Sunday 22nd December - Carols No recording.

22 December, 2019

On Sunday we had our Carols service and it was great to see so many coming and celebrating community and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you would like to dig deeper into the readings we shared on Sunday please use the bible reading tool below or you can also use the Dig In Tools that Jess has written over on the Devotional Page

Sunday 29 December – Sunday 28 January

We hope that you have been enjoying Digging into Discipleship during 2019 and deepening your understanding of God’s word and your relationship with him during this time. During our Summer worship period, we will not provide weekly follow up questions in the newsletter, but there will be weekly Dig in at Home resources on the ‘Devotions’ Tab on our App and Website. Instead, we have included here information on the ‘Discovery Bible Study’ method for you to try. It can be used as a handy help in D.I.Y. bible study and is also useful in helping lead a bible study or explaining something you’ve read to another person. It’s designed to work best in a small group of 4-7 people, especially in terms of practising what you might explain to others but you can use it on your own, it just removes the discussion and multiplication part.

Discovery Bible Study

· Choose a bible passage of about 10-15 verses –maybe one that relates to the Sunday preaching (below) or material you or your Explore Group is working through. Then it’s over to the Holy Spirit.

· Read the passage in multiple ways

· first read around the room

· then one read with others listening

· then with everyone pitching in to try and recall what they have read without looking at the passage.

Next, discuss these 4 questions:

· What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus, people and/or life?

· Does it give us any promises, principles, commands or warnings?

· What is God saying to me through this, and what am I going to do about it?

· Who can I tell about what I have learnt here, within the next week?

The first 2 questions are about exploration – what is the passage saying? You should spend half your time on these questions. This is giving space for the Holy Spirit to be speaking through all the members of the group. Follow this with a short pause for people to think on their own about what God might be saying to them (especially important for the introverts in the group!)

Question 3 - is all about application – these two discipleship questions help people process their “Kairos” / light-bulb moments. If you’re not sure what this means here, please ask.

Question 4 - is about reproduction – this helps people to think not just as a disciple, but also as a potential disciple-maker.

Have a go over summer . . . maybe invite someone for a coffee and do it together informally while you get used to it. It’s fun and you don’t have to be an expert. Try it on these readings which we’ll be using over Summer…

December 29 Revelations 21

January 5 John 10:1-16

January 12 Luke 23:26-43

January 19 Acts 1: 1-20

January 26 Acts 10: 9-33

For families with children, the weekly Dig in at Home Resource with videos and other activities will be available under the devotions tab in our App and Website.

In 2020 we will continue to Dig in to ‘Epic Teachings of the Bible’ together as a whole congregation, and we look forward to journeying with you then.

God Bless and Shalom,

Jess, Dom & Helen


17 November - Acts 20:7-12

17 November, 2019 Barry Jardine

Eutychus is raised from the dead.

Here’s what happens……

God performed an amazing miracle through Paul. A young man named Eutychus, fell asleep during a particularly long “sermon” from Paul and fell to his death from a 3rd Floor window. Paul rushed outside, threw his arms around Eutychus and he was miraculously brought back to life. Do we continue to witness miracles in this day and age?

Talk About…

- What’s one of the funniest things you’ve ever seen happen in church?

- What did Paul and the believers in Troas share prior to his extra-long preaching stint? (NB: Verse 7). Has the modern church “lost” something which those early Christians had?

- Why may Eutychus have become weary (other than Paul’s long-windedness!!).

- How can you be sure that Eutychus was really dead when he fell to the ground? Does Luke’s presence, occupation and writings give you any clue?

- Paul threw his arms around Eutychus and was able to proclaim, “He’s alive”. What other “miracles” can you recall which Paul, or the other apostles carried out? From whom, or where, did they get the power? Is it available to us?

- Today’s video concludes with the words “Do you think God has anything amazing in store for me?” How can we know whether or not God has something amazing in store for us?

- Tell about a time you felt like God wanted you to do something amazing, and you didn’t know why. Did you do it and, if so, how did it work out?