The Inside Column 23/7

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jul 24, 2017 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

How were the school holidays? Good times with the family.

Today we are going to be looking at I am the true vine. 

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. - John 15:1-4

Again we think back to one of the big themes running through John – Who is Jesus? This question keeps coming up over and over again and how we answer it will shape our lives in one way or another. We need to think about how outrageous these statements Jesus made would have been to the people that first heard them, and for many today they still seam outrageous.

We (the whole church) have an opportunity to be involved in the Isel Park night market. The Isel Park night market is on every Thursday night and is run by a couple of locals as a place where people from Stoke can gather and feel  part of the local community. We have been offered a stall. The question is what we might do with that stall? Firstly we would need a team of people to come along every Thursday, maybe on a fortnightly roster to run the stall, and then we will need to think about what we might do –Good Coffee, Home Preserves, Live Music? The main reason for being involved in this is that we get to go and be a part of the community, meeting them where they are at, and have the opportunity to build relationships with the wider Stoke community. The market has been running throughout the winter but I think we should be involved when Daylight saving starts. This is a great opportunity for us as a church and one I would ask that you would start to pray about. If you have some ideas and would like to be    involved, we will have a meeting after church one Sunday in August, – watch this space.

The Prayer meeting starts again this Tuesday at 7.30am. All welcome. Phil and Liz Kemp are hosting a fundraising Indian Dinner on Saturday 12 August. Put the date in your diaries, get a group of people together and come out for a great meal to support a good cause.

God bless



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