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.