Lent with the URC Daily Devotions

A message from Andy Braunston, Coordinator of the URC Daily Devotions Project: Lent starts tomorrow – traditionally a six week period of preparation for Easter marked, before the Reformation, by fasting from meat and dairy products – Orthodox Christians still do this.  Many of us try and give something up for Lent, others try and […]

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Paddington Bear comes to Fleet!

Paddington Bear is making a long pilgrimage to visit every United Reformed church in Wessex Synod – and has started his journey at Fleet!  Paddington was welcomed here on 19th November at morning service.  He saw the baptism of Thea Harper McGhie and our Minister blessed him as he started his journey.  He then helped […]

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Bird Kebabs

The young people in ‘Footsteps’ this morning studied these words of Jesus: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father.  And even the hairs of your head are all counted.  So do not be afraid; you are of more value than […]

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Is Lent just about giving things up?

No!!  Lent is not all about giving things up.  It’s also about adding good things to our lives or to others’ lives – the kind of good things that follow on what Jesus asks of us, especially things that relate to what we are giving up.  Try these: Reconcile yourself to someone you don’t like, […]

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Windermere On-Line!

There’s still time to sign up for the Windermere Centre’s new venture – its first online course. It is an introduction to Bible study entitled “Between the Covers”, and will be led by Director, Lawrence Moore. The course will involve a series of 12 hour-long “webinar” units, with input from Lawrence and as much time […]

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We Say Goodbye to our Minister

The church family said a sad goodbye to Stephen Thornton, our Minister for seven years, at his final service on Sunday 28 August. The service began with the thanksgiving, blessing and dedication of baby James Philip Alan Bailey. Then, after the young people had left for their various groups, Sue Bowen read the text for […]

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Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us

Our June Bible Study continued the theme of mission by examining the meaning of the word ‘church’, and considering the unintentional messages that we may be sending to people outside. We started by reminding ourselves that the church is a group of people, not a building, and recognising that we need to study two books […]

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God’s Welcome

The Bible study in March continued the series on evangelism, this session looking at ‘God’s Welcome’. Jesus’ teaching was both radical and revolutionary.  We find it challenging because it’s often the opposite of what we expect, but God’s mission is to change and transform the world.  He turns world values upside down. As the church […]

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What is God’s Mission?

Our Vision4Life study group on 24 February 2011 focussed on the subject of Mission.  Minister Stephen Thornton introduced the topic by explaining that Mission is God’s ministry, in which we all share.  This led to the question:  What is God’s mission?  (If we don’t know, how can we share in it?) We were referred to […]

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