Virtual Church

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.

Amen


The Forgiveness of God – 11th April

Welcome to our virtual service.  Whilst it was great that many were able to meet and take communion together in the church yard last Sunday, some felt unable to do that.  To them, and those widespread through the UK and beyond our shores, these virtual services are, quite literally, a “God send.”  Today we continue in our series looking in depth at the book of Romans.  Tim Williamson, out minister, will be unpacking the final verses of chapter 12, ‘The Forgiveness of God’.

The message will, I believe, give us hope and encouragement for the coming weeks as the country begins to return to something like normality.  We don’t know what this new normality will be like.  The coronavirus pandemic will have lasting consequences, not only on many people physically but also mentally.  Some will continue to suffer from the so called ‘long covid’, some, bereavement, and some economically.  They may have lost their job or had to change their work.  More than ever, we shall need to turn to God for the strength we need.  Many will be praying, some perhaps for the first time.  We need to keep and encourage others to “try praying”.

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This service was recorded before the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

Easter Sunday

We welcome you on this wonderful Easter Sunday, and trust and pray this day will be very special to you as you celebrate with us the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! In Luke 24:1-6 (NIV) we read

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; HE HAS RISEN

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Good Friday

Welcome to our Good Friday service of reflection. The service is suitable for all ages but doesn’t have material specific to age and stage. We will be taking communion as part of the service so it would be wise to get bread and wine or juice ready before you press play so that you can take part without interruption.

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The Gifts of God – 28th March

Today we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey just a few days before his cruel and barbaric crucifixion. The crowds of people lining the streets in jubilant celebration and praise were most probably oblivious to what was coming in a matter of days. In just the same way that on that first Easter Saturday following Jesus’ death the majority of those same people didn’t know the glorious resurrection was also coming!

So we gather virtually to remember and celebrate Palm Sunday today and lift up our praise to the Lord for the cross of Christ and all that this means for us as forgiven, grace-filled and Holy Spirit filled children of God. We are gathered to offer up our prayers and to listen to the voice of God through the scriptures. We gather to learn more of God’s gifts in us and how we can use them to bring glory to him and people to Jesus.

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The full version of the introductory letter from Tim can be found by clicking here

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The Mercies of God – 21st March

This Sunday, as we continue in our Year of Prayer as a church, sees us launch an exciting new outward focussed prayer initiative called ‘Try Praying’. Some of you will have already received the Try Praying resources and others will be receiving it later this week. There’s an explanation of how we can get involved with Try Praying in todays service.

After a break for our series in Prayer Matters, this Sunday sees us restart our series in the New Testament book of Romans. Cherie will be helping us explore the first two verses of Chapter 12 around the theme of Transformation. The famous evangelist Dwight L Moody said that, ‘the bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.’ As we engage with the God’s word, as we worship and we pray may we all be mindful that whereas change is inevitable, transformation is a conscious choice we make. Today may we choose to allow the work of the Holy Spirit to change what we were so that he may transform us into what we were not, for the sake of his Kingdom and his glory.

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The full version of the introductory letter from Tim can be found by clicking here

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Prayer Matters: Spiritual Warfare – 7th March

The service this morning is the last in the series on Prayer Matters and to complete the picture Catrin will be looking at the topic of Spiritual Warfare which is a challenging subject to all of us. The service will also include communion which compliments todays subject matter.

John 3:16 provides real comfort when we are struggling so the opening of the service will be a great time to reflect and find peace through these words.

The full version of the introductory letter can be found by clicking here

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Prayer Matters: Listening – 28th February

Our theme this week, in the penultimate of our Prayer Matters series, is Listening and we look forward to hearing from, or even listening to, Tim as he brings us God’s word.

Once again, welcome to our virtual gathering. Wherever you will be, and whatever time it will be when you join in our worship, may you be blessed and may you truly know God’s presence. May you be encouraged, strengthened, comforted by our worship and may it set you right for the week ahead.

I hope, that like me, you were encouraged by the government’s plans, announced earlier this week, to lift the lockdown restrictions over the coming few months. It does look like we can, tentatively, begin to look forward to being able to worship together once more. How wonderful that will be. A great answer to prayer, but don’t stop praying about it yet!

The full version of the introductory letter from Peter can be found by clicking here

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Prayer Matters: Contemplation – 21st February

Welcome to our virtual gathering! Some of us may be feeling a little apprehensive at the moment ahead of the Prime Minister’s announcement this coming Monday about how and when the current lockdown restrictions will be lifted. When will the children go back to school? When can I see my Grandad? or even…I’m just desperate for a haircut! All of these are as yet unknowns, however, one thing we can be sure of is God’s faithfulness. As we worship, pray and listen together, may you be filled once again with the certainty of God’s love for you.

Wayne, one of our Elders, will be bringing us the message on the next theme in our series of Prayer Matters – Contemplation.

The full version of the introductory letter from Katy can be found by clicking here

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Prayer Matters: Unanswered Prayer – 7th February

Welcome to our Virtual worship service. This morning we continue with our series, Prayer Matters, looking at the topic of Unanswered Prayer. We’ll worship together in song, lament and pray with the Psalms and listen to Tim sharing God’s word with us. We’ll also hear stories of two members of our congregation – sharing with us how they dealt with disappointments large and small.

Later in the service we’ll be taking communion together, so please collect together bread and wine or juice so that you can take part too.

The full version of the introductory letter from Catrin can be found by clicking here

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Prayer Matters: Intercession – 31st January

This Sunday sees us continue in our series ‘Prayer Matters’ and one of our Deacons, Peter Thatcher, will be speaking to us about the topic of Intercession. Today also marks the BMS World Mission day of prayer and various folks from the church will be helping lead us in a time of intercessory prayer for our mission partners around the world and for the important ministries they are involved in.

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The full version of the introductory letter from Tim can be found by clicking here

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Prayer Matters: Petition – 24th January

Our service this morning is the third session in our series on Prayer Matters and today we will be focusing on Petition . Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. This is what we are looking at this morning. We will be looking at another option to help with your prayer life. Palms Up and Palms Down prayer, where you present your requests to God, feel the weight lifted then receive God’s love and peace before resting in His presence. What a great way to start the day!

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Adoration – 10th January

Welcome to our online service this morning which is the second in our new series on Prayer Matters with a special focus on Adoration. What a week of ups and downs with new restrictions at home and significant world issues that must concern everyone. Life is rather chaotic at the moment and it’s difficult to even know what day of the week it is. However I am going to ask you to place all your concerns and worries at the foot of the cross and focus on all the positives this morning – and we do have lots to be thankful for.

To Christians, adoration is the lifting up the heart and mind to God asking nothing but to enjoy God’s presence. When you pray do you go to God with a shopping list as Tim mentioned last week or do you include prayers of thanks and worship? We should enjoy spending time with God and that’s what we are going to do this morning.

The colouring sheet mentioned by Catrin can be downloaded by clicking here

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Why Pray? – 3rd January

Welcome to our online service this morning and may I wish you all a Happy New Year on behalf of the church. I hope that despite difficult circumstances you were able to enjoy Christmas as we gave thanks for the birth of Christ. As we close the door on 2020 and begin this new chapter of our lives that is 2021 we continue to stand again on God’s sure and solid promises. In the midst of our difficulties and ongoing uncertainty, we commit to bringing everything to the Lord in prayer. With patient hearts we give thanks for his unfaltering faithfulness and our hope is secured in God’s unending love and abounding joy.

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Today sees us embark on a new teaching and preaching series as we start 2021. For the next few weeks we are going to be exploring the topic of Prayer, through a series called ‘Prayer Matters’. 

The full letter from Tim can be read by clicking here and the first four of these resources around why we pray and how we pray can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

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