welcome to make any contribution you would like.

The quiz starts at 7.45 pm, with refreshments from 7.15 pm. You are welcome simply to turn up on the night, but it will help us with our planning if you let us know if you plan to come along. And for more information, please contact David, the minister.

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A busy Sunday

This Sunday, November 3rd, we continue to look at the book of Ecclesiastes and explore the purpose of life, asking “Is it all meaningless?” And if there is a purpose, where can it be found.

Then in the afternoon, at 4.00 pm, Messy Church is on. Our theme that we’ll be exploring through games, crafts, food and the Bible is “Light in the darkness”. Everyone is welcome to join us for this.

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Messy Church is back

This Sunday, October 6th, Messy Church restarts, at 4.00 pm.

At Messy Church families come together to think about some of life’s big questions, and to have fun while we do so. We join in crafts, play, songs and a story, all on the same theme. Finally we have a simple meal together. Our theme for this Sunday is “Harvest” and we’ll be thinking about Jesus feeding 5000 people…with five loaves and two fish

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This is an event for families and not just for children, so the idea is that children come with parents, grandparents or carers. It’s running at a time which we hope will suit families well – after a day chilling or a trip out somewhere perhaps – and in a form that involves doing things together. And we’ll finish in time to get all ready for nursery or school the next day

Everyone is welcome to come and join us, whether you go to church somewhere or whether you never go at all. If you’d like to know any more details about it, please get in touch, by email at david.millerstonpastor@gmail.com or by phoning 07975531585.

We hope to see you there if you can make it.

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Time for Messy Church again

Messy Church logoThis Sunday, June 23rd, we have our final Messy Church before the summer, at 4.00 pm.

At Messy Church families come together to think about some of life’s big questions, and to have fun while we do so. We join in crafts, play, songs and a story, all on the same theme. Finally we have a simple meal together. Our theme for this Sunday is “The good Samaritan”

This is an event for families and not just for children, so the idea is that children come withMessy Church craft table - cropped parents, grandparents or carers. It’s running at a time which we hope will suit families well – after a day chilling or a trip out somewhere perhaps – and in a form that involves doing things together. And we’ll finish in time to get all ready for nursery or school the next day

Everyone is welcome to come and join us, whether you go to church somewhere or whether you never go at all. If you’d like to know any more details about it, please get in touch, by email at david.millerstonpastor@gmail.com or by phoning 07975531585.

We hope to see you there if you can make it.

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