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Thought for the Day by Chris Dalton (BH Member)
I have been struck by things I’ve read and sermons I’ve heard lately about mission. Sometimes just the word ‘mission’ and also ‘evangelism’ can seem a bit threatening and so what I’ve discovered recently has made the word more exciting than daunting!
Basically the 2 following Scriptures sum up what I’ve been learning:
“So, Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” John 5:19
“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” John 20:21
As I look at these verses what I see is that Jesus did what He saw His Father doing and He wants us to do the same...and I understand that to mean I should be on the look out for what God is doing in people and situations around me and recognise that I have the great privilege of joining in. This takes such a lot of pressure off me trying to shoehorn mini-sermons into every conversation I have and feeling stressed because I didn’t get to mention Jesus to the postman who was dropping off a parcel. I may of course have the opportunity to do so but I don’t have to feel bad if I didn’t get to do it today!
The really exciting bit is that we know God IS at work because He loves all people and wants them to be in relationship with Him and also, He wants us all to be involved. So, firstly we need to keep our eyes and ears open for what God is doing around us and then secondly, see where He gives us the opportunity and privilege of joining in. So... what is God doing in your neighbourhood today, with your friends and family or work colleagues or even the postman? If you spot Him working, join in and that will be your mission should you choose to accept it, and it’s not an impossible one because God’s Holy Spirit is in every believer equipping us for the good works God has prepared in advance for us to do.
SGP Annual Conference
As you know, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not holding an Annual Conference this year but promoting an SGP Week of Prayer instead, praying for one another, for our region and for our nation.
We have now fixed the dates and the Week of Prayer will run from Sunday 22 November to the following Saturday.
We are still working on the details, but hope that many of you will be able to join with us in prayer during this week - do write the Zoom meeting times in your diaries now.
Mental Health Awareness 2021
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We have now restarted in church services with 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm services. Numbers for the 10am & 6.30am services will still be limited and must be booked in advance via MyChurchSuite or the website. These services will still be livestreamed on YouTube which can be accessed direct via the website or via MyChurchSuite.