Invite one!

Inviting your mates to church can be scary can’t it? Will they laugh? Think you’re trying to shove the Bible down their throat? I’m not very good at it but I desperately want the people I love to know the God I love. Our church recently started something called ‘invite one’. It’s pretty simple: invite […]


Exams

What comes to mind when you think of exams? Panic? Confidence? Colourful revision guides or those strange individual desks? For some, just the thought of exams fills us with dread. If you’re taking exams this summer, there’s something you need to know: you are amazing. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), you are […]


Worship In The Valley

There’s something amazing about thousands of us gathering together each summer to spend time with Jesus and with each other. But by Easter, we’ve almost forgotten what that looks like. Schoolwork mounts up, summer holidays seem miles away and going to church couldn’t feel more different to all hanging out together in Stafford and Somerset. […]


Vulnerability

Remember your first day at school? Mine was pretty intense. I was 5. I remember that there was a whole area in the classroom dedicated to sand and water; that was pretty exciting. I bonded with a slightly older lad called David but he moved to France about six months later. Still, the sand and […]


Love your neighbour as yourself

What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘love your neighbour’? It comes from a passage in the Bible where Jesus was with a group of people and someone asked him: ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’ Jesus replied; ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with […]


Do not worry

Jesus gave us some pretty clear commands, one of which was: ‘do not worry’. Pretty simple right? So why is it that so many of us feel choked by worry? I don’t mean the odd concern about an exam or a big event, but worries that consume us and hold us back. Anxiety* is on […]


Dreaming

I’m a big believer that God wants to give each of us dreams about the things he wants to do through us to bless others. But here are six mistakes that are easy to make when it comes to thinking about dreams: I’m a big believer that God wants to give each of us dreams […]


Faithfulness

I love reading about the heroes of the faith. I wish I had lived in a time and in such a way as to have made it onto the list in Hebrews 11 where some of the great men and women are commended for their faith. The list features legends like Noah, Moses and Joseph […]


Waiting

Waiting, waiting, waiting… No one likes waiting. It doesn’t matter if it’s waiting to pay, waiting for a webpage to load, or waiting for a friend to respond to a text, it can be pretty annoying and feel like wasted time. But from 29th November until Christmas Eve the church enters into a whole season […]