Difficult Situations

Difficult situation

In last week’s blog I was quite candid about how hectic life has been over the summer and how unprepared I am to run head first into the rest of the year. I think a part of this has been down to feeling out of sync with what God had put on my heart for 2023. Part of it being down to being a little bit too focused on work and less on the Lord and who He has surrounded me with or why I have been placed in certain areas/organisations/groups. On… Read More

A Hard Reset

Hard Reset

I don’t know about anyone else but I feel like this year has kicked my butt a little bit and I’m in need of a hard reset. Yes the pandemic and the lockdowns were hard, no disputing that, but for me personally, juggling two jobs, a toddler and general life has taken quite a lot to get used to. Plus getting back to socialising; getting back on the bandwagon of going out and making sure to keep in touch with people, not just digitally but also in real life. Come the summer… Read More

A Little Perspective

So last week the family and I had the luxury of being able to go to Los Angeles for the week. No this isn’t a brag; we had a voucher from Covid and it wouldn’t be extended so had to use it up. LA was one of the places that meant the whole voucher could be used without us adding much on top – I know, how jammy is that? But, we got more than LA than we bargained for. We were meant to leave on Friday 18th, to be back on… Read More

The Power Of Doing Less

I was doing a Peloton workout last week and rather than going hard like I usually do, I was really tired so did a Recovery Ride. To do something to move my body, but not as intensely as usual. The instructor, one of my faves, Ally Love introduced the class by talking about the power of doing less. Her message really resonated with me because its been a hectic few weeks, within the church and personally. And I’m sure the majority of us are the same; when we find that hamster wheel… Read More

Welcome To Summer Sundays

Last week was our first week of Summer Sundays; throughout August we have a more relaxed style of church as our core family members take holidays, relax and recharge over the summer. During these Sunday’s we’ll be looking over the book of Psalms. So what are the Psalms about and why ae they so important to us today? What Are The Different Types Of Psalms? There are 150 psalms in the Bible and can be collated and categorised. Biblical scholar Hermann Gunkel’s system covers the following categories: Hymns: Many of the psalms are… Read More

Disciple Making

At the beginning of the year a few of us trained on the Disciple Making Movement (DMM) and each month, we meet as a group to continue the journey together and keep each other accountable. When we met this week, we shared encouragements as usual and then went on to watch a documentary called Ordinary People. Though the film itself is quite long and a bit repetitive, the main take outs I got were really interesting and as a church I think it helped to reaffirm everything we stand for as a… Read More

Our Gifts

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8 On Sunday we said farewell to Urbain, Ivanete, Rebeca and Jesse with a bit of a bring and share party vibe. We enjoyed a lovely spread, worship music… Read More

TTFN, Ta-Ta For Now….

So this week marks the last week of the Yombe family being with us officiall as part of our church family. And it’s most definitely bitter sweet. Bitter because they will be missed so much by us all. Sweet because it is a new adventure they’re about to embark on, and still close enough in Barking that they won’t be able to rid of us that easy! For me personally Urbain and I started at the same time with Church at Barking Riverside. July 2020. In the thick of Covid social distancing,… Read More

Getting That Community Spirit

The last couple of weeks have been hectic! You may tell by the lack of blog and general comms. The last couple of weeks have been a hard slog. I think the majority of our church family can agree that they have had a similar feeling. But something I have found myself praying for this last week is for us to, both individually and collectively, have the endurance to persevere, as long as it’s His will. Of course, as a part of that we need the wisdom and discernment to make sure… Read More

Thy Kingdom Come…

We kicked off 2023 with Disciple Making Training where a small group of us learnt how to become more confident in our ability, no matter how well we know Scripture or anything else for that matter, to help others in their discipleship journey. One of the main things that has cone out of that training is that we want to be able to ‘go out amongst the lost’ and find people of peace that are looking for Jesus, whether they have been walking this faith journey all their lives, or whether they… Read More

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