Unless you have seen one of the News Sheets Phil does, you wouldn’t think that it was possible to make them this good, but here’s this offering, enjoy:
With the Jubilee, and the general patriotic flurry this year, we wanted to do something to show our appreciation of the last 60 years of relative peace and prosperity, and to look forward to the future. We decided on putting up our own flagpole at the front of the building by the road.
We also decided to ask people to design a commemorative work of art for us Continue reading “Jubilee flag competition”
This evening the seven churches in our area FIEC cluster gathered for the first time since our large 17 Church region decided meeting in smaller groups would help establish more meaningful fellowship.
The meeting was significantly better attended than the larger group meetings in the past which surely was a sign that we were on the right track. The impression I got was that people were over-all encouraged by the evening. From my point of view it was great to see so many out from North Bradley, but also to hear what the Lord and His people are up to in these other places. I enjoyed listening to that happy hubub of people taking together afterwards.
The objective was to build a common sense of mutual identity by sharing about our unique situations, some small, some big, some rural, some more urban, some with pastors, others without. We needed to work out what we have in common, and how we can help each-other. So we talked, prayed, and considered God’s word together – oh, and ate some cake.
I was charged with bringing something to the meeting from God’s word, but through some confusion along the line somewhere I was expecting a half hour or so, whereas others were looking for perhaps a ten minute devotion – the outcome was a little less than satisfactory all around, but we made do, and mended.
My aim was to convey that from a summary of the first three chapters of Revelations, that Jesus weighs us by character, discipline, and doctrine, not size or location.
He challenges us to confront staleness, defeatism, controversialism, indiscipline, superficiality, short-sightedness, and complacency where ever they rear their ugly heads. He challenges us all to meet our difficulties with hard work, self-sacrifice, willingness to fight sometimes, real Christian love, and openness to those we seek to reach, and to be opportunist, persistent, and urgent in God’s work.
The leaders will be meeting again in June to advance some of the proposals people made as how to take this forward.
Service information for the day is on the weekly news sheet posted separately, but the two sermon audios for today can be found here. Continue reading “Sunday’s sermons – 20th May”
Barnaby Alsop spoke at today’s Bradford on Avon Ministers’ Fraternal on Blessings and Curses at the Lord’s Supper. A very helpful session it was too, Continue reading “Fellowship and the Lord’s Supper”
Being a follower is not a life sentence, it is an essential part of getting anywhere. The important thing is making sure you follow the right people, in the right way, Continue reading “Sunday 29th April – Followers, and Freedom”
Good question. As a first time visitor it’s an important matter to work on if you have children yourself, and are wondering what’s expected. Continue reading “What about the kids?”
As a general rule we do not believe that we should skirt the parts of the Bible that might at first appear less straight forward to us than others. All scripture is equally inspired, so we seek to find what God would say to us through the whole Bible, not just our favourite bits. Continue reading “Looking at ‘difficult’ parts of the Bible”
Kath Lawrence started at North Bradley primary school during WWI and is still a member of NBBC today. Continue reading “1912-2012 A hundred years of experience”