Sunday, 22 January 2017

Model Godly Character – Fruits of the Spirit

In the 2nd of the series on “fruitfulness,” Steve Bailey talked of the importance of modelling Godly character. Godly character in Christians will speak to those outside the faith about God. In contrast to the human weaknesses that St Paul mentions first, in Galatians 5, he highlighted the nine “Fruits of the Spirit”  – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control

Steve had laid out cut-up portions of different fruit in bowls at the front of the church. He asked us which fruit we felt we were particularly in need of (more than one was allowed!). He then asked everyone in church to form a queue, as if taking communion, and select those fruits which corresponded to their needs. 

Which one would you have chosen?

The Big Picture -- God Cares

Taking the first of the series on “fruitfulness” – The Big Picture, Hugh  James led our thoughts, studying Colossians 1:15 – 20, with an emphasis on the fact that God Cares.

“God cares.” God cares for the earth that he has created. God cares for the church – all the people who have turned to him. And God cares for us – as individuals. And He is equally concerned for those who do not yet know him.

So it is the duty of every Christian to bring honour to Jesus, so that all those around us may also be attracted to him.

Bearing Fruit

Poster in the Church Foyer
"My father is glorified by this: that you bear much fruit. "But what does it mean for Christians to “bear fruit?” This is the question that we will be studying in our next series of sermons. Our poster in the church foyer introduces the question.

You are very warmly invited to any of the forthcoming series of sermons. Using the headings from Mark Greene's book "Fruitfulness on the Frontline," these will be:

Introductory – the Big Picture
M1 – Model Godly Character
M2 – Make Good Work
M3 – Minister Grace and Love
M4 – Mould Culture
M5 – Be A Mouthpiece for Truth and Justice.
M6 – Be a Messenger of the Gospel.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Gillian's visit to Trichy

Today a group of Curates from the Diocese are flying out to visit our link Diocese of Trichy in India. Gillian is part of this group for their 2 week visit. You will be able to keep up with what they are up to by following this link which should go live when they get there!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

We’ll Miss You!

At 99, Vicky Turner was the most senior member of Coffee Pot. Until recent ill-health prevented her, she was a very regular attender of this Thursday morning activity. Sadly, she has now died and will be much missed.

We pray for God’s comfort for her husband, Roy.