The Inside Column 24/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 24, 2016 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas. We hope you have time to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

As we continue to read and study the Book of Acts I keep thinking about that simple three letter word ‘Act.’

As a Christian we are all called to put our faith in action. There are so many ways we are called to do this in our daily lives, from those simple random acts of kindness towards each other through to planned actions that share the love of  Christ.

In the Message translation of the bible Matthew 5:14 says:

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.”

I encourage you to think about how you can ‘Act’ within our community to spread the light of Christ. All our events at church are open to everyone and it is up to us to share and invite others along. We all have God given gifts which we are born to use. Maybe we are called to ‘act’ by providing hospitality, a listening ear, praying for others, offering practical support to a young mum or an elderly person. The list is endless.

In my position as Senior Outreach Community Coordinator I am looking at ways we as a church can share this light and act within our Stoke community.  Thank you to all who are supporting me with this new role. I have been encouraged by the people who have approached me about ways they can help with this.

It’s great to see the support for the events that have been run over the last few weeks. Check the ‘What’s on in May’ which will be out next week for events which are coming up.

I know there are so many people in our local community who can’t get to these events or haven’t the confidence to come alone. If you would like to support this local mission I would love to create a team of van drivers who would be willing to transport people to events. If you would be happy to ‘act’ on this and have confidence in driving a van please let me know.


And finally it has to be said, our actions speak louder than words!



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