The Jesus Arms

Some of you will know that one of the most popular venues at the annual Greenbelt christian arts festival is a place called The Jesus Arms. It is of course the beer tent where every evening people gather to enjoy a pint or two and sing hymns with great gusto. It captures something of the atmosphere that I imagine might have prevailed when Jesus turned water into the finest wine at the famous wedding at Cana. So following cake, beans and chocolate, this Sunday we will sample beer in the company of our resident brewing expert. (And don’t worry, we’ll make sure it’s child-friendly affair – other beverages will be available). Only at Inspire Church. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s welcome here.

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Truly divine

Every Sunday at Inspire Church is of course an opportunity to encounter the divine. But this Sunday that will be especially true as we think about the confection that bears that very name. Did you know that one of our tribe not only has a taste for chocolate, but she also knows a thing or two about ethical trading? As part of our favourite foods series, she will be telling us a little bit about her sweet tooth and also her passion for fair trade. And chocolate will be eaten! 10am. Sunday. Chocaholics especially welcome.

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Beans, beans they’re good for your heart …

In the second Sunday of our series on our favourite foods we will be thinking about beans. Who knew that we have a baked bean expert and lover in the congregation? And who can guess the relevant Bible reference that will aid our reflections? We will also be thinking about and praying for those who are ‘without a bean’. Sunday. 10am. Everybody’s welcome here!

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Food Glorious Food

As summer holidays draw to an end I am tempting you and your friends to church with the offer of free cake. You might think that’s a bit desperate but come on, who isn’t tempted? As if any other reason was needed, it’s also the beginning of a new series: Food Glorious Food when for the next 5 weeks we will explore foody passages in the Bible and invite everybody to talk about – and share – their favourite foods. Every Sunday in September. 10am. Everybody’s welcome here!

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Crafty Bezalel

Inspire Church continues its summer unplugged series looking at Old Testament Victors and Villains over the following 3 Sundays will be as follows:

14 August – 10am – Andy will be leading the service exploring the life and loves of Bezalel – the chief artisan in the Jerusalem temple.

21 August – 10am – Liz will be leading the service and she’ll be focusing on ??? – a nameless servant girl from Israel who advises Namaan’s wife.

28 August – THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SERVICE as it’s our annual ‘Do Something Different Sunday’ – Enjoy the Bank Holiday!

We’re pausing ConSpire too until the 4th September.

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Let’s hear it for Huldah

As we continue our series on Old Testament victors and villains, spare a thought for Huldah. Huldah who? you might ask. It’s true, she’s not caught the eye of Andrew Lloyd Webber. I’m not aware of her having books written about her. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever heard her mentioned in a church. A very good reason then to change all that. Amongst other things though, she was the keeper of the temple wardrobe. So come in your finest purple! 10am. Sunday. Unplugged but ready to make new friends.

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Let your hair down!

This Sunday we’re thinking about Samson – the Old Testament’s very own hairy hipster. Steve and Anne will be leading our service and they’ve asked me to let you all know that they will be providing breakfast too … so you can fall out of bed and straight into church if that’s the way your roll. So the emphasis on Sunday is on letting your hair down, coming to church and meeting God just as you are – cos that’s what God likes. 10am. Sunday. Unplugged.

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Ezekiel Day!

In the second of our summer series of services exploring the victors and villains of the Old Testament we are going to be thinking about Ezekiel. Here’s three things you might not have known about him: he was a refugee who longed to return to his home country; he had a vision of a united Israel with different tribes living there together in peace; our Muslim, Lutheran and Orthodox brothers and sisters will also be ‘venerating’ him around the world this week as this is his special season. Join is for ‘Ezeziel Day’ – this Sunday, 10am, Inspire. Everybody’s welcome here!

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Victors & villains

So the summer is upon us – not that the weather is trying very hard. And so Inspire Church moves into summer mode and a new series on some of our Old Testament heroes – the victors and the villains. Each Sunday now we’re keeping it simple and unplugged, adults and kids together, singing, prayer, discussion, tea & coffee, fellowship. And we’re kicking off this Sunday with a lesser-known Old Testament heroine – Hagar. Never heard of her? Great! Come along on Sunday to find out more – and perhaps why she’s not until recently been the focus of much attention. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s welcome!

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Watch out!

Anybody who thinks that we are living through turbulent times might want to consider what it might have been like to live in AD66 when the people of Judea successfully overthrew the occupying Roman forces. Four years of turmoil followed. Saint Mark, caught up in the turmoil of that time, reminds his listeners of some words that Jesus shares with his disciples. “Watch out!” says Jesus – it is too easy to get drawn into taking sides. So we’ll be thinking about how we deal with the turmoil of our times. And we’ll also be making, baking and breaking bread. Everybody’s welcome! 10am Sunday.

On Sunday evening it will be Conspire. Slightly earlier time of 7-8pm at 3 Deanbank Avenue – off Grange Avenue – M19 2EZ. An hour of quiet prayer, discussion and friendship.

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