For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


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Welcome to Christchurch Abbeydale

We offer a warm welcome to all.  Christchurch is an ecumenical church which embraces four Christian denominations, Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church, worshipping together as one congregation.  Whether you already belong to one of these denominations or not you are most welcome. 


We welcome children of all ages. A crèche is available for pre-school children. There is Junior Church for children aged 5 to 11 and ‘The Core’ for children aged 11 years +. Children stay with us for the first part of the service and then go with the youth leader to take part in planned activities 

 

“Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do
for your country.”

There are some speeches that deliver soundbites which resonate long after most of the original content is forgotten. I suspect most people reading this know the source of these quoted words. I further suspect only a few would be able to quote more of the speech. There was a little more before JFK finished speaking that day; he widened the audience with “My fellow citizens

of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man” and the last words of all were “…knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.”

What about the words of Winston Churchill… “Never, in the …” the way the sentence was delivered in the House of Commons was not the original idea. In 1954 "Pug" Ismay related an anecdote to publisher Rupert Hart-Davis; when Churchill and Ismay were travelling together in a car, in which Winston rehearsed the speech he was to give in the House of Commons on 20 August 1940 after

the Battle of Britain. When he came to the famous sentence, ‘Never

in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few’,

Ismay said 'What about Jesus and his disciples?' 'Good old Pug,’

said Winston' who immediately changed the wording to ‘Never in the

field of human conflict....'

We only have to look in the newspapers over recent weeks to have

our eyes caught by dramatic headlines. When/If we finally read the

whole story it is all too easy to come away with the impression that

the reporter/editor had their own agenda and slanted the headline.

It clearly happens in politics; it happens in all walks of life including

the church. Does the same thing happen when we read the Bible?

I am sure it does. Which raises the question: who is really telling

the truth, the whole truth? And how can we know?

We come to the Bible with all of our own history, all that has been

taught us, all that we have experienced. We can assume we know

what it is all about and forget to ask. Fortunately the outcome will

rarely be as serious as below:

His request approved, the CNN News photographer quickly used a cell

phone to call the local airport to charter a flight.

He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the

airport. Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside

a hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and

shouted, 'Let's go'.

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off. Once

in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, 'Fly over the valley and

make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.'

'Why?' asked the pilot.

'Because I'm a photographer for CNN', he responded, 'and I need to get

some close up shots.'

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment. Finally he stammered, 'So,

what you're telling me, is .... You're NOT my flight instructor?'

Ask the questions – do not assume you know what the answer will be.

Ask God: take time in prayer. Make sure you hear the whole story

(almost always there are at least two sides) before acting or saying

something that you might regret. Remember words you will have

read:

“Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up

with each other and love each other. Try your

best to let God’s Spirit keep your hearts united.

Do this by living at peace. All of you are part of

the same body. … Not only is God above all

others, but he works by using all of us, and he

lives in all of us.”

May we have the

patience to hear the

whole story from each other and from God.

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Steve Davies,

Minister of Christchurch Abbeydale




 

Welcome to all the family

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Alison, Steve and daughter Sian


 

Relocation of an earlier Christchurch Cross & Foundation Stone

The Foundation Stone was originally in the outside wall by the main entrance to the Community Centre

The Cross was kept in the small church rooms at the Community Centre and brought out into the Badminton Hall when services were held

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During ‘Work Week’ the Foundation Stone was relaid in the wall of the

back rooms at Christchurch with the Cross above

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Christchurch’s first real ‘home’ was the Community Centre and with recent alterations there the foundation stone was made available to us

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