Community News 24 April 2017

Community News Blog – 24 April 2017

2 Corinthians 5:21

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

What amazing words, and a reminder just how much God loves us.

As you know, church has been somewhat different during April – and we would like your feedback.  We are in particular looking at what you think about the ‘breakfasts’ and ‘lunch”.  Please email your feed back to office@amberleyroad.org, or text 07803296666.  Thanks

Please remember Pearl in your prayers, who is recovering from a knee replacement.  At this moment in time she is still in a lot of pain.  Toni, David and Alana would also value your prayers during Toni’s last few weeks of pregnancy.  Cindy has had an infection, but seems to be improving, so please remember her.  There’s also been a sickness bug going around, so please pray for those, who you know, who is suffering from it.

Happy Birthday to Erin, whose birthday will be on Monday 1st May.

Please pray for thefuelcast.com.  We are in the final stages of putting in our first grant – and our hopes and our prayers is that it will be successful – it will reduce a lot of the stress from the team.   Please pray for them too, as they give so much of their time to it.

On the 14th May Alex is being dedicated.  It’s going to be an amazing day, so please put this date in your diary.

No matter what your week may bring, remember these words from Isaiah 40:31… but those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.

Have an amazing week.  God bless.  Andrea

Community News 2 March 2017

Community News Blog – 2 March 2017

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were celebrating Christmas and yet, here we are in the season of lent – preparing ourselves for the Easter Story.

I wonder if you’ve given up anything for lent - chocolate, or a bad habit?  Or even if you’re trying to get into new ‘good’ habits?  Here are a few that I’ve heard some people are going to do:-

         Start work 2 hours earlier, to enable to give that time to God’s work’;

         Giving up social media, to spend more time in God’s presence;

         To try to get a better relationship with God, to enable to cope with stress better;

         Exercise for 30 minutes a day.

These are all good things.  But I wonder, at times, what our thinking is behind some of the ideas, and if it’s more about us, than it is about God … I’ll leave that with you!

Let me tell you what Andy, is going to be doing for lent.  During lent, he wants to give up 30 minutes of his day to spend time praying with someone!  So, if you feel that will benefit you, or if there is something you want prayer for, let me (Andrea) know, and I will do my best to arrange a mutually convenient time for you to meet with him.

So, for the moment, let’s move on to Easter and let me tell you what’s happening:-

Maundy Thursday (13 April) – St Chad’s have invited us to join them for some light food, followed by ‘praying around the garden’.  If you would like to go please let me know for numbers.

Good Friday – we will be joining the local churches for ‘Prayer of Witness’ – carrying the cross from just outside the library, in Patchway, to the roundabout.  There will be a number of pauses along the way for reflection and song.  We will then come back to ARBC for lunch, and possibly share communion together.

Easter Sunday – again local churches will come together, for a Sunrise Service and meet at Patchway roundabout at 6am.  Then there will be a service at ARBC at 11 am.

Please pray for Matt as he prepares to leave us at the end of March.  Please pray that he, and Lauren, will be clear about the path that God has prepared for them.

On Friday, Tabita will be a week overdue, so please pray for her, Marcin and Matthew during the final stages of pregnancy.

For Esther’s baby shower, we are going to be going to see the new release of Beauty and the Beast.  Date yet to be arranged, but please let me know if you’re interested.

We’ve heard that Compassion will be pulling out of India, due to lack of support by the Indian government.  For the full story, please go to the website: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/march-web-only/compassion-international-leaving-india-child-sponsorship.html

1 John 3:18 says “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions”.

Have a blessed weekend.

God bless.  Andrea

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8 February 2017

Welcome to today's Community news.

I hope you are having a good week.

I hope you are still enjoying thefuelcast.com.  After listening to today's fuelcast I was determined to find people that I could be a neighbour too, that I would do what I can to help!  It’s surprising that no matter what our ‘good intentions’ are, quite often they don’t become a reality…

I was running late for work this morning and somebody let me through on a junction – and I was very grateful and relieved and thought ‘I will pass this on’.  Guess what?  5 minutes later, I was conscious of the fact that I DID not let somebody join the traffic!  As soon as I went pass I realised and was annoyed with myself!  About 5 or 6 times this happened throughout the day, and every time I didn’t let anyone in.  AND YET … though in one way I got it very wrong, in another way I was conscious of my actions!  And who knows … maybe tomorrow will be different!

If you would like help to sign up to thefuelcast.com please let me know.

On the 19 February we will be having a member/congregation meeting.  This is opened to all who attend the church.  There will be a shorter than normal service, followed by a bring and share lunch and then the meeting.  If you would like any ideas of what to bring please let me know.  Also if you would like more information about being a member please speak to me.

Please continue to pray for Tabita, Marcin and Matthew in Tabita’s final weeks of pregnancy.

Please also pray for Toni during her pregnancy – that she will know God’s peace and strength.

On the last blog I did prior to my holidays, I forgot to announce it was Jean Horton’s birthday on the 23rd January.  Sorry Jean – but I hope you had a good day.

It was Harold’s birthday on the 5th February and Matthew’s on the 6th February.  We hope that you both enjoyed your special days.

Please pray for Pearl who goes into hospital on Thursday (16th February).  We wish you all the best Pearl, and if there is ANYTHING we can do please let me know.

If you would like a chat with one of the pastoral care team, then let me know.

God bless.  Andrea

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Welcome to Community news blog!

I hope you are all having good weeks.  I don’t know about you, but I have found the fuelcasts to be truly uplifting,  They have been a great encouragement to me at the start of a new day.  They really talk into the reality of every day life, and I know have helped people during tough and challenging times.  To know more go to www.thefuelcast.com, where you can see a couple of previews before you sign up.

Nige and I are off on holiday tomorrow (18 January) and I will be back to work on Tuesday 31st January.  If you would like to speak to anyone in my absence, please contact Eileen on 07791 279412. 

Matt will also be away from Thursday 19 Jan – Thursday 26 Jan inclusive (though he will be about on Sunday).

Just a reminder of Tabita’s baby shower on Friday 20 January.  If you are able to come, but you haven’t told me, please let Eileen know (number above).  It’s from 6-730 and it’s at 5 Birch Close, Patchway.

Congratulations to Esther and Michael on the birth of their son Alexander Charles.  He’s beautiful and I’ve been lucky enough to have a sneaky cuddle!

Just to let you know of some very special people who have birthdays coming up:-

         Wednesday 18January             Luke and Sandra will be celebrating their birthdays

         Saturday 21 January                Laura and Matt will be celebrating their birthdays

         Saturday 27 January                Evie will be celebrating her birthday

         Friday 3 February                     Isla and Niamh will be celebrating their birthdays

We hope you all have an amazing time on your very special days.

I’ll be in touch when I come back from holiday (we are off to Lanzarote, hoping to get some winter sun!)

Philippians 4:14-16 says:

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticise you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.

Have a good week.  God bless.  Andrea

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Welcome to communitynews.blog!!

For those of you who I haven’t seen yet: Happy New Year!!  Through the tears and the smiles, through the pain and the joys of 2017 may you truly know God’s presence in your life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says this:

Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Thank you to all those who took part in ‘This Time Tomorrow’ on Sunday.  It’s great to find out what people get up to in the normality of their daily lives!  Please remember them in your prayers

Please pray for Esther.  The plan is that Esther goes into hospital tomorrow (10 January) to have her baby induced.  All is ok with mother and baby.  We had panned to have a baby shower for Esther on Wednesday, but had to cancel.  We will rearrange once Esther has had the baby.  I will keep you updated.

Tabita is in her final weeks of pregnancy and we are having a baby shower for her on Friday 20th January at 5 Birch Close, Patchway from 6-7.30 pm – please come if you are able (women only I’m afraid). 

I don’t know if you have signed up to the thefuelcast.com yet – but if you haven’t, and may be a bit skeptical, go to this link https://www.thefuelcast.com, where you can find out more about it, and watch a preview.  If you would like help signing up, let me know and we can go through it on Sunday after church.

Just to let you know that Nige and I will be off on holiday from Wednesday 18 – Monday 30 January (inclusive).  We are hoping to get some sun in Lanzarote!!

Have an amazing week, and I will see you all soon.

God bless.  Andrea

Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desire of your heart will also be.  Matthew 6:19-21

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So, this is going to be the last Community News blog from me this year!  Where has 2016 gone?!  For those of you who are younger than me (and I know that’s most of you!!)  Just be warned that, as you get older, the years seem to get faster!

I hope you are ready for Christmas Day … ready to celebrate this amazing gift.  Come along to our 10.30 service as we are going to unwrap some of this awesome gift.  It’s just a short service – giving you plenty of time to get home and cook Christmas Dinner!  We’re going to have ‘show and tell’ so you get to show off what you’ve had for Christmas – mainly for the kids/youth, but adults feel free to share too!

Didn’t the children and youth do an amazing job with Whoops A Daisy Angel?  If you would like a copy of the play, please speak to Nige.  We collected £112.45 for YMCA – amazing – thank you all for your generosity.

At Film Club we’ve watched Arthur, The Nativity and tomorrow (Friday 23) is the last of the films where we will be showing Elf!  Please come along - the kids get to be distracted for a couple of hours, and hopefully you can get a few minutes to relax too.  Starts at 10am.

Just a reminder that thefuelcast.com will be launching in January.  If you haven’t already told us, you can let us know you’re interested via the website – www.thefuelcast.com.  For those of you that have no idea what I am talking about – it’s an inspirational discipleship video every weekday, to strengthen your faith and help you live the more abundant life you were made for.

There will be no Christmas Eve service.

On New Years Day there will be a joint service at SGBC (1 Rock Lane, Stoke Gifford) this will be at 2pm.  Please join us if you’re able.  Let’s start the New Year the right way as we share communion with one another.

I think that’s it from me for the moment.  Though I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful, joyful and stress free Christmas.

         For a child is born to us,

    a son is given to us.

The government will rest on his shoulders.

    And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

God bless you all.  Andrea

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We are now into Advent, with this tomorrow being the second Sunday in advent.  As it’s now the 3rd December my optimism in getting an advent calendar is now non existent!  Advent is a time of preparation - cards to write, presents to get and wrap, trees to decorate, food to think about - the list can be endless!  And yet, if we are not careful, we will miss the very essence of the Season.  It’s a time of excitement and of awe!  A time of joy!  One of my favourite Christmas carols says ‘what can I give him, poor as I am?  If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb.  If I were a Wiseman, I would do my part.  Yet what I can, I give Him … give Him my heart.  So this Christmas time, make sure you leave enough space for yourself – to receive and enjoy the very heart of Christmas.

Thank you to all who gave clothing and blankets towards the Women’s Centre in Dunkirk.  We managed to collect over 12 sacks full of warm clothing!  An amazing achievement in just a short time.

As we are going through a cold spell at the moment, please pray for those who are on the streets at night.  As well as the workers that are doing what they can to help

Next Sunday, 11 December, is ‘Whoops a Daisy’ carol service!  The children and young people (and leaders), have worked so hard.  I’m sure it will be an amazing service – please come along and support them, and invite friends and family too!  

Kev is organising a Christmas meal on Monday 12 December.  If you would like to go it will be 7.30pm at the Hollow Tree.  Cost £15 per person.  He needs to have £5 deposit this Sunday, as well as your menu choices.

Another reminder of the films that Laura and Bex are going to be showing the week before Christmas, to get us all in the mood and to keep the little ones entertained:

Monday 19th December 10am Arthur Christmas

Wednesday 21st December 2pm Nativity

Friday 23rd December 10am Elf

Enjoy the weekend, and I hope to see you all tomorrow.

God bless.

Andrea

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When peace like a river attendeth my way,

When sorrow like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,

“It is well, it is well with my soul”.

These words have been going over and over in my head for the past couple of weeks – ever since we sang them at Stoke Gifford Baptist Church. I’ve been using it as a reminder that, even though waves come crashing down; even though storms toss us from side to side; even though the wind is trying to blow us off our feet we can say “It is well, it is well with my soul”.  We can say this, not because of our circumstances (we don’t always have control of that), but because of our relationship with God (which we always have control of). 

I’m going to be looking at doing a rota for Hospitality after our Services, so if you feel you would be able to help with this, please let me know by text (07803296666), email (a.parker@amberleyroad.org) or just have a chat with me.

Did you know that, if you are a Tax Paper, and you gift aid the money you put into the collection, the church can get back 25p for every £1 you give.  So, if you put in £10, we get back £2.50 from HMRC!  It’s so easy, and confidential, so if you are a tax payer and would be willing to gift aid your money, please speak to me.  It doesn’t matter how small it is!  We get it instead of the tax man!

On Thursday 1st December we would like your help please.  We are going to be meeting at the church to deliver Christmas flyers to the houses in Stoke Lodge and Patchway Common – that’s roughly 1,000 homes!  It depends if you’re a pessimist or an optimist as to whether you think we can get that all done in one evening!!  Hopefully see you there.

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:18 and 20

Enjoy the rest of the week.  God bless.  Andrea

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As I’m writing this week’s Community News Blog, I’m looking out my lounge window and watching birds dance within the leaves of the trees.  They fly around like they have no cares in the world.  I often ask myself why I can’t be more like them, why I worry so much, especially when I know it takes away my peace and my joy.  Jesus tells us to cast our burdens on him, and he will give us rest for our souls.  This is something I need to do, if I want the peace that God can give.

In just a couple of weeks we begin Advent, where has that year gone!  So, I just wanted to let you have details of our Christmas Services:-

Sunday 11 December 11am

‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’ - Kid’s and Youth Christmas Service

Sunday 18 December 7pm

Carol Service with mulled wine

Saturday 24 December 11.15pm

Christmas Eve Communion Service

Sunday 25 December 10.30am

Yeah Lord we Greet Thee

Please put these dates in your diaries.  Whilst on the theme of Christmas there are packs of Christmas Cards for sale at the back of the church.  Money given will be going towards Koinonia Café.

Happy birthday to Jenny, who will be celebrating her birthday on Friday 18 November – Jenny we hope you have a special day.

A last reminder that, as it’s Remembrance Service this Sunday, we will be starting at the earlier time of 10.50.

During the week before Christmas Laura and Bex are going to be showing some Christmas videos to get us all in the mood, and to keep the little ones entertained, they are:

         Monday 19th December 10am           Arthur Christmas

         Wednesday 21st December 2pm       Nativity

         Friday 23rd December 10am              Elf

Please pray for:

-       Bert who is continuing to recover from her back operation;

-       Heather as she waits for surgery;

-       Laura, Jonathan and Isla as, when writing this, their baby boy still hasn’t arrived!

Finally, if anyone is able to help with Christmas hospitality – cakes, mince pies etc – please speak to Sara or myself.

What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Galatians 5:6

Have a good weekend.

God bless.  Andrea


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Welcome to another community News!

Yesterday, people from many different countries were ‘celebrating’ Halloween.  And I’m sure we all have our own opinions about whether we should celebrate it or not – is it harmless fun?  Or is something to be afraid of?  Romans 8:38 says ‘Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love’.  Wow! What an amazing truth.

Please pray for Laura, Jonathan and Isla as Laura’s due date for their ‘baby boy’ approaches!!

Sandra has been ill recently and had a short spell in hospital, so please pray that she will recover quickly and get the strength she needs.

Anne’s mum is currently in hospital, waiting results of tests.  Our prayers are that they will quickly find out what’s wrong, in order for the correct treatment to begin.

Please pray for Bert who is recovering from a major back operation.

Sandra, Anne and Bert – please be assured of our prayers.

A week Sunday (13 November) is remembrance Sunday, so please remember that the service will start at 10.50, in order for us to observe the 2 minute silence at 11am.

And finally, for today, I am going to be looking at doing a new rota for hospitality after church service – if you would like to help, hopefully on a 6 weekly basis, please let me know.

Have a good week.  God bless.  Andrea

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I am so pleased to have the opportunity to start writing this community news blog, after what has been, too long an interval. So, for those of you who are new to this, here is where I can update you with what’s going on within the Trinity Network, as well as suggest things to give thanks to God for and ideas of some things to pray for.

Thank you to all those who have donated food to our harvest appeal, this will be going to Foodbank; there is an ongoing opportunity to give to Foodbank so please, if you’re able bring any non perishable food you are able to spare. The money collected will be going to BMS Harvest appeal (Syrian refugees). You can still continue to give to this, but please make sure you use the BMS envelopes provided (which can be found in the porch), and put it in the offering plate as normal.

I’m sorry to talk about December, when we are still in October, but details of our Christmas services will posted on our website soon … so please keep a look out for them. I will also be putting them in the community news.

It’s amazing that when our new Koinonia Cafe opens at the beginning of 2017, Laura will be the manager, but she has also taken over the responsibility and leadership of our children’s work. Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to Lesley for all her hard work over the years, she has done an amazing job with our children. Laura, wouldn’t be able to continue the amazing work that Lesley started, without an incredible team to help and support her. This support is provided by Sandra, Toni and Elise - so a big thank you to them too. On 23 October we will be having a Commissioning Service for Laura. A speaker is coming from ‘care for the family’ and Laura will be sharing how God has led her to this place. Come, ready to be challenged and inspired. There will also be a bring and share lunch after the service.

As you know, over the past few weeks, Matt has been asking, no, begging, for help on the Audio and Vision rotas. These are the people who do an amazing job behind the scenes - making sure the volume levels are mixed and not too loud, or too quiet and making sure the words are there, so that we know what we are singing! If you would like to be part of this team, then please speak to Matt or email him on m.gatt@amberleyroad.org. Training will be given.

As you know , we have formed a new pastoral care team, who are beginning to do some amazing work. They hope to get round to see everyone within the next few months. There is no hidden agenda, for some it will be just to get to know you better, for others, just to see how you’re doing. If you would like someone to visit you then please let me know.

I hope you will all have an amazing week and that, through all the good and bad times, through the tears and the laughter, you know the touch of God on your lives.

If I don’t see you before, I will see you at Laura’s Commissioning Service on Sunday.

God bless. Andrea