Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Is anyone home?

I read in the Metro this morning that Head teachers in Sweden have been told that it is OK to take pupils to Christmas services in church - as long as they don't hear about Jesus!

Christmas is the time of year when many will visit and enjoy the carols, the candles, some mulled wine and mince pies....it is seasonal, nostalgic, even Christmassy.
I know that in the UK other occasions in life when most people are traditionally likely to enter a church building is 'hatch, match and dispatch' (birth, wedding and funeral) - essential services provided.
When Nicky and & I visited Rome earlier this year - along with many other tourists - we wandered around many grand church buildings: inspired by the size, the art, the history.

Yet if you came to visit me at home and I was out you might be disappointed. If you let yourself in and went round my home with none of my family there I would accuse you of breaking and entering.

The thought of going to church and God not being there is tragic.

When people come and visit Redeemer on a Sunday morning at Ealing Town Hall - I want them to go away thinking what a welcoming friendly bunch and how well we looked after their children. I hope they have enjoyed the worship and that the talk from the bible has been helpful - but my main desire is that all leave having encountered the living God!

Monday, 26 November 2012

1st of many.... I hope!

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1st video ever recorded on my phone...
1st time that my son Josh has played drums with a band....
1st gig in a pub - audience of approx 100!

Loved driving him there and watching him play.
Great to enjoy time chatting and being together.
I have now bagged the rights to be 1st driver on any and all future performances!

Won't be the last time I am proud of my son:)

Friday, 23 November 2012

THE PARENT RAP



Parenting can be hard work - but remember children are a gift from God!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Making a splash!

It is nearly 2:30pm and I am sat at my desk still moist after a wet cycle ride this morning.

I have since discovered that - We had 111 mm of rainfall across our area from 1 to 31 October 2012, which is 148 per cent of the 128-year monthly average. I wonder what the results will show for the month of November?

I appreciate that many people love and appreciate the rain - 'good for the garden' & 'ideal for ducks'.
As a kid I used to love wading around in my wellies on a wet day. It was superb fun seeing how close you could get the water to the top of the boots without letting any flood in! I used to love the chance when walking beside someone who had not noticed a puddle of jumping in with both feet and seeing how wet I could make them.

I still wish to make a splash / get a lot of public attention. No longer just to soak someone for fun but to announce a new church called Redeemer that will be starting on Sunday 27th January 2013.

We have a website, a face book page, a twitter account, a phone number (0208 099 5692), place 2 A frame boards outside Ealing Town Hall each Sunday morning, will start by distributing 20,000 leaflets and giving away 5,000 business cards....

We plan to put posters up on the public boards around Ealing Borough, we are making contact with folk at West London University, we are negotiating to advertise on the back of the Ealing magazine...

If you have any other ideas how we can let people know what is going to take place or are available to come and join us for the day please get in touch!

Lets make the biggest splash we can!!!!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Countdown!

Today my 3 teenagers received their Maltesers Advent Calendar from their Grandma.

I am not sure who came up with the idea of eating a chocolate a day from the 1st to 24th December but it seems to be approved of in our house.
I recall that when I was a child we opened a numbered  'window' on a picture of the manger scene - including Jesus and the shepherds - but there was no chocolate. (We might even have closed the windows and re-opened the same calendar the following year - we knew how to have fun!)

I have not been given a chocolate advent calendar - but will now go and buy one.... a bigger one than the kids if I can find it!

The reality is that we all have events that we look forward to and it is fun to create ways of counting down and getting ready - for the birth of a baby, to a wedding day, planning a once in a lifetime holiday....

I am excited and counting down until the official launch of the new church called Redeemer on Sunday 27th January 2013.  Why not come and join us at Ealing Town Hall 10am in 9weeks and 6days?!

Friday, 16 November 2012

A Hope & A Future

Literally in a couple of days I have ploughed through the book 'A Hope and A Future' written by Wes Richards.

It is the true and very moving story about Wes and his family. A godly man, who leads a church and has spent years doing good for many others locally and abroad. About 10 years ago his wife was diagnosed with cancer and within a short period of time died leaving Wes with many questions to answer and 3 children to love and care for.

The book is real and honest. There are no trite answers to the question 'why do the good die young?' There is genuine grief and trials.

We all go through difficult times. We could all benefit from the story. I trust we will all come through dark days clinging to the verse in the Bible from which the book takes its title:

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, 12 November 2012

Being the best Dad!



Come on Dad's lets raise the bar in the way we demonstrate our love for our kids!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

We will remember

Although I do not agree and support all wars. Though there are many actions I can never endorse which occur during military conflict - I do want to stop and remember the soldiers.

It was good at church this morning to have a minutes silence: to have an opportunity to pray for all those who have lost loved ones in battle, to pray for those who are having to adapt due to life changing injuries sustained on duty.

I am amazed by the bravery and loyalty of those who have and continue to serve in the forces
Thank you.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Meeting the Old Boss

Today Nicky & I travelled to Camberley to see Mark & Bev Landreth-Smith. They moved to the area in 1997 when Mark planted The Beacon Church which has now grown from 30 to 300. 

I worked for Mark for 3 years - more than 11 years ago....


It was great to see the wonderful building that the church have now developed to serve the community. It was amazing to hear the stories of some of the lives that God is touching through this bunch. 
It was thrilling to see how faithfully they reach into the area and the impact they are having.
It was really nice to relax and chat with friends .... hearing about family and being honest with one another.

Not really meeting the old boss - more like spending time with a brother! 

Friday, 2 November 2012

Grandad

Following the death of my grandfather aged 94 on 23rd October - today we buried him at Halland Chapel.

A man who will be enormously missed by his son and daughter especially - but also by all who knew him.

He loved God, so I am sure he is in a better place where there is no suffering and pain.

We grieve as those who will miss him but we still have a future hope - that one day we will see him.

Goodbye Grandad!