Thought of the Month
Times of refreshing
I write this the morning after the hottest July day on record. It's raining and I'm enjoying the fresh air coming through the open window. It's a time of refreshing.
Many were affected by the heat. Some have become unwell, or very weary. Some spent hours on trains as overhead power lines gave way. Others, especially young people, saw it as another sign of problems that they and their children will face in the future if more is not done to slow climate change. For all, recovery and hope and refreshing will be welcome. For Christian believers, struggling with the difficulties of being Jesus' disciples in the ever-changing 21st century England, wondering how to make new disciples, and to be his Church, a time of refreshing will also be welcome.
In a speech given to crowds who'd witnessed a miraculous healing, Saint Peter called them to turn to God for his help and forgiveness "... so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus..." (Acts of the Apostles 3v20). Jesus spoke of himself as the source of refreshment: "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and let the one who believes in me drink... Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7.37-38). Whether we're trying to find physical or spiritual or the planet's health, we need each other's help. I am grateful for the people who helped me to find belief in Jesus Christ, and for those who have helped to restore it when I have struggled. Through belief, I have found times of refreshing, restoration and hope. Belief is powerful, and possible. Let's help each other believe and find the time of refreshing we need in these days.
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
Jesus said to his disciples: If anyone wants to be first, they must make themselves last of all and servant of all. Mark 9:30-37