The year 2015 is a special one for us at the Chapel, because it is the 200th anniversary of our chapel building. The families who built it were here long before that, of course, meeting at first in the woods and then in ‘The Old Farm House’ and its barn in Cox’s Lane. They signed the builder’s contract one month after the battle of Waterloo.
Those were turbulent times. The chapel members were saving up to pay for the building during the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror that followed, when so many victims in France were beheaded, and when Britain felt itself in danger from radicals and extremists at home and under threat of invasion from across the Channel. These last hundred years have certainly not been the first time that Britons have faced the possibility of barbaric attacks and horrific change.
The builders of 1815 had no way of knowing in advance that they would experience periods of peace, security and progress, but they went forward in faith, just as they had saved up the money in faith. Their confidence was founded on God, not on politicians or generals. In an era of tumult and upheaval, they trusted the truth that ‘Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and for ever’. And we can be confident of the same. Technological and social changes are now much more rapid than they were 200 years ago and sometimes seem overwhelming. Peace and security could fail. Prosperity could fall. But our unchanging Lord and Saviour has promised never to abandon us: his care surrounds us and he strengthens us inwardly to travel with him into the unknown.
We invite you all to join with us in celebrating this coming year. In particular, we’re planning a special weekend, June 19th – 21st, when there will be a flower festival, a village picnic, and a celebration in a marquee, accompanied by the Salvation Army band from Reading. Watch this space!
Every blessing to you all!
David and Sonia
01491 680793 firstname.lastname@example.org
Services at the Chapel on Sundays are at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Christian Fellowship for Everyone
Lord, as a Christian Fellowship at Stoke Row we give ourselves to You, whatever the cost may be, because Jesus gave Himself for us.
Take every aspect of our lives, individually and as a community, cleanse us from our sin that we may be used for Your Kingdom and bring glory to Your Holy and Righteous Name. We are not here to do our own bidding, to seek our own fulfillment or our own glory. We are here to please You.
We yield ourselves to You, to seek to know You, to love You, to obey You, and to grow in holy reverence as we seek to reflect Your light in our living in our community and beyond.
We choose today to love and honour You and to live in Your way. We believe and trust in Your promises that You will walk with us and guide us through the coming days.
We long to serve each other and be alongside each other as Jesus taught us - reaching out the hand of kindness and fellowship to each person we meet along the way.
We trust You, Lord to do that which we cannot do for ourselves. We open our lives to be filled with Your Holy Spirit as by his grace he bestows on us His spiritual gifts in your Church.
Teach us, lead us, and empower us to love and fear Your name; keeping us ever in Your constant love.
In Jesus name we pray together,