19th September

Andy’s Update

On Wednesday morning this week the doors between the church and hall were removed and the building became one space, rather than two separate areas.  With the new doors in place, which are fully glazed, this sense will remain.  Although we will have the option of closing the blinds and offering privacy to the different spaces when we need to, I believe the new doors are symbolic and can remind us of our calling to be open to the community and to be a church family through which the community can see God at work, as people who are using the church hall for parties, etc, will now be able to see into the church.  Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. … Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16).  These verses seem particularly apt as we are positioned at the top of the hill in Allesley Park.  May this new church hall and its new doors be a means by which God allows us to shine our light and bring glory to God.

Weekly Prayer Guide

Growing in God

Reflect on the verses below.  Pray for God’s help so that you can make him the greatest priority in your life.

Loving each other

Pray and give thanks for those who serve on the PCC – Stan Aldridge, Heather Beasley, Barbara Bell, Pauline Blunt, Tom Borras, Emma and James Bowman-Powell, Katy Coupe, Marie Ellis, Graham and Irene Foxwell, Louise Hicks, Rosemary Lavens, Andy March, Tina Veasey. Pray for God’s guidance as we meet.

Serving our community

Give thanks for the completion of the church hall refurbishment. Pray that it would be a blessing to the community. Pray that the reopening event would be well-attended and lead to greater connections with people in the community.

Bible Verse for the Week

 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.  And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

 (Luke 14:25-27)