April always makes me think of travelling. When the warm spring sunshine and longer days appear, the urge to travel gets stronger and I long to go and explore somewhere new.
This year I suppose my wish will come true as from May to the end of July I take a break from my regular ministerial work and embark on a voyage of research and comparison. The plan is to travel to various places in the UK and take a look at how the United Reformed Church and the Baptist Church operate when they are working in the same place. I want to discover why on the whole, the Baptist fellowships tend to attract more members and seem to be more mission focused. Is that just a myth, or if it is true what can we learn from it and do we need to change or do things differently in our own denomination to achieve the same kind of growth?
This month we are remembering another journey, one that ended in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Without that journey there would be no need for mine because there would be no church denominations, no gospel to preach and live out, no assurance of forgiveness, no hope for the world and no salvation. As we remember the Son of God riding into Jerusalem in humility, allowing himself to be arrested, beaten, tortured and killed on a cross for our sake. Then to rise again on the third day to demonstrate his victory over death we can only bow our heads in awe at the unconditional love of our God.
If we have to change as a denomination to make us more mission focused then so be it. If we have to transform the way we do church in order to bring more people to know our Saviour then let’s get on with it. If we have to go the extra mile to become a thriving, growing, Christ centred church, then let us not delay for one more second.
Jesus said, ’Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28: 19-20)
May God bless us as we journey together and do whatever it takes to proclaim our Saviour.
With love in his precious name,
Our thanks to all of you for the many cards we received, the flowers that greeted us, when we arrived home from our 50th Wedding Anniversary Lunch arranged by our children.
On these special occasions made all the more memorable by these kind and thoughtful gestures, Alison and I think how lucky we are to be members of Christ Church. We acknowledge how attending Christ Church has brought us closed together as husband and wife, as we share in the praise of the Lord, and the fellowship of the Church, the friends we have made, true friends in the fellowship of Christ, sharing and caring together.
Alison turned to me in the evening and said ‘we are comfortable with each other aren’t we.’ I couldn’t have said it better I thought, I’d settle for that.
God bless you all
love Alison and Malcolm.
Dear friends at Christ Church, am very grateful to the Lord for all of you who have expressed love and concern, prayed, sent cards, flowers, and helped in practical ways during my convalescence. It has been a wonderful encouragement and support. I’m happy to say that I’m now making good progress and looking forward to the return of ‘normality’ in the not too distant future!
Love to you all
We would like to say thank you for the cards, flowers and gifts we received for our Golden Wedding in March. The celebration was very much a family one but we were thrilled to know we were also in the thoughts of our wider church family.
Brenda and Howard Ansdell
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What is Samaritans as an organisation?
We’re an independent charity. We’re all volunteers based in towns across the UK. In this area there are branches in Tunbridge Wells, Hastings, Ashford and Maidstone. The Tunbridge Wells area stretches from Heathfield round to East Grinstead, across to Edenbridge and Sevenoaks, then on to Paddock Wood, Cranbrook and Hawkhurst. In Tunbridge Wells we have 145 volunteers, and throughout the UK there are about 18,000 people working in over 200 branches. Between them they give over 2 million hours of their time each year.
What do we do?
We offer a 24-hour confidential listening service, every day of the year, to anyone in emotional distress – or whatever reason.
We can be contacted by phone on 08457 909090 or 01892 5323233; email via firstname.lastname@example.org: texting on 07725 909090; by letter to Chris, PO Box 9090, Stirling FK8 2SA; or in person at 7 Lime Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells without appointment anytime between 9am and 9 pm.
In the UK we get a call every 5 seconds. Our service is free for the cost of the phone call, and through our listening service, Samaritans provides confidential emotional support to anyone in need.
We encourage those who contact us to talk about their emotions. In today’s pressured world, life can sometimes become too much to bear, but we think that talking about the emotional stress behind suicidal thoughts can help find a way forward in life. But we don’t give advice and we don’t judge—we just listen.
Would you like to join us?
As a voluntary organisation, we always need support from the community. Our work can be emotionally demanding, but hugely rewarding. We take great care in selecting volunteers with the right qualities, and we give good training. We also have support volunteers who do essential work to keep the branch going. If you might consider giving some time to Samaritans, or if you would like a Samaritan volunteer to talk to your organisation, please phone 01892 532323 or email email@example.com.
Remember—we’re always here.
Cathedral Cookery by Denise Loveday
My wife (Alison) came across the Cathedral Cookery Book in a charity shop. (Published in Winchester 1999.) A story of Benedictine Monks who worked and prayed for five centuries at Winchester. Ate only frugal meals, but celebrated Feast Days. The records of their menus and the quantity of food and wine consumed make astonishing reading and help to explain the picture of the rotund, jolly monk.
Here is just one of the recipes: It would be interesting to follow the thought process of Mrs Tedbury she obviously knows her Bible well!
Old Testament Cake Mrs. Tedbury
12 oz. 1st Kings 4 22
8 oz. Judges 5 25
8 oz. Jeremiah 6 20
2 cups 1st Samuel 30 12
2 cups Nahum 3 12
2 cups Numbers 17 8
2 tablespoons 1st Samuel 14 25
3 Jeremiah 17 11
1 and a half cups Judges 4 19
2 tablespoons Amos 9 13
1 pinch Leviticus 2 3
Season to taste with: 2nd Chronicles 9 9
Directions: Proverbs 23 14
Bake one-and-half-hours to two hours.
Interpreted for the rest of us!
12 oz. self-raising flour
8 oz. butter
8 oz. sugar
2 cups raisins
2 cups chopped figs
2 cups almonds
2 tablespoons honey
1 and a half cups milk
2 tablespoons red wine
1 pinch salt
Season to taste with mixed spice
Pre-heat oven to 350F, 180C, Regulo 4.
Beat thoroughly all together. Bake one-and-a-half to two hours.
There are 127 recipes in the Book
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Reflection on Jesus: All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of mankind on this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life. anon
Rev’d Jim Thorneycroft
5 St Bernard’s Road
Tel 01732 354713 (Manse)
Tel 05602 055307 (Office)
Please note that the Minister’s rest day is on a Friday
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