March 2015 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Joy

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Experiencing Joy is part of being a Christian – yet sometimes we don’t ‘feel’ particularly joyful, or indeed we struggle to find ‘joy’ in and among the darker places of life. Come and discover what Joy is and maybe even come and taste and experience Joy afresh. Let God produce the Spiritual Fruit of Joy in you.

We carry on our year-long look at the Fruits of the Spirit with a celebration of Joy.  Please join us at St Paul’s, Bedminster on Sunday March 1st, at 6:30pm.

For details of how to find St Paul’s, please click here.

We very much hope to see you there!

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February 2015 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Love

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Just to get you in the mood…

Love songs quiz – a prize for knowing all the ?’s…

Love is all around….?
All you need is Love…?
Love is the Message…?
I would do anything for Love (But I won’t do that) – ?
A Victory of Love – ?
How deep is your love? – ?
Somebody to Love – ?
? – God

Our first in-depth look at one of the Fruits of the Spirit – Love – will be at St Francis, Ashton Gate, on Sunday February 1st, at 6:30pm.

For details of how to find St Francis’, please click here.

We very much hope to see you there!

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August 2014 – Going Places with God: Community

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

John Donne

Our next Word & Spirit is this Sunday – August 3rd, at St Christopher’s Church, Brislington.  We begin at 6:30 pm as usual and this month promises to be a little different as we explore poetry and visual art as well as Scripture, prayer and song across our worship time together.

Please click here for details of how to find St. Christopher’s.

We very much hope to see you there!

 

 

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June 2014 – Going Places with God: Working…. for what?

Helen has put together some thoughts for us following her sermon last Sunday evening:

Work is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “…the application of effort to a purpose…” Therefore work is anything we set our minds to do, through physical or mental exertion, with a goal in mind. It is not exclusively paid employment but can be any task that has a meaning or purpose. Continue reading

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April 2014 – Going Places with God: Made in the Image…

What is it to be human?

We seem to be such a confusion of things – with the capacity for both startling beauty and genius, but also for shocking depravity and atrocity. So who are we really and what are we on earth for?

Come and find out a little bit about what God thinks about us!

Our next Word & Spirit gathering will be at 6:30pm on Sunday April 6th, at Holy Nativity, Knowle

Click here for Google Maps of how to find your way there

 

 

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March 2014 – Going Places with God: The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it

Our next service will be hosted by Christ Church, Hengrove on Sunday March 2nd.

How can we take care of God’s world…?

Climate change, recycling, carbon footprints, car sharing, pesticides, jet planes, evolution, green politics, saving the planet, floods, farms….so many things to keep up with – but what does God really have to say about this world he has put us in and how we care for it?

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Salt and Light – Reflections…

From Andy – ‘Salt’:

1. Christians are called to be radically different from the world. Do you feel all that radical and what does our passage say to you about what you are (as opposed to what you feel you are)?

2. What are the particular ways in which you lose your saltiness? Andy mentioned compromise, fatigue and and staying in your ecclesiastical salt cellar. What might we add to that list…?

3. Andy suggested different ways Christians change society – prayer, evangelism, argument, socio political action and suffering. Where has God called you to be ‘salt’ and which of these apply in your context.?

4. Do you ever feel inadequate to the size of the task?

5. Do you recall what % of people a society needs to change it for the good?

6. How can you avoid hypocrisy when talking to the world..? What is it to be both prophetic and humble at the same time and how does Jesus model this?

 

From Kunnagh – ‘Light’:

1.  Do you think you keep your light hidden sometimes?  Why do we do this?

2.  We can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the darkness of the world we perceive around us.  How best might we remember that there are other lights shining out?

3.  Jesus said ‘You are the light of the world’.  How does it feel, knowing that this is what He thinks of you?

4.  Is being a light to the world easier when we are in community?  Or is it more difficult to get consensus that way?  What gets in the way of our lights?

5.  Do we have our own light, or are we just reflected lights from Jesus – the light of the world?

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