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Welcome, Simon, to the staff team!

Today we welcomed Simon Taylor to the Grace Church staff team. It is great to have him on board! Simon is our new Operations Manager, which means that he will have a watchful eye and a steadying hand on everything… Continue Reading →

Why Fast when we Pray?

It’s Day 2 of our two weeks of prayer and fasting in Grace Church. I’m hungry. So I thought I would take a moment to talk about fasting! It was a great privilege to take two evenings this week to… Continue Reading →

Westpoint 2017

If you were with us at Westpoint last week, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. It gives me a strange, dizzy kind of pleasure to be surrounded by the church that I love and see God… Continue Reading →

Farewell, John Salmon

Last week we said goodbye to one of my all-time favourite people, my dear friend John Salmon, who passed away on 3rd July, aged 85. John was an architect by training, but he was also a man of faith. These… Continue Reading →

Which Bible Version?

The Bible is God’s revelation to us. It contains everything you and I need to know in order to live as God intends us to live, (which, by the way, is eternally, as co-heirs with Christ!) Digging into the Bible… Continue Reading →

A New Family for Grace Church

I love times when we gather the church together to pray, like we did yesterday. When we pray we are hitching our carriage to the locomotive of God’s blessing! To hear from some of the people involved in our GraceWorks… Continue Reading →

On the Manchester Bomb Attack

We wake up this morning to the news of another terrorist atrocity, this time closer to home in Manchester. Twenty-two people so far have lost their lives in what looks like a suicide bomb attack. Among the victims are many… Continue Reading →

Happy Easter!

There was much consternation earlier this month over the decision by the National Trust to leave the word Easter out of its adverts for this year’s Easter egg hunts. Instead the public were invited to “Join the Cadbury Egg Hunts”…. Continue Reading →

People are Extraordinary

I guess we all know that the church is not the building but rather the people. Well, I am reminded on a regular basis that Grace Church is made up of some really quite extraordinary people. Let me tell you… Continue Reading →

Read all about it!

My first job was working on the printing press of the Basingstoke Gazette. I never got bored of watching the printing press in action. It was an enormous machine, 30-40 metres in length and very loud. Large rolls of unprinted… Continue Reading →

Vision Focus

Our first Vision Focus evening on 25th January gave me my first proper opportunity to lay out what I see for the future of Grace Church. Thank you to everyone who was able to be there. I love these times… Continue Reading →

A New Lead Elder for Grace Church

A big thank you to everyone who came to support me on 11 January, as I was appointed as Lead Elder of Grace Church. It was a fantastic evening, and so encouraging for me. I hope it was for you… Continue Reading →

Those Inbetween Times

The bible is many things, but one of the things it is not is verbose! Often you find that complex or lengthy events are summarised in a simple sentence. An example of this is found in Acts 13.  There the… Continue Reading →

Taking the Reins

As we all get ready for Christmas, it is a little known fact that the rein- part of reindeer has nothing to do with reins. The element -deer in reindeer is indeed our word deer, but the element rein- has… Continue Reading →

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