Notices for Sunday 7th January

Welcome to this morning’s all age service – It starts at 10:30am and the service leader and speaker today is Phil Machin.

Please join us for tea and coffee in the back hall after the service. Shirley Murphy and Julian are responsible for tea and coffee today.

Please join us at 10.10 in the upstairs youth room for prayer before the service.  If you would like someone to pray with you after the service Richard Little and Barbara Diaper will be available.

Ann Frost is responsible for locking up today.

Food Pantry There is a box in the entrance hall for donations to the food bank

Home Groups  will meet for prayer and communion this week.  The Friday group will meet at Val and Peter’s.  For the other groups please contact your Home Group leaders.

Magazine Rack  There is a new issue of Interact (SGM Lifewords) in the rack in the front porch.

Pepper and Mustard Party on Sunday 21st January from 4-6 pm at Fullbridge. The party will have a “wise man” theme so feel free to dress up and we would love you to invite a friend.

A New Year resolution challenge from Michael Chambers

“So, did you make a New Year’s resolution?

According to YouGov one third of Brits make a New Year resolution – it seems that most resolutions are health based, focus on setting aside “me time”, achieving a better “Work / Life Balance” (or should it be “Life / Work Balance” or even just “Balance”?) or giving something up.

However according to BUPA, 63% of us fail to keep our new resolutions – that’s the best stat I could find, the University of Bristol suggest that 88% of us fail!

Professor Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire has developed a Top 10 list to keeping your resolutions – number one on his list is ‘only make one resolution’ and another suggests that success will be achieved if the resolution is based on ‘small, manageable and trackable goals’.

I’m not one for making New Year resolutions – there are lots of reasons for this but, mostly, because I just can’t manage to keep them for very long.

But this year I am making an exception and have made a New Year’s resolution.

I am in good company as Bear Grylls thinks that my resolution is a good one – Bear says “(This is) my favourite way to start the day”.

So what is my New Year’s resolution?

It’s a resolution that fits with YouGov’s analysis of resolutions as its (spiritually) healthy, sets time aside, and will help achieve (spiritual) balance.

I’m going to read the Bible in a year using HTB’s (Holy Trinity Brompton) “Bible in One Year”.

Why not join me?

How about a daily introduction, readings and commentary being delivered to your smart phone or email “in box” every morning in a “ready to use” package?

Even better, what if you could just press a “play” button and Nicky Gumbel, Pippa Gumbel and a Bible reader could share a daily chunk”of the Bible with you? As an added bonus you can stream or download to your Smart Phone (or your email inbox) and listen while you walk, while you commute, while you do the ironing or even trade BBC’s The One Show for a daily dose of Nicky Gumbel.

The reading version will take as long as it takes you to read but the audio version is just under 30 minutes – if you can’t “find” 30 minutes you can even choose which bits you listen to via the App.

Here’s what HTB say about the Bible in One Year app: “With over 1 million users worldwide, Bible in One Year is the leading daily bible reading app. Nicky Gumbel, vicar of HTB church in London and pioneer of Alpha, provides amazing audio and written commentary to walk you through each day’s Bible readings. Each day you will receive a Psalm or Proverbs reading, and New Testament reading, and an Old Testament reading. Updated daily, Nicky Gumbel then provides insightful commentary on each Bible passage, intended to be read or listened to alongside the Bible to provide fresh understanding of the texts. Bible in One Year uses the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible, as well as drawing on other Bible translations such as The Message (MSG) to provide insights to each reading.

AUDIO COMMENTARY: Listen to Nicky Gumbel’s commentary for each day’s Bible passage, and his prayers for the day. Stream the audio commentary, or download it to listen offline.
WRITTEN COMMENTARY: The commentary is updated each day, making it relevant to your life right now. Nicky Gumbel draws on a variety of different translations, including the New International Version (NIV) and The Message (MSG) to provide the best possible understanding of each passage.
OFFLINE BIBLE STUDY: Bible in One Year allows you to sync all your readings for offline use so that you never miss a day. The audio commentaries are also available for download to listen offline

Why not join me and Bear Grylls and download the Bible in One Year App from the Apple App Store or via Google Play (Search: “BIOY”) and let’s make time together to read the Bible in a year.

If you haven’t got a Smart Phone you can get an email delivered to your inbox every morning – click on the “subscribe” button at https://www.bibleinoneyear.org

Let me know how you get on!”

Advance Notices –  Hope you have put these dates in your new 2018 diaries.

Week of Prayer at Fullbridge on 16th -20th January.  Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 10.00am and Tuesday to Friday at 8.00pm.  If we want to see the Lord working amongst us then put these dates in your diary that we might seek the Lord together in the way he called us to.  “If you seek me with all your heart I will be found.”

The Next Fellowship Meeting is scheduled for Saturday 24th March 2018. We will start with fish ‘n chips at 5pm and the meeting will start at 6pm. We hope that families will be able to join in.

Fuse 2018 28th- 30th September.  We shall have Steve Morley with us.  This is an important time for all of us to be together hearing what the Lord wants to say.  Put the date in your diary.