Water into wine

As the wedding season is upon us, where better to travel for this week’s instalment of our Living Water series than Cana. The place where Jesus turned water into wine. Brow-beaten by his own mother? Keen to announce himself as a gifted magician? Life and soul of the party? Keen on a tipple? Why did he perform such an unusual miracle? Come along to share your thoughts.

10.30 – 11.45
Sunday
You All Belong!

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Gush

From baptismal pools to deep wells, our water series now turns to Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman where he offers her not just a drink but living water, and not just a little – an eternal gush!

OK, so after the weather we’ve been having that might not sound quite so appealing as in a Middle Eastern village but that would be missing the point. Come along on Sunday to quench your thirst!

10.30 – 11.45
Sunday
You All Belong!

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B A P T I S E

As we continue our series on Living Water we have a very special Sunday in the life of our fellowship: a baptism. At Inspire Church we tend to reserve baptism for when adults make a big commitment to following Jesus and so we pull out all the stops with the total immersion experience. So this Sunday we will set-up the baptistry pool and it will be a very special occasion.

It’s Pentecost Sunday too so our baptism reading will be especially apt. John said: I baptise you with water, but the one who follows me will baptise you with the Holy Spirit. Do come and show your support to Colin as he plunges in.

10.30 – 11.45
Sunday

You All Belong!

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Living Water

Throughout human history water has been a powerful symbol of life: thirst-quenching, refreshing and purifying yet at times deep and dangerous. Jesus himself spoke of living water in all its abundance and yet today 844 million people still have no access to clean water in our world and even in the UK water is a growing problem.

So we thought in the coming weeks we’d explore water for ourselves. What does the Bible say about it? How do we use it? And how does it connect spirituality with social justice?

This week we’re beginning the series by exploring the separation of the waters in the creation story in Genesis. Come along and let’s plunge in together.

10.30 – 11.45
Sunday

You All Belong!

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Walking in Liberty

Our Bible reading this week says: If we love one another, God lives in us. Wow! What a powerful and inclusive message. And I’m delighted to say that we’ve got somebody visiting us this Sunday who really walks the walk.

Anna Sims is a modern ‘missionary’ – working in Lima to support female prisoners in Lima’s prisons, especially those who are foreign-born and speak English. Anna will be sharing some of her experiences with us as we explore what walking in love and liberty means here in our own community. And there will be Peruvian communion too!

10.30 – 11.45
Sunday

You All Belong!

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Come and see Roo

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Who do we listen to?

This Sunday our Bible reading calls on Jesus’ followers to "test the spirits". It’s a strange phrase but the wider passage challenges its readers to think about who they listen to and allow to guide their lives. It’s an interesting question we could ask ourselves. Where do we get our information from and how does it shape who we are? No preaching. No prescriptions. Just an honest conversation so that we can lead one another into God’s truth. Come and be part of it.

10.30 – 11.45
Sunday

You All Belong!

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Life: revealed and seen

This week we begin a new mini-series on a letter apparently written by John. The book of 1 John is one of the most beautifully written books of the Bible and starts where the gospels leave off: LIFE – revealed and seen – in the person of Jesus and in our joyful fellowship. Choose Life – Come Along!

10.30 – 11.45
Sunday

You All Belong!

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Easter at Inspire Church

I love Easter far more than Christmas. Spring is in the air and hope abounds. Out of deep political drama, something stirs. Something new. Something transformative. Resurrection. But let’s not race ahead …

Easter week provides us with unique opportunities to reflect and move from the darkness into the light:

Palm Sunday – 14 April
10.30 – 11.45am
Traditional Sunday service.

Good Friday – 19 April
10.00 – 11.00am
Quiet reflective service followed by hot cross buns and (optional) churches together walk of witness.

Easter Sunday – 21 April
10.30 – 11.30
Short celebration service (involving chocolate and a risen redeemer)

You All Belong! Do come along!
[We are not a virtual fellowship]

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Sheep & Goats

As Jesus journeys towards Jerusalem and a confrontation with the religious authorities he doesn’t beat around the bush. In perhaps one of the most stark teachings to his disciples, he talks about a separation of sheep and goats. Despite its subject matter, there’s not much wooliness about this week’s reading – but plenty of scope for fellowship and fun.

10.30am. Sunday.

Inspire Church.

You Belong!

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