Welcome to Elmwood Church!

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We are an independent, evangelical church, with a vision to be a loving and learning Jesus-centred family, united in our desire to serve God, in reaching our community.

Elmwood is a very welcoming church, where the services are quite informal, with a great mix of applied bible teaching, lively singing and heartfelt prayer as we worship Jesus each week.

This site reflects many of the ways you can connect with Elmwood and explore faith in the Lord Jesus - but the web can never do justice to the reality - so do come and see for yourself this Sunday at 10.30am or 6.30pm.

Elmwood Leadership Team.

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Reset your brain

In our home groups we have been looking at Romans 12:1,2 where we are urged to offer our bodies as a ‘living sacrifice’ to God. If we want to know what this looks like we have only to look at Jesus who “made Himself nothing” when He became a man (Philipians 2:7). He emptied Himself […]

Whole Life Worship

“Christian worship demands a whole-life response … everything we do can and should be worship.” Sam Hargreaves Well that’s a challenge! If you are a regular at Elmwood, you will know that we are about to start a Sunday teaching series entitled “Whole Life Worship”, with Home Groups following the same theme. Worship is so […]

We’re Hiring!

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Senior Leader to lead and work with the existing leadership in taking Elmwood forward. View details

Closing date: 4th June 2018
 

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Leader’s Thoughts: Reset your brain

In our home groups we have been looking at Romans 12:1,2 where we are urged to offer our bodies as a 'living sacrifice' to God.

If we want to know what this looks like we have only to look at Jesus who “made Himself nothing” when He became a man (Philipians 2:7).

He emptied Himself of all that made Him God and became a human being like us who had to learn obedience, experience (and resist) temptation, do only what He saw the Father do and know only what the Father revealed.

The big difference was that He was indwelt by the Holy Spirit from conception and remained without sin. And to maintain His connection to the Father by the Holy Spirit, he had to get up 'a great while before day' to pray.

Finally, He sacrificed even this connection to His Father when He became "obedient to death" on the cross and was made sin for us. Forsaken by His Father He experienced the ultimate 'emptying', far greater than anything required of us.

In view of all that, it seems a small thing to ask us to offer ourselves as He did in order to follow Him, especially as we know that His plan and will is "good, pleasing and perfect", though it may differ from our plans!

But we need to adjust our minds from the worldly mind set of wanting to control our own lives and demanding what we consider to be our rights, to thinking of ourselves as belonging to God as slaves with no rights over our bodies or possessions.

Such an attitude is "holy and pleasing" to Him and is true worship.


Elizabeth Gough
Leadership Team