Not fair

The parable of the workers in the vineyard is one of the most interesting in Matthew’s gospel. On the face of it, it’s completely unfair – but perhaps unfairness is all part of God’s plan? Do come along and share your thoughts.

10.30 – 11.45am
Sunday
You Belong!

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Even the dogs

This Sunday we remember the story of the Canannite woman who Jesus initially ignored – perhaps on account of her gender or ethnicity? She didn’t give up and ultimately Jesus listened changing the course of his whole ministry. A conversion experience perhaps?

10.30 – 11.45am
Sunday
You Belong!

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The Big Picture

This Sunday we remember the story about Jesus walking on the water towards the disciples’ boat. Good old Peter wanted a piece of the action. Quite right too – Jesus was encouraging the disciples to follow him after all. It was all going very well until …

What is it that causes us to stumble in our faith? How do we maintain our focus on faithfulness? Or has it got anything to do with us at all? Are we simply participating in one big gift of grace?

10.30 – 11.45am
Sunday
You Belong!

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Yeast

On Sunday we welcome a visitor: Clare Birkett. Clare is head of adult education at Economy – a charity that tries to make the economy more understandable who’s going to tell us a bit more about what they do and why. It’s the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight so we’ll be celebrating with chocolate and other goodies and reminding ourselves of our calling to act justly as we go about our economic affairs.

And if you think somehow your economic actions are too small to count, think again! Our Bible reading this week is a parable about yeast. Rise up people, Sunday is coming!

10.30 – 11.45am
Sunday
You Belong!

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Greater than the temple

Jesus often ran into conflict with the religious authorities. In doing so he often reminded people of his concern for us as humans first and foremost … and that rules and regulations were secondary matters. None more so than in chapter 12 of Matthew’s gospel. Come along and explore some more.

10.30 – 11.45am
Sunday
You Belong!

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Just say the word

On Sunday we will be having a traditional church service as we explore the miracles of Jesus. We will think particularly about the story of the Roman centurion who appealed to Jesus to heal his servant.

We’re trying to make our ‘second Sundays’ in each month the one week where everybody comes together so do make an extra effort to come along.

10.30 – 11.45am
Sunday
You Belong!

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Braving the wilderness

Before heading out on a three year journey, Jesus spent time in the wilderness. Why? At times, life brings us all wilderness experiences and often we try to avoid them. This Sunday we will explore what they might have to teach us.

10.30 – 11.45am
Sunday
You Belong!

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Well Pleased

Early Matthew’s gospel, Jesus takes the plunge and joins others who are being baptised by John in the River Jordan. Unlike others though, as Jesus emerges from the river something very special happens. If you’d like to know what, then you’d better come along on Sunday to find out. Suffice it to say though, somebody was well pleased.

10.30 – 11.45am
Sunday
You Belong!

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You Belong!

This Sunday, Inspire Church begins a new series as we journey through Matthew’s gospel up until Easter. This is part of our annual ‘routine’ as we remind ourselves about the life of Jesus and the special community he created. The gospel-writer Matthew emphasised the importance of Jesus’s teachings about how we create community in troubled times so there’s much we can learn about our own situation as we enter a very uncertain new year.

10.30am.

Sunday.

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Embrace the darkness

On this the fourth Sunday in advent we’re taking a break from all the Christmas palava to sit quietly and reflect. Celtic christianity teaches us that new beginnings grow out of darkness and that the time of advent is perhaps less about eager anticipation of a future hope but faithful knowing that God is with us, even in the darkest of days. So come along for a time of quiet reflection away from all the hustle and bustle around us.

10.30am
Sunday
Everybody’s Welcome Here!

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