Calling the faithful city back to the faithful God

We must go

One Friday evening recently, along with my husband, I was dishing up some of my delicious cottage pie that I’d made earlier in the day to a group of 35 men and women who have life-controlling issues.

A group of people (sometimes including a young child) gather each Friday in the car park at the back of the Salvation Army building in the city centre for a hot meal and sandwiches. Getting involved in different aspects of social action in the Lord’s name is something I am passionate about and this is one of the practical things I like to get involved in about 3 times a year along with a small number of others from St Peter’s.

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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.

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Counting Grains of Sand…

On Sunday I attend XS at St. Peter's Baptist Church, which is basically 'Sunday school' for school years 7-9. It's a place where we can explore the Bible, grow our…

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Youth Cafe Reopens!

It was an energetic start to the new term at SPBC’s Youth Cafe on Friday last week. We welcomed back many familiar faces as well as meeting new young people.

The start of the new term saw the start of a Youth Alpha course. We screened a fifteen minute Alpha video in the coffee lounge with questions posted throughout the church for young people to think about such as “If you only had 24 hours to live what would you do?” and “Assuming God is real, what single question would you ask Him?” We expected the video to clear the room, especially as we took away the youth’s source of music for the audio feed, but before long the room began to fill with casual observers and more engrossed watchers. As a result, we were able to engage with the youth and share our beliefs and life stories.

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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?…

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Magnify

On Wednesday evenings, we young people normally gather for Equip, where we hear a talk, before splitting into groups for discussion. For a change, we had a youth led meeting…

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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…

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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.
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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…

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Where Are We Heading?

If you could get binoculars to see into the future, what would St Peter’s Baptist Church look like in five years’ time? Would it be much the same with us…

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