• Secure w/c Sun 1st December

    I wanted to share again the text, with which we started our worship last Sunday. In his first letter, the Apostle Peter wrote: ‘All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus...

  • Over All, Sunday 24th November 19

    Given the fact that we are in the midst of a General Election campaign, Brexit chaos and environmental uncertainty, I was thrilled when someone read Psalm 46 at Friday morning’s prayer meeting. The musical notes, stated just before the Psalm, tell us that it is written for soprano voices. Although...

  • A letter from Ted. Sun 17th November 2019

    The following was given to me by Ted Ripley a week ago last Thursday. Just five days before God called his faithful servant home. Ted’s words speak volumes about his heart and faith. As you read, I encourage you to rejoice in the hope that we like Ted may share...

  • Sun 6th Oct 19 Sunday Prep!

      One of the greatest privileges I have in life is the opportunity to prepare messages. Although I enjoy preaching, I always feel that there is a really special process of coming before God, seeking his heart and searching the scriptures beforehand. I really love preparation…………..most of the time! I...

  • Sun 28th Baptism!

    Anyone who knows me, knows I love baptisms. Although it is encouraging to have had so many this year, it would still be great to have many more. Why? Because someone being baptised is so much more than a public soaking. Baptism is an act of obedience that echoes in...

  • A stunning prayer Sun 15th Sept 19

    I recently stumbled across and incredible prayer on You Tube. Although I am familiar with it, as well as the story behind it, it again thrilled my spirit. I am therefore sharing it for your encouragement. S. M. Lockridge (1913- 2000) was the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, a prominent...

  • Apostolic Prayer Sun 26th May 19

    I have recently been moved by reading the prayers of the Apostle Paul which are found in so many of his letters. For example, when Paul communicates to the church in Ephesus he writes these staggering words; Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus...

  • Understanding & Experience Sun 26th May 19

    I have had the immense privilege this week of both teaching and being taught as part of the NGI (Next Generation Impartation) Central Week that we have hosted at Wallingford. In doing so I have spent time with young people who are fresh to ministry along with seasoned pastors and...

  • Jesus the BBQ King! 28th April 19

    It was thrilling at the baptismal service on Easter Sunday, to hear four people give testimony to how God had transformed their lives. Later in the service, through an overview of the life of Simon Peter, we saw how God has always been in the business of transformation. This morning...

  • Easter Sunday 2019!

    There is a curious verse in the book of Revelation which speaks about ‘the Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made.’ (Rev 13:8). In order to explain, at least in part, the meaning of the phrase, I would like to draw your attention to the amazing story of...

  • Be Still Sunday 14th April 19

    Given the political chaos in which we find ourselves, I cannot think of a better way of serving you than sharing the glorious words of Psalm 46. The Psalmist writes: God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and...

  • Great Faith Sun 7th April 19

    I have just finished preparing a message from an incredible passage in 1 Samuel Chapter 14. The story concerns Saul’s eldest son Jonathan. King Saul has just received word from the prophet Samuel that, due to his rebellion, the Lord will take the kingdom from him and give it to...

  • Up and Down! Sun 31st March 19

    This week I was reminded of a fairly unknown verse in the book of Haggai. God’s people had returned from exile with the express purpose of rebuilding the temple. Yet, within months of their return we read; ‘the LORD sent this message through the prophet Haggai: “Why are you living in luxurious...

  • Songs Sun 10th March 19

    A couple of weeks ago I shared briefly about ‘hymns, psalms and spiritual songs’. This phrase is used twice by the Apostle Paul in his letters to the churches. Firstly, in Ephesians 5:19 and secondly in Colossians 3:16. When writing to the Ephesians, Paul suggests that this is the outworking...

  • Hearts and Minds 3rd March 19

    I have just returned from the annual Life in the Spirit Conference. Although always a great time, this year felt especially fruitful. However, as we all know, life is not a perpetual conference or a never ending holiday. There is for us all the challenge, to get on with the...

  • A brief look at logo’s Sun 17th Feb 19

    In a couple of weeks’ time, a small group of us are getting together in order to look at developing a new church logo. The idea is that we will come up with a simple concept that perfectly represents the values and vision of the church. Yes you are right....

  • Be Still Sunday 10th feb 19

    We are now counting down the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union in days not months. Possibly! Despite the speculation, the truth is that no one knows actually knows whether we will leave or we won’t leave. Nor can anyone be certain of what the future really holds. Therefore...

  • Psalm 32 Sunday 27th Jan 19

    David starts the thirty second Psalm with these wonderful words;‘Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven,whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (Ps 32:1-2). In considering these words, my mind firstly soars in a...

  • Becoming Less Sun 25th Nov 18

      A number of years ago, an elderly lady in our church told me why she refused her friends invitation to attend a meeting at which there was a very well-known visiting preacher. ‘His name is bigger than Jesus’ on the poster’, she said! Her insight told me a lot...

  • Joy in Jesus Sun 18th Nov 18

    The Christian life can be full of twists and turns, ups and downs, but should never be boring. As we journey with The Lord, he teaches us to trust him in every eventuality and makes known, his plans and purposes for us. More thrilling however, he continues to teach us...

  • Praise God! Sunday 4th Nov 18

    I woke on Thursday morning to see the following headlines in the Guardian; Asia Bibi: Pakistan court overturns blasphemy death sentence. The journalist explained how ‘the Christian farm labourer, a 47-year-old mother of four, was sentenced to hang for blasphemy in 2010. She had angered fellow Muslim farm workers by taking...

  • Come to Me Sunday 28th October 2018

    Last week I had the privilege of speaking briefly from what I believe is one of the most wonderful passages in Scripture. I want you to picture the scene. Jesus and his followers are surrounded by a crowd who are weighed down by the rules and regulations imposed upon them...

  • God our….Helper! Sun 7th Oct 18

    Aware that Psalm 63 was shared at the prayer meeting last Monday lunchtime, I decided to read it for myself. Although familiar with the passage, I saw something in the text that I hadn’t noticed before. David, the songwriter, finds himself in the Judean wilderness; in danger; on the run...

  • Take Heart. Sun 18th August 2018

    In the aftermath of the latest terrorist attack on London, politicians took to the airwaves in order to condemn the atrocity and suggest solutions. Tragically however, interviews were cut short as news started to filter through of the road the bridge that collapsed in Genoa. Within moments we were reminded...