Signpost International Community Mike & Sarah For those of you who don’t know me, I (Sarah) am a member of Glendale Church. I no longer live in the Newbury area but Glendale Church partners with me in mission. In July 2017 I got married to […]
Who, Where & Why? Who and where? Street Pastors serve their communities as modern day Good Samaritans and here in Newbury we have been looking after folk in our community since March 2012. This is mainly on Saturday nights (but also on New Years’ Eve), […]
Increase Our Faith
THE APOSTLES SAID TO THE LORD JESUS, 'INCREASE OUR FAITH'.
I have often thought that if only I had more faith things would be different but I have felt uncomfortable asking Jesus to increase my faith as in Romans 12 v 3 we read, 'Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given to you'.
When the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith it was in response to Jesus telling them to forgive their repentant brothers seven times a day - ad infinitum. Jesus then goes on to tell the parable of the 'unworthy servants who have only done their duty'.
Is there a correlation in this parable, between faith and forgiveness? What increases and what diminishes faith?
The unworthy servant who had done everything right and recognised it as his duty had a right attitude.
Php 2 v 5 - 11. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed - not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence - continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
So it would appear that through wrong attitudes we forfeit/relinquish our God-given faith and through right attitudes our faith remains and develops.
The Book of James - just five short chapters - is a helpful aid to see what hinders and what develops faith. One particular hindrance James covers is favouritism - putting our personal likes, dislikes, desires, opinions, agendas before Jesus. Unforgiveness is a product of favouritism as we favour ourselves!
As Christians, the Holy Spirit is the Plumbline, The Counsellor in our lives and Jesus calls us to follow Him - put Him first. In Peter 1 v 2 we read that we are 'chosen for obedience to Jesus Christ'.
Maintaining a Christlike attitude by the help of the Holy Spirit is an encouraging key to faith, its development and increase.
by Erica Campbell
Leadership at Glendale There are three teams which have an oversight function within Glendale Church. Although they are separate teams and oversee different functions within the Church, there is connectivity between them and they are all made up of people with a heart to […]
Palm Sunday found us celebrating as a family with an All Age service. The children laid a path of colourful banners to symbolically welcome Jesus, and they helped to illustrate the sermon with a washing line suggesting the range of opinions in the crowd – […]
From the moment you step into Glendale Church, you will experience its Pastoral Care.
From the Welcome Team at the door, through to fellowship over tea and coffee. Discipleship Groups are at the centre of our Pastoral Ministry where a small group meet to form relationships and journey together in the different seasons of life, each member caring for the other.
The Pastoral Team cares for those who are in Small Groups, as well as those who are not, providing support for any medium or long term need, by Prayer Ministry and with trained Counsellors, networking with outside agencies as and when required.
We encourage Believers into maturity and to discover their Ministry.
Confidentiality is observed at all times, the Team offers one to one, couples and family prayer and Counselling cover.
Over the year we aim to spend time with every member and visitor to the Church.
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Sue Cottle, Liz How and Joan Norris recently created the new Glendale banner. Liz shares…. This time it was Sue Cottle – who usually sticks to flute playing – who was inspired with a design for the motto text banner. She got really excited about the […]
Last month we took 22 young people to the Pioneer Centre. We left on the Friday night with a minibus and 4 cars full of very loud 11-17 year olds! From the moment we arrived there was a brilliant atmosphere, which continued for the whole […]
On Thursday 23rd March we met for an evening of sharing the leadership team’s heart and vision for how the church will develop over the next few years.
First off Andy shared Vision 2020, an outline of our heart to sow, nurture and multiply. It is our heart in the three years leading up to 2020 to reach out into our community and see many people hear about Jesus and make a personal decision to follow Him. Through a new emphasis on reaching out we expect the church to see unprecedented growth over the coming years.
I then took some time to share our newly articulated core values. Under the Glendale banner of “Reach, heal, prepare”, I shared 16 core values which will be the basis upon which we will make decisions and develop projects moving forward. These core values are available on the website: www.glendale-church.com/our- beliefs-core- values
After this, I shared my priorities for this year, which are:
- Strengthen our network of discipleship groups so that they become the pastoral frontline of the church and a priority for everyone, each with a core team.
- Restructure our teams which support the delivery of Sunday services, so these teams operate on a four-weekly cycle.
- Reshape and develop the role of Council so it is the functional hub of church activity.
- Embed Alpha as a core activity of the church to help us to be more outwardly focused.
- Create more opportunities for us to come together as a church to pray and seek God.
- Develop a clear understanding of the training needs across the congregation so that we can be deliberate about identifying and nurturing gifting across the church.
- Increase the ways in which we engage with our community, including seizing opportunities opening up to us in Thatcham.
- Develop a communications team and improve all aspects of communication across the church.
After this, Mark Scarano shared his heart for Kid’s ministry, including the engagement opportunities opening up to us in local schools, the Easter holiday club and the establishment of an after school club later in the year. As well as this, there is a definite priority to continually improve the kid’s provision on Sunday mornings.
Joel shared his excitement about the growth in our youth ministry, and his vision for developing our young people, as well as announcing a re-launch of Friday Club and F2 in September.
Colin then shared about the way the Pastoral Team will take shape this year.
Before having prayer and discussion at the tables, Andy shared about a potential upcoming opportunity to impact the Thatcham community. For more information about this, speak to someone in the Leadership Team.
The evening finished with a great time of worship led by Simon, and it was clear that people went away feeling encouraged and envisioned for the future. If anyone has questions about the evening or to find out more detail about any of the things we talked about, please get in touch with me at email@example.com
What an amazing start to the year it has been in Kids’ Ministry at Glendale. Our collaboration with COINS has helped to make it possible to start outreach work in John Rankin Junior school (starting early March). We also had a fantastic all-age service at […]