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Welcome to Derriford Church Blog

This week at Derriford Church

Monday:

7pm Prayer Meeting In church February4

Tuesday:

2pm Men’s Prayer Group. All men are invited!
4.15 pm Messy Church followed by Pilots

Wednesday:

7.30 pm Housegroup ( Leatfield Drive Housegroup) Contact Sue Vickery for details
7.45 pm Housegroup at Powisland Drive. Contact Ray Gerry for details.
7.45 pm Housegroup: Borrowdale Drive The Sam Experience.

Thursday:

9:30-11:30 Toddlers
2 pm Housegroup Contact Mary Pring
4:30 pm Cookery club See Helen Rothwell
The Hobos House group this week it’s a mystery (see Lucy Parker)

This week at Derriford Church

Monday:

7pm Prayer Meeting In church

Tuesday:

2pm Men’s Prayer Group. All men are invited!
Pilots

Wednesday:

Housegroup
7.30pm ( Leatfield Drive Housegroup) Contact Sue Vickery for details
7.45 pm Housegroup at Powisland Drive. Contact Ray Gerry for details.
7.45 pm Housegroup: Borrowdale Drive The Sam Experience.

Thursday:

9:30-11:30 Toddlers
2 pm Housegroup Contact Mary Pring
4:30 pm Cookery club See Helen Rothwell
The Hobos House group this week it’s a mystery (see Lucy Parker)

Sunday:

Church Meeting – The next will be on Sunday 19th Jan after worship. If you have anything for the agenda please contact Phil by no later than Thursday 9th Jan.

Nixon’s Farewell Letter

Dear Friends,
This is our opportunity to say thank you for the wonderful send-off last weekend. It was lovely to see so many people and to praise God for everything he has accomplished here through Derriford Church. We would like to thank you for your kind gifts and cards, both from the church as a whole and from individuals. My lovely locomotive picture will take pride of place in our new manse (when we eventually get there!)
It would be true to say that moving on is also tinged with sadness as this has been our home and the church has been our family for the past 8 years. We have lived through some highs and low together and shared some amazing moves of God. It’s not always been easy, but I’m sure many of you will agree it has been a time of growth. Some people speak poorly of Plymouth, but we have found it to be a great place to bring up a family and have really enjoyed the opportunities that the city and surrounding areas have given.
As I said in my sermon on Sunday, a ministerial vacancy is not something to be scared of. It is a good time to take stock and re-focus. It is also an excellent time to try out new gifts and experience new things. Despite what some may say, churches do grow during times of vacancy and I know this is something that Derriford can do.
Please pray for us in our new challenges in Salford as we will be praying for you in yours.
Goodbye and God Bless.

With love in Jesus
Stuart, Helen, Jonathan, Chris, Charis & Naomi

Editorial

Paul reminds us in Colossians 3:15 to always be thankful and this is indeed true for us here at Derriford.
We have had a busy Christmas period with many exciting and vibrant services of all kinds to reflect on. Lunch Club catered for 60 elderly people who enjoyed a three course meal interspersed with carols and readings led by Stuart, followed by Snow White in all “her” glory. Messy Church on Christmas Eve was busy with 50 young people engaged in various different types of craft followed by a Christingle service and a party. The more traditional services with carols at Tamar House, Carols by Candlelight, Midnight Communion and a family service on Christmas Day itself were well supported. Through all of these, we were able to share the love, joy and peace that God brings through the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. Christmas Day also involved a meal together when 19 people came; this demonstrated our desire to care for each other. Overall this was a wonderful time to share the Good News of Christmas with everyone.
Furthermore, last week, over 130 people supported Stuart when he led worship for the last time before the whole family moves up to Salford. This emphasised the depth of work that he and Helen have brought to this community. A prepared lunch for 92 followed and everyone had an opportunity to express their thanks for 8 years of spiritual growth.
All of this would not have been possible without the work of the Holy Spirit and to those people dedicated to sharing their time and energy for all of these events to take place. A very big THANK YOU! I pray that this continues with God at the centre of all that we do. As He continues to guide us, may remain attentive and obedient to His will.
It is right for us to celebrate and all of these activities are testament to the commitment of God’s people in this church. We should celebrate and be thankful for the vision of bringing such people to Christ.

– Phil Brewer

This week at Derriford Church

Monday 7pm Prayer Meeting In church
Tuesday 2pm Men’s Prayer Group. All men are invited!
4.15 pm Kabin Kids followed by Pilots Deckhands 5:30-6:45
Adventures 6:15-7:30
Voyagers and Navigators 7:30- 8:45
Wednesday Housegroup 7.30pm ( Leatfield Drive Housegroup) Contact Sue Vickery for details
7.45 pm Housegroup at Powisland Drive. Contact Ray Gerry for details.
Wednesday 7.45 pm Housegroup: Borrowdale Drive The Sam Experience.
Thursday 9:30-11:30 Toddlers
2 pm Housegroup Contact Mary Pring
4:30 pm Cookery club See Helen Rothwell
The Hobos House group this week it’s a mystery (see Lucy Parker)
Church Meeting – The next will be on Sunday 19th Jan after worship. If you have anything for the
agenda please contact Phil by no later than Thurs- day 9th Jan

Got Dancing Talent? Come and Teach us!

Looking for talented dancer’s who can teach Pilots a style of dancing for 30 minutes on a tuesday evening for a one off special. This is for them to see talents in a different range of dances.

We have three slots available:

  • 25/02/2014 for 6:45 till 7:15
  • 18/03/2014 for 6:45 till 7:15
  • 01/04/2014 for 6:45 till 7:15

Please contact us through our email: pilots@derrifordchurch.co.uk

Editorial

….AND FORGIVE US OUR CHRISTMASES

The Autumn sales had ended. There followed an appearance of greeting cards in the shops, imitation holly and cotton-wool snow in the centrally heated departmental stores, plastic robins on the check-out registers of the supermarkets, and double – page adverts for wines, spirits, jewellery, toys,TV’s, and so on, in the colour supplements of the Sunday newspapers. The people began to prepare for the coming feast. Thinking, for their lunch, of chickens, turkeys, geese, joints of meat, boiled and roast potatoes, peas, sprouts, gravy and sauce, with pudding and custard, plus mince-pies and cream to follow. Thinking, for their tea, of salads, with sausage rolls and slices of cold meat and pickles, fancy pastries, tinned or fresh fruit topped with condensed milk,and followed by a wedge of iced cake. Thinking, for the evening, of sweets and chocolates, nuts, fruit in the dried or candied form, and in particular the variety of spirits, wines, beers, and sugar-filled soft drinks. And the shop owners, realising that there was much money in the pockets of the people at this time, put up the prices of their goods. But the people were not to be deterred from buying presents for relatives they did not really love, for friends they did not particularly like, and for colleagues they simply loathed. So they crowded the counters, snatching cards from each other, and pushing each other in their attempts to grasp for the goods — and nearly all the time the little children cried. As the day itself approached, the voices of the seasonal singers were drowned by both the noise of the traffic and the shouts from the fairgrounds; and the sermons of thousands of ministers echoed in many poorly attended churches. Now it came to pass that a certain woman, heavy with child, had wandered far, seeking both a place to lay and a people to welcome her delivery. But no rooms were available and, in any case,the people were not looking for any birth for they were glued to their colour tellies watching the ‘soaps’. And, as they poured themselves another drink, lit another cigar, cut another slice of cold meat, undid yet one more button, and wished each other the compliments of the season, a few did in fact wonder where the faint cries of a newly-born hungry child were coming from..

– Ray Gerry

Editorial

We are asked in two secular songs, one by Irving Berlin and a second more recently by Ellie Goulding, ‘How much do I love you?’ In them, they try to answer by comparing it to the depth of the ocean, the height of the sky or as long as stars are above you. How does this compare with God’s love for us? Paul in his letter to the Romans is absolutely certain: ‘And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries for tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord’. (Romans 8:38-39). What a promise this is! Remember this, as we settle down to enjoy this Christmastime and rejoice together in the birth of our Saviour. Each of us can receive the greatest gift of all – God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ! All we have to do is to ask. Then, in the words of the carol; “And our eyes at last shall see Him, Through His own redeeming love”.

– Phil Brewer

Article – REVELATION FROM GOD – Ray Gerry

REVELATION FROM GOD

In Luke 1 we see that an angel is sent by God to speak to a virgin called Mary. What is clear from this is that we have a speaking God — and, when He is speaking to Mary, He’s actually speaking words of prophecy, i.e. things that would come true! God, of course, is still speaking ‘words’ today –to us, His people, but we need to be in a place where we can receive those ‘words’ in a very fresh, new, and living way. And it’s not so much that we should go and give those words of revelation to others, but that OUR ways of living may be changed for the better. Now the place we need to be in, so that we can receive ‘words’ from God, is a place of SPIRITUAL VIRGINITY, a place of HUMILITY, and a place of SUBMISSION and OBEDIENCE to God. Mary must have been in that place.! Why else would she have been told that she was ‘highly favoured’? I must confess that I long to be in that place where I am so ‘highly favoured’ by God that He comes and speaks to me about a special assignment that He wishes me to carry out. What about you — is that your longing as well?

– Ray Gerry

Article – BEING REALISTIC – Ray Gerry

BEING REALISTIC
It’s good to be passionate about God, but we need to be realistic about life. Not every day will be filled with ‘ unbroken sunshine’.–because, as we all know, the life of faith has its downs’ as well as its ups’. Nevertheless we need to believe that, even in the most difficult of circumstances and when everything seems to be going wrong, God HIMSELF will sustain us, which means that we will not only enjoy HIS presence, but we will also know HIS protection upon our lives—providing, of course, we are living in HIS will.!! That, surely, is one of the privileges of being a Christian.

– Ray Gerry

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