Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Newday 2013



We are really looking forward to being there - hope to see you!!!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Off to a flying start...


Wow - it is not often that I feel lost for words....

On Sunday we launched Redeemer Church in Ealing Town Hall and it was wonderful!

Great to see our folk serve so hard - there early setting up and welcoming all.
Really really appreciate all that Adam James has done regarding design and publicity.
Amazed by the number of friends and family who came to cheer us along
Moved to hear of churches - literally round the world - praying for us.
Brilliant to see the hall packed - needing extra chairs and some still having to stand.

I know that this is just the beginning - I love being part of the local church!

Friday, 25 January 2013

5... 4... 3... 2... 1...


For the last year we have been counting down to this Sunday

We moved our family to Ealing, 
Gathered a small group, 
Have met together socially, 
Been praying for the area,
Communicated via face book & twitter
Have started a web page
... and so much more

I feel ready to launch Redeemer Church this Sunday  - 27th January 2013  - we have lift off!

I value and honour others who have joined with us during the past 12 months - who have invested such energy and passion.

I appreciate this is just the beginning. I am believing God for so much more!

I am excited and trusting there will be a cheer on Sunday morning

Monday, 21 January 2013

The cycle of lies

Following the recent admission by Lance Armstrong that he had cheated when competing in the 7 Tour de France cycle races that he won, by taking drugs, there has been a huge range of responses.

I guess some may find the notice by the Library in Manly humorous:


I am sure other competitors do not find the whole situation quite so amusing.
I recognise that sponsors will not tolerate the situation and have quickly drop 'product Armstrong'
His own charity had felt badly let down and disappointed, so now wish to distance themselves from him
I cannot imagine how his children and family must feel.

Reality is that when one lie is told many others quickly follow. The truth is lies hurt.

So why do so many people tell so many everyday?

Friday, 18 January 2013

Snow stops work

My wife, a primary school teacher,  was sent home from School by lunchtime today as a result of the snow.

The secondary school where my children attend have just text to say the school is closing and the pupils will be sent home early.

I am working from home today - so I guess I have to be the only one doing a whole day :(

I have to admit that I have found myself looking out the window rather a lot:


What does it take to stop you working?

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Foodbank



The more I seem to hear about Food Bank the better.

Tragically there is not one in the Borough of Ealing - though I hope this will soon change.

If you  have been or are involved in one I would love to hear from you.

Monday, 14 January 2013

MAMILS

Not content to just be inspired by BradleyWiggins....

I never want to be accused of being all talk....

I have brought myself a bike:

I am looking forward to another chapter in my life, a new adventure taking off.

However I want to state publicly that I have no intention of becoming a MAMIL - Middle Aged Man In Lycra!

Friday, 11 January 2013

A day.


I know that a marriage is more than the wedding day.
I know that a life is more than the day a child is born.
I look forward to all I believe God will do in and through Redeemer in the future.
Having said that - I am soooo looking forward to 27th January - 10am Ealing Town Hall - when we launch the church.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

2 faced?

At first glance it looks as though the picture contains 2 faces.


Stop and take a longer look - how many faces can you see?

Reminds me that it is good not to always rush and only see what is immediately obvious but good to pause and reflect and take a second look at a situation.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

On yer bike!

Hugely inspired by the Bradley Wiggins book 'In Pursuit of Glory' that Lois gave me for Christmas. (I have read it, not just looked at the photos!)

The true story of a London lad, raised by a single mum, who despite a difficult distant relationship with his dad loves to ride his bike. Bradley Wiggins is totally at home on 2 wheels. He has endured lonely cold mornings, hours and hours doing thousands of miles. At the start of his professional cycling career he lived in harsh conditions with no support but was determined to get in his bike.

He is now the sporting legend who has won 7 World Track Medals, 7 Olympic Medals and the 2012 Tour de France: He is now Sir Bradley Wiggins!

Stories like this make me realise:
Don't look at where you start - dream where you can go
Don't worry that it has not been done before - someone has to be first
Success in public follows sacrifice and pain in private

At the start of 2013 I want to say 'On yer bike' - not clear off, but put in the effort now to see dreams realised on the future.

I am so grateful for all the wonderful folk who are helping launch Redeemer church on 27th January in Ealing Town Hall. I recognise that people have moved to the area, taken on new jobs, are praying hard and serving energetically each week: excited to see where God will take us in 2013 and beyond!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

SEAGULLS!

I love living in London and have been in the capital now for over 20years!

But it is still good to remember your roots - I am Sussex boy - from the small town of Uckfield: where I was born and lived until leaving school at age 18.

Always grew up having an interest in football, yet sadly Uckfield Town did not give us a lot to cheer about so on the playground we used to chant... 'he shoots he scores it must be Peter Ward' and 'Seagulls!'

Before going to University in London I took a gap year and spent it serving a church in Brighton, now known as Church of Christ the King.

So it is good today to sing again SEAGULLS as Brighton & Hove Football Team dump Newcastle out of the FA cup for the second year running!


Thursday, 3 January 2013

Rumours

I wonder what is the 1st thing that goes through your mind when you hear the word rumour?
Gossip at work?
January football transfer window - buy / selling a player?
Another police arrest?
The 1977 Fleetwood Mac Album?

I have just read the book by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson 'Rumours of God'. The authors suggest that it can be easy to 'hear' of the amazing truths in scripture but not to 'experience' them: the truths of God seem like rumours. Darren & Jon look at subjects such as generosity, grace, freedom, commitment, community & justice. Moving stories help bring bible truths to life and inspire radical Christianity.

The book starts and finishes with the prayer of Habakkuk:

Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them know, in wrath remember mercy.

I so want Redeemer to be a church where you 'experience the kind of faith you've only heard about!'