Wednesday, 21 March 2012

'Find Your Voice' This Saturday!

Here is some more info regarding 'Find Your Voice' this Saturday, 9am-1pm, Church Office

We have been given the great privilege of knowing Jesus.  That comes with great benefits and great responsibility.  It’s not all one way, he has called us to be on His mission and tell as many about Him as possible.  The idea of 'Find Your Voice' is to encourage and help us in carrying out this mission in our families, friendship groups and workplaces.  I’ve designed it to cover three important aspects – handling our personal story of God’s goodness in our lives; being ourselves when it comes to sharing our faith and acknowledging that it is scary and asking the question why. 

This is the plan for the morning (subject to any last minute alterations !)

9:00        Welcome
9:05        First session – What’s Your Story – some brief thoughts around sharing your faith and a way of arranging any story that would help you speak about Jesus
10:00     Break                                                                                               10:15     Second session – Being You – God made you as you are and it’s good to understand what your style is when it comes to sharing your faith so you can be you.
11:15     Break
11:30     Third session – What are we scared of?!  Question and exclamation, a discussion where we can talk about what holds us back and some of the big questions that we fear addressing
1pm       End

I hope that helps in making your decision to come along on Saturday and I look forward to seeing you then.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Zdenko flies in

Today sees Zdenko fly in from Croatia.  Our good friend who is pioneering a church plant in Croatia is here to meet Terry Virgo (preaching both Sunday morning and evening at RFC) and also to be amongst us as a community.  He's a great guy with a huge vision for his nation and what God wants to do there and it's a privilege that we get to walk with Zdenko, Ivana and his team in this.

Unfortunately, Ivana is unable to be around this weekend due to work commitments and i know that she is gutted that she cannot be with us.  As a church we continually work hard at greeting and welcoming and I know that both he and Ivana felt at home last time they came, I have every confidence he'll have the same report when he leaves on Monday.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Cheering on the masses in a party style

Sunday April 1st sees the streets of Reading once more taken over by elite athletes, wannabe elite athletes, fun runners and charity raisers. They are taking on the 13 and a bit miles that makes up the Reading Half Marathon.  It's an event that RFCers get involved in and is something that in this Olympic year will probably once again grab the attention of the public.

As a church  we are going to have a cheering presence on London Street, outside the church offices.  We'll pump some music, hand out some energy inducing goodies of some description to the athletes passing by and generally encourage the many runners who will be taking part.  We want to create an atmosphere that brings the best out of those taking part as well as play 'spot the RFCers' as they go through - we will compile a list!

It would be great to have 30 or so people at the least to have a presence during what has become a significant date in the calendar of our town and in the diaries of friends in our community.

To get involved you'll have to beat the road closures and be ready for a party, let me know if you're up for it!  

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Want to be more effective at communicating your faith?

On Saturday 24th March at the church offices, 9am-1pm, we will be hosting a morning called Find Your Voice. The intention is to start a journey of understanding how we as individuals will best communicate 'the reason for the hope that we have' when the opportunity arises.  We'll look at what we find it easy to talk about and why we find it is to talk about it and then apply this to the Gospel.

Put the date in your diary and come and along on the morning to grow in faith for the great mission that Jesus has called us all to: the sharing of the good news of Jesus.