Peace Be With You…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:6-7, (ESV) Stress. It is something that is guaranteed in this life. Whether it be financial stress, especially in this current climate. Or stress in the work place, where, though the pandemic taught many lessons about the importance of work-life balance, our culture is centred on working hard to… Read More

Why Do Christians Fast?

We are coming to the end of the month, one where with Stoptober, people are focusing on quitting smoking. The idea of quitting or giving something up got me thinking about the mindset Christians (and those of other faiths too) have to be in, to fast and why fasting became a thing in the first place. As a kid I was taught to give something up for Lent, I think at the time it was a challenge, one that I enjoyed succeeding in. Now, fully understanding the impact of the crucifixion and… Read More

What Is God Telling You?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” James 1:5 Last week during our staff meeting, we were praying together but as part of that prayer time, Sam asked that we take 10 minutes to listen to what God was saying to us individually. Now, this is something that was new to me. Sam evidently realised this because after our prayer and worship time together he gave me a book to read; Is That Really… Read More

New Year, New Term, Same Us

As we are shaking off that summer feeling of late nights and lazy days away (or hectic ones depending on your lifestyle and preferences), getting ready to go back to work and/or school, we want to solidify the themes we left off from before the summer holidays, to help keep ourselves and each other accountable on our discipleship journey. From February to July this year, we looked at the foundation of what church looks like for us: Habits, Hubs & Hands. If you missed this, you can catch up by reading our… Read More

Love Jesus

“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:28-30 The most important commandment as said by Jesus was to love thy God. And thy neighbour. But love. Thy. God. As this is the most important commandment for Him and the church, as disciples we need to live this out as… Read More

Learn Jesus

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 Over Lent we focused our Sunday Celebrations and a few blogs on Habits. These are the things we do individually to make space for Jesus in our every day lives. We specifically looked at Habits that break, those that disrupt our very busy, fast moving, modern lives; silence & solitude and the Sabbath. Last week at our Sunday Celebration, Urbain… Read More

The Importance Of The Sabbath

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 Last week I felt a bit off. Nothing was particularly wrong, we’d had quite a busy long weekend with my husband’s birthday and Mother’s Day so maybe it was a lack of sleep. Maybe the dip in temperature and the sun going away. Whatever it was, I found myself pressing the snooze button for a half hour, rather than doing my usual workouts in the morning and falling asleep on the sofa watching a show, rather than going up and having some… Read More

Habits That Break: Silence & Solitude

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 In our last Sunday Celebration we continued talking about Habits that help us walk closer to God on our discipleship journey. We started with Habits that break; those that help stop us being distracted by the every day happenings of life and bring us back on track to focus more on God. Anna kicked us off with talking about silence and solitude. For some… Read More

Why It’s Important To Know The Word

I have always scrutinised the Bible to a certain extent. I know I may have lost some of you right there, but hear me out… The Bible has been interpreted and translated numerous times and, in my mind, each time, there would have been an agenda that the Bible needed to uphold. Patriarchy for example; was it really Eve that took the apple and why is Mary Magdalene still seen as a prostitute or a woman shrouded in mystery? There are many questions that surround the Bible. However, one thing I know… Read More

Habits Bring Us That Bit Closer…

As I said in last week’s blog, Lent is a time for reflection and building on you habits to bring you closer to God, His love and His path laid out for you. Habits are integral to us a church; when we are committed to them, they help us create space for us to have one on one time with Him. To thank Him, to bring our worries to Him, to pray to Him for our loved ones, to learn more about Him. That’s what we as a church have always focused… Read More