Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kerith Windsor Launch

After months of prayer and planning Sunday saw the launch of Kerith Windsor. It went really well, with 106 people coming along including quite a number of visitors. We also had great support from other Kerith sites, including Ben and Anna Britton who came over from the Isle of Wight to be there.

For those who couldn’t make it I thought I’d post some photos so you can get a feel for it all. Thanks to John Mitchell who took all the photos.

If you’ve got a free Sunday please go along and support Leon Johnson who is our site pastor along with the rest of the team. I know they’d love to have you, and I think you’ll be really encouraged to see how God has provided in terms of both the venue and the people to make it all happen.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in getting us to this point. For everyone who has prayer, served, encouraged, given and in any other way be involved thank you. Know that your labour is not in vain but is already producing great fruit.

Kerith Windsor won’t be meeting on Sunday 23rd September as there is an alternative booking in the hall that day, but other than that we’ll be meeting every Sunday from now through to the end of the year so you’ve got plenty of dates to choose from.

Simon

Ps This coming Sunday will be the first time we’ve had simulataneous meetings on four sites, as it’s the one Sunday in the month Kerith West Wight meet too. There’s something quite exciting about that as evidence of multiplication.










Friday, August 31, 2018

September 2018 Vision Nights

Following on from January's vision talks, we're gathering again on each site to hear from some of our leadership team about what God is doing amongst us, and where we sense He's leading us next.

The theme for each evening is “Healthy things Multiply”. 2018 is a year of multiplication for us as a community with Kerith Windsor starting meeting every Sunday, Kerith West Wight launching, Flow Church being planted into Staines and exciting plans for Bracknell and Sandhurst too. At the vision nights we’ll give updates on all these developments. I’m also going to take the opportunity to reflect on what has been happening at Willow Creek and the lessons we can learn. Added to all that will be space to pray, and for Q&A.

Everyone is welcome. If you are a Kerith leader, team member, prayer partner, financial supporter or otherwise pouring your life into building this community, it will be especially helpful to you. Please do forward this invite to those you know who might also like to hear what’s happening.

The dates for the Talks are all on the Kerith What’s On page, and also here below:

Bracknell            Tuesday 11th September                      7.30pm                The Kerith Centre          
Sandhurst           Wednesday 12th September                 7.30pm                 The Kerith Centre
Windsor             Thursday 13th September                     7.30pm                 Windsor Gospel Hall
West Wight        Thursday 20th September                     7.30pm                 West Wight Sports and Community Centre

You’ll notice that the Sandhurst vision night is in Bracknell, due to us not able to find a suitable venue in Sandhurst. People based in Bracknell are welcome to come along, but we will be focussing more on what is happening at our Sandhurst site.

Hope to see you at one of these!

Simon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Peter Smith and Dave Prior

I wanted to let you all know about two people with a strong connection to Kerith who have recently passed away.

The first is Peter Smith, the father of Simon Smith who with his wife Dany and their three children have been part of Kerith for many years now. Peter also has another son, Mark. Lots of us from the Bracknell site will remember Peter’s wife Hana who was with us for a number of years. When Hana passed away Peter started coming to our Sunday meetings, and did an Alpha course where he found faith. He was a regular attender at the 9.30am meeting in Bracknell where I used to look forward to our weekly catchup before the meeting.

The thanksgiving service for Peter’s life is at Easthampstead Park Crematorium at 9.45am on Wednesday 29th August, followed by refreshments at the K2 building on our Bracknell site.

The second person who has passed away is Dave Prior (actually David but I only ever knew him as Dave). When Catrina and I first joined Kerith in 1989 Dave and his wife Sue were amongst the first people to invite us into their home where they made us feel incredibly welcome. Dave was our church administrator for a number of years and was instrumental in organising much of church life, including the move into the Kerith Centre in 1989 and a succession of Stoneleigh Bible Weeks where he worked tirelessly, clipboard in hand, making sure we all had our tents in the right place and everything else we needed. He even tried to recruit me to the admin team (that was never going to go well!). Dave and Sue have three sons, Steve, Matt and Tim. They moved to Henley a number of years ago, and sadly Dave passed away last week after a battle with cancer.

The thanksgiving service for Dave’s life is at 6pm on Thursday 30th August at Henley Baptist Church, who meet at “d:two”, 55-57 Market Place, Henley, RG9 2AA.

Let’s be praying for both Peter and Dave’s families. That God will comfort them in their grief, and that their sadness will be tempered by the sure and certain hope that their loved ones are both now in a much better place, and that one day we will see them again.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬‬‬‬

Much love,

Simon

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Flow Church Update


If you were around for our vision talks in January you’ll know that we announced that Liam and Emily Parker are going to be leaving Kerith to plant a church. For a number of years now Liam has been on staff as the pastor over our youth, and more recently over our 6pmBracknell meeting, as well as developing a growing ministry into mainland Europe. He and Emily have been a huge blessing to us as a community, and although we’ll miss them hugely we all sense this is the right next step for them.

Things have moved on a lot since January. The church now has a name - Flow Church. The church is in the process of being registered as a charity. There’s a core team made up of a number of people from Kerith who are going with Liam and Emily. The church has a location - they’re going to be based in the Hythe area of Staines. There’s a launch fund - including gifts from Kerith and a number of individuals. There’s a Sunday launch date - Sunday 23rd September. They’ve got an Instagram account - @flowchurchuk, and will soon be on all other flavours of social media too. 

For anyone interested in finding out more there’s an interest evening on Thursday 21st June starting at 7.30pm at the Hythe Centre in Staines (TW18 3HD). I’ll be there to support them - I’m sure they’d appreciate as many as possible from Kerith going along to pray for them and cheer them on, and possibly even to explore the idea of joining them.

If you have any questions then please feel free to contact Liam, Emily or me. Let’s be praying for the success of Flow Church. For all of us our greatest focus shouldn’t be on growing  Kerith but growing the kingdom of God. That means that their success is our success, and vice versa.

Simon

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

An Opportunity to Transform a Child’s Life



I know many of us were inspired by Tim Morfin when he came and spoke to us about TLG, and the work they are doing to transform the lives of vulnerable children. As a result of Tim’s talk we’ve got a number of people who have signed up to become mentors, committing for a year to go into a local primary school for an hour a week to befriend a child who is struggling. 

However, we’ve got more children who schools have asked us to help than we have mentors, so I’m asking whether you might consider getting involved. If you would be able to offer an hour a week in term time over the next year then this could be for you. We’ve got a training day for mentors this Saturday (2nd June) in K2 from 9.30am – 4.30pm. If you’d like to book in then you’ll need to need to fill out a coach application form beforehand, which you can get by emailing Jo Dawson. Please also contact Jo if you have any questions or would like more information about becoming a mentor.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this. You could be involved transforming a child’s life.

Simon

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thy Kingdom Come

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done” (Matthew 6v10)


Then on Friday 18th May we will gather together for our  ‘Kingdom Come Night of Prayer’ from 8pm -2am at the Windsor Gospel Hall (in Dedworth, SL4 5SL). Let’s join as one church to pray for more of Gods kingdom. As a church we go deeper with a half night of prayer 3 times a year, where we encourage everyone from all our sites to come together. These are incredible times of hearing God's voice and personal refreshing. Come for the whole time or pop in at any point between 8pm -2am as we join together.

From Thursday 10th through to Sunday 20th May we are joining with Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury) as he calls on churches across the country to pray ‘Thy kingdom come’. We believe when God’s kingdom comes we see salvation, righteousness, justice, peace, joy, comfort and healing. Join with thousands of others in praying to see and experience more of His kingdom on earth. Here are four ideas on how to get involved:
  • Prayer Room – we have a prayer room at our Bracknell site which you can book out to pray for an hour (or more) by yourself or with friends. Book your slot here and enjoy space and time away from distractions. There are resources to help you pray, or feel free to simply sit and ‘be’ with Jesus.
  •  Be praying for the group of people you are seeking to reach as part of our BLESS series.
  •   Social Media – we’ll be sharing verses of scripture and encouragements to pray from ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ through our social media streams. Do check those out.
  •  There are loads of resources to help you and your family or small group to pray – see the Thy Kingdom Come website.
Then on Friday 18th May we will gather together for our  ‘Kingdom Come Night of Prayer’ from 8pm -2am at the Windsor Gospel Hall (in Dedworth, SL4 5SL). Let’s join as one church to pray for more of Gods kingdom. As a church we go deeper with a half night of prayer 3 times a year, where we encourage everyone from all our sites to come together. These are incredible times of hearing God's voice and personal refreshing. Come for the whole time or pop in at any point between 8pm -2am as we join together.

Simon

Monday, April 23, 2018

Join us at Wildfires (early bird rate ends Sunday!)


It’s just over a month until a load of us head off to the Wildfires Festival, and I wanted to both update you on what is being planned, and encourage anyone not yet booked in to book in before the early bird rate ends this Sunday. If you are going to book in be sure to do it via the Kerith specific booking site to new sure that you get to camp with the rest of us!

Wildfires is an opportunity for us to spend time together as a community with a bunch of other like minded churches, not only to have an amazing time together but to contend for revival in our nation.

Below are a few things I thought you might be interested to know.

Our village: So far we’ve got around 80 people from Kerith registered to go. We’ve got our our own ‘village’ where we all get to camp together, with a village tent which will seat up to 200 people for us to gather in, eat in and do whatever else we want. Anyone with a caravan or hiring a tent will be in an area very close to our village. Apparently our village will also have its own fire pit - I can’t tell you how excited I am about that!

Day visitors: I know for some people the idea of camping is a complete non starter! If that’s you why not come down for one day as a day visitor, or find an Airbnb or somewhere else to stay nearby. You can book day tickets here

Timings: The festival runs from 9.30am on the Monday to late on the Wednesday evening, and will finish with a bonfire and a free hog roast for everyone. I’d encourage people to also come to the Big Church Day Out on the Saturday and Sunday before Wildfires which is included in the cost of your Wildfires registration, but if you can’t make that ideally you’ll want to get there on the Sunday and stay until the Thursday morning to get the full experience.

Labs: There will be interactive seminars every afternoon on subjects such as Leadership (with Nicky and Pippa Gumbell from HTB), Spirituality (including moving in the prophetic with Julian and Katia Adams), Relationships (including Nicky and Cilla Lee of Marriage Course fame), the Big Issues in Society and Hearing Stories (including amazing stories on the growth of the church in Persia).

Contributors: As well as the people mentioned above other people involved in the festival include Christy Wimber, Pete Greig, Lucy Peppiatt, Tim Hughes, Martin Smith and others. You can find a full list here.

Kids and Youth: A big focus for the event is creating spaces where our children and youth can powerfully meet with God. Many of us will have stories of how God met with us as youngsters at events just like this. If you have children in those age groups please see this as an opportunity to make a big investment in them. You have no idea what God might do!

Revision: I realise that there will be families with teenagers who have exams coming up who will be wondering whether to go. Wiston House, which is the stately home on the site, will be used as a revision space for the young people who have exams. There will be teachers there, along with people to pray for them whilst they revise (open from 1pm – 5pm all three days).

Bursaries: We don’t want lack of finances to be a barrier to anyone coming. Some very generous people within Kerith have already offered to help fund people who might not otherwise be able to go - if that’s you then I’m very grateful. If you too would like to help pay for someone else then please contact Sarah Harvey. If finances are an issue for you in terms of coming then please contact also Sarah who will help collate requests for help and try to make sure everyone who wants to go cam get there.

Facebook: We’re going to set up a Facebook page so that everyone going from Kerith can keep in touch and ask questions. Once it’s up and running I’ll let you know where it is!

If you’re not currently booked in I hope that’s encouraged you to come. If so book in here before Sunday to make sure to get the early bird rate. And if you do have any questions please contact the amazing Sarah Harvey who is our group coordinator.

Blessings,

Simon