Our Main Services

Sunday, 10:15am, Communion

Sunday, 11:30am, Family Service

Sunday, 6:30pm, Bible Teaching

Thursday, 7:30pm, Prayer & Bible Study

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We’re looking forward to welcoming Eric Bouch from Whitehaven as our preacher both morning (11:30) and evening (6:30).

Also, being the first Sunday of the month there’ll be a fellowship lunch at around 12:30, after the morning service.

Our next Supper Evening is scheduled for Friday, 13th February at 6:30pm.

In addition to the usual pie and peas there will be a talk from Jack Douglas, now from Whitehaven but who served for many years with the New Tribes Mission in Papua New Guinea.

If you’re not one of the usual Supper Evening attendees you’ll be especially welcome but to help with catering for the right number of people please let us know either by phone (John Heron, 41559) or through the contact form on this site.

In January we are looking forward to a new series on Sunday evenings, looking at the lives of important Bible characters.

  • January 4th – Abraham (John Sewell)
  • January 11th – Joseph (David Murray)
  • January 18th – Joshua (John Heron)
  • January 25th – Gideon (Jim McCallum)

The lives of Biblical characters are there in the Holy Scriptures, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to teach us important lessons for our lives. Don’t miss these Sunday evenings, and in the run up to them remember to pray for the preachers.

Three thousand years ago a Hebrew poet wrote :

“If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities,
O Lord, who shall stand?”
(Psalm 130, verse 3, KJV)

That, of course, is a translation from ancient Hebrew into 17th century English. I’ve been thinking about how best to express it in modern English and it comes out as:

“If you, our God, were to focus on our faults …
Oh Lord, whoever could survive?”

In other words this ancient Biblical poem reminds us that not one of us is good enough for God. There have been faults and failings in our lives. Yes, sins! If he were to respond to them with justice as the Great Judge these sins would inevitably attract his severe punishment.

God, however, as well as being a righteous judge is full of mercy. He provides another possibility, forgiveness. We need not flee from him in total terror. The next verse of the psalm reads,

“But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.”
(verse 4, KJV)

In my modern English interpretation this comes out as,

“You offer us forgiveness.
Therefore it is possible for us, with reverence, to approach you.”

Sometimes people describe what they call “the Old Testament god” as unrelentingly harsh and stern. Not at all! True, he is hard on those who sin without regret, but to the repentant he was always merciful. It is possible to approach him with respectful reverence as a forgiving God. Another poem in the book of Psalms puts it this way:

“He hath not dealt with us after our sins;
nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth,
so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

(Psalm 103:10-12, KJV)

And one of the prophets exclaimed:

“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives …?
You … delight to show mercy.”

(Micah 7:18, NIV)

And now today, to quote the Apostle Peter as he preached about the Lord Jesus in the very early days of the Christian church:

“Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
(Acts 10:43, NIV)

Yes, our God is a forgiving God, and as a local church we meet not as a gathering of the good but as a fellowship of the forgiven.

We’ve recently been making some changes to the format of our Sunday morning “Family Time” at 11:30am. It’s a gradual progression rather than a revolution. There’s an update explaining what’s happening. Please click here.

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