Messy Space is a group for pre-schoolers and their adults. 10.00-11.30am during school terms – we offer play, crafts, refreshments, and a song or story to finish.
If you would like to make a donation to help us cover our costs and keep the sessions going, then we suggest £3.00 per child, or £5.00 per family. But we know that things are difficult money-wise at the moment, so if this is too much for you, please still just come along. And the first session is always free so that you can try it out and see if it suits you.
Please be mindful of where other people are at with COVID vulnerability and respect their space, thank you.
This reflection is provided by Local Preacher, Chris Sledge (Potters Wood).
1 KINGS 19 verses 1 – 4, 8 – 15 We all enjoy a good story and especially one that has its fair share of drama. Such is the story of the people of Israel – a story that is punctuated by the acts of famous men such as Abraham and Moses and a story that centres upon the people of Israel’s relationship with God through all the highs and lows of their journey. One of those “famous men” is Elijah about whom our reading speaks. Elijah was a ninth century BC prophet, a Tishbite of Tishbe in Gilead on the east bank of the River Jordan (1 Kings 17). His ministry centred upon the northern Kingdom (Israel) and scripture records six main episodes in the prophet’s life :
Elijah appears without introduction and announces a drought to King Ahab and Elijah is miraculously sustained at Cherith, being fed by ravens and then he went to Zarephath, where he healed a widow’s son (17 v 8-17).
Elijah was involved in a “contest” between the people of Israel and those who worshipped the god Baal, it took place on Mt Carmel, where the sovereignty of God was challenged.
Elijah came under the wrath of Queen Jezebel and had to flee for his life arriving at Mt Horeb (Sinai). This was a sacred place where Moses had met God. This disheartened prophet had now returned to the source of faith for which he had fought and where he found God in the “still small voice.” (19 v 12)
The story surrounding Naboth’s vineyard (ch 21) illustrates the fact that land owned by an Israelite family was God’s gift and failure to recognise this would bring judgement.
A further clash between followers of Baal and the people of Israel (2 Kings 1)
Elijah’s translation by whirlwind brings a dramatic end to Elijah’s prophetic career and his mantle falls on Elisha (2 Kings 2 v 11-12). Elijah stands as the “doyen” of the Old Testament prophets and was the forerunner of the great eighth century prophets e.g. Amos and Hosea. He was a man of action, always calling people back to God and worshipping Him alone. He proclaimed Moses’ standards of right living in community about which Amos and Hosea spoke so strongly. When we read the story of Elijah we see a picture of a tremendous person, on fire for God; jealous for the Lord, living only for God. He was not afraid or ashamed to speak out on all that was against the faith in matters of worship and righteousness in community. But this was not without consequences, as he put his own life in danger; he felt isolated at times (19 v 9-10) and had to be reminded that he wasn’t alone. We ourselves may at times have similar feelings to Elijah and like him needed to be reminded that we are not alone’ our fellow Christians are with us and above all God is with us to empower and strengthen us. A further great lesson Elijah teaches us is that you can’t divorce religion (faith) from life and politics. Politics is to do with people and if our faith means anything at all, it will affect them and their lives.
Let us stand firm in the faith we possess and profess, trusting in the God of our forefathers who is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read, as a prayer, hymn 634 in Singing the Faith – Fight the good fight with all your might.
Today’s reflection was written by Mrs Vivienne Lear
Jesus says, I am the true vine, you are the branches.
The vine was the emblem of the Jewish nation. It was represented on the doors and entrance to the Temple; it appeared on their coins. God had selected the nation to be his chosen people. Through the prophets he shared his intention for his people. He was described by Isaiah as the gardener who prepared a vineyard, cared for it, and expected a good harvest but when he came to pick the fruit of the vine the grapes were sour. These grapes, the chosen people had stopped obeying God’s word and lived their own ways and not in God’s ways. They experienced exile as a result. But God still loved and cared for his people, he did not desert them, he gave them the promised Messiah.
Jesus was the true vine, the fulfilment of God’s purpose where Israel had failed. When Jesus spoke to the crowds, declaring he was the true vine they would have comprehended the reference to the vine and known he was a special prophet from God. Jesus the true vine, the root stock from whom all who believed in him would be the branches and flourish and grow. But if good fruit was to be expected then growth could not be left to chance. Christ’s contemporaries needed to accept his teaching and grow in his love. This is so with us, we need to hear Christ’s teaching and grow in it. He prepares us as a gardener would prepare the soil and guides us through our daily living.
We don’t just hear his words once and think we will become a good harvest from the true vine. We are not separate from him, we need to abide in Jesus at all times, returning to him daily through our Bible reading and prayers and if we are able, to attend worship regularly for nourishment to our faith. Then whatever our age, our health we can belong to the true vine.
God the gardener has prepared for the fertile soil of our being. He has given us the opportunity to abide in him and absorb the nutrients of the teaching of Jesus who is the true vine. We are aware of the things that delight and please God. He loves to find such fruits in us as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control. He loves to see justice, mercy, right living and honesty. The products of vines, grapes, are different varieties, different colours, different sizes yet together create a combination of tasty sweet fruit. We are all different but as attachments to the true vine we can become good products of that vine and share our fruits with others and not keep it to ourselves.
Lord Jesus, you are the vine we are the branches; remove every branch from us that bears no fruit and prevents healthy growth. You are the vine we are the branches help us to abide in you, in your words and in your love. Amen
This reflection is provided by Local Preacher, Jenny Clark (Yate)
John 14 : 8 – 17 ‘In one ear and out the other,’ is a familiar phrase and describes the way words can be heard but little else! Listening is active so what the ears hear permeates into the brain and is processed. The words of Jesus to Philip point out that the words and actions of Jesus have not led to understanding and can develop expectations that are unrealistic or miss potential that is ‘staring us in the face’.
On her 90th Birthday, my Mum who had always been quite shy in public gatherings stood up in front of over 60 gathered family and friends and spoke for 10 minutes without hesitation, notes, or repetition , about her life and expressed thanks to all who had come to the event. As her speech continued, the jaws of family members dropped open in surprise. Where did this amazing confidence and eloquence come from? Someone we thought we knew so well was empowered in that moment by decades of experience but had previously no opportunity to express herself! I cannot in any way equate the incident with my mum to the power of Jesus but it is an illustration of how we can find clarity and depth of meaning from qualities we were unaware of, when they are unlocked.
Jesus was always able to unlock potential but more importantly, was able to give people the gift of the Spirit to guide and sustain them. The conversation in the lesson is between Jesus and His disciples, an intimate gathering, one of the discourses leading up to the death of Jesus. .
As we reflect on the words to Philip and indeed all who were gathered at this special time, Jesus is clarifying not only who he was, but the gift they were to be given. On this day of Pentecost, we recall that same gift given to each one of us and should ask ourselves how effective the Spirit is in our lives.
The Platinum Anniversary of our Queen, Elizabeth II, is a remarkable occasion and her legacy for the world is inspirational. Her Christian faith is without doubt an integral part of her life and her role as Monarch is one of service to those she reigns over. Service to others is a hallmark of how she recognises the good that is done by many who have gained her recognition. The Holy Spirit seeks to guide us all to give of ourselves. Jesus talks to His Disciples, letting them know that He is leaving them but that their work is just beginning.
Jesus gives the promise of the Holy Spirit and keeping His Commandments is the empowering responsibility. As we feel that ‘transforming wind’ breathe into us again, may we feel clear headed, brave and sure in the faith that we are called to put into action, in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen
Prayer Lord, we know that we are often unsure and even a little unwilling to give ourselves totally to your service but we do love you and seek to keep your commandments, so give us the courage and trust to allow the Holy Spirit to take away our hesitation and continue to guide and support us in our journey of faith. Amen
This reflection is provided by Local Preacher, Alison Smith (St. Andrew’s).
Jesus is coming soon!
We hear this word, this prophesy, this promise and so we look to the skies in expectation; but our time is not God’s time, so we wait. When He comes, He will reward each person according to what they’ve done – good or bad. How have we lived? Have our tongues been sharp? Have our actions been unworthy of God? Have we confessed our sins and been forgiven? God is omnipresent (widespread), omnipotent (unlimited power), omniscient (all knowing). He is the beginning, the creator God who spoke all things into being. The first and the last being of all men. The Alpha and Omega – the comprehensiveness of God who includes all that can be; and the end, when there will be the last fight for good and evil when Christ will prevail and humankind will be free. The washing of robes is a metaphor for purification from uncleanliness or sin. Those who profess their sin are blessed and saved through their faith, to go into the eternal city, the New Jerusalem and have access to the tree of life. When we acknowledge our wrongdoings and ask forgiveness from God, we are washing ourselves clean and He will bless us for this cleansing. He will open up His gates and let us into the eternal kingdom, promised at the end of time. The angel was sent by Jesus to John for the churches, who should be teaching and heeding this message, this gift that has been given. Jesus was born a descendent of King David and is rightful heir to the kingdom God promised. He is the cornerstone on which everything is built and is the root, anchoring God, His church and His people together.
Jesus says He is the Bright Morning Star – just as the morning star appears before the sun rises, so Jesus will come for the church before He returns to restore Israel to himself. Salvation is a free gift and this is a final invitation to us and all sinners to come to Christ, and to quench our spiritual thirst with the water of life. The Holy Spirit extends this invitation through the Bride, the church. We need to listen, share this truth and follow the invitation to come. Those who come to Christ, drink the water of life freely. Here Jesus affirms that He is coming ‘soon.’ Again, we don’t know when that will be, when that moment will arrive – maybe today or tomorrow, but the time of Jesus’ return is known only to God. Whenever he comes it will be quickly, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor 15:52). We often sing hymns reciting the words, ‘come, Lord Jesus’ and respond to other prayers in the same way. Each prophecy regarding Jesus’ first coming has been fulfilled and we trust that each prophecy about His second coming will similarly be fulfilled. Jesus’ promise to return must encourage each and every one of us to the point of saying – Amen. Come Lord Jesus! John concluded the book of Revelation with this line, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” The grace of our Lord saved John and sustained him through his exile, providing him with the privilege of seeing sights of God and His position in heaven, and being gifted to learn and write about the Lord’s future plans. It is by the grace of God that we are saved so we must give all the glory to Him for what He has and is accomplishing in our lives; and we should shout with joy that “Jesus is coming soon!” AMEN
This reflection is provided by Local Preacher Howard Wilson (Horfield).
During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’
When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. The Conversion of Lydia
We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis,
and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.
On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.
A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.
When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.
I love passages like this!
Paul has a vision, ‘God wants me to go to Macedonia’, and then just ups and goes. Imagine this today – “God wants you to go to Spain” and we’d immediately think of a hundred reasons why it’s not convenient just yet, maybe in six months… we’d have to check our passport was in date (or maybe even apply for a passport)… we’d need to get online and search for a suitable flight… of course, before then, we might need a few dozen church meetings to agree whether or not this was actually a vision, whether God might prefer that we do some more work on the church roof before we think about spending on people we’ve never met… and so on.
But Paul just ups and goes. In fairness, we might say that Paul has the advantage of having reasonably recently had a direct meeting with God, so maybe he was a bit more attuned to listening to God. It’s great that not only does Paul decide he must go to Macedonia, but he also convinces his ‘team’ to go with him – including Luke who is writing this book.
So, they have what sounds like a challenging journey – it we didn’t fly we’d at least be able to use a decent ferry and then drive in a matter of a few hours. Paul and company were stuck on a sailing ship, then a long walk. Probably another reason we would not be so quick to agree to go. When they finally get there they end up chatting with a group of women – on a Sabbath as well! It’s amazing how far the ‘ultra legalistic Pharisee’ Paul has come since his encounter with Jesus. Not only is he travelling on demand, but he’s breaking Jewish rules about mixing with women on the Sabbath.
Then he ends up talking to Lydia – she would have been a very wealthy woman, dealing in purple cloth in those days would be more impressive than someone who deals in hand spun silk today. Purple dyes were incredibly expensive, so to be able to afford to deal in such cloth would require substantial resources.
This woman is then convinced by Paul and his team, chooses to follow Jesus and along with her household, is baptised there and then (no six weeks of membership classes or need to check out who she was). Seems a lot of effort to go to for one person (and their household).
But that’s the beauty of the God that we follow – willing to put all out for one person. This was the realisation that Wesley came to when he attended a church in Aldersgate Street and felt his heart ‘strangely warmed’ as he realised the God cares for him – ‘even me’. May we all, at the very least, accept that God loves and cares for us, and may just have a role for us in the mission of the Church.
Loving Lord, help us to listen for your prompting. Make us willing to respond to your call, and give us the courage to act upon it. Amen.
This reflection is provided by Local Preacher Sarah James of Faithspace
With Christian Aid week upon us we celebrate 75 years since its start. The beauty of the work of Christian Aid is that it really shows the effectiveness of Christians in global justice issues. Who would have thought so many big ideals would be achieved in those 75 years?
From responding reactively to the needs of refugees after the war, to proactively campaigning and partnering with other agencies, they have tackled the root causes of poverty, with new strategies and approaches. Connecting our thinking about our consumption and the global food crisis has demanded more in the way of official development from our own government.
Isn’t it encouraging that we are not speaking of 19th century philosophy here, but the proof from recent history that our good intentions can come to something? So, we know that we can alter the crooked systems and change the world for the better, challenging and campaigning against the evils in the world and giving concrete aid in the meantime. Looking at our readings today will show that it’s all about making space for the holy City; the new Jerusalem to come down: Revelation 21:1-6; making way for the new heaven and new earth. It means including everyone, Acts 11:1-8 and it all boils down to loving one another, John 13:1-5.
So, Christian Aid week is upon us and we celebrate those seventy five years of the charities work. Its humanitarian relief soon stretched to long term development aid to poorer communities worldwide. By tackling injustice and supporting people’s rights they continue to help the refugee, to tackle racism and poverty at their root causes, to educate those who can, to feed and support those in need. They have managed to tackle apartheid, worked to highlight issues: tax inequalities for developing countries and more recently climate change too, campaigning by bringing organisations together to effect systemic change to alleviate people’s suffering. In short, giving us a way to help and showing us that we can. How will you support Christian Aid this week?
Have a look at today’s readings and consider the following:
Revelation 21:2-6 What difference might it make to life here and now if we believe that the ‘Holy city, the new Jerusalem’ will ‘come down’, as it says in the passage, rather than us being taken up to it? How and what should we do to prepare for this? What difference could it make to our and others lives?
Acts 11:1-8 The Holy Spirit told Peter to accept everyone ‘and not to make a distinction between them and us. Who do we think of, or treat as Gentiles? Other faiths? Other races? Those who don’t come to church? What if you gave your blessing of the Holy Spirit to everyone you met?
John 13:31-35 This was Jesus’ last commandment and the words he left his disciples to remember. ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another…. By this everyone will know you are my disciples. If Jesus says we are all to be included and the kingdom is to be lived and grown here: how must we love one another and Gods creation?
For your prayer this week:
1. Contemplate the holy city: what one thing could you do to make way for it?
2. Practice giving God’s peace to everyone you meet; be inventive.
3. Take some time to imagine a place where this ‘loving one another’ is the norm. What would life look like then?
4. Pray for God’s presence with you, that you might understand his love and pass it on.
Two frogs fell into a large bowl of cream. The sides of the bowl were too smooth for them to use as a foothold to climb out. One frog found the circumstances impossible, gave up and sank to the bottom and was no more. The other frog swam and swam with all his might. He kept on swimming, his webbed feet churning up the cream until he found that the cream had turned into butter. He was able to stand on the butter and then hop out of the bowl.
Our Bible readings today are all about perseverance, coping with the struggles of life. The word persevere comes from per, meaning through, coupled with the word severe. It means keeping on, trusting God, looking up and doing our duty even through severe circumstances. It is so easy to give up, we have to make so many decisions in our day to day lives, either as individuals or church communities.
The psalm this week must be one of the most familiar and best loved of all. In the New Testament the picture of Jesus as shepherd caring for His sheep and telling of the shepherd searching for the one that is lost is not the full picture.
If you watched Countryfile last Sunday you will have noticed that there is a lot more to shepherding than looking after white woolly lambs. Their health and safety is all important. Are the fences sturdy and kept mended, are there risks in allowing nature to take over while ewes neglect their offspring. Real shepherding needs strength of mind and body and constant vigilance. Real shepherding is not just about green pastures and cool still waters. Shepherding is of necessity about the highs and lows of life.
God’s shepherding tells us that He is there in our deepest darkest moments. As well as being on the mountain tops and cliff tops, He is with us in the valleys and mole hills. When the going gets tough, we so often attempt to push through on our own, only to find ourselves getting weighed down and going nowhere fast. What we must do is trust our shepherd, being aware of His presence, acknowledging His Blessings and guidance. Just as God perseveres with us and sees us through our darkest journeys, so we need to persevere in our faith and trust Him to see us through those difficult times.
I read the following in Argyle Morley’s Church Magazine.
A little girl told her teacher that she knew the whole of the 23rd psalm. Her teacher sceptically gave her the opportunity to recite it. This is what she said:
” The Lord is my shepherd, He is all that I want.” Then she sat down.
Out of the mouths of babes !!
With every Blessing to you, Val Lamont
Sometimes Lord, something comes along that happens to shake our world. Thank you that you are with us through the difficulties, that you never give up on us. Thank you for blessing us with new beginnings, with green pastures and still waters.
Sunday 1st May (Easter 3) Psalm 30, 14-24; Acts 9 : 1 – 6 (7 -20); Revelation 5 : 11– 14; John 21 : 1 – 19 This reflection is provided by Local Preacher and Circuit Steward, Christine Jones. John chapter 21 There are times when just saying the word ‘sorry’ doesn’t seem to be enough; times when we’ve messed up so badly; times when we’ve hurt someone so deeply; times when the opportunity to apologise has passed or was never there. That’s how Peter felt. When he realised the enormity of what he’d done, by denying three times that he knew Jesus, he went out and wept bitterly [Luke 22:62]. But it was too late and there was no opportunity to say ‘sorry.’ We don’t know how miserably Peter spent the rest of that night or the next two days. We don’t know if he was among those who stood at a distance watching [Luke 23:49] Jesus die. All we know is that, unlike Judas, he didn’t kill himself in his despair. We do know that on Easter morning when the women returned from the empty tomb with the idle tale that Jesus was alive [Luke 24:11], Peter ran to the tomb to see for himself and came back amazed. But there was no opportunity to say ‘sorry’. Nor was there that evening when Jesus appeared and all the others were milling round [John 20:20]; nor the following week when the focus was on Thomas [John 20:27]. Peter was still left with his festering guilt. Emotionally if not physically ‘locked for fear’ [John 20:19]. The old close relationship had gone for ever. It was too late to say ‘sorry’. Then the fishing trip and breakfast on the beach. While the others were busy counting the fish, Jesus took Peter aside and gave him the opportunity he desperately needed, not merely to say ‘sorry’, but to say how much he loved Jesus. His guilt was gone; his fear was gone; it was the start of a new and lasting relationship with a new vocation, not merely fishing for people but shepherding them. Jesus is reaching out to you with the opportunity to say ‘sorry’ for anything that is locking you in fear. Your guilt doesn’t need to fester. He is ready and eager to forgive you. What’s more he has a fresh vocation for you. He says to you ‘follow me’ [John 21:19, 22]. Lord Jesus, remind me again that there is nothing I can do which will make you love me any less; and there is nothing I can do which will make you love me anymore. I am truly sorry for the past. I do love you. Please forgive me and help me to make a fresh start. Show me your will for the next stage in my life and help me to follow you. Amen.
Psalm 118 : 14 – 29, 14-24; Acts 5 : 27 – 32; Revelation 1 : 4 – 8; John 20 : 19 – 31 This reflection is provided by Local Preacher and volunteer Lay Pastor, Kevin Marshall.
The Sunday after Easter is often called Low Sunday, a Sunday when often Lay or Local Preachers take services. It is a time to reflect and think about the events of Easter. Many Years ago, in 1998 there was a song by Semisonic that had the line “every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.” Easter is the end of Lent and so we enter the new beginning of Eastertide which will take us on a journey until Pentecost. So, during Eastertide we reflect and remember the end of Holy week and the events of the Crucifixion and death of Jesus on Good Friday. Then the glorious new beginning which came on Easter Sunday with the resurrection of Jesus. This leads us when we consider these readings to ask a series of questions about our Christian life. They challenge us to think about what we are doing in our faith. Are we ready to go forward in the new beginning of Easter answering these questions?
WHO DO YOU OBEY GOD OR MAN? In Acts 5 we read the disciples had been preaching and witnessing in Jerusalem, had been arrested and put in prison they had been brought before the city officials and told not to speak of Jesus. But when released they had straightway gone back to preaching and witnessing about Jesus again. They were arrested again and asked why they had ignored the commands of the court to which they replied that they had no choice they had to tell the people about Jesus for that is what He commanded them to do. They said they had no choice for they said, “we must obey God rather than Human beings” (Acts 5 : 29). So, do we feel the same about God who sent His Son to die for us and has raised Him from the dead to give us eternal Life? This leads to the second question from Psalm 118.
WE HAVE THE VICTORY IN OUR LIFE THROUGH GOD HAVE YOU CLAIMED IT? The Psalmist tells us of the victory we have in God and that we have salvation through Him and He will be the one who blesses us and from worshipping Him we can be blessed. This will give us the victory in our Christian Life, but we have to claim it and to do it daily through prayer and it is given to us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then in Revelation we are reminded by John that God is eternal
WHEN IS GOD PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE? As a faithful witness to the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, John was given the Revelation to show God’s servants what must soon take place. In this case, the word soon refers to the events of John’s own lifetime. In particular, John was told to write on a scroll what he saw concerning the Seven Churches, which were located in the province of Asia (Modern-day Turkey), and that existed at the time of the writing of the Revelation. This reminds us God is forever no matter how long our problems seem to exist God is there with us and will be with us for God sees the past the present and the Future.
So, this Eastertide let us remember we should follow and obey God for He has given us the Victory over our problems if we claim it, and we should claim it daily. For God is eternal He sees the past, the present and the future. So let pray as we start the new beginning, we start it with God around us and within us, taking us forward into another new beginning at Pentecost. AMEN
“The science is clear. Our Planet is in trouble. Climate change threatens the delicate equilibrium that sustains life and biodiversity is collapsing around the globe. We must act now if we are to leave our children a planet worth inheriting.
There is still a glimmer of hope. God chooses to use His people in His redemption story. We have a part to play.”
At Badminton Road Methodist Church, we registered with this exciting scheme early in 2021, and would very much like you to journey with us as we all try to find ways of improving our stewardship of the environment in and around our home.
“Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” ( Luke 24:1-12)
This is the Good News of Easter for all Christians across the world.
The Easter story is one that is familiar to us, we know it so well but how do we live it? We are surrounded by death, and we are called to live as resurrection, Easter day people in the midst of death, how is that possible? How do we do that?
On Easter day, early in the morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. The stone was not rolled aside so Jesus get out, but so others could get in and see that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, just as he had promised. The angel who announced the Good News of the resurrection to the women gave them four messages: (1) Don’t be afraid. Are we afraid of coronavirus and wars? The reality of the resurrection brings joy, not fear. When you are afraid, remember the empty tomb of Jesus. (2) He isn’t here. Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead. He is alive with his people. (3) Come , see. The women could check the evidence themselves.
The tomb was empty then, and it is empty today. Resurrection is the reality. (4) Go quickly and tell. They were to spread the joy of the resurrection. We, too, are to spread the great news about Jesus’ resurrection; which is the key to the Christian faith.
Because of Jesus’ resurrection , we can be certain of our resurrection because He was resurrected. Death is not the end- there is future life. The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life. The resurrection is the basis for the Church’s witness to the world. Jesus is more than just a human leader, He is the Son of God.
God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples as they preached, baptised, and taught. With this same authority, Jesus still commends us to tell others the Good News and make them disciples for the Kingdom of God – so called Heaven.
Emmanuel Swedenborg once said : “ Heaven is such that all who have lived well, of whatever religion have a place there”. How well do you live with people as you tell the Good News of Christ’s resurrection? Easter is the welcome we offer refugees who leave behind their home, fleeing violence, conflict and war. What is your mission and commitment now, after you have heard the story of Jesus’ resurrection?
“ He is the way, and the truth and the life”. Will you trust Him? Will you share the message of resurrection with others – beginning from your family, your church and your community”?
Thanks to the hard work of the uniformed groups below:
78th Kingswood Scout Group 13th Kingswood Rainbows 11th Kingswood Guides Badminton Road Methodist Church Scout and Guide Group
together with donations from the congregation, all the toilets at Badminton Road Methodist Church have been twinned to provide access to clean water and a flushing toilet in some of the poorest communities in the world.