The Inside Column 14/04

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Thank to everyone that came to the AGM, and to the people that have put themselves up for vestry and other leadership roles. I remember reading one day about something the All Blacks coach said; “The team can only play well if all the other pieces are in place with good management, support people and the people that carry the gear”. The same can be said with the running of the church. For there to be a place for ministry and discipleship to happen there needs to be good management and a team working for the same goals. I have been very blessed in my time as leader of St Barnabas that I have had a great team of people supporting the vision and ministry of the Church. Thanks you all very much very much, you are all very much appreciated.

Our Easter Services – 9.30am Good Friday is our Reflective Service followed at 10.30am by the Stoke Cross Walk stopping at Stoke churches along the way and ending at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for hot cross buns and a cuppa. On Easter Sunday we gather for breakfast at 9.30am followed by our combined communion service at 10.00am.

The youth Group is heading off to Easter camp down in Christchurch, with other youth groups from the Diocese, If you would like to financially support them in this trip please note on your giving envelope, and of course keep praying for them.

On the first of May I will be heading over to London for the HTB leadership conference as part of my professional development. I’m travelling with Simon Martin from All Saints and Ian Hussey from St Barnabas. You may recall that Greta and I went to the same conference a couple of years ago and had a wonderful time. Apart from going to the conference we will also attend several churches, meeting with other Church leaders and may even catch up with a couple of bishops! I will be heading up to Leeds to visit a friends Church for a weekend as well. I will be back home 17 May.

Note: The church office will be closed the week of 22 April to the 26 April. Any notices for Sunday 28 April Pew Sheet need to be sent by this Thursday 18 April.


Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

- Psalm 1:1-3

Peace be with you






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