So, are we up to the challenge? As we forgive those who sin against us. 2 weeks ago we heard how if we only ask, we can have our sins forgiven, that it doesn’t come with a price tag, that it’s unconditional, but in a way there is a condition, that we have to forgive others. Continue reading
Forgive us our sins
4 little words, sometimes so hard to say. It may seem strange that the Lord’s Prayer moves straight from asking for our daily bread to asking for forgiveness of sins. Continue reading
Give us our daily bread
In the ancient Near East the word bread referred to food in general as well as the loaf we know today. In that society bread was the staff of life. Bread in this context refers to all that we need to sustain life as we serve the Lord. Today we can buy a loaf in almost every shop, we have breadmakers so we can easily make it ourselves, we even have dried yeast, but life back in Jesus day wasn’t that simple. Bread was different then. It was made in pockets, a bit like pitta so that it could be stuffed with olives or goats cheese and stuffed into a pocket and taken out to the fields, it was the lunch box as well as the lunch. Continue reading
On Sunday we continued our teaching series on the Lord’s prayer with “Your Kingdom Come” and we were treated to prize winning lemon drizzle cake courtesy of Robert Young. He had entered the Charing Heath Fete cake competition the day before and won 2nd prize, well done Robert!
“Your Kingdom Come”. Here, in so short a phrase, is the whole purpose of life! Continue reading
Congratulations to the Re:Fresh burger and hot dog team for a fantastic effort on Saturday at the Charing Fete. We sold 200 hot dogs and 300 burgers and took over £1000. My very grateful thanks to Martin, Andy, Robert, Dudley and Joy for their unstinting dedication to ensure everyone was fed.
We enjoyed coffee cake and chat before the Re:fresh service this week. Our teaching series on the Lords’ Prayer moved on to “Who art in Heaven”. We debated what Heaven meant to us, Pete Austin said his was full of pianos! We are urged to live out our life here on Earth as if it was Heaven.
Over 40 of us celebrated our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday in the barn. The Re:Fresh service was kicked off with some amazing worship songs, including “He Has Risen” by Noel Richards. We then got into teams for a quiz. The “Easter Know it Alls” romped home to a resounding victory and the children were all rewarded with an Easter Egg. During the service some of the children also created miniature Easter-gardens. We finished off with a very noisy rendition of “I am a new Creation” by Dave Bilborough accompanied by everyone on percussion instruments.
Come and join us every Sunday (except the 5th Sunday in the month when there is one) at 11.00am in the barn next to Charing Church.
Despite the weather forecast, we had a beautifully sunny day for our Re:fresh annual BBQ on Sunday 18th September. More than 30 of us enjoyed burgers, sausages, salads and delicious puds, sitting in the sunshine outside Charing Church Barn. The kids played, the adults talked and a good time was had by all. Continue reading