Services

Sunday 23rd February – Family Service led by Revd. John Steele – 11.00

Sunday 16th February – Family Service and Holy Communion, led by Revd. Carole Elphick

A new chuch layout for Communion and an old friend back to lead our worship.

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Carole’s reflections were on the decisions we must make – not the least of which was the colour of scarf to wear!

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The real meat of her reflections on the readings from Deuteronomy 30, vv 15-20 and Matthew 5, vv 21-37 (read by Jean Morse) is in the video clip below.

Sunday 9th February – Family Service led by Tony Alderman – 11.00.

It was really great to have Tony back to lead our worship after his latest brush with the NHS. Their attempts to lose him in the system (somewhere between UCH and Royal Free) would be a fine “Patient Story” for our NHS Commissioners to reflect on. For us, as  “Patient, patient Mark 2” , they were great comedy – vintage Tony!

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Having, as usual, found a message for us in his experiences, Tony went on to share with us his thoughts  – “Taught by the spirit” – on the three Bible readings. Kathy Howe read Isaiah 58, vv 1-12, Tony 1 Corinthians 2, vv 1-16 and then Kathy finished up with Matthew 5, vv 13-20,

With Storm Ciara in full flow we were a little light on attendance. If you would like to hear or re-live Tony’s gems, click on the video clip below.

Sunday 2nd February – Family Service led by Dr Geoffrey Peterson

Geoff continued his recounting of Jesus’s early life and Baptism in this 4th week of Epiphany.  His insights on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) formed the second part of his address.

Christine Emanuel was in church today – a very welcome visit, but tinged with sadness as her Moravian church has recently had a fire and they are currently worshipping in a hall.

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Mike Findley – 26th January

Mike gave us his thoughts on Jesus’scalling of his first disciples (Matthew 4) and “The wisdom of the Cross” (1 Corinthians 1).

Fredwyn Hosier – 15-12-19

An inspirational pre-Christmas message from Fredwyn.

Anne Walton – 8-12-19

Tony Alderman – 1-12-19

David Aplin  – 24-11-19

Mike Findley – 17-11-19

Remembrance Sunday 10-11-19

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my world, my universe.
Amen

Fredwyn Hosier – 3-11-19

Fredwyn shared her thoughts on the lectionary readings of Habakkuk and Luke 19 (The Tax Collector) – which were read by Marion Poulton.

 

Baptism of Isabella Ford 13-10-19 

We were delighted to have a very full church again for Isabella’s Baptism Service, led by Anne Walton. Anne did her “magic water” demonstration and children demonstrated their faith in Anne by passing under the upturned glass. The address reflected on Jesus’s Baptism, in preparation for Isabella’s.

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To see scenes from the Service, click below.

Esther Krakue comes into Membership 18-8-19

Today we welcomed Esther into membership of our church at a Communion Service led by Revd Dr Nick Brindley.

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We were joined by our friends from Brookmans Park URC and were also very pleased to have Rosemary Sargeant and members of her family with us.

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Nick and David Ramsay, our Church Secretary, welcome Esther.

Sunday 28th July 2019 

A very special Sunday, with the return of (Revd) Jeanne Ennals – looking as sprightly as ever after her hip operation – to lead worship.

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We were also so pleased to see Rosemary Sargeant, brought in by her relations for some spiritual food, before going off to the Admiral Byng to feed the body.

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There was a lot to catch up on, both before and after the service – so much so that we ran out of coffee. And that’s something we never do!
With so many people to talk to, Jeanne was (almost) the last person to leave – with our duty officer waving her keys (a put-up job of course).

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Jeanne will be back with us on the 15th September.
It was a very moving service, so if you’d like to relive it, please click on the triangle in the image below.

Sunday 16th June 2019 

Today we welcomed Ali Araghi into membership following his recent Baptism.

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Nick’s sermon was about the Holy Trinity.

Sunday 9th June 

A bittersweet moment this week as our Minister Nick told us that he could no longer sustain the full-time workload of serving two churches and would focus his reduced working hours on our sister Church in Brookmans Park.

Following Nick’s serious illness, he and his wife Pam showed amazing courage and perseverance in the recovery period and we followed with joy each new step along that journey. We now know that the ambition to return to full-time leadership of our two churches has placed a heavy load on them both and is now negatively affecting Nick’s health. In short, he is exhausted.

We pray that this move will provide a rewarding and sustainable future for them both.

Sunday 2nd June.

We were doubly blessed this Sunday. Our choir could postpone their rendering of “Oh for a closer walk with God” no longer – despite their misgivings – and it turned out fine!
We welcomed back Carole Elphick a long-time friend and the day’s worship leader. Carol’s sermons always have those quirky bits – her children describing Jesus’s ascension as the “blast off”……….

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………. and those feet up in the ceiling of some churches, reminding those below that he’s up there somewhere.

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The choral piece and Carole’s sermon are to be enjoyed (again?) below.

Baptism Service for Ali Araghe – Sunday 26th May 2019

A very special Sunday evening.

Ali Araghe – probably better known to us as Mosayeb Areghi’s nephew – who had supported his Uncle as he came into membership, had asked for a full Baptism before he too came into membership of our Church.
A full immersion is Baptism is not on offer at our church, but fortunately our Minister Nick and his good friends Joel Mercer and Roger Taylor had a solution. We could all attend the evening service at the Potters Bar Baptist Church and Ali could have a full immersion Baptism – and so it was on Sunday the 26th May.
Unfortunately, Joel was ill that evening, so Roger agreed to do what he called the “wet part”, leaving Nick to conduct the joint Service with our friends at Potters Bar Baptist Church. For those of us who had never experienced a full immersion Baptism this was a great new experience as well as a very moving Service.

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Ali was supported by Tony Corfe, one of our Elders, who also did the “wet part” – probably a “first” for Tony as well.

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We are now looking forward to welcoming Ali into membership in a second Service at our Church.

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If you’d like to see more, please click on the triangle below to see highlights of the Service.

 

 

 

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