Seeking to know Jesus and to make Him known to others

This page displays messages, notes and articles written by our Pastor and our Leadership Team.

Not Every Stream Is Good To Drink From – 10 May 2020

Perhaps you are one of the 9.6 million new subscribers to Netflix this year, or maybe you have been enjoying the video streaming service for years.  Maybe you have never heard of Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney+, but still enjoy television through traditional channel surfing.  However you consume your content, consuming it we are, and in record numbers!  In normal circumstances, we…

Crown Him Lord of all – 3 May 2020

We still have copies available – and could order more – of John Lennox’s excellent booklet “Where is God in a Coronavirus world?” if anyone wants one.  In his postscript Lennox refers to 1 Corinthians 13v12: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall…

Bird song – 26 April 2020

How lovely it is to hear the bird song during this lockdown period.  When walking through the woods behind Velmead School last Thursday I was just struck by the beauty of the hymn words: When through the woods and forest glades I wander, And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees. Then sings my soul my Saviour God to Thee, How…

Lockdown discipleship – 19 April 2020

On Thursday the Government announced that the current lockdown provisions would continue for at least another 3 weeks.  I trust and pray that everyone is ‘coping’ with the lockdown – do keep calling each other – and you can always call me. How significant that following Jesus’ death and resurrection the disciples were ‘in lockdown’.  We read in John 20 that on…

The end of THE lockdown – 12 April 2020

At the daily briefings, Government ministers and the scientific advisers are continually being asked when the current ‘lockdown’ may end.  Perhaps you’re desperate to return to ‘normality’ – to be free to get out! This morning we celebrate the greatest end of the worst ever ‘lockdown’.  Christ is risen – He is risen indeed!  The tomb is empty – He gloriously and…

The Lord’s vengeance – 5 April 2020

In one of our Lenten readings last Thursday Chris Wright made what I now realise is an obvious point, but I’d never really thought about before ( – probably you all have, so please allow me to catch up!).  He wrote “There’s only one reason a murdered man would come back to life – for vengeance on his killers”. We rejoice with…

Children of God – 29 March 2020

I was glancing through Timothy Keller’s book on Prayer, which Gill is currently reading, and was struck by an illustration he drew from one of the seventeenth-century Puritans, Thomas Goodwin.  One day Goodwin saw a father and son walking along the street.  Suddenly the father swept the son up into his arms and hugged and kissed him and told the boy he…

What next?! – 22 March 2020

What dramatic and extreme days we are living in!  Just 7 days ago Gill, David and I were enjoying a meal in a Winchester restaurant and, of course, last Sunday morning we were all able to meet together to worship God.  Now things are totally different and we may be wondering “what next?”  However, whilst we may be self-isolating and / or…

Safe in His hands – 15 March 2020

When our oldest son, Noah, was a toddler I remember taking him swimming for the very first time.  As all good toddlers do upon entering the water he flailed around helplessly until he finally relaxed into the knowledge that I was holding him tight and had no intention of letting him drown.  What’s interesting is that the trust he placed in me…