Bulletins

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24th February, 2015

Everybody needs a home and every believer needs a spiritual ‘home’. So it’s been a great privilege to welcome a number of new members into the fellowship during January and February and our prayer is that they will find it to be a warm and loving environment in which they can spiritually thrive. 

We are also thankful that we were able to commission our new Pastoral Care Team this past Sunday morning and we pray that their work of visitation and encouragement will be greatly blessed. 

We are now looking forward to our next ‘Messy Church’ event, on 28th February ~ and, as ever, we would love to see you!

11th February, 2015

So where did Christmas, New Year and the month of January go?! How quickly tempus fugits! Already this year we have had much to thank God for:

Some excellent progress with our work on ‘The George'; a most encouraging ‘Men’s Retreat'; a very good ‘Pulpit Swap Sunday’, which finished with an inspiring ‘United Covenant Renewal Service'; an encouraging start to our new Sunday morning teaching series about ‘Spiritual Gifts'; and a brilliant ‘Start2Finish Quiz Night’, at which we raised over £500 for The George!

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25th December, 2014

It’s Christmas Day, so may we take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very ‘Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year‘. 
 
We would also like to invite you to join us at our ‘Christmas Celebration‘ at 10:30 this morning! 
 
 

3rd November, 2014

We’re excited about running ‘Alpha’ again after a gap of several years. Our youth Alpha course has got off to a great start and we’re looking forward to the adult course starting on Thursday, 13th November. For those who haven’t a clue about what Alpha’s all about, it’s “an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.” If you would like to join us, or would like more details, please call Derek or Sue on 01935 822100. We’d love to see you for what could turn out to be a life-changing experience!

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2nd October, 2014

Here’s a shot from a recent community event at which M.C.F. was well repre-sented. Indeed, ‘community’ is a key word at the moment as we continue to explore ways in which we can more effectively serve the people of Martock.
This past Tuesday evening we held our first ‘Love Martock’ evening, when we heard an excellent presentation from Tracey Smith, who runs the ‘Martock Job Club’ and coordinates the local ‘Our Place’ project. Our prayer is that God will increasingly use us to touch our community with His wonderful love and welcoming grace.

16th August, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the New Wine / Summer Camp / Soul Survivor season has already come and gone, but what blessing there’s been! We thank God for lives that have been touched and 

changed to His glory.

It’s also been a busy time as we have just finished a week of redecoration at our main church building and have still got a little way to go. But the old place is already looking a whole lot better and the roof has also been repaired, so we are hoping that unwelcome leaks will be a thing of the past! 

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28th July, 2014

During the course of an eventful ‘away weekend’ we had the joy of baptising one of our young people, together with her mum. The storm clouds parted, the sun shone, and we were all moved as the two of them shared their story. The weekend also provided some wonder-ful opportunities to play, learn, worship, eat and share together, with a number being touched by God in a new way. 
And now it’s ‘holiday time’, with many of our members heading off for a well-earned break, to enjoy events like New Wine, or to serve at Christian youth camps. Wherever you spend it, have a great summer everyone!

7th July, 2014

Another ‘full house’ yesterday morning as we held our annual Prize-giving Family Service, at which our children and young people were all awarded prizes for their attendance at Kidzone and Lazers during the past year. With a short presentation from the junior puppet team, readings and prayers from the Kidzone children, and music provided by the Youth Band, it was a real celebration of what the Lord is doing with and amongst our younger people. We thank God for them all and for their dedicated teams of leaders and helpers! 
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3rd July, 2014

Such a brilliantly encouraging day last Sunday! The church was well and truly jammed as we baptised Lara and Sara, and the tears flowed freely as we listened to the stories of how they came to put their trust in Christ. What a blessing! And the song we sung as Lara came out of the water just seemed to capture our heart-cry as a church right now:

“We seek Your kingdom first, we hunger and we thirst,

refuse to waste our lives for You’re our joy and prize:
To see the captive hearts released;
the hurt, the sick, the poor at peace;
we lay down our lives for Heaven’s cause.
We are Your church! We pray, Revive this earth.'” Amen!

23rd June, 2014

What a wonderful morning! The sun shone brightly and nearly 200 people of all ages made their way to the Martock School playing field for our United Outdoor Service, 2014! And, more importantly, the Lord was among us as we sang out our worship through hymns and songs; were led in prayer by young and older; enjoyed the school choir’s rendition of ‘My Jesus, my Saviour'; and listened as various contributors highlighted the importance of knowing the reality of Jesus’s presence in our lives. Then, afterwards, many stayed and enjoyed a family picnic, followed by games of rounders and football. BRILLIANT!

And now, this coming Sunday morning, we have the joy of holding a service of baptism ~ which will surely be a time of witness, encouragement, and great rejoicing! Then, in the evening, the visit of a local representative of ‘Christians Against Poverty’, who will be telling us all about the work of this much-needed, (and very effective), national charity.

Once again, if you’ve never paid us a visit, why not drop-in and see for yourselves just a little part of what God is doing in Martock!

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10th June, 2014

We have a number of special events in the pipeline…

On the evening of Tuesday, 17th June, at 7:30, we are looking forward to welcoming Rod & Ruthie Gilbert, whose lives have been spent in mission across Asia. They will be speaking on ‘HOPE’ and may also throw in some ‘spices’ from their book, ‘Marriage Masala’ .

On the morning of Sunday, 22nd June, at 11:00, (if the weather allows), we will be meeting on the Martock School playing field, with the other Martock churches, for a united outdoor service. If you hear the church bells ringing around 10:30 it means that the weather conditions, (or, the forecast), has driven us into the Parish Church instead!

Then, on the evening of Sunday, 29th June, at 7:30, we have a special presentation about the work of ‘Christians Against Poverty.’

Please feel free to join us at any or all of these events. We would be delighted to see you.

17th May, 2014

As I write this latest bulletin the sun is shining and, here in South Somerset, we are enjoying a mini heat wave, with temperatures set to creep into the 20sC! And things may well hot up a little for us as we shortly begin a new teaching series on ‘Spiritual Warfare’, with our good friend, Graham Loader, coming down from Bristol to get us started. But, before then, we have our ‘Missions Sunday’, with special guest, Doug Barnett, from Christchurch. Doug has taught the Bible in many parts of the world and has also done some lengthy prayer walks in parts of the Middle East. At 2:00pm, on the afternoon of the 25th May, he will be speaking to the title: ‘Arab Spring, Christian Winter’. If you would like to hear what Doug has to say about this issue, please feel free to join us. You would be most welcome!

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