Posts from 2016

Posts from 2016

Lucy writes… December 2016

We are now entering the season of crowded shops, sparkly lights, parties, and concerts…yes, it is Christmas. If you get a chance to relax any time before the big day, I wonder what would you like to do? Cooking, seeing friends and family, buying and wrapping that perfect present; many of us like to nestle down on the sofa and watch a good Christmas film. I wonder what is your favourite Christmas film? Perhaps you’re a big child and enjoy…

Lucy writes… November 2016

In July I had the opportunity to see Shadowlands at Richmond Theatre. The play tells the story of how C.S Lewis and falls in love and marries Joy Gresham. It is far from the Hollywood love stories: this is about a slow burning love. It is a love that is revealed in the suffering and pain of illness. It is a love that sifts and tests Lewis’ own understanding of God. At one point in the play Lewis’ colleagues are…

Lucy writes… October 2016

It is so good when you hear similar messages in different ways and in different places; for me it just confirms that God is trying to say something to me. Last month Ali wrote about prayer and used the bible text from Matthew 21:13 where Jesus quotes from the book of Isaiah. In the article Ali emphasised the importance of prayer in the life of the church. The reason it was so significant that Ali chose this bible text was…
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Ali Writes… September 2016

When visiting the temple Jerusalem, Jesus is overcome by the injustice of those in the temple courts who have turned the place into a social club and a place of personal profit making. As he reprimands these people Jesus quotes the book of Isaiah: “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’”  (Matthew 21:13) So God’s house is to be a house of…
Prayer Course

Prayer Course

The prayer course includes six interactive sessions for small groups based on The Lord’s Prayer, covering topics such as intercession, dealing with disappointment, learning to listen and spiritual warfare. The material has been produced in conjunction with Alpha & 24-7 Prayer (Prayer, Mission & Justice) movement. We started this new series on Sunday 18th September. Please do consider joining a Connect Group through this time to be encouraged by others in your personal prayer life as well as our corporate…

Jonathan writes…. July 2016

As part of the preparation for Lucy’s sabbatical, deacons were asked to consider writing an article for the magazine. I was very happy to help and volunteered. Then Lucy suggested the topic of premises, so it has made my task easier. A few days before writing this I was reading through Samuel 2 over breakfast …David becomes King, conquers Jerusalem and calls it the City of David, takes up residence and builds himself a palace with the King of Tyre’s…

Charis Writes… June 2016

This year some of our congregation are celebrating some big birthdays. These birthdays, usually ending in 0, are milestones in our lives that we mark and remember. In this year two members of my family reach their milestones- my eldest son Jacob will be 18 (I know I don’t look old enough to have an adult son!!) and my husband will be 10 years older than 40!! We will celebrate these birthdays as we thank God for the passing of…

Lucy Writes… May 2016

Staying close to the source of our light There are two things uppermost in my mind as I write this magazine article; and the two are related to each other. Firstly, I’ve been asking the question about what does it mean for the church to be a beacon of light? I (and the other leaders of the church) have/will be giving a little bit of thought about the next academic year this month; both in terms of building up the…

Lucy Writes… April 2016

Long obedience in the same direction If someone asked you what your favourite book of the Bible was, how would you answer it? Perhaps a gospel that helps us get close Jesus, an eloquently argued letter of Paul, or a heroic story of an Old Testament character? I can appreciate all of the former for different reasons; but the book that really interests and challenges me, the book I want to understand more is the book of Psalms. It is…

Lucy Writes… March 2016

From Lucy I’ve been thinking hard about prayer recently, and prayer is hard. The act of praying isn’t hard, but making room for prayer is often hard. Sometimes prayer gets squeezed because I’m tired, or busy, or I just forget. You see I sometimes do things, worry about things, plan things, and then forget to pray. I have a feeling I might not be the only one. In February half-term Charis and I spent a whole day with God. Specifically…
Building

Hub Project

WPBC was formed in 1890, and has been at its current premises in The Avenue (opposite Worcester Park Station) since the 1950s.  Although there have been a couple of additions to the buildings down the years, the bulk of the buildings date from the 50s. As well as meeting for all-age Christian worship and teaching on Sundays and some weekdays, the church offers an extensive range of services each week to its church family and the wider community, including a…
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Lucy Writes… February 2016

From Lucy Lent is often the time we give up things; perhaps chocolate, or TV, in order to focus more on God. But I wonder what do you do with the money that you saved from not buying that chocolate bar? How about giving that money to charity? What about using that extra time you would have spent watching TV and help someone in need? This year as a church family we will be using the material called 40 acts…

Why Being Part of a Connect Group is Good

Why Connect Groups? From its earliest days, the church has met together, gathering in both larger settings as well as in smaller groups (Acts 2: 42-47). Both settings are important and complement each other. Join a Connect Group? Joining a Connect Group is one of the best ways to get involved in life at Worcester Park Baptist Church family network. Here at WPBC we encourage a deeper sense of belonging and helping one another in “walking in the footsteps of Christ”.…
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Lucy Writes… January 2016

From Lucy As I write this we are still in advent, and during advent, I decided to try the Bible Society’s ‘Advent Challenge.’ Each day I receive an email with a simple small challenge. A number of the challenges included things like: giving money to charity, buying a Fairtrade product, and trying to be less dependent on technology for a couple of hours. Some of them are a bit easier than others. I did try to find a long queue…