Christmas time is here again and we have lots of exciting and festive events coming up to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas:
- Saturday 21st December: Candlelit Carol Service at 7:30pm at Pelham Street
- Sunday 22nd December: Nativity and Family Service at 10:30am at Fernwood
- Wednesday 25th December: Christmas Day Family Service
It would be great to see you there, so come along and celebrate Christmas with us!
Check out our Easter weekend events for 2019! We also have an Easter Sunday morning service at Pelham Street at 10:30am as usual.
Let’s check out all of the Christmas church services, events and activities happening at Newark Evangelical Church (Newark on Trent) and Fernwood Community Church for 2018.
Christmas and the weeks leading up to it are always very busy times in the life of NEC. There’s the services and activities themselves and also all of the preparation that goes on behind the scenes to make these events the best they can be. As soon as December rolls around, you will hear talk and see promotions of Christmas church services and things to do at NEC and there really is a little something for everyone and all age groups.
Easter is a very special time of year for Christians, when we remember the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and celebrate His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
In the run up to Easter this year we are studying a new series called ‘Gospel Shaped Outreach’, which is a bible based course on evangelism. Throughout February and March we will be studying the series every Thursday evening at Home Groups and also at Pelham Street.
Where does our power come from for evangelism? On Sunday we looked at how the first Christians believers were baptised by the Holy Spirit, to enable them to speak to the nations about God. And we were encouraged that this same power is available for us today for the same purpose.
In January 2018 we are starting a new sermon series in Acts! Listen and catch up with the series so far here.
In the famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins to teach His disciples, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Here, Jesus Christ turns the world upside down or rather, the right side up! Christians are poor in spirit and yet they are blessed! They are happy and fortunate! It is even good to be a mourner! However, Jesus isn’t here referring to physical poverty or mourning the loss of loved ones. Instead, He is describing attitudes that define His followers.
Have you felt a sense of shock or concern about the level of swearing you hear in public these days? I’m sure I didn’t hear so much when I was a lad – and I’m only in my early 40’s! I don’t want to sound like a moralising grumpy old man but it is a real concern. The Bible teaches that our speech is a key measure of character. Jesus said, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Individual characters make up a community. Our speech is an indicator of the health of our society.
Copy of Christmas Message submitted as a peice amongst other church leaders in the local newspaper:
I love to see the children in our Church family at Christmas time and always! We’ve been blessed with new little ones this year. I have three children myself and I know that it is a daunting joy to bring them up. There’s so much you naturally want to protect them from; so much you want to give them.