HARVEST SERVICE – Sunday 28 October 2018 (CLOCKS GO BACK)
St. John’s, Surrey Road, BH12 1EG
11.15am – 12.15pm: Joint Parish All Age Harvest Service
Refreshments will be served from 10.30am. This will include the usual tea, coffee, scrummy sausage rolls and traybakes. (There are no refreshments after the Harvest Service.)
Any voluntary financial giving this year will be used towards our work for Sleepsafe. Our food giving will be donated to the Foodbank.
Assuming God is real, if you could ask God one question, what would you ask?
We all have questions about life and all it holds. Maybe you’ve always wanted to know why the earth is round or why we have an appendix inside us. Or maybe your questions go deeper than that.
What if there was an opportunity to talk about these questions together, exploring some of the answers that the Bible gives us and that shapes the Christian worldview?
Some people get very worried about questions, and they assume that having faith means always being certain and sure about absolutely everything. But this isn’t the case. The Christian faith is about making an informed decision by ourselves that we choose to follow Jesus because he died for us and set us free from all our sin and shame – and we simply can’t make an informed decision if we don’t know all the facts. And we’re unlikely to know all the facts if we haven’t asked any questions along the way (actually – we should probably be very worried about people who say that they know everything – especially if they are talking about God!)
Through the Bible we see the story of God through the lens of His relationship with His people. The thing is, people so often get it wrong and make mistakes (I’m definitely no exception here…) The people of God were no exception. There is one thing though, that remains constant throughout it all, and that is the love of God. Even when the things people have done make them so far from God, he still loves them, and this is why he sent his Son, Jesus Christ.
Lots of people wanted to ask Jesus questions. Sometimes they were trying to trap him, to see what he would say and see if they could get him into trouble. Sometimes, they were just trying to work out what was the best way to draw close to God. But sometimes, he would turn the tables on them and ask them a question.
If Jesus was standing alongside you today, what question would he ask you? What would you want to share with him? How would you feel at the end of the encounter?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; those who seek find; and to those who knock, the door will be opened.”
The Alpha Course is starting soon!
Alpha is a course for people wanting to explore life, faith and meaning. It’s a safe place for people to come and meet around a table, to ask questions, and to learn more about the claims of Christianity for themselves in a friendly, open, and informal environment. There is a meal included each week.
We’re about to start a new course at St Michael’s Church. It’s completely free (though you are welcome to donate towards the cost of dinner if you like) and runs for 10 weeks starting on the 10th October at 7pm.
There is no pressure, no follow up, and no charge for the course. All are welcome. We’d love to see you there.
If you are interested in coming along, it would be helpful to RSVP (though you can also just show up) to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if there is anything you can’t eat.
Drenched kicked off with great success last Wednesday. (And yes, I did beat everyone at Mario Kart…)
It’s a club for all those in Years 5 and 6. We play games, chill out, eat tuck, and have a lot of fun in the process. But the more people who come, the more fun will be possible. Why not send your children along to come and join us???
The Glow Party is coming soon –
31st October at St John’s Church
We can’t wait!
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