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Morning Prayer

Many of us find that the best time to pray is first thing in the morning. Speaking personally, if I don’t get up early to pray, I find it almost impossible to set my heart to pray later in the day.  We know that the Lord Jesus “rose in the morning, a great while before day, and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed” (Mark 2:35).  He couldn’t face the day without spending time alone with his Father.

But it’s never easy to follow that example. Some of …

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All Change

It seems that we’re constantly having to make changes these days. Most obviously there are changes in the people who attend the church. Long-established members move on and new faces appear.  Even the arrival of lots of new babies brings change to the congregation – new challenges, new strains, new opportunities.  Do we need an organised crèche?  Should we start a mother and toddler group?

There have been changes in leadership over the last couple of years and there are more on the way.  We’ve called Martin as ‘our missionary’ to Charlesworth; we’re …

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Deacons

Every church needs reliable leaders. The New Testament teaches that in every church there should be two groups of leaders. 

Firstly, there should be elders (or pastors or overseers: these are all different labels for the same group of men).  Elders are responsible for overseeing the spiritual life of the church.  They preach and teach the Word of God; they give themselves to prayer and they guide the church in much the same way that a man governs his family.  At the present time we have two elders, myself and David.  We …

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Holiday Churches

Anne, Jesse and I had a very happy holiday last month up in Haverigg. The weather was fine, the area is lovely and we were able to relax.  It was actually the longest complete break we’ve had since we were married.  Usually, if we go away, I combine the holiday with preaching engagements.  But on this occasion, it was a fortnight without any commitments.  And we didn’t feel we had to push ourselves to do anything. When we’ve been away on holiday in the past, …

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Do you look forward to Sundays?

Sunday should be the happiest day of our week. Right back at the beginning of history, God laid down the pattern by which we should live. God commanded Adam and Eve to work for six days, caring for the world he had made. They would find great happiness in doing that work and they would bring glory to God.  But every seventh day was different.  On that seventh day they should cease from the work they …

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