Church Events 2018

Diary 2018

All dates are, to some degree, provisional. So don’t be surprised if they get changed! We will provide updates as things develop.

March

4th - Andrew Agerbak, visiting speaker.

18th - London service at Logan Hall

25th - Lunch after church

April

1st - Easter service

15th - ‘Allotment’ service organised by Joe Cronje

22nd - Tim Dannatt, visiting speaker

29th - Lunch after church

May

6th - ‘Science’ Sunday organised by Dawn Burke

13th -  Possible retreat weekend

20th - London service at Logan Hall

27th - ‘Craft’ service with lunch after church

June

3rd June - Harry Patel, visiting speaker; Special missions collection

10th - Bruce Miller, visiting speaker

24th - Possible date for bandstand Sunday with the North West region of the London church

July

1 July - Jamie May, visiting speaker

22nd - London service at Logan Hall

29th - ‘Forest’ Sunday with picnic

August

26th -  lunch after church

September

2nd - UK conference and church service at Logan Hall

16th - Ben Dannatt visiting speaker

30th - ‘Allotment’ service organised by Joe Cronje

October

28th -  lunch after church

November

11th -  remembrance Sunday

25th -  lunch after church

December

2nd - special collection for HOPE

9th -  London service at Logan Hall

16th -  Nativity service

23rd -  Carol service

30th -  house church followed by church party and games

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Church Aspirations

Watch the video to hear about our church aspirations. What could you contribute to their development?

1. God-Focused

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

2. Relationship-Based

““A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”” (John 13:34–35)

3. Enabling Our Children to Become Christians

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)

4. Always Free Yet Spiritual

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)

5. Toiling to Build the Church Well

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

December Dates

Meetings, Gatherings, Services

We’ll be meeting up for the following events between now and the end of the year.

Sunday 10th December - Church service, 10.30am, Laurance Haines School. Sermon on Luke 24. 

Wednesday 13th December - final women’s meeting of the year

Sunday 17th December - Church service, 10.30am, Laurance Haines School. “Pop-Up” Nativity.

Wednesday 20th December - “Carolling” Evening, 7.30pm, West Watford Free Church, 60 Tolpits Ln, Watford WD18 6NU

Sunday 24th December - Carol Service, 10.30am, Laurance Haines School.

Sunday 31st December - Church Service, 10.30am, the Olivers’ home, 8 Ludlow Way, Croxley Green, WD3 3SH. Followed by Church party: Games, Slides show and Lunch!

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42 NIV11)

 

First events of 2018

  • Wednesday 3 Jan - Men meet
  • Sunday 7 Jan - ‘London’ service
  • Wednesday 10 Jan - Women meet
  • Sunday 14 Jan - Church Service, Laurance Haines School, Malcolm introducing the ‘Church Aspirations’ series
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Church Aspirations

Our aspirations as a church are to be people who are:

1. God-Focused

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

2. Relationship-Based

““A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”” (John 13:34–35)

3. Enabling Our Children to Become Christians

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)

4. Always Free Yet Spiritual

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)

5. Toiling to Build the Church Well

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

We may never quite 'get there', but we know the direction of travel.

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Bank Holiday Plans

This Sunday we are at our usual venue at the school. As it's the last Sunday in the month, we will be having lunch together. If the weather is good, we'll leave the building as soon as the service finishes, and cross the road to the playground. There we will have a picnic while the children play. If the weather is bad, we will have lunch in the school building as we usually do.

We're launching our special Autumn series this Sunday. Invitation flyers will be given out. An electronic version of the flyers will go online at the weekend.

The following Sunday, 3 September, we will be joining other groups from across London for a joint church service at the Institute of Education, off Russell Square.

God bless,

Malcolm

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Bandstand Sunday!

It's here! Bandstand Sunday is upon us. Don't go to the school, but instead come to the bandstand at 11 AM for a short church service and picnic.

If we have light drizzle, the service will go ahead. If it is pouring with rain we will meet at the school. The grass is a bit damp, so bring a blanket if you plan to sit on the ground. Feel free to bring chairs or even a gazebo.

The Northwest region of the London Church will be joining us. Let's welcome our Harrow friends.

See you on Sunday in Cassiobury Park.!

Malcolm

Dunstable Done & Dusted

Thank you to everyone who came out to Dunstable and made it a special occasion. We had a refreshing and breezy worship time on the Downs, and a good picnic afterwards.

This coming Sunday we are back at the school, and Tunde will be preaching his first sermon. Give him your support on the day, and pray for him in advance!

If you haven't already done so, please download the Watford church podcast, and tell any of your friends about it who might be interested in regularly receiving our sermons.

The next Wednesday meeting is for the men.

God bless,

Malcolm

Delightful Dunstable

This coming Sunday (25 June) we'll not be at the school, but instead having church at Dunstable Downs. Please arrive by 11 am in the main car park near the visitor centre. We will then walk to the end point, pray, sing, take communion and have a picnic lunch. 

Details of the venue can be found by clicking here

In other news, if you would like to contribute to HOPE worldwide's response to the Grenfell Tower fire, you can do so by clicking here.

The men are meeting on Wednesday night at the bandstand in Cassiobury Park to pray.

See you at Dunstable.

God bless,

Malcolm

Dunstable Draws Nearer

We all say, "thank you", to Leon for his first ever sermon last Sunday. And what a cracker it was! Check it out on our YouTube channel if you haven't already heard it. Don't forget you can also hear it on our new podcast. Just search for Watford Church of Christ in iTunes or similar. 

This Sunday we are at the school as usual. But the following week we are on an adventure to Dunstable Downs! More details next week, but pray for good weather in the meantime.

This Sunday the passage for the sermon is Luke 20.27-40:

Luke 20:27       Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”  Luke 20:34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Luke 20:39  Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions. 

June Watford Word is out

Watford Word

The latest "Watford Word" is out. You can find it by clicking here

Sunday 11th June

This Sunday Leon Watkins is preaching his first sermon here in sunny Watford. I'm so looking forward to hearing from this wise and mature man of faith. He's been a Christian since his teen years and is building a wonderful family together with Sarah.  Please pray for their vision of an evangelised Chesham. Leon contributes so much to our church life. He sings with his rich for bass voice, champions of the work of HOPE Worldwide and other local projects of need, such as the Watford Foodbank, records the sermons on video, takes superb photos and much more. His text for Sunday is:

“Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”  He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?”  “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.” (Luke 20:20–26 NIV11)

What's coming up?

  • The women meet next Wednesday
  • Malcolm preaches next Sunday, 18 June
  • The church goes to Dunstable Downs for church and a picnic lunch on 25 June.

God bless,

Malcolm 

 

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Super Science Sunday

‘Science’ service

“Thank-you” to Dawn for her hard work and creativity in designing and executing the ‘science’ service this last Sunday.

The video is here: on the Watford YouTube channel.

June

Sundays will be at Laurence Haines School,  10.30am as usual.

The teaching and preaching focus for this month will take us into Luke chapter 20.  As well as Malcolm speaking today, Leon will be preaching his first Watford sermon next week!

Other Events

25 June - Church service & picnic on Dunstable Downs: Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY (Sat Nav: use LU6 2GY, or LU6 2TA for older equipment)

We’re taking the church to a special place called the Dunstable Downs. 

At a scenic spot we’ll sing, pray and take communion. Afterwards we will have a picnic lunch together. Please bring appropriate food. If you wish, you can buy lunch at the venue. Click here for details: or look up “Dunstable Downs” and the National Trust. It’s a brilliant place for flying kites, so bring one if you can. 

Last time I was there the car park machine was out of order, but there may be a charge.

If you’re going to have difficulty in getting to the venue, or need advice about routes, please speak to me as I know the place well and have been there many times.

23 July - Bandstand service in Cassiobury Park (with the North West region of the London church)

The next ‘London’ service is on 16 July

Watford church podcast

At long last we have our sermon podcast feed up and running! Special thanks to Leon for the artwork. This means you can subscribe to the sermons and automatically download them to your smartphone, computer or other device. You can also tell your friends so they can listen too.  If you are serving in children’s ministry, on holiday or ill, you never need miss a sermon again!

How do you get these gems? Go to iTunes, search for “Watford church of Christ” and you should see the picture illustrated here. Click “subscribe” and you’ll have access to the already 47 episodes. Forthcoming sermons, communion talks, testimonies and the like should be automatically updated. 

This also works with Google Play. Let me know if you have any difficulties with the feed.  Technology, eh?!

Malcolm

Special Contribution

It’s our privilege and tradition to take a special collection annually to support the mission work in the Indian subcontinent as well as within these islands. This year there is a slight change to some of the allocation of the funds, which is explained below in the announcement from the leadership team of the London church. The collection will be taken in June this year.

“In June 2017 the London Church will be taking a Special Contribution to further the work of expanding God’s Kingdom.

This will primarily be for the UK & Ireland Missions Fund to continue supporting the employment of staff in the Belfast, Leicester and Glasgow Churches, and since last year’s collection, in the Edinburgh and Dublin Churches too.

 £46,000 will go to the South Asian Missions Society to support our sister churches in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

 £32,000 will be set aside for the future hiring of young ministry interns in the London Church.”

Here are the details as to how to contribute:

  • Cash - using the provided pre-printed envelopes that Bronwen has
  • Cheques - payable to “ICC Missions”
  • Online - via www.iccmissions.org/donate  and selecting the “Missions” option

If you have any questions about this collection, please speak to me. 

God bless, Malcolm

Science Sunday comes to Watford


Psa. 19:1  "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

This Sunday we're experimenting! Dawn, our resident chemistry teacher, will be helping us all to discover some of the glories of our God through experiments for young and old. We might not be taking off into space (!), but we'll experience a greater wonder of God through these creative experiments.

The service will be followed by lunch - please bring a food contribution if you can.

There is no Wednesday meeting on 31st May - it's a five-week month. The men meet the following  Wednesday at my place for a follow-up on our vision discussion from two weeks ago. 

Have a wonderful week!

Malcolm

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London Bound

This Sunday, 21 May, we're not in Watford. Instead we'll be joining our sister-congregations from around London for our bi-monthly service in Logan Hall off Russel Square at the Institute of Education (10.30 AM). 

The following week we're back at the school for a very special event - "science" Sunday coordinated by our very own science teacher, Dawn Burke! Be ready to muck in with the experiments. It's also a lunch Sunday, so bring along your contribution to our fellowship meal together and hang around afterwards to eat and chat.

The women meet next Wednesday for discussion about our "Church Aspirations". The draft version is here:

1. God-Focused
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
2. Relationship-Based
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34–35)
3. Enabling Our Children to Become Christians
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
4. Always Free Yet Spiritual
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
5. Toiling to Build the Church Well
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

I hope you have a wonderful week. God bless,

Malcolm

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The Dannatts are Descending

This Sunday we're lucky to have Tim & Shevvy Dannatt with us. They minister to the Thames Valley churches of Christ and are old friends of mine. Indeed, Tim was in Christ before me and attended my baptism in 1984. His lesson at his previous visit last year was well received, so we are very grateful to him for coming all the way to Watford to speak again this Sunday. Please make him and Shevvy very welcome in my absence. 

I request prayers as I attend the UK/Ireland/Scandinavian/Nordics staff retreat in Helsinki this weekend. Please petition God that I will come back with ideas that can help us as a congregation to be the best we can be for God. 

The following Sunday (21 May) is a London-wide service. The following week (28 May) we are back in the school for "Science Sunday". Experiments and fun for all!  That will be a 'lunch' Sunday too, so please bring food along too.

God bless,

Malcolm

Annual Church Meeting

The London annual church meeting takes place in Regions. Our local one is the North West Region, and takes place in Harrow High School on 4th June, 1pm after their church service. It's an opportunity for the trustees of ICCM to present financial updates and matters of charity policy.

We're a little small in Watford (at this point) to warrant our own meeting, so anyone who is interested in such matters is invited to go down to Harrow. We'll still have our service in Watford that day, and finish by 11.45 should anyone want to make the trip to Harrow.

God bless, Malcolm

Church Aspirations

What's Coming Up in Watford

"Thank you" to Barry for preaching on Sunday (and hosting the men on Wednesday evening). 

We're at the school again this Sunday when we have something special for some of the children. The sermon is on Luke 19.28-48 - have a look and let me know if you have any questions of comments.

Some reminders:

  • The Special Contribution takes place in June (see below for more details. 
  • Teen camp info and registration is here: http://www.iccmissions.org
  • Preteen camp registration is here: http://www.iccmissions.org

Church Aspirations 

A focus for the moment is prayer and discussion over our "Church Aspirations". Here they are again:

1. God-Focused

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

2. Relationship-Based

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34–35)

3. Enabling Our Children to Become Christians

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)

4. Always Free Yet Spiritual

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)

5. Toiling to Build the Church Well

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

We have visionary aspirations as a church. We aspire to be God’s people in Watford, where we live, where we work and to our families. But, are we as clear as we could be about our aims - our guiding principles? We’re starting a process of reflection about this guided by the aspirations of the Thames Valley churches of Christ (see left).

Please pray about this and ask God to give us the wisdom we need.

Schedule

30 April - launch aspirations process

3 May - men pray and discuss the aspirations

24 May - women pray and discuss the aspirations

28 May - conclusions presented at church


Special Contribution announcement

“In Jun 2017 the London Church will be taking a Special Contribution to further the work of expanding God’s Kingdom.

This will primarily be for the UK & Ireland Missions Fund to continue supporting the employment of staff in the Belfast, Leicester and Glasgow Churches, and since last year’s collection, in the Edinburgh and Dublin Churches too.

£46,000 will go to the South Asian Missions Society to support our sister churches in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

£32,000 will be set aside for the future hiring of young ministry interns in the London Church.” 

God bless, 

Malcolm

From the garden - to the empty tomb - back to the garden

Easter is a special time. We wept with Jesus in Gethsemane, mourned over the cross, then celebrated at the empty tomb. Here's the video of Sunday's resurrection story - with the children's help!  

This coming Sunday is "Allotment Sunday" - we'll be sowing, planting, harvesting and much more at Joe's allotment, 10.30 am. Communion will conclude the activities. Please bring folding chairs, warm clothing, footwear appropriate for the countryside and food. If the weather is bad we'll meet at the school. The address is: Bournehall Avenue, Bushey, WD23 3BB.

 

The men meet on Wednesday at Barry's.

Have a wonderful, resurrection-inspired week.

Malcolm

 

Easter is coming!

This coming Sunday's service should be memorable for many reasons. First, we've a special activity for the children; second, the adults have a craft to make; third, the children will help me with telling the Easter story; fourth, there will be an Easter egg hunt after church; and fifth, and most importantly, we will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

In the words of the excellent hymn, "Come, people of the risen King",

1. Come, people of the risen King
Who delight to bring Him praise
Come all and tune your hearts to sing
To the morning star of grace
From the shifting shadows of the earth
We will lift our eyes to Him
Where steady arms of mercy reach
To gather children in

CHORUS
Rejoice, Rejoice!
Let every tongue rejoice!
One heart, one voice
Oh, church of Christ, rejoice

See you at Laurance Haines School, 10.30 am!

God bless,

Malcolm