The Solution…..?

If you’re still reading this blog today then it’s likely that you, like me (and I expect most people), recognize the symptoms of hurry sickness, can see how it’s negatively affecting our lives….and want a way out. What’s the answer? Well, tracing John Mark Comer’s book, the solution is not: MORE TIME. “If only there were ten more hours in the day!”……is not a real solution.  What would we do with it?  Learn a new skill, enjoy a new place, travel to new sites, help more people…..maybe a whole load of incredibly… Read More

Losing to a Goldfish

Pop Quiz: which of these relate to you…. Moving from one check-out line to another because it looks shorter/faster. Counting the cars in front of you and either getting in the lane that has the least or is going the fastest. Multi-tasking to the point of forgetting one of the tasks. Anybody? These are what authors Rosemary Sword and Philip Zimbardo offer as ‘symptoms of hurry sickness’. Hurry Sickness: defined as… “A behaviour pattern charactersied by continual rushing and anxiousness” “A malaise in which a person feels chronically short of time, and… Read More

What do I need to do to become the me I want to be?

Answer: “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.“ Hurry. What would you say is the greatest enemy to the spiritual life?  There may be a whole host of things, but would ‘hurry’ even make the list?  See what you think about these…. “All of my worst moments…are when I’m in a hurry.” [John Mark Comer] “Love, joy, and peace are incompatible with hurry” – Love takes patience, joy comes from being present to the moment, peace….well, does it need explaining? [John Mark Comer] “Our greatest danger is not that we renounce faith,… Read More

Dream Themes

“All of them were united in prayer, gripped with one passion, interceding night and day.” Acts 1:14 In the spirit of Rewilding The Church, over the last couple of months we have used our Monday Hubs to pause and listen to what He is telling us as a church to do here in Barking Riverside; not only our next steps as a church but how we can help those in our community thrive. Each week the same sort of themes kept coming out of our prayers and discussions, even discussions outside of… Read More

Rewilding The Church Pt 6

In this series we have explored many different aspects as to how we need to free ourselves and the church to give room to what God is calling us to do: What rewilding the church means Putting our faith in Him and listen to what He is telling us to do Simplicity of our faith and discipleship Reaching out to those who feel they don’t fit in to church How we need to come together as brother and sisters to accomplish through Him The last piece of the puzzle is Hope. In… Read More

Rewilding The Church Pt 5

“The strength of this vital defensive construction required wholehearted commitment to the same shared vision; structural integrity was the result of human connection.” Steve Aisthorpe, Rewilding Church, reviewing Nehemiah 3 Last week was all about looking for those in your circle who are missing from church; those who feel like they don’t fit in or who aren’t accepting of every part of the Christian narrative. This week we’re looking at how connections with our brothers and sisters help us see great things through Him. As we have explored previously in this series,… Read More

Rewilding The Church Pt 4

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:12-14 I have always been a Christian. I was baptised… Read More

Rewilding The Church Pt 3

“Don’t load yourselves up with equipment. Keep it simple: you are the equipment.” Luke 9:3 There should be a simplicity in discipleship. However it seems it is basic human nature to unknowingly over think and complicate matters. We tend to focus on the wrong things, get distracted easily or overwhelmed by needing to know the answers, while in the middle of a process. But that isn’t how this works. We are simply called to follow Him, to join in with what He is doing and trust that no matter how we feel,… Read More

Kick Off Your Summer With God

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” Psalm 95:6 United Breaks Out is back again this year! Since 1989, the New Wine family, have gathered together in their thousands, on a showground over 2 weeks of the summer, for worship, fellowship, teaching, refreshment and, most importantly, to be empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit. But due to circumstances of the last 18 months, it is happening online for everyone to get involved in. Though school is out and time to yourself may be… Read More

How To Throw A Great Street Party

Following on from last week’s post, we hope we’ve inspired some of you to get involved with our Together Festival in August by hosting a street party with your neighbours. If so, we have put together a few ideas to help you create a great party for everyone! From decorations to games, music and food, to fundraising, we’ve covered all bases just for you! Decorations Bunting A street party isn’t a street party without bunting and decorations on the street. Of course, you can buy bunting online pretty cheaply, however with it… Read More