Oct 12

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In partnership with Sovereign Grace UK, we recently hosted two day conferences at Headley Park Church, Bristol.  The first day was an event for pastors, called “Entrusted with the Gospel.” On Friday we offered a “True Worshippers” conference for anyone involved in planning or leading music in the church.

People from 9 different nations and over 90 different churches came together to devote two days to the theology, practice, and joy of God-honouring gospel ministry.  We’re so grateful for the faithful endeavours of Bob Kauflin, Jeff Purswell and CJ Mahaney.

Bob’s reflections of the conference, together with the list of songs we sang over the two days, can be found here.

The audio for all the main sessions are now freely available to stream online or download (click sermon title image to access audio):

 

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*We’re sorry, but due to a technical error Bob’s first message from the Friday, “Living Before the King of Glory” is unavailable. However, the link takes you to the same message that he preached in his home church, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville.

 

And if you attended the conferences we would love to hear your feedback. Please take a moment to fill out our simple survey.

 

 

 

Jan 07

BenShaw

This Sunday (3rd January 2016) we were pleased to announce that Ben Shaw will be coming to serve our church through a three-month summer internship.

Ben is currently studying for an MDiv degree in Worship Leadership from Southern Seminary, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.  Alongside this he is a member of our sister church, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville.

Below is the audio file and transcript of Ben’s testimony about how God has led him to joining our church in the summer.

 

 

“It’s great to be with you all at Grace Church this morning, it’s a real privilege to be able to worship our great God together with you as we begin this new year fixing our eyes on him and remembering his goodness and faithfulness.

I think this is my fourth visit to Grace Church and, looking around the room, there’s a number of you who I remember meeting before; but for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Ben Shaw, and I’m currently studying at Southern Seminary, in Louisville, Kentucky in the USA. I’m also a member and an intern at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, so I bring you love and warm greetings from Jeff Purswell and Bob Kauflin, who I know you’ve met before, and from all your brothers and sisters in Christ there.

As you can tell, though I’m studying in America I’m originally from the UK, and I lived here all of my life until heading to the States about a year and a half ago to start my seminary studies.  I grew up in Nottingham, and studied in Durham and Cambridge before settling in Sheffield where I worked as a primary school teacher and then as a ministry trainee at Christ Church Fulwood.  Now you’re probably wondering how I’ve ended up in Bristol and why I’m stood in front of you guys at Grace Church today?  Well, while I was a ministry trainee at my church in Sheffield, me and couple of other guys from our church came down to the first Worship God UK conference in March 2014.  We’d been using Sovereign Grace songs at our church for a long time, and as a team we all loved Bob Kauflin’s book, ‘Worship Matters’ and regularly benefited from the wisdom he shared through his blog.  So we jumped at the chance to be at the first Worship God UK conference.  That conference was a really uplifting and refreshing time for me personally, and I went home with a renewed passion to serve the church, and better equipped to lead my church in worshipping God together.  That conference came at a time when I really needed some encouragement.  So thank you all for the ways so many of you served so humbly and sacrificially at that first conference and again this year.  It really is a blessing to lots of people from across the country.

I was so encouraged by the conference that I wanted to express my gratitude to Bob Kauflin, so I got in the line of people to chat to him after the conference.  Whilst waiting in the line with other slightly star-struck Brits, I noticed this short, bald guy who’d been rushing around working hard to run the conference, and surprisingly the queue to talk to him was much shorter!  In fact there was no-one… so not wanting to look like too much of a Bob-Kauflin fan-boy I went over to thank this short, bald guy for all his hard work in putting on the conference.  Little did I know that that conversation was just the beginning of a friendship that has come to mean so much to me.  God obviously intended more than just that one conversation, and since then I’ve become increasingly more connected to Nathan and Grace Church, Bristol.  I guess it began that weekend of the first conference.  On the Sunday morning I clearly remember God put it on my heart to pray for this church as you gathered for worship, and I remember really wanting to be with you guys.  From that day, God seems to have grown my interest and love for this church.  As I said, God’s plan was obviously for more than just that conversation, and after the conference me and Nathan began emailing back and forward, and we both thought it would be a good idea to get to know each other better, especially as by that point Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville had agreed to have me an intern, and it seemed a no-brainer that if I was going to be involved with Sovereign Grace in the US I should at least make the effort to get to know you guys at this Sovereign Grace Church in the UK a bit better.  So I got to visit for the first time in May 2014, and I had a great weekend getting to know the Smith family better, and meeting some of you guys on the Sunday morning.  It just seemed that God’s blessing was over the whole weekend, and though I turned up just a mere acquaintance on the Saturday, by the time I went home it felt like I was one of the family, and I was full of anticipation and excitement at what God was going to do with this friendship with Nathan and the family and this connection with Grace Church. 

Since then, it’s been great to keep in touch and catch up with Nathan, Peter and Matt when they’ve been over in the States, and I’ve been able to get down to Bristol to visit the Smiths and the church pretty much every time I’ve been home from the States.  Though it always seems like every visit is too short.  So I’m really looking forward to being in Bristol for a bit longer this summer.  Since that first visit, me and Nathan have been discussing the possibility of me coming to be an intern here at Grace Church for a summer, and I’m really excited that I get the privilege of joining the church for about 2 and a half months this summer. 

God, in his goodness and sovereignty, has so clearly had his hand on all this, with the timing of that first conference, that initial conversation with Nathan and the subsequent friendship; along with how he’s led me to the States for my training and how I’ve become so involved with Sovereign Grace through being a member of the church in Louisville.  I love what Sovereign Grace churches stand for, and most of all I love the passion we share to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to worship Him, who alone is worthy.  I know that’s what you are about here at Grace Church and that’s why I’m so excited to join with you guys this summer, and be a part of all the great work God is doing through his people here.”

 

 

 

Mar 05

A few Sundays ago, we had the privilege of hearing a testimony from Charlotte Munday. Charlotte has been such a blessing and encouragement to our church. I hope her story reminds you of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness toward her and all of us.

 

 
Transcript:

“I would like to share with you all a little bit about myself and my life and how I became a Christian and how my life has changed through this last year since opening my eyes and heart to the Gospel.

My name is Charlotte and for those of you who don’t know me, I am recently 30 and a mum to Isla who is four and Freddie who is two. We live in Bristol and have been coming to Grace Church for nearly a year now.

I went to a Catholic girls school. I would go to Anglican midnight mass on Christmas Eve with my family, but the majority of my exposure and knowledge of Christianity was Catholicism through school from the ages of eleven to eighteen. But if anyone asked my religion growing up I would probably have said I was a Christian, but actually now I don’t really think I was a Christian at all. I didn’t really grow up in an openly religious family, I remember praying when my mum was dying, but I think I felt my prayers were unanswered when she passed away, so felt genuinely confused by faith, and eternal life.

A year ago, I was encouraged by some members of the Church family here, to come along to Christianity Explored. I had no idea what I had let myself into, but felt immediately drawn to learn more about it, I was offered cheese and wine on the first evening, and had an evening out from babies. So it felt like the beginning of something new!

At the time I was struggling through another very difficult time in my life. My husband left me after Freddie was born, so I found myself abandoned, completely exhausted and alone and with the prospect of a very messy and expensive divorce to add to the stress. I constantly found myself struggling to work out why this had happened to me. In Christianity Explored we read through Mark’s gospel discussing it and questioning it, and I started to be able to answer one of my questions. Why do people do bad things? Sin. That was why. People sin, we all do. I started to be able to apply gospel teaching to my life and my understanding of life, and through this started seeing a relationship forming between myself and Christ. The more I read and studied the Bible the more I began to trust in the words of the Gospel and found myself wanting to learn more.

Trusting anyone or anything again, I thought would never happen, but this developing relationship started to change me and how I could see a future. It was at this point, I knew that I had become a Christian, I was trusting in God. I joined the ‘A-Team Chapman’ home group and began to get stuck into the church community, and was baptised in June last year by Nathan and Matt on our church weekend away in the swimming pool!

Through the words of the Bible, I feel less alone, less like a lost sheep, I feel God is at my side. Being a single parent, I do now rest in the knowledge that I am not parenting alone. The children aren’t going to miss out on fatherly love, but I can show them the love of the Lord our father. I definitely feel less guilt for what I can’t provide them, as I can offer them the greatest gift….Christ, whom provides, even if my bank account tells me otherwise!! And he has provided for us; I own my own home, am able to earn an income and am able to provide for my family.

Becoming a Christian has allowed me to find ‘me’ again and a way to move on. I have made friends for life in Grace Church, as have Isla and Freddie, and also found a relationship that will last eternity, through learning more of Christ, his life and what he has done for us. I don’t feel scared about our future, or court dates, or mediation sessions but excited about what is to come, as for all life’s ups and downs, my trust in the Lord is now allowing me to enjoy life, enjoy being a mum and smile again. “

 

 

May 09

 

Sunday 11th May 2014

Psalm 8:1 – “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Come and join us on Sunday we gather as a church to sing of the majesty of the Lord our God. Jadie Stiven will be leading us in our time of singing and we’re planning on using the following songs:

 

This week Nathan Smith will be preaching a message from Psalm 85.

The service starts at 10:30am.  Complimentary refreshments are available from 10am.

We have a creche that runs throughout the morning for children aged 6months-4year olds.  The doors open at 10:20am for our Sunday Kids Club, for children aged 5-10years old.

If you are planning on a visit you can find out what to expect,  what is available for children, and get a map and directions from your location to our meeting venue, Bristol Metropolitan Academy.

 

 

 

 

May 02

Check out this new arrangement of a great old hymn, that we will be introducing (Lord willing) on Sunday 4th May!

 

Grace Greater from The Village Church on Vimeo.

 

 

 

May 02

 

Sunday 4th May 2014

Psalm 147:1 – “Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.”

Come and join together with our Grace Church family to sing songs of praise to our God.  Nathan Smith will be leading us in our time of singing and in sharing communion together.  We’re planning on using the following songs:

 

This week Peter Bowley will be preaching a message from Psalm 42.

The service starts at 10:30am.  Complimentary refreshments are available from 10am.

We have a creche that runs throughout the morning for children aged 6months-4year olds.  The doors open at 10:20am for our Sunday Kids Club, for children aged 5-10years old.

If you are planning on a visit you can find out what to expect,  what is available for children, and get a map and directions from your location to our meeting venue, Bristol Metropolitan Academy.