Thursday, September 28, 2017

Asking the Best Questions

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with the questions longer" - Albert Einstein

I spoke recently on a Sunday about how the smartest people in the world aren’t those with the best answers, but those with the best questions. If you always have the best answers then you’re doomed to never get more intelligent than you already are, but if you have the best questions (and the humility to learn from anyone) then there is pretty much no limit to how smart you can get.

I want us to be a community that isn’t afraid to ask questions. One of the strengths of a culture where you can belong before you believe is that asking questions is safer, as being part of the community isn’t dependent on signing up to everything it believes. That’s true for people looking in on the community from the outside (part of the beauty of Alpha is creating a space where non believers can ask their questions in an environment which is safe), but should also be true for people within the community. We should be a people who are endlessly inquistive, and should be unafraid to ask the sometimes uncomfortable questions which will take us closer to God, and closer to discovering his purpose for our lives.

Jesus should be an inspiration for us in this. Somebody has counted that in the gospels He asks 307 questions. Many of those were to get people to think more deeply, although some such as His question on the cross “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) were deeply personal.

I wonder when you last seriously asked any questions? Not who is going to be selected in the next England team or what am I going to have for tea, but big questions. Questions that might impact how you live your life, spends your money, use your time or relate to God. My observation would be that children love to ask questions, but the older we get the less and less comfortable we are asking questions. I don’t think that’s helpful.

Two things I think we need to bear in mind as we ask questions:

First of all are we’re asking the right questions. Good questions will take us closer to God, closer to finding who we are and closer to finding His will for our lives. Bad questions can take us down blind alleys which go nowhere, or could even lead us into error and out of a relationship with Jesus. How can we be sure to ask the right questions, and avoid the wrong ones?

And then we need to look in the right places for our answers. We live in a world which is drowning in a sea of information but which is parched through a lack of wisdom. Where should we look for our answers?

They’re questions I want to look at in some future blogs. For now I’d love to know what questions you might want to ask?

Blessings,

Simon

Friday, September 8, 2017

Vision Sunday and Windsor Launch

This Sunday I'm going to be sharing vision for the coming term and beyond. It's been an exciting year so far, in particular with over 80 people getting baptised, so there's much to build on as we look to how we can be even more fruitful in helping people find their way back to God.

On Sunday we're also publicly launching Kerith Windsor. We've already got small groups in Windsor and Maidenhead, have a great hub with the Gospel Hall in Dedworth which we're renting, and have been holding regular prayer meetings and an Alpha course in Windsor, so this is the next step on that journey. Initially we're going to be meeting on the second Sunday every month at 4pm in All Saints Church in Dedworth (SL4 4JW). If you're free on Sunday afternoon please come along to support and encourage our Windsor and Maidenhead gang!

Finally a reminder that the thanksgiving service for Michael Ross-Watson is on Saturday in London. There are still a few spaces on the coach going up - you can book in here.

Hope you've had a great start to the new term, that those of us based in Bracknell are excited at our new town centre, and hope to see you on Sunday - I'll be speaking at all five meetings :)

Much love,

Simon

Friday, September 1, 2017

Two Job Opportunities in our CAP Centre

One of the most impactful and fruitful ministries at Kerith is our CAP debt counselling centre, which has now been running for over 11 years. We currently have 2 vacancies for Debt Coaches in our CAP Centre, which will allow us to increase both the number of people we can help and the geographic area we can cover.

One is a permanent 3 days a week role serving the Bracknell area - you can find the job description here.

The other is a year’s fixed term contract for 2 days per week serving the Sandhurst area - the job description for that role is here.

Both roles will be based in our Bracknell office at the Kerith Centre. Finding the right people to fill them is key to developing our social justice ministry at both our Bracknell and Sandhurst sites, so if you have the heart to communicate CAP’s debt advice to people whilst positively reflecting the Christian faith and the core values of CAP and you feel this might be the job for you or someone you know, please pick up one of the application packs which are available from the Kerith Centre reception desk.

The closing date for both roles is Tuesday 12th September with interviews being held on Thursday 14th September. If you would like further information on either role please contact Ali Hudell our HR Manager, or Sarah Hardy our CAP Centre Manager, by e-mail or via telephone on 01344 862699.

For the rest of us please be praying that the right person comes forward for each role.

Blessings,

Simon