Sunday, 3 August 2014

Cultivating a generous heart - Sunday 3 Aug

In case you didn't get one, here is the handout from today's Sermon... 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Proposed Deacons

In case you missed this last Sunday, we are proposing four more people to serve as Deacons within RFC. We asked that over the next 6-8weeks you to test them against the criteria laid out in 1Tim3v8-13. 
Scott, Richard or myself would like to hear feedback on them, either agreeing & affirming or alternatively with any concerns you may have.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Kingdom #Selfies

As a church, we want to keep being creative in the ways that we communicate and enjoy the truth of the gospel. We are currently developing a small film project about Jesus’ teaching on the Kingdom of God and we would love your help! In a world that is acquainted with ‘selfies’ and ‘vlogs’ – we know that most of us are happy to video ourselves!! 

Could you video yourself on your phone speaking, or reading one of the passages about the Kingdom of God (click here see suggested verses). We would like you to take your films in everyday places; in the supermarket, at the office, at the school gate, in the park. If you could then send your video to Josh in the office, he will work his creative magic on pulling a film together! 

Can’t wait to see what and where you film!

Friday, 4 July 2014

RFC Leadership Summit 2014

Last year we gathered over 120 people at Wokefield Park for our inaugural Leadership Summit – I can still remember the buzz and the sense of God’s presence as we worshipped together. It was a brilliant day. Since then we have established 3 congregations, added dozens of new people into the life of our church and kept smiling! Whilst we have much to thank God for, our ‘reservoir of Leadership’ is running low and needs refilling / investing in. 
As such, I would really like you to attend our Leadership Summit on Saturday 27th September. All Leaders need to be envisioned, encouraged & equipped and I trust this day will serve us in this. If you are an established leader in your work, leisure or church life please keep investing in your leadership gifting. If all this is new to you, please don’t discount yourself but book in and start exploring!

This year we have decided not to go back to Wokefield Park but rather use our own offices, allowing us to have two streams to the summit (And the £2k cost savings was used to offset the Madejski Stadium celebration!). Lunch & refreshments will be provided and each delegate will receive a book. Babes in arms are welcome but unfortunately we are unable to offer child care.

We must fan into flame the leadership gifts within the church and help new gifting emerge. Please consider coming along to this day and book in ... There’s always a cost to leadership!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Dad & Lad in the Lakes

Joshua has now finished his GCSE's so last week we went on a 4 day adventure to the Lake District. We stayed at a brilliant B&B which also provided a hearty packed lunch & filled your flask. Perfect.
I wanted to introduce Joshua to scrambles high up on the fells, the nearest being Blencathra via Sharpe Edge ... an exposed ridge scramble with a 200m drop either side. Wainwright noted: the crest is sharp enough for shaving and can only be traversed at some risk of damage to tender parts. Great views if you could stomach looking down! 
We also went for a scenic 20 mile ride from Keswick around Thirlmere lake via St John in the Vale - a delightful route.
The highlight of the trip was Helvellyn via Striding Edge & Swirral Edge, a classic Lake District scramble. Sadly the cloud came in so views were limited but the sense of adventure / danger was heightened .. for me at least!

Friday, 20 June 2014

RFC at the Mad Stad

In case you missed this ... RFC dancing with Evan Rogers at the Madejski Stadium!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Jesus is building His church

In Oct 2001, 37 adults & 10 children posed for a photograph as they opened the doors of Reading Family Church. Last Sunday, 347 adults & 81 kids celebrated Jesus in the conference suite at Madejski Stadium.  
How did that growth happen? 1Peter2:3-4, 9-10 explains how ... Jesus is building His church.

To understand the imagery of these versus, it is helpful to remind ourselves of King Solomon’s temple. His Temple was to be a permanent place where God dwelt amongst His people and was a potent symbol of divine favour. This temple was to be built with stones made perfect before being brought into God’s dwelling place. However, the basis of Mankind’s approach to this temple was obedience to God’s Law, which effectively put God out of reach.

However, King Jesus’ temple is better because it is built from ‘Living Stones’ and He dwells within His people (not just amongst them). This temple was more than a symbol, it was a promise of an age to come. Better still, ‘living stones’ come to him ‘imperfect’, and Jesus’ perfection is credited them! As we come to Jesus each & every day, He builds us into a Spiritual House; a Holy Priesthood who bring Spiritual Sacrifices. Best of all, the basis of Mankind’s approach to this temple is the grace of God!

These living stones are a chosen people; a royal priesthood, a holy nation, belonging to God. Their temple treasury is Jesus; they delight in proclaiming the excellent sufficiency of Christ. Living stones who have received mercy now work to offer and give mercy to others.

We heard from two living stones (Grant & Becca), 2 stories out of the hundreds who gathered. Can we believe for a day when we are 1000 such stories? 

A day when RFC is a thousand living stones being built together as a people, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices for the glory of God? 

Let’s believe/give/work for such a day!!!