Monday, 23 December 2013

Thank you Redeemer!!!

As I come to the end of the year when we launched Redeemer I look back and am so grateful for all that has happened….

On Sundays - the launch, 1st Mothers Day, 1st Easter Celebration, 1st Fathers Day & 1st Carol Service!
It has been great to have Howard Kellett, Sean Green, Angela Kemm & Terry Virgo come and preach.
We have developed community in our groups, over meals together and celebrated weddings, births & baptisms.
It has been brilliant to hold our 1st Alpha in Costa and to have been working with others to see the Ealing Food bank established.
I could go on and on…..

I am so aware that we could not have done this without the commitment, dedication, sacrifice and hard work of a brilliant bunch! I love being involved in this church!

I believe this is just the start an can't wait to see all that God will do in and through us in 2014!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Feeling Loved

I know that many people are aware of and have found helpful the 5 Love Language described by Gary Chapman.

I would never have considered gifts as high on my priority list.

Yet last night I was given a book by Edward Woods (it wasn't wrapped but that didn't matter).

I can't wait to get started on 'The Manager' and hope to
pick up lots of useful lessons.

What will make you feel loved this Christmas?

How will you make others feel loved?

Friday, 20 December 2013

Keep on Running

Tomorrow a friend from Ealing Eagles is running his 22nd Marathon of the year! (Yes he is aiming to complete at least 100 marathons)

2 weeks ago we ran together on a Monday night. He had run a marathon in Singapore the day before, flown home through the night and then gone to work all day before coming out running in the evening.

Despite being in his fifties he is not going slow. Last Saturday he achieved his personal best park run time and on Monday we completed the 4.5mile loop in just over 29 minutes!!

I find Piers commitment inspiring.

If people are willing to make such a great commitment - monstrous physical effort, financial cost and family sacrifice to obtain another T-shirt (yes he does have approx. 77 collected so far)  - then how much more should I be willing to do for Jesus?

More inspiring is the length that Jesus went for me - I want to give my all for Him!

Keep on running hard for Jesus in 2014:)

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Name in Lights

Many people aspire to get their work recognised and appreciated - to have their name in lights!

Whilst back in Uckfield last week helping my parents to move house I noticed the following sign:


Says CORNFORDS YARD!

I know it isn't celebrating anything I have done….. but I must have someone in my family somewhere who has done good!

As a church planter it is easy to want to inform everyone about the exciting start to Redeemer - but I really want people to discover 'Jesus as their Redeemer'.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Carols by Candle Light

I was absolutely delighted with Carols by Candle Light evening last night!
Folk from Redeemer Church playing trumpet, flute & saxophone sounded great, singers were awesome, Ealing Town Hall looked and sounded fabulous…..

I know that a picture is worth a thousand words (Thanks again to Lynda Bowyer):






Friday, 13 December 2013

Monday, 9 December 2013

Have your cake & eat it!

For those who know me well - you will appreciate I have done well to last 8 days!

I waited to start my Christmas cake until Sunday 8th December this year….. and it tastes great.

Family traditions help build memories and ours has been to enjoy the cake in the lead up to Christmas. Great to sit down together with a cuppa and cake and catch up with everyone at home.
Looking forward to the next slice already:)

What are your family traditions at this time of year?

How are you building memories into your kids?

Saturday, 7 December 2013

We're not singing anymore:)

With such limited parking at our Kids Secondary School I have always attended functions by bus!

However recently I decided to make an exception: Nicky & I were helping out at the PTFA games night and as both of us were going early - I thought I would save on the bus fare by taking the car. Mistake no1.

My son wanted a drink and as I only had a £10 note on me sent him to the car to look for some loose change. Mistake no 2.

It appears that he forgot to look the car. Mistake no 3.

Someone was obviously watching my son because there was no sign that anyone attempted to break into the car, but all the loose change we kept for parking machines was taken, and our CD wallet from the glove compartment has also disappeared.

I miss the 15 or so CD's more than the cash - and it means that I no longer have any music to sing along to in the car.

Most of the CD's stolen were Christian music, so my hope is that the thief has listened to them and is now singing along.

What stops you singing and why?

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

London Murder Solved!

Nicky & I turned West London Detectives and solved our 1st Case.

Soon after we left Notting Hill Station we picked up the trail and then managed to discover the evidence, solved the clues and found our killer.

During which time we took in the Portobello Road Market, wandered beside the Canal and dined in style.

I was given the Greater London: Notting Hill Murder Mystery Theme treasure trail last Christmas and my only regret was having not got on with it sooner. A brilliant way to explore the capital and see things that normally I would have wandered by.

Are you normally in such a rush each day that you don't get to slow down and enjoy the journey?

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Carols by Candlelight

I am so looking forward to Redeemer's 1st Carol Service 6pm on Sunday 15th December @ Ealing Town Hall.

We have booked Victoria Hall - the beautiful main room. The Mayor and Mayoress of Ealing are coming and we have invited all of the local Councillors. We have Montpelier Primary School Choir coming to sing and afterwards there will be free mulled wine and mince pies!
I am confident the room will look great and the musicians will sound beautiful.

I love hearing and seeing the energy & enthusiasm as so many Redeemer folk invite friends, neighbours & co-workers.

Consider yourself invited - I hope to see you there!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Everyone needed.

A few weeks ago as I was lying in bed, my wife was rushing to get undressed, when suddenly we heard a 'ping'. Although Nicky felt no pain she noticed that the end of one of her fingers had dropped.

We quickly realised that it could not be broken as she was not suffering. I thought she might have broken a tendon but we both agreed it was best not to visit A & E at that time of night. I strapped the 2 fingers together (I should have been a nurse) and we … or rather I, slept well.

Early the next morning Nicky got her hand checked at Ealing hospital and discovered that she has Mallet Finger.

She has now had the support in place for a few weeks but whenever she removes the finger to change the plaster it still cannot support itself. (Josh informs us that due to our age healing takes longer.)

The situation has made us realise how each finger is important…. it takes Nicky twice as long to shower and I have to peel all the vegetables!

The Bible declares that the church is like a body and we all have our part to play. I am so grateful for everyone and their involvement at Redeemer. I want to say THANK YOU - we could not and would not want to do this without you.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

1 week to go

Years ago when I was a school teacher the 'C' word was banned until December….. but then we went mad on it - making decorations, having class parties and putting on a show for the parents.

When listening to the radio it seems like the country is getting more and more excited about the festive season and people have finished their Christmas shopping - I even got my 1st Christmas card this week!

I admit that I will be decorating the house and eating my 1st piece of Christmas cake by this time next week…. can't wait.

What is it that you look forward to? Are you waiting well?

I know a family that one year opened all their Christmas presents before Christmas and then the whole day felt very flat and disappointing.

I believe that it is best to wait for marriage to have sex, best to purchase something when you have the money & make a promise when you can deliver. How patient are you?

Friday, 22 November 2013

Pre Marriage Course

Nicky & I had the privilege last night of spending our first evening….. (already looking forward to the next 4 sessions)…. talking over dinner with another couple getting ready for marriage next year.

We use the material written by Nicky & Sila Lee based at HTB….. a very helpful tool to help grapple with a topic and get conversation started.

It can be so easy to allow our personality, circumstances, background and lack of time become a barrier to real honest communication. BUT it is so important to have a commitment to the sharing of our feelings within the exclusive relationship of marriage.

Learning to really listen is vital and Stephen Covey raises the bar when he says: "this means not just listening with your ears, but also more importantly, listening with your eyes and your heart, listening for feeling, for meaning."

I am so excited to be building a church in Ealing that is committed to supporting marriage. Every year I aim to read a book on marriage and invest through many other ways into my relationship with my best friend, Nicky.

In what way are you investing in your marriage?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

No time to play

Yesterday reminded me of being back at school - I was unable to finish my work on time so was not allowed out to play.

As a child it felt as though I missed many a break time through the teachers wishing to spend extra time with me. I was in a class that was so naughty that we had to use our school diary to book detentions in advance (It seemed ironic when threatened with the punishment of being kept back at break time that we had to check our diary and inform the teacher we were not available until a week Wednesday).

On Monday I had planned to decorate the lounge, following the new ceiling and coving being installed. Unfortunately when my work was inspected I was told the ceiling needed another coat of paint…. and another coat...in the end I did it so many times I now worry the new ceiling will fall down!

This meant that the task was not completed in time to go running with the club last night:(

How do you get the balance right in your life?

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Mr Terry Virgo

I have been trying to count up …. and I believe that I have now been involved in various newfrontier churches for approx. 30years (amazing when I am still only 24!)

I have attended the Downs Bible Week, Stoneleigh Bible Week and The Brighton Leadership Conference.

I went on a 2 week outreach programme called The Kingdom Strikes back which led me to doing a Year team at the Brighton Church.

Having said  all that - I believe the biggest impact on my life has been the man - Terry Virgo. A man who loves the word and is full of the Holy Spirit. He has taught me so much about the grace of God and modelled a life of prayer. He wants to see the church built and the nations reached.

I am therefore delighted that he is coming to speak at Redeemer next Sunday morning - I would love to invite you to come and join us - @Ealing Town Hall 10am!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Tragic

I read the following article and was left shocked, saddened, dumbfounded….. all I could do was pray.

It seems inappropriate to write more - please watch and pray.

80 People Executed in North Korea

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Christmas

I love Christmas and have an app on my phone that informed me today here are only 43 sleeps till Christmas.

The Christmas lights are on in Regents Street.

The John Lewis Christmas advert is now running.

It is 4 weeks this Sunday until our church does its first carols by Candle Light

You are all welcome to join us:)


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Remember

I find it so easy to forget things - birthdays, to hang up the washing when asked, to phone back, to…..

I have to be very intentional to remember things - I do not tie a knot in my handkerchief( I would forget why I had done it) but I do write everything down that I say I will do - just to make sure I don't forget.

Are you good at remembering things?

This year Remembrance Day takes on a special meaning for me. It will be the first one since my Granddad, who served in WW2 and was rescued from the shores of Dunkirk, passed away.

I am aware that sometimes individuals in our army do things we can be ashamed of…. but I don't want to forget the  massive sacrifice that so many make.

I believe that in this fast paced, instant world in which we live that it is good to take time to remember. I hope you will be in church to do so this Sunday.


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Bombed

I wish that I had done the job sooner - have you ever thought that?

Whilst casually motoring around locally on 31st October - yes Halloween - I had some young people (though I didn't see them - so maybe it was some adults?) get me. I was driving under a bridge when a flour & egg bomb splatted on the windscreen.

Though Nicky cannot understand why anyone would find pleasure doing such a thing - maybe my own childhood gives me a clearer insight. You never think about the consequences - its just a bit of fun and a laugh with your mates.

I'm more disappointed that as an adult I did not think to clear the mess off the car straight away - and now I have a mark left on the paintwork.

What job do you keep putting off? What will be the result? Why not do it now?

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Shut that door!

Working from home today and it has felt like sitting in wind tunnel…… I am just very grateful that it stopped raining this afternoon!

When we moved into our home 2 years ago we could easily poke a finger into the wooden frame of the back door. Sadly the weather and lack of care had led to once good solid wood rotting.

So pleased to eventually get a company to come and replace the door today… a new one fitted! Nicky & I repeatedly turned the handle and practiced locking it:) No more drafts making the room so cold the kids had to hug the radiator just to eat their breakfast.

Not only does the new door look good, it makes the place feel safe.

It makes we wonder how well is the back door of the church? We love inviting people to join us. We also want to invest in folk and journey with them over the long haul.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Abba's Child

I have just finished reading Brennan Manning's wonderful book - Abba's Child.

It was so good I only allowed myself one chapter a day - as I wanted to pour over each word and let it sink into my heart.

Amazing to focus again on the love of the Father for us.

"Gods love for you and His choose of you constitute your worth. Accept that, and let it become the most important thing in your life."

If you make a Christmas list add this book to the top!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Chicken Licken

As the child's story goes a bird walking in the woods gets suddenly hit on the head (by an acorn) and panics to rush to the King fearing the sky has fallen. Many others are drawn into the frenzy which results in a terrible outcome.


I have lived in fear for the past year that when people came to visit my house they could suffer a head injury from the falling ceiling due to the growing crack in the plaster.

Yesterday and today 2 men have been round and taken the lounge ceiling down, filling the house with dust but hopefully making the place safe.

Sadly the coving proved un-save able (if there is such a word?) so that has been removed as well.

My kids world has collapsed as the modem for the Internet was unplugged for almost 36 hours!

I am now waiting for a quote to have the work finished and am panicing that all will not be completed by the 1st December - possibly ruining my start to Christmas:(

I am totally aware that many people have much worse situations to endure than I do.

How do you keep a proper perspective when all seems to be falling around you?

Friday, 25 October 2013

Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability

I heard this lady at GLS recently and it was brilliant.
I admit this is the 1st ever TED that I have watched.
I want to become more vulnerable….

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

London to Brighton

Now that my son Josh has a road bike we have decided it would be good to have a ride planned.

Saturday 16th November - whatever the weather (he writes from the comfort of his office) we plan to cycle from London to Brighton.

Several other folk have said that they hope to join us - meeting at Ealing Town Hall 9:30 ready for 10am departure. Fish & Chips by the beach before catching the train home:)

Looking forward to a fun occasion with others, opportunity to relax and get to know folk better, to do some exercise and tackle Ditchling Beacon!

What adventure do you have planned?

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Community Group

I have been involved in different named small groups as part of church life for years and years. Various titles have been given - life group, cell group, home group, community group....

We gather together one night a week and then also look to build friendship and support each other in life. To me these groups are of high importance:

A chance to have fun together
An opportunity in the busyness of life to refocus on God in worship
A time to be honest and seek help
A team to gel & to build genuine community
A place to learn and be sharpened

Whatever they are renamed in the future - I know that I have benefited so much from them for years and just want to declare - I am in!

Are you involved in such a group? If not sign up today!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

World Vision

What a great name for an organisation!
What a great strap line: 'For Children. For change. For Good.'

As a family we have loved being involved in learning about and supporting a child called Veronica in Kenya.

The letters and photos are so informative and helpful. The opportunity for our family to stand alongside another across the world is wonderful.

I would encourage you to check out the World Vision web site and don't just be a spectator - sign up and get involved!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

How am I supposed to work.....?

Whilst I am sat at home trying to work today the house is full of the smell of a Christmas Cake cooking:)

I love Christmas cake!

Usually I like to start mine on 1st December and have a slice most days with a lovely cuppa.

The aroma gets me day dreaming - logs on the fire, tree decorated in the window, presents wrapped and ready to give, mulled wine and noisy games with neighbours and friends.....

What stops you working?

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Walk Across the Room

Bill Hybels is an incredible leader in so many ways - I am booked in for the GLS in South West London next weekend!

I have had the privilege to attend Willow Creek Church and see the large campus.
I have listened to many many talks over the years.
I have gleaned so much wisdom from the var
ious conferences
I have been inspired and compelled by his wonderful story telling ability. (Often reduced to tears)



I am so excited that as a Church Redeemer is going to be working over the next 4 weeks through Bill's Book - 'Just Walk Across the Room'.

Even though he has been in the ministry for 38 years, built a large church and develops leaders around the world - Mr Hybels still has so many stories where he shares the love of God to folk who as yet have not responded with faith.

That provokes me

I trust that will fire us up as a church!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Personal Statement

I realise that I went to university along time ago...... I only needed 2 E's to access a 4 year BEd honours course and not only were there no fees - they paid me to go!

My son Josh is trying to compete his UCAS application now - so the school can add their references etc.

So much work seems to go into the personal statement & the 4000 characters you are allowed. Not only  do our teenagers have to attain the academic standards to get into the University of their choice - they must have the ability to sell themselves.

We live in a society where others want to quickly form an opinion of us.
Is it false humility - I am not sure I could complete a tweet of my achievements...... and I am twice his age.

Are you confident in your strengths or do you blush when others offer you praise?

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Why are we waiting?

On Monday this week I had arranged for Homebase to deliver some stones to use for a path beside my house. Knowing that I would have to wait in all day I also arranged for a parcel to be re-delievered that I had missed the previous week.

Knowing that I would have to move 850Kg of pebbles by hand I was hoping that the lorry would arrive early in the day. As time ticked by I decided to do a few jobs whilst waiting.....couple of trips to the tip, tidied the garden, sorted the post, cleaned the whole house..... still waiting for the delivery!

Just after 4pm I get a phone call to say that the assignment had been put onto a wrong lorry. Instead of a 7-ton lorry the item was on the back of an 18-ton truck and there was no way that it was going to get down my road.

Whilst I am on the phone trying to settle the issue I hear the front door bell ring as a courier has a second attempt to deliver my parcel. My kids all shout at each other - 'I'm busy you get it'..... which meant no-one answered the door:(

Let's just say as a completer-finisher it was not a great end to the day.

What frustrates you and how do you react?

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Stand Out Conference

It has been my immense privilege this week to attend the latest Father Heart: Practising the Presence of God Conference hosted by Simon Holley at the Kings Arms Church in Bedford. A superb venue - modern spacious and easy to access. 

The 7 sessions between Thursday night and Saturday night were brilliant. The meetings were well lead. clutter free and the focus was wonderful worship, dynamic teaching and powerful ministry.

The speakers were honest and engaging.....seriously I am not on commission.... but if you want to invest in yourself and encounter God then I would encourage you to book in next year!


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Down the tube....

We launched Redeemer at the end of January this year and are now keen to let as many people as possible know where we meet - 10am @ Ealing Town Hall if you are interested!

As a church we have hand delivered 60,000 leaflets around the area and also paid for an advert on the back of the Ealing Borough Magazine.

With our push to connect with people in the community, this week sees the display of our posters at some of the local tube stations....Acton Town, Hangar lane, North Acton, South Ealing, Northolt, Perivale, Southall.....

Have you spotted one of the posters?

Any ideas on other forms of advertising we should try?

Monday, 30 September 2013

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Do you remember?

I recently read about the advance of science that means we could develop the ability to get rid of bad memories. (Known as Tet1)
I appreciate that this could be  helpful to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder but I wonder if the treatment could be abused....
to wipe put the recollection of a mistake we can learn from
sorry forgot to pay my mortgage this month, I must have taken an overdose.
Could this end up with us pressing 'delete' to ditch a memory.

I believe the best way not to remember is to forgive. I am learning to forgive myself. I choose to forgive family & friends that have hurt & upset me. It does not remove the memory but often takes away the pain.
I find strength to forgive others knowing that God has forgiven me.

Who do you need to forgive?

Thursday, 26 September 2013

How much would you pay?

Fascinating report showing what students would pay to make a dream come true:
Time travel   £714
Talk to an animal   £592
Ride a unicorn   £395
Get a lift from The Stig   £282.

In real life we recognise that the amount you pay for something reflects the value you place on the item or experience.

I still therefore find it staggering that the Father would send His Son to die for me.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Happy Ever After

It was great to witness the marriage of Mr David Johnson to Rosie on Saturday.

It felt as though the day was everything a wedding should be..... smiles and romance, informal & family, promises before God, an enjoyable hog roast and a chance to catch up with friends.

I have known Dave for years and I have never seen him smile so much.... he beamed all day!

I genuinely wish them all the best for the future....

Isn't it amazing that the Bible describes the church like a Bride - one day a wedding will take place.

I want to feel a passion towards the church like Jesus does.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Dedication

A real privilege today at Redeemer London to celebrate the dedication of Olly Isaacson.

Sam & Anna are a wonderful radical family who moved into Ealing for the sole purpose of supporting a church plant. Both of them are energetic and committed. As a couple they give time and energy in serving the church. Faithfully at the church Sunday by Sunday. Sam leads a worship team and Anna serves on the kids. They are active in a small group, help leaflet and are fired up and ready to do whatever they can!

They are great parents who are involving their family in the adventure of faith. What an inspiring environment for Olly to grow up in - passionate & pioneering.


Friday, 20 September 2013

John Wimber

If I remember correctly the first time I heard John Wimber speak was at the Brighton Conference Centre in 1985.
I can 100% say that the worship, the teaching - but most of all the ministry was life changing!

John was such a radical man - sacrificing a music career when God called him to follow after Him.

He was big hearted towards The Church, there were no gimmicks and the focus was Jesus and the advance of the Kingdom.

It was therefore a pleasure to recently read one his books 'The Way in is the Way on'. Simple yet powerful. Radical & encouraging. Honest & inspiring.

Seriously make it your next read!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Ealing Foodbank

I am very keen that Ealing is a better place because Redeemer Church is located in the Borough.

Although we only launched Sunday meetings at the end of January 2013, and are a relatively small bunch at the moment,  it is wonderful that we are working with others to serve the locality.

One of our members, Chris Sutton, has invested hours and hours, into getting an Ealing Foodbank started.
It is amazing to see the 50 churches that are now working together, to witness the Trussell Trust training, to see established the first client centre in Acton, the central store organised and the plans for further client centres around the Borough!

It has been a privilege to fund the setting up of this project and hope that many many local lives will be helped through its work.

Monday, 16 September 2013

A Day

It must be true I read it in the paper...
     Every day in Britain we all:
     on average send 7 text messages
     spend 2 hours on our smartphone
     watch TV for 3hours and 45 minutes
     use 150 litres of water
     walk 4,000 steps

Every day as a nation we:
     Eat 50million Kit Kat fingers
     Spend 28 million hours on Twitter
     Use 34million hours on Facebook

What have you done with today?

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Kick the Habit

For several years I have made the same New Years Resolution and been unable to keep it.... to drink more water - not after it has been boiled and put into a cup with a bag and some milk - but straight!

Previously when I have cut back on my tea consumption I seem to get headaches.
Why cut back on Rosie Lee? - it isn't expensive, it is sociable, I'm British - it's what we drink!

On holiday this year I went 10 days without a cuppa.

Since being back I have kept down to 4 cups a day (you don't want to know how many I had got up to before)

I know that it takes 6 weeks to form a habit - so appreciate I am not out of the woods yet - but am feeling strong and taking 1 day at a time.

What habit have you thought you could never break?
What discipline did you think you could
never keep up?

Give it a go!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Chimney Sweep

It has been 2 years since I had the Chimney cleaned (The kids are getting bigger and they just don't want to go up it any more)


I love the fact that our house has an open fire in the lounge. On a cold winters evening there is something wonderful about sitting round watching and being warmed by a crackling fire.

I am happy to clean the ashes out of the grate, the following day, and plan to have the paper and kindling in place ready for the next inferno.

However I also appreciate that to be safe a deeper clean is required every so often. The 2 guys who came, knew what they were doing, were efficient and did a great job, something that I cannot do.

On the adventure of life we often have to 'take the heat' and have to ensure that we get rid of the 'left over ash' - by forgiving others and ourself. In addition to this it can helpful to have others who help us get rid of anything that can be dangerous and unhelpful in the future. I appreciate good friends who speak into my life and also value visiting a counsellor occasionally.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Thank You

There are many ways that we can communicate our love and appreciation to others: a kind word, a thoughtful card, by giving flowers or chocolates.

In the busyness of life and the constant demands that we make of ourselves and others it is good to say thank you!

On Sunday night it was great to gather at The Grange, with some of those who have and continue to serve at Redeemer!

I am aware that a church is dependant upon its volunteers: each Sunday people set up the equipment, man the PA and projection, play in the band, lay on refreshments, welcome at the door, count the offering, teach the kids......

I am so proud of the radical folk at Redeemer who week in and week out sacrificially invest in the church.....

I wish I could find the right word to say......

Sunday, 8 September 2013

You the man!

I distinctly remember my 18th birthday - I woke up and read to my family some verses from the Bible that I had selected the night before:

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11


On  Saturday my son Josh turned 18!

After pancakes for breakfast we went out for a ride, with Josh on his new bike, before a game of Settler of Catan. A trip to the cinema in the afternoon (and another game of Settler's) before heading out for dinner in the evening!

I love having time with my family.

I am so proud of the man he has become:)

I can't believe where the time has gone - if you have young kids make as much time as you can to be with them - and enjoy every minute.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

BFFE

As we get older it is easy to miss the importance of friendship:
We assume that 'being friends' is for kids at school
We believe only teenagers are hung up on peer pressure
We get busy with responsibilities
We have been hurt and withdraw

It was great this last Sunday to have Vinu & Julie visit Redeemer & hang out with our family last Sunday.
I first met Vinu at a mission in India, he subsequently came to speak at the church I was leading in Hillingdon and then Josh & I went to stay with his family in Mumbai for a week.

It was great to talk & laugh together for the day on Sunday
I hope we do meet up again next year.
I do believe that we are more together than apart - none of us is meant to be an island, isolated and alone.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Driving Test Passed

Another milestone in the Cornford household.

Josh, my oldest son, today passed his driving test (only 1 minor for those interested) on his first attempt.

I have to admit that at the start of the day I was not convinced about the outcome.... I know I should have more faith in my boy.

I am so proud of what a great guy he is - does not get flustered, takes responsibility, quietly confident and gets on.

Sadly I still cannot afford to insure the car - but want him to know that I trust him and would willingly lend him my (wife's) car if I could!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Life Saving Station



I so want the Church in Ealing called Redeemer to remain a LIFE SAVING STATION!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Friends.

Last night our family went to a fancy dress party.
Anyone who knows my daughter knows she loves the TV programme Friends.
I love my family and see them as my best friends so the theme worked well.


Saturday, 27 July 2013

Heroes!

Some people are truly amazing and a real blessing from God in your life.... Emmanuel & Sandra are that for me!

I 1st came across them a year ago when they phoned to ask details about the church as they had recently moved into the area.

One year on and I am staggered by their energy & commitment to Redeemer. This weekend they have both given 2 days (including taking a day off work) to help distribute leaflets around Southall & Greenford.

They willingly serve on Sundays, lead a small mid-week group and are faithful and faith filled radical church folk.

I love the fact that I get to build a church with such wonderful people!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Forgiveness

One story this week has really inspired me: Maureen Greaves the wife of the organist who was killed on his way to lay in church last year on Christmas Eve. By the sounds of it a good man - who had recently helped set up the local food bank and did much in his life to help others, was brutally killed just for being in the wrong place.

This week 2 men were convicted of his murder.

Maureen, a committed Christian, was reported to have said:
"It seems so easy to say I've forgiven them, but it's probably one of the hardest things in my life that I've had to do and yet having done it and repeatedly seeking to do it, I've found I've benefited."

I am so aware of the amazing forgiveness God has showed me - my guilt has been taken away - I daily need to radically choose like Maureen to forgive others.

I believe it was Nelson Mandela who said 'Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for it to kill your enemy.'

I choose to forgive....