Now that our charity shop and cafe, Refreshed are open, our Senior Pastor, Ashley is offering our community an opportunity to meet and chat with him. Ashley is offering sessions on the first Friday of each month and anyone wanting to chat with Ashley should email him to book a time. As the poster below says you can ask anything, chat in confidence about any circumstance. Questions about faith, prayer and God are all welcome.
Refreshed, our charity shop and cafe will be open next week with revised opening hours:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s from 11am to 3pm.
Refreshed has always been a place where members of our community can come in for a cuppa, hot meal or simply to browse the shelves and clothes racks in our charity shop. Now that we’re (nearly) back open we are also here for so much more than that. Visitors will still be able to do all of those things, but we are also re-emphasising that we are a church whose primary focus is ‘to talk, walk and share Jesus, inviting others to meet Jesus and live the Jesus way‘.
We want to be a touch point, a place where people can come to find out more about our christian faith, prayer, worship, the church or God. As such there will be someone on hand during opening hours whether that is to talk, listen, pray or simply just be friendly.
Just before Easter we unveiled our newest banner, Hope and Love, which reminds us that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ died and rose again to life so that we might be forgiven; so that we might be able to come into a closer relationship with God. For Christians, Easter is a time when we remember that Christ willingly gave up His life for us. It is a time of new life, of hope and of love.
We’re now in one of the most important seasons of the Christian year, Advent, a time when we remember that God sent his Son to earth, born as a baby boy in a stable in Bethlehem. We celebrate Jesus’ birth, we celebrate the Saviour of the world coming to earth as an ordinary human baby.
As we gear up to celebrate Christmas in this most difficult and strangest of years, we pray that everyone will be filled with hope and joy. We pray that God will give you a peaceful, love-filled, joyous Christmas.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace. Romans 15:13.
Our new banner which went on display outside our church this past weekend contains a quote from John chapter 11 – ‘I am the resurrection and the life’. It is a reminder that not only did our Lord Jesus Christ come to earth to willingly die on a cross for us, it is also a reminder that if we believe in Him then we too can have everlasting life.
The sunflowers also remind us that it is now summer (although I’m not sure you’d know that from the weather we’ve had recently), and that despite the uncertainty which surrounds regarding Coronavirus we have a God who loves us and who cares for us. We have a God in whom we can place our trust, if we invite Jesus into our lives then He will be with us no matter what is going on, through the good times and the bad times. When we are sure of what surrounds us and when we simply don’t know where to turn. God will be there.
Just as a sunflower turns its face towards the sun during the day, I would urge you to turn your face upwards, towards the Son. Talk to Him, and allow Him to give you life. Allow Jesus to shine His light, His life upon you, and may He bring you His peace.
So the hair cut & head shave are happening this afternoon 26th April 2020. Justin is doubling up with his mum who has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing Chemotherapy and as such her hair is falling out. Getting it shortened will make it simpler to deal with.
Justin is also going to get his hair cut, and his beard & head shaved today after he has been growing it since Movember.
The reasons behind this hair loss are to raise awareness of the youth work at Bolton Villas Family Church and emerge, as they both support young people they have regular contact with, in new and different ways at this time. So please dig deep and support them as they going through this hair loss experience.
The current Coronavirus pandemic has not deterred Justin from continuing with his fundraising efforts to raise money for youth work at both Bolton Villas Family Church and emerge. The picture below shows the growth so far.
Justin’s fundraising page on Give As You Live is still active, and we would encourage you to consider donating money to both these worthy causes. We do of course, realise that we live in difficult times and as such want people to give as they are able to.
If you are confused as to what this is about, look back at the entry on 7th March 2020 to find out more.
One of our members has gone all hairy in order to raise money to support Youth Work taking place here at Bolton Villas Family Church as well as for emerge in Bradford. Justin has been growing his hair, beard and moustache since doing Movember in November 2019 and plans to have it all shaved off nearly 7 months later in May 2020.
Justin’s fundraising page on Give As You Live gives more details about the work he is aiming to support as well as providing some increasingly hairy pictures of the man in question.
This isn’t the first time Justin has gone bald in aid of Bolton Villas as he did something similar in 2009 when we were raising money for a re-building project. However this particular campaign is proving to be more hair-raising than previously as we’re currently speculating as to whether the beard will be long enough for plaits!
So, please do support Justin’s fundraising campaign by visiting his donation page and supporting both these wonderful causes (even if we do say so ourselves!).
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