For more information, do contact Pastor Chris Hand on (01773) 853180 .
We are now well on into the New Year. You
and I (if the event has not already happened
or death does not prevent it happening) will
add another year to our age. And this all
begins to get a bit more serious for some of
The reminders are everywhere. It
happens every time we need to prove who
we are – that troubling ‘date of birth’ we get
asked for. They are always asking it. At the
Doctor’s Surgery. Perhaps your bank does
it to you. And when you fill in applications
online, where the drop-down menu offers
you the choices for your ‘year of birth’ and
you scroll down to find it. ‘Scroll down’ is
the operative phrase. Down and down the
list you travel, your index finger riveted to
the left-click button on the mouse while you
are forced to go further and further back in
time to find the year that applies to you. You
pass through the 90s, the 80s, the 70s….well,
we have gone quite far enough with this! The ‘math’ gets more and more challenging as
the numbers we have to deal with get bigger
and bigger with each passing year. All of us
are getting no younger.
Where have those years gone? What
have we done with them? They seem to
have passed so quickly. Yet what lasting
impression have they made on us – or
anyone else, come to that? It can all be quite
If you are a Christian, something of the
sting of this is removed. We have eternity
before us. And the prospect is exciting.
There will be so much to do, so much to
experience. ‘Age will not weary us’ in heaven.
Years will pass without us losing anything.
In fact, if we are already tuned in to what it
will be like, we realise the longer the time we
spend there, the more fulfilled as people we
will become. The passing of the years means
that a good thing just gets better and better.
But that’s the future as I would reckon
it from the Bible and the promises of the
Son of God, underwritten with the copperbottomed
guarantee of His resurrection.
What then of our days now? Can there be
something more for us, something to ease
the passing of the years?
The Christian faith does not offer us
a prison sentence or an exquisite act of
intellectual suicide. It calls us to repentance,
to a radical reappraisal of ourselves in the
light of holy God. The cross communicates
to us the willingness of a righteous God
to forgive us our sin and bring us into a
meaningful, life-changing encounter with
His grace. The body may be ageing, but the
soul is being renewed day by day in this
scenario. There is always fresh discovery
and a dynamic pathway towards holiness. ‘Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.’
So do not let the passing years bring sadness and grief. Invest in the future, invest in spiritual realities. There, it is the date of your new birth that counts for everything.
Services are held every week as follows -
10.45 a.m. & 6.00 p.m.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting
Thursday Bible Study
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.
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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