"BE AN APPRENTICE:
LEARN FROM THE MASTER"
t St. Andrew`s we`ve just started a series of sermons on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. The Greek word translated, ‘disciple’ meant a learner, an apprentice at a trade. If you are a follower of Jesus today, you are one of His apprentices, learning how to advance the Kingdom of God in this world as He did.
In Mark 3:13-19, Mark records the occasion when Jesus first called His twelve disciples. Three points in particular stand out:1. Jesus “appointed twelve...that they might be with Him...” Our first calling as a disciple of Jesus is to be with Him. We might not be able to walk and eat with Him as His first disciples did, but we can be with Him as we read and study His Word and let it shape our lives, and as we ask the Holy Spirit to make the Person of Jesus real to us – just as Jesus said He would do (John 16:14). 2. If Jesus` twelve disciples were all with Him, then they were also all with one another. Jesus deliberately formed a community around Him, which we now call the church. To be an apprentice of Jesus is to be in relationship with our fellow apprentices. 3. According to Mark, the other reason Jesus appointed twelve was “that He might send them out to preach...” So today we are called to share the good news of the gospel in ways that are culturally relevant.
Let`s honour the Master by being productive apprentices!
Rev. Rupert Hankey,
St. Andrew’s Church.
Maylands Drive, Sidcup
"LIVE IN HARMONY...
WITH EACH OTHER"
he marvellous New Testament verse of 1 Corinthians 10.v31 says:
“So whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
That’s some challenge – yes? Just imagine if all of us who read Harmony agreed to set this as our target for the days, months and years ahead. What a difference it would make in our own lives, in the life of our local church and – best of all – in our local community!
Think about it. The principle (and practice) would apply to what each of us eats, drinks, says, thinks, reads and watches, as well as what we plan for the future and where we go. We should be seeking to do it all for the glory of God.
I’ll say no more. I too need to chew over the implications of this verse and I hope you will, too. Perhaps we should also pray about it. May God give all of us the strength and determination to live that sort of life for Christ.
Sidcup Baptist Church, Main Road, Sidcup
CTiS MEMBER CHURCHES
All Saints Church (CofE)
Rectory Lane, Foots Cray, DA14 5BU. Tel: 020 8300 7096
he Living Church on the Meadows, a small and beautiful old church on the edge of the Footscray Meadows, with a friendly, welcoming, family atmosphere.
Traditional Anglican Liturgy, the church welcomes all ages.
Services on Sunday:
9.30am All Age Worship (1st Sunday);
9.30am Parish Eucharist (Other Sundays).
or visit their website at: www.allsaintsfootscray.org.uk/welcome.htm
Avery Hill Christian Fellowship
Southspring, Sidcup, DA15 8EA. Tel: 020 8859 7073
he Avery Hill Christian Fellowship is a lively and vibrant community of people of all ages who share a common faith
in the grace of God through the person of Jesus Christ. Having a passion for mission both locally, nationally and internationally.
There are many activities throughout the week for all ages, including mother and toddlers, (www.springlets.org.uk), Whizz Kids club, youth events and even meetings and outings for the adults! Disabled facilities include hearing loop, wheelchair access to premises and toilet. The church hosts the Bexley Foodbank, open on Tuesday (10am-1pm) and Thursday (12noon-3pm).
Services on Sunday:
10.15am Morning Worship (Creche, Children & Y.P. Groups). (NOT 11th Dec)
More information from:
or visit their website at www.averyhill.info
Website also contains audio files of Sunday sermons.
Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6PA. Tel: 020 8308 0835
atering extensively for families. Christchurch is Church of England in the evangelical tradition. On Sunday mornings there are various
activities for 3 to 14 year old's and above. During the week running many activities, home Bible study groups, meetings for women, plus much more. Offers wheelchair access to premises.
Sunday services at 8.00am (every 2nd and 4th Sun), & 10.30am.
Evening Service at 6.30pm
For more information visit their website at www.christchurchsidcup.org.uk
Granville Road, Sidcup, DA14 4AA. Tel: 020 8302 0059
welcoming and friendly church
of Methodist and United Reform traditions. There is a Sunday Club for 3-18 year old's and there are other church based activities during the week. For letting's,
bookings information, programme of activities, use of premises and other details speak to the church office.
Emmanuel Church is part of The Chislehurst and Orpington Methodist Circuit. Sunday service at 10.30am. For more information visit www.emmanuelchurchsidcup.org.uk website, or from
Foots Cray Baptist Church
137 Sidcup Hill, Foots Cray, Sidcup, DA14 6JS. Tel: 020 8302 8136
t Foots Cray Baptist Church,
they are committed to the central truths of the Christian Faith and have a 'traditional' but warm and friendly approach to worship. Only baptising those who have
come to faith in Jesus but our Communion Table is open to all who trust Christ as Saviour, whether baptised as believers or not. Offers wheelchair access to
Sunday services at 11.00am and 6.30pm (2nd & 4th Sundays of each month). For more information from www.fcbc.org.uk or from
The Holy Redeemer Church, Lamorbey (CofE)
Days Lane, Sidcup, DA15 8JR. Tel: 020 8302 5356
he Holy Redeemer is a
Parish of the Church of England. Worship focuses on the Holy Eucharist, using a variety of styles. Having an active Children's Church and Choir.
Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet. Sunday services at 8.00am and 10.00am.
More information from: or visit their website at www.theholyredeemer.co.uk
Holy Trinity Church, Lamorbey (CofE)
Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AE. Tel: 020 8300 8231
oly Trinity is a traditional Anglo Catholic church with Parish Eucharist as their main service.
All will be very welcome to any Sunday service or any weekday meeting. Sunday service at 10.00am Family Eucharist.
More information from: or visit their website at: www.holytrinitylamorbey.org
New Community Church
24 Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7DU. Tel: 020 8300 0333
lively, diverse church that draws people from across the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham. Sunday meetings
are relevant, relaxed and informal. During the week running activities for all the community including youth work, students and
twenties, exercise classes, meetings for the retired, a morning cafe and a substantial toddler group as well as midweek small groups.
A Debt Advice Service is now available for those who could benefit from talking over any money worries.
Their website contains a regularly updated list of what is going on. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet.
Sunday services at 9.30am, 11.30am, and 6.00pm.
More information from:
or visit their website at www.newcommunitychurch.org.uk
New Generation Church
Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, DA14 4DJ. Tel: 020 8309 6056
ew Generation is a passionate and lively community. Passionate about Jesus, Sidcup and you. They are involved in projects locally, nationally and internationally. They offer many activities for many ages, speak to the office to find out what is going on right now.
We now meet at 9.30am on Sunday mornings at Cineworld Bexleyheath.
All ages are welcome at their Sunday meeting which includes:
Sparkles Creche, Allstars Kids Church and Free60 for young people.
6.00pm Evening gatherings at the New Generation Centre, Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, DA14 4DJ.
Weekday meetings at Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, DA14 4DJ. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet.More information from: or visit their website at www.newgen.org.uk
Our Lady Of The Rosary Church (RC)
330a Burnt Oak Lane, Blackfen, DA15 8LW. Tel: 020 8300 2697
ur Lady of the Rosary (330a Burnt Oak Lane, off Days Lane) is a Roman Catholic parish community with a wide variety of spiritual, social and community activities. The parish includes
people of all ages with activities for children and young people, outreach to the elderly and housebound. A social club, football club and various groups, who meet
to contribute in diverse ways, to the building up of God's kingdom.
Saturday services 10.30am & 6.00pm
Sunday services at 9.00am, 10.30am and 6.00pm.
More information from:
A new website is under construction
Redeemed Christian Church of God - Victory Assembly Sidcup
367A Footscray Road,
New Eltham, SE9 2DR. Tel: 07852 100550
his congregation, belonging to The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), have now moved to new premises
in New Eltham. Under the leadership of Pastor Richard Odufisan the church meets for a Celebration Service at 10.00am each Sunday and at 7.00pm on
Wednesdays for a Bible Study & Prayer Meeting.
The foundation of the church is prayer and teaching the full counsel of God, to help people and families discover their purpose in
life through love and care for one another.
For more information click here for church website or
Redeemed Christian Church of God - Christ Domain Parish
- Temp Worship Centre: 27 Cray Road, Sidcup, DA14 5BY
CCG Christ Domain was established in 2006 and is an outreach of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. RCCG is a worldwide Church that
was established in 1952. The general overseer is Pastor E.A Adeboye. It is a Church of all nations, race, colour, age and gender.
Their Vision: Transforming Lives and building Families. They accomplish this by: transforming lives by the renewal of the mind; building a strong family; a house of prayer for all nations in unity and with love and care for all. Their Core Values: Excellence; Expansion; Equipping; Evangelism. They aim for excellence and perfection in all they do and love by demonstrating they care with compassion, and teach the word of God to build and nurture. Their ultimate goal is to enable diverse people to make heaven by nurturing, empowering and equipping them to live a holy life based on excellence, love, care and unity. Sunday Morning Service at 10.45am-12.45pm.
More information from:
or visit their website at: http://www.rccgchristdomain.org.uk
Sidcup Baptist Church
167 Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6PA. Tel: 020 8309 9717
friendly, growing church with lively worship and a good
cross-section of age groups, including a large proportion of children and young people. Their vision is to be a church that loves and serves God, His people and His world.
The church hosts the Disabled Christian Fellowship (Sidcup Branch) on the 2nd Saturday afternoon in the month. Community lunches, Alpha group, daytime and evening Housegroups, Playgroup,
Children's and YP's clubs. Disabled facilities include hearing loop (British Sign Language signing by arrangement), wheelchair access to premises and toilet.
Sunday services at 10.30am (creche, children & Y.P's groups) and 6.30pm on 1st Sunday.
More information from:
or visit their website at www.sidcupbaptistchurch.org.uk
For Meetings and Event details www.sidcupchurch.org.uk/SBCevents.html
St. Andrew's Church (CofE)
Maylands Drive, Sidcup, DA14 4RY. Tel: 020 8300 4712
mix of traditional and informal styles of worship throughout the month. There is a variety of activities and groups during the week for people of all ages from toddler to retired. Trusting you'll experience the love of God there, you are welcome to sample, visit or even stay. Disabled facilities include hearing loop, wheelchair access to church, hall and toilet on hall level. Sunday service at 10.00am. More information from: or visit their website at www.st-andrewssidcup.org.uk
or visit their website at www.allsaintsandstjames.org.uk/index.htm -->
St. John's Church (CofE)
Church Road, Sidcup, DA14 6BX. Tel: 020 8300 0383
he church is built to the glory
of God but seeks to make God known to the people in Sidcup. It is a great place for worship, young and old alike can enjoy what they do. Are family friendly and
value and appreciate the more senior members of the Church. There are various groups you can be involved in but just turning up on a Sunday is fine. Why not walk
with them for a while and enjoy the community life at St. John's. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet available in church hall.
Sunday services 8.00am and 10.00am.
For information visit their website at www.stjohnsidcup.co.uk
More information from:
St. Lawrence's Church (RC)
129 Main Road, Sidcup, DA15 7HB. Tel: 020 8300 2480
t. Lawrence's parish was founded from St. Mary's
Chislehurst in 1902. The first Mass was said on the Feast of St. Lawrence of Canterbury, (2nd February) hence the parish name.
Until August 2012 the church was served by a religious congregation of priests - The Society of Mary, known more generally as Marist
Fathers. A quarterly magazine called News and Views is published, giving details of services and organisations in the parish.
Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet. Open daily 9.30am; Saturday 9.30am & 6.30pm; Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am and 11.30am.
More information from: or visit their website at www.stlawrenceschurch.org.uk
CTiS Chairman’s Report
irst of all I want to thank CTiS for giving me this opportunity. It’s never easy balancing a young family, a busy job and this, but I’ve really enjoyed doing my bit in helping move CTiS forward for another successful year.
I want to thank the Executive Committee: Mike, Simon and John - and especially Pamela, the success of the group is thanks to her hard work, organisation and dedication.
I'd also like to thank all of you who do so much work year in year out as CTiS Reps. In particular Mike Barnes on the website, Tom for his work on Harmony and the Reverend Stephen Sealy for the great work in putting together the fantastic services at St Johns. It been a very busy year as usual – particular highlights include: The excellent Christmas Service and Remembrance Service at St John’s.
A fantastic Unity Service at Holy Trinity; the Walk of Witness and Lent Lunches.
One thing that has really stood out for me is that the numbers attending our services and events are increasing markedly – we should recognise this, be thankful for it and build on it so we can engage ever more members of the community. One question we should ask ourselves each year is why do we do this?
One passage from the Bible springs to mind:
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”
This is what I believe guides us at Churches Together.
What I have enjoyed most is the unity, we have shown through these events as Christians and members of the Sidcup Community. The confidence and pride we have shown in our faith has been so important and so meaningful.
I thank you all for a great year and pray that we keep this up for many, many years to come.
Mike Conway, over to you.
Former Chairman 2015/16