Members’ Meeting Blog On Tuesday 16th October Glendale members met to worship and get updated on what’s happened and what’s coming up in the life of the church. It was a really positive evening with lots of exciting initiatives talked about. It was also great […]
The Gelsthorpe Family OMF We are Mark, Sarah, Grace (12), Isaac (10) and Caleb (7) Gelsthorpe. We are originally from the UK but moved to Japan in 2014 to train and work as church-planters with OMF (https://omf.org/asia/japan/). We spent two years in Sapporo learning Japanese […]
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 Mike.
Mike and I really appreciate your partnership. I hope as you read on you will be encouraged by what God is doing through us as we partner in His work.
I love the Glendale banner with the words ’You will be my witnesses’ Acts 1:8 (motto text for 2017). It’s a great reminder to us all that we’re called to be His witnesses wherever we are.
Mike and I are members of a Mission Organisation called World Horizons, which focuses on seeing God’s Kingdom come in unreached places – places which have no church. In many of these places, people have never heard of Jesus. The organisation is primarily a sending organisation, sending Christians out to unreached places. However, as people from many nations are now coming here, World Horizons is also establishing teams in the UK.
(If you would like to find out more about World Horizons please take a look at our website: http://worldhorizons.co.uk/)
Mike leads the World Horizons team in Swansea, which I am a part of. Currently our team is very small but as we offer God the little we have, we can see He is using us. People from many nations come to Swansea for many different reasons - to study, to find work, to practice English or as refugees. We welcome them into the Signpost International Community, inviting them to an event once a week where they can come together to practice English conversation, meet new people and have fun together. We also offer to meet up with them during the week and try to help them in practical ways such as linking them up with other organisations or churches in the city which provide English classes, toddler groups etc. This often means physically going with them the first time so that they can find their way and navigate the bus system!
People come from many different countries including China, Hong Kong, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Gran Canaria, Morocco, Colombia, Mexico, Senegal, Eritrea, Sudan, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. We often have discussions with them about faith and we run a weekly Bible study for those who want to explore Christianity further. Many have never heard the gospel before.
People come from many countries
Currently six of our international friends are coming to the Bible Studies, including two ladies from China and a girl of North African descent. It has been amazing to see how God has been working in their lives. When we first met them they said they didn’t have time to study the Bible as they had to concentrate on their university studies. Now they all come to the Bible study each week and are eager to learn what the Bible says. They all now know the gospel, they know Santa isn’t in the Bible and they know how to continue to study the Bible when they return home – Bible apps on phones are amazing! They went from not having the time, to being interested from a cultural perspective, to now being interested for themselves. They haven’t made a commitment to follow Jesus yet but they have come a long way!
The lady of North African descent was particularly encouraged a couple of weeks ago as we had a Muslim background North African believer visiting us. Our friend now knows that if she decides to become a Christian she is not alone – other North African Muslims have done the same, and she has met one! Please join with us in praying for these precious ladies.
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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 serve the Church and see God’s Kingdom extended in Newbury and the surrounding area.
There is a team of Trustees, which oversees governance and legal issues; the Leadership Team which is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the Church; and Council, which provides operational oversight of Church activities.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing these teams and the fuctions each team member has responsibility for. This week, we’ll be looking at the Leadership Team.
The Leadership team is made up of those carrying the office of Eldership and other leaders. It is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the Church.
Andy How: Lead Elder and Teaching
As Lead Elder, Andy takes overall responsibility for the Church and oversees the leadership team. As such he spearheads the vision and direction of the Church with Ste Bate. He also has responsibility for teaching in the Church, and line managing the Leadership Coordinator. Andy is also a Trustee, so is the main link between the Leadership Team and the Trustees.
Ste Bate: Leadership Coordinator
As full time Leadership Coordinator, Ste spearheads vision and direction with Andy, and oversees the day to day running of the Church. Ste has specific responsibility for Life groups, mission, outreach and worship, and also has oversight of the function of Council.
Micah McAuliffe: Pastoral Care
Micah provides pastoral and leadership support within the Church.
Mark Dunnett: Membership
Mark oversees membership matters in the Church and takes an overview in supporting the smooth running of leadership team activities. He chairs Church Members’ meetings and keeps the membership listing up to date.
Joni McAuliffe: Projects
Joni leads special projects and events within the Church.
Rachael Joyce: Prophetic Ministry and Young People
Rachael oversees children and youth ministry, and heads up prophetic ministry in the Church.
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 […]
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 idea of us all taking Jesus into the different places we go each week. She found silhouettes of a variety of characters and did lots of printing. Joan and I loved her ideas and caught the vision. We did sewing and careful cutting. It took about three days together and HUGE amounts of laughter - to complete. Joan and I had to rein in Sue's enthusiasm for too much detail, and also her desire to have a dog in every setting!
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 weekend. […]