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Each Sunday we are on 'Zoom' at 10.30am as a way to keep in touch, read the Bible, pray and take the Lord's Supper together, though in our own homes.

There is a lot of content on the internet for Bible study.  In particular the British Bible School has studies on Zoom live throughout the week.  These are then recorded and made available on their YouTube channel if you cannot join when they are first broadcast.

Our own YouTube channel is currently having more content put on.

Recordings of other congregations Sunday worship lessons are on their Facebook pages. It is well worth having a look round and benefitting from them. 

Room on Zoom for all.

How good it has been to be able to see each other on our Zoom calls.  Each Sunday at 10.30am we meet for prayer, Bible readings and virtually take the Lord's supper together.

Last night, Tuesday we tried a sing along.  We were out of time with each other for the most part but it was so enjoyable it will now be held each Tuesday at 7pm.  Some singing was heard through the laughter, the main thing is we got to see each other again, even our international friends.

Listed on this page are opportunities for Bible Study through the week with the British Bible School.  They are there for you to enjoy if you can.  A fun quiz night is being hosted on Friday evenings also. 

Bible Studies on-line throughout the week

The British Bible School are hosting Bible studies on Zoom.  Details of how to join are on their web site  and social media pages.  Here is a listing of studies. 

Monday, 8.00 pm ~ The Letter from James

Tuesday, 3.00 pm ~ A Study of Job

Tuesday. 7.00 pm - Ecclesiastes

Wednesday, 8.00 pm ~ A Letter to Galatia

Thursday, 8.00 pm ~ Paul’s Letter to Ephesus

Friday, 3.00 pm ~ A Letter to Galatia (rpt)

Friday, 8.00 pm ~ Bible Quiz Time!  

We do not go to church, we are the church.

Let's get together on 'Zoom' this Sunday 29th March.  Efforts are being made for us to be able to join together on Zoom from the comfort of our own homes on Sunday 10.30am or wherever we are.  Details of how to join will be posted.  

Never thought I’d tell people not to come to church.

Stricter restrictions have been placed on any gatherings this therefore includes church gatherings.  This may be for a few weeks yet.   In more and more countries, the people of God are unable to meet, and it is morally and biblically inappropriate to do so. We are called to “love one another”, we do that at present by isolating or socially distancing ourselves to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect each other from it.  This was also a biblical requirement in God’s law, the law given to Moses for the people, if there was a communicable disease.
We are unable to meet and share the Lord’s supper, however, we can still remember Jesus, proclaim his death, thank him for the blood shed on our behalf through the bread and wine wherever we are.
We can do this in our houses.  Jesus was in an upstairs room in a private house when he celebrated the Passover and instituted communion.  Matthew 26:17-19.  The early church did not have buildings, they gathered and broke bread in their homes. Acts 2:46.
The important thing is to remember Jesus, that he died for you and because of that death you are forgiven. This is God’s promise, accomplished by the blood of Jesus.  What if we are unable to get the ‘bread and ‘wine?’ Jesus used unleavened bread; the wine may have been wine.  Most congregations today use crackers which have a raising agent anyway and grape juice. In some areas these things are not available, and the people use what food and drink is readily available.  At this time that may be what we must do.  The point I want to stress here is not about the ‘stuff’ you use but that our God is a merciful God.  We just do what we can with what we have got.  Do not forget what was emphasised in Micah 6:

What can we bring to the LORD?  Should we bring him burnt offerings?  Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves?  Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?  Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?  No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.  (NIV).
Whatever is dedicated to God for God’s special use and purpose or as God’s special possession is ‘holy’. The Lord’s Supper is not‘holy’ because it happens in a church building.  If God is with us, and he is, then wherever His people are is holy.  For God’s people every moment is holy, and everything that is given to his use and his purpose is holy.  If you belong to God, then your house is holy.

So, it is right to isolate ourselves and practise social distancing, it’s biblical.  As much as we miss being with each other to do this, we can and should do this in our own homes at this time.

No Meetings Until Further Notice.

Our Prime Minister has made it very clear that we must all stay in our homes.  Whilst up until now businesses, pubs, restaurants and cafes have been mentioned, he has now specifically mentioned churches.  We must do our bit to save lives and comply with the announcement due to the seriousness of the situation.

Please do pick up the phone, check in on our Facebook page and message each other by whatever means you have at your disposal.  Please add to your prayer time the suggestions for the forty days of prayer which can be seen on this page.  Knowing we are all praying for those things specifically will hopefully be a small way of keeping a community feeling.


What an impact covid-19 is having and will have for quite some time.  All the events we had planned over the next couple of months will not now take place. We look forward to a time when, Lord willing, we can rearrange. So we are postponing our Study Weekends with the British Bible School which were to be in March and April.  We are also postponing our singing workshop and concert with Solus which would have been in May.

Youth Weekend 2020

70 youth and their responsible adults joined us in Northampton on the weekend of 21st - 23rd Feb for our 2020 youth weekend.  15 congregations along with Northampton were represented at the event.  We are grateful to all locals who helped with food, accommodation, cleaning up etc.  A special word of thanks to James Vaughan who pulled it all together as go between of the youth and adult volunteers.  Thanks also to the speakers and activity organisers it was a truly very enjoyable weekend.  A full report will appear in the next Christian Worker magazine.

Ladies Day 2019

A wonderful time was enjoyed by around 100 ladies who gathered in Northampton.  The day was spent singing together, listening to talks, enjoying crafts and eating together.  Talented ladies sang solos which were enjoyed by all.

A big thank you to all who attended, for those who planned the day, introduced songs and talks, gave talks, planned crafts.  So the ladies could enjoy the day willing volunteers from among the men provided the refreshments and food. 

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


Day 40 of Prayer

May 2nd 2020

Reading Mark 12:29-30 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’  The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

Day 39 of Prayer

May 1st 2020

Pray we grow in grace as we grow in knowledge so we remain secure in our salvation.

Reading 2 Peter 3:17-18; So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen. 

Day 38 of Prayer

April 30th 2020

 Pray for greater faith in God
Reading Luke 7:6-10; So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honour. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it. ”When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed. (NLT)

Day 37 of Prayer

April 29th 2020

Pray thanks for our freedom and for those following Christ who are being persecuted for their faith
1 Peter 4:12-19; 12Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13Instead,be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
14Ifyou are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. 15If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16Butit is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! 17Forthe time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? 18And also, “If the righteous are barely saved,
what will happen to godless sinners?” 19So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you. (NLT)  

Day 36 of Prayer

April 28th 2020

 Pray for whoever or whatever is causing you concern at this moment. Let go and let God take care of it.

Reading Matthew 6:25-34; 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (NLT)

Day 35 of Prayer

April 27th 2020

 Pray for sinners living without Christ to find life in Christ. A humble heart to confess our own sins
Reading 1 John 1:8-10; If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. 

Day 34 of Prayer

April 24th 2020

Pray the prayer of Ephesians 3:14-21

Read and pray:  Ephesians 3:14-21 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Day 33 of Prayer

April 23rd 2020

 Pray for those who were faithful but have fallen away from the faith and are now living without Christ to be restored to a loving relationship with Him.

Reading Luke 15:11-24; To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. 

Day 32 of Prayer

April 22nd 2020

Pray for those in government at this difficult time. For everyone to live peaceful lives.

Reading 1 Tim 1-6; I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. (NLT)  

Day 31 of Prayer

April 21st 2020

 Pray to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will as we also read His Word.
Reading Colossians 1:6-10;  This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.  You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you. So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honour and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. 

Day 30 of Prayer

April 20th 2020

Pray that even through these difficult times doors will open for the spread of the good news of Jesus Christ.
Reading Colossians 4:2-6;  Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  (NLT)

Day 29 of Prayer

April 19th 2020

Pray for God's protection, that He will be our refuge.

Reading Psalm 91

Day 28 of Prayer

April 18th 2020

 Pray that we will not worry but trust God to help us be provided with our daily needs.

Reading: Matthew 6:25; “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (NLT)  

Day 27 of Prayer

April 17th 2020

 Pray for all disciples of Christ to be equipped to do God’s will.

Reading Hebrews 13:18-21;Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honourably in everything we do. And especially pray that I will be able to come back to you soon.  Now may the God of peace who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood may he equip you with all you need for doing his will.  May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.  (NLT)

Day 26 of Prayer

April 16th 2020

 Pray that you will not fall into temptation.
Reading Luke 22:39-40; And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.  And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

Day 25 of Prayer

April 15th 2020

 Pray for strength to endure difficult times

Reading: Colossians 2:6-9; Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. (ESV)  

Day 24 of Prayer

April 14th 2020

 Prayer that God will give you a pure heart.
Reading: Psalm 51:10-12;  Create in me a clean heart, O God.  Renew a loyal spirit within me.  Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 

Day 23 of Prayer

April 13th 2020

 Praise God for what he has done for you and others.
Reading Psalm 9:1; I will praise you, LORD, With all my heart; I will tell of all the marvellous things you have done.  I will be filled with joy because of you.  I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. (ESV)

Day 22 of Prayer

April 12th 2020

Pray giving thanks to God for His love demonstrated on the cross at Calvary.

Reading Psalm 52:8; The righteous will see it and be amazed.  They will laugh and say, “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God.  They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”  But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.  I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.


Day 21 of Prayer

April 11th 2020

Prayer that the church will be strengthened locally and worldwide.

Reading Psalm 16:1-8:  Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”  As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.  The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.  The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.  I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (ESV)

Day 20 of Prayer

April 10th 2020

Pray that we will not sin in view of what Christ did for us a Calvary to have our sins forgiven.

 Reading Psalm 101:1-4:  I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless.  Oh when will you come to me?  I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.  I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.  A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil. 

Day 19 of Prayer

April 9th 2020

 A prayer of gratitude for all God has done for you.

Reading Psalm 9:1: I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.  I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. (ESV)

Day 18 of Prayer

April 8th 2020

It is too easy to keep our minds on what is wrong.  So pray and give thanks to God today for things that make you happy and bring you joy.

Reading Psalm 68:1-4;  Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies.  Let those who hate God run for their lives.  Blow them away like smoke.  Melt them like wax in a fire.  Let the wicked perish in the presence of God.  But let the godly rejoice.  Let them be glad in God’s presence.  Let them be filled with joy.  Sing praises to God and to his name!  Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.  His name is the LORD—rejoice in his presence!

Day 17 of Prayer

April 7th 2020

Pray giving thanks for God's Word the Bible preserved through the ages for our benefit.

Reading Psalm 119:105:  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (ESV)  

Day 16 of Prayer

April 6th 2020

Pray giving thanks for God’s creation

Reading Psalm 19:1:  The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (ESV)

Day 15 of Prayer

April 5th 2020

Pray and acknowledge God’s holiness. 

 Reading: Psalm 29:1-2:  Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.  Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of holiness. (ESV)

Day 14 of Prayer

April 4th 2020

 Prayer: Calm our fears fill us with joy, hope and peace as we trust in you God.

Reading: Psalm 115:3-11:  Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.  They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.  They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.  They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.  O Israel, trust in the Lord!  He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!  He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!  He is their help and their shield. (ESV)

Day 13 of Prayer

April 3rd  2020

Prayer of thanks for God’s goodness

Reading: Psalm 145:4-7:  One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.  On the glorious splendour of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.  They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.  

Day 12 of Prayer

April 2nd 2020

Prayers of thanks for God's faithfulness. 

Reading Psalm 100:  Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!  Come into his presence with singing!  Know that the Lord, he is God!  It is he who made us, and we are his;  we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!  Give thanks to him; bless his name!  For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (ESV)

Day 11 of Prayer

April 1st 2020

 That people will not reject God but turn to Him for salvation.

Reading: Psalm 14: The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.  They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.  Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the Lord?  There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous.  You would shame the plans of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge.  Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Day 10 of Prayer

March 31st 2020

 Pray for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one during this time of lock down.  Difficult to face at any time but especially so due to the current circumstances.
Reading: Psalm 36:5-9; Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.  You care for people and animals alike, O LORD.  How precious is your unfailing love, O God!  All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.  You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights.  For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.

Day 9 of Prayer

March 30th 2020

 We ask that a remedy for those who are sick will be found and those who are not can be protected.  Also a prayer for those with other health issues that they will also receive treatment they need.

Reading: Psalm 61: Hear my cry, O God, listento my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.  Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.  Let me dwell in your tent forever!  Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! (ESV)

Day 8 of Prayer

March 29th 2020

On this Lord's day let us give thanks to the Lord for having our sins forgiven through his sacrifice at Calvary.

 Reading: Psalm 51:7-11  Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.  Don’t keep looking at my sins.  Remove the stain of my guilt.  Create in me a clean heart, O God.  Renew a loyal spirit within me.  Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. 

Day 7 of Prayer

March 28th 2020

Let us pray that even though times are challenging God will be glorified.

Reading: Psalm 34:1-3  I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.  I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.  (NIV)  (Please read the whole Psalm)  

Day 6 of Prayer

March 27th 2020

Give those who govern us extra wisdom to deal with the pandemic and economic uncertainty.

Reading: Psalm 148:5-14:  Let them praise the name of the Lord!  For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.  Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!  Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!  Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!  Young men and maidens together, old men and children!  Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.  He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him.  Praise the Lord! (ESV)

Day 5 of Prayer

March 26th 2020

Please pray for job security for those directly affected at this present time.  That whilst not able to work their needs can be met and after this they will still have jobs.

Reading Psalm 73:23-28 ;  Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing one arth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.  But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. (ESV)

Day 4 of Prayer

March 25th 2020

Those of our number amongst the youth whose exams have been cancelled.  That they will receive fair assessments for their future education.  All students generally who are faced with the disruption to their education.

Reading Psalm 71:17-21; O God, from my youth you have taught me, andI still proclaim your wondrous deeds.  Soeven to old age and gray hairs, OGod, do not forsake me, untilI proclaim your might to another generation, yourpower to all those to come.  Yourrighteousness, O God, reaches the highheavens.  Youwho have done great things, OGod, who is like you?  Youwho have made me see many troubles and calamities willrevive me again; from the depths ofthe earth you will bring me up again.  Youwill increase my greatness andcomfort me again. (ESV) 

Day 3 of Prayer

March 24th 2020

Our school age youth whose education has been disrupted. 

 Reading Psalm 78:5-8;  He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;  (NEV)

Day 2 of Prayer

March 23rd 2020

 Pray for the older and vulnerable known to us specifically and in society generally to be kept safe from the virus.

Reading Psalm 25:1-10;  To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.  O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.  Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways,  O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.  Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.  Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!  Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.  All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. (ESV)  

Day 1 of Prayer

March 22nd 2020

Prayer for nurses of our congregation working on the front line, namely Tutu, Modupe, Bola, Becky, Lynn, Alice.

Reading: Psalm 23; The Lord is my shepherd; I shallnot want.  Hemakes me lie down in green pastures.  Heleads me beside still waters.  Herestores my soul.  Heleads me in paths of righteousness  for hisname’s sake.  Eventhough I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,  I willfear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, theycomfort me.  Youprepare a table before me in the presence of myenemies; you anoint my head with oil;
mycup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all thedays of my life,
andI shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Still Available

Whilst we are faced with a situation that calls for us to stay away from each other we still want to reach out and share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps we cannot meet face to face but we can be in touch on-line or over the phone.  If you happen to be reading this and are at a loose end.  If you are having to stay home, have done all the chores and caught up with those jobs you needed to.  We will be happy to share Bible studies or chat about our faith via the internet.  Please do get in touch if this would be a good time for you to get into God's Word.

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

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In lots of ways help might be needed in these difficult times. Here is some advice and numbers if there are challenges at home.

Some light-hearted, educational, entertainment! This really is for everyone – nothing too testing (promise!). You might want to have a pen and paper handy – plus a box of choccies to award yourself if you happen to win. We’d love to present these personally, but under the present circumstances … 

A twelve week series reading through what some consider to be the most beautiful text ever written. Paul’s writings in this letter take us beyond this realm and into the heavenly places. If ever there was a time to be ‘taken away’ from this world – it’s now! Presenter: Patrick Boyns 

A twelve week series examining Paul’s letter to the Galatians and its central theme of justification by faith. Defending this teaching, in both its theological and practical ramifications, he also defends his position as an apostle in light of those who sought to discredit his character as a means to lead others astray.                                                Presenter: Jack Paton 

A twelve week series exploring the book of Ecclesiastes in which we find Solomon at the end of his life, searching for a meaning to his existence. After declaring everything futile and worthless, he examines all there is in life to discover a meaning in living. After trying everything life had to offer, he arrives at the real purpose of our existence. This is a search that many can relate to as we examine the priorities in our lives.                                Presenter: Jon Galloway 

Over twelve weeks through Job we will deal with the central problem of life: suffering.  A good, righteous man loses everything. Why should he suffer?  Why isn’t evil punished? What is God doing? Answers everyone who’s experienced pain or loss wants to know.  Job’s own heart is examined, his friends offer useless advice and  the book reaches its climax by challenging God himself. Presenter: Mark Hill 

A twelve week series working our way through this essential letter from the first century. At times rather shocking, this letter is as relevant today as when first penned. Almost certainly written by one with a most intimate knowledge of Jesus, at a time when faith was in danger of becoming little more than a fashionable pastime, this letter has much to say about the reality of faith and the true nature of what we know as ‘religion’. Presenter: Patrick Boyns 

A Call To Forty Days Of Prayer

The number forty has significance in scripture.  Jonah told the Ninevites they had forty days to repent.  Forty days was the period of  time Jesus, Moses, and Elijah fasted from eating any food. It is considered  time of dedication.
In view of all the advice given to help during these troubling times the best advice must be to pray.  As a family of God if we dedicate ourselves to specific prayer over the next forty days there is no doubt in my mind that the peace that passes understanding will be ours.
We have an opportunity to connect to God through Jesus Christ.  We have an opportunity whilst we cannot physically be with each other to connect with each other in a time of prayer and experience fellowship with each other in that way.
To engage in this for the next forty days can change our life – it will certainly improve my own prayer life which sometimes becomes sporadic.
So do with this what you will but if we all pray about the topic for the day knowing that at some time others will be praying for the same thing it will be a comfort for each other at this time.
This is an extraordinary season for the world and for us.  During these 40 days, we are asking the Northampton church family to dedicate this prayer time to the Lord and to seek His purpose through the events taking place.
Some suggestions how to do this;
1. Either find a time and place where you can pray in peace, pray together as a family or meet on-line to pray with others.
2. Be reflective about the scripture and what God may be saying to you.
4. As we all pray together on the same theme, God will continue to unite our congregation.

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:  

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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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."