From the Minister

From the Minister

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.…

Double Listening

“Can you say that again?” might be your response if I said; “What does ‘Double Listening’ mean?” That’s not quite what we are thinking about here though. I first came across the term when listening to a talk by John Stott. He talked about the need to listen to both the Bible and also to society. The question he posed was how do we listen to the Bible? His answer, was…

A Passion for Mission

As we read the gospels it becomes readily apparent that the disciples of Jesus must have lead interesting lives. Their time with Jesus was punctuated by memorable events that they would never forget. Probably no event was more memorable than the day they stood with Jesus on a mountain and he gave them what we now call the Great Commission. Every day at this stage of their…

“Oh, When the Saints…”

After Christmas Gill and I had a four-day break in the North, beginning with a couple of nights in Durham, then seeing the New Year in with some of our closest friends in Bramhope, Leeds. It meant we could also see our son, Nick and his wife, Jes, and their two children (and commiserate with them that our two-year old grandson had the dreaded norovirus, poor chap.) It was…