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For more information, do contact Pastor Chris Hand on (01773) 853180 .




It can be very fashionable to think ill of certainty and people who talk of certainties. Talk of certainty can all sound a bit arrogant and know-all and does not chime with the spirit of the age.

So it is definitely going against the grain of current thinking what we hear the angel announce to Joseph regarding his fiancée, Mary. It has come as a shock to him to find out that she is already expecting a baby. It comes as a further shock to learn that this is the work of God and that there are some very definite and certain plans God has for this child. For Joseph is told, ‘…you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins’.

This all sounds very certain. First of all, Joseph is to forget any idea of his own for naming his son. The name is given by God. It is Jesus – which means ‘God is salvation’. Secondly, Joseph is told that the name does not just express a vague hope. It is far more definite. ‘He will save His people from their sins.’ It is not ‘might’ or ‘could’. It is not ‘maybe’ or ‘maybe not’. The angel brings a message from heaven which is full of certainty. This special child will most certainly do exactly what His name says He will do.

But then, you would expect God to speak with certainty, as He has the power to perform exactly what He promises to do. And it is a promise He is making when the angel speaks to Joseph. God is promising that His Son will resolve the fundamental issue of our estrangement from God and deliver us from wrath and judgement if we will believe in Him. There is the certainty. He will save sinners from their sin.

Though His Son surrendered up none of His divinity by being born to Mary, He has gained our humanity, without being tainted by sin. His body became the thinking and feeling body that went on to give perfect love and obedience to God and His fellow man. That same living, breathing, active body then went on to be a substitute one future day when He laid it all down at the cross to make the necessary payment for sin.

And here was God, before the event, announcing it through His messenger, an angel, talking certainties before the child was even born. It is spoken as if it was already an accomplished fact. As such, it rings out as a certainty in a world more used to trading in uncertainties.

We have no doubt that God’s Son has not lost any of His power to save with the passing of the years. But you will only know that if you ask Him.



Coffee and Mince Pies at the Chapel
10.30 am – 12.30 pm



10.45 am Family Service
6.00 pm Carol Service

10.30 am

Services are held every week as follows -

Sunday Services

10.45 a.m. & 6.00 p.m.

Tuesday Prayer Meeting

7.45 p.m.

Thursday Bible Study

7.45 p.m.



Sunday School

Our Sunday School takes place during the Morning Service and if you would like your children to come, they would be welcome at the beginning of the service at 10.45 a.m. when the Pastor gives a Children’s Talk. The Sunday School itself begins at 11.15 a.m. and takes place in the School Room at the rear of the church, which can be found by going down the drive between the shop and the church.

Seekers Club

Most Thursdays we hold a club for young people of Primary School age. There are Bible teachings, games, crafts, quizzes and other activities. The times for those aged 5–7 (Infants) is 5–6 p.m. and for those aged 8 and above (Juniors/Seniors) is 6–7 p.m.

For more details about the Sunday School and the Seekers Club, contact the Pastor on (01773) 853180.


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