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LATEST NEWS

Happy Birthday

On Tuesday 4th December it was Elaine's birthday and as it was a big one we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate with her.  It is certainly not my business to reveal a ladies age so without doing that let me just say she is looking very well for an octogenarian.  A light lunch was enjoyed by those who often get together for coffee and a chat. 

Ladies Day 2018

Around 100 Ladies from several congregations met together for the Northampton Ladies Day 2018. The speakers presented excellent lessons asking how does the hope of heaven affect the way you live now.

During a craft session at which a choice of things to make were available pastries, tea and coffee were provided  as discussions on the theme took place.

Lunch was served in an 'Afternoon Tea' style with an assortment of dainty sandwiches and cakes, cakes and more cakes.

Songs were presented by three of the attendees for the ladies, Carol from Buckingham Park and our own Jennifer and Katie.  

Bible talks, discussions, songs, prayers, crafts, refreshments, lunch, bags that were made and given out and a wonderful time had by all.

Though the men were rushed off their feet waiting on the ladies even they had a good time together. In fact it was a pleasure to be involved and see all who were there enjoying themselves so much. 

British Bible School Study Week

Once again we have been involved with a great week organised and run by the British Bible School. 

Mark Hill from Northampton, Jon Galloway from East Kilbride and Patrick Boyns Director of the British Bible School taught there way through the book of Joshua.

Arriving on Monday 5th November we spent the next three days studying together. On Friday before leaving for home Patrick gave a summary of how what we had been learning applies to our lives today from a missional point of view.

Over the evenings we were there we enjoyed a quiz, a game of Balderdash and a film about C. S. Lewis (some of which was filmed at Loughborough's Great Central Railway) being from Loughborough that was a thrill for me.

Isobel worked hard in the kitchen providing good food for us at each and every meal time. There was always good conversation to be had in the "Pilgrim's Rest" where tea, coffee, cake and biscuits were always available.

This was the second of such study weeks and we highly recommend them to any who would like the opportunity to dig a little deeper.  This does not just fil our heads with Bible knowledge but draws us nearer to God and understand more about our situation and relationship with him. Thank you to all who were there and made this such a wonderful experience.

The setting of Basenthwaite in the Lake District only added to our appreciation for God our creator as the picture below gives just a glimpse of.

Fellowship Around the Fire

It only took a spark to get the fire going. It was a very enjoyable evening with some nice snacks, a bit of apple bobbing, plenty of goodies and wonderful time of singing around the fire.

Small Group Studies

After all the activities of the summer and people going away at different times we have now been able to restart our Bible Study Groups.                                                                                                                                                                                                       During the week on various evenings homes are open to anyone who would like to join in. In a relaxed setting we take time to praise God and then read His Word. After a time of discussion there is an opportunity to talk further over a cup of tea or coffee.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Contact us via the web site to find the nearest venue to you. Different studies in homes also take place every second Sunday of the month.

 

Great day for the men

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Two wonderful lessons given by John Griffiths and John Mooney set the tone for a great day of fellowship on Saturday 24th. We are so grateful for the things that were brought to our attention. Using Psalm 133 John Griffiths illustrated very well what it is like when God's people are living in unity. John Mooney then continued with advice on how by fulfilling our common purpose we keep the unity and promote togetherness.Singing was lead by Kunle and Paulus for which we are grateful. Wonderful food was prepared and set out by some of the ladies which every one appreciated - at least twice! The discussion groups raised many good points for consideration and practical advice to go away with. It was encouraging to hear news of what was happening from eachplace represented and have an update on the work of the British Bible School. Thank you to all who made it such a great day.

Saturday 24th June, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
EVANGELISM OUTREACH

Should we or shouldn't we?

There is often a debate about what involvement Christians should have with Christmas celebrations. Some reasons given are:

  • There is no specific biblical command to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
  • We cannot be sure of the date.
  • Much of what is done was to cover over pagan celebrations but are still evident.
  • Its become all about commercialism

The only thing we know for sure is that the Son of God was born to live amongst us and give his life for our sin.  God's love demonstrated in this way is something to be thankful for.

Having an outreach meeting at this time of year seems a reasonable thing to do.  Amongst all the commercialism, decorations, overindulging and stress there is a flicker of a thought about a baby being born in Bethlehem.

Why not take the opportunity to let people know what the Bible actually says about the event and how it fits in to the story of God's wonderful love and salvation for us? 

The Gospel According To Santa

What a great opportunity Christmas brings to get your children, the younger ones at least, to do as they are told! You see if you are on the naughty list you will not get the gifts.

We are told in the gospel according to Santa - You'd better watch out. Santa makes a list, checks it twice, he finds out who has been naughty or nice and he is coming to your town. He sees you when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake.

Santa says if you are good you will be rewarded. Santa it seems wants you to earn your presents. Is that the message of Christmas? Will you withhold presents because of bad or unacceptable behaviour? If that were the case our economy would collapse, after all, who really deserves merited gifts.

The message of Santa is the complete opposite of the wonderful saving message of God through Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians that we cannot take credit for our salvation, it is the free gift of God. It is not a reward for the good things we have done so none of us can boast about it.

What are we teaching our children if we are telling them to be good for goodness sake? Many presents are already bought and wrapped (no thanks to me) and even if the children's behaviour falls below par they will still get their gifts, its already done even if they have not done much to deserve it. The gifts are already bought, you cannot pay for what is already been paid for.

The kind of goodness we learn form God is that our place on the nice list doesn't depend on what good we have done. It is the good that Jesus has done that reserves us a place on the nice list. Our response to the gift already given is surely to want to be good, but that doesn't earn what has already been paid for.

Our children need to know that being naughty is not acceptable. We need to understand that without God's help we are all on the naughty list. In the book of Romans we read that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Which message do we really want our children to hear? Is it one that certainly does not apply to us? I for one have done nothing to deserve my salvation from sin.

Our children need to know there is a naughty list but it is not the end of the story. The story begins with God's goodness, a goodness that he imparts to us because we would never be good enough. Thank God for his wonderful gift of Jesus who was born to die on our behalf that we may receive the gift of eternal life no matter how naughty we have been or nice we might be. It is because of God's goodness we can be saved.

Coffee Morning

Our next Coffee Morning at the Fellowship Centre will be Thursday 5th October from 10am - 12 noon. This is open to everyone who is available to attend.

 

Great Inspiration From Scripture

video published by Northampton Church of Christ

 
 

Outreach on Abington Street, Northampton

 
 
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Carols and Readings

Sat 15th Dec.  6pm

Join us for a time of carol singing and Bible readings as we celebrate God's love.  The birth of Jesus in fulfilment of prophecy demonstrated that God decided to send His one and only Son into the world to save us from our sin, at great cost to himself.

We will sing carols together, listen to Bible passages being read as we praise God for His great love. 

We can then reflect on it all as we enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate with mince pies and cakes.

Every one is welcome please join us. 

10.30am 24th Dec

Christmas Eve falls on Sunday 24th December and we will be meeting at our usual time of 10.30am

Instead of having Bible classes after the service, the service will incorporate time for the children.

Join us for a time of praise and worship, Bible readings, communion and a short talk. The children will sing, recite memory verses and those who have been in regular attendance over the past months will receive a little thank you.

"Walking with God"

This is a Study Week during which the British Bible School will be offering the Module: “Walking with God” .

This will be the first event of its kind they have organised and we are very excited about the possibilities it offers.

The event will begin with an evening meal on Monday and conclude on Friday morning. Classes will be held all day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“Personal faith and discipleship are important aspects of our lives. Here students will be encouraged to explore the concept of walking with God, helped to assess their spiritual development and be offered practical help for the journey.”The Study Week will be run along similar lines to our Study Weekends, inasmuch as we plan for an intensive study event, but being a residential event allows much more flexibility and opportunities for learning and spending time with one another.

If couples wish to come along but only one attend the classes, this will be fine. We do ask that all who enrol for the Module attend all the sessions as would be expected on a residential programme.Though this is not a ‘Family’ event and falls within regular school term time, you are welcome to bring along young children, but you will need to entertain them separately during class times as no special provision is being made for them.

The event is open to all who wish to engage themselves in some serious Bible study, and may be of particular interest to those already teaching within their local assemblies.  As for the cost .. it is just £150 per person for the four nights including full board. 

To book please go to: 

http://britishbibleschool.com/upcoming-events/autumn-study-week-2017  

Summer Camp Revue

Due to technical difficulties a photo presentation from our summer camp could not take place at the end of the camp.  Therefore, Sunday 24th Sept at 5pm we will have a presentation of the great time had at Maplewell Hall. All those who attended, parents and friends are invited to the Christian Fellowship Centre. We will sing some of the songs learned, hear about the activities and enjoy a photo presentation. 

 
 
 
 
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PRAYER EVANGELISM

If our congregation here in Northampton is going to see our friends, family, neighbours and work associates won to Christ, we must pay the price in prayer. The Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Only prayer can break the hold of the enemy on people’s lives. Satan and his demons have blinded people’s minds, and they’re unable to see the glorious gospel of Christ.

Paul says in Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

 
     
BE A PRAYER WARRIOR - Luke 21:36