Newday 2014

By Luke Clements, on Monday, August 4, 2014

We got back from Newday this week. We had an amazing time! More to come from us…just let me recover first!

DavidDevenish.com

By Jon Le Marquand, on Thursday, July 3, 2014

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30 Years Ago, David Devenish gave up international banking to serve Woodside Church full-time. Since then, by God’s grace, his ministry has grown both in the UK and internationally. David is now leading Catalyst, a network of churches in the UK as well as leading the various apostolic leaders of Newfrontiers Internationally. As if that wasn’t enough, David continues to serve Woodside as an Elder and we are incredibly thankful for how he continues to lead us here in Bedford.

However, as part of David’s ministry, he is often away teaching in many churches in many countries all over the world leaving a David-shaped gap at Woodside. So, if you ever feel like you are missing David’s inspirational teaching and wonder what he is up to, then I have the solution for you: David has launched his own website that has many excellent resources from his ministry to bless, train and equip and is always being updated with new content!

So what are you waiting for? Click here to visit daviddevenish.com

Goodbye Impacters

By dan.copperwheat, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

When you say ‘a year’ it can feel like along time. When you look back however, it feels so quick.

FPBase13-news-fullpage I can’t believe that it has been a whole year since Woodside Church took it’s first batch of Impact Students. The time has gone quickly. That statement is not intended to mean that not much happened!

I’d like to share a few thoughts about Impact (formerly FP) and how the year shaped up….although I am sure others will share more…

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Catalyst 2014

By Candy Crowe, on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Expectations were high and we were hopeful for some sunshine….

candy_catalystAlthough the weather wasn’t quite what we had hoped for (it rained for set-up, rained for pack down and rained in between) everything else was brilliant. One of the highlights for me was hearing David Devenish speak on Esther and Mordecai. It was enlightening to hear the story re-told and we learnt that God had a plan which involved both Esther and Mordecai playing their part…  Continue reading…

Andy Martin on Google+

By Jon Le Marquand, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Last Thursday (10th April), Broadcast hosted our own Andy Martin on Google+, speaking on ‘Maintaining a Global Focus in Your Church Plant from Day One’ and then answering questions from those that had tuned in had. If you’re interested in church planting in the UK or internationally, give it a listen.

Broadcast Church Planting was set up to equip and support church plants and potential church planters by social media. You can check out there website here: http://thebroadcastnetwork.org/

Easter Sunday

By dan.copperwheat, on Monday, April 14, 2014

easter-fullpageEaster is all about Jesus!

On Easter we celebrate the Him. Jesus is our saviour who was raised from death to life. Through His life, death, and resurrection He conquered Satan, sin, and death. He was who He said He was.

Through our trust and faith in Him we can enjoy a new life. Join us this easter as we celebrate the man who was God: Jesus.

Service times: 9:00am and 11:00am Woodside Christian Center

Being like Jesus

By Nathan Clements, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

conference-news-fullpageThe Woodside Conference surpassed my expectations. Above the excellent worship, insightful and helpful teaching and general fun, the heart behind the theme is what encouraged and challenged me most.  Understanding God’s heart for people and how that can play out in our attitudes towards those who’s lives are not the same as ours, was particularly challenging.

The topics/selection of teaching was superb, and clearly a sign of where the elders see the church journeying towards. A path that I (and, I’m convinced, the rest of the church) am well on-board with. Jesus spent time with the outsiders, served the poor and corrected others through love and relationship. That’s what we want and need to be like.

I’m excited to see how Woodside will become more like this, and how as a church, we will be led into these principles.

A big thank you to everyone who was involved in making it such a great weekend.

Goodbye FP – Hello Impact Training!

By Ruth Matthews, on Thursday, March 27, 2014

impact-training_fullFP has been one of the longest lasting training programmes Newfrontiers has been involved in, originally coming from David Devenish’s desire for the church to be equipped and individuals to be released into all that God has got for them. It has gone through various versions with different leaders, spread to 5 training bases in the UK with America, Australia, Turkey and South Africa also doing their own versions.

Why do FP? The course is 10 months of training with residential blocks alongside a local church project. Mostly students are 19 – 28yrs old, but some are older taking a career break or early retirement. In Bedford, we have students based locally and in Birmingham, Luton, Oxford, Lincoln, Stafford and Doncaster. Thanks to the airport, we often have one or two students who are based in a church in Europe who fly back for training. And we always have a few foreign students in the mix which is always good fun and stops us becoming too parochial – so we have French and German students this time. An optional overseas trip is also part of the package; a large group are going again to Albania in June.

Most students come wanting to get some systematic training, try to work out what on earth they are here for and to serve the local church. Editor’s note: that’s what they think! More often than not it is to create some space for God to work and for them to deal with some barriers in their lives and know something of “moving from one degree of Glory to another”.

But some things are changing. We obviously had a significant move from Kings Arms to Woodside last year and we are now transitioning to change the name. So, from the summer we will no longer be FP but Impact Training – this at least gives some clue as to what we are doing! That also means the launch of a new website (http://www.impact-training.org.uk/) and some other bits and pieces.

I want to thank the team here at church. Without the vision and generosity for the building project form you, it would have been very difficult to have held training here. The new ‘Oak room’ upstairs is BRILLIANT and a superb facility for teaching, worship, praying, quizzes, eating pizza and generally having fun. If you would like to have look to see what we get up, please let me know and we can get you along.

We don’t usually have guests in the September training block to give the new group chance to gel, but other times we would love you to come and get a flavour of a typical day. Please pray – we are obviously busy with the current group but planning for next year and we have our first interview for 2014/15 in a few days!

Weekend Away.

By Hannah King, on Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Last weekend about thirty of Woodside’s 18 – 30s trucked up to the Frontier Centre in Irthlingborough for the annual BV weekend away.

Past weekends away have included outstanding worship leaders and speakers, and this year was no different. A theme of the weekend was God’s presence and this was evident from the outset. The peace and intimacy of God’s presence were tangible throughout.

On Saturday we were joined by Andy Cross from the Kings Arms who led worship and Matt & Jo Simmonds from CCK, Brighton. It was a real blessing to have them with us. Matt & Jo spoke about ‘Living Under the Cloud’ and ‘Community in the Cloud’. This followed the story of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness and God revealed himself through a cloud by day and fire by night; an assurance of God’s presence, love and leading. Matt & Jo also shared their story as they get ready to move to Amsterdam to start a church plant. It was inspiring to hear how God had been speaking to them over a number of years and how faithful God has been to them. Perhaps Amsterdam will be the venue for our weekend away next year!

As always the weather did not disappoint, which meant Saturday’s walk turned into more of a wade through the flooded ground for those brave enough to venture out.  The intrepid explorers were well fed throughout the weekend by George and Jenny Hadley and Ian and Carol Scott, who kindly gave up their time to provide us with a veritable feast.

Despite a late night on Saturday Hudson Ebenezer kept us awake on Sunday morning as he started off his talk with various games that involved making animal noises and thinking up crazy forfeits. The moral of the story was love others as you would love yourself! Thanks Hudson, you served us so well!

All in all it was a brilliant weekend. Thanks to everyone who made it happen. If you are interested in the 18-30s activities at Woodside Church please click here for more information.