From the Minister

From the Minister

Thoughts from the Minister, October 2019

Dear Friends “There’s is time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven” Ecc.3:1. Our return to Greenwich Mean Time at the end of the month thrusts us into another annual cycle. Again, it reminds us of the transient nature of our days. The spring passes into summer, the summer into autumn and the autumn into winter. October brings with it the Abingdon Fair,…

Pastor’s Piece, July 2019

A part of the building. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in…

Secretary’s Message, June 2019

As most readers will know, our minister experienced a major bereavement in early May with the loss of his mother, so to relieve him of one task at this difficult time I’m writing this month’s message. This month we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, ten days after the risen Jesus ascended to heaven. It’s struck me how much the Spirit’s work is to do with…

Minister’s Letter, May 2019

Thy Kingdom Come Each year for the last few years we have been using the materials from Thy Kingdom Come in church. This initiative is one that has been set up to encourage people from all church traditions to pray for each other and to pray especially for five people that we know who don’t have a faith in Jesus. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come from Ascension Day…

Ministers Note, October 2018

After our weekend of Prayer at the end of September, and several weeks of teaching on prayer, I have been thinking about this subject for some time. I have some questions that I think maybe many of us have from time to time, the answers – Well I try and rely on God for those! So what do I pray for? What should I pray for? What are the right things to pray for? Some…

Minister’s Musings, September 2018

September is a time of new starts, but in ABC we have had several changes already this summer, as I write we have welcomed two new arrivals in the church with the births of Samuel Chown and Hannah Collins congratulations to Luke and Athena and Paul and Lesia. We have celebrated the retirement of Ian and Jill Millgate from the Baptist Union HQ and From Baptist Missionary…

Minister’s Note, July/August 2018

July is a time of endings, for those with children at school, it is the end of the school year. Changes happen as children move classes, schools or even, after taking exams leave school all together and step out on the next stage in their lives. In church life, July signifies the coming of the summer time and a change in services as we move to Family Church Celebrations…

Ministers Letter, June 2018

These articles by Steve or me are written a couple of weeks prior to their publication in Contact, so as I write today (14 May) we have just been reflecting upon our first joint service with Trinity Church yesterday. It was good to see a full church and to share in joint worship with our sisters and brothers at Trinity, especially as Malcolm Newton drew our attention to…

Ministers Letter – May 2018

Not long ago we were being savaged by a beastly (and snowy) easterly wind, and now we are bathed by strong Spring sunshine that would not put August to shame were it four months later. That’s the changeable British weather for you! So it was that earlier today (I am writing on Friday 20th) in brilliant sunshine and glorious warmth we gathered at Trinity to honour Peter…

Ministers Letter, April 2018

This time of year is a time of transition. As I write we have just started ‘officially’ Spring! Although with the recent snow fall you could be forgiven for thinking that Winter is still hanging around. Seasonally, new life is springing up all around us. Winter coats and heavy jumpers are being put away, gardening gloves are being brought out. It’s a time of transition.…