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.
By Buena Vista Team, on Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Over the last year, we have begun to connect people in the 18-30s age range with others in the church (singles, families, couples – anyone with a home and a willing heart) by pairing up members of the church who kindly volunteered to be part of this venture, and those in the 18-30s age group who were willing recipients of free-food and warm hospitality!
The feedback has been very positive throughout the year. So a BIG THANK YOU to anyone who has provided a meal this year; it has helped greatly with welcoming newcomers in this age group into the church, and ensuring that they are ‘knitted in to’ the wider church family, feeling loved and cared for. Continue reading…
Just under 75 of us from Woodside took the coach to Norfolk Showground for Newday 2013 and within an hour of being there and setting up camp, the rain arrived. This did little to damage the excitement on site however! It wouldn’t be Newday without rain would it? Continue reading…
You might not know this but…we have started a building project.
Week in, week out hundreds of people come through the building to experience the love of God in action. We are so pleased and privileged to have people that love and are willing to serve our local community.
As a result we wanted to expand our building in order to expand the care for our community and also the space to meet together for worship.
The builders came in and got started on the new offices…I thought we could show you some of the progress.
By Sarah Hodge, PlayPeople Leader, on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Last session at PlayPeople…sad we know, but we did have our very own Summer Fair.
Ark Farm joined us in the Car Park, where we had all sorts of animals, even 3 week old chicks. We also had games galore…Face Painting, Lucky Dip, Bouncy Castle, Name the Bear, How many sweets in the Jar, Ice Cream van, Giant Games, Plant your own Seeds, and a Puppet & Magic show entertainer!
‘Giant Picnic’ was the order for lunch and we enjoyed it all together…
It was fun for the whole family and as a team we thoroughly enjoyed planning and making the Fair an ultimate start to the summer.
We had an amazing turn out of 67 adults and 87 children! Even Martin Tibbert couldn’t resist the fun..he’s a big kid really.
PlayPeople starts back September 17th and if you would like more info about PlayPeople and what goes on week to week click here.
Sunshine, an abundance of food and a Wimbledon victory.
This years BV barbecue was another fantastic success. Whilst it wasn’t quite strawberries and cream the mountains of Eton Mess and Pimms, became the perfect way to cheer Andy Murray on to victory, whilst all those who weren’t interested in sport enjoyed the sunshine and a good catch up!
Becca Charles, a member of this years FP impact team, took a trip out to Albania with a team. Becca shares with us here how it went and what some of here highlights were:
“From the 7th-18th June, I was in Elbasan in Albania on the 2013 Bedford Based FP mission trip, with 11 FP students and 3 chaperones.
We were involved in the church services, a kid’s party and with the church’s street kids outreach, which is for the boys that are sent out to get money either by begging or stealing, or otherwise find things to help support the family.
The outreach is every Tuesday and Saturday from 10am-2pm and the kids are loved, and given a place where they are free to just be children. On the Saturdays they are also taught Bible truths, food is always provided, and brushing teeth is enforced. During that time we were able to help practically too! We spent time painting the basement which was a great support to the Church.
In order to stay focused, we had at least one time of worship each day, and God always came powerfully and encouraged us individually, as a team. He spoke about His kingdom coming to where we were serving. As we encountered God and saw Him move in the church we grew as a team and all came home changed.”