Tuesday, 21 October 2014

We can't stay here

Our town is growing.  250,000 people live in and around Reading and that figure is steadily increasing. New homes are being built, as are schools, roads and rail-links to support this. Reading University is growing in academic stature; it attracts more and more overseas students who then return to influence their home nation. Our town is an expanding ‘mission field’ and we get to co-labour with Jesus and bring in His harvest.

But we do face a few logistical challenges: Our 11am Sunday meeting is beginning to hit its capacity (especially in rooms for children’s work); Reading Girls Schools is getting a new building but we have been told we won’t have any onsite storage; Our mid week meeting rooms are regularly at capacity; We are unable to pursue some of the Social Justice needs of our town because we have offices not a community building. And these are just some of the challenges we face!

However, we believe God has called us to be a growing community and that He will keep adding people to us. Having the right venue/building in the right season of a church’s life makes a huge difference to the effectiveness of fulfilling our calling. After 13 years, the time has come to find a space that can become a 'Home' to our church and a 'Hub' for our Mission; a 'Home' where we can gather in and be ourselves; and a 'Hub' from which we bring God’s Kingdom to our town. 
Giving to our Vision Fund will help make this happen. Please play your part by giving into the Vision Fund. We now need ‘a Home & a Hub’ that helps us reach the town of Reading and beyond.

Great pub walk

Yesterday, Liz and I drove 30 minutes and did the walk outlined here. It is a very pretty walk with great views of the Chilterns & River Thames ... we also passed a massive farm of free range Turkeys ...their days are numbered!
We treated ourselves to lunch in the Bell & Dragon on Cookham high street; good ale and fab food. 

If you have a morning free and like pub lunches, give it a whirl.  

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

#trending - new sermon series

On Sunday 26th October we will be starting our new sermon series looking at current cultural trends from a biblical perspective.

Topics will include Social Media, Sex, Pornography, Homosexuality, Singleness and Identity. These issues affect many of us, both at home or at work.

Do consider inviting a friend along, we shall try to present each of the topics in a way that makes them accessible to our friends not yet following Jesus.

If you have a specific question on one of the topics let me know and I will pass it on to whoever is preaching.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

This dad can still dance...

Last night was the annual awards dinner for my Tri Club. Whilst I didn't get an award this year, my dance moves were legendary...

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Terry Virgo @ RFC

On Sunday 12 October we have our good friend Terry Virgo with us at all three meetings (9am, 11am & 6pm).

If you don't know who Terry is, he is the founding father of Newfrontiers, a family of 800 churches of which we are part of. He has preached with us on a number of occasions and I was delighted when he offered to be with us again.
Please do get to one of the meetings to hear him preach, it will do you much good!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

RFC in the news

'Cake, canap├ęs and cheer were in order as Reading-based initiative "Starting Point" celebrated its second birthday with a reception at the Civic Centre which was attended by leading members of the Mustard Tree Foundation, Reading Family Church, in addition to MP for Reading West, Alok Sharma. Business leaders and members of different community groups from across the county were also in attendance'.<full article here>