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The Sunday Sample: 30th April 2017

Date: Sunday 30th April Locations: Lower Earley and Watford Special occasion: none Speakers Barry Edwards spoke eloquently in Watford and I preached in Lower Early. We tried a mixed teaching/small group approach in Lower Earley and three people told me they enjoyed the interactive style. I know this suits some people, but not others, so I’ll not […]

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The Sunday Sample: 23rd April 2017

Date: Sunday 23rd April Locations: Lower Earley and Watford Special occasion: “Allotment” Sunday in Watford Speakers Mikko gave us a very encouraging lesson in Lower Early, while the Watford situation was a little different from usual. Joe shared some thoughts about God’s heart as revealed in nature. The outdoor service on Joe’s allotment was a very different scenario from usual – and felt […]

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The Sunday Sample

Date: Sunday 16th April Locations: Bracknell and Watford Special occasion: Easter Sunday Speakers Myself and Tony Heath spoke in Watford and Bracknell respectively. A change from the normal service pattern happened in both locations. In Watford we had a story instead of the sermon – with the children holding up pictures they had coloured as part of the reading. In […]

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The Sunday Sample: reflections on corporate worship, 9th April 2017

Date: Sunday 9th April Locations: Lower Earley and Watford Special occasion: none Speakers Myself and Tim (on the left) spoke in Watford and Lower Earley respectively. Joe Cronje shared the communion talk in Watford, and his stand-out idea was to ask us all the feel our pulse, close our eyes and then listen as he read scrpiture about the blood […]

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“How to make sure God gets the glory in your ministry”, John 17

HOW TO MAKE SURE GOD GETS THE GLORY IN YOUR MINISTRY Reflections on the prayer of Jesus in John 17 and what it means for those of us who have an area of ministry. Introduction “Ministry” is simply another word for area of service. It is about service, not title. The responsibilities God gives us can […]

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“What is the Primary Point?” Luke 19.10

The story of Zacchaeus is captivating. I remember the song from Sunday school, “Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.”¹ We’ll be exploring its message this Sunday. But, just what is the main point? I can see lessons from: The character/heart of Zac (eagerness, humility, faith, generosity) The actions of Zac […]

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“Today’s the Day”, Luke 19.5 & 9

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today.” An helpful phrase my parents repeated to me while growing up. “Carpe Diem” became popular after Robin Williams used it in, “Dead Poets Society”. The significance of noticing and grasping opportunities goes back further. For example, here in Luke 19 – the passage I’ll be preaching on […]

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The Sunday Sample: reflections on corporate worship, 02 April 2017

Date: Sunday 2nd April Locations: Bracknell and Watford Special occasion: none Speakers Osagie and Heinrich spoke in Watford and Bracknell respectively. Neither have much experience, but both did well and gave us much to think about. There was a noticeable strength of connection with the congregation created by, in part, the freshness of their voices. Their use of […]