Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in GOD my Saviour. The Sovereign LORD is my strength.
Exploring the word of God is always challenging, surprising and fruitful. Come
In these confusing days, the word of God is our steadfast and reassuring guide. Study does not have to done in groups but there are many on-line resources to help. Be discerning and guided by prayer.
Understand my dear brothers and sisters; you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.
James 1v19 NLT
The door of freedom is opening for most of us – just a little, and not at all for those designated as ‘extremely vulnerable’ By the time you read this you will know whether the British public waited unto tomorrow to have their BBQs or had them yesterday!!! When I heard that regulations would be easing on Monday I thought of the Children of Israel waiting to enter the Promised Land as recorded in the opening chapters of Joshua. In chapter 1 v11 Joshua tells the people “in three days from now you will cross the Jordan ...” I am sure there were mixed emotions among the people. Great! Let’s get going. Will we be safe? Will we conquer the enemy? Who will provide for us? It’s all so new – we have never done anything like this before! Life will be so different in the Promised Land. All reasonable and legitimate thoughts and emotions!
Coupled with this prospect, their ‘old’ leader – Moses had just died and a new one had taken over. In Joshua chapter one, we learn their new Leader, Joshua, was afraid. He was unsure of his ability and was overwhelmed with the prospect ahead. O my friends how comforted and empowered Joshua must have been as he listened to the dynamic words from God. “be strong and courageous (3 times)... I will be with you (3 times)... I will never leave you... As I was with Moses so I will be with you...” After being assured in this way Joshua took up the ‘mantle of leadership’ and lead the people into the Promised Land and (I say) did a very good job of it. There are many scaremongers today, ‘prophets of doom’ who tell us life for Britain will never be the same – shopping will be different – free time activities will change – etc.etc. Yes things may change but I am reminded that from the day we were born things have constantly changed. We no longer drink from feeding bottles- we are (were) allowed to go out by ourselves – we have experienced joys and sorrows – some of us have experienced wars and economic disasters and have lived through them all. The reason we have come through it all is the same reason Joshua did such a great job – God was with him and in control. He is still with us and as we go through that opening door from isolation, we can hear God’s voice. Just as God promised Joshua “I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous”, so he renews that promise to us today.
There has never been a greater need to look after our community. Along with many organisations Fareshare Kent can help if you, a friend, relative or neighbor Is in genuine need.
In Zimbabwe, war trauma and high unemployment can leave people in despair - until they find hope on a “friendship bench.”
Hopeless people can go there to talk with trained “grandmothers” - elderly women taught to listen to people struggling with depression.
The Friendship Bench Project is being launched in other places, including Zanzibar, London and New York City. “ We were thrilled to bits with the results,“ said one London researcher. A New York counselor agreed.
“ Before you know it, you’re not on a bench; you’re just inside a warm conversation with someone who cares.”
Please pray for all those afflicted by the Coronavirus, that the worst may be over, and for those who are leading the fight against it.
We offer a warm welcome to our services and activities.
Please join us for our Sunday Service at 10.30am every Sunday
and stay afterwards for refreshments and a chat
London Road Temple Ewell Temple Ewell, Dover, CT16 3DE, United Kingdom
Church Telephone number (not 24/7). 01304 826396 Please note that this number is not monitored continuously and it may be some time before your message is received. If the matter is urgent please contact one of the Deacons.
Our church car park has room for about 5 cars, and you are welcome to park there if there is space. There is usually some on road parking on the main road in either direction. A small car park is available off the road opposite the church and often has spaces.
If you would like further help please drop us an e-mail.