One of our church’s agreed priorities is to “Equip us to live as followers of Jesus in our ‘frontlines’… the places we are and the people we’re with between Sundays”. This season of church life coming up (our Sunday themes, our Small Group discussions) is our second series considering how we live fruitfully for God between Sundays.
(Read this as a PDF Brochure)
18th Jan The Big Picture – Since all of life matters to God we can recognise our own ‘frontlines’, and how each is important.
25th Jan Modelling Godly character - In tough times and easy ones, with difficult people and delightful people, how might you manifest the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?
1st Feb Presentation of Christ at the Temple – This special Sunday is not part of our ‘Frontline’ series as such. We watch & overhear as Joseph and Mary hear Jesus’ future spoken about
8th Feb Making good work - Work is a gift from God to help us serve other people. Work is not just about paid employment, but rather the tasks that we each do on regular basis, which may include voluntary work, housework, childcare etc. How might I model good work with God on my frontline?
15th Feb Ministering grace and love – There are many ways to do this, not only in practical care and kindness for those who need it, but through the way we respond in difficult and indeed ordinary situations. And this probably means living unexpectedly!
22nd Feb Moulding culture – If Jesus’ life challenged the prevailing culture, then how might we begin to influence the culture on our frontlines in accordance with Kingdom values?
1st March Lent theme today & All Age Worship. Frontline re-commences again on 8th March.
8th March Mouthpiece for truth and justice - There will be times when being a disciple means speaking up against things that are unfair, unhealthy or untruthful, and standing up for things that are true and just and good. But what will this demand of us?
15th March Messenger of the Gospel - Living life Jesus’ way will evoke questions as people are intrigued about why we act the way we do. The Christian’s life displays hope, forgiveness, joy, etc. Peter encourages us to be ready to respond to people’s enquiries. THIS IS ALSO MOTHERING SUNDAY
22nd March The journey on – This final Sunday in our series encourages us to see the bigger picture of God’s plans. This is sometimes unsettling when it means leaving some of our safety and comfort… but Christ promises to never leave us.
Easter Services (not Frontline)
29th March Palm Sunday – We celebrate Jesus entering Jerusalem, but this will be the last week of his earthly life.
5th April Easter Sunday – our 9.30 and 11.15 congregations combine for a great Easter Celebration at 10.30am. There will also be an 8am service as usual.
Fruitfulness on the Frontline
We will understand our ‘Frontline’ as that place where we recognise God’s calling to engage with non-Christians in mission. This includes us all (retired, paid or unpaid employee, boss, unemployed, parent, carer…)
Hopefully since we first considered our ‘frontlines’ we have grown in understanding that being a disciple, a follower of Jesus is for the whole of life. There is no area, no person & no moment of our lives that Jesus isn’t interested in. All of life matters to God. When we really grasp that then every place we go, everyone we’re with, takes on a dimension!
So what are we hoping for over the next few months?
We will celebrate that Jesus is Lord of all, and all of life matters to God, and so we will continue to hear stories of the real lives we lead between Sundays. We’ll do this on occasional Sunday mornings, and hopefully regularly in our small groups.
We will grow as church in understanding and praying for one through the week.
We want each of us to be more encouraged and equipped to be followers of Jesus on our Frontlines, knowing that Jesus is interested in every aspect of our lives.
8am Said Holy Communion
9.30am Traditional with Communion, choir and organ
11.15am Contemporary worship with children’s groups
6pm Evensong - 1st Sunday