7th July, 2014
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:
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!
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!
28 April 2014
The Easter weekend was such a great blessing, with the building full to overflowing as we celebrated Christ’s great victory over death and the grave! But this past weekend was most encouraging, too! So good to see such a good number of families at Messy Church and then another full church on the Sunday morning for the visit of the ever-challenging David Herring.
This photo was taken on my way home from Tavistock, where I was speaking that morning and I post it here because I truly believe we are living under God’s favour at this time. Indeed, as I spoke with a ministerial colleague from the parish church in Martock this morning, we both came to the same conclusion! The living God is amongst us and He is doing marvellous things, for which we give Him praise!
17 April 2014
“The gifts of the Master are these: freedom, life, hope, new direction, transformation, and intimacy with God. If the cross was the end of the story, we would have no hope. But the cross isn’t the end. Jesus didn’t escape from death; he conquered it and opened the way to heaven for all who will dare to believe. The truth of this moment, if we let it sweep over us, is stunning. It means Jesus really is who he claimed to be, we are really as lost as he said we are, and he really is the only way for us to intimately and spiritually connect with God again.” [Steven James : 'Story']
Find out more about His amazing ‘Story’ by joining us on Easter Sunday morning at 10:30. We look forward to welcoming you!
20 March 2014
We’re really looking forward to this coming Sunday morning when we shall be running our first ‘Church has changed!’ service. If you have never been to a service at M.C.F., (or you came to one a long time ago and left it disappointed for whatever reason), we would love to think you could join us on the morning of Sunday, 23rd March, when we can assure you of the warmest of welcomes! This special service will start at the usual time of 10:30, but we would encourage you to arrive a good 10-15 minutes early in order to miss the last minute rush! And at the end of the service, please stay and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with us before you head for home.
4 March 2014
We thank God for another wonderfully encouraging weekend: A new record number of men (68) at the Men’s Breakfast on Saturday morning and a truly inspiring talk from local GP, Dr. James Buckle; a great time at ‘Messy Church’ in the afternoon, when we explored the theme of ‘loving other people’; a powerful service of worship, word and communion on Sunday morning; and a fascinating talk about Israel’s place in God’s purposes in the evening!
Now we’re looking forward to next Sunday, (9th), when we shall be holding our ‘Annual General Meeting’, following our morning service and a shared lunch. If you can join us on Sunday morning at 10:30, we would love to see you!
16 February 2014
There’s an old children’s song that includes the words: “The rains came down and the floods came up” ~ and, sadly, that’s how it continues to be here in South Somerset, along with many other parts of the country. Whilst we have had the odd road closure in and around Martock, we have been very fortunate in that we have seen very little flooding. But, needless to say, our hearts go out to, and our prayers go up for, all those who have been so badly affected by this unprecedented spell of weather.
Within the fellowship much is happening! God is evidently at work and we’re thankful that we so regularly sense His presence amongst us as we meet together. Our Sunday morning ‘Encounters with Jesus’ series is proving to be a particular source of blessing to many. You can catch up with the early talks in this series on our ‘audio sermons’ page, under the ‘media’ link above.
27 January 2014
We give thanks for another run of encouraging and challenging Sundays at M.C.F.. The village ‘pulpit swap’ worked very well on 19th January, with M.C.F. enjoying the visit of the local U.R.C. minister, Rev Stella Hayton. (Chris was at All Saints Parish Church and the vicar took the service at the local United Reformed Church.) Then, in the evening, as churches, we renewed our covenant commitment to each other at a united service in which all three ministers shared.
Yesterday morning our prayer time was a particularly challenging one, with our service to the community through the George being a major theme. We also remembered those on the nearby Somerset Levels who are suffering as a result of the devastating floods.