What a summer! How has it been where you live? Here inside the M25 it has been consistently hot. Spiritually it has been a warm summer too. We have been meeting in our church hall whilst the church itself has been refurbished. It has reminded us that it is the relationships that count, not the building: our love for God, love for our brothers and sisters in Christ and love for our wider community. Come and see the changes– we are always open on Sundays at 10.30am – you are welcome to join us in worshiping God.
It was hot for our Soccer School too – we thank God for blistering weather in the last week in August. About 20 children attended – all of them wanting to own up to following Jesus at the end of the week. Read more and see the pictures on the Soccer School page.
As we head into autumn we are going to study the “practical end” of Romans – chapters 12-16. Again we are reminded that it is love that counts: The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:9-10).
Along the way we are looking forward to visits from our missionary partners, Harvest Thanksgiving (Sunday 29 September) and preparation for Passion for Life: ten days of events proclaiming the good news about Jesus starting on Valentine’s Day 2014. There will be a Valentine’s Dinner with Jazz band, sports quiz with football legend Cyrille Regis MBE, talk by ex-terrorist from Northern Ireland, Rico Tice and many others – all with the message that Jesus is God’s Son who died to rescue us. Rev Nick Gray, Pastor