Having recently had a number of encounters with people who were searching for life answers I was drawn to the verse in 1 Peter 3:15 which says ‘always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have’. So I thought again of revisiting the area of apologetics-the ways we attempt to give a reason for the hope we have.
First and foremost it is our hope, our joyful and fearless outlook , which attracts people’s attention, prompting questions like ‘what’s making the difference in your life?’ Living as ones who are overflowing with hope in a fearful despairing world the scripture challenges us to explain our standpoint, our hope, our faith.
It is also apparent that there is now a resurgence of people thinking about religious things. Religious things have come again into the public consciousness. This prompts me to want the church to be ready and available to those with faith questions.
Are we still ready to respond to questions such as ‘How can a good God allow evil?’ , ‘Has science disproved God?’ and ‘Do all religions lead to God?’ Are we ready to provide the safe spaces that younger people are looking for as they grapple with difficult moral questions often with compassion and passion. Can we, like Jesus, make people feel safe and loved and then challenge them to change as they encounter and embrace his radically countercultural teachings.
The verse in 1 Peter ends ‘but do this with gentleness and respect.’ I like the quote I saw on a facebook page: ‘Gods truths are not bricks to throw at people. They are bread to feed people.’
In March and April we will be offering the opportunity to come and consider some of these FAQs about God and the Bible. The first two will be 18th and 25th March, looking at ‘Do all religions led to God?’ And ‘How can a good God allow evil?’.
Hi all, I’m about halfway through ‘phase 2’ of my cross cultural missions training here in Wales and things are going well. January was our ‘month of prayer’ when everyday from 9am til 1 pm was spent seeking God and praying for different teams and people groups around the world. It was a really special time for many as God was faithful to His promise; ‘draw near to me and I will draw near to you’ (James 4v8). This was a great way to start the year and helped me to find a new rhythm of focused prayer.
February has been a busy time venturing out and about around the country on various promotional trips meeting lots of interesting people and hearing some great testimonies – this makes a change from the classroom environment. At the end of my training in April/May I’m planning to visit a Muslim country, so the rest of my time here will be focused on learning more about Islam and reading my ‘Basic French’ phrasebook.(I’d appreciate your prayers for that!) Whilst I’m still not sure about ‘where’ this is going for me I was recently encouraged by something I read about Abraham….’he didn’t know where he was going but he knew what he was looking for…..a city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God.(Heb11 v 10) He was looking for the manifestation of the Kingdom of God!
God bless you all and thank you for your ongoing support. Love Steve.
10.30am Every Sunday Morning
1st Sunday of the month, Communion.
4th Sunday of the month (except March) 6.30pm, “Breakout” A time without agenda for the Holy Spirit, including worship, listening and responding.
Life Group – meets Tuesdays 1-3pm, contact Jill Walker.
“Together” – meets Wednesdays for food and various activities, contact Hilary for details.
Community Cafe – meets Tuesdays and Fridays 10-12 in the church main hall and small hall.
Healing Streams – meets Wednesdays 2pm in the Chapel and small hall.
Exploring the Scriptures – meets twice monthly. Contact Tim & Julia Waters 01482 633763.
Gems – Parent & toddler group, meets every Thursday 9.30-11am – term time only.
Pursuing His Presence – Friday nights, 7.30pm
March 1st Gateway Church, Filey, the Evron Centre; 1a John St, Filey YO14 9DQ; Free parking on “The Crescent”, Filey, just a couple hundred yards away.
April 5th Hutton Cranswick Methodist Church. Main Street, YO25 9QR
May 3rd Driffiled Congregational Church, Exchange street, Driffiled YO25 6LJ
May 30th – June 9th. “Thy Kingdom Come” – 10 days of prayer. More details to follow
We are excited to welcome Anne Griffiths for a special prophetic evening meeting at King’s Church on Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm. There is also a special prophetic celebration with Anne at Driffield Key Church on Sunday 24th March at 6.30pm.
Anne and her husband Alwyn have been leading a prophetic community at Mulberry House in Gateshead for the last 19 years. They have been married for 40 years . Anne has spent the last 25 years travelling extensively in ministry to countries like France, Italy, Polynesia and Asia. She teaches on themes such as intercession, worship and spiritual warfare, the destiny of nations, deliverance and healing, Israel and Hebraic roots, as well as prophetic themes such as dreams and visions. She has been involved in several prophetic schools and schools of discipleship in different nations. She and Alwyn also lead teams out to pray on the land at strategic places and train God’s people to better hear God’s voice for themselves as they move on further in their own adventures in the spirit.
East Riding House of Prayer Meetings
Regular Weekly Meetings
Morning Prayer; Monday—Friday 8.15-8.45am
Midday Prayer; Monday—Friday 12.15-12.45pm
Prayer for Young People; Tuesdays 6.15am
Worship Hour with communion; Wednesdays 12.45pm
Healing Streams; Wednesday 2pm
Other Meetings (All in King’s Church unless stated)
Fri 1st; 10am. Prophetic Prayer
Fri. 1st; 7.30pm Pursuing His Presence; Gateway Church, The Evron Centre, Filey, YO14 9DQ
Sun 3rd; 6.30pm Beverley Churches Together Prayer Meeting
Wed. 6th; 8.15am—9pm. Day of Prayer and Fasting. Come for all or part of the day. Detailed time-table on web-site
Fri. 15th; 10am Prophetic Prayer
Sun 17th; 6.30 pm Prayer for Swinemoor Estate
Mon 18th: 15.30 Prayer for Hutton Cranswick, Methodist churches and the villages; 13A Orchard Ln, Hutton, YO25 9PZ
Thur. 21st. 7.30 pm ‘Inspired’
Thur. 21st; 7.30 pm Driffield Prayer Altar, Driffield Christian Fellowship, 35a Wansford Road, YO25 5NB
Whilst every effort is made to keep to the above schedule, times and venues may occasionally change. Please check the web-site for the most up to date schedule