Pastor’s Thoughts

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The Beautiful Church

by Web Team

My favourite memory of 2016 comes from the Queen’s Birthday Party last June. I remember it fondly because the church family served our community and one another; and the event became a delightful, living picture of the body functioning beautifully. In the New Testament both Paul and John depict the worldwide church as a beautiful […]

Baptism Service & Farewell Lunch

by Web Team

Sunday 20th November Are you ready for baptism? Jesus asks all those who follow him to be baptised as a public response to God’s kindness when they asked for his forgiveness and invited Jesus to be their Lord. In baptism … the follower of Jesus identifies themself with the death, life and resurrection of their […]

The All Powerful God

by Web Team

I’ve been considering ‘providence’ recently. It’s not a word used much outside religious circles, it encompasses “the governance of God by which He, with wisdom and love, cares for and directs all things in the universe.” When we watch the evening news and contemplate one disaster or atrocity after another, it seems like a step […]

Coup de grace

by Web Team

Last week our family was caught up in the fringes of the attempted coup in Turkey – not knowing as we went to sleep on Friday night whether our much anticipated Saturday flight to Izmir would even take off, or if it did, whether we’d be safe at the destination. In the end both worked […]

Slow Down, Breathe Deeply…Pray

by Web Team

‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11.28) Soon many will be taking a break of some sort. Whatever the location or weather it’s a good time to pause and reflect on God’s care for us – both in giving us work and a purpose, […]

Call to Prayer for the Nation(s)

by Web Team

Dear Elmwood, Please continue to pray for the UK and Europe and for the wider world, during the current turmoil. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul urges “that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Tim […]

Royal Ambassadors

by Web Team

Thank you to the very many who helped make the Royal Birthday Party so special last Sunday. It was also a treat to see the Oakley family back in the UK and to enjoy Dave’s messages at both services. In the evening he spoke about Ambassadors Football and their deep desire to reach millions of […]

The Servant Queen

by Web Team

Next Sunday, at the Royal Birthday Party every household will receive a free copy of a beautiful book called ‘The Servant Queen’. This is the story of the 60+ years of faithful service to God and country. The Queen may not use some of the phrases that are beloved of evangelical Christians, but she has […]