Leader’s Paragraph

A Word from Andy Hedges

I wrote the first Leaders Paragraph after Phil and Naomi left and so it is perhaps fitting that I also write the last one before Mark takes it over and it becomes the Pastor’s Paragraph again! I wrote about how encouraged we were that people had come forward to take jobs on while we were […]

A Word from Ruth Fox

How many changes do we make or wish for throughout our lives?   It seems like life is one continuous ‘change’ – from childhood to adulthood, marriage, parenthood, jobs, addresses, retirement, fashion, clothes size and hair styles! From unsaved to saved by the blood of Jesus – 2 Corinthians 5:17 …  Therefore, if anyone is in […]

A Word from Andrew Smith

I’ve been thinking about the ways God has been at work in our growth (both as individuals and in the life of the church) during the interregnum. We certainly haven’t stood still and waited, rather people have got involved in house groups, ECBC nights, children’s and youth groups as well as serving within the services […]

A Word from Richard Turner

As you know, we have reached an important point in our search for a new Pastor, as we have the opportunity to consider the appointment of Mark Hubbard and Jon Edwards. Straight away you can tell that this is quite a unique arrangement which it will be important for you to fully understand through church […]

A Word from Simon Blake

September is the start of a new school year, and a time of new beginnings. It is a time to remind ourselves of God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 – ‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a […]

A word from Ruth Honeywell

One of the things that I like to do is patchwork. Patchwork is taking fabrics of different colours, patterns, shapes and sizes and putting them together to make something beautiful. Any craft is the same – whether using wood, metal, paint, clay, textiles etc – the finished product bears no resemblance to the raw materials […]

A Word from Andy Hedges

Leaders paragraph I have been reading a biography of St Francis of Assisi and have found it very challenging. He was quite wealthy and literally gave up everything in order to follow Jesus. He wanted to as poor as the poorest person so that no barriers could stop him from sharing the love of Christ. […]

A Word from Andrew Smith

As we are coming to the end of the school year it is timely to report back on the midweek youth groups at Park Avenue which have been running since January.    We have regularly had 40 young people across 2 groups each week with over 90 youth attending in total – for many of […]

A Word from Richard Turner

I write this on the morning of the referendum result which seems to have dominated our news for months now and looks like continuing! Jan and I have also just come back from America which is also dominated by strong feelings over Donald Trump and the most recent mass murder and it all leaves me […]

A word from Simon Blake

As summer weather comes and goes, we welcome our visitors from Texas, who will be arriving this Sunday, 12 June, and staying with us for a week. There are various activities to join in with them, detailed elsewhere in this newsletter – let’s all give them a warm welcome and enjoy their fellowship. It is […]