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Our recent Church Weekend At Home was a great time of learning, eating and having fun together!
Our speakers – Adrian and Bridget Plass – were a great partnership who shared so many truths and encouragements about living a Christian life and trying to follow Jesus.
Adrian is a well-
Adrian shared with us that as he prepared to come to SBC, he felt God telling him to give us the words ‘chill’ and ‘amnesty’. In his talks, he and Bridget gave the message that God loves us unconditionally and isn’t as hard with his demands on us as we can be on ourselves!
All of the sessions were full of humour as Adrian used anecdotes, poems and his sometimes quirky observations to illustrate his points.
There was a lot of laughter as well as a few tears as some of his points hit home. At the end of his last message on Sunday morning, Adrian left us with the challenge that although Jesus said on the cross ‘It is finished’ – and indeed Jesus’ work on the earth was – our work on his behalf continues in the world.
While the adults were hearing from Adrian and Bridget, the youngsters enjoyed their own sessions.
We are grateful to friends from Emanuel and from Croydon Jubilee Church who led the young people’s and children’s groups respectively.
Eating together is always a highlight of a church week-
These were comments from one attendee:
Just a big ‘Thank You’ for all you did to make the weekend such a happy one. Maybe we didn’t have deep Bible teaching but it was special in so many ways! It was so good to laugh together and have great fellowship with JESUS in the midst of us. I greatly benefited! I know it was a lot of work for the whole church but it was so good that everybody was involved and it was fun! Jesus, I am sure, loved to see that. The world is so full of hurt and problems – but there is joy and laughter too! I thank God for Adrian and Bridget – there’s no other couple quite like them!! What a sense of humour with deeper thoughts thrown in! The Concert, too, was amazing. I know so much work went into that but I and my neighbours loved it all!
On Saturday night, we were entertained wonderfully by a group of singers from SBC and friends from the area who put on ‘Serious Fun’ – a concert with a mixture of classical and fun items – all in aid of two charity projects in Eastern Europe.
Highlights included Don and Eleanor Axcell's sweet duet ‘Do you love me?’
Kate’s grumpy ‘Mrs Beamish’ who hates modern ways in church!
And who will ever forget Paul Burns and Andy Crossley ‘Line dancing’ as their alter egos ‘Slim and Randy’.
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