Stoke Row Chapel
Celebrates 200 years
What joy it was a few weeks back to share in the wonderful celebrations and thanksgiving at the Chapel! Thank you to all those who made this happen... from those who contributed the wonderful floral displays right through to those who helped with the clearing up the following week. I couldn’t stop smiling as I reflected on God’s goodness to us as a community of His people. Our happiness stems from the knowledge of God’s grace sustaining us through life and His daily mercy gives us an unsurpassed JOY!
Many of you will have heard by now that in the coming months we will be leaving Stoke Row, as our part in the work of the Chapel and its long history will be drawing to an end. This brings a weight of sadness into our hearts. We are very sad to think of leaving the people and the places we have come to know and love, but we know our limitations and age catches up on us too! So moving on to ‘retirement’ is not a choice we make lightly.
Our prayer is that the Chapel congregation and the community of Stoke Row will find themselves with a new pastor (or pastors?) who will lead them on into the next century of witness! Someone who will capture the vision of working in this place with a mind focussed on the future and development of all that can be achieved through God’s strength and in His grace.
There is a new film just released: Inside Out – which helps us to explore our varied emotions as we get a look inside the mind and emotions of ‘Riley’. Here Joy and Sadness, along with the three other emotions of Anger, Fear and Disgust, are explored as Riley works through the changes in life that moving house have thrown up for her. A must-see film… not just for children! Watching a film can help us express hidden emotions because we have the freedom to laugh and cry out loud, something that we try to suppress in our real lives as we try to mask our emotions.
We all have emotions and express them in different ways; I wear my heart on my sleeve but David is much more subtle and it is not easy to read his feelings. But the Lord reads our hearts and knows our thoughts, words and actions even before we speak or act. His knowledge of us and our needs is too wonderful to measure.
The words of Scripture are very reassuring to us as we look to the future and moving on:
we are wasting away … Yet
we are being renewed
day by day’
(2 Corinthians 4 verse 16)
Please be assured of a warm welcome at the Chapel and join with us in our worship and witness.
May you know God’s peace and blessing,
David and Sonia (01491 680 793)
Sunday services, at 10.30am, are normally conducted by the ministers.
1st Sunday each month, Communion is served.
3rd Sunday each month is a Family Service - specially prepared considering younger folk.
30th August, Pastor Mike Penny (from the Open Bible Trust) will be our visiting speaker.
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,