The Accidental Church Planter (Part 2): The unexpected plant

It was a Saturday afternoon in early January and we had opened up the building for a half day of prayer. Towards the end, a cluster of people walked in. I knew two of them because they were regular attendees by now. They introduced us to the other couple. Jose and Patti were Mexican refugeesContinue reading “The Accidental Church Planter (Part 2): The unexpected plant”

The Accidental Planter (part 1)

Back in 2011, we had a series of church members meetings and an way day to tackle the theme “Space to Grow”. The Chapel building holds about 100 people, we can get up to 120 in at a squeeze with some overspill into the foyer. In reality the true, comfortable capacity of the building isContinue reading “The Accidental Planter (part 1)”

“God has been so good to us”

We sat by the bed-side and leaned in close to listen. The lady was struggling to speak and it was hard to hear but the words came out oh so clearly “God has been so good to us.”  It was hard to hold back the tears. We were visiting for a membership interview.  The olderContinue reading ““God has been so good to us””

“Who are these people?” … “These are our neighbours”

It was meant to be the year of street parties and festival.  We were celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee year. However as is often the case, plans were disrupted by a summer wash out as the heavens opened.  Some events were scaled back others cancelled. But we persisted in our organisation of a “Chapel Street Party”Continue reading ““Who are these people?” … “These are our neighbours””

The Promise: Christmas 2020

Here’s an update on our plans for Christmas this year. The Government have now confirmed that churches can re-open buildings for public worship regardless of which tier you are in (we opened on Sunday). Although singing remains against guidance in doors, it is now permitted outdoors. This has opened up the possibility of outdoor carolsContinue reading “The Promise: Christmas 2020”

New Horizons

Our time with Bearwood Chapel is coming to an end and I will complete my time with the church on the 31st December 2020.  You may be aware that due to severe financial constraints, the Chapel has had to make its staff team redundant. There is a reminder there of the constant challenges that evenContinue reading “New Horizons”

Harvest Festival

It’s our annual Harvest Festival this weekend. Normally, we would be welcoming everyone to a packed Chapel building for a big service together and we would gather in collections of food. However, we are not in normal times. However, we still want to celebrate God’s goodness to us, have a sense of the whole churchContinue reading “Harvest Festival”

Moving out of lockdown – update

Over the summer we have been opening up the Chapel building every Sunday morning for a few people to come along and watch the service together. We have continued to provide a live stream service from different homes over that time. Today, we had our first go at running a live service from the buildingContinue reading “Moving out of lockdown – update”