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Rob's Christmas message

Rob's Christmas message

Did you know that researchers have got really interested in the ‘Like’ button on Facebook? In case you are one of the lucky people who doesn’t know what I am talking about, it is a button you can click on if you ‘like’ what someone has posted. People have been doing some research about it, and have found that not only did Facebook spend ages working out which word they should use to make it most popular for people, but unsurprisingly that we are getting addicted to that nice warm feeling we get when someone clicks to say they like our message. When lots of people click to say they like our message.

There is another button you get on Facebook and Twitter (and others I am sure) which interests me even more. It is called ‘Follow’. I don’t know quite why you think they chose the word ‘Follow’, but it is important to me. It is the word that best describes the way I think God calls me to relate to Jesus. When Jesus chose his first disciples, of course they physically followed him from place to place, but they also followed his teaching, and tried to live according to it. They followed what he was doing, and tried to copy it. They followed him to the cross, and the empty tomb, and understood that that was to be the pattern for their lives. Following Jesus was, and is, an exciting and dynamic and lifechanging thing.

And that brings us to this Christmas, and the Christmas card you will have received with this magazine, inviting you to ‘Follow the Star’. Like churches all over the country, we are using this phrase to prompt you to think about what following the star to Jesus means. For many of you, that will mean joining us at one of the wonderful Christmas events you can read about in this magazine, in the card, or on our website, but the invitation goes further than that too. This Christmas you might want to do what the first disciples did, and think about what it means to follow and believe in Jesus’s teaching; to see what he is doing and try to copy it; to follow him through this life and into the next.

Every Christmas we have so many good things happening around the churches, and there is so much to enjoy and to like. You might even find yourself reflecting that you really like a certain event that we put on. It is easy enough to click on the ‘Like’ button when you see it advertised on our Facebook page, and you’ll make all of us at the churches feel very happy when you do. (And Facebook will notice you doing it, and keep sending you more of our stuff – hooray!) But for some of you this Christmas God is calling you into a deeper and more meaningful relationship than that. He’s pointing out that other button. That rather more challenging one. The one that says, ‘Follow.’

 

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Learning to hear God's voice with Mark Aldridge, New Wine

Learning to hear God's voice with Mark Aldridge, New Wine

We are really pleased to welcome Mark Aldridge to this New Wine East event on Saturday 13th October from 10am-4pm. Mark is the Director of Church Leadership Development for New Wine, and loves to teach on the prophetic, healing, the Kingdom of God and the mission of the Church. He will be sharing exciting stories and principles from his book Learning to hear God's voice... and live a prophetic lifestyle. Copies will be available on the day.

We suggest a contribution of £5 on the door, which includes drinks: you will need to bring your own lunch. Please click here to book in, or via our Facebook page 'Venta Group of Churches'. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Rob

Caistor Street Party, 20th May 2018

Caistor Street Party, 20th May 2018

It was an “all age” street party ranging from two to three months old, to some of us where three score years and ten have now become a distant memory and all ages in-between.

Organised jointly by the Parish Council and Church Council and with much help from the residents of South Wood Drive where the party was held.

 

Soon after 10 o’clock on the Sunday morning  garden chairs and tables began to appear, bunting was being fixed to fences and walls, gazebos being erected  and the sun was shining in a clear blue sky, a perfect day for a street party.

 

With the BBQ’s in place and Simon and George ready for action, people started to arrive at

 about 1 o’clock with sausages and burgers for cooking.  A huge range of cakes had been laid out next to the teas and coffee and these were all looked after by an enthusiastic group of young people, Eliza, Ruby, Ori, Uma, Grace (Woods), Grace (Baker), and Samuel, and with Jonathan looking after the cold drinks.

Various games were being played and Peter provided music to add atmosphere to the proceedings and at one point there was 80+ people all enjoying food and conversation with neighbours and friends.

Thank you to William who was busy with his camera and many photographs were taken some of which are here, more will be on display in the church.

A very big thank you to all who helped in any way and also a big thank you to those of you who supported the party and we hope everyone had a lovely afternoon in the sun.

 

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