Thursday, February 20, 2020
I know that many of us are living with a growing longing for and expectation of revival. For God to come and revive us as individuals, as the church, as a nation and then for that to spread to the nations.
To feed that desire I'm encouraging all of us to engage with a series of Lent devotionals which have been produced by the Wildfires team. Starting from Wednesday 26th February these give a morning and an evening reflection, based on a combination of the psalms and the journals of John Wesley.
They're available to buy for £3 from our sites on Sunday, you can order a copy from Wildfires and there's a free online version. I'll also be basing my prayercast around them for the 40 days of lent. We'll also use our next Kingdom Come night of prayer on the 22nd April to focus on praying for revival.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Many of you will know that in September 2019 Kerith entered into partnership with the Westminster Theological Centre (WTC) to host a Thames Valley Hub where people can study part time for everything from a Certificate in Higher Education all the way through to an MA in Kingdom Theology. All of the courses are part time so available to anyone, and involve a mixture of hub evenings which we host on our Bracknell site and two residentials which are up in Telford.
We currently have 16 students in our hub, of which I'm one! I'm doing a two year Graduate Diploma, which is aimed at people who already have a degree in some subject other than theology, and is pitched at final year degree level. I'm absolutely loving the studying, and feel it's having an impact both in my personal relationship with God and in my preaching and leadership of Kerith. The essay writing has been a stretch for me (I've never written an essay in my life) but is proving a great discipline in forcing me to think and read at a much deeper level than I'd ever normally do. From Kerith we've also got two of our site pastors, Heather Pocock and Leon Johnson, along with two people from our deaf community and a number of others studying.
For anyone who thinks they might be interested in studying with WTC we've got a taster evening coming up, starting at 7pm on Wednesday 19th February in the K2 building at our Bracknell site. There will be an opportunity to meet Lucy Peppiatt, the principal of WTC, along with the current students and Karen Dack who leads our hub. You'll hear some sample lectures and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Coming along doesn't commit you to anything!
If you have any inkling at all that you might be interested in going deeper in your knowledge of God through the scriptures I'd strongly encourage you to come. And if you have friends, either in Kerith or in other churches in the area, who you think might be interested please invite them too. It's free - you can sign up and get all the details here.
Hope to see you next Wednesday!