He is a Christian? But he’s normal!

And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshipped. Exodus 12:26-27

Youth Cafe is open on Friday nights from 6:30 – 9:30 for young people aged 11-18. Each week we welcome 80-100 youth into church for a night of fun, games and conversation. However, the leaders all know we are not just another youth activity….we know that God is with us! The question is, how do we become a space that is distinctively different because of God and how should we share that with the young people we meet? This passage from Exodus always speaks to me about the importance of being God’s hands and feet to others, about the potential power of simply being a follower of Jesus in the presence of not-yet believers.

(more…)

Continue Reading He is a Christian? But he’s normal!

Prayer of Examen

In our morning services on 4th May Martin talked about the Prayer of Examen. It includes some questions to ask about your day, which are: What am I thankful for?…

Continue Reading Prayer of Examen

Risen with Christ

Every baptism is powerful. I’ve seen many people follow Jesus’ command to be baptised and each time I have felt the power of their testimony. Often it has moved me…

Continue Reading Risen with Christ

Bel Canto

Our piano at home has been around for nearly forty years. It has a few scratches and chips but overall it is still shiny and more importantly sounds fine musically, to my ears at least. It is tuned every six months or so. After the piano had been tuned last summer the trusty piano tuner who has tuned the piano from new, said in passing, “the top notes are getting less distinct with age.” He probably thought no more about it, after all it’s all in a day’s work to him, but it certainly resonated with me and my thoughts flashed immediately to this forty-something human resident of the house and whether my ‘top notes are getting less distinct with age’. Is the music of my life, are the notes I am emitting drawing others to follow Jesus or am I playing a dirge no one wants to listen to? I wrote this poem as a result. See what you think.
(more…)

Continue Reading Bel Canto

Thank you from Foodbank

So far this year we’ve donated 364.6 kg of produce in support of Worcester Foodbank for which they are extremely grateful. Since it opened in June 2012 we have donated…

Continue Reading Thank you from Foodbank

New campaigning app

Tearfund's new Nudge app allows you to lobby MPs, petition governments and share campaigning news wherever and whenever you like. You can download it from the App Store or go…

Continue Reading New campaigning app

CARE Impact Direct

Impact Direct is a weekly email from Care (Christian Action, Research and Education) with information, prayer points and specific ways in which you can effect change in the world. It…

Continue Reading CARE Impact Direct

Modern Slavery Bill

The Government published this ground-breaking piece of legislation just before Christmas signifying a certain determination to tackle human trafficking through a new dedicated law. There are plans to establish an…

Continue Reading Modern Slavery Bill

Malawi news

In March 2013 two of our Malawi team visited our partner churches in Malawi to see at first hand the challenges they are facing, including those created by the poor…

Continue Reading Malawi news

Up, in and out

For many years housegroups (and similar small groups) have been a vital part of our life as a church. They play a crucial role in building supportive fellowship and creating…

Continue Reading Up, in and out

What is a mission-shaped community?

Last year I visited St Thomas Philadelphia Church in Sheffield. It happens to be the largest UK church outside of London and the fastest growing church in Europe. The church took a…

Continue Reading What is a mission-shaped community?

Designed for disciple-making

We currently have a model of church that is attractional. By that I mean that we are good at attracting people who are already looking for a church. Many people…

Continue Reading Designed for disciple-making