Happy New Year!

On Sunday we united with our friends from Stoke Poges Free Church for our first All Age Service of 2018.

We heard from Lewis Fry, Pastor at the Free Church, about choosing wisdom over riches (or a red Lamborghini!) and that we should listen to what God says we should do; not be bullied or persuaded to do the opposite.20180107_112957 (3)

We learnt a memory verse with TJ…

  1. TRUST in the Lord
  2. With ALL your heart
  3. NEVER rely
  4. On what you THINK you know.

(Proverbs 3 verse 5)

… and came up with some sayings of our own to help us to live as God asks (on the flip chart).

With beautiful worship music and fab bacon sarnies, we put in our best team effort. Great work everyone!

P.S. If you can help with bacon sarnie cooking at a future All-age Service, please get in touch with us at the church office. Make a date with a mate – thanks!

published 9th January 2018

Christmas 2017

Well another Christmas in Stoke Poges has flown by! We lit the Advent candles, rehearsed our singing, decorated the church and then all was set for a magical Christmas Eve and joyous Christmas Day!

From the cuteness and chaos of the Pre-school Carol Service, the bustle and hum of the Family Service (just about 400 people in St Giles’!) to the ceremony of the Midnight Communion Service in which we welcomed Christmas Day, continuing at 10am on The Day Itself.

Huge thanks to everyone who had a hand in the preparations and smooth running of the services and to our midnight guest, the Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson.

published 30th December 2017

Ladies’ Lifegroup Round up

This term has been busy for the Wednesday ladies’ lifegroup, now meeting mostly at Heather’s house since the Vicarage is now out of bounds (we considered hiding out there on a Wednesday evening but it wasn’t very comfy without Harry & Tracy’s sofas!)

We started the term by “popping” over to Walton to see Tracy and family settled in to their new house, complete with puppy!

We then embarked on an ambitious study by Beth Moore on the book of Daniel. Twelve weeks later, we certainly feel we have done a thorough job, after looking at one chapter of Daniel a week, including an hour-long DVD segment and five homework sessions each week!

We also held a Daniel session in the coffee shop to celebrate Heather’s pop-up art gallery (the gallery will continue in the New Year) and of course we are looking forward to our Christmas social – food, bubbles, and prayers on the menu at Kate’s house.

Next term, we are planning a movie night featuring “The Shack”, which is out on DVD, an outing (when the restaurants are less busy and expensive!) and using the Advent course material Contemplative, Compassionate and Courageous as our next study.

If you would like to join a Lifegroup, please speak to Andrew about which one might be right for you.

published 18th December 2017

Snow Day at 7Up

What do young people get up to on Snow Day?

Some of the 7Up Youth Group were “studying” the theme of “Creator God” this week… What better way than to have a go at making a “creation” of their own?

Meanwhile, apologies to those disappointed by the cancellation of the Carol Service at St Giles’. With the organist and choir snowed in, it would have been a cappella only! Thanks to Andrew, Hilda and Simon, who gamely stood at the gates to turn away any keen attendees. Fortunately, there weren’t any – our messages got through…

 

It’s Advent!

 

There’s so much going on, I’m squeezing in an extra blog this week! – Ed

What a great time we had opening up the season of Advent at our All-age service!

Thanks to everyone who had any part in making this service a real time of family worship. Everything from the first welcome, to the tidy-up time, the creative and thoughtful preparation and of course coffee and bacon sarnies was a whole team effort!

If you want to know more about all of this, ask someone who was there…

 

The Great Stoke Poges Rake Off

A dry sunny day and plenty of helpers were just the ticket on Saturday 25th November, when members of the church and our friends from Teikyo School joined the Reapers at St Giles’ for the Great Stoke Poges Rake Off! Well done everyone – what a HUGE pile of leaves you made!

Rakes
Thanks to everyone who sponsored an extra rake beforehand – it made a huge difference!
Sunlight
Bright sunlight and crisp leaves make perfect combo for the Great Stoke Poges Rake Off
Simon Meredith Abigail
Adults and children had fun working hard
Reapers
The regular Reapers appreciated the reinforcements (and refreshments!)
Girl power
Girl Power!
Community Action
Community Action – Teikyo School students joined church members to help out
All ages raking
Leaf raking is a great activity for all ages!
TJ in leaves
Sometimes you just HAVE to!

 

From Cop to Criminal to Christ

Stoke Poges Men’s Group Dinner

What a superb Men’s Dinner we had on Friday, 17th November, at the South Buckinghamshire Golf Club (in Stoke Poges).  An excellent buffet meal followed by a truly inspiring talk from Simon Pinchbeck, a Regional Director with Christian Vision for Men (he is the guy in the middle of the photo).  The following are Simon’s own thoughts on the event:-

“It was a brilliant and blessed night – where I believe that The Lord spoke to many… the best part of a talk is the conversations afterwards, so I believe that The Spirit stirred many guys…

I loved the interaction between you guys, & the enthusiasm you all have for men’s stuff. Friday was one the highlights of my year – and I speak over 70 times…”

The next event for the Men’s Group is the Beer & Skittles EveningSaturday 3rd February 2018 for lads, dads and granddads. With lots of other games, Fish & Chip supper & desserts. Bar open from 6.30pm, games start at 7pm. Book early as it’s a very popular event – see Nigel Lowe or Tony Shortman.