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The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
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.  His government and its peace will never end.  He will rule with fairness and justice from the thrones of His ancestor David for all eternity. 

As you prepare for Advent, what do you need to do to get your ‘house’ in order?  I don’t mean getting presents, decorations, food etc!  I mean your heart and your soul?  What do you need to do to ‘de-clutter’ in order to be transformed by the ‘Light of the World’?  If you want the best Christmas ever – make sure your priorities are right.

Christmas Services

Sunday 10 December        @ 11am           Sleepy Shepherd

                                         @ 4pm            Stoke Gifford Carol Service

Sunday 17 December        @ 4pm            Amberley Road’s Carol Service

                                                               (no morning service)

Sunday 24 December        @ 4pm            Joint Carol Service with SGBC at

                                                               ARBC (no morning service) 

Monday 25 December      @ 10.30am      Christmas Day Celebration

Sunday 31 December       @ 4pm             POSSIBLE Joint Service with SGBC at SGBC

With regard to the Service on New Years Eve please, urgently, let me know if you are planning on being there as we are conscious that there are a large number of people away. 

Café Church

Blog-27-Nov-2.png#asset:218 Cafe Church will be opening on Monday 18, Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 December for Christmas Winter Wonderland.  Come and bring the family for Christmas craft and fun!  Father Christmas will be there on Wednesday 20th!

Christmas Finances

At our recent Forum we were asked to provide some figures with regard to our Christmas spend/budget, and these are as follows:-

Flyers                                                                        £59.00

Posters                                                                      £13.00

Banner                                                                      £105.60

Hospitality for 17th (welcome drinks and cakes)          £50.00

Jars for candles                                                         £8.00

Christingles for 24th                                                   £30.00

Crafts for Winter Wonderland                                     £60.00

Facebook campaign                                                   £100.00

Santa’s presents                                                        £30.00

The idea of providing the list was to see if anyone wanted to give some money towards something in particular.  Thank you to those who have given already.

If you are able to give please let Laura or Andrea know.

Help PLEASE!

Church is exceptionally busy around Christmas – so we would really value your help.  These are some of the things you can help us with:-

  • Delivery of Flyers (should be ready beginning w/c Monday 4 Dec)
  • Dropping off posters to go up in community boards
  • Moving softplay downstairs (after 11 December)
  • Moving softplay upstairs (ready for 18 December)
  • Moving sofas and chairs downstairs (after 11 December)
  • Moving sofas and chairs upstairs (ready for 18 December)
  • Help set up on 17th December
  • Help set up 24th December
  • Collect spare tables and chairs from SGBC
  • Make Christingles (for 24 December)

For more information on any of the above – or if you are able to help please let Laura or Andrea know.

Bex

Don’t forget that 10 December is Bex’s last Sunday with us.  If you would like to give to a leaving present for Bex, then please let Andrea know by Sunday 3 December.

Thank you.

Every blessing.  Andrea

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Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.  And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Isn’t that a challenge to all of us – making disciples of all nations?  As a church we take this very seriously, and on Sunday 1 October at an open forum (after the church service), leaders will be sharing with you their vision for where they believe God is leading their ministry, and how we can make this statement a reality.

Cindy’s family would like to thank you all for your support over the past few weeks, particularly at the Service of Celebration on Friday.

I’m sure, on behalf of the church, we would like to thank Laura and all those who helped out, during Summer Fun.  It has been truly amazing, and we want to keep this type of outreach up, so we are going to be looking at opening Café Church as soon as possible.  It will be opened on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  If you are able to help out, or would like more information please contact Laura either in person or via l.smith@amberleyroad.org.

There are a number of birthdays coming up, why not spend a few seconds sending them a birthday text.

  • Sam’s birthday is today (5 September)
  • Andrew’s Rix’s Birthday – Tuesday 12 September
  • Sara Matthew’s birthday – Thursday 14 September
  • Gordon Lambert’s birthday – Friday 15 September
  • Nathan’s birthday – Monday 18 September
  • Andy’s birthday – Wednesday 20 September

Please pray for Mark and Sara Spruce.  Sara’s mum’s funeral is on Friday and she is finding it very tough; her dad died just a few months ago.  Also, Mark has started a new job in Derby, and I’m sure they would value our prayers, as they relocate.

This Sunday 10 September, Andrea is continuing our theme of Obstacles – and is talking about how ‘relationships’ can 'get in the way'….

No matter what your day 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

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Psalm 149:4

For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

Please continue to pray for the family of Cindy as funeral preparations are taking place.  As soon as we know a date and time for the funeral we will let you know.

Eileen would value your prayers as she starts physio on the 31 August for a longstanding injury to a tendon. 

‘Summer Fun’ has been amazing.  Please remember to tell your friends about this.

Please pray for Bex as she finishes her time in Uganda and starts the journey home.  Also it’s Bex’s 21st Birthday on Saturday! 

As you know, this Sunday we were hoping that, Andy was going to start leading us through our vision, as well as have an open forum.  This was going to be followed by lunch.  However, following the death of Cindy this is going to be postponed and David Firth will be preaching on Psalm 124 and ‘what it means to say that the Lord is our help’.

Hope Bristol 2018 is a citywide opportunity to reach out and bless our city.  This 5 day mission is during Easter, Tuesday 3 – Saturday 8 April 2018, will be held in partnership with Soul Survivor and Hope.  This vision is to:

a)             Serve local communities in Bristol showing God’s love in practical ways and sharing the good news of Jesus

b)             Build unity within the churches that leads to action

c)             Inspire mission and encourage discipleship both in our local volunteers and the youth brought through Soul Survivor.

Hope Bristol 2018 will involve teams of local volunteers and youth from Soul Survivor serving through practical and outreach projects across the city over the 5 day event.  Each morning will start with worship and teaching led by Soul Survivor.  The young people will then head out in teams to various parts of the city to be involved in local church initiatives.  These could include community action projects (like The Noise), children’s clubs, youth cafes, work with the elderly, and evangelism teams.

More information, on how you/we can get involved, will be given shortly.

On the 20  August we will have our own summer fun – please put this date in your diary, and more information will be available soon.

On Wednesday 27 September at 7.30 pm, St Michael’s Centre, is hosting a local Spring Harvest event exploring the theme of ‘determined discipleship’.  If you would like to know more, visit their website www.springharvest.org/local.  Tickets are £7.00 adults, £5.00 concession.  If you would like to book a ticket please see Andrea or Bex.

No matter what your day 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

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Joshua 1:9

This is my command – be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!

Please continue to pray for Cindy, who is still in hospital, but hoping to come home soon, once adequate home care has been arranged.

Please also pray for Pearl, who is now able to drive again following her knee operation.

Every Wednesday and Friday, from 2-4pm, throughout August there is going to be ‘Summer Fun’ @ Amberley Road Baptist Church.  It’s going to be amazing, there will be an indoor beach, garden games, craft table, soft play and more!  This is all free – there will also be refreshments, which will be available to buy.  Whatever the weather bring your kids along.  If you would like some flyers to pass on to your friends and family, or a poster to display at your work place, or in your window please grab them from the porch.

Please continue to pray for Bex away in Uganda, please see the notice board for what she has been up to.  If you would like a prayer leaflet to take away there are some in the porch.

Hope Bristol 2018 is a citywide opportunity to reach out and bless our city.  This 5 day mission during Easter, Tuesday 3 – Saturday 8 April 2018, will be held in partnership with Soul Survivor and Hope.  This vision is to:

a)             Serve local communities in Bristol showing God’s love in practical ways and sharing the good news of Jesus

b)             Build unity within the churches that leads to action

c)             Inspire mission and encourage discipleship both in our local volunteers and the youth brought through Soul Survivor.

Hope Bristol 2018 will involve teams of local volunteers and youth from Soul Survivor serving through practical and outreach projects across the city over the 5 day event.  Each morning will start with worship and teaching led by Soul Survivor.  The young people will then head out in teams to various parts of the city to be involved in local church initiatives.  These could include community action projects (like The Noise), children’s clubs, youth cafes, work with the elderly, and evangelism teams.

More information, on how you/we can get involved, will be given shortly.

On Sunday 13 August there will be a church forum, after the service, where we will look at the vision of the church.  There will be lunch afterwards.

On the 20 August we will have our own summer fun – please put this date in your diary, and more information will be available soon.

On Wednesday 27 September at 7.30 pm, St Michael’s Centre, is hosting a local Spring Harvest event exploring the theme of ‘determined discipleship’.  If you would like to know more, visit their website www.springharvest.org/local.  Tickets are £7.00 adults, £5.00 concession.  If you would like to book a ticket please see Andrea or Bex.

 

No matter what your day 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

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2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.

It’s good to be reminded that, despite what we may be going through, or despite what it may feel like God is faithful – and He is working his purposes out.

Please continue to pray for Cindy, who had radiotherapy on Monday to reduce her pain.

Please remember the families of those who have had babies recently – Laura, Jonathan, Isla and Jacob; Esther, Michael, Victoria, Luke and Alex; Tabita, Marcin, Matthew and Edward and Toni, David, Alana and Logan.

Here is a list of birthdays that are coming up over the next couple of weeks:-

         Saturday 1 July              Charles

         Monday 3 July               Jonathan Whitfield

         Tuesday 4 July              Esther

         Thursday 6 July              Elise

         Friday 7 July                  Joel and Leonora

         Monday 10 July             Kev

         Sunday 16 July              Jen Dobie

Happy birthday to all – hope you have an amazing day.

Jen will actually be 40 this year and is having a Barn Dance at Patchway Labour Club, The Parade, Coniston Road, BS34 5LJ, starting at 7.30.  We have all been invited, but, for catering purposes, can you please let me know if you are going (Mob: 07803296666).

We’ve had some good feedback about breakfast together on Sunday mornings.  However, there is a lot to do and so we are looking for a team of people to help.  If you would like to be part of the team, or would like to know more, can you please have a chat with Laura (we are looking for volunteers to go shopping, tidy up, set up, wash up etc).

We are also looking for volunteers to do the PA/AV desk – if you would like to know more please speak to Andrea – full training will be given.  (It’s easier than it looks!!)

We are joining together as a community of ladies to live, laugh and love.  Every six weeks, we are going to have different socials at Amberley Road on a Friday beginning at 7pm.  This is an open invited for all ladies.  Tickets are only £5 for each event.  The first one is this Friday, 30th June and there will be Zumba Dance and DIY fresh fruit smoothies.  Please don’t be put off about the Zumba – it’s optional, AND it’s about having a good time, and getting to know one another better.

We are looking at having a members meeting on 13th August, please let me know if you are able to make it.

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

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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

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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