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Welcome to Derriford Church Blog

Editorial

As your newest Elder, ordinated to serve last month, I want to thank you all for your prayers, love and encouragement as I take up my new role. I had not considered myself for the role of Elder, until Stuart telephoned me to advise that the Elders were being led to invite me to think about this. I had however been praying for some time for God to guide me in His work; so the call to consider being an Elder was a timely answer to my prayers! The words of support, prayer and love, I have since received from so many of the church, have been a great encouragement to me – Thank you It is so important that as a church we continually encourage and support each other in our faith, ministry and work for God. There are so many other distractions, critics and barriers to the work and lives we try and live for God – that our church family should be there to guide, support and encourage each one of us. We all need to be encouraged – to step out in faith, to continue on God’s path and to stay strong in His love.
We have a great mission of work to do here at Derri- ford. We all have an important part to play in God’s work. So I would urge us all to keep praying for each other, showing God’s love to each other each other and encourage each other in all we do. As St Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonia “…therefore en- courage one another and build each other up, just as I fact you are doing”. (1 Thess 5:11)

– Karren Grimshaw

Article – Giving thanks – Ray Gerry

In my NIV Bible I note that the heading for Psalm 100 is ‘A psalm. For giving thanks’.

This reminds me of a man called Matthew Henry who was once a Puritan Bible Commentator.

Matthew kept a diary, and one entry said this:-

“On the occasion of being robbed, I am thankful to God that:-

1. I have not been robbed before.

2. I was robbed, and not killed.

3. I was robbed, and not someone else.”

Matthew Henry was, apparently, a man who was well known

For always giving thanks in all circumstances, and that’s why

People called him ‘Thankful Henry’.

My response to that?  I’m busy trying to make a list of all the

Things for which I should be thankful to God —

AND IT’S GETTING RATHER LONG!!

– Ray Gerry

Article – A brief thought on faith – Ray Gerry

God, I believe, is always wanting us to move out in faith. It doesn’t really matter how long we’ve been Christians, or how old or how young we may be .And providing we don’t think about it too much, that is providing we don’t analyse it in our minds and worry about what will happen if we fail or what people might think of us, then God will always bless a faith exploit — ALWAYS!!!

Why

A Pastor asked the question “Why has our son been born blind?”

The wife of a man I once knew died when she only 50 years of age. The man said “Why did she have to die so young?”

When I myself was diagnosed with cancer some seven years ago, I clearly remember thinking “Why have I got this?”

Thousands of people have asked “Why?–and why doesn’t God act in a particular situation?”

Now, the first thing to say is that asking such questions is not a sign of doubt or weakness, but a sign of honesty in our thinking.

But we do need to ask “Do such questions ever get answered?” The answer is ‘Yes’, and here we come to the three D’s, because the  answer may come DIRECT to us, or come DELAYED to us, or it might come DISCOVERED by us through a greater study of God’s word.

What we need to understand is that God may choose, in His divine sovereignty, not to reveal His full purposes for us at the time.

The future is in His hands, and we just have to trust Him– for, as I have discovered, there really is no other way!!

– Ray Gerry.

Article – Some brief thoughts on holiness – Ray Gerry

It might surprise some, but the characteristic of God that is entioned much more in the Bible than any other characteristic is HOLINESS.

God, in fact, is HOLY.  That is, He’s pure, blameless, clean, and excellent, and therefore worthy of all praise and honour and glory.

HOLINESS actually means ‘otherness’, implying thay there is a way of living which is ‘other’ than that of the world. Now God, of course, wants us to live holy lives because, as HIS children,

We are part of HIS family and, as such, we really do need to demonstrate the family characteristics.

However, it may be that many of us find it difficult to live holy lives. Fortunately for us the New Testament tells us, several times and quite clearly,

That the three persons of the Godhead are all involved in our SANCTIFICATION– the real meaning of which (from the Greek word ‘Hagiazo’) is ‘to make holy’. That’s good news, isn’t it?–because it proves that we have not been left alone

In our quest to live holy lives. Hallelujah!!!

– Ray Gerry

Editorial

Dear Friends,
Having recently returned from some excellent worship and challenging teaching at New Wine, it is easy to come back and say “it was good but we could never do that at Derriford Church!” In some ways that is true. We cannot experience worship with 6000 others, we don’t have theatrical lighting or full-time worship leaders or song writers. However we do have a relationship with the same God that each and every one of those 6000 people has. We can experience the outpouring and empowering of the Holy Spirit in the same way. We can praise and worship God for all his goodness and mercy to us and the focus of our worship and lives should always be the same Jesus who was worshipped and adored in that big tent. Our passion and commitment to Jesus and our experience of the Holy Spirit’s power can and should be the same whether we are 6000 or 60. What we need to have is an expectation in our hearts that God is on the move and will be doing something with us, in us and through us.
With love in Jesus

– Stuart Nixon

Editorial

THE RAT RACE The ‘A’ level results will soon be published, scholarships will then be allocated and,for many,the gates will be opened onto the wide road leading to a particular kind of social success which might best be described as a WASTE and a HORROR! I am, of course, referring to the ‘rat-race’ in which the more important signs of success–as valued by society! –are COMPETITION and VANITY, together with LUXURY and POWER. Now all these signs are painfully evident where there is an effort to ‘get on’,a struggle to prove to be better than others, and a striving to get the best job. It’s where soft drinks are substituted by wines and spirits, old bikes by gleaming new motor cars, semi-detached homes by grandeur mansions, and loving wives by expensive mistresses; where industrialists directors grasp for larger profits whilst workers unions naturally demand a bigger slice of the cake; and where politicians, TV advertisers, drug and sex pedlars, and rebels of every sort, exert a frightening force on our minds. The sad thing, strange though it may appear, is that even Christians often seem anxious to win this race. It seems little wonder therefore that Jesus warned us with these words: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”(Luke 12:15 NIV), and the Psalmist declared “Though wealth breeds wealth,set not your heart on it ( Psalm 62:10 NEB). If no other time is right,surely now must be the time for us to be literally pleading with God for all those who are about to seek PROSPERITY in everything except their SOULS!!

– Ray Gerry

Editorial

MADE TO LEISURE.The holiday season is with us once again. Soon automobiles will clog the roads, the vans of commercialism will invade every beauty spot, shops will provide a conglomeration of recreational merchandise,and the children will clamour for both amusement services and the ridiculously ever-increasing range of confectionary goods. Paradoxical though it may be, leisure has in fact become an industry.Leisure is, however,essential since constant activity goes against our created nature and surely is not at all edifying to practise. Those Christians,therefore, who seem to be somewhat uneasy about leisure time need to adopt a more healthy attitude towards it, and I would venture to suggest that there should be three mainingredients.
CONTEMPLATION is the first one,for it is in contemplation that the mind is never blank, the usual and the unusual are perceived,the magnificence ang gracefulness of God’s creation is meditated and the Christian’s relationship to it is pondered.
The second one is CONSIDERATION. For surely it is intolerable for a Christian to churn out a stock of answers, and a repertoire of actions, just because the pace of life demands instantaneous replies and instinctive reactions. The renewed mind of a Christian should be stretched beyond the narrow boundaries of daily concerns,and this requires,in particular,giving thoughtful consideration to quality-type reading material and serious conversation of current affairs.
Finally, there is CREATIVITY for it is in the act of creation, using whatever bestowed talent,that joy is to be found. It reasonably follows, therefore,that a less-exhausted state should be experienced at the end of a period of true creativity than at the beginning of that period.. This,anyway,is surely the very essence of the message in the old cliche, “A change is as good as a rest,”

– Ray Gerry

Editorial

I have recently been on the URC Church Growth Conference entitled “Any Church can Grow…” It was much better than I had been expecting! Very often URC events are tinged with talk of falling numbers, lack of money and unwillingness to change. However, at this conference there was a real breathe of the Spirit flowing and people were talking in terms of vision, discipleship, growth, change, hope and confidence. The stories that were shared were those of churches that saw the decline, not as a fatal problem, but as a challenge to be turned around. It is true that this will take hard work, much prayer, and a willingness to be church in a very different world from that of even 20 years ago. That said, when we hear what the Spirit is saying and get involved, putting aside our desires for how church should be, and following His, anything is possible and nothing is impossible!
With love in Jesus

– Stuart Nixon

Pilots end of term

Hi everyone,

The last few weeks of the summer term are always exciting ones for Pilots. We have just returned from a successful camp, and everyone enjoyed themselves.  If you have any feedback for us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We would love to invite all of you to our youth and children’s work service at Derriford Church this Sunday (14th July at 10.30am)  we will be celebrating the work of Pilots and the other children and young people’s groups.  The Pilots particularly have been preparing for this service while at camp, and the Kabin Kidz will be doing some preparations on Tuesday.  During the service we will be awarding the Pilots and Kabin Kidz end of term certificates and awards.  This service will be followed by a picnic on the green opposite the church, and you are welcome to bring a picnic and join us for lunch.

This Tuesday (9th July), the Pilots group at 6.15pm would love to wash your car for you.  We will be car washing for most of the session, so if you would like your car washed pleased bring it to the car park and for a small donation to Water Aid (our charity this term) we will wash your car.  (Please send your Pilots with a change of clothes in case of wetness, which I think may be quite likely!!!)

Next Tuesday (16th July) is our end of term celebration at Plym Bridge.  We will be meeting at the wooden bridge (slightly further down than the stone bridge) from 4 – 8pm.  You may join us at any time through the afternoon / evening, and can stay for as short or long a time as you wish.  Please could parents of Kabin Kidz and Deckhands stay with their children.  Older Pilots (age 7+) may be dropped off and collected later.  (Unfortunately we cannot offer any lifts down to Plym bridge, so please arrange your own transport.  During our time here we will play games, (some involving water), and share a BBQ – this is free for all Kabin Kidz and Pilots, but we ask for a contribution of £2 for any accompanying adults, parents or non-Pilots children over 5.

During the summer holidays, Messy Church will be holding a Messy Picnic, I will email with further details about this later on.

Hope to see you at as many events as you can make it, thanks for all your support through the year and have a lovely summer.

Helen and the Pilots team.

Editorial

What is your extra mile? In his book “Sit Walk Stand” Watchman Nee tells the  story of a Christian farmer who, each evening went out and pumped water from the irrigation stream beside his rice field to water his crop. His non-Christian neighbour went out each evening afterwards and breached the wall between his field and the Christian’s so that the water drained into his own, lower, field. The Christian farmer asked his Christian brothers and sisters what he should do about it and although they came to no conclusions one of them mentioned that a Christian should probably do more to sort the situation. So for the next few nights, the Christian farmer pumped water for his neighbour’s field before his own. Such an act of love soon brought the neighbour to Jesus. What act of grace or mercy can you do this week, that shows the love of Jesus for your “neighbour”?

– Lynne James

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