Monday, September 24, 2007

A Time and a Place

Sunday morning was one of those mornings I love when God breaks in on to our well crafted plans and schedules. Not that there's anything wrong with having a plan, it would be presumptuous not to plan, but that moment as Amanda Wolfram sang of God's love for us and our response to him you just knew God was in the house. Let's ask God for more of those moments, not only on Sundays but also when we meet in our small groups, at Starbucks (the new Costa Coffee in Bentall's is very cool by the way!) and in our times with friends and family, that we would be constantly encountering him.

Anyway, I just wanted to remind you (or let you know if you weren't there) about what I said at the end of the meeting. That all of us need to daily find "a time and a place" where we can meet with God. To do what Jesus said in Matthew 6 - "when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen". It's incredibly simple but I know in my life when I've carved out time to do this, taking that time to connect with God, just has a profound impact on the rest of my day. Not that I've been through some 'religious' process but that I've spent time talking to God about my day and connecting with him.

Well two days into the week and I'm doing pretty well. Got up at 6.30 (ish) both days and spent half an hour, on my own with a cup of tea and my Bible and the door shut talking and listening to God. Of course shortly after that Zak, Jacob and Alice wake up and the pace of the day changes slightly but that's another story.

So today if you haven't already why not carve out "a time and a place". Talk to God about what is going on in your world, take off all the masks because he knows it all anyway, and see what difference an encounter with him can do for you.

If you do that and it makes a difference I'd love to hear from you. If you're feeling very brave then why not leave a comment. Otherwise why not send me an email here.

Hope you have a great week and to see you either at the Willow DVD conference on Friday / Saturday or at church on Sunday - Ben's last Sunday morning preach as Senior Pastor - be there!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Leaving Comments

A couple of people have said to me that they wanted to leave comments on the blog but didn't know how to create a Google account which was required in order to be able to leave comments. I've now changed the settings so that anyone can leave a comment without having to have a Google account. So now there are no excuses! Why don't you leave a comment, especially if you've got any ideas for anything you'd like me to discuss on the blog.

On another subject there are now over 85 people coming to the Alpha Launch event with Michael Ramsden on Saturday night. Should be a great evening - it's not too late to get your tickets if you want to come. If you can't make it Saturday night then be sure to be in church on Sunday morning when Michael will be speaking again.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Back in the Groove

Well now back from Willow, walking Hadrian's Wall with my son Zak and then a week in a beautiful cottage in the Lake District with the rest of the family. All in all a fantastic time in so many different ways, but it was great to be back again on Sunday after three Sundays away. I thought Matt Price lead us excellently in worship both morning and evening (I love his new song) and it was great to have Zoe Hayes preaching for the first time on Sunday evening - well done Zoe.

This weekend Michael Ramsden is with us. If you want to get a feel for what he's like as a speaker have a look at the video clip of him on our website here. He's speaking at the Alpha launch event on Saturday night (tickets available from The Kerith Centre Reception priced £5) and then again on Sunday morning. I want to commend Jonathan Davis who first recommended Michael to us and then has pressed through in making all the arrangements for him coming - I'm sure we're in for an excellent weekend.

Other highlights over the next few weeks are the formal launch of "Kerith in the Community" on the morning of Sunday 16th September, John Kirkby of Christians Against Poverty with us on the morning of Sunday 7th October, Lyndon Bowring of Care with us that evening and then on the 14th October the celebration of Ben Davies's 43 years as Senior Pastor of Bracknell Family Church and me moving into the role of Senior Pastor. All very exciting.

Simon.