Saturday, December 30, 2006
" Well done ,good and faithful servant. You have been trustworthy with what I gave you . Come now and share in your master's happiness" Matthew 25:31
Yesterday, as a fellowship we commited our beloved brother Williams earthly remains into the ground .
The memorial services were a fitting tribute to this man of faith . Hundreds of folk from all over the country made the journey, all gathered together to remember this lovely, remarkable man .
He will be missed .
Monday, December 18, 2006
On Saturday about 35 of the youth went over to see the Panto at Crewe " Cinderella" ...it was good fun and put a smile back on my face ...if you get a chance go and see it
Friday, December 15, 2006
Last night a great friend and spiritual mentor passed from this life into the presence of Jesus .
William Towers was the most faithful man I have ever met. Many tears will be shed over his departure . A fellow elder and friend that I will miss immensely .
Now though ,he is in Glory Land in the presence of The Lamb . Eternity is his and he no longer lives by faith but by sight .
Until we meet again my friend ...
Thursday, December 14, 2006
So life returns ...for me and the family that was in the form of Christmas shopping in Ikea and Marks& Spencers last night ...oh the Joys of the festive season :-)
Anyway normal postings should now resume ....
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Last night we held our annual Christmas meal at the Hawkstone Hall hotel .Great company and great dinner ...turkey , Christmas pud followed by mince pies . You can't get more traditional than that !
Paul Hinton was the after dinner speaker . He proclaimed the good news of Christ's birth in a way that people can relate to . All 113 guests ,I am sure, went away with food in their bellies and food for their minds ..
Still swatting for exams in between speaking engagements ...normal postings will resume next week after my exams ...roll on next week.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Have you ever been to a traditional English Cafe and had the all day breakfast ...fantastic .
Today was a treat as Phil and I along with another pastor Alistair did just that . We had much to discuss between us, so why not discuss it over bacon, eggs, beans, sausages and fried bread, swilled down with all the tea you can drink ...unbeatable .
At this particular truckers cafe they have a breakfast on the menu called the "Desperate Dan" ...now this breakfast is a challenge to even the hardened eaters and comes with a government health warning .... so I have started training and will one day rise to the challenge :-)
Monday, November 27, 2006
I have exams looming , which is why posts have been a little less frequent and this trend is set to continue for at least a couple of weeks .... I'm too old to be doing exams !!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Sometimes in life you find yourself really up against it ( Like the seal in the photo) .
Driven by fear, anxiety , burdens, overcome by hopelessness . Then in those times it's vital that you turn as a Christian to the One who is in control and on Him cast all your cares ...Read this written by the Apostle Peter to Christian men and women who were suffering at the hands of their persecutors ( The sharks )...
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Phil and I spent 6hrs planning for next year today ...strategy for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom ....We have started the first draft of a battle plan. One that I am sure will have a couple of Dunkirks in it but one that will ultimately always win because with Christ you cannot lose .
I love being on the winning team .....
Sunday, November 19, 2006
A few of us went to See " Casino Royale " on Saturday night . Good ,rugged bloke film... :-) .
For the ladies there was the inevitable love interest and the sight of James in his Boxer shorts !!!
Anyway go and see it , lots of twists and turns and very different from your regular Bond movie ..Its a shame that they apparently wrote off three perfectly good Aston Martin DBS's in the making of the movie ..Shocking
Friday, November 17, 2006
Over tha last two Friday mornings we have hosted at the church a big RE lesson called "Riding with Giants" ...telling the story of the Giants of the Bible
Over three hundred primary school kids ( yrs 3& 4) attended from 6 local schools ..
It was great fun and the Gospel was preached loud and clear...
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Twas my Birthday yesterday ...1963 was a vintage year ...My mum says I was 10lb 3 oz when I was born so I have always been overweight for may age ;-)
Anyway we celebrated with a curry and a packet of Midget Gems ..Two of my favourite things ..
So my time is moving on.... into the 44th year .... the grave is fast approaching and still much to do . Like two sermons before Sunday ..
Monday, November 13, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Here goes the list fromthe bottom up ...1st stair ...Josh , Naomi& Laura
Second stair ..Libby, Luke ( after having eaten a green egg!) &Katie
Third stair.. Tia & Anna
Fourth stair..Liz & Hannah
Fifth Stair .. Ben & Kathryn.
Six stair... Simon
Seventh Stair ..Stephen , Lou & Ben ....
The aftermath ...Frisky our wooden cat found a new home in our bed & Below Laura's room resembled a nuclear blast :-)It was a great afternoon folks ... Despite Ben wearing his Arsenal top ..
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
John Humphry's of Radio 4 fame is currently broadcasting a series of programmes entitled " In Search of God"
Over a three week period he is interviewing the Archbishop of Canterbury , a senior Muslim cleric and then a Rabbi. You can check it out by clicking here ... Take a listen and if you are a Christian ask yourself the question ; "How would I answer him? " and if you are not a Christian and you have the same questions as John that remain unanswered, then send me an e-mail and I will have a go at helping you in your search for God .
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
So go on have a go and send me your answers before Friday :-)
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Well it's that time of year again.The air is thick with the smell of gunpowder. Fireworks everywhere . Personally I love them , probably a throw back to my early days in Liverpool when as lads we used to buy "bangers" by the bucketful and make our neighbours lives a misery ... I don't think you are allowed to buy bangers nowadays . Sensible decision because in the wrong hands they can be lethal.
Anyway over the last couple of nights we have celebrated bonfire night with a YPF ( Young Peoples Fellowship ) bonfire courtesy of the Dakin family and £35 worth of Lidl fireworks ( which were a very good buy ). Then last night we had our family gathering . A small box of fireworks, a few sparklers , some marsh mallows to roast on the chimenea along with some toasted tea cakes ...fantastic . We have a lot to thank Guy Fawkes for :-)
Friday, November 03, 2006
Bangor Bay ...view from the car whilst I was writing an essay ... This fella was keeping an eye on me
I spent the day in Bangor yesterday as a guest of the Christian Union . It was a great day. The weather was much better than last year although it was a little cold . It was good to renew fellowship with folk there and to be given the opportunity to preach the gospel .
I also managed to spend some time in the library at Bangor finishing off one of my essays ...the deadline is 1pm today so I better get cracking ....
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Also visited Rob ( my nephew) who lives as a student in Blackpool . He hates the place and can't wait to finish his course this year so that he can escape . I must admit I do share his dislike for the place ..Blackpool does nothing for me ... anyway here are some pics..
Singing in the Bowness Rain !!
The Seagulls of windermere ..
Laura studies Wordworth's Grave
The Hills are alive with colour in Grasmere
Billy Bob & the Crew
Friday, October 20, 2006
Last night Gill and I were treated to a trip to the Birmingham Hippodrome to see Willie Russells Blood Brothers .
A play set in 1970's Liverpool about twin brothers growing up, separated in different families and different cultural classes .
It brought back many childhood memories of dirty knees and games of "Cowboys and Indians" . I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, particularly the memories that it evoked . If you get a chance go and see it .
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Yesterday some of the Coffee morning punters went on tour to see Doris ( the Lady in the blue top)
Doris left Wem in July to go and live nearer to her Son in Brampton near Cambridge . It was a great day out ...the food and cakes were especially good :-)
Monday, October 16, 2006
Yesterday it was our great honour as a family to dine with the Cliff's . Chris & Brenda are good friends from our days at Wheelock Heath . They joined us for morning worship at Wem , which again was greatly blessd with numbers ...extra seats having to be put out for the fourth week running ...
Busy week ahead ....essays to write on top of the usual stuff ..
Not quite sure what they were getting up to here !!! Captions anyone :-)
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Going on a conker hunt with Laura today ...I love conkers , there is something about the horse chestnut that compels you to go looking for them
Fascinating fact .....Ever wondered why they call it 'Horse Chestnut ' ? Apparently its because the empty shell often looks like a horseshoe ....So now you can sleep well at night having solved the mystery that I am sure has troubled you for years :-)
Friday, October 13, 2006
Danny ..Pastor of this church ...has made a welcome return to the blogosphere ...but will it last??Those who know him can leave a comment ...Do you think he will go the distance ???
Great night tonight at Senior YPF .... between Junior and Senior we had just under 80 young people ...Praying that all of them would have a faith that yields much fruit
Joshua 23:11 ( ESV)
He tells us in that chapter to keep God's covenant , He tells us to cling to the Lord , he tells us not to step out of line by breaking God's Law ...
We all need to be very careful ....The dictionary definition of careful is
"Attentive to potential danger, error, or harm; cautious: was careful when crossing the busy street; gave a careful answer."
How attentive are we to the potential dangers that will harm our faith in Jesus Christ ???
Read and meditate on the last two chapters of Joshua click here God has spoken to me through them today and I trust he will do the same for you
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
This morning I have been asked to do a school assembly called "Mind the Gap" .It's all about world starvation and how young people can make a difference by trying to bridge the gap between ourselves and third world countries .
Today 16,000 children around the world will die from starvation , thats one child every five seconds ....
Do we care ?. We should . Jesus said that we should " Love our neighbour as ourselves " . God instructs us to help the poor . As Christians we are challenged to be "Lights" in a dark world that is very self centred . With little sense of community
The problem is so big that often we shrug our shoulders and say there is nothing I can do . but there is , the smallest contribution can save one life .
Little things make a huge difference . There are lots of good organisations that are set up to help you help ..... click here for instance ..... why not buy a goat for a village for Christmas ...
Do it...... And save a life