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We have re-opened some of our regular services, as listed below. Guidelines for these meetings are as follows:

  • Hand sanitiser will be provided for use on arrival and departure.
  • Pre-cut bread and individual glasses of wine will be available for the Breaking of Bread service.
  • Please do not attend if you have COVID symptoms or are isolating.

Find out about the different services and weekly events on the What We Do page.

Wednesday 3 August 7:00pm - 8:30pm Prayer Meeting
Sunday 7 August 10:00am - 11:00am Breaking of Bread
4:30pm - 5:15pm Afternoon Service
Wednesday 10 August 7:00pm - 8:30pm Bible Study and Prayer Meeting
Sunday 14 August 10:00am - 11:00am Breaking of Bread
4:30pm - 5:15pm Afternoon Service
Wednesday 17 August Services cancelled
Sunday 21 August Services cancelled
Wednesday 24 August Services cancelled
Sunday 28 August Services cancelled
Wednesday 31 August Services cancelled

News

This Month: Transformers Camp

Transformers, a Scripture Union technology and computing holiday for young people aged 14 to 18, is being held at a boarding school in Dorset from 21st to 29th August. Please pray for:

  • holiday preparations - as the holiday has been online for the past two years, the team are resurrecting old packing lists and procedures, and hopefully not forgetting anything important!
  • the young people - there's a nice mix of old faces and new bookings, but numbers are fairly low. It would be good to have a few more bookings. Also pray that God will be preparing those who are attending, and that they will be receptive to the Bible teaching, as well as the technical activities.
  • protection against COVID-related issues - that no-one will be prevented from attending, and that we will not suffer an outbreak during the holiday.

Bible Study

Last month we began studying Paul’s letter to the Christian Church in Colosse. Colosse was a city in the south-west of what is now Turkey. At that time the area was known as Phrygia, in the Roman province of Asia Minor. There’s no record that Paul went to Colosse himself, and the Colossians probably heard the Christian Gospel as it spread from the city of Ephesus, about a hundred miles away, where Paul lived for a couple of years.

In his letter, Paul emphasises that Jesus Christ is central to what we believe. He is ‘the image of the invisible God’, the agent and sustainer of all creation, the head of the Church, the one who has made peace between God and humanity. ‘Christ is all, and in all’ (3:11).

Thought for the Month: Like a tree planted by water

Withered leaves on a tree branch

The effects of what they call the ‘prolonged dry spell’ are visible everywhere – including my garden. The leaves of trees and shrubs are drooping and withering, even putting on premature autumn colours and falling from the branches. I suspect that it won’t be just leaves that suffer, but fruit too: I think my raspberries will be fewer and apples smaller than usual.

A large tree, reflected in water

The writer of Psalm 1 was aware of the effects of drought on trees and the benefits to them of a well watered environment. We expect a well watered tree to display life and vigour, beauty and usefulness in its leaves and fruits. As the Psalmist admired a healthy tree flourishing by a stream, he saw it as a parable of a life constantly refreshed and blessed by ‘drinking’ deeply from God’s word.

It’s only by appreciating God’s word, reading it regularly, absorbing it, thinking about it, allowing it to permeate our whole being, that we can expect to enjoy spiritual health and vigour, and demonstrate beauty and usefulness in the way we live our lives – in how we think, what we say and what we do. As Psalm 1 says, a person ‘whose delight is in the law of the Lord’ (God’s word) is ‘like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither’ (v.3).

For more thoughts like this, take a look at our Sunday Snippets archive.

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