Thought of the Month
Words from the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 16...
'Who do you say that I am?' 'You are the Christ, the son of the living God.' 'Good for you Simon son of Jonah... you are Peter (Petra="Rock") and on this rock I will build my church.'
Jane and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last month. Looking back at the wedding photographs, we see two young people, very different from ourselves now, yet somehow the same. I remember my nerves on the day, but not much about what I was thinking of the future.
It's anniversary time for us at Stotfold Methodist Church. Looking back 150 years, we wonder what they thought, the people who built this church. What were their hopes? How did they see the future? It was a very different time then. Religion was on the increase, church was popular.
What if we look farther back, to when the first churches began, what were their hopes? The first century churches were small, poor and persecuted. No public buildings, just meeting in homes. The church started as an underground movement, word of mouth, transformed lives, hoping fully in Jesus Christ for their future. 'On this rock' said Jesus 'I will build my church.' The rock of belief in Jesus, the Christ, the messiah, the Son of the living God.
As we celebrate our church anniversary, it's worth looking back to remind ourselves of why we're here. It was Jesus Christ who started it, building his church on the belief that Saint Peter showed. Jesus Christ is why we have church, he is why we have good news to share, he is our reason for investing so much of our lives in building and running our church. We're 150 years away from the people who started to this work in this place, but our Lord Jesus is the same now as he was then, and as he was when Peter declared his belief in him. How do we see our future? Surely it's in our belief in our Saviour Jesus, the Christ, the son of the living God.
We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.
The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.
Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.
One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
See the 'Sunday Worship' page for details of our Services.
This Month's Quote
From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.