Around 100 gathered to see the building progress to date. Brian and Martin Tibbert were on hand to give guided tours of the work so far! It was hard hats for all. Also a big pat on the back to Richard Eaton and his team of builders / contractors and the building team here at Woodside – thanks to Brian and his merry men!
Tim Green and Andy Martin led us as we prayed for over 20 people whom God is raising up to take on leadership roles within the life of Woodside. New community group leaders, assistant coaches, pastoral team and more…A big thank you to all who are stepping up and taking on new challenges – we are all so grateful.
By David Snowball, on Thursday, September 19, 2013
At T-in-the-church we value the members of our older generation and the life experiences they bring when we meet together.
We meet at Woodside most weeks during school terms.
Activities vary, but include games such as carpet bowls and table games. We also enjoy a variety of quizzes, both musical and brain teasing. We often have talks about local events and services, with regular planned outings to interesting places in and around Bedfordshire, including the popular lunches out.
It is an open door for the community and guests are always welcome. There is a good community feel about T in the church with both longstanding and new friendships growing during the times together. A number of those who come from outside the church have been invited by regular members because of their changed circumstances, such as changes in health, loss or bereavement. Help and advice is available where there is a need, or advice or help in and around the home.
As the name implies, there is always a cup of tea, coffee (And cake) to be had with opportunity for people to catch up with one another as they chat over their drinks.
By Jon Le Marquand & Dan Copperwheat, on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
We are are privileged at Woodside to have David Devenish as an elder. David Devenish is a longstanding leader within the Newfrontiers movement and now leads Catalyst which is part of Newfrontiers. He has many years’ experience of working in this way with churches in the UK and other cultures around the world.
On 12th September, David spoke to various groups interested in Church Planting on ‘Important Principles Learnt Pioneering a Church’ using Google+. David highlighted some of his own experiences, gave some practical advice to those wanting to plant churches and answered questions on a range of topics. If you want to listen in to the Google+ seminar then have a listen.
We have just finished our first FP training block and what a week and a bit it has been! The students have been amazing and attentive, open and fun – all of which has been a blessing. They had some time on culture and personal development, a day and a half on OT over-view, a day on prayer with Stef Liston, ½ day on children’s work and a day on the Holy Spirit as well as a boat trip together on the Saturday, lunch together on the Sunday, silly games and drama and some brilliant times of worship!
Tim Green, Jo Hearn, Martin Tibbert and Myself have all been involved in the teaching, ably supported by Dan Copperwheat, Chris Perry and Ruth Bifield who have turned their hand to almost anything and everything. Thanks too for all the hospitality you have shown – we couldn’t have done it without you!
The students are now in their home churches doing things like kids work, youth and student work, Alpha, admin, worship and prison ministry. Some are also working part-time to help finance the year – if you have a moment please pray for them. We are next all in Bedford from the 4th to the 8th November, hopefully using the new room which the builders are currently working on.